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November 22, 2011 by  

The doctor crowd has succeeded in scaring the American people away from salt. Heart doctors deserve much of the blame.

A health study reported in JAMA 11:305(17):1777-1785 found that people who ate the least amount of salt were the most likely to die from heart disease.

Hospitals don’t advertise that they use very high-priced salt water IVs that they call “saline solution.”

From AmJHypertens 01;14(7 Pt 1):653-659:

Restricting sodium (salt) intake causes insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes and heart disease). Restricting salt can promote diabetes and heart disease.

In fact, research studies have routinely found that sodium significantly improves insulin function. According to one study, “an abundant sodium intake may improve glucose tolerance and insulin resistance, especially in diabetic salt-sensitive, and/or medicated essential hypertensive subjects.”

My family and I do not use refined salt from the grocery store. We use sea salt, which contains 17 minerals.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • former walmart person

    LOL, you would think after decades, the health wizards would figure out what really makes us healthy or what really makes us croke from a heart attack at the age of 40. Makes me think that scientists have known all along how to be healthy but don’t share this info because healthy patients are the best customers to big pharma. I have heard that carbs are good, carbs are bad, meat is good, meat is bad, salt is bad, now salt is good…. Christ, I think I am just going to eat whatever and just think to myself that God can take me when he is ready…

    • jim


    • Carol

      AMEN! If we all looked at things with this perspective t
      he world would be a much happier, healthier place.

    • Jerome Bigge

      Add a regular strength Ecotin once a day (with a meal) to your diet.
      These are “enteric coated” aspirin. A generic version is available for less cost from Wal Mart. Where a lot of heart attacks come from is people who don’t do regular exercise, then go out and do something like shoveling snow. When you do shovel snow, keep track of your breathing. When you start breathing faster, slow down! Someone who does exercise on a regular basis can “push it a bit”, but don’t overdo it! Shoveling snow is where people get into trouble. Often because they are in a hurry and “push” thenmselves to get it done.

  • CP

    In the late 17 hundreds, when this study was done, being able to afford salt to eat more than likely meant you weren’t likely to die from malnutrition. There were a lot of people who had to make do with what they could pick or kill, and that meant they didn’t have a lot of salt to use on their foods. In that era, spilling salt was equivalent to throwing money away, which is one of the places our superstition about spilled salt being bad luck comes from. Most doctors now agree that a decent, well balanced diet without a huge amount of salt is all most of us need, but they neglect to tell you that for you to get all the vitamins and minerals you ought to take in, your diet quickly becomes unbalanced.

    • jeanelane

      You assuming this study was done in the late 1700′s. JAMA was not in existence then. The numbers in the reference obviously mean something else.

      Take all advice with a ‘grain of salt’ including mine. Don’t go crazy with anything and you will die when the good Lord wants you, and not before.

  • C. R.

    As a health consultant I never took away salt (just use realistically), sea food, or red meat, or eggs. Guess what,I and my patients are thriving. When I studied health/nutrition, I was told that the government and others would catch up with what we were learning in 20-30 years. It is sooo true. Cut down on dairy and sugars and grains (whole or not) make a big difference in having good health.

  • alex

    i believe sea salt is the best but if it has an anti-cakeing compound it is as bad as the so called table salt

  • Dan

    I have congestive heart and third stage kidney failure, when I get too much sodium my weight and blood pressure go through the roof.
    Do not make blanket statements about peoples health.

    • http://yahoo lawncatt

      “Too much salt” is usually too much sodium not balanced by the other minerals such as potassium and trace minerals.If you aren’t using a full spectrum salt,supplement with the other minerals in about the same proportions as they appear in natural unprocessed salt.

  • Angel Wannabe

    Our bodies need and are created with a blend of both Salts, Sugars, to keep us going, they are the first items IV-ed into us, if we are admitted to the hospital. I go by the old adage, Everything in moderation!_-If a food bothers your perticular body, then cut down on it or don’t eat it!

  • dan

    Look at the second ingredient on your container of table salt….
    iodized may or may mot be a good idea but MUST they use sugar ?!

  • Sid Milburn


    It might be the refined “iodized” salt that may be giving people problems. In May of 2010, my oldest brother died from pulmenary adema. We believe that his excessive intake of sodium (he used to LOAD up everything he ate with salt), led to a blockage in his liver which ultimately affected his heart. He developed COPD and the doctors perscribed Spiriva and other nonsense, when all he had to do was cleanse his liver with milk thistle tea, drink lots of water, go swimming (in order to reduce the buildup of water in his tissues)and cut out most of the salt in his diet. Any “flavoring” should have been with herbs and/or small amounts of sea salt.

    Sid Milburn

  • Alan

    Can you really get enough iodide in a balanced diet and not need iodized salt and use plain salt instead of the high salt amounts in frozen foods and processed foods?

  • dee

    iodized salt is bad for you. it is processed and you need to stay away from it. iodized salt is what is used in frozen food and processed foods. the docs today really don’t know how to treat ill people and the advice is given with big pharma in mind, not the patient. . years ago, the doctor didn’t need to be worried about the insurance company and what they wanted. he treated the patient. today, they are sucking up to the pharmaceutical companies and go by their guidelines. i don’t trust the medical field. i had a triple by pass at age 41 and i don’t eat a lot of meat, etc. i am insulin resistant diabetic now, (started high bp at 25) had my thyroid out, and am fed up with the medical community.


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