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.
by William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
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by William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
The clock is running out on 2011, but it looks like there’s still time to squeeze in one last phony vitamin panic.
In this one, researchers claim high levels of vitamin D will boost your risk of serious heart problems — despite what their own study REALLY found: that LOW levels of the sunshine vitamin will up your odds of heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney failure, and diabetes.
Of course, they didn’t want to talk about any of that.
Instead, the presentation at a recent American Heart Association meeting focused on the most freakish conclusion of the entire study: Patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin D — 100 ng/ml or higher — had a bump in the risk of atrial fibrillation.
Why is it freakish? Because I’ve been called an extremist for recommending blood levels of HALF that — 50 ng/ml — and even people who live in the tropics and get constant sun exposure all day long generally hover at around 60 ng/ml.
In other words, these just aren’t optimal or even realistic levels of vitamin D3 — and I’d bet that very few of the 132,000 participants in the new study actually fell into this category.
We don’t know for sure, because the researchers didn’t actually break it down for us.
We also don’t know how many patients fell into the next-highest category, between 80 and 100 ng/ml, but I’d bet this was the next-smallest group — yet these patients actually had the LOWEST A-fib risk of anyone in the study.
That means we’re supposed to believe that 100 ng/ml will prevent the condition — but 101 ng/ml will cause it.
Ignore the panic and take your vitamin D3. Not only are “high” levels safe, but studies have repeatedly found that the sunshine vitamin will boost everything from your cardiovascular health to your immune system.
Winter is here, the sun is low — and you need your D now more than ever.
Just another example of the main stream supporting what Bob Barefoot has been teaching for over 30 years.
Just take your Vitamin D each and every day.