Not You Too
By: Joe Leone
Which one of us does not have high blood pressure? My situation started many years ago when I was in my 30’s. I had a severe headache and felt like my head was coming off.
When I went to the doctor he supposed it was pressure from work and not being able to relax… in addition to my two tax jobs, I was also involved in organizations concerning School, Social, Athletics, & Veterans to name a few.
There were no pill or treatments then and here I am now many years later alive and still being treated for high blood pressure. But now we can say “under control”
Based on an article I recently read “Blood Pressure Rates are Soaring” The Numbers are shocking. Almost 1 Billion people (that’s billion with a B) worldwide have high blood pressure and by 2025 half a billion more will have this silent killer. It’s not just a problem for the ever fattening Western World because even Africa high blood pressure is becoming common. That translates into millions of deaths from heart disease alone. Yet hypertension doesn’t command the attention given even to bird flu which has killed fewer than 200 people. “Hypertension has gone a bit out of fashion” says Dr. Ostergren of Sweden University Hospital, he co-authored a first of its kind analysis of the global impact of high blood pressure.
The idea is to rev-up bored governments to fight high blood pressure just as countries have banded together in the past to fight infectious disease. The fact is that even in the United States the majority of people with high blood pressure are not treated adequately” says Dr. Smith of the University of North Carolina. To continue “Look at China, look at Africa, go around the world, it is a major risk factor.” What is the treatment?
And the dangers go well beyond the heart, high blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes, and kidney failure; plus it plays a role in blindness and even dementia.
The summary what is the cause, it’s not pressure, it’s not diet, it’s not lack of exercise. What causes it? Let’s get on the research kick and find out before it’s much too late!
Friendly comments from Joe Leone
I was sitting down trying to define friendship using all kinds of situations, stories, and proverbs, and got nowhere. I mean what is this delicate thing we call “friendship”. You know its true it’s indefinable because it only becomes recognizable when it happens to you (whatever that is?) Here’s the irony of it, friendship is different to each and every one of us. Sometimes the negative definition “he’s no friend” is best. For example a person I worked with whom I thought very highly of (not avoiding the use of “friend”) actually turned on me to make a gain… when I found out, I was stunned! I never thought that it could happen. But where are we in the definition of a friend? Really give it a thought, it’s tough! Think of what you thought was a “best friend” (there’s that expression again) someone whom you confided in, telling your secrets only to find out either the whole world now knows or you’re being blackmailed! What a twist… wait till you’re in trouble and you run to your “best friend” (excuse me) for help, forget it! The rule book for excuses is then exceeded. So I started talking to people about friendship, in particular my wife, who is very popular and has many friends. She said to me.. how could you write an article about friends, “you have no friends”. She’s right because I point to no one as a friend “everyone is my friend” I follow my old uncle Tony’s advice “Trust everyone, but cut the cards every time.”
So to all my friends, and their friends,
I close your friend,
Painful Comments form Joe Leone
A while ago our wonderful pastor at St. James Church made a sermon about pain. I was very impressed it hit home! Many thought came to mind… you really have to understand pain so that you can reach out and touch those who suffer with it.l I remembered a poetic explanation of pain:
“Nothing begins and nothing ends,
that is not paid with moan;
for we are born in others pain,
and perish in our own.”
I’m sure all of us have witnessed pain, and can remember the pleasure of it’s relief like being reborn.
The longer we live the more we can share pain. The body can only take so much abuse. I can remember my wife keeping her mother living thru her constant nursing and devotion until her mother begged her to let her go! I don’t have the answers to determine what is worse physical pain or the pain of the mind. I don’t think “suffering” is human. There are many avenues of relief. Some cursed with pain can be kissed into smiles again. The pleasure from pain comes when one can sleep. A person can only take so many prescriptions. The price of old age is pain! I pray that the young escape the sting of pain and enjoy the pleasure of luxury of health.
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