Do you know that every third adult person in the world is the victim of high blood pressure (hypertensive)? Do you know that you are living in a big illusion if you think that one small pill a day is really taking care of your high BP issue? This is because a lifestyle disease can be cured only by correcting lifestyle and the illusion of getting cured with a small pill or two on a daily basis is going to cost you dearly in the long run.
Exactly this is the aim of this blog- To make you all aware that how the long term usage of medicines especially for lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure, can create extremely serious, painful and chronic imbalances in one’s life. And for this I shall be narrating my own example. Do share it with your near and dear ones, so that they stay away from such medicines which are nothing but slow poisons.
Before we proceed, I would like to mention here that this post is not meant to demean any system of medicine but is rather aimed at helping people to stay healthy and fit or regain their lost health before it becomes too late.
Here I Begin…. Year 2007 was the time when out of nowhere I developed a love for Ayurveda and Spirituality through various books that I used to pick up from the library. Life was seemingly going great with me doing fine on the personal as well as professional front in the corporate world after my short stint with army. Physically too, with minor ups and downs as in everyone’s life, I used to feel fitter than the most. I used to maintain a strict exercise regime, eat a healthy well-balanced diet as per my wisdom and enjoy lots of professional assignments, and slog and slog. Perfectionism was my motto.
Till around 2011 beginning, being in a state of inertia, I never realized that my body was getting into a state of serious imbalance solely because of the long term use of BP medicines that I had been taking, and what to ignore the symptoms, my mind never even registered them. This is what happens with most of us that due to this state of inertia, more often than not, we fail to register subtle changes that are taking place within our body, mind, and behavior, not just because of medicines, but also because of the foods that we consume along with the environmental and situational inputs. And then began a new phase of my life when I first developed mouth burning syndrome. It was a constant nagging, burning pain that kept on increasing inside my mouth and around it as well. Slowly this burning started soaking up my ears, eyes, arms, groins, legs, and all over the body. This burning pain was coupled with other symptoms like unnecessary nervousness, irritation, confusion, shaking legs, weight loss, headache, breathlessness, heart and throat burning and loss of sleep. From a person who used to confidently address a gathering, I was reduced to one who could not even speak properly. During these distressing times, I would have visited several doctors but without any respite and then I also began visiting Ayurvedic specialists. But I was getting zero relief from any medicine. And soon I realized that while the burning pain continued, my brain stopped registering things around me and my vision started blurring. I used to remain very confused and wondered what was going wrong with me. The burning pain, especially in the mouth, was so intense that I used to writhe all the time, and soon after, it started affecting my decisions, my daily routine, and not only just my professional life, but also my personal life.
For quite some time, I literally felt like a zombie. From a person who did not even need a calculator to perform even the most complex calculations; I turned into one who would find it difficult even to understand the basic logic of things and what was going on around me. I used to forget my own statements and/or figures within seconds. It was as if my mind had stopped processing any information. I started having minor road accidents because of the confused state and had to do away with driving. A lump used to remain in my throat all the time, which would not allow me to even speak properly. A hint of anxiety used to dry my throat profusely. Howling due to nightmares during the sleep had become a regular phenomenon with me that my family used to encounter. I used to feel extreme cold while inside my workplace due to centralized air-conditioning for which I had to take frequent hourly breaks just to stand under the Sun. But on the contrary, if I would stand under the sun for too long, I would begin having burning sensation throughout the body. Doctors named it as peripheral neuropathy and brain fog. They tried everything they had in their armamentarium on me and even I tried all possible therapies apart from allopathy and Ayurveda whether it be homeopathy or acupressure.
On several occasions, I even asked the experts about the safety of sartan, the BP medicine that I was taking at that time and if that was the reason for this super-burning, but everyone turned me down stating that sartan can’t be causing this and it’s a very safe drug. And then in 2011 end, with the consent of a doctor whom I had met accidentally, I finally decided to stop taking sartan and switched over to ayurvedic BP medicines. And yes! within a week itself, my problem of mouth burning subsided significantly to tolerable levels. However, even discontinuation of sartan did not have any positive impact on my state of mind because by this time nerve suppressants coupled by my spiceless diet had numbed my brain (though I realized this fact later on after I properly started understanding the principles of Ayurveda). My body had become hypersensitive to even minor changes. I used to have strong cravings for spicy foods since I had stayed on a spiceless diet for a long time, but the moment I would satiate my cravings to feel a bit elated, my lump in the throat, dryness and burning in my mouth, lips, eyes, loss of control on my emotions, and burning in my peripherals used to erupt intensely.
During this period, to the best of my memory, I would have read thousands of articles and a number of books on Ayurveda and modern medical science, just to understand what was going wrong with me, and yes, by that time, I had vaguely started understanding the connection between the two. My visits to the Ayurvedic doctor I was consulting who became my mentor as well), were not just confined to my medicine schedule and therapy, but our discussions used to extend way beyond, to help clarify my concepts of Ayurveda. My faith in Ayurveda got further strengthened when I saw several chronic cases of ailments getting cured where allopathy had totally given up (here are some testimonials).
But then, despite the fact that there came a stage when my BP got totally in control with the help of ayurvedic medicines and my diet, there was only a marginal difference in my state of mind and the body aches including facial pains. After lot of running around including ridiculing by some doctors, my disease was diagnosed as Fibromyalgia which is spreading fast in today’s world due to indiscreet use of fads like tea especially green tea, broccoli, garlic, coffee, beetroot since they also work like BP lowering medicines. Slowly I had begun to understand that all my pains were the result of imbalance created by the years of usage of allopathic BP medicines and it could be reversed only by increasing blood flow towards upper and peripheral parts of the body. I had understood that BP medicines make a fool out of us (no offense to anyone). Instead of cleaning our blood vessels, they temporarily widen them thereby giving a temporary feeling of relaxation (or they reduce the BP by reducing the heart beat or by pulling out more much needed water from our blood). However, because of their widening effect, they are reducing blood towards the upper body (and from peripherals) due to the effect of gravity, which led to all these issues that I faced. Thus, I took a big plunge into Yogasanas to reverse this flow of blood in my body and i did succeed slowly and gradually.
Its been more than 7 years since i have not been on any medicine- neither allopathic nor ayurvedic. Today as I write, I walk on a thin line and live on the edge. My disease was given a name around four years back. Docs called it fibromyalgia which is spreading fast in this world because of the indiscreet use of fads like green tea, broccoli, beetroot and imbalancing foods/drinks like garlic, onion, liquor, chocolate, coffee, tobacco and most importantly BP lowering allopathic drugs. I have been able to undo my damages largely because of right diet in line with teachings of Ayurveda and right yogasanas, however I have to be very careful on what I eat as any deviation flares up my pain and other issues. of course, I don’t regret my past at all rather i am glad that my experiences are helping people to get cured from even chronic diseases.
And therefore, I reiterate what I have mentioned in the book (THE ROOT CAUSE), blogs on this site and my videos, that, we all must know what we are feeding our body and mind including food and medicines and how is it going to work inside our body. I can guarantee this that the day we understand this and implement it in true letter and spirit, we shall win the war on diseases- mental as well as physical and then the world will be a healthier and happier place because crimes/ego issues/unhealthy criticism/wars/terrorism etc. are nothing but the indications of unhealthy mind only.
This blog is an extract from the book THE ROOT CAUSE that captures explanation of Ayurveda and other sciences of Vedic wisdom in the modern scientific language.
In the next blog, we shall see that how high blood pressure can be cured by using simple principles of Ayurveda within ten to 20 days without any side effects at all.