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An Urgent Appeal

 

In recent years the medical profession and public have recognized that hypertension of the arteries adds to the load on the heart. It is not generally recognized, however, that a rise in blood pressure may result from arterial hypotension, because the heart, to maintain the health and life of the whole organism, may work harder to supplement the inadequate functioning of the arteries. As the heart works harder, the blood pressure is increased. Therefore the use of vasodilators is contraindicated.

Neither has it been generally recognized that hypertension of the gastrointestinal system also adds to the load on the heart. Nor has it been recognized that there may be a lack of tone in the blood vessels in the abdominal region, but with normal or hypertension in the rest of the body.

If these opposite circulatory conditions are not recognized, any general form of treatment is only empiricism with no scientific basis.

In conclusion, after many years of my own physical and mental distress, I would appeal to all human beings interested in the relief of human suffering to see to it that patients with "relaxed arteries" be saved from being subjected to "relaxing" treatment. (I have used the term "relaxed arteries" instead of "poor vasomotor tone" because when one faints away when the bottom drops out of his arterial system, the word "relaxed" is not too strong or unscientific.)

It makes no difference whether one has multiple sclerosis or some mental disorder, all relaxing treatments for all people with relaxed arteries should be stopped. If any organizations continue to use relaxing treatments on such patients, they are only adding to human misery.

Up until the present time, no accurate or adequate attention has been devoted to the rate of blood flow, in either diagnosis or treatment.

The rate of blood flow determines one's recovery. It would therefore enormously reduce human suffering if something were done to restore the normal circulation, instead of giving all the attention to terminal details, as had been done to me and many of my patients by men in all systems of therapeutics.