48 Comments

  1. EXPEDD@GMAIL.COM' JOHN
    Jul 13, 2014 @ 20:35:21

    THANK YOU…..SEEMS SO OFTEN A LOSING BATTLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN ONE ASKS AND THEN PROCEEDS TO
    WISH TO DEBATE

  2. teijsbouts@gmail.com' Ture
    Oct 01, 2014 @ 06:41:31

    This article leaves out some important details, like quantity of anti caking agent used, and safe amounts for intake. Furthermore, ferrocyanides are non-toxic, very stable complexes. Just because it sounds like chemistry doesn’t mean it is inherently artificial and dangerous.
    All the fearmongering aside, you should just pass on the salt. There’s already more than enough salt in basically everything, that the question of which salt is healthier is redundant. Don’t add salt at all would be my advice.

  3. fran_edwards@hotmail.co.uk' Fran
    Oct 13, 2014 @ 14:22:14

    Ferrocyanide has the formula [Fe(CN)6]4-, sorry cannot do superscript on this The cyanide ligands have an octahedral arrangement around the central Fe. The complex is very stable. The CN- is carbon triply bonded to nitrogen, this means that it can undergo pi back bonding and donate electron density.

    This is a quote from my undergrad chemistry book Concepts in transition metal chemistry.
    “This type of bonding can be strong. The poisonous nature of CO and CN− arises from the strong bonds they form to iron in haemoglobin and other important molecules in the body.
    π-bonding ligand orbitals are antisymmetric to rotation about the metal–ligand bond; they form complex orbitals in which the electron density is concentrated above and below the bond (as in the π orbitals of diatomic molecules). Of particular importance for strong-field ligands are empty π-bonding orbitals whose energy is close to that of the metal d orbitals such as the 2pπ*in CO and CN–. These orbitals are antibonding in CO and CN– but we shall refer to them as π-bonding orbitals because they are involved in π bonds between the ligand and the metal.”

    It is vital to note that in the ferrocyanide additives the cyanide is already bonded to the iron, therefore it is extremely unlikely to be able to bind to iron in haemoglobin or electron transfer proteins such as cytochrome c and cause adverse affects on respiration.

    It has been approved for use as a food additive in the EU.
    https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/sanco_foods/main/index.cfm?event=substance.view&identifier=249

    I’m also interested if ‘Dr’ Michelle Kmiec could explain the chemical difference between synthetic iodine and naturally occurring iodine and how they have different effects on the body.

    The best sources of the important trace elements mentioned above are from fresh fruit and vegetables or red meat. Not the minute quantities that would be found in sea salt.

  4. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 10:20:18

    Hello, Thanks for the chemistry! Very interesting.

    Agreed, the amount of trace minerals needed by the body are not met by the ‘minute quantities’ found in some brands of sea salt. However, the point is that even salt has been disrupted by man’s attempt at processing nature and excluded many of the original properties…in this case, trace minerals.

    Regarding “synthetic” vs “natural occurring”, though on paper a synthetic version may appear to be identical, there is something fundamentally lacking. Just from a logical stand point, how can we expect humanity, organic beings, to flourish consuming synthetically made drugs, food additives, food (GMOs), and even supplements?

  5. teijsbouts@gmail.com' Ture Eijsbouts
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 04:35:31

    We do make synthetic iodine, but it requires a cyclotron, and the produced amounts are on nanogram scale. Also, this iodine is radioactive (I-123) and used in the clinical imaging of diseases.
    Just from a biological point of view, your body does not distinguish between iodide harvested from nature (like from seawater), and iodide synthesized in a lab by reducing iodine crystals with a metal to make the corresponding metal iodide.

  6. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Nov 20, 2014 @ 14:25:06

    Hello, I would mostly disagree. On one level, yes the body would appear to not make the distinction. However, as with everything that is artificially made, the body eventually rejects the artificial substance. Just look at artificial sugars and artificial food dyes and the health issues that occur because of them. Sorry, but man simply can not reproduce what nature has created.

  7. corearmcommander@hotmail.com' Kro
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 08:45:15

    These “trace minerals” include impurities, and the many other things that should be listed on the label of sea salt but aren’t. Why don’t you complain about that?

    “Regarding “synthetic” vs “natural occurring”, there is something fundamentally lacking.”
    What exactly? If they are chemically identical, it doesn’t matter where they came from.

    And for your second comment, you are very wrong, because of the above. The body cannot tell the difference between two chemically identical compounds because it only reacts with them chemically, and many people have lived very long lives with artificial devices in their body, pacemakers, bone splints, artificial joints.

    I haven’t read your book, but can you confirm if you believe in Innate intelligence, one can only hope not.

    I also find it disingenuous of you to call yourself “Dr” when writing about things you weren’t trained to teach. I could have a doctorate in Computer Science, I wouldn’t go around calling myself Dr when talking about food science.

  8. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 09:29:20

    Hello Kro,

    You sound passionate and a bit angry. Let’s address your issues 🙂

    Yep, some trace minerals do include impurities! However that was not the topic of that particular article. But thanks! It should be addressed!

    Sorry, couldn’t disagree more regarding synthetic and natural occurring recognized the same by the body. The research on this is endless. Furthermore, the increasing health problems such as cancer, autoimmune, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc indirectly prove my point. Apparently, all the chemicals in food, and the onslaught of pharmaceuticals are not improving health.

