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  • Stop the assault on salt

    08/27/2014 10:02:02 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 23 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Michael D. Shaw
    Around six months ago, I posted a column sketching a historical background on the irrational fear of dietary sodium, and the less than great science behind such fears. Current guidelines are 1500 to 2300 milligrams per day, or lower. As was pointed out in the earlier piece, the much recommended super-healthy Mediterranean diet averages 4200 mg of sodium per day. Also mentioned was that a standard hospital saline IV drip logs in at more than 10,000 milligrams per day, and whatever the patient might eat on his own will take it up from there. We revisit the issue, in the...
  • Low-Salt Diets Shown to Pose Health Risks

    08/13/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Ron Winslow
    The new study, which tracked more than 100,000 people from 17 countries over an average of more than three years, found that those who consumed fewer than 3,000 milligrams of sodium a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 3,000 to 6,000 milligrams. Risk of death or other major events increased with intake above 6,000 milligrams. Last year, a report from the Institute of Medicine, which advises Congress on health issues, didn't find evidence that cutting sodium intake...
  • The Obama Administration Wants Americans To Stop Eating So Much Salt

    06/18/2014 6:07:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 93 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 17, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The FDA, perhaps still smarting from the recent artisanal cheese kerfuffle, is setting its sights on a bigger target: salt.“The current level of [sodium] consumption is really higher than it should be,” said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. That’s why they’re preparing “voluntary guidelines” for the food industry encouraging them to stay below certain salt levels.While the guidelines will initially be voluntary, health groups are lobbying for mandatory standards — lobbying that will only grow more intense if businesses refuse to comply once the standards are released. If businesses don’t go light on the salt “then FDA should start a process...
  • The Salt of the Earth

    02/25/2014 9:26:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/25/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls his disciples the salt of the earth. While the meaning of this expression is clear, its derivation may not be. Roman scholar Pliny the Elder would say: Nil utilius sole et saleTheres nothing more useful than sunlight and salt. The habitual use of salt is intimately connected with the advance from nomadic to agricultural life. Traditionally, salt is identified with three special qualities PurityThe Romans believed it to be the purest of substances, since its origin lay in the purity of the sun and sea PreservationUntil the recent advent of refrigeration, salt...
  • NJ salt shortage continues

    02/18/2014 5:42:13 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    MyFoxNY.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Adrienne Supino
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The salt shortage persists in New Jersey. Officials have failed to get permission for a barge with 40 tons of salt to set sail for the tristate region Angel Morales, a resident of Jersey City says her car just wont go anywhere. Look, you see I went up and I started sliding back, she said.
  • Pass the Salt and Put on the Lights! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/09/2014 2:24:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/8/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the gospel today the Lord describes metaphorically (i.e. figuratively) what a Christian is and what He expects of us. Note five things about what He says.I. The Definitiveness of his Proclamation The Text says You are the Salt of the earth.You are the light of the World..But if salt goes flat it is good for nothing..No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. The Lord is definitive in two ways. First he says, You. He is not talking to people long ago, or someone next to you. He is not merely talking to your pastor,...
  • 13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat (how gov't manipulates what you eat)

    11/09/2013 6:15:06 AM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 4, 2013
    Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense. The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat. Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.”The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken.However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol,...
  • The Polish Wieliczka Salt Mine comes to Google Street View

    09/10/2013 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Dysart · 7 replies
    PopsSci ^ | 9-9-13
    In medieval times, when salt was precious, the mine brought great wealth to Poland. Over the centuries, the men who mined it filled it with religious and historical sculptures and underground chapels alongside their workshops. Older miners taught younger ones how to carve in salt. In modern times, mine officials invited artists to create other sculptures in the mine's passageways.Chapel of St. Kinga in the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland Screenshot from Google Street View
  • How adding iodine to salt made America smarter

    07/27/2013 4:02:06 PM PDT · by dennisw · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 24 July 2013 | By Alex Greig
    <p>A new study indicates that Americans gained up to 15 IQ points after the addition of iodine to salt became mandatory.</p> <p>In an effort to prevent goiter related to iodine deficiency, authorities ruled that iodine be added to U.S. salt products in 1924.</p>
  • Mark Halper - Thorium Trail Widens @ TEAC5

    07/21/2013 5:49:04 PM PDT · by Kolath · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/6/2013 | gordonmcdowell
    Mark Halper delivers a thorium year-in-review at the Thorium Energy Alliance's 5th conference, in Chicago on May 30th 2013. The plot thickens....
  • Salt - It's Good Fro You After It Was Bad For You After Your Mom Told You It Was Good For You

