Salt to taste
When medical mainstreamers start handing out dietary advice, they almost always include this item… Reduce your salt intake.
This is such a deeply rooted belief, nobody questions it. Ask anyone: “Is salt good for you?”
“No! it’s dangerous!”
“Well, you know, uh…blood pressure.”
No. It’s a myth. In fact, you’ll do your heart — and the rest of your body — more harm than good if you deprive it of sodium.
Doesn’t add up
The mainstream’s dangerous low-sodium myth just got an unfortunate boost.
When the CDC asked three teams of researchers to “crunch some numbers,” they provided some splashy… I don’t want to say, “results.” We’ll call it “make-believe math.”
Their finding: Every American should cut sodium intake by more than half. In 10 years, this would prevent 1.2 million premature deaths.
Okay. One… That’s not going to happen. And two… It’s good that it won’t happen. Because those who drastically reduce salt intake will become LESS healthy. Worse, they’ll put their lives in danger.
And that’s especially true for the elderly.
We have real studies — not number crunching — to back this up.
1) A large 2011 study linked lower salt intake with higher heart disease mortality.
2) Three different trials tested low-sodium diets on patients with kidney disease and heart failure. Results linked the diets to higher risk of cardiovascular events and death.
3) German research shows that hyponatremia — low blood levels of sodium — is common among the elderly. Symptoms include fatigue, confusion, and poor balance. But doctors usually just dismiss these symptoms as problems of old age.
The late Robert C. Atkins, M.D., knew that high blood pressure wasn’t a high sodium problem.
In his “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution” he cited numerous studies that came to this conclusion… You can lower blood pressure simply by increasing potassium intake. No reduction in sodium is necessary unless a patient’s intake is unreasonably high.
“Cutting salt could save hundreds of thousands of lives, study says” Melissa Healy, LA Times, 2/11/13, latimes.com
“European Geriatrics Congress: Low Salt Diet a Danger for Elderly” European Geriatrics Congress News Release, 9/20/04, prnewswire.co.uk
“Fatal and Nonfatal Outcomes, Incidence of Hypertension, and Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Urinary Sodium Excretion” Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 305, No. 17, 5/4/11, jama.ama-assn.org