Why treating high blood pressure with drugs is always dangerous- even when it works
- Created on Monday, 23 September 2019 04:07
First, I am opposed to treating high blood pressure with drugs except in cases of malignant hypertension where the pressure is so high that there is an imminent threat of stroke or other catastrophe that could result in dire harm or death. That is a medical emergency, and I am not going to say how it should be treated because that is not my domain.
But, that’s a very small percentage of cases. Probably 1% or less.
In the usual cases of high blood pressure, I don’t think you want to go the drug route. Do you realize that sometimes the body does things to cause higher blood pressure? That the body sometimes wants higher blood pressure?
Why would it want higher blood pressure? Think about how the circulation works. It involves large wide arteries that connect to smaller narrower arteries. It’s pressure that makes the blood go into those arteries. And the arteries continue getting smaller and narrower, until it finally gets down to the capillaries which are 8 microns diameter, where the red blood cells have to squeeze through one at a time. If it went from narrow to wide, it wouldn’t be a problem, but when it goes from wide to narrow, you need a head of pressure to keep it going.
But, what if besides the arteries getting narrower, they are also plaqued, which narrows them even more? Then, you need even more pressure to get the blood in there.
The kidneys are especially sensitive to blood pressure because the way they create urine is to pass blood into special circulatory beds with capillaries that are extra porous, that allow a large quantity of filtrate to be formed. But again, it takes pressure. So, if there are blockages in the renal arteries, it may take more pressure than normal for the kidneys to form urine. And when the kidneys need more blood pressure, they release angiotensin hormones which increase the pressure. They have drugs which block those hormones, preventing the kidneys from raising the blood pressure. The result is that the pressure is reduced, but at the same time, the kidneys don’t get what they need. Over time, could this damage the kidneys? I suspected it, and my suspicions were right. This article reports that ACE inhibitors angiotensin blockers may be causing kidney failure.
The troubling fact is that these drugs are dangerous because of their toxic, adverse effects, but even their desired effect of lowering the blood pressure may be doing harm.
And when you harm your kidneys, there is no reversing it. That only goes in one direction. You are born with about a million nephrons in each kidney, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Once the number of nephrons goes below the threshold that is needed to form urine to clean your blood, you are frucked. It’s either kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant for you, and neither one is pretty.
And hey, we are all basically heading towards kidney failure. If you live long enough, the natural attrition is going to get you eventually, although you may have to live over 100. But, could it be that the drugs we take, including the medical drugs we take, are hastening the decline of our kidneys? Absolutely. Without a doubt.
And even some of the side effects from taking hypertension drugs may be related to them working, that the lower blood pressure that they are forcing on the system is actually causing the fainting spells and blackouts and weakness and confusion. The body may need more pressure to force the blood into blocked arteries in the kidneys, the brain, and elsewhere.
This is an example of a medical fix that doesn’t really fix anything. No matter what drug or drugs the doctor prescribes, it is not going to restore normality to your system. It is never going to create an ideal situation. It is never going to create a normal condition within the body. It’s just a different kind of wrong.
So, unless the blood pressure is extremely high and you are having symptoms of a medical emergency, I think it’s better to pass on drugs for high blood pressure. What should you do instead? Well, I would definitely take it as a wake-up call, that it’s time for you to start getting your act together for the sake of your health. Cut out all toxins, including alcohol, drugs, and caffeine. Start eating a high fruit and vegetable diet, and also include other whole natural plant foods, such as raw nuts and cooked beans. Eat plant-based foods as much as possible. If you can’t do it completely, do it as much as you can. Reduce your sodium intake to 1200 mgs/day or less. Shed extra weight if you are carrying it, which is to say: lose body fat. Start exercising if you are not doing it. Start doing everything right for your health. And if you’re going to take anything, take safe supplements which may help lower your blood pressure. For example, just taking magnesium may lower the blood pressure by 5 or more points. And that’s not going to hurt anything. There is no train of evils that follows it. Other supplements that may help lower the blood pressure naturally and safely are high-quality fish oil (such as our Eicosamax) Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinal), Vitamin D3, resveratrol, and curcumin (which is from turmeric). I’m not saying this because I sell supplements. I’m saying it because they really may help and without causing harm.
And if you have the bodily reserves for it, you could also undergo therapeutic fasting to lower your blood pressure because that is very effective, and it is also very safe compared to taking drugs.
So, you have options. But, the option of starting on one more drugs to force the pressure down and remain on them for the rest of your life- that is NOT an attractive option in my opinion, and I wouldn’t do it. I would pass on it if it were me. But, for me, it’s a moot question because I am 68, and my blood pressure is 108 over 64. And I am not saying it to brag because there is nothing I am doing that others can't do. But, if I did have high blood pressure, I know what I would and wouldn’t do. I really think that it’s likely that these blood pressure drugs are doing more harm than good.
But hey, if you would rather follow your doctor's advice and start taking drugs for the rest of your life to lower your blood pressure, get used to seeing him, because you're going to be seeing a lot of him. Welcome to the medical phase of life.