One of the most remarkable things about high blood pressure is how little the mainstream understands it.
Between 90 percent and 95 percent of all hypertension is labeled "essential hypertension," which is a fancy way of saying they don't know what's causing it.
New research suggests it's a common form of the herpes virus that already affects between 60 percent and 99 percent of adults worldwide.
That would certainly help explain the large number of people coping with hypertension, which impacts some 74 million people here in the United States alone.
Researchers studied mice with this virus, called cytomegalovirus or CMV, and also found that when combined with a poor diet it can lead to hardened arteries. Their work was published in May in the journal PLoS Pathogens.
Now, I have no reason to doubt this research. It's plausible, but obviously we'll need further study before we can say for sure if this virus is actually responsible for high blood pressure, or simply a risk factor.
My problem is not their work, but the conclusion the mainstream will draw if it turns out to be true: Give everyone antiviral meds or vaccinations to combat high blood pressure.
No less than four major pharmaceutical companies are working on CMV vaccines, and they would love a chance to sell them to you.
It's a Big Pharma dream come true, but a nightmare for the rest of us as we're exposed to new meds and new side effects, all completely unnecessary for something like high blood pressure, which can be controlled through lifestyle changes and nutrition.
There's also a larger consideration, one that impacts all of us whether we have high blood pressure or not.
Right now, doctors are trying to find ways to combat a new wave of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. This happened because too many people have been given antibiotics too often.
Now, viruses can do the same thing. Give a billion people antivirals, and we'll run the risk of causing these viruses to strengthen and mutate until they, too, become resistant to drugs.
I wouldn't be so against it if they were the only possible solution to a serious health issue – but they're not.
I've told you about natural ways to control your blood pressure before. In fact, if you subscribe now to Health Revelations you can go back into the archives and read the May issue, which features a complete plan that's easy to follow.
With proper motivation, it is possible that you don't have to take any of the drugs they're trying to give you now, and you certainly don't have to wait for some vaccine of the future.