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  • 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 sale–There’s 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… Purity–The Romans believed it to be the purest of substances, since its origin lay in the purity of the sun and sea Preservation–Until the recent advent of refrigeration, salt...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • 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....
  • Sodium Reduction in Populations - Insights From the Institute of Medicine Committee

    06/07/2013 10:33:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    JAMA ^ | June 6, 2013 | Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH; Cheryl A. M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS; Joachim H. Ix, MD, MAS
    The recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report regarding dietary sodium1 has generated considerable interest and debate, as well as misinterpretation by advocates on both sides. Further discussion is necessary to inform the public and the health care community and to inform public health strategies for sodium reduction. CURRENT PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING DIETARY SODIUM Dietary sodium intake averages approximately 3400 mg/d in US adults, far in excess of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommendation of less than 2300 mg/d for those older than 2 years and less than 1500 mg/d for certain high-risk subgroups, including African Americans, individuals with...
  • 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 it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle... --snip-- “We’re not saying we shouldn’t 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 left’s biggest targets, Walmart, for helping to fight obesity and “food deserts” in the United States. “At Walmart, you can believe that as America’s 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, you’re helping parents get by on a budget -- which is what everybody in this country is trying to do. You’re helping kids get the nutrition they need to...
  • 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 heart’s most wanted list. Believing it’s 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 Kempner’s theory that reducing salt could help reduce hypertension. A Controversy...
  • 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...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Bright Planets at McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope

    03/16/2012 12:18:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | March 16, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Bright planets Venus and Jupiter are framed by the National Solar Observatory's McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope in this very astronomical scene. The photo was taken at Kitt Peak National Observatory on March 9. A heliostat sits atop the 100 foot high solar telescope tower to focus the Sun's rays down a long diagonal shaft that reaches underground to the telescope's primary mirror. Of course, after sunset shadows were cast and the structure illuminated by light from the nearly full rising Moon. Opened to begin the night's work, the dome housing Kitt Peak's 2.1 meter reflector is included in the frame,...
  • Simi Valley Nuclear Disaster (Video)

    03/06/2012 1:28:44 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 24 replies
    History Channel ^ | Aug 25, 2007 | Uploaded by michaelfreudiger
    Simi Valley California was the site of the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history in 1959, and the amounts of radiation leaked to the environment and atmosphere were more than 240 times that of the accident at 3-Mile Island. The area is beautiful today, but what still remains from many decades ago?
  • 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...
  • The Washington Diet - Following the government’s nutritional advice can make you fat and sick.

    05/25/2011 7:15:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2011 | Steven Malanga
    Last October, embarrassing e-mails leaked from New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene disclosed that officials had stretched the limits of credible science in approving a 2009 antiobesity ad, which depicted a stream of soda pop transforming into human fat as it left the bottle. “The idea of a sugary drink becoming fat is absurd,” a scientific advisor warned the department in one of the e-mails, a view echoed by other experts whom the city consulted. Nevertheless, Gotham’s health commissioner, Thomas Farley, saw the ad as an effective way to scare people into losing weight, whatever its scientific...
  • 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 government’s 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...
  • Elevated levels of sodium blunt response to stress, study shows (autism?)

    04/05/2011 4:10:55 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    CINCINNATI—All 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...
  • 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.
  • Campbell's Soup Rant (angry vanity)

    01/01/2011 10:36:34 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 560 replies
    Me | Jan1, 2011 | DJMacWoW
    My husband bought me some of my favorite soup, Campbell's Cream of Potato. My mouth got all ready and I sipped the first spoon. I spit it back in the bowl. It tasted TERRIBLE! I thought it was spoiled. Nope. Now! With Sea Salt Added! If I wanted sea salt I'd go float in the ocean! I just discovered that they've done the same to Vegetarian Vegetable. No more Campbell's soup for me. And I wrote them to tell them where they can stick their sea salt! I don't buy Healthy Choice soups because they taste awful. So they are...
  • Worst (Restaurant) Foods in America, 2010

    12/13/2010 3:32:50 PM PST · by DemforBush · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Health ^ | 12/10/10 | David Zinczenko
    When we published our first edition of Eat This, Not That: Worst Foods in America back in 2007, we made a lot of restaurant chains very unhappy. But we also made a lot of their attorneys really, really happy, as they soon began earning massive legal fees sending us saber-rattling correspondences on behalf of the food marketers they represented. As 2010 draws to a close, it's time for another walk down the Hall of Restaurant Shame...
  • Nine in 10 Americans eat too much salt: CDC

    06/24/2010 5:17:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/10 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Nine out of 10 Americans eat too much salt with most of them getting more than twice the recommended amount, according to a survey by U.S. government researchers. They said an estimated 77 percent of dietary sodium comes from processed foods and restaurant foods. "Sodium has become so pervasive in our food supply that it's difficult for the vast majority of Americans to stay within recommended limits," said Janelle Peralez Gunn, public health analyst with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who led the study of salt consumption. "Public health professionals, together with food manufacturers,...
  • Politicians want to tax us thin — but it’s big government that needs a diet

    05/16/2010 3:42:54 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 502+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 16, 2010 | Kyle Smith
    One of the alarming side effects of obesity is that it apparently causes brain damage. The federal government, which ran up an $83 billion deficit just in April, the one month it normally counts on a surplus thanks to Tax Day, is obese. So maybe it’s time to check its brain function. "Not a single expert that we’ve consulted has said that having the federal government tell people what to do is the way to solve" the obesity problem, Michelle Obama told reporters on Tuesday — the same day she thunkingly delivered a 124-page White House Task Force report which...
  • Big shakeup for ketchup - Heinz changing its recipe to slash salt

