High blood pressure is readily recognized as problematic in many people’s health circumstances in today’s society. There are several causes, some psychological and some physiological. The predominant treatment prescribed to sufferers are various drugs that either expand the volume the cardiovascular system is able to contain or increase blood volume excretion through the kidneys. Both of these are artificial methods of modifying our body systems, and both may cause potentially harmful side effects.
When stressed, our blood vessels constrict so that oxygen can reach the cells of our bodies faster, enabling the catabolism (breakdown) of carbohydrates such as glucose by the mitochondria (power-generating organelles) in our body’s cells to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy-storing molecule, the batteries of our cells, they power the cell’s activities, including providing the energy for our muscles to work. So stress increases the oxygen availability to increase our energy supply so that we can either flee or fight the stressful situation. Unfortunately, the stressors of modern human society are not overcome by our body’s instinctive reactions. This leads to a situation of continual high blood pressure, often compounded by high fat levels and poor physical condition.
Haemorrhoids, often called piles, are a condition that “afflicts” many people as they age and are often treated using cauterizing methods or surgery. Might we be doing them a disservice by considering them a bane and treating them so. Could it be that haemorrhoids are nature’s way of combating high blood pressure in older people? I have “suffered” from haemorrhoids for some years now. Prior to their arrival I suffered regularly from blood noses, from my earliest childhood through to my early thirties, since rarely. Despite an often-stressful life, I have not suffered from high blood pressure.
Haemorrhoids have an extensive capillary system close to the surface that may be ruptured by external pressures or from internal. Being more susceptible to rupture than most if not all other capillary networks in my body they are the first to break. High blood pressure causes us harm through the rupture of capillary networks in the important systems of our body; by relieving that pressure in a comparatively insignificant area we avoid that damage. Perhaps we should view haemorrhoids as a blessing rather than a curse.