Do you know what the ‘nickname’ for High Blood Pressure (HBP) is?

The Silent Killer.

It has earned its nickname well. A slide on a rotating powerpoint presentation at my chiropractor’s office says something like, “One of the first symptoms of high blood pressure is death.”

Pretty scary isn’t it.

HBP is typically associated with men, but the statistics don’t really show that big a difference between men and women. I did a quick look up of the statistics for HBP in Canada and the United States, and an unbelievable 31% of Americans are diagnosed with HBP, with it being about half (17.6%) in Canada. (statistics from CDC and StatsCan websites)

Of course, it is a blood disorder, and our blood is deeply connected to our identity.

When HBP arises in someone, their identity has adhered itself to beliefs around self-responsibility from a very unhealthy place. They will have feelings of hyper-responsibility and that they must be part of every aspect of the success model for them to accomplish what drives them. If they don’t, the inner pressure begins to make their life very uncomfortable. Hence, people with HBP aren’t usually ‘natural’ delegators.

Additionally, lurking in the background will most often be some kind of unresolved confrontation with someone, leaving the person always preparing for a confrontation, but never really gaining the courage to actually act on it.

Therefore, the pressure of the unresolved expression of their true emotions builds to a point of danger.

These two origins collide and compound the feeling of needing to prove themselves. This happens because this person holds beliefs of one who was never made to feel as though they are enough. As a result, they unconsciously get on the defense, ever vigilant to take on more responsibility to fill the abyss of undervaluation.

This leaves the person left with a vague sense of threat that spurs on the need to be ready for anything!

This vague threat appears to be some kind of external control of their lives, yet the secret is that it is not.

It in an internal thing.

It is interesting to note that the nickname The Silent Killer, coming from how HBP sometimes takes the life of someone, is nearly a mirror image of the vague sense of external threat that they feel but isn’t really there.

The good news is that HBP is a fairly simple condition to remedy with a committed attitude, at least on the physical plane.

Resolving the inappropriate relationships with the beliefs that stand in the way of committing is a great place to start, and will help you more easily actualize an appropriate every-day action plan.

Until next time,




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