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Salt Warning
by David Klein, Ph.D.

from Living Nutrition (Vibrance) Magazine vol. 18 

http://vibrancemagazine.com/articles/salt.html

Avoid all salt – it’s a toxic, irritating, corrosive, stimulating, enervating and potentially deadly poison. Yes, even Celtic and Himalayan salts are destructive to your body and health – don’t be fooled by marketing hype! These inorganic substances may be trendy but they are not healthful. In addition to sodium chloride, they contain numerous toxic elements including heavy metals, such as aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury. These wreak havoc in the body, and are very difficult to eliminate.

If you live in a northern region or near the ocean you have probably seen how rock salt and salt spray eats steel members and chrome coatings on automobiles. If you’ve ever had an open flesh wound and exposed it to salt, your senses will have told you how destructive it is. Salt paralyzes the intestinal villi and kills cells – would you knowingly bathe your delicate villi, your arteries, veins and capillaries with such a corrosive solution? Salt brine kills insects and “pickles” vegetables. Do you want to run a solution of that through your brain 24 hours a day? An ounce of salt, taken all at once, spells suicide.

You cannot become healthy if your sense of taste is befuddled by unnatural flavorings. Salt does not bring out the flavor of food; it overpowers your taste buds, deadening them to all sensation other than additional salt, causing unnatural cravings, overeating and beverage guzzling.  

Salt bonds with water, and its toxicity necessitates extra fluid intake. The body’s dilution response causes the cells to become dehydrated, severely impairing health. Salt also throws off the blood’s electrolyte balance (e.g., the sodium to potassium ratio) and acidifies the body, eroding health and impeding healing. Most illness cannot be overcome when salt is part of the diet. The few salt eaters I’ve counseled did not heal their disease conditions until they followed my recommendation of giving up salt--even though their diets were otherwise nearly perfect.

Hypertension (high blood pressure), edema, cardiovascular disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, asthma, arthritis, rheumatism, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, premenstrual syndrome, gout, cancer and a host of other disease conditions are linked to salt. Can the body handle a little bit of salt? Maybe, but not on a regular basis. Why risk ruining your precious health?

We do need mineral salts–no doubt about it. From where should we get our mineral salts? Plant foods is the natural answer. The liquids from fruits and vegetables contain all of the mineral salts we need, in safe, organic, usable form. For rich, satisfying flavors, obtain produce grown in soil generously mineralized with a rock powder amendment. If possible, grow your own produce, adding such mineral sources as rock powder, azamite, or kelp powder to your compost and soil.

Abstain from salt, clean out, eat whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic tender vegetables plus savory and sweet fruits. Your salt cravings will vanish and unseasoned foods will taste outrageously delicious.

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No doubt about it. Salt is a killer. Whether its out of a box or hidden in your 'sun dried tomatoes', seaweed or any other product it is no friend to your body :)
same here Azrael, I can just imagine having it now after nearly 2.5 years. I have had seaweed though and it does much the same.
For some reason it helps to be reminded about this periodically. It's easy to forget the detriments of salt consumption when everyone around eats it at every meal. Thanks for the post

Well, not all sun dried tomatoes are born equal :)

Here in Italy, they are all organic and no salt, preservatives or anything else added.... simply because sun dried tomatoes are such a big part of the culinary culture :)

I have shared this wonderful article with many people over the years! :)
How did you know I was craving salt all day??

This is good encouragement to stick with it.

Thanks.
Very eye-opening and very well written. I had no Idea salt was this distructive.
I'm battling this out right now...thanks for the post!

I've also found that salt impairs the body's ability to cool itself. If I am clean I don't start sweating until much later in my work out and it's not salty tasting. A few days ago the kickboxing instructor was wondering why I wasn't sweating...she even said "Are you holding yourself back because you don't know what's next?" I wasn't but I guess a smile and (just) forehead beads aren't enough for her. She was dripping even though she is uber fit!!
I was a salt fiend in cooked days and even a little into my raw days as well, Alison. No one could have been more addicted without committing salt suicide, haha, as Klein says. Now I have no attraction to it whatsoever. Didn't take more than a few weeks of abstinence, either. Hang in there with your battle. If I can overcome it, there's hope for the world, haha...

Thanks Freelee. Essential info it is...
"Abstain from salt, clean out, eat whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic tender vegetables plus savory and sweet fruits. Your salt cravings will vanish and unseasoned foods will taste outrageously delicious."

This is definitely true, foods do really start to taste amazing when you completely cut out all inorganic salts. You start to taste subtle flavors in fruits and especially vegetables that you never knew were there.
I agree and I also notice how nasty salty foods smell. The other day someone was eating pretzels next to me...they smelled like pee!!
use it to fertilize the plants! it is the best fertilizer known to man. look it up. adding 92 minerals to the soil in the right amounts is the best addition to any garden. things like sugarcane and corn (grasses) can uptake all minerals that are in the soil and when sea salt (or seaweed/seawater) is used, the end product is unbelievable.

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