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The Truth About Salt

The never-ending advice to cut back on salt fails to give the whole story on this misunderstood substance. In fact, if you don’t get enough of the right kind of salt, you may be sowing the seeds of your own health destruction.

Salt Tales

A nightly newscast recently carried a report on the most recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiative beginning a public campaign (propaganda) to further persuade Americans to cut back on salt.

Well, we have to remember that Americans think that salt is salt. Not so at all. Everyday salt that we consume is sodium chloride. This is a bad salt because it is processed salt. That means it is heated and the mineral value is diminished.

Ordinary table salt is highly processed. It is approximately 97.5 percent sodium chloride and 2.5 percent chemicals. It is dried at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat greatly alters the chemical structure of natural salt.

Sea salt has about 16 percent natural minerals and trace minerals like silicon, phosphorus and vanadium. So the salt that concerns the FDA is ordinary refined table salt, which has absolutely nothing in common with unrefined natural sea salt.

The difference in health effects is great, but the FDA never differentiates between types of salt. And of course, I have never heard of the FDA warning about the danger of all sugar and sugar substitutes except stevia.

The FDA impounded imports of stevia, a natural sweetener, for a while under a phony pretext. Stevia is the only sweetener that I know of that is a good substitute for sugar. Sugar is literally killing Americans. I have never heard this from the FDA.

Government Action

If a government wants to create a revolution, they can withhold salt. The British put a tax on salt in India in the 1930s and this triggered Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent revolution that finally expelled the British from India.

Natural sea salt is the elixir of life and fundamental to the biological processes:

  • It is a major component of blood plasma. It carries nutrients into and out of the cells.
  • It helps the lining of the blood vessels to regulate blood pressure. (It is sugar that causes high blood pressure.)
  • It helps regulate the propagation of nerve impulses.
  • It helps the brain send communication signals to the muscles so the body moves in a coordinated manner (sodium-potassium ion exchange).
  • Very importantly, sea salt alkalizes the pH of the body, which is very important for total health.
  • Adequate natural sea salt restricts your craving for fructose (sugar).

 

Low Salt Dangers

From the article Critical Salt Information from Unconventional Wisdom by Emma Ross: “A low-salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less (sea salt) people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death.

“The study, led by Dr. Michael Alderman, Chairman of Epidemiology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and President of the American Society of Hypertension, suggests that the U.S. government should suspend its recommendation that people restrict the amount of (sea) salt they eat.

“The lower the sodium, the worse off you are.”

Salt Myths

While we have been taught that too much (sea) salt causes high blood pressure (swelling), kidney problems, heart problems, etc., the opposite is true.

We are told by the FDA that a salt-free diet is best for good health. Physicians and cardiologists in particular have brainwashed their patients against (sea) salt.

I am a heart patient with high blood pressure. I take 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt with a glass of water several times a day. I have cut my blood pressure medication in half. Of course, I emphasize that you use sea salt because of its vital mineral elements.

On the other hand, everyday sodium chloride table salt is toxic and dangerous in the long-term. It causes dehydration and cellular fluid imbalance. But this sodium chloride is exactly what the FDA and your doctor recommends.

Salt Facts

During the Middle Ages, having no salt was so hazardous that criminals were often put to death by being put in a cell and deprived of salt. This caused slow, agonizing death.

Two thousand years ago salt was used as money. Gold and salt had the same value.

The word “salary” comes from salt.

In the old days — oh, say, 60 years ago — salt was a food preservative used to cure meat. But today we refrigerate food; so, far less salt is used.

All warm-blooded animals must have salt to live. We give our dogs a pinch of sea salt every time we feed them.

The human brain and spine are in a bath of salt water called CSF (cerebrospinal fluid). This salt water circulates throughout the brain and spinal cord.

We all spent approximately nine months in our mother’s womb floating in salt water (amniotic fluid).

Our tears are salty and we sweat salt. Ever notice your dog or cat licking your arm for the salt?

Our bones are hollow in the center (marrow) where blood cells are made. The marrow has many strands of calcium salts. Salt is what makes our bones hard, not the calcium.

Twenty-seven percent of the body’s salt is located in the bones. If the body requires more salt, it borrows it from the bones, making the bones thinner, softer and brittle.

High Value

Because salt minerals in their natural state are valuable, they are removed for big profits, leaving the people only toxic sodium chloride as table salt. This is the toxic and highly refined salt that the FDA wants people to consume. Of course, in its discussions, it omits any mention of natural whole sea salt.

