Heated disagreements about whether or not Americans all need to reduce their salt intake have reached the Wall Street Journal. Many public health agencies recommend that we cut back on salt to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. But how well does that approach work? We talk with contrarian David McCarron, MD, about whether serious sodium restriction is feasible or even desirable for most of us.
Favorite Hot Drinks
Many of us would be lost without our stimulant beverages: coffee, tea or cocoa. Are these favorite hot drinks undermining our health, or do they offer benefits? We look at the latest research.
We also consider food and drug interactions. What do you need to know?
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This Week’s Guest:
David A. McCarron, MD, is a nephrologist and chaired the Department of Nephrology at Oregon Health Sciences University for two decades. He is now an adjunct professor in the University of California-Davis Department of Nutrition and chairman-elect of the American Society for Nutrition’s Medical/Nutrition Council.
To read Dr. McCarron’s essay in the Wall Street Journal and the opposing viewpoint by Dr. Elliott Antman, President of the American Heart Association and a cardiologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, here is a link to the Journal‘s feature: “Are Low-Salt Diets Necessary (or Healthy) for Most People?”
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