The Weekly Health Tip (From Philip Day)
High blood pressure
“Physicians think they are doing something for you by labelling what you have a disease.” – Immanuel Kant
Continuing with the theme of water deficiency and salt shortages, how about high blood pressure? How many worldwide, do you imagine, suffer from this baleful condition? Many of you send in e-mails complaining you’ve been told you have to remain on blood pressure medication for life. Of course you do. You don’t think doctors’ kids go through private school overnight, do you?
Water expert F Batmanghelidj sheds a welcoming light on ‘essential’ hypertension, a term used when a doctor has no clue why you have high blood pressure.
‘High blood pressure (essential hypertension) is the result of an adaptive process to a gross body water deficiency.
The vessels of the body have been designed to cope with fluctuation of their blood volume and tissue requirements by opening and closing different vessels. When the body’s total fluid volume is decreased, the main vessels also have to decrease their aperture (close their lumina), otherwise there would not be enough fluid to fill all the space allocated to blood volume in the design of that particular body. Failing a capacity adjustment to the ‘water volume’ by the blood vessels, gases would separate from the blood and fill the space, causing ‘gas locks’. This property of lumen regulation for fluid circulation is a most advanced design within the principle of hydraulics and after which the blood circulation of the body is modelled.’
Well, that makes sense. You’re dehydrated, so you have less blood volume. The arteries have to compensate for the net loss in volume by constricting to pick up the slack. With less water, your blood thickens as the red cells stack up like pennies (Rouleau). Higher viscosity requires more pressure to get the blood around the system and water into the cells. Arteries constrict further and the heart works harder. Grab your garden hose and bend it slightly to restrict flow and pressure will increase. Dr B goes on to state:
‘Essential hypertension should primarily be treated with an increase in daily water intake. The present way of treating hypertension is wrong to the point of scientific absurdity. The body is trying to retain its water volume, and we say to the design of nature in us: ‘No, you do not understand – you must take diuretics and get rid of water!’ It so happens tha, if we do not drink sufficient water, the only other way the body has to secure water is through the mechanism of keeping sodium in the body….
Water by itself is the best natural diuretic. If people who have hypertension, and produce adequate urine, increase their daily water intake, they will not need to take diuretics. If prolonged ‘hypertension producing dehydration’ has also caused heart failure complications, water intake should be increased gradually. In this way, one makes sure that fluid collection in the body is not excessive or unmanageable. The mechanism of sodium retention in these people is in overdrive mode. When water intake is increased gradually and more urine is being produced, the oedema fluid (swelling) that is full of toxic substances will be flushed out, and the heart will regain its strength.’
Other aspects to high blood pressure will be:
Stress: The fight or flight reaction to a threat or high workload will prepare you for combat and increase endocrine (hormone) output
Vitamin D deficiency: Dozens of studies show high blood pressure’s link to vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency: produces atherosclerotic plaque deposits
Vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency: causes the body to produce more triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
Lack of omega-3 essential fats: impairs cell wall integrity and modulation of blood viscosity
Lack of exercise and heart-rate variability
Josh Rubin of the Chekinstitute states on his Facebook status; Did you know that 1 of the many ways (there are about 10 individualized reasons) one can get hypertension is by having a magnesium deficiency. Did you know that when you eat sugar (-ose) the body uses magnesium to help break it down. The more sugar you eat = the more mg you use = the less you have = Hypertension!
I have a lot of clients just handing themselves over to the medical system and going on medication without addressing the real cause of the hypertension, the more info’ I can get out there the better.