    Sorry to disappoint you…but I do believe in innate intelligence, or more specifically – the placebo (and nocebo) effect. Too bad more “doctors” don’t as well. Maybe then people would be much healthier.

    “I also find it disingenuous of you to call yourself “Dr” when writing about things you weren’t trained to teach.” Actually, again I disagree with you. I am a holistic doctor with far more training in nutrition than medical doctors. After 15 national board exams, by law, I am a holistic health professional. Now if we were talking about drugs…then you’d be 100% correct.

    Your analogy “I could have a doctorate in Computer Science, I wouldn’t go around calling myself Dr when talking about food science.”, with respect, simply doesn’t not apply here. With over 12 years of higher education – BS in Human biology, medical research and a doctorate in chiropractic with a nutrition specialty – makes me an expert in the field of health.

    Medical science offered me nothing, but hopelessness after a diagnoses of MS. After all, there “is no cure”. Thank God I followed the holistic path instead, because instead of being in a wheelchair, today I am healthier than I have ever been in my life..and 100% naturally!

    In the end, we all can believe in what we want, and I respect your beliefs. For me, I choose health.

    Thanks for you comment! 🙂

  9. jesska@hotmail.com' Jess
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 09:40:29

    Thank you Dr Kmiec. I had been wondering about which salt I should be buying. Couldn’t agree with you more that nature beats something made in a vat any day!

  10. info@wasitgroup.com' Bing
    May 17, 2015 @ 02:36:49

    Hi,
    I visit this page because I am searching for the procedure on how to use Sodium Ferrocyanide or other chemicals suitable as an anti caking agent for Industrial Salt.

    Can you please give me the procedure on how to use it?

    Looking for your kind response.

    You can respond directly on my email at info@wasitgroup.com

    Thank you

  11. punzelle@gmail.com' susan
    Jun 13, 2015 @ 14:23:20

    Interesting article on sea salt. I’ve been using the pink Himalayan salt, mined from the foothills of the Himalayas (up to a half mile deep into the mountain, I’ve read), which has 84 trace minerals in it — almost the entire Periodic Table of the Elements! Since it is derived from ancient, pure seas, it seems like the best “sea salt” available to me. I don’t use much salt on food or in recipes, but a ‘fingertip’ taste of Himalayan salt is very different from the commercial stuff — tastes ‘soft’ and not at all pungent — almost not ‘salty’ at all! – Also, I make a supersaturated solution of Himalayan salt and add three droppersful to a quart of distilled water (I do this at home, with a counter top distiller), so the water regains its unique liquid crystalline state, but with the best minerals. (Lots of good water science info. out there now, esp. at Dancing Waters website.) Thanks for all of your good information!

  12. yeshman.com@gmail.com' Jonathan
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 00:37:47

    So I stumbled across this page because that’s what I do and reason being was the title, “truth about sea salt”.
    Now just to make a point this sounded like another one of those propaganda articles until I started reading the first or so paragraph, and there it went downhill all the way to the gmo’s and all.
    I’d like to point out that gmo is a scary acronym to a stupid person. Genetically modified organisms include: domestic animals, other animals including humans, plants, fungi, bacteria. Things either evolve(modify) or die.
    To address synthetics such as medicine and other chemicals, are things made to be the exact thing they are replicating. Synthetic diamonds(Lab diamonds) are the same as natural occurring ones only one was made in a lab and can actual be better than its natural friend.
    Sugar substitutes are by definition taking the place of real sugars thus are not synthetic.
    Bad misuse of words happen everywhere and can be confusing.

    I get it your an alternative medicine of the sort, you may even be a professional yes but if you look to closely at things with a warped field of view then you will have a warped idea, yes? Maybe not always I guess.

  13. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:18:25

    Hi Jonathan! Thank you for your passionate comment. However, and respectfully I disagree with you. After being diagnosed with MS and also experiencing anxiety for many years with no cure or hope offered from conventional medicine…I decided to change everything in my life. This included eating only organic – non-GMO and only (not synthetic) foods and supplementation. And I fully recovered and cured myself without the need of medications or “conventional medicine wisdom”.

    You say…”To address synthetics such as medicine and other chemicals, are things made to be the exact thing they are replicating. Synthetic diamonds(Lab diamonds) are the same as natural occurring ones only one was made in a lab and can actual be better than its natural friend.”

    I couldn’t disagree more. I’d like to point out, that if your reasoning was correct, then we would be healthier today than ever before. Which is obviously not the case. We are in fact drugged more than ever before…despite all diseases still on the increase!

    You say…”Sugar substitutes are by definition taking the place of real sugars thus are not synthetic.”

    Please do a bit a research here. Though some, such as stevia, are not synthetic…others, also known as “artificial sugars” have been created in labs (not found in nature) – thus synthetic.

    Bottom line:

    I know first hand what it feels like to not be able to walk, to have extreme fatigue, tremors, numbness, changes in eyesight, etc….and then told that I will never have my health back. LOL…no thanks!

    I prefer to be healthy – holistically! 😉

  14. nsbedford@virginbroadband.com.au' Dunce Scholar
    Aug 31, 2015 @ 22:21:15

    I am curious about an apparent aversion for particular testing results published by the WHO on sodium ferrocyanide.
    I say possible aversion because http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v05je02.htm do all testing via IV but particularly avoid oral testing even though this is the way E535 is put into the body.
    It even states at the end of their document

    “The material is unstable in acid solution.”