    07/12/2013 8:02:36 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 49 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-12-2013 | MOTUS
    In case youre still shocked by the prosecutorial malfeasance in this country - most recently on display in Sanford, Florida perhaps I can help. It is partially related to our dwindling interest in Truth, Justice and the American Way. Today were focusing on the truth part; apparently were to take it with a grain of salt from now on. Our Morton Salt Girl In order to continue we must concede to this basic truth: your government lies to you. Shocking, I know, butt true. They dont lie with maliciousness, or at least they never use to; they just...
  • Nutri. Conventional Wisdom Takes It on Chin: Salt Harmless, Fish Oil Hikes Risk of Prostate Cancer

    07/11/2013 1:31:27 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 7-11-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here it is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta admit a long-standing error. "There is no benefit in reducing salt." Again, from the Centers for Disease Control: "There is no benefit in reducing salt." They are correcting a long-standing error. These are the kind of stories I just eat up. I just lick these stories like a salt lick. I love these stories. I just love it when conventional wisdom is turned upside down, when the food Nazis are exposed as the deceitful frauds that they are. "A recent report commissioned by the Centers...
  • CDC: Turns Out There's No Benefit to Reducing Salt At All

    07/11/2013 12:41:32 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 51 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | 7-11-2013 | Ace
    The only people I can think of who have a wider gap between Asserted Expertise and Actual Expertise than the media are nutritionists. I don't think this applies to people specifically diagnosed with hypertension or other salt-sensitive conditions, but for most of us: A recent report commissioned by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake and the take-home message is that salt, in the quantities consumed by most Americans, is no longer considered a substantial health hazard. What the CDC study reported explicitly is that there is no benefit, and may be a...
  • Man Overdoses on Soy Sauce (Daredevil Teen Was in Coma)

    06/08/2013 8:56:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    MNN ^ | Fri, Jun 07 2013
    The daredevil teen awoke from his sodium-induced coma after three days.A young man who drank a quart of soy sauce went into a coma and nearly died from an excess of salt in his body, according to a recent case report. The 19-year-old, who drank the soy sauce after being dared by friends, is the first person known to have deliberately overdosed on such a high amount of salt and survived with no lasting neurological problems, according to the doctors in Virginia who reported his case. The case report was published online June 4 in the Journal of Emergency Medicine....
  • People eat too much salt but surprising report questions if eating too little could be harmful

    05/14/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
    A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying its not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle... --snip-- Were not saying we shouldnt be lowering excessive salt intake, said Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the IOM committee. But below 2,300 mg a day, there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial. The average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 1 teaspoons. Current U.S. dietary guidelines say most people should limit that to...
  • In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

    03/27/2013 6:58:28 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 2 replies
    USC Dornsife College of Arts, Letters & Sciences ^ | March 21, 2013 | Pamela J. Johnson
    In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77 by Pamela J. Johnson The former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife is remembered as a Cold War expert with a warm heart. William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van Cleave died of natural causes at his Idyllwild, Calif., home on March 15. Professor of international relations and director of the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife from 1967 to 1987, Van Cleave had vast...
  • 1 in 10 U.S. Deaths Blamed on Salt

    03/22/2013 8:36:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2013 | Katie Moisse and some possible grant junkies
    On the heels of a study linking sugary drinks to 25,000 U.S. deaths a year, new research suggests salty food is even more dangerous.The new study, by the same Harvard research team, linked excessive salt consumption to nearly 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide in 2010. One in 10 Americans dies from eating too much salt, the researchers found.“The burden of sodium is much higher than the burden of sugar-sweetened beverages,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and author of both the salt and sugary drink studies. “That’s because sugar-sweetened beverages are just one...
  • Salty Food May Be a Culprit in Autoimmune Diseases

    03/08/2013 7:29:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 6 March 2013 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Don't pass the salt. The food flavoring prompts generic T cells like these to specialize into TH17 cells that stimulate autoimmune diseases, new findings suggest. Credit: N. Yosef et al., Nature 495 (6 March) 2013 Nature Publishing Group For decades, doctors have been admonishing us to cut back on salt to reduce the odds of a heart attack or stroke. Now, there may be a new reason to avoid the seasoning: Studies on rodents and cultured cells, reported today, reveal that dietary salt might promote autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. The...
  • Michelle Obama: Walmart Fulfilling Its Moral Obligations by Selling Healthy Foods

