A low salt diet can kill you!

A study at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Cornell University Medical College, both in New York City, showed that men with high blood pressure who ate the least salt (about 5,000 milligrams, or 2½ teaspoons) each day were four times more likely to have a heart attack-  

Researchers studied the relationship between a low- sodium diet and cardiovascular mortality. Nearly 3,000 hypertensive subjects were studied. The result of this study was that there was a 430% increase in myocardial infarction (heart attack) in the group with the lowest salt intake versus the group with the highest salt intake."A very recent study by our government found you were 6 times more likely to have a heart attack if you're low on salt.

The past president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Suzanne Oparil of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, said her personal view is that the government may have been too quick to recommend that everyone cut back. "Salt restriction as a solitary recommendation for the population for the prevention or the treatment of hypertension. An eight-year study of a New York City hypertensive population stratified for sodium intake levels found those on low-salt diets had more than four times as many heart attacks as those on normal-sodium diets – the exact opposite of what the “salt hypothesis” would have predicted. (1995). Dr. Jeffrey R. Cutler documented no health outcomes benefits of lower-sodium diets.

How did they come to the conclusion that salt was bad?


They gave rats a high salt diet and this resulted in the death rate from heart attacks to increase by about 48%. This is where a lot of the idea that salt is bad came from. Rats normally don’t eat food with salt added so salt to their body is a harmful foreign substance. Humans are different we must eat salt.


Too little salt linked to death, heart problems, kidney problems and fracture risk, edema!


Here is another very large website agreeing that more salt is needed  Salt Deficiency, The Cause of Many Diseases - Shirley's Wellness Cafe


Their Presentation At The American Society Of Nephrology's Annual Meeting.

It's the first piece of advice most patients hear in the exam room, and I'm sure you've heard it often enough from your own Dr. stop eating salt!

Well, I've got news for you: The low-sodium diet your doc has been trying to cram down your throat won't lower your blood pressure -- and a new study confirms what I've been saying all along. Low sodium diets can kill you.

And if you do manage to survive, your bones might not be so lucky. In the new study, researchers examined the records of more than 5,200 Dutch men and women over the age of 55, and found that about 8 percent of them had low sodium levels.

These seniors who were low in sodium -- no doubt dutifully obeying their doctor's orders -- had a 61 percent increased risk of spinal fracture, a 39 percent increased risk of non-spinal fracture, and a 21 percent increase in the risk of dying during the six-year study period.

Even worse, these weren't patients with dramatically deficient levels of sodium -- they were just a little on the low side. The researchers called it "mild" hyponatremia.

And if that's what "mild" hyponatremia will do to you, imagine the damage that could accompany the strict low-salt diet pushed by so many doctors. No wonder seniors are in such bad shape!

Death and broken bones aren't the only risks that could come from obeying your doctor's worst orders. Low levels of sodium can also cause nervousness, muscle cramps, urinary incontinence, and even hallucinations.

And the biggest risk of all is culinary: Without salt, you could suffer from dull and lifeless meals. 

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If you have high blood pressure, go on a low-fat, high-fiber diet, lose weight if overweight and take medication if necessary. There is no good evidence that salt restriction helps lower high blood pressure. A recent report from the Leicester Royal Infirmary in England reviews controlled scientific studies done throughout the world and found that salt restriction trials show an extremely small drop of 1 mm of mercury for both systolic and diastolic blood pressures (1a).


Most of these studies are done under conditions so severe that they are impractical. Furthermore, many doctors glibly prescribe a low salt diet to treat high blood pressure. Even with intense counseling and instruction, fewer than 20 percent are able to do it (1b).

Reducing salt intake a little does not lower high blood pressure (5,6) and reducing salt intake a lot can raise blood pressure even higher.


Severe salt restriction causes your adrenal glands to produce large amounts of a hormone called aldosterone and your kidneys to produce large amounts of another hormone called angiotensin that constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure (2,8,9).


People on low-salt diets have a much higher death rate (10), and severe salt restriction can raise blood pressure (11) and blood cholesterol (12), and even cause heart attacks (13).

ABC news doctor reported

Keep using the salt shaker. The salt on the outside of foods much less is required to be much more effective to the taste buds then salt mixed into foods.

1a) J Swales. Population advice on salt restriction: The social issues. American Journal of Hypertension, 2000, Vol 13, Iss 1, Part 1, pp 2-7.

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
A recent study from Columbia University Medical School shows that salt restriction raises blood sugar and insulin levels, while salt loading lowers them.

Twenty-one people with high blood pressure were given 4 week periods of salt loading and salt restriction. Salt restriction caused a higher rise in blood sugar levels after both healthy people and diabetics were fed a sugar load. Salt restriction caused a higher rise in insulin levels in both diabetics and non-diabetics. For years doctors have told people to restrict salt, even those who do not have high blood pressure. Most competitive athletes and serious exercisers know that they cannot recover from hard exercise without taking lots of salt.


It is time for the doctors to tell their patients that salt restriction is highly controversial and that many doctors take lots of salt themselves and tell their patients to do the same. You should check with your doctor to see whether salt restriction will help or harm you.

The salt in your blood must be about the same as that in the ocean. When you go on a low-salt diet your kidneys shut down enough to maintain salt content in your blood. The kidneys shutting down can cause you to go on kidney dialysis.

RP Ames, The effect of sodium supplementation on glucose tolerance and insulin concentrations in patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus. American Journal of Hypertension, 2001, Vol 14, Iss 7, Part 1, pp 653-659. Conclusion: “an abundant sodium intake may improve glucose tolerance and insulin resistance, especially in diabetic, salt-sensitive, and or medicated essential hypertensive subjects.". Address Ames RP, St Lukes Roosevelt Hosp, 1000 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019 USA

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-Salt Diets and Myocardial Infarction, Heart Attacks

As previously mentioned, low-sodium diets are widely recommended for cardiovascular benefit. It is thought that a low- sodium diet will result in lowered blood pressure and lowered risk of heart attacks.

Why would a low-sodium diet predispose one to have a heart attack? Low-sodium diets have been shown to cause multiple nutrient deficiencies, including depletion of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, as well as depletion of potassium and B-vitamins. There are numerous studies touting the benefits of magnesium in treating cardiovascular disorders."  Adequate potassium and B-vitamins are also crucial for a healthy heart.

Many studies have shown that a deficiency of particularly calcium, potassium, and magnesium, is directly related to the development of heart disease as well as hypertension. Furthermore, my experience has clearly shown that minerals deficiencies are present in most chronic disorders. and it is impossible to overcome these disorders unless a mineral deficiency is correct.

Salt-how much should you eat, MORE NOT LESS.    Eat more Salt. High Blood Pressure: Mineral Magic, Salt is good & Can Bring your blood pressure Down if you get the right other minerals.   Deadly-low-salt-diet make you 4 times more likely to die and many times more likely to have broken bones/ The salt you eat should be Himalayan or real salt which are unrefined pink in color and has up to 50 micronutrients needed by the body. Table salt is refined eliminating needed nutrients and has harmful ingredients added.  Adrenaline fatigue causes you to feel you should just sit and do nothing. After about two months on this salt, it reduces adrenaline fatigue.

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