    Is not the stomach an acidic environment? Are they deliberately avoiding testing E535 in the body because they know that acid adds a Hydrogen to the equation with the likelihood of producing Cyanide Gas, poisonous to the body?

    I find such selective testing very suspicious.

  15. iamhalways@gmail.com' halways
    Oct 05, 2015 @ 08:16:30

    I was looking up on sodium nitrate/nitrite and found that it is pinkish in colour. Why is it the same as your pink sea salt here.

  16. godfrey000@yahoo.co.uk' Godfrey
    Nov 20, 2015 @ 03:17:45

    “Yep!! That’s cyanide! So cyanide in table salt is okay?”
    Ever noticed that salt is mostly sodium chloride? Yes that is largely chlorine – used as a poison gas in World War 1. Surely, you should be much more worried about that?

  17. rthawkcom@yahoo.com' Hawk
    Nov 30, 2015 @ 15:15:50

    Godfrey, I saw that too and laughed!
    Yes, sodium is a toxic metal which will burn a hole right though you!
    One drop of chlorine can kill an entire room full of people!
    Combine the two… harmless and tasty!

    Same thing with ferrocyanide. Once the cyanide latches on to the iron, it’s damn near impossible to separate the two. Hence it is safe. It can be separated by boiling acid, but if you have boiling acid inside you, then you are already dead!

    I’d be more concern with the dangers of sea salt and all the radiation and plastics it contain. Sea Salt is nasty!

  18. viasollertia@paradise.net.nz' Ian Williams
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 01:29:15

    Hi – I have only just recently been awakened to the extent of Big Pharma’s “keep ’em sick and sell’ em patches” plunder of the people. The two acknowledged commercial fathers of modern chemical pharmacology are Andrew Carnegie and John D Rockefeller, the latter being the son of the original snake oil peddler. Go back and study the origins of chemical pharmacology and you find primarily Germans and Catholics who drew from ancient Roman sources. Using minerals and chemicals to control and subjugate populations is by no means new. The kohl makeup of ancient Egypt was Antimony for the elites and Lead for the losers.

    To say that a Cyanide salt is safe is actually nonsense. I am peculiarly sensitized to Cyanide, as I used to work with and had some very close encounters with it. The combination to make Prussic Acid is cyanide and hydrochloric acid. It is acknowledged that the Sodium Ferocyanate is stable and largely harmless, all that changes in the presence of Hydrochloric Acid, which we very conveniently use for the secondary stages of digestion in the stomach and upper small intestine. While this is of low concentration, about 1-1.5% if memory serves, acid stomach and dehydration can increase acidity levels to about 3%, hence ulcers.

    To someone like me, anti-caking agent was a living nightmare until i got up to speed with what was causing my cramps. Sorbitol is another “safe” killer, like Sodium Benzoate. I buy my rock salt from a farm supply – it is NZ$15 for 50kgs of Himalayan rock salt. I buy a sack of Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) or Mag Chloride, and sack of food grade Bicarbonate of Soda. I use alternating Soda and magnesium baths for dermal detox and avoid anything that contains sodium compounds other than naturally occurring, particularly MSG, any food products which contain organic Arsenic and especially metallic Arsenic (commercial beers, wines and tobacco should be avoided at all costs), rice from the cotton belt, many Oriental hot sauces (often contain Arsenic and MSG in combination), Canola Oil. It is my conviction that the primary cause of the ubiquitous “Condition X” was cumulative toxicity, the main culprit being Arsenic, the use of which was perfected by the Romans…and when in Rome…we do as the Romans did. Funny how much Washington looks like Rome, or the Govt. buildings everywhere are Romanesque and chemical pharmacology and Zyklon B, Mustard Gas, Nerve Gas, yada, yada, yada, all came from Germany, aka the Holy Roman Empire, as did Paracelsus…look him up….

  19. viasollertia@paradise.net.nz' Ian Williams
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 01:47:27

    BTW – being a Jeweler of some repute, I would contest that synthetic diamonds are exactly the same as the natural – they are not and there are tests to tell them apart. The finest natural product is always superior to man-made – for the simply reason that God made it. LOL. Just like He made every medicine we will ever probably need, f we but listen to our inner guide. Bad flu? Get the juice of 5 oranges, fresh squeezed, add 1 heaped teaspoon Bicarb and after the fizzing stops, drink it all down. Then rest a while and smile, smile, smile…lettuce for liver cleanse, with little Olive oil and white vinegar. I’m with you on this Michelle – cut out the garbage.and live. The proof is in the eating, and in the digesting. Besides, there is no shortage of shills who will try to support their suppositions with science, but we all know where that leads – all the dangerous stuff was once upon a time approved by the “authorities” until the “science” was exposed to be specious and often bald faced lies. And if sea salt may have impurities like radioactive isotopes, pray tell how these may be removed in refining?

    Besides, good quality rock salt is mined in America, in Utah. Of course it is ancient sea salt – probably got some Atlantean pollutants in it…When I see birds and bugs eating fruit, I can be reasonably sure it is safe. We use the organic certified chook test – if the chickens won’t touch it, we don’t. Which is no to say we would eat bugs and worms, but hey….when in Rome….

  20. rwolek@rocketmail.com' Ruprecht7
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 14:21:57

    This entire site was a DELIGHT to read! Informative and AMUSING! BTW, I am 53, fat, smoke continentur, IQ145, and as fit and springy as a teen almost. Perfect health. I eat nothing but cheap junk food, sometimes “off”, to the former disgust of my nutritionist friends. Both of whom have either worked in or owned health food stores. And both of whom had died young.