    03/02/2013 5:11:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 1, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) First lady Michelle Obama is praising what has often been one of the lefts biggest targets, Walmart, for helping to fight obesity and food deserts in the United States. At Walmart, you can believe that as Americas largest retailer, you have an obligation that goes far beyond the bottom line, Obama said Thursday at a Walmart in Springfield, Mo. You know that every day, with the products you sell, youre helping parents get by on a budget -- which is what everybody in this country is trying to do. Youre helping kids get the nutrition they need to...
  • Ban high-sugar cereals to tackle child obesity, says Andy Burnham (UK shadow health secretary)

    01/05/2013 3:45:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 05.17 EST | Conal Urquhart
    The government should ban high-sugar cereals such as Coco Pops and other foods that are contributing to an obesity epidemic among British children, the shadow health secretary has urged. Regulations limiting the amount of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods should be considered if the food industry does not take action itself, according to Labours Andy Burnham, who has begun a consultation on how to tackle obesity. Burnham highlighted the case of breakfast cereals, saying many aimed at children are more than one-third sugar by weight.
  • Study: "Disappointly weak" link between salt and high blood pressure

    12/06/2012 5:15:19 PM PST · by shove_it · 53 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6 Dec 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    For decades table salt has been on a healthy hearts most wanted list. Believing its responsible for skyrocketing blood pressure, Americans have banned salt from tables and stripped it from recipes. But new research says salt just might deserve a bit of a reprieve. The link between salt and blood pressure is thought to date back to the 1940s when Duke University researcher Walter Kempner, M.D., became famous for using salt restriction as a means to treat people with high blood pressure. During the next few decades, studies confirmed Kempners theory that reducing salt could help reduce hypertension. A Controversy...
  • Rock-salt shooter acted in self-defense(CA)

    10/20/2012 8:17:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    calaverasenterprise.com ^ | 19 October, 2012 | Joel Metzger
    While Jimmy Terry fights for his life at a hospital in Modesto, his uncle Robert will not be charged with felony assault, as the District Attorneys Office deemed he acted in self-defense when he shot his nephew in the stomach from 15 feet away Sunday. Sheriffs investigators are aware Jimmy Blake Terry, 25, suffered significant injuries and is expected to have an extended stay in the hospital, Calaveras County sheriffs Sgt. Chris Hewitt said, adding the hospital has not released any further information. According to sheriffs reports, Terry, who is wanted for parole violations, confronted his uncle Robert at a...
  • Exclusive: Nestle to cut sugar and salt in breakfast cereals

    10/15/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 15, 2012 | Emma Thomasson (Reuters)
    ORBE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nestle SA and General Mills Inc will cut sugar and salt in the children's breakfast cereals they jointly market outside North America, the latest attempt by major food companies to respond to health concerns. The two have been in a joint venture since 1990 to sell Nestle-brand cereals such as Cheerios in more than 140 countries outside the United States and Canada, markets which account for about half total global cereal sales of some $25 billion. They say they will reformulate 20 cereal brands popular with children and teenagers by 2015, boosting wholegrains and calcium and...
  • Open Season on Salt: What the Science on Hypertension Really Shows

    09/27/2012 11:15:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Scientific American ^ | September 26, 2012 | Melinda Wenner Moyer
    Shedding pounds may be a better way to promote cardiovascular health than avoiding the saltshakerThe latest news reports about salt are enough to make a parent ponder a household ban on pizza and cold cuts. A study published last week in Pediatrics found that children eat, on average, 3.4 grams of sodium daily—more than twice the amount recommended for adults by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). News outlets, including the Associated Press and USA Today, explained that, according to the study, the quarter of American kids who eat the most sodium are twice to three times as likely to develop...
  • 'Salt and ice' another dangerous challenge attracting kids

    08/23/2012 1:22:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 8.23.2012 | Lois M. Collins
    A new teen fad called "the salt and ice challenge" is drawing crowds on social networking sites and YouTube. But like other teen "challenges," it has proven to be dangerous. And health-care experts are telling parents to talk to their kids about the risks. In Pittsburgh, a 12-year-old boy will spend the summer recovering as a result of having a large cross burned into his back by his twin brother and a pal as part of this newest challenge, according to the Post-Gazette. He ended up in the West Penn Burn Center for treatment. For the challenge, tweens and teens...
  • BUG-A-SALT HOUSEFLY SHOTGUN! THIS IS AWESOME!

