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Salt restrictions don’t help!

Salt restrictions don’t help!

Have you cut out salt from your diet and you still have high blood pressure?  You might want to read this great article! I love when a group can look at past research and the conclusions drawn and say “you were wrong”!! After all, science isn’t always right, but it is always changing and growing! It is sad that this former study group implied that people can’t avoid salt because it is in all processed foods. Instead of telling them to stop eating processed food (gasp!), they just told them to restrict their salt. Never mind that we need salt to be healthy. Never mind that all salt is not created equal!  Nevermind that health is rarely determined by ONE thing that we do!

If you are on a salt restricted diet (especially if you are also on meds to help with your blood pressure), you might want to give this a read.  Then go online and do further research on the causes of high blood pressure, on the timing of when high blood pressure (or the diseases thought to be caused by high blood pressure) started becoming a problem in this society and what was happening in our culture at the same time that might have affected it, and also on what past cultures ate and whether they had specific health problems. Also, find out what the side effects of your medicine are, especially if you are taking other medicine to counteract those side effects!  If you think you don’t have side effects, know that EVERY medicine has some side effects, whether or not you even notice them.

You also might want to ask yourself/your doctor some hard questions like “who benefits if you follow your doctor’s order… for the rest of your life?” (because the meds aren’t designed to heal your high blood pressure, they are designed to manage it) and “how much training did you(r doctor) receive in nutrition?”  If they say one class you might want to rethink whether they truly can be considered knowledgeable in that area.  After all, I took one class once in Calculus (2, actually!), one in poetry, one in organic chemistry…and I am absolutely certain you would not want to take advice or tutoring from me on any of those subjects now!!  If your doctor isn’t really knowledgeable in an area, then perhaps, on that topic, he or she isn’t the person from whom to get advice!

My goal, as always, is to get you to ask “Why?”, to question authority.  to be your own health advocate!!  Your health deserves that!

No Benefit Seen in Sharp Limits on Salt in Diet (NYTimes.com)