Act Now! FDA Comment Period on Dietary Sodium!

The FDA is Doing it Again!

As if they had nothing better to do, now it is dietary sodium decrease… again! After hundreds of academic articles show that the more dietary salt we consume, the healthier we are, they want to reduce it.

Salt does not increase blood pressure but sugar does. Why are they not reducing sugar? Ahhhhhhh… money of course… at the same time we all get sick from eating too much sugar because SUGAR increases blood pressure, increases your bad cholesterol and triglycerides, causes a host of other problems–including taking a huge role in dementia, Alzheimer’s, and so forth. You find my comment below that I just filed at the FDA a minute ago, including all references to everything I just said.

Please comment at the FDA as well to make sure that the government starts to focus on what makes us sick! I copy-pasted my comment below; feel free to use any part of it for your quick comment. The link where to comment: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2014-D-0055

Your comment must be short and sweet (hence I used & and not “and”, etc.,); it cannot exceed 5000 characters.

My comment:

Dear Committee,

Dietary sodium reduction causes harm to the healthy and the hypertensive(1). Migraineurs benefit from higher sodium(2). Sugar increases BP(3-7). Salt is an essential mineral that human cells have many channels for. Dietary sodium increase modifies BP by only a few systolic points (2-6), quite insignificant(8).

The balance of K+ to Na+ ratio is more important to cardiac health than Na+(9-12) & is vital to electrolyte homeostasis – Medline: https://medlineplus.gov/fluidandelectrolytebalance.html.

Hydration is vital to cognition (13-19). Hydration is salt & water. Drinking water alone dilutes electrolytes, causing diseases.

BP increases from sugar; shouldn’t the Committee focus on sugar reduction (3, 20-26)? The Committee should reconsider & focus on CHD & high BP reduction by the substance that causes both: sugar.

Sincerely,
Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

  1. Mente A, et al. (Associations of urinary sodium excretion with cardiovascular events in individuals with and without hypertension: a pooled analysis of data from four studies. The Lancet.
  2. Pogoda JM, et al. (2016) Severe Headache or Migraine History Is Inversely Correlated With Dietary Sodium Intake: NHANES 1999–2004. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain:n/a-n/a.
  3. DiNicolantonio JJ & Lucan SC (2014) The wrong white crystals: not salt but sugar as aetiological in hypertension and cardiometabolic disease. Open Heart 1(1):e000167.
  4. Alderman MH & Cohen HW (2012) Dietary Sodium Intake and Cardiovascular Mortality: Controversy Resolved? American Journal of Hypertension 25(7):727-734.
  5. DiNicolantonio JJ, et al. (Dietary Sodium Restriction: Take It with a Grain of Salt. The American Journal of Medicine 126(11):951-955.
  6. Dong J, Li Y, Yang Z, & Luo J (2010) Low Dietary Sodium Intake Increases the Death Risk in Peritoneal Dialysis. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN 5(2):240-247.
  7. Konerman MC & Hummel SL (2014) Sodium Restriction in Heart Failure: Benefit or Harm? Current treatment options in cardiovascular medicine 16(2):286-286.
  8. Stanton AA (2016) Are Statistics Misleading Sodium Reduction Benefits? Journal of Medical Diagnostic Methods 5(1).
  9. Perez V & Chang ET (2014) Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio and Blood Pressure, Hypertension, and Related Factors. Advances in Nutrition 5(6):712-741.
  10. Zhang Z, et al. (2013) Association between Usual Sodium and Potassium Intake and Blood Pressure and Hypertension among U.S. Adults: NHANES 2005–2010. PLoS ONE 8(10):e75289.
  11. Rodrigues SL, et al. (High potassium intake blunts the effect of elevated sodium intake on blood pressure levels. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension 8(4):232-238.
  12. Weaver CM (2013) Potassium and Health. Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal 4(3):368S-377S.
  13. El-Sharkawy AM, Sahota O, Maughan RJ, & Lobo DN (2014) The pathophysiology of fluid and electrolyte balance in the older adult surgical patient. Clinical Nutrition 33(1):6-13.
  14. MD KB (2015) Water, Energy, and the Perils of Dehydration. (internet).
  15. Thornton SN (2010) Thirst and hydration: Physiology and consequences of dysfunction. Physiology & Behavior 100(1):15-21.
  16. Popkin BM, D’Anci KE, & Rosenberg IH (2010) Water, Hydration and Health. Nutrition reviews 68(8):439-458.
  17. Armstrong LE (2012) Challenges of linking chronic dehydration and fluid consumption to health outcomes. Nutrition Reviews 70(suppl 2):S121-S127.
  18. Ritz P & Berrut G (2005) The Importance of Good Hydration for Day-to-Day Health. Nutrition Reviews 63:S6-S13.
  19. Benton D (2011) Dehydration Influences Mood and Cognition: A Plausible Hypothesis? Nutrients 3(5):555-573.
  20. Badar VA, Hiware SK, Shrivastava MP, Thawani VR, & Hardas MM (2011) Comparison of nebivolol and atenolol on blood pressure, blood sugar, and lipid profile in patients of essential hypertension. Indian Journal of Pharmacology 43(4):437-440.
  21. Ha V, et al. (2013) Fructose-Containing Sugars, Blood Pressure, and Cardiometabolic Risk: A Critical Review. Current Hypertension Reports 15(4):281-297.
  22. He F & MacGregor G (2015) Salt and sugar: their effects on blood pressure. Pflügers Archiv – European Journal of Physiology 467(3):577-586.
  23. Jayalath VH, et al. (2014) Total Fructose Intake and Risk of Hypertension: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohorts. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 33(4):328-339.
  24. Kim YH, Abris GP, Sung M-K, & Lee JE (2012) Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Blood Pressure in the United States: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2006. Clinical Nutrition Research 1(1):85-93.
  25. Nichols H (2015) More than salt, sugars may contribute to high blood pressure.
  26. Sharma N, et al. (2008) High-sugar diets increase cardiac dysfunction and mortality in hypertension compared to low-carbohydrate or high-starch diets. Journal of hypertension 26(7):1402-1410.

