How Dangerous Is Salt?


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Image courtesy of dan /

Those of us with snowy winters know what salt does to cars but what is it doing to our bodies?  Is there such a thing as good salt? Nutritionists claim we need it. What kind of sodium do we really need? Over the course of three years, I have done some research and the facts may surprise you.

The salt used to melt icy roads ultimately lands on the bottom of passing cars. If it stays there, the salt will eat through the metal and create a hole. Auto parts like brakes, catalytic converters and mufflers often have to be replaced due to salt erosion.

Similarly, this is how all added salts eat through our bodies’ tissues. In fact, some people have used salt to commit suicide.  I have read that drinking water with an ounce of salt has been a traditional suicide method in China.

When I heard that all salt hardens the cells and prevents them from receiving oxygen, I started researching. I was using sea salt, at the time, thinking it was healthy.  Not only did I learn that “healthy salts,” like Celtic, Himalayan and Sea salt, were not much different from table salt (which contains aluminum), I also learned I did not need it to make food taste good.

Dr. Douglas Graham wrote, “Salt deadens taste buds to anything and everything except the taste of more salt. It deadens our ability to sense sweet, sour and bitter.”

I slowly weaned myself off of salt. Then, I began using spices, fruit and vegetables to create flavorful meals.  We really do not need to eat salt. Studies have proven that it is detrimental to our health. We can get all of the sodium we need from raw fruit and vegetables.


1.“Historically, salt was used as a food preservative and an embalming agent. It is well known that salt kills bacteria that eat food. Unfortunately, in the same way, salt destroys the body’s cells as well.” – Dr. Timothy Trader, NMD, PhD

2. “As for obtaining minerals from salt is basically a myth. Minerals must be converted to a bioavailable form in order to be utilized, and this action is done by the bacteria that live on plant root hairs. We obtain our minerals from eating plants.” -Dr. Douglas Graham

3. “There is a powerful dehydrating impact upon the body from the consumption of even a small amount of refined salt. “ – Dr. Douglas Graham

4. “Though the evidence that our current salt intake has major harmful effects is now very powerful, there are, unfortunately, influential commercial and political forces that wish to maintain our unnecessarily high salt intake. this opposition continues, though the debate about the relationship of blood pressure to dietary salt now includes the other harmful effects of salt – particularly bone demineralization (osteoporosis) and cancer of the stomach” – SALT, DIET & HEALTH

5. It is a rare person indeed who suffers from a lack of sodium. Usually the opposite is more true: people suffer from excessive sodium intake. –Dr. Douglas Graham

6. “The hazards inherent in extracting salt from the sea has been a recurrent theme. There was always the erosive effect of the salt on the skin, the eyes and even the lungs of those who were continually exposed.” – SALT, DIET & HEALTH

7.  “Newborn infants are either indifferent to or avoid moderate to high concentrations of salt, but by two or three years of age children commonly prefer salty foods over the same foods without salt.” – SALT, DIET & HEALTH

So, salt addiction begins in early childhood.  Parents, will you consider preparing salt free food for your children?

Salt is in so many products, especially canned foods, bead, snacks and soda. Read the labels carefully and shop at health food stores for alternatives.

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Is a Little Celtic Sea Salt Harmless?, Dr. Douglas Graham

SALT, Dr. Timothy Trader, NMD, PhD



One Reply to “How Dangerous Is Salt?”

  1. Superbly written, and true! I especially like what you say about “influential, political, and commercial forces that wish to maintain our unnecessarily high salt intake.”

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