This recent article update seemed to have hit a nerve for some. Mostly because not only are there so many of us out here suffering from, or trying to control high blood pressure, but also because everywhere you turn now the buzzword seems to be ‘Inflammation.’
The small post from Sunday morning referenced recent articles that highlighted studies (mostly in mice and rats) that focused on hypertension and inflammation.
The inflammation in the hypertensive rats and mice was all over the board. Renal, arterial, hepatic, pleural and arthroscopic inflammation was studied as it affected the blood pressure for the little critters, and eventually they looked at the effects of using antioxidants to reduce the inflammation.
The general results were that if inflammation can be reduced, then hypertension would improve.
This isn’t necessarily new science, but it does highlight the point that a lot of what doctors try to do for people to get their blood pressure down doesn’t address the key issue of stress on the body.
Think about it…what would cause renal inflammation? Kidneys under some kind of stress are going to become inflamed.
Same for hepatic inflammation. A stressor-whether as an infection or simply chemical stress such as that which would be induced by too much drinking- will cause inflammation.
The inflammation is the effect of the stress. Follow those dominoes as they fall and you inevitably wind up in the land of chronic hypertension.
Simply asking someone to give up table salt isn’t going to necessarily help someone who doesn’t have a sodium problem but does have high blood pressure.
The point of publishing the smaller article that highlighted inflammation as a problem for hypertension was basically to reinforce that throwing pills at a problem or taking away the salt shaker isn’t always the most effective way to correct the problem.
Adding powerful antioxidants into the diets of most people who suffer chronic pain, hypertension, and other complications from disease processes has proven for many decades to be one component in a comprehensive approach to treating or even curing those diseases.
Studies abound with extolling the virtues of healthy living, but a lot of times people can miss the real take-aways from that research because the technical jibber-jabber is so hard to decipher.
That’s why when we post smaller articles like the one from Monday, and the longer blogs like today’s, we like to highlight the basic study findings and see what catches fire. From there, if we need to look at something in more detail we can certainly do that based upon reader questions.
As I read some of the studies, I sometimes need the medical dictionary and a chemistry book nearby. We generally don’t use phrases like “immunosuppression attenuates hypertension” in general conversation, nor do we sit around and have online chats about the “immune response in T cell hybridomas.”
However, we do like to at least look over the findings of the different research, whether we seek these studies out or they pop up in the news.
Then, a general summary or key piece of the study can be highlighted, which helps to reinforce our position on what we like to tell our readers.
In the case of the inflammation article, it basically reinforces that hypertension isn’t always going to improve if salt is removed from the diet. Other causes must first be looked at and sometimes doctors just don’t do that.
It would be hard for them to when they spend less than 5 minutes in a room with you, anyway. Got high blood pressure? Here’s a pill. Next patient, please…
But for those of us who are always seeking answers and look to proven methods and natural alternatives, that just isn’t going to cut it for very long.
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