SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

May 21, 2013

PAN SALT? found answer

Can’t find  PAN SALT

Get over it you might say,  but hey, you don’t know what I’ve been through here.   Well, I’m gonna tell you.  For the last three weeks or so,  I have been spinning my wheels searching everywhere on any browser available to me for PAN SALT.   

I had learned about it in my eternal search for the new and relevant, both online and printed material.  I read of Finland and the dramatic results they have had lowering heart disease and hypertension.  This very fine Doc over there had collaborated with an American Icon by the name of Dr Mildred Seelig. Then I researched her and bought her book “The Magnesium Factor” and then placed her up there on a special shelf along with Dr Hulda Regehr Clark whom you all know I truly admire.  I’m still reading Seelig’s book. 

Some of you know that I have had to take HBP meds  since my granddaughters were very small (2 and 3), now 17 and 18. It has never been resolved and is labelled Secondary Hypertension, which is a way of saying unknown cause.  Have never accepted that.  Everything has a cause.  And I’ve tried many of them, to be sure because as ALL of you know for certain, I am totally disenchanted with pharmaceuticals.  Yet, til hearing of PAN SALT, nothing has seemed even likely.  I thought being a vegan would do it, but it didn’t.   

(Brief aside, hypothyroidism ALL ADULT LIFE and no physician would give me iodine which I knew I needed.  Was too dumb to find a way to get it on my own –  – thought it had to come from a doctor. Then about 19 years ago a new doc diagnosed me as hyperthyroid with a toxic goiter/gland and I needed immediate surgery!   Couldn’t get away from him fast enough.  Who ever heard of such a thing?  He wasn’t interested in my thinking or even attempting to help me understand.  He was lacking the test results which had not been sent to him, he was only taking some brand-X doc somewhere else that 2 and 2 made 10.  Yet, there he was calling the hospital and arranging his newest case for development.  

Doctors would not address my thyroid needs for over forty years and now this idiot wants me to have it removed, because , it’s too late for anything else.  Couldn’t accept that.  Outta sight, outta mind.  for another 7 or 8 years and now I have heart problems brought on by an overactive thyroid condition – which was beating up the heart.   Was in A-Fib for over five years. Then of course – the radio-active iodine therapy  – – 3 times over next two years taking in 80 millicuries of radiation. Finally got with a man I really admired and trusted, a cardiologist.  Wouldn’t have happened without Medicare.  Was very expensive.  Did many procedures, some very costly done as out-patient in hospital, running thousands of dollars.  But he got my heart out of irregular rhythms and working seemingly normally for another few years.

Stuff  changes. Doc changed his practice;  changed my insurance, dislike the new cardio doc, so  tried for the doc I liked again, but couldn’t work it out and  refused to go through all those tests again and the week of loading up with Tikosyn in the hospital.  Does anyone know what it costs to plant your butt in bed wearing monitors for a week?   Quit it all.  It would be obscene to do that to the Medicare purse-strings, nor did I want to go through it.    

So what I’m driving at here, life can be a bitch if you want to worry over every little thing.  The only med I’m taking is for HBP;  if I can get off that, I’ll feel I’ve slain the dragon and quite content.  The warm weather and getting outside in the garden have almost made a new woman of me.  I’m lovin’ it. So this is the personal motivation, to get off meds entirely and I won’t feel like apologising to my body for abuse.  This little diversion on my background is to show you what my need is to get some PAN SALT.  

Nobody has it.  America doesn’t make it here – no money in it [you should pardon the expression].  I tried to order from China, Manilla and so on.  Shipping costs might have tripled the cost.  But received no response back from anyone.   One could say that I have almost been obsessing over it. Then, last night, I started going thru Dr. Wright’s stuff – – one of the few I really enjoy;  when it hit me, why not go online and access his archives back a little, maybe I’ll find something to lead me on. It was late, but did it anyway.  Didn’t use a dart on the board, just opted for December 2009.  BINGO! Don’t try to dissuade me,  I know this is the “Law of Attraction” at work.  It was so prevalent in my mind that I admit I was almost obsessing over it.  But there it was.  So I copied that article and it follows my comment here (of needs, presented first).  Since I have been working on this post for weeks now, it is huge.  So I must go thru and pare down.  You will get the gist just from Dr Wright’s article,  including  – – HOW WE CAN ALL GET THE PAN SALT,  only, it won’t be called Pan Salt from this source.    