    07/20/2012 8:26:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    youtube/gunwire ^ | 20 July, 2012 | NA
    Check this out. Its the Bug-A-Salt housefly shotgun. Eradicate pesky houseflies with ease with this gun that requires no batteries, and simply uses table salt for ammunition. Brilliant! Im getting one.
  • The Senate DOES NOT need to ratify a UN treaty for us to be bound by it!!!

    07/16/2012 6:21:06 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 98 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | 7/11/2012 | Bulldog
    It has just been brought to my attention that because of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties which the US is apparently a signatory to, the UN will consider us bound to any treaty, including the ATT, that Obummer signs. The Senate DOES NOT have to ratify it. I couldn't believe it when I heard it so I researched it and found the treaty and sure enough that is exactly what it says. Please read Article 12 of this treaty even if you don't read the rest of it. Also watch the video from Dick Morris, he also...
  • Maalox RECALL (Has any one noticed the absence of Maalox from store shelves?)

    07/04/2012 4:40:14 AM PDT · by GailA · 52 replies
    http://www.fiercepharma.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tracy Staton
    I searched FR and found no notice of the recall, and sure have not seen it on the news. I know I've been hit and miss due to a lot of health issues this past year, but we do watch the nightly news. And anything this big would have caught my attention because I keep Maalox in the house for occasional mild stomach upset/reflux when I eat something that disagrees with my stomach. Went to buy a bottle of Maalox and tried several different stores and types, finally one of the gals at a local Kroger's said Maalox had been...
  • Salt, we misjudged you

    06/03/2012 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 171 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | by Gary Taubes
    THE first time I questioned the conventional wisdom on the nature of a healthy diet, I was in my salad days, almost 40 years ago, and the subject was salt. Researchers were claiming that salt supplementation was unnecessary after strenuous exercise, and this advice was being passed on by health reporters. When I spent the better part of a year researching the state of the salt science back in 1998 already a quarter century into the eat-less-salt recommendations journal editors and public health administrators were still remarkably candid in their assessment of how flimsy the evidence was implicating...
  • CDC: Bread beats out chips as biggest salt source

    02/07/2012 3:59:33 PM PST · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    AP via MedicalXpress ^ | February 7, 2012 | MIKE STOBBE
    [snip] Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips. That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn - which we think of as the saltiest foods in our diet - are only No. 10," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. Breads...
  • Cardiologist Debunks Salt Myth

    01/06/2012 9:14:54 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 52 replies
    Has the tide turned for salt in 2012? Salt faces regular demonization from the media, lawmakers, and food police, with the hyperbolic Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) even calling it the deadly white powder you already snort. But as cardiologist-turned-chef Michael S. Fenster points out in The Atlantic, studies have not conclusively shown that a reduction in dietary sodium equates with a reduction in hypertension or its resulting effects. Fenster also notes that while this theory makes for great slogans, off the cuff advice, and lazy recommendations, it also makes for poor publicly mandated policy. Big Apple...
  • Salt Vindicated

    12/22/2011 11:37:40 AM PST · by orsonwb · 22 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 12/20/2011 | ARA
    In 2011, half a dozen medical studies showed the health benefits of salt or revealed the significant risks of low-sodium diets...
  • Low-Salt Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Disease

    11/10/2011 2:31:09 AM PST · by globelamp · 40 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 11-09-11 | Rachael Rettner
    Cutting back on salt may not be as beneficial for your heart as once thought, a new study suggests. While a diet low in salt reduces blood pressure, it increases the levels of cholesterol, fat and hormones in the blood that are known to increase the risk of heart disease, the study found. Overall, the good and bad consequences of a low-salt diet may cancel each other out, so the diet has relatively little effect on the development of disease, said study researcher Dr. Niels Graudal, of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.
  • Healthy skepticism about policy and healthy eating

    10/19/2011 4:36:23 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    pioneer press/Reason ^ | 10-19-11 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to stay out of the Republican presidential race means that the American people will be spared months of discussion about his ample waistline and the bad example it sets. Nonetheless, with first lady Michelle Obama urging everyone to get moving, obesity remains a political hot potato, or maybe a tater tot. Below, a helping of skepticism about the causes of Americans' poor eating habits - and the efficacy of political fixes. 5 myths of healthy eating...
  • Mayor Bloomberg predicts riots in the streets if economy doesn't create more jobs

    09/16/2011 9:57:17 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 107 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/16/11 | Erin Einhorn and Corky Siemaszko
    Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn't get serious about generating jobs. "We have a lot of kids graduating college, can't find jobs," Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio show. "That's what happened in Cairo. That's what happened in Madrid. You don't want those kinds of riots here."
  • How to make Sarah Palin disappear (Kornacki again!)

