Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Dangers of Too Little Salt
This site's humble origins, all those years ago, were with this article about Nanny's anti salt campaign published in September 2004.
Since then Nanny has bombarded us with regular warnings about how salt will kill us, and that we must not add it to our food etc etc.
It surely is a miracle that for the 100,000 years or so that mankind has existed, it has managed to survive without Nanny's timely warnings about salt. A bit rough also on those from Eastern Europe who, as a matter of custom and practice, offer guests bread and salt (bread, as we know is also loaded with salt). How is that there is still a population living in Eastern Europe, gievn their love of salt?
Anyhoo, it transpires that...cue the dramatic music...too little salt can be dangerous as well!
As Dawn Page, 52, found to her cost when she began a "detox diet". Mrs Page began vomiting uncontrollably after starting The Amazing Hydration Diet. She then later had an epileptic fit which damaged her memory, speech and concentration.
Her nutritionist Barbara Nash told Mrs Page her to drink large amounts of water, and reduce her salt intake when she started the diet in October 2001.
According to Mrs Nash the vomiting was a normal part of the detoxification process.
Less than a week into the regime Mrs Page had to be taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon, after suffering a severe epileptic fit. Doctors diagnosed low salt levels in her body.
Mrs Nash's insurance company agreed to pay out £810,000, but in a statement her lawyers denied any liability.
Dr Andrew Wadge, of the Food Standards Agency, has branded detox regimes "nonsense" and said the body has its own system of getting rid of toxins - the liver.
Now would Nanny kindly stop mithering us about salt!
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