The deeper I probe into the mystery of life's forces or energies, the more apparent it becomes that sea salt plays a prominent role. "Our blood, our bones, and even our tears indicate that we are descended from animals that once lived in the sea. Our bones are made of lime, a reminder of the days when our ancestors swam in a sea rich in calcium. The salt content of our bodies is as high as that of the early oceans."1
"Biologists and chemists have long been fascinated by the way evolution has selected certain elements as the building blocks of living organisms and has ignored others. The composition of the earth and its atmosphere obviously sets a limit on what elements are available . . . Eleven (elements) account for more than 99.9 per cent of the atoms in the human body. Not surprisingly nine of the eleven are also the nine most abundant elements in sea water. ... It seems likely that the distribution of ions in the plasma of higher animals reflects the oceanic origin of their evolutionary antecedents."2
It is difficult to buy real sea salt with all the natural minerals of the ocean left in. We have the advantage of living on a small island and we obtain our own sea salt by evaporation of the salt water in the sun. Thus the minerals are all retained and the sun has a purifying action. The flavour of the salt is superb.
Common table salt, bought in cartons, has been supplemented with additives to facilitate pouring and is strongly rejected by my method of food testing, described in Volume i, page 171. Further it is completely ineffectual to use as a sea salt substitute, for the various experiments detailed in this volume. Sea salt bought at health stores can vary but in my experience has proved successful.
"The Truth About Salt," by Frank Wertz, which appeared in Let's Live magazine, June 1972, contains very pertinent information.
Many people do not know what to believe about salt. They hear all sorts of conflicting statements such as: "All salt is dangerous; salt causes many physical ailments," or "Some salt is healthful; everyone should eat salt." The result is such a muddle that the average person does not know what to believe, or worse yet, what to do about it. As a salt researcher for many years, I believe I can clear up this confusion so that you can make an intelligent decision about whether or not to use salt, and if so, which salt to use.
Here are the questions most people ask:
Some doctors state that the use of salt causes many physical disturbances. These disturbances include hypertension (high blood pressure), edema (storage of fluid in the body), kidney disturbance and many other ailments. Fluid retention in the body can, in turn, cause heart problems, over-weight, even one type of deafness. Because of this, doctors, when they are faced with these abnormalities, usually prescribe a salt-free diet. These anti-salt doctors are sincere in their belief that salt (particularly too much of it) can cause such ailments and many laboratory studies confirm their beliefs. But this is not the whole story, as you will soon see.
Nutritionists and biochemists take an opposite view. They believe that salt is essential for all red-blooded animals (and humans) and is needed for health and vigor. Some investigators have noted that when people are long deprived of salt, they gradually become weaker, perhaps ill, and often age prematurely.
This pro-salt group is quick to point out that the body needs salt in order to manufacture hydrochloric acid for normal digestion.
Also, as proof of the good effects of salt, one nutritional physician, instead of restricting his heart patients from using salt, recommends that they sip a solution of salt and water when they experience disturbing heart symptoms. Another researcher found that whereas high blood pressure was supposed to result from the use of salt, that instead, salt actually lowered high blood pressure.
Who is right - the anti-salt people or the pro-salt people? The answer is that both are right; that it is not salt itself which is the determining factor, but the type of salt which is used. There is a vast difference between salt although it may or may not look alike, but certainly tastes alike. So it is not a question of should you eat salt, but rather, what kind of salt should you eat?
Whole salt differs from partial salt. Whole salt contains many factors, many minerals, major and trace. Partial salt contains only a few minerals, in most cases actually only one: Sodium chloride. Whole salt contains sodium chloride, which is one factor, as well as all of the other minerals, some in small traces only (thus called trace minerals). The trace minerals are extremely valuable for health. One source of whole salt is sea water. Nearly all the salt produced in California is made from sea water, but this does not mean that this salt is a whole salt by the time it reaches the consumer.
In order to make salt from sea water, ocean water is run into crystalizing ponds, where, as the water evaporates, the salt forms first on the surface of the water, then sinks to the bottom. Finally the residue of the water which contains the trace minerals is drained off, taking the minerals with it, and the salt which has settled at the bottom is dried. This dried salt is now not a whole salt, but a partial salt, containing only sodium chloride, which has precipitated out or away from the whole salt. This is sold to distributors, who sell it to the public as table salt.
Dr. Royal Lee stated in Let's Live as early as 1961: "When a sea salt dried up, the sodium chloride is the first to separate by crystallization. Rainfall aids in washing and draining away the other factors, leaving only sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is commonly used as a table salt. Man-made salt from sea water is usually similarly made by the same process, so it is erroneous to consider the resulting product as 'whole sea salt.' It is not."
It is this type of salt, or sodium chloride, which apparently produces the physical ailments which concern doctors. It makes honest men of them when they say "salt is bad for you." The laboratory tests which confirm these ailments use sodium chloride, or a partial salt, not the whole salt which contains all of the minerals. Just because salt was originally taken from sea water, some firms even label their salt as "sea salt." It does indeed come from the sea, but is now only a partial, not a whole sea salt.
Whole sea salt is produced quite differently. Only a few small foreign firms allow the ocean water to sun-dry in such a manner that all the minerals are preserved in the salt. Instead of being washed away, leaving only sodium chloride, whole sea salt contains all the minerals found in the original sea water. And to show you how important whole sea water is, chemical analysis shows that it is a close equivalent to human blood. In fact, it has been used for blood transfusions when blood was unavailable, with excellent results. This whole sea salt is the type that is used by the physician to improve his heart patients, and by others to lower high blood pressure.3
Contamination of our seas should be regarded with the greatest concern.
Resemble not the slimy snails, That with their filth, record their trails; Let it be said where you have been, You leave the face of Nature clean.
In our location by the sea we are usually fortunate in being able to enjoy the pleasures afforded by clean and sparkling water. However, on various occasions we are confronted with a sea of slimy filth from a pulp mill eighteen miles away; an aftermath of cleaning equipment in their plant. With complete abandon they leave their slimy trail, of disgusting slimy, brown, insoluble guck. Guck that floats on the tide for undetermined distances and takes weeks to disappear. This type of irresponsibility on the part of industry is being enacted throughout the world and if stronger measures are not taken to prevent it, man will destroy the very source of life from whence his life forces spring.
"Sea water that our life forces are dependent upon" - a broad statement that is not mere metaphoric phraseology but one that can be well illustrated.
In the next chapter I (It'S As Plain As The Nose On Your Face) will present facts of my recent findings, with the sincere hope that many readers will do their own exploring and gain a reverence for the sea with its life-giving forces. Forces that are responsible for our etheric energies, including Vivaxis energies and harmonious "arealoha" energies.
What are "arealoha" energies? In the next chapter the reader will be introduced to these harmonious energies and his life could become a great deal richer by understanding and utilizing them.
1 Gregor, Arthur S., A Short History of the Universe, New York: The MacMillan Co., 1964.
2 Frieden, Earl, The Chemical Elements of Life, Scientific American, July 1972, page 52.
3 Wertz, Frank, The Truth About Salt, Lets Live, June 1972, page 50.