It’s time to put an end to such preventable heart ache and loss.


In late April, I received the following email. You’ll find my answer below. Stories like these compel me to do everything I possibly can to get out the word about salt and heart health. Dear Dr.  Neravetla, My name is Lori and I spoke to you at the Springfield Library today (4/26/2014). I have read your book Salt Kills and […]

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Addicted to the Cause of Osteoporosis?


Women live one third of their lives in a post-menopausal state. And nearly all post-menopausal women will get osteoporosis. That’s why 50 million women in America are at risk for osteoporosis. If you’re a Black American woman those stats are even worse. Between 80 and 95 percent of fractures in Black American women over 64 […]

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Clearing Up the Salt Debate


All you Doubting Thomas-types out there, doubt no more. The infographic below summarizes all the health issues related salt. You could read it and weep, which is surely what will happen if you keep eating tons of salt. Or you can let the facts speak to you and make one simple change that will help […]

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Flawed Data Leads to Dangerously Flawed Conclusions


The idea that we need more sodium than what is naturally contained in our food is a myth. The fact is that we get plenty of sodium in food naturally. Not only do we not need to add extra salt to our diets, our bodies are not built to handle extra salt. Dr. Lewis K. […]

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New Salt Study Is Old, Bad News


For at least six decades physicians and health care policymakers have been cautioning us about adding salt to our food. Each time when we begin to make a little progress on the salt prevention front, some media frenzy puts a major damper on the whole effort. Recently the news spotlighted a flawed study indicating that […]

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Salt Sensitivity—Not Just Black America’s Problem


“His blood pressure is very high,” complained a new nursing student to a kidney specialist (nephrologist) colleague while we were making rounds the other day.  Before he or I could answer, the nurse in charge quickly replied, “What do you expect? He is a Black American. His blood pressure lives at that level.” The nephrologist […]

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Food Tastes Better Without Salt

Dr. Vemana

Let me introduce Dr. Siva Vemana, an internist in Springfield, Ohio and close family friend who has been my personal physician for many decades. Dr. Vemana was the main reason I ended up coming to Springfield Ohio, and despite many trials and tribulations the main reason I have remained here since the early 1980s. He […]

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Stress, Salt Retention and High Blood Pressure in Black America


Have you heard of white coat syndrome? The simple anxiety inherent in seeing a doctor can drive your blood pressure higher. Those of us in the medical arena see this commonly, which is why we encourage everybody—especially patients with high blood pressure—to record their blood pressure at home before a doctor’s visit. (For more information […]

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Cut Out Diet Drinks and Diet Snacks and Lose Weight

Will you lose weight by switching to diet soda or will you lose weight by losing the diet soda? Watch this video for a surprising answer. Since we started this journey to educate people about the dangers of adding salt to the food, the most common feedback I have gotten is people telling that that […]

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Socioeconomic Issues vs. Salt Sensitivity

Some well-meaning colleagues and friends, especially those of African/Black American descent, have argued that Black America’s dismal state of health is entirely and solely due to poverty, crime, lack of medical facilities, and beliefs and attitudes. Indeed the socioeconomic state of Black America is strongly responsible for the poor health status. No argument there. But […]

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