Wednesday, April 21, 2010

First they took the salt …

In passing ObamaCare, the Democrats have put the Federal Government in charge of your health. Unless you slept through the health care debate, you probably have heard the claim by Conservatives, disputed by the MSM, that this would open the door for the government to intrude into most aspects of your life. Attacks on your salt intake appears to be the first salvo into that never ending abyss called government control. If I had to guess, I would say that Michelle Obama's assault on "fat" will be followed with some mandatory controls on us all. Sugar should be on the list also, why not kill two birds at the same time?

Many years ago, as the result of a heart attack, my dad was placed on a salt free diet by his doctor. At one point he looked at me and said, Nothing tastes right, I'd rather be dead than stay on this diet.

The liberals in the government think we are all 8 years old and stupid. They know how we should live and they are going to make certain we do it their way. They can't get you to cut back voluntarily, so they will go after your food supply and you all know how tasty those rice cakes and natural cereals are.

But for the past 30 years, health officials have grown increasingly alarmed as salt intake has increased with the explosion in processed foods and restaurant meals. Most adults consume about twice the government’s daily recommended limit, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Until now, the government has pushed the food industry to voluntarily reduce salt and tried to educate consumers about the dangers of excessive sodium. But in a study to be released Wednesday, an expert panel convened by the Institute of Medicine concludes that those measures have failed. The panel will recommend that the government take action, according to sources familiar with the findings.

Wow … for you that have been paying attention I sarcastically ask, “are you surprised?” Is this not the next logical step in taking over every aspect of your life.

You see, a panel of experts have determined that too much sodium is bad for you. They have tried to play this freedom game with you and have you voluntarily cut your consumption, but you didn’t. So to hell with the charade – since you don’t know what’s good for you and won’t do what is necessary to comply with the experts, they’ll just recommend you be forced to do so.

Ironically (and unsurprisingly) much like AGW, the science is not at all settled concerning the harm salt does.

High-salt diets may not increase the risk of death, contrary to long-held medical beliefs, according to investigators from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

They reached their conclusion after examining dietary intake among a nationally representative sample of adults in the U.S. The Einstein researchers actually observed a significantly increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) associated with lower sodium diets.
Read article here.

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