Health quick fixes don’t work in the long run, doctor says

North Ridgeville

By Jon Wysochanski

In modern American society, people often want things fast: information, food, answers, money and even health.

Dr. Ryan Rudocco spoke Nov. 2 to a small audience in North Ridgeville for a program sponsored by the parks and recreation department. He said living healthy is difficult, and that’s why so many people opt for treatment of symptoms with medication instead of making healthy lifestyle choices.

Rudocco, who runs a wellness center in Rocky River, offered tips on how to lower blood pressure naturally. All of the attendees either have high blood pressure or know someone who does.

“There is so much sickness and disease affecting our society,” he explained. “I’m sure you have loved ones or know people that are taking tons of medication, and rely on medication to get through their life.”

Medicine treats symptoms of disease, has a host of side effects and does not treat underlying health issues related to the disease, he said. He feels it is his duty to provide informative lectures on ways people can improve their health and stay off of prescription medication.

“The problem is, we rely on big pharma, or our medical or health care system, to give us the information to live a healthy lifestyle,” Rudocco said. “But most people want the quick fix, so what do they do? Take a pill.”

Sickness makes people customers for life in the health care system, he claimed, and the sicker those people are, the more money drug companies make.

“I always tell people it is very, very easy to be sick,” he said, “but it’s hard work to stay healthy.”

People need to figure out why they have high blood pressure in the first place, he said, citing the statistic that one of every three people has high blood pressure in the United States. It makes it a very common problem, but he added it doesn’t make it normal. The foundation of most disease, including high blood pressure, is a deficiency in vitamins and minerals, toxicity in the system from unhealthy foods or substances and a blockage of communication between the body systems, Rudocco said.

Another problem is that people think high blood pressure or heart disease are genetic and there is nothing that can be done to help them.

“Lifestyle factors play more of a role in how you express the genes that you have than how they’re passed on to you,” Rudocco said, adding that until people get educated about living a healthy lifestyle, nothing will change.

One of the most effective ways to lower blood pressure is to lower sugar intake and start exercising, he said. Rudocco went on to say that eating healthy foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding processed products and sugar, will almost always lower blood pressure.

Missy Sords, a North Ridgeville resident who has been diagnosed with hypertension but has not yet been prescribed medicine, found the presentation interesting yet frustrating. She was pleased Ruocco took the time to expose the flaws in health care, but she hoped he would have provided more details about nutrition.

“I understand more now how the health care system is involved, and it’s not about one pill solving everything,” she said. “But I wish we had heard more about diet.”

Sidebar: How to prevent high blood pressure

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (, some simple steps toward a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent high blood pressure, including:

  • Reducing salt and sodium and eating healthier.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Being physically active.
  • Limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking.
  • Controlling one’s diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking andweight. Physical inactivity is also a controllable risk factor that can be remedied.


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