Is Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol by Dan Ritchie a scam or not? Based on the evidence I’ve gathered concerning this product, it sure looks like we are dealing with yet another scam targeted at those with high blood pressure. In this review, you’ll find out all about this product, who supposedly created it, and why you should keep your distance from it. So let’s begin, shall we?
Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol was created in May 2018. It claims to have discovered ‘the root cause of hypertension’ and how to reduce your high blood pressure without having to resort to medication, which they claim is based on ‘outdated, unreliable information’. Ritchie goes further to claim that, unlike what we’ve been told all this time, high blood pressure ‘has nothing to do with salt intake, genetics or lifestyle.’ Note this claim, as we’ll return to it later in this review. But for now, let’s find out who this Dan Ritchie is.
Who is Dan Ritchie?
Dan Ritchie is actually a real person. As the video claimed, Ritchie is indeed the co-founder of Functional Aging Institute (FAI). But unlike what the video claimed, Functional Aging Institute states on its website that it is an organization created to train fitness professionals on how to handle clients 55 years and older.
As for Ritchie himself, he has a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, with a specialization in aging. According to the FAI website, he holds several certifications and is a regular contributor at a local CBS News channel since 2012. His primary area of focus is in the physical rehabilitation of older patients with chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, etc.
Bottom line is, Dan Ritchie’s expertise isn’t in medicine but in fitness. So how did he know that medical information about hypertension is ‘outdated’ and ‘unreliable’? Me, I have the feeling that Dan’s name and organization are being used to market Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol without his knowledge. This is because I checked his Facebook profile and there he lists his website domains, which all point to FAI. But he doesn’t mention Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol anywhere on his profile or on his FAI website. This situation kinda reminds me of what I encountered two years ago while reviewing Joint Pain Relief Codes by ex-NBA player Jonathan Bender – except that I was later told via email that Bender was indeed the author of the scam, and he listed it in what I now believe is his official personal website.
That said, why do I think Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol is a scam?
1. Fake Testimonials With Stock Photos
All the testimonials featured in Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol’s video are stock photos:
- ‘Jeremy’, the main testimonial, is a popular stock photo originally from Shutterstock. Now you can find it on many websites as an illustration.
- ‘Marie’ is a stock photo you can buy from Freepik.com
Now ask yourself. Why would someone like Ritchie resort to stock photos as testimonials when he has a fitness institute and even a fitness center? Strange, isn’t it?
2. Makes Hypocritical Claims
As I mentioned earlier, Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol claims that the root cause of hypertension has nothing to do with ‘lifestyle’, yet at the same time it tells you that this ‘root cause’ can be eliminated by making a lifestyle change. Confused? Let me explain.
Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol claims that the root cause of hypertension is excessive fructose consumption. According to them, the metabolism of excess fructose leads to the formation of uric acid, which in turn hampers the production of Nitric Oxide, the gas needed for your blood vessels to dilate. Lack of nitric oxide then causes the blood vessels to narrow, forcing your heart to pump harder and hence, increasing your blood pressure.
So in a nutshell, Healthy Blood Pressure is all about making changes to your diet that will cut down the excess fructose. Now ask yourself: Isn’t making changes to your diet a lifestyle change?
In my opinion, this hypocritical nature of Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol should be a good reason why you should question the credibility of the person behind this product. If he doesn’t know that making changes to diet is part of lifestyle change, then I wonder why we should take him seriously on what he’s claiming about a complex disease like hypertension.
Still on the root cause of hypertension:
3. Oversimplifies the Causes of Hypertension
From what we’ve seen so far, Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol makes it seem like the only cause of high blood pressure is excessive fructose consumption. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The fact is, the causes of hypertension are numerous. Excessive fructose consumption is just one of the many reasons, some of which are:
- Heart disease
- Hormone imbalance
- Kidney disease
- Tumors of adrenal glands (which produce steroids)
- Genetics (yes, hypertension runs in the family)
- Idiopathic (cause is not well understood – responsible for the majority of cases)
By oversimplifying the causes of high blood pressure as just excessive fructose consumption, Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol essentially discourages a vast majority of people from going to their doctor to be examined. Not just that, but if we assume that Healthy Blood Pressure is correct and the doctors are not, then how can they explain the other proven causes of high blood pressure listed above?
There is one more problem with their fructose claim though.
4. Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol Has Nothing New or Special Worth Paying For
Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol claims that they have a ‘breakthrough’ discovery on hypertension which has rendered what we already know about the condition ‘outdated and unreliable.’ Well if excessive fructose consumption is that ‘breakthrough’ discovery, then it confirms that they have absolutely NO new information to share about high blood pressure. This is because excessive fructose consumption is already a well-known cause of high blood pressure since at least 2016 – two years before Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol was even created.
To further prove my point, Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol kept quoting scientific studies not performed by them, and even cited non-scientific sources like New York Times and Time Magazine. So much for original research.
Final Conclusion: DON’T BUY Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol. It is A SCAM!
Just like the scams before it, Healthy Blood Pressure Protocol also employs scare tactics to cajole you into buying their product. Like for instance, telling you that you’ll suffer the complications of hypertension (stroke, vascular dementia) if you don’t ‘take action now’ by buying their product. And of course, the ever-present scare tactic of reminding you about the side effects of drugs. Add a conspiracy theory of how doctors have connived with ‘Big Pharma’ to ensure that you keep being prescribed drugs … and you have for yourself a classic example of scammy advertising.
Please note that pharmaceutical companies often market their drugs to doctors because only doctors have the right to prescribe drugs. And even if they advertise on TV like it is done in the USA, you still can’t just walk into the pharma shop and ask for most drugs without a prescription from a doctor. So it makes sense that pharma companies try to convince doctors to prescribe their drugs because they don’t have any other choice if they want to be a profitable business. As far as I know, all antihypertensive drugs require a prescription.
When it comes to managing high blood pressure, always follow the directions of your doctor. Don’t let programs like this tell or suggest to you otherwise!
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