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Salt and other wounds


That lovin' spoonful
Salt is poison
Salty history
Intersalt assault
Big study. Big problems?
Millimeters of megadeath
Finding common ground






























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A Clinical Trial of the Effects of Dietary Patterns on Blood Pressure, (DASH study) Lawrence Appel et al, New England Journal of Medicine, Apr. 17, 1997, pp. 1117-24.

Dietary Sodium Intake and Mortality: ... Michael Alderman et al, The Lancet, 14 March 1998, pp. 781-5.

Dietary Sodium Intake and Subsequent Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Overweight Adults, Jiang He et al, JAMA, 1 December 1999, pp. 2027-34.

Effect of Reduced Dietary Sodium on Blood Pressure: Julian Midgley et al, JAMA, 22/29 May 1996, pp. 1590-7.

Effect of Sodium Restriction on Blood Pressure... Niels Graudal, JAMA, 6 May 1998, pp. 1383-91.

Get the Salt Out, Ann Louise Gittelman, Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1996.

Hunger for Salt, Derek Denton, Springer-Verlag, 1982.

Intersalt: an International Study of Electrolyte Excretion and Blood Pressure, Intersalt Cooperative Research Group, BMJ, 297(6644):319-28, 1988 Jul 30.

Hypertension, April, 2000 NIHLB Results

Low Urinary Sodium Is Associated with Greater Risk of Myocardial Infarction among Treated Hypertensive Men, salt shaker icon 2Hypertension. 25(6):1144-52, 1995 Jun.

The (Political) Science of Salt, Gary Taubes, Science, Aug. 14, 1998, pp. 898-907 (highly recommended).

Predictors and Mediators of Successful Long-term Withdrawal from Antihypertensive Medications (TONE), Mark Espeland et al, Archives of Family Medicine, May 1999, pp. 228-36.

Urinary Electrolyte Excretion, Alcohol Consumption and Blood Pressure in the Scottish Heart Health Study, W.C.S. Smith et al, BMJ, 30 July 1988, pp. 329 ff.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has strong opinions on dietary salt.

The Salt Institute has a vested interest in the fracas. Read their viewpoint.

No-pressure credits.


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