Believe it or not,  I was 1/2 way contemplating trying to start-up business and do it myself.  I even went so far as to write to Erin at Mountain Rose Herbs to see if they would be interested, but they didn’t respond.  Just as well – I’m too old and financially limited – and I’d have to give up my blog. . . and I’ve kinda left that in the hands of the fellas upstairs. .  .  so this is just what  Dr Jan ordered. 

I am including the bit on Dr Seelig, she is remarkable, want you to know about her and her truly fine book.  To those of you with hypertension or heart problems or stroke potential, this is a magnificent, cheap and effective way to really up our odds of beating all that.  I feel like I’m handing you a winning ticket to the Lottery.  All ya gotta do is go for it!    Be happy,  Jan)

The international salt secret that could save your heart—and your life

  By Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.                                                                                                                              December 2009

Can you imagine deaths from stroke and heart disease plummeting by 60 percent throughout an entire country? It would be a “public health” dream! And, yet, it’s absolutely for real…Just not here in these United States. At least, not yet.

So where did this remarkable decrease in deaths from heart disease and stroke occur? Botswana? Kyrgyzstan? Some other obscure “Third World” country? No. It happened in a major industrialized European country—Finland.

So why hasn’t this amazing “public health” feat been publicized? Well, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s because the amazing improvement had very little to do with any sort of patent medication. In fact, 85 to 90 percent of this dramatic reduction in deaths is due entirely to simple diet changes—reduction of saturated/unsaturated fat ratio and, according to the study on this phenomenon, a nationwide “…replacement of common salt by a novel sodium-reduced, potassium, magnesium-, and l-lysine HCI-enriched salt, both in home kitchens and in the food industry.”1

According to this same 1996 report: “Adherence to anti-hypertensive drug therapy has been quite good. However, the drug treatment does not seem to account for more than 5-6 percent of the observed fall of blood pressure, and 10-15 percent of the decrease in deaths from strokes and ischaemic heart disease.” The report went on to note that during the same time period “…marked increases in the intake of alcohol, obesity among men, and smoking among women have been observed.”

  • Wow! While male obesity, female smoking, and alcohol intake all increased to a “marked” degree, the death rate from heart disease and stroke still declined by 60 percent—and only 10-15 percent of the over-all decline could be attributed in any way to patent medicines. If that situation was reversed, and patent medications were responsible for such a positive change, you can bet we’d be overrun with publicity about how they “save lives.”

So maybe the lack of attention this breakthrough received means that it was a fluke. After all, the study was published in 1996—the situation must have changed for the worse again…And that’s why we haven’t heard about it, right?

Well, I’m very happy to tell you that’s not the case! Not only has this decrease in the death rate from stroke and heart disease continued, the situation has gotten even better! According to a follow-up study published in 2006, there has been “…a 75 to 80 percent decrease in both stroke and coronary heart disease mortality in Finland.”4 And by 2006 there was an increase in life expectancy of both male and female Finns of six to seven years.

Benefits without borders

Of course, that’s “just” Finland—and it’s true that this remarkable approach hasn’t been researched anywhere else. But two controlled studies, from Taiwan and Australia, have noted similar improvements.

In the Taiwanese study, the researchers examined the effects of a potassium-enriched salt on cardiovascular disease mortality and medical expenditures in elderly veterans. Five kitchens of a retirement home serving 1,981 veterans were randomized into two groups, “experimental” using potassium-enriched salt or “control” using regular (sodium-chloride) salt.

After 31 months, researchers observed a significant reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality in the “experimental” salt group. The people in the potassium-enriched salt group also spent significantly less for in-patient care for cardiovascular disease than people in the control group. The researchers concluded: “The effect was likely due to a major increase in potassium and a moderate reduction in sodium intakes.”5

In the Australian study, researchers looked at another aspect of cardiovascular disease—hypertension—and the influence of the sodium-to-postassium ratio. They lowered and raised the volunteers’ sodium intake while having them maintain a potassium-rich diet. As you might expect, they found a correlation between higher sodium intake and higher urinary sodium and correlation between lower sodium intake and lower urinary sodium. And the urinary sodium/potassium ratio also rose and fell with higher and lower sodium intake. The researchers reported that reducing sodium intake and following a potassium-rich diet significantly decreased systolic blood pressure (the “upper” number).6

And earlier this year, researchers from Harvard Medical School reported that urinary sodium/potassium ratios have predictive value, too. They concluded: “A higher sodium to potassium excretion ratio is associated with increased risk of subsequent cardiovascular disease.”7 They also noted that the actual ratio of the nutrients is a stronger predictor than either one on its own.