    08/23/2011 4:40:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon's War Room ^ | August 23, 2011 | Steve Kornacki, News Editor
    The safe bet remains that Sarah Palin is simply engaged in a long and tiresome tease. Every few weeks comes some new sign of her supposedly imminent entry into the GOP presidential race, but nothing ever seems to happen. For the latest flurry of speculation, we can thank Karl Rove, who used several television appearances last weekend to argue that "I think she gets in" and to suggest that Palin's scheduled appearance at a Sept. 3 Tea Party event in Iowa might double as a campaign launch. Like each one that's come before it, chances are that this eruption will...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade

    07/29/2011 1:06:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 28, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Within the last few years, we have been treated to attempts by government to control our food intake with regulatory nudges and legislative edicts. Sugar, salt, trans-fats, fats in general, fast foods, and school lunches are just a few ingredients and food types which have come under assault by sanctimonious busybodies seeking to dictate healthy eating to everyone.New York Times food writer provides the latest in we-know-whats-best-for-you babble. In a Times op-ed, Bittman complains, WHAT will it take to get Americans to change our eating habits?The question itself makes a fundamentally flawed assumption and exhibits arrogance. Why is it anyones...
  • Eating Less Salt May Not Lower Risk of Heart Disease

    07/25/2011 7:50:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 6, 2011 | KIM CAROLLO
    Eating Less Salt May Not Lower Risk of Heart Disease Contrary to what medical experts have been saying for years, a new study suggests salt may not be as bad for the heart as commonly believed. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in Exeter, U.K. reviewed data from seven studies with nearly 6,500 participants who reduced their salt intake and found that while eating less salt did lower blood pressure, it did not reduce the risk of dying or of having heart disease.
  • Appetite for salt linked to drug addiction

    07/20/2011 1:14:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 18 July 2011 | Meera Senthilingam
    Researchers in the US and Australia have identified the mechanism underlying an ancient animal instinct: our appetite for sodium chloride (salt). The mechanism is hijacked by addictive compounds, such as opiates, which could help to explain patterns of drug abuse.An appetite for salt can be crucial to survival because animals with an ability to meet bodily demands for salt by rapidly consuming salty solutions are more likely to avoid predators. But little was understood about the molecular control of this process. Now scientists from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, and the University of Melbourne have identified, in...
  • Iran's largest lake turning to salt

    05/26/2011 8:07:18 AM PDT · by MsLady · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2011 | AP
    OROUMIEH LAKE, Iran From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on picturesque Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater lake on earth. "Look, the boat is stuck... It cannot move anymore," said Saadat, gesturing to where it lay encased by solidifying salt and lamenting that he could not understand why the lake was fading away.
  • New Study: Low Salt Diet Kills

    05/03/2011 4:04:17 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 70 replies
    junkscience.com ^ | May 3, 2011 | Steve Milloy
    Which is more dangerous: dietary salt or the governments dietary guidelines? A new study confirms some old truths. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 4), reports that among 3,681 study subjects followed for as long as 23 years, the cardiovascular death rate was more than 50 percent higher among those on who consumed less salt. The researchers concluded that their findings, refute the estimates of computer model of lives saved and health care costs reduced with lower salt intake and they do not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction...
  • Doubt Cast on Salt Guidelines for Diabetics

    04/22/2011 7:17:35 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/18/11 | Frederik Joelving
    Australian researchers are challenging guidelines that urge diabetics to cut back on salt in their diet. In a study that seems to turn conventional wisdom on its head, they found patients with the highest levels of sodium in their urine had the smallest risk of dying over a 10-year period. "Such data call into question universal recommendations that all adults should endeavor to reduce their salt intake," Dr. Elif I. Ekinci of the University of Melbourne in Victoria and colleagues write in the journal Diabetes Care. But don't reach for the pretzels just yet. Although it isn't the first time...
  • New study identifies possible cause of salt-induced hypertension

    04/14/2011 11:54:30 AM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    Case Western Reserve University ^ | April 14, 2011 | Unknown
    Salt intake affects body's ability to simultaneously regulate blood pressure and temperatureNew research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Kent State University shows that salt intake raises blood pressure because it makes it harder for the cardiovascular system to simultaneously juggle the regulation of blood pressure and body temperature. For decades, medical researchers have sought to understand how salt causes salt-induced high blood pressure to no avail. Some individuals, described as "salt sensitive," experience an increase in blood pressure following the ingestion of salt, whereas others, termed "salt resistant," do not. Until now, scientists have been unable...
  • Elevated levels of sodium blunt response to stress, study shows (autism?)

