The Health Corner Vol. 62 – Blood Pressure VI
We have been discussing high blood pressure over the last several weeks, and by now you might have begun to come to some conclusions. Does ‘high blood pressure’ really deserve all of the concern that has been created by the medical community? Is it as life threatening as we have been led to believe? Is it worth taking the medications that we have been advised to take in order to bring it down? Do we improve our condition by taking the medications or do we only place a greater stress load on our bodies? Are we really going to ‘blow a gasket’ if our blood pressure exceeds, say, 165/90?
What do you think?
Let me say that what once was considered by the mainstream medical community to be in the normal range is now ‘too high’. But then, I have noticed that supposed normal ranges are changing in many medical categories of disease. People with blood sugar over 130 are now considered to be good candidates for diabetic medication. People with cholesterol above 180 are prescribed cholesterol medication. And the list goes on and on… The truth be told, even with all of these ever-changing, and more stringent guidelines we are only continuing to lose the battle with respect to each of these health issues. Why? These three conditions are not pathological conditions brought on by a medication deficiency but rather the effects of a faulty lifestyle. If any of these conditions are going to be brought under control it is through the conscious effort of making good decisions regarding diet and exercise.
But that unearths another problem which is borne out of the faulty model of the food pyramid. At the very base of the food pyramid we are encouraged to eat from 7 to 11 servings of grains a day. This alone is a direct connection to each of the three major pandemic health problems facing this country today. By accepting and following the FDA Food pyramid, we are setting ourselves up for failure before we even leave the gate. Almost all of the grains produced in this country today are so heavily processed that they are devoid of the major nutrients naturally occurring in the ‘whole grain’ at harvest. The soil in which most crops are grown is far from the healthy, organic soil found in this country at the turn of the twentieth century. We can attribute the loss of soil viability to the commercialized farming methods we use in which synthetic fertilizers have replaced the natural fertilizers meant to return the soil to its richness after each growing season.
I had a conversation with a very intelligent medical doctor about a year ago who refuted everything I said in the last paragraph, and while he is entitled to his opinion, I am convinced that it is that very thinking that has created our health crisis. It so happens that as time continues the present paradigm only ensures the future of the health care professional–not his or her patients. The only way we can change the health of this country is to eat more healthful, natural food and reduce or even eliminate processed, devitalized food.
Dr. Royal Lee recognized the problem in 1951 and this is what he said all those years ago. ‘One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons in trying to correct the reactions of starvation.’ This is exactly what has been occurring over the last 100 years. We have gradually been moving away from natural nutrition to chemical nutrition (food to phood), and from natural health care to chemical-based ‘sickness care’.
Weston Price, a dentist in the early 20th century said ‘Life in all its fullness is Mother Nature Obeyed’. If we are going to win the battle over high blood pressure, or any of the Western diseases we face, we must first start with diet.
In my next article I will go over some basic dietary principles to help move toward a more healthful lifestyle.
Until then, here’s to your good health.
Dr. Jon R. Link