  21. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 16:59:36

    Thanks for your comment! After curing myself from MS, an “incurable” disease, I’ll just stick with my holistic, yet realistic way of living 😉 We are all individuals, and I do wish you all the best!

  22. deon@software3.biz' Deon
    Feb 10, 2016 @ 01:04:18

    Hi

    Is there a difference between salt and Himalayan Pink Salt. It is professed that Pink Salt is better and can be used by people with high blood pressure. Is this true?

  23. keith.prescott@tiscali.co.uk' keith Prescott
    Mar 07, 2016 @ 03:44:53

    I’m going to stick with the “cleaned up” table salt for my food. While it’s true that sea salt may have 50+ good trace elements, what about the bad trace elements like Mercuy, Cadmium, etc that no doubt are present in sea water?

  24. octopuscat@hotmail.com' Octopus
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 00:32:25

    So you think… that just because there is cyanide in a salt that that means it’s bad? Have you no understanding of chemistry? I’ll use another example of a “dangerous chemical component” to show just how backwards that train of thought really is. Here we have Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), and good old Glucose (C6H12O6). If you compare these molecules side by side, you will notice that they both have OH- groups. The same property that gives NaOH its highly alkaline and thus caustic attributes! By this line of reasoning, Glucose must then ALSO be terribly destructive! Except it’s not. It’s not even close. I’d actually try investing some time into learning how chemistry works before you go and spout nonsense like this. Structure equals function, and every molecule has a different function even if they share features of other molecules. I hate that the general public gets hand fed these bullshit ideas and go on to make it harder for real science to progress, but I guess if we didn’t pursue a career of science we’d be in the same boat of ignorance as everyone else. Peace.

  25. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Apr 29, 2016 @ 08:25:10

    Hello Octopus, on the contrary sea salt absolutely contains traces of cyanide, as well as most seeds from many fruits (aka..apricot seeds, the real cure for cancer in lieu of “safe” chemo and radiation). The difference is, it is from a natural source and not from a lab as a by product of processing. Let me ask you this, do you truly believe that man can recreate nature and make it better? Because so far, all the “real” science you speak about is making people sick only to later treat them with “real” science pharmaceuticals that are never a cure for anything. “Real” science did nothing to help my autoimmune condition…but nature did. Ignorance of truth can be deadly. 🙂

    Thank you for your comment and debate! Peace and health to you as well!

  26. cooljarrod@gmail.com' Jsrrod
    May 07, 2016 @ 19:48:17

    Hmm there’s Real Salt,Celtic Sea Salt,Pink Hinalyan Salt they say on Real Salts website because of marketing on the 84 trace elements in Hinallayan is exaggerated yet when you are saying there’s 60 something trace elements Out bodies require salt it we all would be dead what salt companies like Morton have did is they chemically bleached/cleaned these trace elements Dr. Please tell us what calcium silicate is they puting cement mix in reg table salt? Some say kosher is better for you but then again look at the ingredients there still anticaking agents in that salt.take a look at the color of real salt its pink too as well salt is also heated at high temperature 2000 degrees-write to the salt guru mr Morton at the salt institute he says you need get approval by the fda both restraint salt fast food salt contains another deadly poison dextrose which is sugar salt those salts above don’t contain sugar sure pink himalyan may taste sweet or stronger to some peeps but if you compare them with mortons deadly salt the sodium level is much lower Make a sole drink with these unable ached salts and you won’t get diiareah even the American heart association agrees that both salt and sugar companies are causing obesity high blood pressure they sell these nutrients to big pharma and multivitamin makers why is pink Himalayan pink that’s iron! Just because there’s plutonium and them other names in don’t mean natures own salt would kill us can you actually get sick drinking ocean water? Surfers scuba divers bodyboarders get that in their bodies all the time.Its the table salt that bad and even though they have a salt institute that’s a big joke to the world because mankind wanted to add their own synthetic iodine when you can get it natrually!

  27. Cont_stmail@yahoo.com' L. White
    May 31, 2016 @ 10:25:20

    I found all my online rearch regarding sodium ferrocyanide very reassuring until I ran across several statement regarding instability in the presence of acid. At that point it can become toxic. How many of us like to mix up our own home made vinegrette. How many other recipes call for both salt and some other acidic ingedient such as vinegar or lemon juice? Just because it is stable in most situations, doesn’t mean there are not the occasional situation where it can become toxic. Just saying.

  28. rob@electricdruid.net' Rob J.
    Jul 24, 2016 @ 08:07:17

    Describing this article with the headline “The truth about Sea Salt” is a bad joke. “My opinion about Sea Salt” would be much more honest.

    The article uses big scary chemistry words like “Cyanide” to frighten people without actually looking at any research or facts about whether these compounds are dangerous. It then goes on to assert that other much less well defined and less studied compounds in Sea Salt are not only not harmful but beneficial. They may be. They may not. The point is we need evidence to decide that, not more opinions.

    Unless you’ve got some evidence to offer, your claim that this is “the truth” about anything is a very hollow claim.

  29. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Jul 25, 2016 @ 05:47:28

    Hi Rob! Thanks for your commentary 🙂 I believe the evidence speaks for itself. Wishing you all the best!

