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Is Salt As Serious A Health Risk As We Are Told, Or Is Corporate Profit Behind The Scaremongering.

Is Salt As Serious A Health Risk As We Are Told, Or Is Corporate Profit Behind The Scaremongering.

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Published by Ian Thorpe
You’re probably sick of hearing dire warnings about the harmful effects of salt in the diet. Sodium, the substance that gices salt it's flavour is one of the minerals essential to life.
As with Anthropogenic Global Warming there are two sides to the debate but only one is presented in mainstream media.
This article tries to go some way to redressing the balance by showing that as with AGW the “science” is by no means settled.
You’re probably sick of hearing dire warnings about the harmful effects of salt in the diet. Sodium, the substance that gices salt it's flavour is one of the minerals essential to life.
As with Anthropogenic Global Warming there are two sides to the debate but only one is presented in mainstream media.
This article tries to go some way to redressing the balance by showing that as with AGW the “science” is by no means settled.

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Published by: Ian Thorpe on May 11, 2013
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Salt Health Risk? A Big Pinch of Healthy Scepticismby Ian R Thorpe
There has been a bit of a kerfuffle in the media about the dangers of salt in our diet. Some are going so far as to say salt is the new tobacco.While health campaigners have been banging on for several decades about howharmful salt is to humans (so harmful in fact that if we don’t get enough we get veryill and die) in the last ten years the intensity of the campaign has been stepped up.Think back to 2004 and a government misinformation campaign that featuredSid, a“giant slug with a message”, who slimed his way onto television screens back to warn people about the dangers of consuming too much salt. “Stay away from fast cars,loose women and SALT!” he screamed.Stay away from SALT? Now that really isnonsensical. Sodium, the active ingredient of saltis not only one of the minerals most essential tolife, it is present in everything we eat, in fact those
 
Salt, health risk or health benefit Sid the Slug 
 
“five a day” portions of fruit and vegetables the government’s misinformationcampaigners are always haranguing us about contain quite a lot of sodium.Sid’s message, (YouTube) that a sprinkling of sodium not only kill slugs buthumans too, has now become the received wisdom worldwide. High salt intake islinked to high blood pressure, or hypertension as medical scientists wrongly call it(well what would you expect, they’re scientists?) Salt is a key risk factor for strokes,heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases they rave. Together those rank as theworld’s number one killers. In the warped and fervid imaginations of scientists saltinduced cardio vascular problems are far bigger killers than malnutrition, poverty or old age . The World Health Organization (WHO – the people who brought you theSwine Flu pandemic) puts cutting salt intake alongside quitting smoking as one of thetop 10 “best buys” in public health.“Blood pressure is the biggest cause of death in the world … and salt is the mostimportant thing that puts it up,” says Graham MacGregor, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the London-based Wolfson Institute of PreventiveMedicine and chairman of the influential World Action on Salt and Health lobbygroup (WASH). “Cutting back on salt gives a direct beneficial effect on the biggestcause of death in the world. That’s why it’s so important.” Just think about the sheer idiocy of that statement and you realise Mr. McGregor is a serious rival to Barack Obama as the most stupid individual in the world. Blood pressure is the biggestkiller? Well in a crazy way I suppose it’s true. If we don’t have blood pressure we’realready dead, possibly through lack of sodium. Therefore everybody who dies musthave some blood pressure in order to be able to do so. But you don’t have to take myword for it. There are plenty of doctors and medical researchers question thescienceSo what is the truth?
 
Recent scientific research suggests the basis for a global hate campaign by the“progressive liberal consensus” against salt that rivals their hate campaigns againsttobacco, alcohol, junk food and the working classes is not what you’d call rock solid.In fact all, that is ALL, the evidence that was not funded by Big Pharma who want to protect us from cardio vascular disease by forcing anyone over 50 to take blood pressure lowering drugs) points to the fact that salt intake way above therecommended daily level is not harmful to people whose bodies are functioningnormally. Two 2011 studies indicate that the evidence is inconclusive, or thatreducing salt may even be harmful.I should point out here I almost died as a result of having too much sodium in my blood. The problem was not related to diet however but to stress. Too many years of working in a high stress environment resulted in an adrenal gland malfunction,Conn’s Syndrome, which cause my body to retain salt and eliminate potassium, avery dangerous imbalance of blood electrolytes. Once diagnosed the condition iseasily controllable but my doctor (you’ve heard of Dr. Dolittle? Well this guy was Dr.Do-nothing;) was more interested in lecturing me on the evils of salt and anunhealthy diet than actually finding out what was wrong. Eventually I was left braindamaged and paralysed by a brain haemorrhage. (That is another story however which you can read in my memoir of recovery Calumnious Strokes – which will beonline soon.)
 
“There’s a view that salt is the root cause of all high blood pressure worldwideand some people religiously hold on to that belief,” said
 
, head of thecardiovascular research group at Britain’s Manchester University and a former 
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Ian Thorpe added this note
The real demon is table salt which is so highly processed that like refined sugar it has just about everything that balances it to our bodies removed and much that is unhealthy (like chlorine) added. Watch out for an update to this. I wanted to nail the scientific scam (research grant phishing) in this one but having learned a lot about how the body handles salts I decided to come back to it with
JohnnyKnight added this note
Great info, Ian.. I have a rather long history regarding salt, beginning with persistent muscle cramping (sometimes very serious, particularly in the calves), and a persistent hankering for salt. I eventually figured out/learned that eating some salt reduced the muscle cramping, though it took quite a bit to really help. Later I figure out that something called 'Salt Lite', a mixture of potassium
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