Life in a small town

Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Three

“Ladies in Lavender”, Joshua Bell, from the album “the Essential Joshua Bell”, (2005)

So here we are again, with my summary of what I have found about diet and health over the last 15 months as I searched for the Holy Grail of a cure for my Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

This is part three of my summary, and I am trying to post all this consecutively so that we can find it just by following the “Previous Posts” link at the bottom of this post. There might end up being the odd post out of sequence but mostly they are all easy to find by following the “Previous Posts” links at the end.

As previously mentioned, I am posting information and links to authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful in my quest. Your mileage may vary but my personal over all goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough.

Now I have come across another researcher who is blazing a wide swath of destruction through another colossal medical boondoggle, that is the crusade against salt on the part of established medical and dietary authority.

At first blush it seems they are as out to lunch about salt as they have been about fat and the other sacred cows of modern dietary guidelines such as are found in the Canada Food Guide.

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D., is a respected cardiovascular research scientist, doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and the associate editor of British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) Open Heart.

He is the author or coauthor of approximately 200 publications in medical literature. His research has been featured in The New York Times, ABC’s Good Morning America, TIME, Fox News, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo! Health, BBC News, Daily Mail, Forbes, National Public Radio, and Men’s Health, among others.

His new book, The Salt Fix” is sure to change the national conversation about this historically treasured substance.

The Salt Fix elegantly and accessibly weaves the research into a fascinating new understanding of salt’s essential role in your health and what happens when you aren’t getting enough—with far-reaching, even heart-stopping, implications.

We’ve all heard the recommendation: eat no more than a teaspoon of salt a day for a healthy heart. But there’s one big problem with this: the vast majority of us don’t need to eat low-salt diets. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be better for our health, rather than less. (Not to mention, much tastier.)

Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf

Now, Dr. James DiNicolantonio reveals the incredible, often baffling story of how salt became unfairly demonized—a never-before-told, century-spanning drama of competing egos and interests.

Not only have we gotten it wrong, we’ve gotten it exactly backwards: eating more salt can help protect you from a host of ailments, including internal starvation, insulin resistance, diabetes, and even heart disease. (The real culprit? Another white crystal—sugar.)  Some reviewers (whom I have read) follow:

“For decades, doctors and mainstream medicine have recommended that you lower your salt intake, but in this well-researched and surprising book, Dr. DiNicolantonio explains why this seemingly well-informed advice is, in fact, wrong.

The Salt Fix provides the advice and the program you need to add back the salt and in the process improve your health and your waistline.” Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat

Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades

Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades

“The medical profession has done a disservice to millions of people by misleading them into thinking they need to avoid salt in their diets.

Our blood is salty; our tissue fluids are salty; we need salt to thrive.

In The Salt Fix, Dr. DiNicolantonio charts the ill-begotten thinking that got us to this sorry state of almost universal salt avoidance, and imparts invaluable scientifically-sound advice for adding this healthful substance back into your diet.

Dr. DiNicolantonio’s book will help you improve your health by actually adding salt back into your favorite foods.” Michael R. Eades, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Protein Power.

And of course, The Keto Dudes” have an episode on the salt problem.  I continue to investigate a discovery which somehow doesn’t surprise me even a little bit…

Another recent proponent of Paleo/Fasting lifestyle style diet is an author named Melanie Avalon. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress living in Los Angeles, and author of the self-published Amazon #1 Best Seller and Audible featured, “The What When Wine Diet: Paleo and Intermittent Fasting For Health And Weight Loss.” She is represented by Celeste Fine and Sarah Passick at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Melanie Avalon

Melanie Avalon

Melanie holds a certification in Holistic Nutrition from the AFPA (American Fitness Professionals & Associates). For more from Melanie, check out her blog (, and youtube channel (, where she discusses her thoughts on Paleo, intermittent fasting, wine, holistic health, and the science of diet.

After unending fad diets and calorie counting to lose weight, Melanie Avalon stumbled upon a dietary protocol which changed her life forever. Realizing there was a science to weight loss, the actress spent years researching the mechanics of body fat regulation. But what started as weight loss techniques ultimately became lifestyle changes for health and happiness!

The What When Wine Diet explores the science of how what you eat (Paleo) and when you eat (Intermittent Fasting) can hormonally establish the body as a fat burning machine, rendering weight loss effortless! These conscious food choices free you from calorie restriction and cravings, while discouraging the ailments and degenerative diseases stemming from today’s standard, toxic diet.

Say goodbye to headaches, blood sugar swings, and constant hunger, and hello to health, vitality, and a thin, toned physique! Plus, drink some wine along the way to boot! Jam packed with scientific studies yet written in an accessible manner, here is just some of what you’ll learn in The What When Wine Diet:

WHAT? The science of low carb and Paleo diets. How to “do” Paleo. Sugar and grains’ effects on the body. All about the gluten-free “craze.” Why junk food is so addicting. How to transition to Paleo. How to eat at restaurants and shop for groceries, Paleo-style.

WHEN? How eating in time windows can maximize fat burning, energy levels, and productivity. What your “metabolism” actually is. How to eat all you want, while losing weight! How to eradicate hunger between meals. How to never count calories again!

Plus, learn the secret to exercise without “exercising,” and the many health benefits of wine! The What When Wine Diet also includes a guide to 30+ supplements! Say goodbye to restriction, as you enter this amazing diet wonderland! Have your steak, and eat it too!

So more to follow, next up will be a post on Iodine and our current current dietary Iodine crisis …



So much to learn and share … so little time …