  30. osmarina@promailsource.com' Marina S.
    Jul 25, 2016 @ 13:12:51

    Hello Dr. Kmiec! I want to thank you for your research on food and food additives. I have to agree with you about synthetic food being harmful to our body, and disagree with some of your readers above. Otherwise, how would I explain the fact that whenever I ate something that contained artificial sugar, including “sucrose”, which has been widely used in healthy bars and other supplements, I would have terrible migraines headaches. the only sweeteners which don’t give migraines are sugar, Stevia, or honey. All the other food additives in food give me severe migraines so I have to prepare my own food and stay away from most processed foods.

  31. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 15:57:32

    Hello Marina! Thanks and I agree with you. Same with me. Artificial foods caused me to feel sick whereas natural foods did not. It’s really quite simple isn’t it? 🙂

  32. blmec@hotmail.co.uk' MedChemist
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 15:23:03

    Michelle, a comment of yours from this article earlier this year caught my eye.
    Hello Octopus, on the contrary sea salt absolutely contains traces of cyanide, as well as most seeds from many fruits (aka..apricot seeds, the real cure for cancer in lieu of “safe” chemo and radiation). The difference is, it is from a natural source and not from a lab as a by product of processing. Let me ask you this, do you truly believe that man can recreate nature and make it better? Because so far, all the “real” science you speak about is making people sick only to later treat them with “real” science pharmaceuticals that are never a cure for anything. “Real” science did nothing to help my autoimmune condition…but nature did. Ignorance of truth can be deadly. ?

    Do you actually think that there is a difference between a reagent grade chemical (99.99% purity) if it is from natural or synthetic origins?! You may have a BS in Human Biology but you clearly have little knowledge of chemistry if you think that a substance has different properties if it is synthesised in a lab or naturally produced. Do you not think the if you were to concentrate the cyanide in apricot seeds then you would die providing there is enough cyanide extracted?
    Another example would be belladonna which contains atropine which is an important heart medication (now synthetically made since it is more economical and far easier), however the plant produces far to much to be edible and eating the plant can easily kill… so nature is the killer here. So obviously we can recreate natural molecules, by extension nature – different debate altogether.

    As for you thinking “all the “real” science you speak about is making people sick only to later treat them with “real” science pharmaceuticals that are never a cure for anything.” – are you kidding me?! I am a medicinal chemist and design drugs for a living. I can tell you that it is not a simple process and while some medications are not meant as cures (painkillers, antiemetics etc.) do you not realise that we can cure infectious diseases (malaria, TB etc.) and speed up the recovery of many others? While certain types alternative medicine can be more comforting for some and be mildly effective in mild ailments, that fact that practitioners such as yourself try to claim that modern medicine and science are unnatural so must be bad so you should stick to alternative medicine is utterly ridiculous and many of the practices are ridiculous in their own right e.g. Homeopathy is complete nonsense.
    Your last comment done nothing to inform the poster that sucrose is a natural sugar, she later says that one of the sweeteners that don’t affect her is sugar which is the common name for sucrose… you say that it is simple that natural foods don’t induce migraines but certain processed one do? there are other factors that induce a migraine you know.

  33. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Aug 05, 2016 @ 16:21:24

    Hello “MedChemist”, Wow, you certainly sound very passionate and quite a bit defensive. Firstly, there is absolutely nothing you could possibly say to me to convince me that anything man-made is better or as good as anything created by nature. Second, I never said that some drugs aren’t needed in certain situations and it is a bit of a stretch for you to even go there. We obviously live in an extremely sick society that the onslaught of drugs is not helping…though the buffet of artificial chemicals in foods, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, etc continues as status quo with of course the green light from the FDA. I am sorry that the idea that I CURED myself from MS 100% naturally despite the naysayers from the so-called “real” medicine camp would rather bury their head in the sand.

    Yes of course there are other factors that can cause migraine headaches and I’m glad you mention it. One being a vitamin B2 deficiency (and you’ll love this…yep this is even backed by research) and interestingly, all (not some) of my patients reported zero migraines after 2-3 months after supplementation followed by minor lifestyle changes. But hey…why not just inject toxic Botox instead? Since that is what mainstream medical wisdom often recommends.

    You know, I am healthy now (no thanks to conventional medicine) and I plan to stay this way. So if it is all the same to you, I will continue to live holistically and I will continue to share healthier alternative options to drugs! Let people make their own decisions. If this in any way offends you, then my guess is that this (or any other) Holistic Website/blog isn’t for you. Perhaps WebMD is more up your alley 🙂

    Wishing you optimal health, Dr. Michelle Kmiec

  34. Yogallady@bbb4.com' Fact
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 05:52:55

    The author of this piece, while passionate and more than a bit defense. EG notice how she projects her own attributives onto commentators who are noting the science?

    There is nothing more pollutant heavy than sea salt. And the more “natural” “trace elements” in sea salt the more polluted it is. In fact sea salts contain higher levels of cyanide than mined (ie supermarket type).

