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Healing hypertension : uncovering the secret power of your hidden emotions
Mann, Samuel J., 1948-
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New York : John Wiley, [1999]

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xi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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For years, up to 95 percent of the individuals diagnosed with hypertension have been told that the cause is a mystery. If you are one of them, this groundbreaking book can change your life with its revolutionary mind-body approach.

In Healing Hypertension, Samuel J. Mann, M.D., of the renowned Hypertension Center of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, reveals a lifesaving new understanding of the causes of high blood pressure and the critical role of repressed or "hidden" emotions. He shows how:

Long-standing, deeply hidden emotions may be elevating your blood pressure and blocking effective treatment Recognizing and attending to hidden feelings can actually lower your blood pressure and reduce your need for medication Using a revolutionary new method for selecting medications that fit your individ-ual needs can give you improved results with less trial and error

Accessible as well as authoritative, Healing Hypertension features dramatic stories from Dr. Mann's own practice that demonstrate how many of his patients have actually achieved sustained lower blood pressure readings by honestly confronting the emotions they had unknowingly been keeping secret, even from themselves - sometimes for decades.

The book outlines the different ways you can begin the healing process, including support groups, therapy, and nurturing a sense of connectedness with others. It also explains the appropriate role of medication in controlling high blood pressure.

Dr. Mann draws on his experience in treating thousands of people with high blood pressure to reveal that, in many cases, what we aren't allowing ourselves to feel can affect our blood pressure more than what we are feeling. This is in direct contrast to the popular belief that hypertension is a disease of anxious, stress-ridden people.

Dr. Mann clears up crucial misunderstandings surrounding hypertension that have led to overdiagnosis, unnecessary treatment, and misleading research findings. He backs up his clinical observations with the latest evidence from medical research.

Whether you have struggled with the condition for years or have been newly diagnosed, Healing Hypertension is a book that offers unprecedented hope and new choices to every person with high blood pressure.

Introducing a landmark, mind-body approach for overcoming high blood pressure

"Dr. Mann's pioneering book is a precious gift to the millions who suffer with hypertension." -John E. Sarno, M.D. author of Healing Back Pain and The Mind-Body Prescription

"In Healing Hypertension, Dr. Samuel Mann pushes the boundaries of medicine by demonstrating the emotional components of hypertension, one of the most serious health problems of our day. Healing Hypertension shows that it is not enough to attend to our physical bodies; we must look to our emotional life as well if we expect to be healthy and whole. This is an immensely important book." -Larry Dossey, M.D.

Author Notes

SAMUEL J. MANN, M.D., is a physician, researcher, and associate professor of clinical medicine at the Hypertension Center of the New York Hospital--Cornell Medical Center. He lectures widely on hypertension and has published many articles in professional journals.

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Booklist Review

Estimates say that 50 million Americans have hypertension and that 95 percent of them have "essential hypertension" --medical speak for "I don't know the cause." Mann's perceptive text contains many short case histories illustrating points such as that hypertension is too often diagnosed by snap judgment, that drugs are often prescribed on the basis of the latest fad rather than as a result of listening to the patient, and that a treatment regimen seldom gets later review to see whether it really fits the diagnosis. Mann points out, too, that stress can raise blood pressure slightly, but usually only for a short time. When he started talking with patients about a first increase in blood pressure, he found that it sometimes happened after an emotional event. Once the patient brought the event to light, blood pressure often went down. After these experiences, Mann started earnestly pursuing the possibility of similar scenarios in other cases. Thoroughly documented, this is a book that deserves serious study. William Beatty

Publisher's Weekly Review

More than 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, making this disease one of the top reasons for physician visits in the U.S. Most studies on hypertension focus on the cause-effect relationship between type-A personalities‘those under extreme stress on a regular basis‘and their resulting high blood pressure. This book, however, takes a look at the connection between individuals who repress stress and emotions and their unexplained high blood pressure. Mann, a physician at the Hypertension Center at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, argues that these individuals‘the ones with "hidden emotions"‘suffer the long-term effects of high blood pressure because the underlying causes of their condition aren't readily identifiable and therefore not addressed. The author offers ways people can find help and lists various medical treatment options. Through statistics and case studies, Mann presents his theory that only by researching a patient's past and finding the unacknowledged source of that patient's stress can the causes of hypertension be addressed and dealt with accurately and effectively. This accessible guide will be especially helpful for people looking to identify the underlying factors that they can control rather than relying on medication. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Hypertension, the Great Mystery
Unearthing the Causes of Hypertension
Do You Really Have Hypertension?
The False Promise of Popular Beliefs about Stress and Hypertension
Solving the Mind-Body Mystery
What are Hidden Emotions?The Emotional Trauma Locked Inside Us
When We Don't Know Our Own Emotions
The Enigma of Episodic Hypertension
The Fate of Hidden Emotions
Hidden Emotions in Other Disorders
Are Hidden Emotions Causing Your Hypertension?Healing Hypertension by Honoring Our Emotions
Getting the Help You Need
Choosing the Best Medication
Healing, Medicine, and Society