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From: Randall (
Subject:         Re: for those extenuating circumstances...
Date: December 1, 2013 at 1:05 am PST

In Reply to: Re: for those extenuating circumstances... posted by Trevor Lockwood on November 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm:

1. No, but it can be less harmful than other alternatives.

2. Taking silence as assent is a bullying tactic; shame on you. If common sense isn't enough, and you think science has all the answers in life, you could perform your own experiments such as putting some in your eye or on cut skin or try watching it react with organic material through a microscope. Leeches are particularly responsive. Just because the damage is less through lower doses and/or dilution, does not negate the reactions on a cellular level. This is basic biochemistry.

Scientific studies on both sides of this argument abound. If you haven't found any that challenge your "beliefs", I'd recommend a refresher in scientific research methods.

"The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a nutritional lobbying group and they claim that sodium chloride, common table salt, can be very dangerous to eat. They are so concerned, they are working to get the status of salt changed so that it can go from its current unregulated status to a status which the FDA has authority to regulate.

Salt has the preservative characteristic of being a natural antibiotic. On a food item, it kills living bacteria and therefore impedes the decay process of that food. Salt causes excessive thirst because it pulls water from the bloodstream. These present the two most damaging effects on the digestive system.

Because salt is a natural antibiotic, it kills good bacteria in the body. As a substance that draws water, it interferes with the normal absorption of water which possibly leads to constipation and the accumulations of toxins in the intestinal tract. Most table salts are depleted of minerals the body needs and have additives that are harmful when ingested."

3. Faulty conclusion. 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 continued 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.

What you call flippant is more likely a realization that no matter what is said, you're here to argue, not learn. You may consider getting some help.

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