It is deceptive for the FDA to advocate salt limitation when what the agency really means is sodium chloride: We should cut out sodium chloride.

It is very, very important to use sea salt and water to keep the body alkaline for total health. Sea salt neutralizes acidity. Alkalinity causes the body to hold more oxygen.

Progressive accumulation of acid becomes death. Death is acid. The American diet is mostly acid.

 

For more information, see Water and Salt, The Essence of Life by Dr. Barbara Hendel and biophysicist Peter Ferreira; Salt Your Way to Health by Dr. David Brownstein, M.D. Call 1-888-647-5616.

 

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineEasy Health Digest™General HealthNutrition

About the Author: Bob Livingston is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Mich R

    Great unbiased champion of pragmatic conservative health initiatives. I dig the “cut of your jib.”

  • http://yahoo Edna

    Sea salt it will be for me in future. Thanks for the info.

  • http://lakeshore@ntl.sympatico.ca Beth

    I believe Himalayan salt is superior to sea salt due to increasing pollution of the oceans

    • Greg

      We use Himalayan salt also…great taste and healthier…highly recommend it

      • shabbir

        Where do you buy Himalayan salt?

        • Pat

          I buy my himalayan salt from swansonvitamins.com.

        • Liane

          Mercola.com has an excellent Himalayan salt plus many other great products and well-researched health info.

        • Duke

          You can also buy it at Giant Eagle and most Kroger supermarkets.

    • Anne

      Himalayan salt has about 80 different minerals that the body needs and are readily available to and absorbed by the body as it needs them. There are many websites where you can learn about and buy the salt. I t has many healthy attributes too.

    • Ted Baker

      We use “REAL SALT” mined in Utah. It is available at many local stores that sell organics. We have one local natural food store that sell it in bulk at a really reasonable price.

  • sandra tricarico

    Every so often my blood tests will show low sodium levels. I have been using just sea salt lately. Why do you think that happens. Everything else is fine.

  • Alexandru

    This article/ study is precisely what I’ve promoted and argued when I was student in medicine , and I;ve openly said to my professors !
    They continued with the old orthodxy about salt but they never were able to contradict me. Therefore I graduate for physiology with 10 !
    But the official orthodoxy remains until today !
    The autor is 90 % just and correct !

  • Sandra V.

    I fully agree with Beth. We have been using Himalayan Salt for year.

  • Julie

    I am now using Hain iodized sea salt, but I don’t know if this is good enough or not. I know we need iodine too, so what is the best brand to use?

    • Easy Health Options Staff

      Just about any brand of sea salt should be satisfactory, the least processed the better.

    • Ken

      most sea salt sold in stores is still a processed form of salt with the good stuff taken out. try to get Celtic sea salt that is slightly grey in color and fairly damp. when salt is dry it is usually a good indicator that it was processed.

    • Anne

      I would highly recommend you find out about himalayan salt first… iodised salt is usually processed with added chemicals… do your homework your health will benefit!

  • Myrtho

    Thanks for the info.I am going to start using sea-salt for now .

  • Duke

    We have used Himalayan and sea salt for a couple years now. As for those concerned with pollution…you’re exposed to more pollution driving your car down the road than you’ll ever get from sea salt. Think about all the car exhaust fumes being concentrated in your vehicle as you drive. Don’t recycle your air, as you will deprive your body of oxygen. Himalayan salt has been exposed to radiation too. Sorry, but environmetal and man-made pollutions are everywhere and unavoidable.

  • robert

    Thank you for this Salt work, during WW1 the French and Germans stopped fighting for 1hr and each sides medics went out and picked up their wounded. In France they did not know about blood types yet but knew that the body makes blood plasma from a saline solution- so they pumped up a near empty soldier (after tieing off his wounds) with North Sea water and the heart pumped it, after the body made blood plasma from it (72hrs?) then the body would proceed to make red blood from it (72hrs plus more hrs?). Thanks again for your work on this Salt aspect of ones life, need info on how long it takes to convert a saline solution into Plasma and then Red Blood.

  • Kuu

    Hi! I have learnt a long time ago that sea salt includes all the 84 minerals that the body needs. It goes without saying that I use it – sometimes also himalayan salt.

    In my country they put some iodine into processed salt.

    I am not quite sure whether I get enough iodine or not since I don”t use that kind of salt. I am also vegetarian.

    Any ideas?

    • Ken

      sea vegetables like seaweed (all types) are the highest concentrate of iodine you can get naturally (from food).

      • Kuu

        Thanks Ken and all the others!

        I have chlorella and spirulina every day since I make green smoothies. It is just that those don”t include considerate amounts of iodine like some other types of seaweed.

