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From: Randall (
Subject:         Re: for those extenuating circumstances...
Date: December 1, 2013 at 12:19 am PST

In Reply to: Re: for those extenuating circumstances... posted by Trevor Lockwood on November 30, 2013 at 1:41 am:

If I was unclear... I find no benefit to salt in a healthy person any more than I would request a tooth filling on a healthy tooth.

The much bigger problem is health problems caused by overconsumption of salt. Those relatively rare circumstances of sodium deficiency would still best be treated by the 80/10/10 regimen where the balance of electrolytes has been formulated in nature, not a chemistry lab. If you can't find that documented in scientific studies, then you're not, ahem, worth your salt. With the unavailability of such foods, one can use other less-than-ideal substances to survive the crisis, but this is never ever going to be optimal. The fact that sodium and potassium salts added to water help a person rehydrate does not say it helps a person rehydrate optimally, nor does it imply that one or more substances in the solution are not toxic. It just says that the toxicity is less than the damage caused by dehydration. For example, I can take Advil to get rid of a headache at the expense of taxing my liver. The Advil is toxic and helpful at the same time. In a crisis, people look to the helpful and deal with the toxic later.

Also, if a writer took the time to elaborate on every point and every situation just to cover every extenuating circumstance, it would create tangential distractions and would read like a technical paper. It's easy to go back and criticize a book by finding exceptions and finding ways to make them into big deals. Let's not negate the importance of the message with nitpicking. It's very kind that Dr. D takes the time to clarify these issues-- something that most authors do not practice.

By throwing out misleading numbers and stretching to make your points (Millions have been saved by the addition of salt to life-saving rehydration treatments? Really? No other factors involved there?), you've displayed carelessness that could easily be torn apart. However, the point remains that science is not the issue here. Forest for the trees. Good luck.

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