But there are a few elements that the Finnish studies included that these studies left out. And you can’t talk about the dramatic decrease in cardiovascular and stroke deaths without looking at ALL the potential factors involved.

The other elements you need for ultimate heart health

In the Finnish research, the special salt they investigated was used nationwide—even by the local McDonald’s! And this particular sodium-reduced salt had been enriched not only with potassium, but also with magnesium and L-lysine-hydrochloride.

By now, even conventional medicine agrees that magnesium is a principal mineral—if not the No. 1 mineral—for preventing cardiovascular diseases. According to a recent review, “magnesium plays a role in a number of chronic, disease-related conditions.”

This article reviewed the current pertinent literature on magnesium and concluded that it plays a major role in regulating blood pressure. The authors also noted that “increased magnesium intake may improve serum lipid profiles. Dietary magnesium is also recommended to aid in the prevention of stroke.”8

And what about the L-lysine in that “novel salt” used in Finland? Some of you may recall that (along with vitamin C and proline) L-lysine was (and is) part of Linus Pauling’s treatment for prevention and even reversal of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, even though there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness, there are no rigorously controlled trials of Pauling’s cardiovascular therapy. But the good news is, L-lysine is an essential amino acid and is harmless except in enormous amounts.

Patents, profits, and “public health”

It’s sad but true that here in these United States, public health “authorities” are much more focused on vaccinations and other “public health” measures that “just so happen” to coincide with the interests of patent medicine companies. So it’s no wonder they haven’t paid the slightest attention to the fact that there’s an entirely natural (i.e. unpatentable) way to decrease the number of cardiovascular disease-related deaths here in this country by as much as 65 percent.

For the record—using 2005 American Heart Association statistics—589,266 total deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke reduced by 65 percent leaves 383,023 that would still be alive today if we were using this entirely natural approach. But our health “authorities” haven’t saved those lives because there’s no money to be made there.

But since we’re each responsible for our own health, and you’re a Nutrition & Healing reader, chances are good that you’ve already done some of the things credited by the Finnish researchers with this remarkable result. You’ve likely cut back on saturated fats, or—even better—switched as much of your animal protein as possible to “free-range, grass fed” sources and “wild” fish. You’re probably also using fish oil every day, which, as you know, not only helps reduce cardiovascular risk but also has many other health benefits. And you may also already be taking supplements containing magnesium and potassium.

Now there’s another tool to consider.

Switch the salt in your shaker

After waiting 13 years since for someone to market an American version of the “novel, sodium-reduced, potassium-, magnesium-, and l-lysine-enriched salt” used nationwide in Finland, I’ve finally gotten together with Ayush Botanicals of Mercer Island, Washington, to introduce a very similar version. Holly and I are using it as our only salt at home already.

It’s called “WrightSalt.” To be honest, I’m not thrilled with that name, but the attorneys said it couldn’t be called “Heart Health Salt,” “Anti-Hypertension Salt,” “Reduce Stroke Salt,” “Longevity Salt,” “Fewer Cardiovascular Deaths Salt,” or anything else that would indicate what it actually helped accomplish in Finland. Even though all of those names are accurate, they would be “making a claim.” And, as you know, telling the truth on the labels of natural health products is “illegal” in these United States—despite the “freedom of speech” “guaranteed” by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.

But I digress.

“WrightSalt” is available through the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary,  Ayush Herbs (1-800-925-1371), and hopefully soon through your own natural food store or compounding pharmacy. And, to repeat, I am associated with this product—and am proud to introduce another harmless (except in enormous quantities) natural product that has the ability to make a very significant difference to your health, your family’s health, and the health of entire population of these United States.

Especially one that tastes good with whatever you’re eating, too! JVW


Less Salt could save 1000’s lives , studies show

By  Melissa Healy

WASHINGTON — Steadily reducing sodium in the foods we buy and eat could save a half-million Americans from dying premature deaths over a decade, says a new study. And a reduction to 2,200 milligrams per day — a 40 percent drop from current levels — could save 850,000 lives over 10 years, researchers have projected.

