Salt, Government, Doctors and People!

Let there be people and make them salt free to have them happy heart! YES!! Beautiful and dead. Makeup anyone? This will be a fiery post so buckle your seat belt!

By some medical professionals in the media–who shall remain nameless since we all know whom we are talking about–salt has become the black sheep of our nation–as well as other nations since they copy us. Salt is said to be bad for us. Reduce salt! Eat salt substitutes! For healthy and happy heart stop eating salt!

Guess what? Without salt your heart will not work, your brain will not work, your lungs will not work. You actually will be dead. You may have a gorgeous heart when they open your cadaver and they can frame it! But not eating salt will kill you. Furthermore, you may have a perfectly healthy heart that you may destroy by not eating enough salt!

Remember when you were born? No? You have heard of the amniotic fluid filled sac that bursts as the baby is born right? Well it is not water. Nope. It is salt water and some other minerals. Have you tasted your blood lately? Hopefully not but if you will, it is salt water that is red with some other stuff in it. Our bodies are made up of 70% water it is said; no, our body is actually 70% salty water with other minerals that form electrolytes.

If you end up in the ER, the transparent liquid they pump into your blood via IV is not water; it is either saline (salt water) or electrolytes (salt, potassium, water, magnesium, and some other elements). So when I hear the statement on TV “salt is bad” for us, I would like to yell and tell everyone that

NO! It is too much salt that is bad for us!

What is too much salt? If you have developed hypertension (high blood pressure), that means you may have eaten too much salt relative to water and potassium (may have since it can also be genetic). You can prevent a non-genetic hypertension by eating balanced ratio of salt with water and potassium. You may even revert non-genetic hypertension by eating the right amount of salt with the right amount of water and the right amount of potassium!

Please! Enough of this no salt nonsense! We now have mothers who feed no salt to their developing children as young as age 3, who then end up with underdeveloped brain, migraine, or worse! Why do we need salt? Salt creates a voltage differential between inside and outside of the brain cells to allow the sodium-potassium pumps to work. No salt, not enough voltage, no pumping, no cell alive. Is that what we want?

So stop this nonsense of not eating salt! Eat salt! And if you already have migraines or want to know more why we need salt, read my book Fighting the Migraine Epidemic (digital) (paperback).

Contact me if you have any questions.

Angela

About Be Healthy

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist who evaluates changes in behavior, chronic pain, decision-making, as a result of hormonal variations in the brain. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a migraineur, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic mutations of insulin and glucose transporters, and voltage gated sodium and calcium channel mutations. Such mutations cause major shifts in a migraine brain, unlike that of a non-migraine brain. A non-migraineur can handle electrolyte changes on autopilot. A migraineur must always be on manual guard for such changes to maintain electrolyte homeostasis. The book Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines - An Insider's View explains why we have migraines, how to prevent them and how to stay migraine (and medicine) free for life. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know at the moment and also some hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. While working on the 2nd edition of the book she also published academic articles: "Migraine Cause and Treatment" Mental Health in family Medicine, November 23, 2015, open access "Functional Prodrome in Migraines" Journal of Neurological Disorders, January 22, 2016, open access "Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits?", Journal of Medical Diagnostic Method, February 3, 2016, open access “A Comment on Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999-2004” Angela A Stanton PhD, 19 July 2016 DOI: 10.1111/head.12861 not open access, subscription is required to read it. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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