In case you’re still shocked by the prosecutorial malfeasance in this country - most recently on display in Sanford, Florida – perhaps I can help. It is partially related to our dwindling interest in “Truth, Justice and the American Way.”
Today we’re focusing on the “truth” part; apparently we’re to take it with a grain of salt from now on.
In order to continue we must concede to this basic truth: your government lies to you. Shocking, I know, butt true. They don’t lie with maliciousness, or at least they never use to; they just thought they knew what was best for us. They still do – think they know better than us - butt I’m no longer comfortable addressing the “with malice” part. I leave you to sort that part out on your own.
As proof of the ongoing campaign of lies I submit this recent revelation: after years of harping at us, the truth about salt has finally been revealed. As it turns out, salt is NOT bad for you!
In fact, it’s too little salt that could kill you. Sacré bleu!? Aside from real scientists and skeptics who could have seen that coming?
“The scientific question is whether this temporary phenomenon translates to chronic problems: if we eat too much salt for years, does it raise our blood pressure, cause hypertension, then strokes, and then kill us prematurely? The answer is no.”
Interestingly, these “new” facts still did not stop the CDC from warning Americans that they eat too much of the stuff.
I offer this updated public service announcement as a cautionary tale that sometimes it’s more dangerous to follow the progressive butt non-scientific “precautionary principal” than to ignore it. To wit, note the harm that may be inflicted by following the advice of the FDA, the NHA, the AMA, the entire medical community for the past 30 years and Mayor Nanny Bloomberg regarding salt (emphasis added):
A paper published in the American Journal of Hypertension warns that once average daily consumption dips to below 6.25g, the risk of heart attacks and strokes starts to increase once more. Restricting salt consumption increases levels of cholesterol and triglycerides -- both of them harmful fats which cause heart disease -- and also leads to insulin resistance (the early stages of type-2 diabetes). Diets low in salt also increase the levels of fat and hormones in the blood that are known to increase the risk of heart disease.
So I bring this previously “settled science” issue regarding salt to your attention not only because the “scientific consensus” has been proved completely wrong butt because continuing to follow the here-to-fore incontrovertible truth - that was closed to questioning by skeptics and “deniers” - may be harmful to your health. I thought you would want to know.
Just not the same thing, really
It turns out, just like all other “settled science” projects, the “salt will kill you” meme was a lie. Just like other progressive incontrovertible “facts” like “Keynesian economics ended the Great Depression” and “carbon dioxide is a pollutant that causes Global Warming.” Although I understand that sometimes ideology is more important than facts.
It does give you pause to wonder if the “fat is bad for you” and “exercise is good for you” pronouncements are going to turn out to be bad for us as well.
So I leave you with Dewey From Detroit’s observations from 2008 on the value of skepticism in the modern world:
Skeptics are the pariahs of the 21st century: unwilling to quietly sign on to all the prevailing beliefs and theories so carefully thought out by the A-list illuminati. They’ve come to be lumped together with the old-school pariahs – the cynics – who indeed took a somewhat grim (although not altogether unfounded) view of human nature. It’s a bum wrap: skepticism is simply a method of obtaining knowledge through systematic doubt and continual testing. In short, rational thinking – a habit, along with scientific method, very much out of style, but still quite valuable. (snip)(Special interest groups and politicians’) like-mindedness on many issues such as politics and the environment, has created a symbiotic relationship in which the MSM vets stories, data, and studies provided by a labyrinth of government agencies, university studies and think tanks. People who do not sign on to the proscribed script (skeptics and cynics) are given, at best, token time to state their position before they are derided for their mean spiritedness and hit over the head with the “preponderance of evidence” argument. In the process, the repeated retelling of “facts”, myths and stories turn into immutable truths. Before you know it, the debate is over.
Please, turn on the lights and pass the salt.
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network