The new estimates, published yesterday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, are the results of three separate teams crunching the numbers at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard University’s School of Public Health; and Simon Fraser University in Canada came at their estimates independently, but found their results converged.

Americans currently consume about 3,600 milligrams of sodium daily — roughly 40 percent above the interim goal posited by the researchers — and much of that is hidden in processed foods such as soups, cereals and bread. Research suggests high-sodium diets can push blood pressure above safe limits and exacerbate high blood pressure, and that consuming less salt lowers blood pressure. Some 45 percent of cardiovascular disease in the United States is attributed to high blood pressure.

The researchers called efforts to reduce average American sodium intake by 40 percent “a daunting task.” Food-industry experts and public-health officials have been meeting in recent years to secure steady, small reductions in the sodium content of processed foods — reductions they think that consumers might not notice.

But even the equivalent of one-20th of a teaspoon of salt less each year could avert 280,000 to 500,000 deaths per year, the researchers said.


Summaries of the latest research concerning magnesium
By Hans R. Larsen MSc ChE
Magnesium is of key importance to human health. It participates in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. A deficiency has been linked to conditions such as irregular heart beat, asthma, emphysema, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, stroke and heart attack, diabetes, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, migraine, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and probably many more. Magnesium is particularly important when it comes to ensuring the health of the heart and bones. About 99% of the body’s magnesium stores are found in the bones and tissues and heart tissue is particularly rich in this important mineral. About half of the body’s magnesium stores can be found in bones, so it is clearly a very important mineral as far as osteoporosis prevention is concerned.Only 1% of the body’s magnesium is actually present in the blood so a standard blood analysis is a very poor way of determining overall magnesium status.

The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) is 420 mg/day for men and 320 mg/day for women. Unfortunately, recent surveys have shown that many Americans have a dietary intake of 200 mg/day or less. A recent study found that 74% of a cohort of 2000 elderly men and women did not consume the recommended amount. This same study also concluded that a high magnesium intake is associated with a significantly higher bone density in older white men and women. Every 100 mg/day extra intake of magnesium was found to correspond to a 2% increase in whole-body bone mass. This compares to an approximate 2% increase per 400-mg/day increase in calcium consumption. It is thought that magnesium may act as a buffer for the acid produced by the typical Western diet and may also replace calcium in the hydroxyapatite part of bone, thus resulting in a stronger structure. There is also evidence that magnesium suppresses bone resorption (demineralization) at least in younger people.

Almonds, nuts, blackstrap molasses, wheat bran and wheat germ are good sources of magnesium; however, many people will, no doubt, prefer to take a magnesium supplement as an easy and reliable way of assuring an adequate daily intake. (Want to point out that Cacao nibs from the cacao tree is the highest known plant for  magnesium)  Up to 800 mg/day of elemental magnesium is probably safe; however, people with kidney disease or severe heart disease should not supplement with magnesium without their doctor’s approval. There is some evidence that a continued magnesium deficiency may reduce the ability to absorb magnesium. Thus it may be necessary to have intravenous magnesium infusions first before an oral supplementation program can make a meaningful difference. Magnesium absorption tends to decrease as body stores are replenished so there is little chance of overdosing; nevertheless, patients with end-stage renal disease should not supplement with magnesium. Vitamin D is required for optimum absorption so it is important to get adequate unprotected sun exposure daily or to take a vitamin D-3 supplement when using oral replenishment of magnesium. Some magnesium supplements, when taken in excess, cause a looser stool and even diarrhea. Taking too much magnesium is not a good idea since diarrhea is likely to cause the loss of most, if not all, of the supplemented amount.

The most common magnesium supplements are magnesium oxide, magnesium carbonate, chelated magnesium (magnesium glycinate), magnesium orotate, magnesium citrate, magnesium maleate and magnesium gluconate. These supplements provide different amounts of elemental magnesium (the constituent that matters) and also vary significantly in their bioavailability (absorption).

Magnesium oxide is the most dense magnesium compound and the one most often used in mineral supplements and multivitamins. It contains 300 mg of elemental magnesium per 500 mg tablet, but is extremely poorly absorbed. Only about 4% of its elemental magnesium is absorbed or about 12 mg out of a 500 mg tablet.

Magnesium carbonate contains 125 mg of elemental magnesium per 500 mg tablet, but is poorly absorbed.

Chelated magnesium (magnesium glycinate) is magnesium bound in a complex of glycine and lysine. It is easily absorbed and highly bioavailable. The magnesium (elemental) content per tablet or capsule is usually 100 mg.

