Flawed Data Leads to Dangerously Flawed Conclusions

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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

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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

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“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

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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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