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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You wouldn’t eat a year’s worth of meals in one day (although I’ve seen people try), so don’t attempt to load up on all your vitamins in a single sitting, either.
This nuts-o concept is at the heart of a new study out of Australia, where researchers gave a group of senior women massive doses of vitamin D… but only once a year.
Turns out it doesn’t help.
No kidding! I could have saved them the time and trouble — but they didn’t ask me. Instead, these researchers gave 2,256 women 70 years old or older either a single 500,000 IU dose of D in one day, or a placebo.
That’s it — nice seeing you, stop by again in a year.
After tracking these women for between three and five years, the researchers found that those who got the megadoses of D actually had a slightly higher risk of falls and fractures, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
And that means… absolutely nothing. You sure can’t blame anything on the vitamin D — because these women hardly had any! Outside of that one day a year when they received that megadose, these old gals were every bit as deficient as you are right now.
And yes — unless you’ve been taking my advice, you ARE deficient. Some of you are so badly lacking in D that you might actually need a megadose yourself — talk to a doctor who knows how to handle his nutrients to find out if this approach is right for you.
But whatever you do, don’t stop there — because daily D should be part of everyone’s routine. You’ll need a quality vitamin D3 supplement, and a good pair of earplugs.
Then, skip the sunscreen and head outside, because the best source of D is natural sunlight. And if anyone tries feeding you the same old lies about sun exposure and cancer, just put in those earplugs.
This article written by WC Douglass II, M.D.
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