    04/05/2011 4:10:55 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    CINCINNATIAll those salty snacks available at the local tavern might be doing more than increasing your thirst: They could also play a role in suppressing social anxiety. New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that elevated levels of sodium blunt the body's natural responses to stress by inhibiting stress hormones that would otherwise be activated in stressful situations. These hormones are located along the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which controls reactions to stress. The research is reported in the April 6, 2011, issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. "We're calling this...
  • Chinese seek refunds as salt panic subsides(short-lived salt bubble)

    03/21/2011 12:59:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    AFP ^ | 03/20/11
    Chinese seek refunds as salt panic subsides Sun Mar 20, 2:29 am ET SHANGHAI (AFP) Chinese consumers caught up in panic salt buying in the mistaken belief it would protect against radiation from Japan's nuclear crisis are finding stores are refusing to refund their hoards of salt. Supermarkets said they were unable to refund purchases of iodised salt, citing rules that say food cannot be returned if it has no quality problems, state media reported Sunday. Panicked shoppers had set off a run on iodised salt despite government reassurances that China faced no danger from Japan's March 11 earthquake...
  • Stop hoarding salt, China tells radiation-scared shoppers

    03/17/2011 8:44:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/17/11
    Stop hoarding salt, China tells radiation-scared shoppers China's economic agency told shoppers on Thursday to stop panic buying salt, blaming baseless rumours that the iodine in it can stop radiation sickness. Skip related content The Chinese government has repeatedly said the country's residents will not be exposed to radiation from a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan which engineers are frantically trying to bring under control after it was damaged by last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. But in a sign of increasing public worries about the risks, people across much of China have been buying large amounts of iodised salt, emptying...
  • Obama Turns Over British Nuclear Secrets to Russians

    02/05/2011 12:25:04 PM PST · by jacknhoo · 29 replies
    Moonbattery.com ^ | February 5, 2011 | Van Helsing
    February 5, 2011 Obama Turns Over British Nuclear Secrets to Russians Posted by Van Helsing at February 5, 2011 9:50 AM At least the WikiLeaks revelations have made it crystal clear why no one in his right mind should want an unvetted community organizer with a radical background in charge of the country, no matter how "historic" his skin color. Possibly motivated by his malignant anticolonialist ideology, the Backstabber in Chief has once again demonstrated his hatred of our closest ally (and colonizer of his ancestral homeland Kenya), this time by offering British nuclear secrets to the Russians. Information about...
  • Govt advising Americans to eat far less salt

    01/30/2011 9:23:44 PM PST · by quantim · 59 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 31, 12:07 AM EST | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is telling half of the U.S. population to drastically cut their daily salt intake. That's the advice to consumers - and the food industry - as the government issues new dietary guidelines, which are the recommendations behind the popular food pyramid. For the first time, the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments, which issue the guidelines every five years, are telling people who are 51 and older, all African-Americans and anyone suffering from hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease to reduce daily sodium intake to little more than half a teaspoon.
  • Florida bans 'bath salt' drugs after violent outbursts

    01/26/2011 8:01:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/26/11 | Alexia Campbell and Aaron Deslatte
    Florida bans 'bath salt' drugs after violent outburstsBy Alexia Campbell and Aaron Deslatte, Sun Sentinel 7:26 p.m. EST, January 26, 2011 TALLAHASSEE Disturbing reports of violent drug users "with superhuman strength," pushed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday to ban drugs sold as "bath salts." Florida is the second state, after Louisiana, to outlaw the so-called fake cocaine. The white powder, sold at gas stations and specialty shops around the state, has sent dozens of users to emergency rooms and mental hospitals in recent months, according to authorities. **SNIP** "To put it in perspective, that's right up there...
  • Bath salts misused as 'fake cocaine' send Florida users to hospitals

    01/17/2011 11:01:29 AM PST · by greatdefender · 11 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Alexia Campbell, Sun Sentinel
    The half-gram bottle of bath salts promises an "invigorating" and "energizing" experience. But to local and federal authorities, it's another dangerous product misused as fake cocaine that's sending youths to emergency rooms and mental hospitals in Florida and across the country. As federal officials prepare to ban synthetic marijuana, specialty shops and convenience stores across Florida have started stocking up on bottles of bath salts. Louisiana and Florida authorities have linked these bath salts to at least two suicides in Louisiana, 21 calls to Florida poison control centers and dozens of hospital visits in Central and South Florida in the...