1) Salt is bad.
Truth: Being low on salt is bad.
People who reduce their salt intake to U.S. dietary guidelines are 37% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease, and 28% more likely to die overall. Salt protects your heart and helps lift blood pressure to your body’s desired level.
Evidence shows taking drugs to lower blood pressure is harmful to your health. In older people, antihypertensives caused heart attacks and dementia (Mossello et al 2015).
This makes sense. Heart and brain tissue needs a strong, steady blood flow. If we override benelles, using chemicals to “force down” blood pressure, denying nutrients and oxygen to important tissues, the predictable outcome would be more heart attacks and dementia.
Like exercise, salt increases blood circulation. But salt does so chemically. Exercise is hard work, but eating salt is easy; so, wouldn’t it be easier to eat our way to heath than do hard work?
Not so fast. With salt, there’s a hidden price to pay. You need to eat healthy with the salt to extract the benefits. And anyone who both exercises and eats healthy will tell you: eating healthy is harder than exercising. You only have to find a patch of energy for a short daily workout, but finding and preparing healthy food is Sisyphean.
“Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
There, they finally said it. But will the USDA listen to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee?
The USDA should listen to the committee, but will be tempted not to, since it will create financial risk for cash-cow cholesterol-fighting companies. I mean, who wants to fight something that’s healthy?
Patient complained of onset of red rash on his left leg below the knee in January 2014. Patient described an “unbearable” itch during a 20-minute onset of the condition, and described himself as being kneeled down on carpet at the time. The patient responded with vigorous fingernail itching, leaving red skin contusions. The contusions persisted as petechiae but without any itch.
In July 2014, the patient sought diagnostic testing which revealed he was low in vitamin D and high in cholesterol. The patient had feared autoimmune disease because of rash persistence by this point but testing showed normal leukocyte levels and no autoimmune disease markers.
“It takes 50 years to get a wrong idea out of medicine, and 100 years a right one into medicine.” —John Hughlings Jackson, neurologist
Loop diuretics, one of the most prescribed drugs in the country, are bad for people.
Diuretics can relieve the symptom of fluid congestion by forcing you to pee more. But, diuretics:
Research shows that people with heart failure may actually have the failure due to diuretics (Bayliss et al 1987). Furthermore, withdrawal of diuretics cause patients to see improvements in kidney function (Galve 2005). And, if the doctor increases your dose of loop diuretics, he’s increasing your chances of death (Hasselblad et al 2007).
Salt keeps our renin and aldersterone levels low. That’s good, because elevation of those hormones causes a stiffening of the heart, and death of heart cells (Zannad 1995).
Low-salt diets increase renin, and renin’s job is to increase blood pressure. Thus, low-salt diets are exactly the wrong solution to lower blood pressure.