    05/14/2010 4:02:56 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 136 replies · 2,051+ views
    <p>Your fries may never taste the same again!</p> <p>For the first time in 40 years, Heinz ketchup is changing its famous recipe -- by lowering the salt content in an effort to appeal to more health-conscious consumers, the company said yesterday.</p>
  • Kraft to cut salt in its North American foods

    03/17/2010 5:04:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 609+ views
    ms DNC ^ | 3/17/10 | ap
    Company plans to reduce sodium by 10 percent in its products over 2 years NORTHFIELD, Ill. - Kraft Foods says it will cut the salt in its products sold in North America by an average of 10 percent over the next two years as food makers try to appeal to health-conscious consumers. Kraft said Wednesday that the move will reduce the sodium in Oscar Mayer Bologna by 17 percent and Easy Mac Cups by 20 percent. This comes on top of other cuts it has made in sodium levels in recent years.
  • New York restaurants face salt ban in new health bill

    03/12/2010 11:33:32 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 56 replies · 977+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12th March 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    New York’s restaurants could be banned from adding salt to food as part of the city’s latest health crackdown. Politicians are voting on a bill that, if passed, would see restaurateurs fined $1,000 (Ł660) each time they were caught adding the condiment to food. But the measure, which is designed to reduce blood pressure, has had the opposite effect among angry chefs who say that without salt customers would stay at home.
  • New York Pushes for Salt Reduction in Restaurant, Packaged Food (Rush was right)

    01/11/2010 8:20:32 AM PST · by Stayfree · 54 replies · 1,459+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 11, 2000 | Shannon Pettypiece
    New York City health officials are pushing to cut the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant foods by 25 percent over the next five years,
  • McDonald's Worker Arrested For "Over Salting" Police Officer's Burger

    07/23/2009 5:43:15 PM PDT · by Justaham · 48 replies · 1,833+ views
    consumerist.com ^ | 7-22-09 | Meg marco
    No, "over salting" isn't code for anything nasty. The 20-year-old McDonald's worker literally spilled salt on the hamburger meat that was used to make a "Big 'N Tasty" that was served to a Georgia police officer. The police officer says the burger made him sick—and Kendra Bull, 20, spent a night in jail because of it. According to Kendra, she accidentally spilled too much salt on the hamburger meat, tried to remove it, notified her coworkers, then took a break. During the break she says she ate a burger made from the salty meat.
  • Public Policy That Makes Test Subjects of Us All

    04/06/2009 6:03:41 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 607+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2009 | John Tierney
    Suppose you wanted to test the effects of halving the amount of salt in people’s diets. If you were an academic researcher, you’d have to persuade your institutional review board that you had considered the risks and obtained informed consent from the participants. You might, for instance, take note of a recent clinical trial in which heart patients put on a restricted-sodium diet fared worse than those on a normal diet. In light of new research suggesting that eating salt improves mood and combats depression, you might be alert for psychological effects of the new diet. You might worry that...
  • Throwing the Book at Salt

    01/28/2009 6:49:30 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 71 replies · 1,002+ views
    The New York Times ^ | JANUARY 28, 2009 | KIM SEVERSON and GRANT JUNKIE
    DR. THOMAS R. FRIEDEN invited some of the biggest names in food processing to lunch last October. Grilled salmon and green salad were on the menu, but the subject was salt. After a string of victories over smoking, trans fats and calories, Dr. Frieden, the commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is waging a new campaign: to lower the amount of sodium America eats. But don’t go hiding your saltshakers. The city isn’t going after the seasoning people add at the table or in the kitchen. That makes up only about 11 percent of the...
  • What are the best Sodium Potassium Iodine Tables

    08/10/2005 6:26:07 AM PDT · by Scythian · 61 replies · 2,146+ views
    Please don't delete this as vanity, I need advice and would like to move quickly on this. I need ones that kids can get down too. Please reply quickly.
  • Salt should be regulated food additive, group says

    02/24/2005 11:05:17 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 133 replies · 2,081+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/05 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - A consumer group sued the federal government on Thursday, saying that salt is killing tens of thousands of Americans and that regulators have done too little to control salt in food. Despite advisories to take it easy on sodium, Americans are now consuming about 4,000 milligrams a day -- nearly double the recommended limit to keep blood pressure under control, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said. So the CSPI renewed a lawsuit first filed in 1983 to ask federal courts to force the Food and Drug Administration to declare sodium a food...
  • Preserving a Delicate Balance of Potassium

    06/27/2004 4:45:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 2,162+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2004 | JANE E. BRODY
    PERSONAL HEALTH Evolution is an excellent teacher when it comes to figuring out what and how much people should eat. For example, primates (including those with two legs and big brains) evolved on foods rich in potassium and very low in sodium. Early humans evolved to conserve sodium, which was hard to obtain, and to excrete excess potassium, abundant in many fruits and vegetables. But Western-style diets these days are the reverse of what those early humans consumed, rich in processed foods, loaded with sodium and relatively poor in potassium. Consequently, according to a report released this year by the...
  • Any good advice on books and sites about aspartame and nutrition? (no junk science please)

    05/07/2003 4:42:57 PM PDT · by tame · 261 replies · 3,293+ views
    tame
    There are soooooo many nutrition books, and diet books on the market. It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing for a beginner like me to sort out the junk science, and voodoo gimmicks, from the well respected books, and web sites. In the last couple of years I've been extremely tired, sleepy and fatigued for some reason. I've never really been into the nutrition thing, so I would appreciate any of your recommendations on good nutrition, and advice on the following: 1) Sodium. What's the story? How much is too much. How little is too little. Is it true...