sodium

  1. Study exposes sham war on salt

    Dutch scientists tell Uncle Sam to pound salt

    I guess I grew up in a superstitious home, because my mother would rather see cyanide spilled on her dinner table than salt. Spill even a little bit, and you were throwing a pinch over your shoulder to ward off bad luck.

    Well, it looks like this is one superstition our boneheaded federal government has debunked for good. Because they've been encouraging folks like you to toss your salt for years -- and all they've brought is misery and bad fortune on every poor sap silly enough to follow their advice.

    If you're tired of depriving your taste buds on the low-salt, low-fun diet ... if you retired your beloved salt shaker years ago, next to your bobby socks or high school varsity jacket ... I have some news that will have your mouth watering.

    Danish scientists say it's time for you to STOP cutting the salt -- and for Uncle Sam to START cutting the crap.

    Their massive new analysis of 25 studies found that there isn't a shred of evidence to support our federal government's decades-long war on salt. When it comes to his wild assertions that salt causes heart disease, Uncle Sam is like a fat guy trying to touch his toes -- he's really, really reaching.

    The study measured salt intake and health outcomes for nearly 275,000 people, and concluded that NOT getting enough salt may actually be more dangerous than consuming too much. After all, salt is an essential nutrient your body needs to transport oxygen and maintain your balance of fluids.

    Well, for a group of folks who prance around in clogs and believe in fairies, the Danes are making a lot of sense to me. I've told you before that a low-salt diet can boost your risk of early death by a staggering 500%!

    The good news is that most Americans are already tuning out our government's ridiculous recommendations on salt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a daily salt limit of 1,500 mg. for folks over 50, but most Americans are consuming two to three times that much -- and that's exactly where you want to be.

    It's time for our government to get with the times -- and the science -- and stop its assault on delicious salt for good. And starting tonight, I want you to drag that salt shaker out of retirement and bring some spice back to dinner time.

    Just keep that varsity jacket in the closet where it belongs.

  2. No new limits for salt

    IOM says lower salt doesn't lead to better health

    Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag -- it never seems to end, does it?

    Well, next time someone nags you over salt, you've got official permission to tell him to go shake it -- because the Institute of Medicine says you don't need to cut back to the ridiculous levels being pushed by the American Heart Association.

    The IOM says the science on salt is both unclear and inconsistent -- so much so that they can only say two things for sure:

    1. Cutting back to the absurdly low levels being pushed by the AHA and others can HURT and even KILL patients; and
    2. They're not even sure what the upper limit of salt should be.

    Naturally, this has left mainstream jaws dropping, fingers wagging, and tongues clucking. But let them drop, wag, and cluck all day -- because for once, the IOM managed to get something right.

    (Doesn't happen very often, does it?)

    Most of the so-called benefits of a low-sodium diet come from the belief that cutting back will reduce blood pressure. In reality, that doesn't always happen -- and when it does, the drops are usually small and meaningless (except in a small number of people who are sensitive to salt; but that's another story).

    And in exchange for that small... and possibly non-existent... dip in BP levels, cutting back on salt can lead to increased triglycerides and increased insulin resistance -- and neither of those increases are particularly good for your health.

    As a result, people on very low sodium diets have a HIGHER risk of heart problems and death -- up to FIVE TIMES HIGHER, according to one study I told you about a couple years back.

    (Did you know that salt could be the key to reducing your anxiety and stress levels? But what else it may reduce as a result will really shock you. Click here to get the whole story.)

    Sure, it's possible to get too much salt -- but at least one study has shown that you'd have to eat 7,000 mg a day before you reach "too much."

    Besides, the only way to hit that "too much" level is to eat processed and packaged foods, which are practically made of salt. If you stick to fresh foods and season them yourself, your own taste buds will ensure you get precisely the right amount for both good taste and good health.

    Now get shakin'.

  3. Salt leads to obesity? Don’t believe it!

    A new study finds kids who eat the most salt are also most likely to be fat – but the connection isn’t as direct as the study suggests.
  4. Exposed: The Great Water Myth!

    Drink, drink, drink -- drink buckets of water a day, or you'll dry up and blow away. This mainstream advice is all wet, and I'm living proof: I haven't had a sip of water in decades, and I'm still here. Now, a report in a leading medical journal says (of course) that I've been right all along. Dr. Margaret McCartney writes in BMJ that the push to get more people to drink more water is "thoroughly debunked nonsense."
  5. Ignore everything you hear about this 'danger'

    The nag-nag-nag over salt just won't stop.
  6. Shaking up conventional wisdom

    You've heard me say for years that salt isn't your enemy and that cutting back won't lower your heart risk OR save your life -- and now, the mainstream is finally catching on.
  7. New attack on sodium

    Instead of going after sugar, the mainstream is continuing its lunatic war on salt... as if low sodium alone will save lives.
  8. Study finds sodium levels haven't changed

    You know all that noise about how much more sodium we're consuming these days? It's just that -- noise -- because our sodium levels actually haven't risen a pinch over the years, and a new study proves it. And that means I was right all along -- because if our sodium levels haven't changed, something else is causing all those...
  9. Feds cut salt levels... again

    If you think we're unhealthy now, wait until you see what happens then -- because you need your salt, no matter what they say.
  10. Sodium sanctions and a statin island inquest

    It shouldn't surprise you that one of my favorite of all nutrients for optimum health is at the top of the mainstream's "most wanted" list. Long-time readers of mine already know what I'm talking about: sodium.

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