    • http://blaloha@comcast.net burton wong

      Talk to your Dr. about iodine and thyroid. You just might have enough iodine in your system. Or you can take an iodine supplement.

    • Duke

      Don’t take iodine until you talk to your doctor! Food sources rich in iodine are okay, but supplemental forms are much more conceentrated, and you can easily get too much.

  • C.J.

    What was not discussed was the tremendous amounts of “bad” salt added to our everyday food. That is what we need to also need to be aware of and then find ways to reduce this “hidden” intake of sodium chloride.

  • David

    I’ve been using sea salt for several years and have never even heard of Himilayan salt.
    I’m not at all sure that sodium chloride is “bad salt” since IV fluids use a mix of it and distilled water. Granted it only contains .9% sodium chloride. I kind of doubt that it is, unlike the iodized salt most processed foods contain.

  • http://Thetruthaboutsalt Mrs.Linda Coulter

    It’s amazing how even in History,we have evidence of the use of real salt,I cannot express ‘enough’ how much this artical means to me!! Would it help a young person with Leukema battle at all ?? I can hardly fathem the implications that all this means..I wish there were a way to vote on Dr. Alderman’s suggestion..I pray you always prosper in your work,and in the avenues of information to us all..Thank You !, From the bottom of my heart..!

  • http://Thetruthaboutsalt Mrs.Linda Coulter

    Added to my other comment: How Long does it take to convert a saline solution into plasma then Red Blood ,and how is it done,interveniously.? I never want to loose the contact info from your articals, I need your address if possable.I’m conserned about computer interfearance in these critical days..How I appreciate you,,Thank You !

  • http://EASYHEALTHOPTIONS FLOYD SMITH

    HI BOB I ENJOY READING YOUR ARTICLE’S VERY MUCH.I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT BRAND OF SEA SALT YOU USE AND IS CELTIC GRAY SEA SALT THE SAME AS ANY REGULAR SEA SALT?I HAVE BEEN USING MORTON’S COURSE SEA SALT FOR A FEW YEARS NOW.THANK YOU.
    FLOYD

  • http://www.eatbeyondorganicfoods.com Kristin Del Castillo

    This was a great article thank you! Jordan Rubin started a new company that ships organic greenfed and finished meat and dairy to your front door. He has a product SueroViv that is great for athletes, its taking the place of the functioning waters, gatoraide, etc… it contains living cultured whey, potasium, electrolytes, probiotics and essential oils. It also contains sodium in the good form and magnesium…I just did a 3 day cleanse on this drinking half a bottle every hour for 6 bottles and just lost 7 lbs! and I had energy, I wasn’t hungry and I didn’t get a headache! Everyone should be doing this to give their bodies a good break fron digesting food and plus release toxins, etc… if you want more info. you can check out my site at http://www.EatBeyondOrganicFoods.com. Well, have a great weekend everyone! :))

  • http://cathysugden.ning.com/ Cathy sugden`

    What a fantastic article and so many great comments:) I have learned a lot! thankyou:)

  • Gloria Jones

    I was using sea salt for about a year. Then I noticed some symptoms of low thyroid. I had some tests taken, and sure enough, I had hypothyroidism. Formerly, I was using iodized salt. Iodine is essential for normal thyroid activity. I went back to the iodized salt and my hair stopped falling out, became thicker and lustrous again. I’ve heard there is such a thing as iodized sea salt. That’s what I’m going to try next, in order to get the best of both worlds.

  • Crystal

    I was just wondering if there is a list of the sources that the information came from. I am all about going more natural but it’s always good to be able to back up information.

  • KevinBanjo

    Does that mean that one can really survive drinking seawater?

    I heard this story about a guy who crossed the Atlantic in a row boat with only like a 5 or 10 gallon container of fresh water and after every day of drinking his fill, he would top off the container with salt water. By the time he got across he was drinking pure salt water and was fine.

    Some say that the whales and dolphins are actually evolved from us rather than the other way around. They are one of the few other animals who cry salt water tears, have sex for pleasure rather than just for reproduction, have complex language, have remarkably similar bone structure to ours, etc… Of course, they drink NOTHING but salt water!

    If ocean sailors knew this, then ocean crossings could be far easier and require much less equipment (large tanks, watermakers) and energy expenditure.

  • r.p.

    Redmond in Utah provides many varieties of natural salt. It has all the qualities promoted by the exotic imports but at a more reasonable price. They also provide salt and salt licks for all your pets and livestock. And to boot….It’s American.