Your Comment Tracking Number: 1k0-8rej-ue25 (this is my proof so don;t use this number).

Thanks for your help!

Comments are welcome, as always.

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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2 Responses to Act Now! FDA Comment Period on Dietary Sodium!

  1. Abgr Xenda says:

    After many years on blood pressure medication and staying away of salts, my sodium in my lab 🔬 tests show it was less than the minimum, and that cause other problem, but since I start the High Fat Low Carb life style, and now after eight months, I finally stopped the blood pressure medication while eating salt, how is that?

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    • Be Healthy says:

      Hi Abgr,

      Salt does not cause hypertension (high blood pressure) any more than migrating birds cause winter…

      Sugar is responsible for hypertension only it is the best kept secret–though interestingly it is in every medical manual though the treatment is always the reduction of salt, which never made any sense to me.

      Research has shown over and over again that salt has absolutely nothing to do with hypertension but those researchers that tried to publish these findings were only accepted into papers that no one reads or could not publish at all. Major influential papers would never consider publishing an article in support of salt… until The Lancet just in this July/August issue published one article finally that shows the truth: the less salt one eats, the closer one gets to a cardiac death (exponentially so) and the more salt the healthy people eat, the longer they live. Even those with hypertension, if they eat too little salt (less than 1500 mg sodium) there is an exponential acceleration in their death. This article is by subscription only so I cannot share it but here is a link to it so you can rent it or purchase it only know that this article is quite complex.

      I created my own little summary graph of what is in the database in that article: Hypertensive vs Healthy death rate from too little salt so it is clear that the more salt people eat the less likely they die from heart disease.

      It has a lot to do with several factors–here are a few:

      1) The less salt you eat, the more difficult it is for your kidneys to create electrolyte and your loss of sodium (hyponatrium) causes many problems as a result, including diluted electrolyte
      2) Your brain and heart cannot function without salt since salt is responsible for creating the action potential (systolic pressure in heart and brain voltage in the brain)
      3) Without salt you are chronically dehydrated and dehydration causes a lot of problems all over your body
      4) The less salt you eat, the more glucose (from whatever carbohydrates you eat) takes your cells over causing major electrolyte imbalance leading to insulin resistance

      In general, I have been workign with many people with hypertension and the moment I move them on the diet you are eating and have them stop all added sugars, honey and all these goodies and also have them stop starchy veggies and just about all fruits and increase fat–particularly animal fats–they all within 3-4 weeks reduce their blood pressure to normal and can titrate their medications down to zero.

      So I congratulate on your great job since you do exactly what I recommend. I personally took the LCHF diet to a deeper level by going on the ketogenic diet. I also trashed all my vegetable oils and eat ONLY animal fat. I write a lot about this since so far it has had major effect on everyone trying it: reversed diabetes, reduced blood pressure to normal, drastic drop in triglycerides, no hunger, more energy, drop in weight if applicable or just in dress size from burning fat (my case), all mental conditions: anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, migraine, seizures, and even some others have completely reversed.

      The truth is that salt is essential, animal fats are essential, cholesterol is essential–these we have been denied.

      Sugar and sugar substitutes are all toxic and addictive (worse than street drugs… sugar and sugar substitutes should be controlled substances) and they also cause hypertension. Vegetable oils cause major health problems because they replace human fatty acids with vegetable fatty acids and from heat become goo that truly clog arteries, and those eating vegetable oils cannot absorb fat soluble vitamins and minerals that need animal fat, nor can they synthesize vitamin D via the sun without cholesterol. The whole “heart-health” hypothesis is based on academic ego war and financial interest and not human health at all.

      I am glad the truth is slowly coming out from under the rug and in via grassroots effort the health pyramid will topple and industries will be forced to make what people buy so eventually all this will change for the better. In the meantime, we have to do what is best for us, so continue your effort and please spread your wisdom so others can follow your example and benefit!

      Best wishes and keep up the good work!
      Angela

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