A new study found that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure.
The investigators found that the less salt people ate, the more likely they were to die of heart disease – 50 people in the lowest third of salt consumption (2.5 grams of sodium per day) died during the study as compared with 24 in the medium group (3.9 grams of sodium per day) and 10 in the highest salt consumption group (6.0 grams of sodium per day). And while those eating the most salt, had on average a slight increase in systolic blood pressure – a 1.71-millimeter increase in pressure for each 2.5-gram increase in sodium per day; they were no more likely to develop hypertension.
“If the goal is to prevent hypertension with lower sodium consumption, this study shows it does not work” said the lead author, Dr. Jan A. Staessen, a professor of medicine at the University of Leuven, in Belgium.
Dr. Alderman said the new study is not the only one to find adverse effects of low-sodium diets. He studied people who had “high blood pressure” and found that those who ate the least salt were most likely to die.
He also said “lowering salt consumption has consequences beyond blood pressure. It also, for example, increases insulin resistance, which can increase the risk of heart disease.”
To survive and thrive, the body needs salt. That’s a medical fact. Consider the fact that persons in critical condition are often given intravenous injections (IV). IV’s are nothing more than purified water and salt. It has been said, “IV is the only cure that the doctor has in his bag of tricks.”
I once heard a story about a very rich man who had a lot of health problems. He supposedly tired of many surgeries and drugs and checked himself into the hospital and paid the doctors well to give him nothing more than an IV until he died. After his death an autopsy was performed and to the doctors’ amazement, every organ had completely healed.
It does make a person wonder when most people who receive an IV end up recovering, “Why do the doctors want to restrict salt in our diets?” I have to agree that standard table salt is poisonous to humans, but natural salt is needed for regulating bodily fluids. Doctors do not learn this in medical school and therefore many act out of ingnorance, but for those who write the medical books, you may need to follow the money trail to understand their motives. Insurance companies get billed as much as $600 for a pint of salt water?
The official food policy of our federal government aims to radically reduce salt levels, although medical evidence is mounting that a low-sodium diet risks diabetes, other diseases and premature death.
“If the object is to reduce blood pressure then do it by increasing exercise or eating more salads and vegetables, as these have no negative consequences. Unfortunately, the salt reduction strategy being promoted at the UN Summit will have negative health outcomes,” said Morton Satin, Vice President of Science and Research at the Salt Institute.
Scientific American, the most authoritative publication explaining science for a broad audience, has analyzed recent medical studies on salt and reviewed more than a century of previous research to conclude, “It’s time to end the war on salt.”
“The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science.
Contrary to popular opinion, reducing salt intake does not improve the health of the heart or the circulatory system. A new study found that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure.”
Benjamin Franklin states in his biography that when struck with a cold, he would go to the sea and drink the water. Because of the antiviral properties of sea salt, he was cured the next day.
My father and grandfather would both stir a Tsp. of salt into a quart of warm water and drink it down at the beginning of the flu or a cold or any kind of food poisoning. That was normally the end of the problem. I have since carried on the practice with great results.
Certain cultures make a practice of drinking 1 tsp. of salt stirred into a glass of warm water first thing every morning on an empty stomach. Those who subscribe to this practice are among the healthiest people on the planet.
Frequently, I stir a tsp. of salt into 20 oz. of water the first thing in the morning and drink it down on an empty stomach. I may do this for days or weeks at a time. I have found it to be a very healthy practice.
I recommend a minimum intake of at least ½ tsp. salt daily, but it should be from a good source like Redmond Salt or Himalayan Salt available at most health food stores, or can be purchased at www.realsalt.com. Typical table salt is highly processed, overheated and has Aluminum added to prevent clumping.
Hippocrates (460 BC) the father of medicine discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater by noticing the healing effects it had on the injured hands of fishermen. He then employed salt therapy by applying the age-old method of inhaling the steam from boiled salt water and also recommended that his understudies bathe in the ocean to reap all the benefits.
Greek medicine had already discovered topical use of salt for skin lesions 2000 years ago along with drinking salty or mineralized waters for digestive troubles and inhaling salt for respiratory diseases.
Documentation from Ocean Plasma, an organization whose mission is to reeducate the public about the importance of salt states:
The therapeutic importance of Sodium Chloride is well known. It was already employed with success by Amédé Latour (1830-1857) with pulmonary tuberculosis, by Martin Solon (1842) and by Bouchardat (1851) with diabetes, by Plouvier (1847) with toxemia, iron deficiency and anemia etc., by Piorry (1850), Gintrac (1850), Brugs (1851), Larière (1851), Villemin (1854), Hutchinson (1854), Moroschkin (1856), Piogh (1870) with intermittent fever, and was, and still is, heavily used by all modern [medical] facilities with a quotable quote intra-venous or subcutaneous injections for the most varied afflictions.
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