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American's Loves Salt WAY MORE Than They Should

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pretty much all American's are consuming WAY MORE than the recommended amount of sodium.

88% of U.S. children and adults are consuming more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, the amount recommended by federal dietary guidelines.

A report from the CDC shows that the average American goes over the suggested daily amount of sodium by 53% and consumes about 3,513 milligrams.

Researchers aren't surprised by the data, but are now aware public health officials have a lot of work to do in order to curb America's taste for their favorite spice.

A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure, which contributes to life-threatening health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

The problem, as a coauthor of the report points out, is not that we're sprinkling too much salt from the shaker on our food, but instead we're eating too much food that is too high in sodium to begin with.

Janelle Peralez Gunn, a public health analyst with the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, said:

"A lot of people tend to think…'I don't add salt to my food,' without realizing that they've probably already exceeded—and in some cases probably doubled—their [recommended] intake before they've even picked up the saltshaker."

Health officials believe a partnership between the government and food companies may be the key to lowering America's sodium intake.

Over two dozen food manufacturers and restaurant chains have already pledged to reduce the sodium in their food up to 25% by 2014 with the National Salt Reduction Initiative.

We don't advise waiting for corporations to take action before you do first as a consumer. Check nutrition labels and opt for lower sodium foods as part of your healthy diet. Including more water, fruits, and veggies into your diet is also an easy way to reduce your salt consumption!

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Study Finds High Blood Pressure Increases Risk Of Cancer

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The largest study to date investigating the association between high blood pressure and cancer has turned up another reason to avoid high blood pressure in the first place!

After reviewing health information of 289,454 men and 288,345 women for 12 years, Swedish researchers found those with high blood pressure had a higher risk of developing or dying from cancer!

Men with high blood pressure had between a 10% and 20% increased risk of developing cancer. Similarly, men with the highest blood pressure compared to those with the lowest were 49% more likely to die from bowel cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and skin cancer.

The correlation between high blood pressure and cancer was lower in women, but still had an impact. 24% of ladies with the highest were more likely to pass away from cancer compared to the ladies with the lowest blood pressures.

Those behind the study were careful to note that it did not prove high blood pressure itself caused cancer, but instead maintained:

"These results are important from a public health perspective since a large proportion of the population in many western countries suffers from hypertension."

Overall, scientists say having higher blood pressure raised the absolute risk of cancer by "rather modest" degrees. Men with the highest blood pressures had a risk of developing cancer that was only three percentage points higher than those with the lowest.

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Was Mold A Factor In Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack's Deaths??

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This could explain the identical autopsy results!

Investigators working on the cases of Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack are saying that mold found in their home could be a "contributing factor" to their deaths.

When Brittany passed away, sources say that the issue of mold found in her house came up during the investigation, but was later dismissed.

However, when Simon died a few months later, his causes of death were anemia and more specifically, pneumonia - the exact same results as Brittany's autopsy.

And even though prescription medications were found in Simon's blood stream, there wasn't enough to be lethal.

Brittany's mom, Sharon earlier refused to allow the L.A. County Coroner's Office to investigate the mold, however, she has now agreed to Public Health investigators examine the home.

This could explain why Brittany and Simon had respiratory health problems, such as pneumonia, which is a dangerous side effect of being exposed to mold.

Sad.

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Lindsay's Alcohol Ed Program Might Get The Axe!

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Well, Michael Lohan does want it shut down!

Lindsay Lohan's alcohol education program The Right On Program is being looked at by the LA County Department of Public Health for its twice annual review and it will apparently focus on their suspicious record keeping!

If there are problems, the program could be shut down!

Michael Lohan has said he wants the program gone because he believes they falsified records and gave preferential treatment to celebrity clients.

Ya think??

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