Plumber’s Guide to Blood Pressure
Re: Did I hear or understand Atom correctly in a previous show with Patrick when he said that drinking too much water can actually cause blood pressure to elevate? Everyone else’s belief seems to be the opposite.
Fortunately, for the greater good of the general public, only a few misinformed “experts” believe the opposite.
Suppose a balloon is overfilled with water.
No one in their right mind would add more water to the balloon to keep it from exploding.
Reducing water pressure makes a water heater last longer. (We recently learned this the hard way.)
Adding water increases pressure. Subtracting water decreases pressure.
High blood pressure is one of the universally recognized signs of water intoxication.
(Sometimes — every Yin has a Yang and every Yang has a Yin — excess water does cause blood pressure to drop. It’s a dangerous condition caused by low blood sodium.)
By the way, high blood pressure is sometimes a good thing.
It prevents mental retardation of the fetus during pregnancy.
Doctors prescribing diuretics to pregnant women is just another sign of their ignorance.
Leigh MacMillan (“Plain water has surprising impact on blood pressure,” Reporter: Vanderbilt University Center’s Weekly Newspaper, Jul. 28, 2010) wrote …
“David Robertson, M.D., and colleagues first observed water’s curious ability to increase blood pressure about 10 years ago, in patients who had lost their baroreflexes — the system that keeps blood pressure within a normal range.”
According to the same source …
“Although water does not significantly raise blood pressure in healthy young subjects with intact baroreflexes, the investigators found that it does increase sympathetic nervous system activity and constrict blood vessels (which prevents pooling of blood in the extremities).
“These findings prompted the American Red Cross to conduct a study of water drinking as a method for reducing fainting responses. The study found that drinking 16 ounces of water before blood donation reduced the fainting response by 20 percent.”
Regarding the key words, “intact baroreflexes,” the commonest cause of high blood pressure is not really too much or too little water — it’s the LOSS OF CONTROL over the water in the body.
That’s why blood pressure is so easy to adjust with either hypnosis or biofeedback.