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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Dangers of Too Little Salt

The Joy of 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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  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Everything in moderation and you won't go far wrong, despite what Nanny will have you believe.

  2. Quite right Tonk, and in the spirit of moderation I am wearing modest Jockey y fronts today:)

  3. Anonymous10:22 AM


    Far too much detail for my liking!!

  4. Anonymous10:50 AM

    If you followed 'their' 'advice' about eating, you'd eat nothing and drink nothing, because over the years there have been no end of official reports about how this is bad for you, or you shouldn't eat that. We managed perfectly well before all these food safety
    'experts' crawled out of the woodwork. I agree with Tonk, we should simply have everythink in moderation: so-called 'dangerous' or 'unhealthy' foods are mainly thus because some members of the human race are greedy and indulge in gluttony and / or excessive drinking. All it takes is a little commonsense.

  5. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Never mind Tonk.

    At least your horse came in at Lingfield in exactly the manner you foretold.

    Move over Mystic Meg.

  6. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Deny liability!! FEH!!! They just don't want to admit they're giving people shite advice.

  7. Anonymous8:09 PM

    Sorry to hi-jack the thread (can we say that or will it be pulled up on some Stasi computer and we'll all get 42 days?).

    Two bombshells about the DNA database. The first is that the "citizens jury" investigating it don't like it and think innocent people should be taken off it. They also think it should be managed independently and not by the Home Office/ACPO Conspiracy Against Freedom and Common Sense. The government funded the enquiry but now the Home Office and BBC are of course running beaucoup damage control and spin, bleating about how the database has helped to solve umpteen murders, rapes and sex offences, blah, blah, blah.

    Is the government listening to its own enquiry? Of course not - because the answer is not the one they wanted to hear.

    The second bombshell is that they have been allowing private companies to harvest the DNA on the database for testing purposes without telling anyone. Naughty, naughty!

    Sorry to intrude on salt but thought these stories might be of interest.

  8. Anonymous8:11 PM

    Oops! The last bit of the first link should read:


  9. All advice of this nature should be taken with a large pinch of salt,

  10. Anonymous9:43 PM

    Anticant, you beat me to it. I’ll leave the first line in anyway.

    Such stories need to be taken with a ‘pinch of salt’!

    The good news is that according to the statistics - an aggrieved party sustaining ailments such as damage to memory, speech or concentration, can expect to make a full recovery shortly after the compensation cheque has been cashed.

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

  11. You're forgetting, Ken, that our livers no longer function properly because we're all a nation of sots, binging on two units of alcohol of an evening. I believe that some research was carried out recently that suggested that 10 units of alcohol is sufficient to ruin the liver completely.

    It's getting better and better:

    1) the Glasgow East By-election

    2) the report on the DNA database - the piece that I read said that the body stated that HMG has a hidden agenda and therefore can't be trusted on the issue, with their spokesman admitting that to him it was the first step in towards a totalitarian regime

    3) first time, I believe, in the national press (Telegraph) an editorial denouncing the smoking ban

    Time for more champagne, I think...

  12. Anonymous12:08 AM

    oh mighty medical man - why not look up 'water intoxication'.

  13. Hi Barbara Nash did not recommend a high water intake diet, she recommended normal levels of water intake, by the way sodium is naturally present in all our foods and in the mineral water she recommended! unfortunately she was advised by her legal team not to say anything, so she has not been able to defend herself. She recommended a normal healthy eating programme not a detox diet, she says that the body naturally cleanses through her healthy eating programme. She got caught up in a no win no fee case and could not get out of it, she was blamed with not one shred of evidence that her recommendations caused her condition, there is always a greater story behind these cases but the media jump on the band wagon and cannot wait to sensationalise and libel people. Barbara went to a top lawyer and judge who said to her that lawyers do deals and that you are just a no. they represent the insurance company not you, this top lawyer also said she had a case also for suing her own lawyer but she could not afford to or to sue the media for the libel as this lawyer said only the rich can afford to sue the media for libel. Barbara is very fed up with the nanny state but asks you before you judge you should always understand both sides of the situation. People can have underlying health conditions, can go off and do their own thing and not adhere to what they are advised and then blame the easy target. No win no fees are a disgrace they stir up claims and then the insurance company ends up paying out to prevent going to high court where the costs double, this lady did not have enough insurance to support this case being taken all the way to the high court she had no choice but to agree to a settlement as this invariably happens in no win no fee cases. Her intentions was only ever to help the lady in question and if you saw the evidence you would see that her recommendations were healthy and normal not extreme as made out by the media.