Magnesium orotate contains only 31 mg of elemental magnesium per 500 mg tablet. However, it is well absorbed and has been found highly effective in daily intakes of 3000 mg (186 mg elemental).

Magnesium citrate contains 80 mg of elemental magnesium per 500 mg tablet. It is far better absorbed than is magnesium oxide. The water soluble form (Natural Calm) contains 205 mg of elemental magnesium per teaspoon, is totally soluble in hot water and is highly bioavailable.

Magnesium maleate contains 56 mg of elemental magnesium per 500 mg tablet.

Magnesium gluconate contains 27 mg of elemental magnesium per 500 mg tablet. It is easily absorbed and quick acting.

All forms of oral magnesium supplements are better absorbed when taken with a meal.


In Memoriam Mildred Seelig, M.D., MPH, MACN (1920-2005)

Dr Seelig’s life was certainly spectacular. and I am impressed with her
accomplishments over her lifetime.  Not the least of these were her
beloved family.
Together with Dr Andrea Rosanoff, they wrote the definitive work on Magnesium which had been the central life’s work for Dr Seelig.  It spoke clearly to her and she pursued it with a passion through four decades of Research – – on which she had lectured extensively all over the world.   There were few others like her, for she was the established authority on the subject of Magnesium
Many of her books and manuscripts are cited online and can be
traced if any wish to persevere.  The book cited which remains at the top of any list is simply called  “The Magnesium Factor”

Mildred passed on January 14, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia from a heart attack following heart surgery on January 10, 2005. She was 84 years old. Mildred had returned from a trip to Taiwan, Thailand, and India in the middle of December. She was very tired from this trip and developed a heart problem on January 7th that resulted in heart surgery and her passing.

Mildred is survived by her two children, their spouses, and six grandchildren. Her beloved Alex, her children, and grandchildren were the joys of her life. She enjoyed being a mother. Both of her children are physicians and are married to physicians. One granddaughter is currently in medical school.

Mildred was a [people person.] She reached out to people and people were attracted to her. While she was the editor of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, she would get in touch with the authors of the papers that were submitted. She assisted many authors, who had other languages as their first language, to write their papers in English. At meetings, she reached out to the new generations of researchers and encouraged them in their work. She always had kind and supporting words for family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Mildred reached out to nearly everyone with whom she came in contact and took many of these people [under her wing] when difficulties occurred to them. People responded back to her in the same way.

Dr. Seelig was a brilliant, unique, and caring individual. Her contributions to the American College of Nutrition and its journal provided the foundation for the College that exists today. The legacy she provided to the field of magnesium and its researchers will long be remembered.


Our New Product-Pan Salt from Finland!


Recently, our office has started to carry a new product called Pan Salt. It is intended to replace your traditional table salt in order to provide you with multiple health benefits.

According to a follow-up study published in 2006 on the effect of this salt on the country of Finland, there has been “… a 75 to 80 percent decrease in both stroke and coronary heart disease mortality in Finland”. By 2006, there was an increase in life expectancy of both male and female Finns of six to seven years. The new sodium-reduced salt has been enriched not only with Potassium, but also with Magnesium and L-lysine-hydrochloride. By now, even conventional medicine agrees that Magnesium is a principle mineral-if not the number one mineral for preventing cardiovascular diseases.

According to a recent review, “magnesium plays a role in a number of chronic disease-related conditions.” Magnesium also plays a major role in regulating blood pressure, it may improve serum lipid panels and aid in the prevention of stroke. As for the L-lysine in the Pansalt (along with Vitamin C and Proline) it is part of Linus Pauling’s treatment for prevention and even reversal of cardiovascular disease-it is also an essential amino acid. Our Pansalt contains 57% Sodium Chloride, 28% Potassium Chloride , 12% Magnesium Sulphate and 2% Lysine Hydrochloride. This super salt is available for our patients through our Center for a cost of $6.00 for a three ounce container.

the link to this site is:

(I included this small item as it is showing the exact percentages of each mineral or enzyme which very few will do.  And I think it is good to know  Jan)

1 Comment »

  1. You may ask yourself how we came to this situation. It’s really just about finding alternative foods and getting into the habit of eating them instead. This prevents the hair from getting damaged anymore.

    Comment by health — May 22, 2013 @ 8:46 am | Reply

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