Ask Rocco: 10/13

The salt soap opera

By Rocco Castellano

For over 25 years I’ve been telling people that I have consulted or trained that salt, like sugar, is a vital part of our well-being, but still people ask the dumbest questions. Back in the ‘70s—I know most of you reading this don’t remember the bell-bottom days… actually I don’t either. I was 10 in 1976—is when many of the food myths began. And forty-something years later people are just starting to realized they’ve been lied to.

It’s not your fault you’re too f–king lazy to do your own research and ask questions. Blame your parents, they’re the ones that raised an idiot. To be completely transparent, much of the research that was coming out was provided by a bunch of money grabbing assholes that didn’t care about your health, just your cash. The Department of Agriculture isn’t that bright either, as they consistently call for salt restriction and have always considered salt public enemy number one, even before sugar, fats and alcohol. Aren’t these people supposed to be intelligent? Or at least a little bit smarter than the average person? Maybe not. After all, they are human. I think.

What always got me was that agencies like the Centers for Disease Control branded salt a killer with a statement relaying (and I’m paraphrasing here), “reducing salt is as critical to your health as quitting smoking cigarettes.” What the f–k? Are you kidding me? I’m sure there’s too much fluoride in the water down in Atlanta, Georgia because comparing salt—something your body really needs for survival—to a known carcinogen is absolutely ridiculous and warrants a slap in the head at the very least.

There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that salt causes any of the problems that have been touted for years. No, salt does not and will not cause long-term hypertension. No, salt does not cause high blood pressure. No, salt does not cause strokes. What it does, my little grasshoppers, is cause temporary water retention that temporarily raises blood pressure until your kidneys get rid of the salt and the water. The important part of that whole statement is the word “temporary”… and for all you illiterate f–ks out there, temporary means short term. This raise in blood pressure will not kill you.

There is more and more research coming out over the past five years that is literally turning the tables on all the idiocy being purported by the Department of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control recommendations. Most of it is saying the recommendation by these two agencies can actually be harmful to your health, that eating the restrictive amounts of salt can cause more damage than good and may even cause premature death. Again, I just need to say, WTF?

So where and when did all this bullshit start?

Remember I mentioned the 1970s earlier? Well, like I said, it was all a money grab. In 1972, the National Institutes for Health (a very serious sounding name) put together a program called the National High Blood Pressure Education Program to combat hypertension. This program is what criminalized salt and created the hypertension myth. What’s so funny is that there was no evidence at the time that remotely pointed to salt as having any part in hypertension. Still, they plugged on.

With programs such as the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, you need to have recommendations for the masses, and something for the sheeple we call doctors to recommend. The best they could come up with at the time was “restrict your salt intake.”

Not, lose weight you fat f–k. Not, stay away from hydrogenated fats. Not, stop sucking down pop tarts like it’s your job. Nope, go on a low salt diet. Funny thing about stupidity, it comes back to bite you in the ass every time.

Part of the research that caused all this salt drama was two studies. One studied populations that didn’t eat salt and had no hypertension—another thing this population didn’t eat was sugar, plus they didn’t drink alcohol and they had a high fish intake. So obviously salt was the problem. Then these f–king rocket scientists looked at a study that showed rats with salt sensitivity had developed hypertension, and the obvious conclusion was that salt caused the salt sensitivity and hypertension. Damned lies and statistics…again, WTF?

The best that the USDA, The NIH, DOA and any other agencies with initials can offer up as evidence that an “eat less salt” diet is healthy is something called the DASH-Sodium Study which concluded that eating less salt “could” modestly lower blood pressure—not saying anything about hypertension, preventing heart disease or living a longer life. This type of shit is like arresting someone for murder because they thought about buying a gun.

The same thing goes for salt. Look at the “real” studies that try very hard to prove the eat-less-salt scenario and it always comes back to “nothing.” Not even a hint that a lower salt intake will reduce hypertension, prevent heart attacks or reduce blood pressure. It’s just not true and anyone saying something to the contrary is just plain wrong.

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit roccocastellano.com.

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit roccocastellano.com.

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