I wasn’t the only one with high blood pressure
The thing is, I already knew of two people who had long-term high blood pressure – and after years of treatments both died of complications caused by the condition.
One was my grandfather. The other was my father.
My grandfather had two strokes. The second one deprived his brain of oxygen for so long he didn’t survive.
My dad died of a heart attack shortly after I graduated from college. He was 48.
My doctor had already told me there was a genetic factor in high blood pressure. I was convinced the writing was on the wall for me.
Thankfully, in the end, bad genetics didn’t stop me successfully treating my blood pressure illness.
But, in the meantime, I did lose my cool with my doctor. A strong sense of hopelessness was setting in.
One lucky break…
Then I hit on a stroke of luck.
Some years ago, my brother had suffered a painful, distressing condition known as TMJ. It started in the jaw and caused him intense pain, partial deafness and facial disfigurement. It was awful.
But having seen two specialists my brother’s TMJ was worsening – and he was desperate.
A long story short, he found a natural health practitioner called Christian Goodman who had a very different attitude to illness.
My brother followed Christian’s specific advice – and started turning around his jaw pain in days.
Three weeks later, he no longer had TMJ at all. After 5 years of suffering, the pain was completely gone. Over the next couple of weeks his hearing slowly returned – and his lopsided face adjusted back to normal.
My brother wrote to Christian Goodman to ask him if he knew of anyone who could address high blood pressure.
Incredibly, Christian did know someone.
Physician, heal thyself…
Turns out Christian had suffered years of high blood pressure himself.
And, when treatments had failed to stop it getting steadily worse… he decided to do something about it himself.
I got in touch with Christian to find out how come he no longer had high blood pressure.
And here’s what I learnt.
Tackle causes to end illness
First, Christian has a solid track record of reversing a number of chronic illnesses that modern medicine is barely coping with.
His philosophy is shockingly simple: he hunts down root causes for a particular condition – and tackles those causes.
I thought that was what all medicine did!
Not so. What doctors tend to do is treat the symptoms – not the causes.
Why? Why does medicine tend to tackle the effects of an illness rather than its causes?
It’s because the causes of diseases are most often natural lifestyle things. Things we do, food we eat, our state of mind and so on.
None of these can be affected by pharmaceutical drugs.
Whereas symptoms – the pain we feel as a result of the cause – can be altered by pharma’s drugs.
So in a pill-popping industrial health society… the health industry prescribes pills to address symptoms.
But addressing only the symptoms of an illness leaves the illness firmly in place.
We instinctively know this makes no sense
We only have to think this through for a minute – to see how doing it like this is madness.
Consider this: it wasn’t the lack of medications that caused our initial illness. So why must it be medications that resolve those illnesses?
In truth, our bodies are a natural system and they go wrong for natural reasons.
And the first thing your body tries to do when things go wrong… is make them go right. It wants to function properly.
To help your body, it’s sensible to undo the natural causes that made it go wrong in the first place.
Which is exactly what man-made drugs and medicines don’t do.
They simply handle the effects of the illness.
So we get more ill over time because the underlying illness is left in place. It’s still there.
Over time the illness worsens and becomes too much for the meds to handle.
Which is when things start to go seriously wrong. And that’s why people die of high blood pressure.
This is how it works
Christian points out two insights so simple – and obvious – that when you hear them it almost sounds too easy to be true.
Here’s insight number one:
There can be half a dozen factors involved in your high blood pressure – but there’s one common cause no matter what else is involved.
That common cause?
It’s the brain.
Let’s be specific about this:.
Nothing happens in your body without your brain’s say-so.
Everything – and I mean everything – is under its control.
And the brain’s role in creating your high blood pressure is absolutely central here.
After all, what directly sets your heart rate? Your brain.
What narrows or widens the arteries in response to its chosen blood pressure levels? Your brain.
What ultimately determines the volume of blood your heart will pump throughout your body? Your brain.
And so on. We can talk all day about other contributory factors… but when it comes down to it, everything begins and ends with what your brain decides.
Here’s insight number two:
Blood pressure is always a stress response. Whatever else contributes to it, stress is the first, primary cause.
And stress results from an instruction from the brain.
Once Christian realized that the cause of high blood pressure begins and ends with the brain – and that the brain was sending blood pressure sky high due to stress – he knew exactly what to do next.