The tip of the iceberg, but an iceberg no less...

Day 1 of the Killmonger take over.

by KillMonger in Blood Pressure, HEALTH

If you’re not up to date about what’s going on around here or why I sent Edward away for a little bit, be sure to read the latest email or social media post, which will explain everything.

As many of you already know, I am a pretty quick learner, so it didn’t take long before I read through all the articles, books and references my cousin Edward had laying around, and it just didn’t make sense. With all the information he had access to, why was this guy so obsessed with hypertension. I mean, it looks like he has spent a lot of time going through almost everything there is to know about hypertension. It’s just high blood pressure, so the time, energy and attention, just didn’t make sense.

Then I started strolling through his email, which was filled with other medical professional ask for him to cease and desist. The funny thing about these emails was, they weren’t really debating him about the information he was presenting, but more his tone and approach. Yep, right into the spam box all of that goes.

That’s when it caught me, a tab labeled “Draft” was filled with incomplete letters that he had written to the community. I mean this stuff was great, it was direct, and it laid out two alternate visions for the community. One vision lays out what the community looks like fifty years from now if we take action improving our health now, and the other was the opposite. The latter was ugly. But those email though, why didn’t he hit send? I mean this is the cousin I want to know.

There was one draft email particularly, that caught my eye. it was titled “High blood pressure,” “the tip of the iceberg, but an Iceberg no less.” This one email explained my cousin’s obsession with hypertension, which turns out to not really be an obsession at all.

Levels to this

Essentially, high blood pressure is something we all think we know. Everyone and their mama has it, or know someone who has, or someone who was affected by it. It’s one of the top conditions seen by doctors and prescribed for. Everyone, for the most part, has access to a blood pressure cuff, or it can be found in pharmacies and grocery stores all across America. It’s one of the top things we believe is killing us and leading to all these other complications, however, how true is this? Is it really killing people? Does it really run in our family? Is it really a disease?

Now it make’s sense, I see why he put so much energy into breaking down high blood pressure, because if we as a whole get the answer to those questions listed above wrong, then stage to get misled has been set. Not only for high blood pressure, but for every other preventable condition, due to the false understanding, we would have to take on. Next thing you know, we’re spending decades trying to defeat a disease that is not a disease.

High blood pressure is not a disease!

I once met a medical lawyer who explains to me the importance of definitions. Simply put, definitions are important, and it’s what matters in the court of law. What people think a word means, does not hold up in the court of law, but it does fuel confusion.

That’s right; technically, high blood pressure is not a disease. I know you’ve heard Edward say this plenty of times before, but he was never clear about why he continuously said it, so here it is.

What is a DISEASE? dis·ease dəˈzēz/

A disorder or impairment of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

Let’s go through this by covering some very basic anatomy and physiology.

Disorder? Where at? As Edward has mentioned several times before, without blood, our cells simply could not survive. In medicine, they 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 this increased vascular resistance must be met with an increase in blood pressure
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.

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, while 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 of high blood pressure being 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 is 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? Well, there are two meanings for this. The first 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 nature and cause of a certain 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

Earlier I mentioned that there were two definitions for essential hypertension and we already covered one. The other definition is actually the original meaning, given by a physician Richard Bright in the 1800’s. At that time, physicians understood that hypertension mainly existed due arteriosclerosis and the calcification of the small arteries, which slowed down the function of blood, therefore it was ESSENTIAL that the blood pressure is increased in order to profuse the all the vital organs.

I see why this is only the tip of the iceberg. How is something so basic and widely known, so misunderstood and why? Well, that will be the topic for tomorrow. Stay tuned…

  1. Woodbury 59 says:

    I feel it. #Dope

  2. Archie Turner says:

    Thanks. Great information\./

  3. El Sid says:


  4. Shelley says:

    Thanks for the wonderful post

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