    “natural” cynides at much higher levels and nuts (and sea water) is WORSE for you than cyanide in synthetic compound. The claim that natural occurring cyanide is some how less of a problem than that fixed in a compound is a literal inversion of the science. Natural cyanides are harmful, synthetic ones fixed in compounds are not

    Sea salts and fish are also the largest source of microplastics being ingested by humans and we know that is harmful. Where do you think sea salts come from? They all come from coastal areas, the most polluted waters there are. Essentially with every teaspoon you are evaporating a massive volume of sea seawater and leaving all concentrated salts — and concentrated pollutants, in that small amount of salt! And those pollutants do not need to be on the label. I can evaporate coastal sea water from the most polluted coastal water on earth. It can contain massive amounts of micro plastics, dioxins, VOC, PCBs, “natural cyanide (worse for you than synthetic) and call it “natural sea salt with 65 trace elements”

    As far as iodine, it oxidizes and is destroyed without a preserving agent. That is why you see tiny amount of dextrose or other sugars in supermarket salt. Any salt claiming to have iodine without those additives has NO iodine usable by your body to combat goiter by the time it gets on your food

  35. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 10:15:27

    Thank you for your comment! Did you know that most sea salt comes from other salt water courses other than the ocean? And yep I totally agree that the ocean is very polluted thanks to the hand of man. Respectfully, I 100% disagree with your belief of natural vs cyanide. For example, the seeds of apricots are ant-cancer.

  36. dofeelok@gmail.com' Gunnar Gervin
    Sep 18, 2016 @ 07:23:02

    Hi Michelle Kmiec.

    Please keep up your work which is good in my eyes.
    Like you I cured myself,naturally, from severe physical disabilities.
    As a result I’m obliged to healthy, natural life/-nutrition and training.
    Many experts seem to freak out when established lies are opposed.
    This has been a challenge in man’s development since ancient times, due to fear and power.

  37. tiramisu@platinum.ca' Jessica
    Oct 08, 2016 @ 18:29:31

    Hello, Michelle,

    I would like to join others in thanking you for your excellent posts. Bravo to you, and to the other commentators with a more profound grasp of the bigger picture, who support you in enabling us all to become properly informed as we seek to take back responsibility for our health rather instead of placing it in the hands to a largely corrupt medical profession.

    My family has, for the past several years, been involved with urgent medical research in the attempt to help save the life of our son, suffering from a life-threatening condition triggered by an infection. During multiple misdiagnoses by the medical “experts”, and so-called “therapy” with potentially lethal, brutally expensive and health-damaging immune-suppressant drugs, we have had our eyes increasingly opened to the foolish naïveté of our formerly over-trusting attitude to the supposedly qualified ‘experts’ – many of whom have proven themselves unaware (wilfully ignorant?) of the most Kindergarten-level scientific principles.

    I am one hundred percent with you in your convictions, Michelle. As the great-niece of Charles Darwin (who was absurdly idolized on both sides of my family) I was horrified recently to learn that the toxic doctrines of Iluminist Freemasonry, and not the light of true science, were the primary influences behind the thinking and publications of this amateur naturalist. Formerly raised to believe that Darwin’s highly flawed Theory of Evolution, together with Hutton’s and Lyell’s equally shaky Theory of Uniformitarianism upon which it rests, was rock-solid “truth”, we have now come to see that entire construct for what it is: bankrupt, utterly unscientific nonsense.

    We have been forced to make the choice either to allow our son to be killed by so-called ‘medicine’, or saved through hard-won knowledge of the true facts of his illness – which took many long months to find, and even longer months of mostly vain battling to get doctors to face the facts that had been staring them in the face all the time. Throughout this long and painful process we have learned the hard way, that those gut instincts that persistently whisper that there HAS to be a better way than submitting mindlessly to a medical and pharmaceutical priesthood that has desperately lost its way, are speaking the truth, and that to ignore them is foolish beyond words.

    Sadly, it did not come as a surprise recently to learn, through the work of Dr. Pamela Wible, M.D., that the suicide rate in the Western-trained medical world (including veterinarians) is FIVE TIMES the national average. There are reasons for those tragic statistics – reasons that must be faced by challenging the flawed foundations upon which the medical and scientific priesthood attempts to sustain its anti- Creation, anti- Christian, and, yes, anti- GOOD science edifice.

    It is time for a Sea Change, and Sea Salt – together with its silent but potent testimony to the world-wide Biblical Flood and its causes and sequelae – is certainly not an inappropriate place to start.

    Once again, thank you, Michelle, for your honesty and persistence.

  38. Dr. Michelle Kmiec
    Oct 09, 2016 @ 08:44:12

    Hello Jessica! Thank you so much for your amazing comment and all of your kind words! YOU are indeed an inspiration!!! I couldn’t agree more…It is time for a change and by uncovering the truth with untainted knowledge (IE: That medical science has the total monopoly on “health” care), using a bit of common sense and above all, taking responsibility for our own health and lives, we can and WILL accomplish this!

    Wishing you and your family the best AND optimal health!

  39. jemdunman@hotmail.co.uk' JD
    Dec 21, 2016 @ 13:03:49

    Hi Michelle,

    I appreciate that you may have been cured by a healthier life-style choice when modern medicines failed. However, that does not mean you can go around preaching that fundamental Chemistry is wrong. If you were to use “I stopped eating ‘unnatural’ products and I was cured therefore the cause was the unnatural products” do you think that would hold up in a scientific journal? Correlation does not mean causation. You make comments about GMO and synthetic chemicals when you clearly do not understand the fundamentals behind them – this is damaging. You say there is more disease than ever before even though we have new medicines? Yes – because there are more people on the planet and people are living longer because we no longer die at the age of 40 from common illnesses; thus we suffer from things related to age such as cancer and Alzheimers. You don’t reference any of your claims; I put this down to them being opinions and not facts. I am over the moon that you managed to overcome your illnesses and this is great. But if one day I come down with a disease, trip over a rock and then find myself cured a year later, I’m not going to go around telling people to start tripping over rocks.

