Product of my environment

the case for misinterpretation

by KillMonger in Blood Pressure, HEALTH


I know a thing or two about being misunderstood and neglected, that was the story of my childhood. Unfortunately, my story wasn’t unique; there were plenty just like me who lacked guidance, love, and protection. We learned from an early age that there were only two ways, either you adapt to your environment or be killed by your environment.

The thing about adapting to an environment is, if your not careful, you can quickly become a product of your environment. I remember Tupac use to reference this all the time. He really had a gift of articulating the young Black male’s experience here in America. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. was the tattoo he had on his abdomen. It stood for, the hate you gave little infants *&^%$ everyone.

This essential embodied what many of us felt, but could not articulate. People use act like the energy and actions being expressed by the youth came from nowhere, but we were simply a reflection of the times and energy that we had experienced. Once the CIA place crack in our neighborhoods, forget about it, the family dynamics went to hell and T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. was everywhere.

So what does all this have to do with blood pressure? As I mentioned before, my cousin had all of these unsent draft emails, and there was another one that caught my attention. It was titled “Product of my environment, the case for misinterpretation.”

Instead of trying to explain it to you, I will just let you read it yourself. It’s little on the long side, but it will end the mystery around high blood pressure and what’s going in.

A Case for Misinterpretation.

High blood pressure mostly comes down to being a signal, liken to a check engine light. Let’s say you were driving home one day, and your check engine light came on. Would you:
A.) cut the wires leading to the dashboard, that way you no longer see the check engine light? Or would you
B.) take the car to your mechanic or try to figure out the problem yourself and fix it?

I’m guessing you would choose B. To conclude B; a logical thought process took place. That logical thought process understood that the effect, has a cause and that the cause was not the effect.

In this scenario, we understood that cutting the wires to the check engine light does not solve the problem the engine light was trying alert us too. Not only that, since the wire is now cut, we are not even sure what the initial problem was. In fact, the very reason you have the check engine light is to warn and raise awareness that something is wrong or not optimal with your engine.

With all the potential damage that the check engine light could be warning you about, it safe to say that the check engine light is an ally. However, by cutting it, you have now treated an ally like an enemy.

This thought process is something that I could continue to use examples for over in over. However, I think you get the point.
When I think about high blood pressure, along with many other so-called “diseases,” and how they are “treated,” I can’t help but think of these scenarios.

What is the root cause? Is it really a “disease” or is it a sign denoting other underlying factors? Should it really be treated and if so, then how? These are just a few questions that should be asked with all “disease.” Why? Because not asking them may lead you down the road of aggressively treating a problem that is not actually a problem, but rather a sign or symptom. And like I said before, treating signs and symptoms is just like cutting the wires to the dashboard check engine lights.

The Daily Assault You Never Knew!

Did you know that the cardiovascular system is over 60,000 miles in distant? Just to put this into perspective, the circumference of planet earth is 25,000 miles in circumference. Which, means that the cardiovascular system of a human could wrap around the planet earth 2.5 times!

With so much distance, there is also so much that could potentially go wrong. That’s why your cardiovascular system needs a monitoring system that is continuously taking in the stimuli from the internal environment of the cardiovascular system. With this stimuli/ feedback/ information, the system will now make intelligent responses and adaptations, that will give your system the best possible chance to continue to fulfill its purpose. This monitoring system can be called the brain of the cardiovascular system.

This monitoring system aka the brain of your cardiovascular system is also the largest endocrine organ in your body, and most people have most likely never heard of it. It’s called the Endothelium.

The Endothelium!

The endothelium is the innermost lining of the artery. This endocrine organ acts as a monitoring and correcting station, that is continuously working to ensure that the blood flows and behaves appropriately. Also, it also manufactures and secretes hormones locally and directly into the bloodstream.

The endothelium does a lot, far to much to cover here, but we cover this in our training The Truth about High Blood Pressure, which you get with your Pressure-T membership. For the right now, what you should know is, when something isn’t quite right, the endothelium sends out certain hormones and mediators to get things in balance. When the endothelium is damaged and can’t do its job, the blood vessels constrict, become inflamed, and may even leak. Blood vessel walls become thicker, stiffer, and less able to dilate upon command. Clots are more likely to form, and there is an increase in oxidative stress.

This is called Endothelial dysfunction, and for most people, this is what’s causing their blood pressure to be increased. Better yet, this is what your increased blood pressure is adapting to and warning you about.

When the damage to the endothelium continues to progress, this is when we eventually start to see things like Heart attacks, Strokes, Kidney disease, etc. High blood pressure is simply a misunderstood product of its environment. Our response should not be to attack and mainly focus on the blood pressure for the sake of treatment, but instead, we should work towards stopping the assault and repairing the endothelial lining of the artery.


Hopefully, by now, you understand that your blood pressure is NOT the enemy here. High blood pressure is the body’s adaption to the damage that has taken place to the endothelium.

Now that we have that covered, it’s time for the 42 billion dollar question. How do we stop the damage and repair the endothelium?
Both answers are simple and also cheap, but not necessarily easy to do.

Question: How do we stop the damage? Answer: Stop the assault via the toxic stressors that many of us take in multiple times on a daily basis. This would be the processed foods, sugary or calorie-containing drinks, alcohol, and smoking or drugs. The standard American diet is a disease, as long as these foods are being ingested, sickness will exist in some form. These are some of the major culprits that are launching a daily war on your endothelium.

Question: How do we repair the endothelium? Answer: Honestly, for the most part, the endothelium-like many other aspects of our body will heal itself. This healing process, however, does require that we stay out of the way (via avoiding toxic foods) and also provide it with the proper nutrients via whole foods, proper movement, deep breathing, and water.

Edward then goes on in that email to talk about the reason he created Pressure-T and how it provides a daily infusion of antioxidant to nourish the endothelium. If you want to read more about pressure-T, check it out here.

In that email, he wrote something that really hit home for me. “High blood pressure is simply a misunderstood product of its environment. Our response should not be to attack and mainly focus on the blood pressure for the sake of treatment, but instead, we should work towards stopping the assault and repairing the endothelial lining of the artery.”

Blood pressure doesn’t increase just to increase; the same way kids don’t act out just to act out. Nine times out of ten there is actually a reason. When you do not get to the root of the problem you can not solve it in any meaningful manner, you can, however, give short-term solutions that do nothing beneficial in the long term other than increasing profits. These profits can come in the form of increased prison populations, or medications, procedures and dialysis clinics.

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