Yesterday I received an action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation. Here is an excerpt from the action alert:
” The FDA is laying the groundwork for extensive restrictions on salt. This threatens your health and your access to foods traditionally prepared with salt, such as cheese and fermented vegetables.
The agency is seeking public comments on a document entitled “Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption.” This title indicates that they have already decided that sodium consumption should be reduced and all that’s left are the regulations as to how.
We need your help to fight back! The FDA needs to hear that Americans disagree with the government becoming involved in regulating salt consumption.”
This reminds me of a part in the fictional book Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. The book written in 1959 deals with the aftermath of nuclear war. The people in the book have run out of salt; “As soon as they were out of salt it seemed that almost everything required salt, most of all the human body. Day after day the porch thermometer stood at ninety-five or over and every day all of them had manual labor to do, and miles to walk. They sweated rivers. They sweated their salt away, and they grew weak, and they grew ill. And all of Fort Repose grew weak and ill for there was no salt anywhere.”
While the excerpt from Alas, Babylon is a fictional account, the article Salt of the Earth from the Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts Summer 2011 is a well researched fact based article proving that salt is essential for a healthy and functioning body. “Salt is an essential nutrient. This is a technical descriptor, not marketing hype. An essential nutrient is one required for life that the body cannot produce itself and which is required for good health. For humans, salt is as essential as water. We can perish from too little salt as we can of thirst. The human body contains about eight ounces of salt. The amount of salt is regulated in our bodies by our kidneys and by perspiration. “ Be sure to read the entire article Salt of the Earth here.
Now I understand that the FDA isn’t wanting to eliminate salt just restrict it. But if they start there, where will it end? At what consequences to our health?
What can you do?
Visit this link for the entire action alert and follow the instructions to leave a comment regarding this proposed regulation. Comment deadline is January 27, 2012.