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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