15 May 2011

Why You Should Eat Your Salt

Why the purified chemical, sodium chloride (NaCl), improperly known as "table salt" should be allowed to wear the name salt at all is beyond me. It's like "soy milk" and "rice milk" which of course are just corporate fictions that have nothing to do with real milk designed to make 

Real salt containing 92 essential minerals 

you think that some artificial factory product that they make is related to food. Only God knows how to make food, not some chemical company or a so-call "food giant" who thinks that food is a business. In my opinion only humans should be allowed to be involved with food. No corporations should be allowed any where near where human food is concerned. 

Another good idea would be to have doctors educated about food instead of drugs. Then maybe they could get somewhere in helping people to be healthy. As anybody who has ever cried salty tears knows, salt is a part of what makes up a healthy human body, but not pure sodium chloride, real salt, as found in the living oceans of the world, that contains all the trace elements needed for optimum human functioning. My favorite is  light grey Celtic Sea Salt. Get it and use it.

Heart Disease Deaths Four Times Higher With Low Salt Intake

Submitted by Lois Rain on May 10, 2011 – 8:51 pm20 Comments

The phony stuff, pure chemical NaCl
Maybe you are among the fortunate few who enjoyed salty seasoned meals, defying all medical warnings and nagging from your friends and family. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is changing their tune about salt intake. Natural health professionals have long valued salt for cardiovascular balance among other benefits.
JAMA will publish a study that shows that people with greater salt intake are the ones more likely to avoid hypertension, heart disease and death. Doctors never really could explain why they believed lower salt intake would improve heart health.
But don’t expect convention doctors to sing the praises of salt any time soon.
~Health Freedoms

Heart Disease Deaths Four Times Higher With Low Salt Intake: JAMA Study

As Gaia Health has informed you, there is no truth to the claim that high salt intake is unhealthy. In fact, evidence shows the opposite to be true.

Forget all those claims that you need to keep your salt intake low to maintain heart health. It isn’t true. Those claims have been based on deeply flawed studies and the medical establishment’s enforcement of lock-step obedience to whatever the current orders happen to be. Right now, one of them is that lower salt intake is healthy for everyone. The reality is exactly the opposite for most people.

Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) is publishing a study of 3,681 people that correlated their salt intake with hypertension and cardiovascular disease and death. The results are clear: People with greater salt intake have significantly less heart disease and death from it.
The authors concluded:
The associations between systolic pressure and sodium excretion did not translate into less morbidity or improved survival. On the contrary, low sodium excretion predicted higher cardiovascular mortality. Taken together, our current findings refute the estimates of computer models of lives saved and health care costs reduced with lower salt intake. They do also [sic] not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction of salt intake at the population level. However, they do not negate the blood pressure-lowering effects of a dietary salt reduction in hypertensive patients
Notice, also, that lowering blood pressure is not beneficial to health, though that claim is also routinely made. As the JAMA study shows, a slight decrease in blood pressure occurs with lowered salt intake; it’s nominal and entirely unrelated to outcomes.Trial participants were followed for a median of 7.9 years. Overall, the death rates were:

Independence of the Study

The study, entitled “Fatal and Nonfatal Outcomes, Incidence of Hypertension, and Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Urinary Sodium Excretion”, did not suffer from the common flaws of many, if not most, medical studies. It wasn’t financed by Big Pharma. None of the authors received money from Big Pharma or industries related to the topic studied. There were no ghost authors; the researchers who drafted the manuscript are specified. The researchers named first and last in the credits, Katarzyna Stolarz-Skrzypek, MD, PhD and Jan A. Staessen, MD, PhD for the European Project on Genes in Hypertension, were both the research leaders and the actual authors.

How Are Estimates of Death Rates from Salt Intake Generally Made?

Of course, we’re all aware of just how consistently we’re told that lower salt intake improves heart health. But how do you suppose they come up with the estimates that supposedly prove it? It’s done by magic, of course! As the study’s authors point out, presumptions are fed into computer models, which grind out predefined results of “lives saved”. The claims are based on bits being tossed around inside computer chips, not on real-life data.

Furious Response from Mainstream Medicos

As might be expected, mainstream medical so-called experts are furious about the study. According to reporting by Lisa Nainggolan of theHeart.org, Dr. Graham MacGregor, of Queen Mary University, London, a low-salt promoter who has managed to con the entire UK nation into reducing food salt content, the findings are “paradoxical” and, therefore, cannot be trusted. He stated:
They’ve shown that salt puts up blood pressure, and yet they then claim that salt relates inversely to events. Well, that doesn’t make sense…[It illustrates] the bias of the authors, in my view. Everything else that has been shown to lower BP is beneficial in terms of heart attacks and strokes.
He further stated that the paper is “badly written” and has “severe methodological problem, and continued with:
I really don’t think this is worth paying attention to. They are trying to create a stir. This is clever, but it’s harmful in my view. It’s like saying we don’t think cigarettes are harmful so we shouldn’t do anything about smoking.
The overall evidence [in favor of salt reduction] is overwhelming. That isn’t to say we wouldn’t change our mind if we had really good evidence, but I don’t think this is it. This will not divert us from reducing salt intake worldwide. At a high-level meeting of the World Health Organization, salt reduction has been recommended as the next thing after tobacco reduction because it’s so cost-effective to implement and so easy to do.
MacGregor uses typical methods of obfuscating. He attacks the quality of the study, but offers little to support his assertion. He makes sweeping claims without supporting them. He then falls back on one of the grand standards for those who don’t really have good evidence to support their contentions: They make clear that their view is the popular one.
In the end, MacGregor states that, even if the study were “perfectly done” it wouldn’t make any difference, because there are so many that support his point of view. What he doesn’t mention is how deeply flawed those studies are. As I discussed in Take a Grain of Salt With That Salt Reduction Advice, careful analysis of most of those studies shows that they tend to cherry-pick data, while meta analysis of the data itself shows the same results as this study.

Turning Differing Views Into Heresy

The danger inherent in rigidly held beliefs by entrenched health powers is clearly revealed here. Modern medicine’s focus on treating disease, rather than on maintaining health, has resulted in promotion of many false claims, with obvious negative effects on the well-being of people.
It has become virtual heresy to suggest that any claims by modern medicine are incorrect. It’s so ingrained that even alternative medicine often follows the pack, as in the advice to lower salt intake.
And now, we have governments enforcing these false claims. Salt reduction is being enforced in the food industry. Schools are reducing salt in lunches—and some schools are forcing children to eat their lunches instead of bringing them from home. There is now an industry in place to push people into consuming less salt.
Don’t expect the results of this study to have any effect on what modern medicine or their cohorts in crime, governmental agencies, do regarding salt recommendations. Too much is riding on them. Reputations of doctors and high-ranking government officials could be harmed if the truth were acknowledged. The waste of massive amounts of the public’s money in promoting lower salt intake would betray the political health of elected officials. In that world, the actual health of the people carries little weight.
As a result, any pseudo-study that promotes the approved doctrine is pointed out as “proving” the official proclamation. Any honest study that demonstrates the truth is quickly ridiculed, condemned, and then quietly swept under the rug.
Humans have understood the value of salt since humans have existed. It was traded among the earliest communities on earth—likely back in the times of cave dwelling. We use expressions like “salt of the earth” because of that recognition of its value. Only in modern times, with science corrupted by corrupted medicine and government,is salt treated as our enemy.

by Heidi Stevenson



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