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While I am 100% for donating blood on a humanitarian level, and do so myself every 6 weeks or so, it is very fucking obvious why this isn't standard treatment.I've had mild hypertension for over a decade. Up until 2017, this did not warrant intervention according to the official guidelines, which specified 140/90 as the threshold for treatment. This was then revised down (after considerable lobbying by the pharma industry) to 130/80 and I started hearing I should be on blood pressure lowering medication(s).
Being disinclined to this option, I went doctor shopping and finally found one who didn't just want to write prescriptions. He told me to go to the Red Cross and donate whole blood as often as their schedule allows, as the hypotensive effects of phlebotomy have been recognized since the early 1900s* and the effect persists for a considerable period after each blood letting.
Anyway, just two donations later, my blood pressure is indeed completely normal again (below 120/80) and hopefully I might even have earned a few karma points in the process. Texted my doc the results and asked the obvious question: "Why isn't this more standard?" Got the obvious answer: "No money in it."
Thanks!!Bene - incredible progress, and basically perfect form. A touch stronger than Brad Pitt in Fight Club to make a random reference!
Sorry if posted before, but what is your workout/diet summary these days? TY!!