The human body is made up of approximately 60-80% water, depending on your age, sex and other factors. In our blood, the salt and mineral content somewhat mimics that of the ocean from which we and all life evolved. Without salt we die-
But, since industrialization in the past 150 years or so, we have replaced naturally harvested sea salt, and unrefined mine salt, both containing many naturally occurring minerals in natural balance, with Na Cl or Sodium Chloride table salt. Most people are aware that Table salt is iodized in order to prevent goitre. In this process iodine is added back into refined Na Cl to give us table salt. Luckily, because:
'Iodine is needed by the body for the production of hormones. These hormones are manufactured by the thyroid gland and are therefore commonly known as thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones have many functions in the body, all of which are essential for normal physical and mental development, including growth. When the diet contains insufficient iodine, the thyroid gland cannot make enough thyroid hormone to satisfy the body’s need. The thyroid gland becomes enlarged due to its desperate efforts to produce the hormone; this enlargement is known as goitre, which is the outward sign of iodine deficiency.' -from the Iodine Network
Iodine is only one of at least 80 trace minerals found in salt. So far it has been proven that we need at least 24 of these 80 and it is likely we just haven't figured out or been told about the rest. Linus Pauling, Ph.D. (Two time Nobel Prize Winner)once said: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”. Our bodies can not make these minerals ourselves and they must be ingested.
Here's the rub: It appears that today's highest centers for medical research, either haven't figured this out yet or worse they hide this truth from the public. I propose that Big Pharma is selling us back these minerals in the form of drugs, usually combined with some other chemicals in order to be Pattenable.
Here, arguable the most respected cancer and medical research organization in the world somehow overlooks the possibility that sea salt may be a healthful alternative to table salt. By comparing refined mine salt to refined sea salt these brains of the medical world have successfully compared Na Cl to Na Cl and found definitively that there are no differences.
Edit; Added: To be fair I have submitted a follow up question to the Mayo Clinic specifically asking if research has been done comparing unrefined sea salt to table salt in terms of healthfulness.
Edited by Rock Slinger, 13 March 2008 - 11:23 PM.