What’s Pushing Up Your Blood Pressure?

Dr. John Briggs

What’s Pushing Up Your Blood Pressure?

3 min.
December 16, 2020

What’s Pushing Up Your Blood Pressure?

The rule of threes: This is important in prioritizing basic needs for life. Without air for three minutes the brain shuts down without oxygen. Without water for three days the body enters into shock. Without food for three weeks, tissues and organs begin to fail without nutrients. 

Without water, we see many biological systems of the body begin to suffer. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry has convinced doctors to believe that water is the cause of high blood pressure. 

The easiest yet most costly way to lower blood pressure is to decrease blood volume. When I say costliest, I mean in terms of patient health. The majority of water in the body is in the plasma, which consists of 93% water and 7% proteins, fats, sugars, minerals, and hormones. 

Dispensing diuretics is how to lower the blood volume. When doing so, we dehydrate every cell in the body, and alter the dispersal of nutrition to the cells. When a doctor dispenses a diuretic, the adrenal glands and kidneys decrease the volume of water in the blood by increasing urination. 

Continued reliance on these diuretics violates the rule of threes. Unfortunately, the use of diuretics is the first line of treatment when dealing with hypertension. In evaluating your degree of dehydration, consider the chart below which shows the degrees of dehydration and the corresponding symptoms

2% total fluid loss: 

Thirst, Loss of appetite, Dry skin, Skin flushing, Dark colored urine, Dry mouth, Fatigue or weakness, Chills, Head rushes. 

5% total fluid loss: Increased pulse, Increased respiration, decreased sweating, Increased body temperature, Extreme fatigue, Muscle cramps, Headaches, Nausea, Tingling limbs. 

10% total fluid loss: Muscle spasms, Vomiting, Racing pulse, Shriveled skin, Dim vision, Painful urination, Confusion, Difficulty breathing, Seizures, Chest or abdominal pain, Unconsciousness. 

The regulation of blood pressure is under the control of many organs of the body. These include the kidneys, liver, intestines, lungs, adrenal glands, thyroid, pituitary, and hypothalamus. To only single out the fluid volume of the blood and force the kidneys to work overtime, dehydrating the system is to invite disaster. Eventually renal function will be negatively impacted with a potential of being stuck on dialysis for the remainder of your life. Water is not the cause of high blood pressure but can assist in improving it. 

Most physicians are so focused on numbers they often fail to fully investigate the underlying cause. History important at giving clues as to why the pressure is elevated. I have a family member who has maintained excellent and even low blood pressure her whole life, even throughout her pregnancies. After being attacked by a pit bull, she now runs ridiculous high blood pressure. 

Medical opinion has been that it’s genetic as our father had high blood pressure. I don’t have high blood pressure nor does my older brother, and if we suppose this shows up later in life, we’re both quite a bit older. So, what’s the underlying cause? Stress. 

This came on following the fear she endured from the dog bite. Dad was under tons of stress and often took on more as he really didn’t know how to say no. When he took on the job of administrator of a multidiscipline medical clinic and had to settle the quarrels between doctors who all wanted to be number one. This pushed his blood pressure through the roof. 

In the case of this one, I find that the adrenal glands are pushing the blood pressure up. If this person were to get blood pressure drugs, the most successful would be a beta blocker, but all too often the use of a diuretic would be added. In this case, restoring adrenal function makes the most sense without the damage of the drugs. 

Restoring fatigued adrenal glands allows kidneys to respond and balance minerals and fluid. Depending on the degree of adrenal exhaustion, treatment could be very simple or quite extensive. The longer the condition goes on without proper nutrition the more aggressive I need to treat.

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Dr Briggs is a 1980 graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been practicing naturopathic medicine in the northwest corner of Oregon since his graduation. His practice involves diagnostic and therapeutic modalities which have stood the test of time and the challenges of diverse disease. We believe that each person exists dynamically as a spirit being, possessing a soul made up of their mind, will, and emotions, living in a body which requires specific care and nutrition. To address only the physical needs is to ignore the real person, and frequently, the real issues. We strive to address all your issues (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical) with compassion and wisdom.

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