Presented by Dr. Dennis K. Crawford
For years we have been told salt is not good for us and the less one eats of it the better. Salt has been blamed for a myriad of health problems including increased risk of death. All of the government health agencies went along with this advice and still do to this day. As it turns out there is very little science to back up this approach and a lot that supports an opposing viewpoint. Recent Japanese research showed that it is actually low salt diets that increase death risk. Why was the no salt paradigm promoted? We could mention about all the corruption and conflicts of interest, but it was followed because so called experts told us to. The same thing is happening in many areas of our lives today. We are following many mandates and guidelines only because some “experts” are telling us to. Try to find the studies and evidence that they make sense and you will discover very little exists.
A good example of this approach to leading the masses was when pediatricians had large posters in their offices that stated only one in 250,000 children had an adverse reaction to vaccinations. I found out later that there had never been a scientific safety study done to validate that claim (still hasn’t), so where did that number come from? Answer, they made it up. Millions of parents presented their children for a treatment that had not been proven to be safe (including myself) trusting what they had been told. That’s relevant to what we are seeing regarding the pandemic and it is relevant to advice that was given on salt. Much of the advice had no scientific or rational basis to it. It’s largely fiction fabricated from nothing to sway public opinion. What does that have to do with salt? The recommendations given had no substance to them. We followed what we were told by people in and out of the government portraying themselves as experts and they weren’t being truthful and the conflicts of interest are huge.
Salt is blamed for causing hypertension, cardiovascular disease, edema, kidney disease, etc. In his excellent book “The Salt Fix” Dr. James DiNicolantonio points out that that it is actually another white crystalline substance that causes these problems, sugar, not salt. The sugar lobby for years has attempted to divert attention away from the negative health consequences of sugar consumption. It did this by demonizing saturated fat, cholesterol, and salt. Agencies that people trust for their health recommendations were complicit by promoting this advice. Do we still remember “don’t eat butter or eggs”? Fake foods were touted as the solution. The result has been a disaster. Many of the no fat, no cholesterol foods are very high in sugar, making them an unhealthy choice. Sugar intake has gone up with the popularity of these foods and people have gotten fatter and sicker following what “experts” told them to do. Chronic degenerative diseases are the rule now, not the exception. Tragically, that’s true even for children now.
Sodium (a component of salt) is necessary for life. Sugar is not. If you never ate refined sugar again in your life you would be better off. Being salt deficient however, can lead to many health problems. Dehydration is one and it is very common. Drinking water can help but it is important to hold onto the water and get it inside cells. Sodium and other minerals help us to do that. Tachycardia, which can stress the heart, can be caused by low sodium. Cold extremities, nausea, high insulin levels, abnormal thirst, fatigue, etc. can all be symptoms indicating salt is needed. Edema is usually blamed on salt but in most cases it is a deficiency of blood protein.
Some of the causes of low salt include too much caffeine, alcohol and sugar, strenuous exercise or work, certain medications like diuretics, low carb diets, chronic stress, some health conditions like hypothyroidism, damaged kidneys, diarrhea, infection, etc.
What’s the best salt? Table salt is not recommended. It is sodium and chloride only along with some chemicals. The ultimate salt is sea water which contains ninety two minerals along with sodium and chloride. Redmond Real Salt has over sixty minerals and is a good source of Iodine. Himalayan salt has even more minerals and has a higher potassium content than other salts. These salts are unrefined (vs. table salt) and can be used freely.
What about hypertension? This is one of the main reasons people are told to limit salt. First, people are not told to qualify the salt as they are not all equal, as stated earlier. Don’t use table salt. There is little proof that salt raises blood pressure however, taking the right kind of salt may help to lower it. There are countries that consume high amounts of salt and have much better health statistics than Americans. Several years ago there was a heat wave in the Chicago area. Many senior citizens died and most of them were on salt restricted diets for hypertension. Hypertension can have many causes but salt is not one of them in most cases. While chronic stress and other conditions can deplete sodium they also deplete potassium. It is the potassium deficiency that is usually the culprit in elevating blood pressure. Increasing potassium will usually bring down the blood pressure, but even if it doesn’t most people will still benefit from consuming it as most do not get enough in the diet which mostly comes from dark green vegetables. Some of the medicines used for hypertension sacrifice both sodium and potassium for a short term response but further promote a continual need for their use.
As a suggestion, re-evaluate your beliefs regarding salt. Discard the table salt and start using a natural, unrefined salt and use it liberally. If you are exercising strenuously, take some salt before and after your workout. If chronic stress is an issue, supplement with some salt daily along with staying well hydrated.
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