    Please do proper research into areas that you speak about or at least top pretending to be a Chemist when you’re not. Otherwise it fuels misinformation that is damaging to the minds of all.

    I wish you all the best – keep eating healthy, just don’t mislead people.

    Jem

  40. drmichelle@onlineholistichealth.com' Online Holistic Health
    Dec 21, 2016 @ 14:44:19

    Hello Jem! Respectfully, I couldn’t disagree more. There is so much research in “scientific journals” of which is sited throughout this entire website. I am surely not alone in all my findings, thank goodness! Because many have reversed major health issues and conditions naturally! Furthermore, I never proclaimed to be a “chemist” though one of my degrees is a minor in medical research. And let me tell you, the countless falsehoods found in many so-called research studies is nothing short of criminal.

    You say, “Yes – because there are more people on the planet and people are living longer because we no longer die at the age of 40 from common illnesses; thus we suffer from things related to age such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.”

    Sorry, we are living longer largely due to more sanitary living conditions. Cancer and Alzheimer’s are not “age related” conditions. They are the result of nutritional deficiencies due to stress – whether physical, nutritional, or emotional, and throughout this website, the research is sited regarding those conditions as well as many others.

    You say, “Otherwise it fuels misinformation that is damaging to the minds of all.”

    Please use that same logic to the countless damaging pharmaceutical ads on TV (that do nothing but offer false hope by masking the symptoms, and usually creating more!), GMOs, artificial foods and unnecessary chemicals in food, etc. As this all certainly falls into the category of misinformation and damaging to the minds of all.

    If you do come down with a disease as you mention (I hope not!), I am sure your research will take on a new perspective…then simply making an offensive joke about tripping over a rock (“trip over a rock and then find myself cured a year later, I’m not going to go around telling people to start tripping over rocks”) Or you could just listen to your medical doctor(s) and go the pharmaceutical route which is the status quo for most, especially in this country (USA. I cannot speak for the UK). Luckily in this country we something called choice!

    All said, as a holistic doctor and as a person who has been on the other side of disease and felt the world of “no hope”…I will certainly continue my work here because sometimes just having hope is enough to make a major difference in a person’s health and life!

    Thank you for the well wishes… I also offer you the same 🙂

    Thanks for the comment!

    Dr. Michelle Kmiec

  41. steffenmball@yahoo.com' JackDoe
    Feb 03, 2017 @ 18:24:01

    The claim that “sea salt” is better then “regular salt” is misleading. All salt is sea salt and all salt is processed. Most salt is mined underground, but that is actually dried up oceans that became trapped (imagine if the Mediterranean was sealed off and dried up leaving the salt). “sea salt” is just seawater where the water is allowed to evaporate. The salt is never “stripped” of its “minerals” but every type of salt is taken through a process and would not be considered “natural” by your definitions.

    Also your use of the term “minerals” is troublesome. Minerals are distinct reoccurring crystal structures. Salt has impurities, which are just random elements that get trapped into the crystal structure of salt. Additionally just because Himalayan claims 80+ trace minerals is meaningless without information on the concentration. everything can have 80+ trace minerals at super super super low concentrations.

    In summary, I think this article is a bit misleading because all salt is “Sea Salt” and all salt uses methods or procedures to increase its purity (processing) that are sometimes as simple as mining salt that doesn’t have as much rock in it or only using a portion of the salt after seawater evaporation. As for the anti caking? well I think there could be concerns with YPS but we can wait until a later date to discuss that:)

  42. philandersen@hotmail.com' dan
    Feb 15, 2017 @ 06:53:26

    Hmm, have read many things in these responses… jack doe… perhaps should actually be Jack dope… says that ALL salt is sea salt… does that include Himalayan rock salt? Lol. And those people with degrees in chemistry saying that Sodium Ferrocyanide is safe… lol… what happens when it’s mixed with an acid? Try and digest it without mixing it with an acid. Have any of you ‘clever’ people actually tried simple observation? I have cystic fibrosis. As such I am very careful with what I eat. I am healthy despite being told by the experts that I should have died four years ago. I am healthier now than I was then. I am now one of the oldest cystics in the UK. This is due to what I eat… or more importantly, what I don’t eat. Table salt, bread made by cbp, formed meat, sugar… etc… it’s bad for you!! End of.

  43. david@croucher.plus.com' David
    Feb 16, 2017 @ 14:50:21

    Hello, Michelle.

    JackDoe and dan have just made some interesting comments. All salt generally available IS sea salt! It is either extracted from seawater, or is mined from deposits which – long ago – were dried-up seabeds, so also from seawater. And yes, it’s all processed. JackDoe’s comment ““sea salt” is just seawater where the water is allowed to evaporate” is addressed below.

    The Ferricyanides have been tested very thoroughly, and the conditions required to provoke release of cyanide ions are impossible within a human body. One of your respondents above has put this into chemistry terms, but basically, the concentration of acid and the temperature needed to cause the breakdown, couldn’t take place inside a live human. Even so, avoiding such additives eliminates any such risk, even if you do think that no concentration of cyanide in those known-to-be-poisonous apricot pits could ever be harmful, because it’s naturally occurring.

