Leave Off Salt?
May 10, 2011 by Bob Livingston
The last thing my doctor told me at my most recent appointment was, “Be sure to leave off the salt.”
And most people under the care of a doctor do “leave off salt.” In fact, they starve themselves of salt mainly because they believe myths about salt.
Beware! I am not recommending you eat (take) more salt. You have to decide that for yourself. But I do believe you will eat more salt (sea salt) if you have the facts.
Salt Myths: Salt causes high blood pressure, water retention (swelling), kidney problems, heart problems, etc. A low-salt or salt-free diet is best for health.
Salt Facts: Just you try to cut salt out. Life won’t be worth living, in my opinion.
If you have an older dog that is suffering from arthritis, give him one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt on his food daily. He will love it, and he will get healthy again. But don’t miss a day, because the dog will ask for sea salt.
My son and I were both suffering from bad heartburn and gastritis. Of course, you know why: not enough hydrochloric acid in the stomach. We were both consuming antacids, alkalizers and citrocarbonate regularly, even getting up at night to get relief.
Well, you would think that sea salt would catch our stomachs on fire. But instead, both of us gained complete and permanent relief and cure. This occurred more than two years ago. What happened? The chloride in the salt put hydrochloric acid back into our stomachs, healing our stomachs and relieving the pain.
My son and I still take sea salt regularly, and we still have excellent digestion. It must be worth a few million paper dollars! We often take about one-eighth to one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt on the end of the tongue and dissolve it with water.
Remember, when you go to the hospital, the first thing they do is put you on intravenous salt water. They call it saline solution, maybe so you won’t know it is just salt water.
Somebody in the inner sanctum of medicine learned long ago about the medicinal benefit of salt. What they could do if they used sea salt instead of sodium chloride (processed salt)! And they charge $35 to $50 a bottle for the stuff.
A Medical Doctor’s Point Of View
David Brownstein, M.D., in his book “Salt Your Way to Health,” said he was taught in medical school that salt causes high blood pressure and everybody should be on a low-salt diet. While treating his patients, he started to notice the ones who had high blood pressure received very little benefit from a low-salt diet. Most of them were also low on minerals.
In his search for ways to help these patients, he came across unrefined salt. By suggesting his patients should use unrefined salt, which has more than 80 trace minerals in it, he noticed something strange start to happen.
His patients with high blood pressure were finding that their blood pressure was actually coming down to the point they could come off their medications.
Brownstein has a current medical practice at Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich. The center’s website is www.centerforholisticmedicine.com/, and Brownstein has his own website, www.drbrownstein.com.
Brownstein’s book “Salt Your Way to Health” will show you how adding the right kind of salt to your diet can help adrenal disorders, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fatigue, headaches, immune system function and thyroid disorders.