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Salt and Hypertension. Does Salt Cause Hypertension?

Dr Ignatius O. Onah.

The Question: "Doctor, I just need a little clarification on the subject of salt intake and the dreaded hypertension, or high blood pressure... What ... is the Correlation between salt & Hypertension..." End of question.

   Answer: Starting with Questions: So, does normal salt consumption really cause Hypertension?

  Or, even, Is there any such thing as "excess" salt use by any normal animal - not just humans? I doubt it. Salt is not sugar!

   What is the relationship between salt retention and Hypertension?

 Answer Continues-- : Both Hypertension and Salt retention are mere co -travelers! So, one does not necessarily cause the other. In the parlance of our trade, none is a RISK FACTOR to the other!!!

   Other fellow travelling companions with hypertension and salt retention here include frontal obesity, elevated/oxidised cholesterol, palpitations, hypoglycemia, ...even later hyperglycemia!!!

  All these are markers, not diseases at all!

    But, markers for what?

  Markers for HYPERINSULINEMIA(High Insulin), caused by Insulin Resistance.!


  Who said that? Here they are: Four of them!

  Number One.

. " How High Insulin Causes High Blood Pressure

     ....Hyperinsulinemia(High Insulin!) causes high blood pressure in 3 basic ways;-

  i. Promotes Water forcing the kidneys to retain sodium, even when there is too much sodium, and the kidneys would rather get rid of it. To maintain the sodium concentration in the blood, the kidney must then retain excess dilute the excess sodium. ...

 ii. Acting as a growth hormone on the arterial smooth muscle cells, insulin alters the mechanics of the vascular walls....increases the thickness of arterial wall...making them stiffer, less elastic...decreasing the volume within the arteries... ushering in hypertension....

 iii. Insulin stimulates the nervous system, causing a release of norepinephrine onto the blood....increase heart rate, raises blood pressure, places heart under continuous stimulation....constricts blood vessels....”

. By Dr Michael Eades, MD & Dr. Mary EADES,MD(a physicians couple), in their epochal work, “The Deadly Diseases of Civilization"

 Number Two.

 " Insulin - induced salt retention is a phenomenon by which carbohydrate ingestion affects the ability of the kidney to excrete salt.

... increasing carbohydrate intake in healthy subjects causes a reciprocal increase in insulin levels and salt retention. " Dr Robert Barrington.

 Number Three.

  " ...Salt intake is often considered one of the main factors behind high blood pressure. But the evidence supporting this idea is very weak, and eating less salt ...could sometimes even be dangerous...., there are other factors, like high levels of insulin, that play a much more powerful role in raising blood pressure...". -- Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, in "High blood pressure, Insulin, Salt, Science & health", November 15 2016.

  Number Four.

  "A meta-analysis of over 6,250 patients found there was no actual link between salt intake, high blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Like many of our dietary recommendations, our beliefs surrounding salt need to be re-examined..." Dr Steven Lin.



 In fact, reducing salt unduly can even be harmful!

    Google the following robust research, titled :

 " Dietary Sodium Restriction Impairs Insulin Sensitivity in Noninsulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus"(that is Type 2 Diabetes)--

      By Profs John R. Petrie, Andrew D. Morris, Kohsuke Minamisawa; Drs Thomas E. Hilditch, Henry L. Elliott, Michael Small , John MC Connell, from 'The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism', Volume 83, Issue 5.

  Why severe salt - reduction can even kill!

 Dr Steven Lin tells us why, by giving us a peep into the very essential functions of SODIUM and CHLORINE, the generic pair that make up Sodium Chloride, our Common salt.

 Here he goes:

.."... Sodium in the Body.

 # Sodium is an essential nutrient but is something that the body cannot produce itself.

# It plays a vital role in the regulation of many bodily functions and is contained in body fluids that transport oxygen and nutrients. It is also essential in maintaining the body’s overall fluid balance.

 # To survive everyone needs to consume Sodium regularly.

 # It is a principal component of a person’s internal environment – the extracelluar fluid.

  # An adult human body contains about 250g of salt and any excess is naturally excreted by the body.

 # Sodium enables the transmission of nerve impulses around the body. It is an electrolyte, like potassium, Calcium and Magnesium;

 # it regulates the electrical charges moving in and out of the cells in the body. It controls your taste, smell and tactile processes.

 # The presence of Sodium ions is essential for the contraction of muscles, including that largest and most important muscle, the heart.

 # It is fundamental to the operation of signals to and from the brain.

# Without sufficient sodium your senses would be dulled and your nerves would not function.

      Chlorine in the Body

 * Chlorine too is essential to good health and is a fundamental element in the digestion process.

 * It preserves the acid-base balance in the body.

 * It AIDS potassium absorption..

 * It supplies the essence of hydrochloric Acid in the gastric juices used in the stomach to help us break down and digest the food we eat and control the level of bacteria present in the stomach.

 * It enhances the ability of the blood to carry Carbon Dioxide from respiring tissues to the lungs..." - Dr Steven Lin.

 The Way Out.

 Treatment Protocol for High Insulin:

 Reduce Carbohydrates, not salt!

In other words, cure High Insulin first as a prelude to curing Hypertension,etc.

   Note: "High Salt" aka Water retention does not merit any treatment at all! Why? Because, it vanishes as soon as insulin is normalised.

  Our Mandatory Hierarchy of Treatment.

 Hyperinsulinemia is the Primary level which must be addressed first!

 Markers at this primary level include all manifestations of Reactive Hypoglycemia --: heart palpitations or fibrillation, dizziness, easy dreams, insomnia, fibromyalgia, lightheadedness, body movements, sweating, headaches, tinnitus, "Dry eye syndrome", nervousness, irritability, shaking and tremors, tingling fingers, flushing, craving for sweets, intense hunger, nausea, vomiting, panic attack, numbness/coldness in the extremities, fatigue and shakiness for hours afterwards.,etc.,'"

   This phase can endure for years -- even decades! - before graduating to the next stanza.

 The Secondary Echelon could include Water retention, Diabetes, Hypertension, Strokes, More Weight gain, Heart Attacks,etc.

  It is the high insulin that spews them up!

 The Tertiary Stanza could manifest in Glaucoma, Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Kidney failure, Alzheimer's, & other brain involvements, Varicose veins, Emphysema, Prostrate issues in males, Ovarian Cysts, & even, sometimes, Fibroids in females, Cancers, etc.

  Our TREATMENT/Cure for Hyperinsulinimism.

."..Treatment Objective is to first REMOVE insulin resistance.

   This regime revolves around DIET, Natural drugs and exercise.

 . All these reduce the body's need for insulin.

 Note: As soon as Insulin Sensitivity is REESTABLIDHED, the secondary and the tertiary components should be pointedly addressed, and CURED!!!

  We have two major treatment regimes :


 Sikamoretree showcases nine(9) different Treatment Options, each with its matching diet protocols.

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