A study* conducted by Yale University in the U.S. and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany has concluded that processed, junk, microwavable convenience and fast foods are the cause of autoimmune disease, namely Multiple Sclerosis. The study says it's 'partly due' to Sodium Chloride -- inorganic salt.
This finding has set off my internal warning system.
It seems the study is implying that if we swap out refined processsed, bleached and mineral deficient salts in our processed foods and replace these salts with mineral-rich Himilayan or Grey salts that processed foods would then be 'healthy' and we won't develop autoimmune disease.
Processed foods are the cause for all disease from autoimmune to cancer. It is the number one killer of our time, but I digress.
It is a TRUTH that refined, processed and bleached salts are in all of our processed foods. It is a TRUTH that these salts are lacking in mineral content. It is also a TRUTH that inorganic salts are not the only factor in the cause of all autoimmune diseases.
From a natural healing perspective something just doesn't add up.
Some would argue that because we have salty sweat and salty tears that inorganic salts are essential in the human diet. This couldn't be further from the truth. Salt in our sweat and in our tears is literally an indication of how much salt we have in our diet. It does not mean that our sweat and tears need to be salty. In fact, a healthy body on a healthy diet of raw foods does not have salty sweat and tears at all.
Read more about the disadvantages of inorganic salt here.
Here's what we know about the human body. The human body has absolutely no use for inorganic salt. None, whatsoever. In fact when the body craves salt it's usually because we are deficient of the organic salts generously provided from fruits and vegetables. When ingested, the body attempts, with great effort, to carry salt right out.
Here's what we know about salt:
- Salt causes the body great effort in order to remove it.
- Salt tends to accumulate in the body causing the body to 'hold water'.
- Salt is a stimulant -- stimulating the palate to want more food.
- Salt is the catalyst for why we overeat.
- Salt is the cause of inflammation and high blood pressure.
- Salt retards the palate so that we cannot taste the natural flavors of our food.
- Salt increases the flow of saliva, gastric juice and mucus - this is the body's attempt to dilute and wash it away.
- Salt makes us thirsty.
- There's nothing good or beneficial about salt.
- Salt has no nutritive value and the human body knows this (which is why it attempts to dispense of it immediately.)
Is inorganic salt a main ingredient in all processed foods? Yes it is. Is inorganic salt hurtful to the human organism? Yes it is, but salt is not the only ingredient that causes autoimmune disease or any disease.
When we talk processed foods we're dealing with sugar, artificial sweetners (neuro-toxins), GMOs (genetically modified organisms) chemicals, colorings and additives. We're talking artifical everything.
It has to be said (emphatically!) that processed, fast, junk and convenience foods are the fast way to all disease. Processed food should be avoided, discarded and banned. Processed foods should not be given to children, not only for their salt content but for their sugar, artificial sweetener, colored dye and GMO content.
It is my opinion that this study, while informative, plays it safe given results like these could crumble a number of profitable industries with the mere suggestion that processed food cause all disease, which they do.
A better alternative is to ditch the processed food habit and develop a Whole Foods Habit. Eating a WFPB (Whole Food Plant-Based) diet high in vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables and fruits that provide much needed organic salts, as well as nuts, seeds and beans gives the body what it needs to thrive on a cellular level, improving health instead of demolishing it.
Stay healthy. Rethink your food.
This is the result of a study conducted by Dr. Markus Kleinewietfeld, Prof. David Hafler (both Yale University, New Haven and the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, and Harvard University, USA), PD Dr. Ralf Linker (Dept. of Neurology, University Hospital Erlangen), Professor Jens Titze (Vanderbilt University and Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, FAU, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Professor Dominik N. Muller (Experimental and Clinical Research Center, ECRC, a joint cooperation between the Max-Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, MDC, Berlin, and the Charite -- Universitatsmedizin Berlin and FAU) (Nature, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature11868)*. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks healthy tissue instead of fighting pathogens.