A New Look at High Blood Pressure III

Present status of high blood pressure

As practitioners of life cultivation, our first choice is always to use our knowledge to care for our health without medication and surgery, regardless of our choice of western medicine or herbal medicine. We regard medication and surgery as the last resort to take care of our health. They are not our first choice. They are not our only choice.

With the invention of the sphygmomanometer, a disease called hypertension is suddenly created. With the creation of hypertension, medicine was created to treat the new disease. In order to sell the medicine that was created, the interested parties use all kinds of reasons to sell the medicine.

However, do we have to take the medication? It is our choice. Some of us will take the medication, and some of us will not. What is good for our health?

As practitioners of life cultivation, let us first look at some common occurrences surrounding our life. We will have discovered that there are more and more diseases being discovered.

For example, if a child does not like to move, we say he is in depression. If the child is active and moves a lot, we say he has ADHD. Very soon, we come up with holiday sickness, civilization sickness, mental illness, stress sickness, leisure sickness, air-conditioning sickness, geriatric disease, obesity, anxiety, baldness, gray hair, unhappiness and so on.

There are all kinds of diseases. If we do not want to go to the hospital, they will say we have hospital phobia. Sad!

Hypertension is based on the data detected by the instrument called the sphygmomanometer. It is designated as a disease when the data exceeds certain limits. The instrument does not know the cause of the disease, nor does it know the changing process of the disease. The doctor is only responsible for reading the data detected by the instrument, thus giving his diagnosis.

Western medicine invariably uses antihypertensive drugs to control the blood pressure. Time passes by, one year, five years and ten years. The condition usually changes from time to time, but the medication remains the same. First question is, will the long-term use and control of the drug cause any harm to the human body?

The purpose of taking an antihypertensive drug is to control high blood pressure. But in fact, the disease usually will not change at a certain stage because it is under control. It ends up that the patient will have to take the medication on a long-term basis.

If the patient stops taking the drug, the blood pressure will rise again. Thus the drug does not cure the disease, right? Why does it end up increasing the incidence of cardiovascular disease and the mortality rate? If that is the case, what is the use of taking the drug in the first place?

The purpose of medicine should be to strive to improve our ability to improve our health. If that is not the case, we as practitioners of life cultivation, will discontinue using the drug. Right?

We should not be scared into taking a drug just because the higher up authorities say so. We should read more about the drug we are taking, and stop taking it when we find out that the drug does not serve its purpose.

When we turn on the radio or television, or when we read the newspapers and magazines, we are bombarded with a lot of information about medical diseases and the drugs to treat them.

We read about high blood pressure. It eventually may cause blood vessel rupture and blockage, various cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, kidney diseases, fundus diseases, nervous system diseases, and so on.

It says that high blood pressure is the cause of death in middle-aged and elderly people. It says that high blood pressure is also closely linked with high blood lipids and high blood sugar. They in turn will lead to other diseases.

As practitioners of life cultivation, we know that the purpose of taking antihypertensive drugs for a long time is to prevent and treat hypertension, but as a result of taking the drug, has the disease been prevented? Has hypertension been reduced overall?

People who take antihypertensive drugs for a long time often feel chest tightness and shortness of breath. This is caused by long-term use of antihypertensive drugs leading to arteriosclerosis, myocardial infarction, and insufficient blood supply to the heart.

If the prevention of high blood pressure is really effective, there should be fewer and fewer patients with high blood pressure, but the fact is just the opposite. After decades of prevention, cardiovascular disease caused by high blood pressure has become the first among the four major causes of death.

End of part three of a four part posting.

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