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beta blockers and kidney function
Posted by: Michael
Date: August 1, 2001 5:59 PM

Just a month ago, I visited a VA Medical Center doctor and complained about the many negative effects of my beta blocker drug Atenolol (at the very low dose of 12.5mg.daily) - a deep mental fog (actually a cotton-candy-in-the-head-feeling), depression and decreased kidney function (weak and low total-volume urination). I had been prescribed Inderal/Propranolol over 25 years ago as a result of a sudden series of panic attack episodes coupled with stress-related arrhythmia and high blood pressure. Finally transitioned to Atenolol about 7 years ago at my request for a med that did not suppress my heart rate so much while exercising. (And I developed my own dosage level down from an obscene level of 50 mg. for my 165 lb. [very fit/exercising] body to 12.5 mg. which I have been taking for about 6.75 years.) This wonderful doctor (who I'd never met before) actually listened to me and suggested that I take the medication every other day! Well, it works! The med is so long-lasting in my system that there is a carry-over effect. I am writing to ask how to get off this drug completely - for it is having serious repercussions - just this past winter a Korean therapist took my pulse, looked at my eyes (blood vessels) and my tongue and declared "You are going to have a stroke within three years and there is nothing that I can do for you." Also, I have gone to a Chinese acupuncturist for treatment of carpal tunnel and he declared that my kidneys are not good. In your article you mention the fact that beta blockers inhibit kidney function and so it has been in my case. I am only 46 years old and have been on various beta blockers for 25 years. I am concerned about the long term effect of these powerful drugs. Would a course of chelation be helpful for me (especially in regard to the 'stroke' declaration)? Also, how do I transition to the botanicals and amino acids mentioned in your article w/o harm?

RE: beta blockers and kidney function
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 2, 2001 2:07 PM

First of all, you are not necessarily going to have a stroke within three years, although the rest of that doc's statement may be true (that he or she cannot help you). That strikes me as a very unprofessional statement worthy of a palm reader or crystal ball gazer. The condition of your blood makes a big difference, if not the whole difference in stroke risk. It needs to be free of degenerative change, flowing freely and uncongested. The best way to check on that is with High Resolution Blood Morphology. Click on Basis of Physical Health above and read about that. Now, as to beta blockers. Of course, I do not know if it is possible for you to get off those. People who have been successful with that in my practice have been those who have gone through rigorous detox programs for organic toxins and heavy metals. Oral magnesium chloride acetate has been useful for people with arrhythmias. Chelation therapy is useful for those with vascular disease and takes out a lot of the heavy metals. In short, I can't tell you how to proceed but I do advise finding a doc who is competent to deal with these issues. Those people are not around every corner and you may need to travel.

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