Disorder? Where at?
In my book "The Blood Pressure Manifesto", you will see me repeat what the function of blood is and it's importance. Quite simply, without blood, our cells simply could not survive. In medicine, we call this process "ischemia" or hypoperfusion. Your body will adapt and regulate as much as it can to prevent this from happening, including increasing your pressure.
Therefore, whenever there is an increase in vascular resistance, this increased vascular resistance must be met with an increase in blood pressure in order for you to survive. So your body overcomes the resistance and ADAPTS to the environment, by increasing the pressure, giving you high blood pressure.
When you now look at high blood pressure this way, you will learn to see and appreciate the intelligence of your body. There is nothing "disordered" about adaptations, regulations, and homeostatic mechanisms.
By definition, these are very organized systems. Nothing is occurring as an accident. This is an intelligent physiological response to vascular resistance. For a deeper understanding of how all of this works, be sure to get your Free copy of "The Blood Pressure Manifesto".
Signs and symptoms
To meet the criteria to be classified as a disease, the pathology must have both signs and symptoms.
A symptom is a phenomenon that is experienced by the individual affected by the disease. At the same time, a sign is a phenomenon that can be detected by someone other than the individual affected by the disease.
An example of a symptom would be a person feeling unwell or feeling pain. An example of a sign would be edema, heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure.
So what are the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure? Well, there is none.
We have all heard high blood pressure is referred to as the silent killer. Why? Because there is no consistent sign or symptom, and someone could have high blood pressure for years without any idea.
Some say that they experience headaches; however, high blood pressure does not cause headaches, but instead, headaches increase blood pressure. Why, because headaches are painful, and pain increases blood pressure.
Some report feeling lightheadedness. However, lightheadedness is a symptom of hypoperfusion and low blood pressure.
The list of possible symptoms can go on and on, but one thing for sure is that there is no consistent symptom.
What about a sign for high blood pressure? I know what you're thinking, blood pressure measurement, right? Wrong!
You can't use a sign for the sign of that "disease" to be qualified as a sign... Did you catch that? You can't use a "high blood pressure" measurement as a supporting sign for high blood pressure, which leads me to my next point.
If there are no signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, then how do you diagnose it and treat it?
Well, 90-95% of people who have hypertension, have what they call "essential hypertension." What does this mean? This means that it has no "identifiable cause." Treatments are supposedly designed to treat the cause. Well, if it doesn't have any identifiable cause, then what-is-being-treated??
Finally, let's look at the definition of diagnosis. Diagnosis is the identification of the nature and cause of a particular phenomenon. Once again, essential hypertension has no "identifiable cause." Therefore, it can't even be diagnosed.
So let's gather up all the stated facts I have listed for High blood pressure NOT being a disease:
- It is not a disorder or derangement
- there is no consistent symptom
- there is no sign (can't use a sign for a sign)
- there is no identifiable cause
- It can't be diagnosed