Lew Rockwell has a link to a Telegraph article on beet juice as an alternative to prescription blood pressure medicine. My mother has been taking cinnamon pills to control her blood sugar. Maybe now she'll stir the cinnamon into a glass of beet juice each morning.
My uncle is taking the same blood pressure medicine as my mom, but he is living on a sailboat in the Caribbean and does not need a prescription to get it. He says that you can also get pain relievers with codeine in them over the counter. He and my aunt report that they have had good medical care at cheap rates.