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"Salt is absolutely essential to human health and
Salt alkalizes blood and other vital fluids, helps retain water, and
is deeply involved in the biochemistry of metabolism.
It's not salt per se that's so bad for human health, but
rather the industrially refined, land-mined, mineral-deficient table salt sold on
the market and hidden in packaged and processed foods.
One to three grams of salt per day is a good measure for
human nutritional requirements, but most Americans today consume 12-15 grams of salt
In refining commercial table salt, manufacturers remove
virtually all the minerals and trace elements, leaving a white crystal that is 98 per cent
Among the nutrients removed is magnesium, which is
essential for proper immune function. Magnesium supports a process call
which enhances the assimilative power of scavenger cells that are responsible for
controlling infectious bacteria and other unwanted microbes.
Magnesium is also essential for proper function of nerve
and brain cells, is involved in the metabolism of sugars and fats, and has been shown to
lower mortality dramatically in heart-attach patients.
A study in Canada showed a 66 per cent drop in the death
rate of heart-attack patients who were given intravenous injections of magnesium, and Dr.
Cass Igram reports that magnesium injections resulted in a 90 percent reduction in
heart-attack mortality in a similar study in the USA.
Owing to modern farming and food-processing methods,
magnesium is deficient in almost all foods today, including fresh vegetables and whole
grains. Dr. Igram reports that 76 per cent of all Americans are deficient in this vital
The only viable dietary source of magnesium these days is
whole, unrefined sea salt, especially the coarse grey variety harvested by hand along the
Brittany coast of France, known as 'Celtic sea salt'.
The Epsom salts some people take as a magnesium supplement
contains magnesium sulfate, which is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore
difficult to assimilate. Whole sea salt contains magnesium chloride and magnesium bromide,
which are easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body.
The big ballyhoo in Western media and medical circles about
avoiding salt to cut down on sodium and thus control high blood pressure is all based on
the detrimental effects of industrially refined, land-mined table salt, which is 98 per
cent sodium chloride.
The health problems caused by this kind of salt is another
typical example of how the processed-food industry has cornered the market on a vital food
element, then refined and denatured it for 'convenience' (i.e. higher profits), duping the
public into daily consumption of a product that undermines rather than supports health.
By contrast, Celtic sea salt contains only 82 per cent
sodium chloride. Furthermore, the magnesium salts it contains naturally drain excess
sodium from the body, thereby preventing the edema, kidney malfunction, high blood
pressure, and other ailments associated with excess sodium intake."
Source: Daniel Reid.