There's no other way to put it: Any doc who's still pushing the government-backed low-sodium diet is a complete ignoramus, plain and simple -- because the problem facing most Americans these days isn't too much salt... it's TOO LITTLE!
I don't need to see yet another new study to know those guidelines have been an absolute train wreck -- but if you're under the care of an ignoramus, tell him to get out his copy of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
If he actually reads it instead of leaving it on his desk to impress visitors, he'll find a new study showing the REAL levels of salt you need: between 4,000 and 6,000 mg a day.
That's way above the government-recommended limit of 2,300 mg a day, up to quadruple the 1,500 mg a day recommended by the clueless hacks at the American Heart Association, and even well above the average U.S. intake of 3,400 mg a day.
In other words, you might have to BOOST your salt intake to get what you need!
I know that's not what you've been told, but the numbers don't lie: Patients in the new study who got less than 3,000 mg a day were 8.6 percent more likely to die of heart problems and 5 percent more likely to suffer heart failure than patients who got between 4,000 and 6,000.
Of course it IS possible to get too much salt -- and the new study proves that as well. But in this case, "too much" is more than 7,000 mg a day -- and the only way you could possibly get that is through a crap-tastic diet of packaged foods, TV dinners, fast foods and other processed yuck.
Cook your own meals from fresh ingredients and salt it to taste, and you'll have absolutely nothing to worry about.
Now pass me the salt.
Source: William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
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Low-salt diet is deadly
"The Great Salt Speech" isn't just bad advice -- it's a deadly lie, and a new study proves it.
You know the speech I'm talking about. It's the one doctors deliver in their Most Serious Voice right after taking your blood pressure, sentencing you to bland low-sodium meals for the rest of your life.
But as I've told you time and again, a low-salt diet won't lower blood pressure OR protect your heart -- and now, the latest research shows it can actually boost the odds of any early death by more than 500 percent!
Researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium tracked 3,861 people 60 years old and younger for a median of nearly 8 years, and found absolutely no link at all between sodium and blood pressure levels.
Repeat: No link at all between sodium and blood pressure levels.
Overall, they found a 4.1 percent rate of death from heart-related conditions among those with the lowest intake, 1.9 percent among those with moderate intake, and 0.8 percent among those with the highest.
That means patients with the lowest salt intakes were more than five times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with the highest, according to the new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Now, this might fly in the face of everything you've heard in your doctor's office... but it's perfectly consistent with the studies I've been telling you about.
One study last year found that seniors with the lowest salt consumption had the highest risk of bone breaks and an early death. (Read about it here.)
Even one of the authors of the new study says that in his 25 years of research on salt, "it was almost impossible to find an association between blood-pressure and 24-hour sodium excretion."
Tell THAT to your doc next time he opens his trap about sodium and blood pressure.
Source: William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
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