Vindication At Last

Salt Study Satisfies Area Man’s Hunger For Vindication.

July 17. 2013 12:21AM
By Bill O'Boyle - woboyle@civitasmedia.com - (570) 829-7237

Businessman Bob Butts calls CDC-commissioned report a blow to mainstream medicine.

DURYEA — Bob Butts smiled as he talked about the release of a study that found there is no health benefit in reducing salt intake to super-low levels.

In fact, the study commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said more salt — up to two or even three teaspoons per day — might be better than less.

“I can sum up my feelings in one word,” Butts said. “Vindication.”

After 19 years of trying to prove to the world that Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj was right when he said a low-salt or no-salt diet is “utterly stupid,” Butts said, “once again the mainstream has been proved wrong.”

The late Batmanghelidj, a native of Iran and the founder of the water cure theory, contended that dehydration is the root of many illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity and addiction.

The CDC asked the Institute of Medicine to examine the designs, methodologies and conclusions in the latest body of research on dietary sodium intake and health outcomes. The study focused on the general U.S. population and among individuals with hypertension, pre-hypertension, those 51 years of age and older, African-Americans, and those with diabetes, chronic kidney disease and congestive heart failure. The committee also was asked to comment on the implications of this new evidence for population-based strategies to gradually reduce sodium intake and to identify gaps in data and research and suggest ways to address them.

The study found “no consistent evidence to support an association between sodium intake and either a beneficial or adverse effect on on most health outcomes.” The report warns that reducing salt intake below one teaspoon per day could actually be a negative.

“The scoffing attitude of the powers that be against salt has proved that the entire premise was fraud,” said Butts. “I hope now that the full impact of salt and water will wake up everyone from the president on down that the only thing that ever prevented any disease from being cured was the money made on it.”

Butts and his wife, Connie, have spent thousands of dollars on testimonials aired on radio, TV and newspapers in which people told of how they got rid of diseases at no cost, purportedly with sea salt and water.

“Meanwhile, medical science wasted trillions of dollars treating water and sea salt deficiencies with money-generating procedures and drugs while blindly calling them incurable,” Butts said. “In their defense, who among us wants to endorse any free solution to the sources of their incomes. We all need to wake up and learn to value people more than money so we stop perpetuating high-profit problems.”

Butts said radio personality Rush Limbaugh talked about the CDC study on his show.

“Rush said the salt issue is a political agenda,” Butts said. “It’s about control. It’s about power.”

Butts continues to contend that Batmanghelidj’s water cure would “cut health costs by $170 billion a month, saving a million lives a year and save enough money to pay off the national debt with enough money left to generate millions of jobs, provided government and special interests get out of the way.”

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