If you have been told you have high blood pressure (HBP) and have to take medication to lower your pressure, here is some information you may not know.
First, 120/80 may not be a healthy pressure for you, personally.
When you take blood pressure readings of lots of healthy people and average them, the average pressure is 120 pounds per square inch of Hg when the heart is contracting, and 80 when the heart is resting. Of course, this is only an average. There are healthy people with higher and lower pressures than the 120/80 average that is normal and healthy for them.
140/90 or higher may be normal for some people. However, the sellers of high blood pressure medication (that is, medical doctors) would call this hypertension, and would recommend lifetime drugs to lower the pressure to the average of 120/80.
Of course, if higher than normal pressure is healthy for you, then the lowering of this pressure could result in signs of low blood pressure, including light-headedness, rapid pulse, fatigue, anxiety, weakness, nausea, fainting, falling, and other signs of poor circulation.
You may feel sick with the lower pressure, but your doctors will be happy with your new blood pressure numbers!
So having an elevated pressure (compared to a statistical “norm”) may be good for you!
Keep in mind that health is all about circulation. Your body has many mechanisms to alter blood flow, sometimes affecting one organ more than another, depending on local needs. At times, pressure is increased locally to increase flow. Other times it may be reduced. Blood pressure regulation is a dynamic process and must be able to adapt to the needs of the time.
There are also some times when your pressure may rise temporarily, perhaps in response to some temporary congestion in some organ that requires extra pressure to get the blood through. For example, your liver may have been assaulted by toxins, such as alcohol, pesticides, drugs (legal and otherwise), and other pollutants from our contaminated world, and has become slightly inflamed as a result, increasing the resistance to blood flow. This would require added pressure to ensure adequate liver circulation. Over time, however, as the liver recovers, its pressure requirement will reduce, and the blood pressure will again reduce.
Any problem that increases resistance to blood flow and reduces circulation may increase blood pressure as a defense mechanism. Lifestyle causes of circulation problems include tight clothing, tight muscles, and even sleep position. Sometimes, the cause is a stressful lifestyle that makes the entire body “uptight” and stressed. This increases blood pressure, since the circulation must get past tight muscles. Stress hormones also increase blood pressure. So does obesity, since excess fat and weight also impair circulation.
Of course, while the higher pressure will help the circulation in the part of the body that is needing greater blood flow, the rest of the body may get too high pressure for its needs. Over time, this may cause damage to these tissues, and the overall need for higher pressure is a stress on the heart. So elevated pressure as a defense mechanism should not go on for too long, or it may be harmful.
The real problem is to determine why the pressure is elevated in the first place. Besides tight muscles and stress, many cases are the result of diet and too much salt. Sometimes there is something wrong with the kidneys, or heart, or blood vessels.
Most of the time, however, the medical doctor will not know the cause of the hypertension and will call it “essential hypertension”, which means it is of unknown cause. But while the doctor pleads ignorance as to the cause, there is indeed a cause that needs to be addressed. Otherwise, you do not know if lowering the pressure will lead to worse problems.
If you find and address the cause of the increased pressure you can help your body heal, and the pressure will naturally reduce. But if you reduce the pressure without addressing the cause, then you may harm yourself by not allowing the body to naturally and protectively respond to increased demand for pressure.
In summary, if you have high blood pressure, first determine if that is high for you, or just high for the average. If you have always had a higher pressure than normal, then this may be fine for you.
If your pressure is higher than it usually is for you, then there must be a reason why your pressure is elevated. Heart, kidney, and vascular diseases can raise pressure, but there are other causes, too, that doctors seldom consider. Most of these are simple lifestyle factors that you can control, such as your stress, weight, exercise, diet. Even if the doctor considers these causes, they will still want to put you on medication. That’s their business.
Keeping you on lifetime medication, (which your body actually gets addicted to), is the way medicine makes the highest profit, which, of course, is the goal of the healthcare industry. Like all industry, profit is the motive.
This means doctors will not be very interested in the cause of the hypertension. They just want it “under control”. Which makes you under their control.
Why is your body giving itself high blood pressure? That is the question you must answer.
If you can’t find the cause of your high blood pressure, and if your pressure is still high after a couple of years, then your body may have become accustomed to the higher pressure. Many people live long and healthy lives with pressures that doctors call hypertension.
On the other hand, you can try lowering your pressure with drugs and see how you feel. If you feel better with a lower pressure, then being medicated may be the lesser of two evils. But you may feel better at a higher pressure. Let your body be your guide.
Usually, the body knows best.
If you take medication you may also experience harmful side effects of the medication itself. Altering your system to lower the blood pressure affects your entire body, and has its consequences, whether your doctor recognizes them as side effects or not. Any health problem you experience after taking medication could be a side effect of that medication. And you could experience problems that have not been reported yet or are rare. Even emotional and other psychological problems. Suspect they are side effects before you get more drugs to treat these, each with its own set of side effects.
And remember, medical doctors are trained by big pharma. They see drugs as good, and the body as sick. They cannot see the body as taking care of itself. They are paid to chemically intervene, not trust in the body’s natural healing powers.
There is also the possibility that the blood pressure reading taken at the doctor’s office is incorrect. Studies have shown that there are large errors in determining blood pressure. For example, see http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3621 . Using unreliable readings, 1 in 8 people are now on blood pressure medication.
It’s enough to raise your blood pressure!
Read more about the high blood pressure scam in our book, The Doctor Is Out! Exposing the High Blood Pressure, Low Thyroid, Diabetes Scams. The book also includes a little play, called, “Ethyl’s Bra”, which illustrates in a creative and entertaining way how the doctor is invested in disempowering patients and making them take lifetime medications. It’s available on our website in hard copy here:
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