Clinical studies show that low-salt diets can increase the risk of erectile dysfunction, fatigue and the age at which females become fertile. They feast on tteokguk, a broth-based soup full of salt, and they eat kimchi — cabbage preserved in salt (being made, above) — with every meal.Yet Koreans have some of the world’s lowest rates for hypertension, coronary heart disease and death due to cardiovascular disease Salt helps the body withstand accidents and other traumas.Although this makes sense in theory, there’s a problem: the facts don’t back it up.Evidence in medical literature suggests approximately 80 per cent of people with normal blood pressure (that is, a reading of below 120 over 80) do not suffer any signs of raised blood pressure — none at all — when they increase their salt intake.In my work, I’ve examined data from more than 500 medical papers and studies about salt.And this is what I’ve learned: there was never any sound scientific evidence to support this low salt idea.If you have high blood pressure, or belong to a group considered to be at greater risk of developing it — such as being over 60 or Afro-Caribbean — doctors even advise you to cut your intake to two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt per day.Yet salt is an essential nutrient that our bodies depend on to live.
As the injured areas soak up fluids to speed healing, the body needs its salt reserves to keep the blood circulating and fend off vascular collapse.As a leading cardiovascular research scientist — based at Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Missouri — I’ve contributed extensively to health policy and medical literature.I am associate editor of the British Medical Journal’s Open Heart, published in partnership with the British Cardiovascular Society, and I sit on the editorial advisory board of several other medical journals.On this page, as on others, I would like to build a collection of photos of boats, each one with a caption or even a small story that I can add to over time with the help of readers. Of note, the Ocean Sunrise was the last boat built by Frank Gronlund, and the workmanship is outstanding. Built 1972 by Frostad, Owned by Jim of Longliner Seafoods, he sold it and it was arrested as a drug boat, later owned by Ray Phillips of Pender Hbr. Greg Starr sent this beauty along and says, “I’m restoring a 1953 44′ troller into a cruizer, She was built in Langley BC. Additions can be sent as e-mails to the editor and I will add them to the appropriate boat on the appropriate list. In 2012 registered to Walter Piatocka of Courtenay, BC Savary Isle: Owner Mike Pfander says: December 26, 2012 at (Edit) It’s a 42 ft Wahl built in Prince Rupert 1972. Salt is so fundamental to life that a deficiency of it acts as a natural contraceptive in all sorts of animals, including us.