Book Review

Salt: Your Way To Health

David Brownstein, M.D.
Medical Alternatives Press

This no-nonsense easy to read book befriends sea salt and elucidates the dramatic difference between refined table salt and unrefined sea salt. This powerful book is filled with common sense physiology and dispels the myths about salt

The health benefits of unrefined sea salt are plentiful. For years, we have all heard the warning that salt can cause high blood pressure and be ‘bad’ for our health. Dr. Brownstein researched the literature and points out that the studies showing salt to be detrimental are weak at best.

The history of salt is discussed as well as the use of salt in manufacturing soap, color dyes, pulp and paper. Food is preserved in salt. Nuclear waste products are stored in salt mines. Intravenous normal saline is made with salt. Salt is used to clear snow from road ways.

Refined table salt and unrefined sea salt are two different animals. Refined table salt is bleached, contains no minerals and has a pH of 6. Unrefined sea salt is not bleached, has many natural minerals, and has a pH of 7. These differences have a huge impact on outcomes. Unrefined sea salt can be helpful in diabetics, osteoporosis, insomnia, muscle cramps, hyponatremia, asthma, allergic rhinitis, fatigue, thyroid disorders, headaches, cholesterol and adrenal dysfunction. Sea salt can actually help normalize blood pressure. Salt is an essential ingredient for life. Reading this book will help you to understand why many of your patients on low salt diets are doing poorly.

I highly recommend this amazing one hundred and thirty page book. It will give you a new outlook on salt and will give you the freedom to salt your food with joy.

Reviewed By:  Betty Jo Grajeda, MD
In:  Nov 2005