    However, the idea that sea and rock salts as available to buy are ‘unprocessed’ and ‘natural’ depends very much on what one considers to be ‘natural’! Almost all sea salts in stores are selectively manufactured, by passing the brine through a series of ponds/chambers (depending whether it’s an outdoors or indoors salt factory) to crystallize out different minerals at different concentrations of solids in the brine. Almost all factories discard the first crystallizations, of calcium salts, because they make the salt taste ‘chalky’: calcium carbonate and calcium chloride are the main ones. In the next pond, sodium chloride will crystallize; it’s over 85% of most seawater solids and is really the salt that we all want. Once that has crystallized out, the brine has only minor chemicals in it, and as these also tend to be bitter-tasting, little is allowed to be harvested with the common salt. This includes the heavy metal salts and a host of other minerals, but very little of any of them.

    So ‘naturally crystallized’ sea salt, made in many different forms by the skilled workers at the factory, is actually the product of sophisticated chemistry, and has been for millennia – saltmaking is an ancient art. Seawater contains, on average, 3.5% solids, and about 86% of that is common salt. But most sea salt sold is 96%+ common salt. It has had most of those other minerals selectively removed – especially including most of the 80+ amazing, natural minerals that we should eat lots of sea salt to get! It IS possible to get total sea salt, produced by completely evaporating the water from seawater – but I can’t find it; I have to make my own by evaporating a bucket of seawater. And it does taste bitter!

    So how does this commonly available, commercial sea salt compare with rock salt? Little difference, except for additives – which must, by law, be declared on the pack. Almost every dry salt contains 96% plus of common salt, sodium chloride. The other 2-4% of very varied minerals is in such tiny amounts that they make NO difference to your nutrition if you’re eating normal foods, which contain far more of these minerals. In a typical healthy meal, the minerals in your vegetables will far outweigh the same minerals in even heavy salting of the meal. Of course, you may be eating several ounces a day of sea salt, in which case, these trace amounts might be of some small value. But you’d also be very sick from hypertension from such oversalting, and much more likely to succumb to a cardiovascular event like stroke or MCI.

    Here in the UK we have local access to Maldon and Angelsey sea salts: both skilfully made from seawater in their own interesting crystal forms, as I’ve described, and both VERY expensive. Chefs here like the equally expensive Celtic Sea Salt, which is similar but contains some water (easy to measure into dishes with the fingers). I buy inexpensive sea salt from my local Health Store at a dollar a pound, then wet it – which happens naturally, anyway, if I leave the pot open. That’s my answer to Celtic Salt. That infamous “imalaya Pink Sea Salt” comes from the Khewra salt mine, some distance from the Himalaya in Pakistan, and the world’s second biggest salt mine. A lot of the salt from here is pink, from iron oxide staining. It’s sold to gullible health addicts at an outrageous price, as it it’s special. It’s not – it’s simply a nice rock salt, but nothing special, and ICI India at Khrewa processes it into soda ash (sodium carbonate) for chemical use by the millions of tonnes, brought on a conveyor belt directly from the mine for a few dollars a tonne. (Google Street Level now has a lot of pictures of the mine with its tourist visitor centre, and Khrewa town, showing enormous piles of the pink salt – half a billion dollars’ worth at the ten dollars an ounce in those Health Stores!)

    Also in the UK we have several similar but much smaller salt mines in Cheshire – our main source of industrial salt and also of salt for de-icing roads. There’s some on the street right outside my house right now! But it’s also recrystallized by the thousands of tonnes for culinary use – and that pure rock salt, pink colour removed in the purification (the iron oxide powder sinks to the bottom of the brine) – can be bought with or without anticaking agent or iodine. Is the pink a wonderful health miracle? Hardly – it’s just rust. But that rock salt on my street is pinkish, and it is sold as ‘pure rock salt’ just as in your photo at the top of this page. I’d need a lot of explaining to convince me that dissolving the rock salt in hot water, then re-crystallizing it in a pot, would make it something artificial!

    So my advice to readers on this site is to keep your salt intake fairly low (VERY low if you’re hypertensive) and choose any inexpensive source of purified or raw sea salt or rock salt – there’s little difference between them. Avoid additives if you’re wary, but CERTAINLY avoid being ripped off by people trying to sell you any kind of salt as if it’s a dietary miracle. It never is; like all those ‘unique superfoods’ and ‘miracle additives’, they’re all a con trick. Not in the salt or food, but in the ridiculous price that they want to charge you for imagined superiority in something that, for your health, you should eat sparingly. If you want those ’80+ minerals’, eat plenty of vegetables – which you should be doing anyway!

    PS: in the bible, Jesus is quoted as saying that ‘the salt that has lost its savour is worthless and thrown away’. Salt that stops being salty – how come? Yet this isn’t nonsense. In that area of Palestine, away from the Mediterranean Sea, people bought salt for food use (Dead Sea salt isn’t palatable) from merchants. Some of it came, unpurified, from natural salty soil deposits, some crudely processed, from the sea. As it was expensive, adulteration with soil and sand was commonplace – of course it was! So housewives would stir up their mixed salt and soil with water, in a waterskin or glazed jar, let it settle, then use the brine for cooking. Once the salt had gone, the residue, which had ‘lost its savour’, was worthless.

  44. tecots@yahoo.com' Tamim Amijee
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 09:00:54

    David has summed up very well the issues in the main article which I too found ill-informed and hence misleading. I say this from experience of producing sea salt in East Africa.

  45. kresinski@zoho.com' Arkaye
    Apr 29, 2017 @ 20:45:23

    Dear Dr Kmiec. The cyanide is tightly bound to the metal, and won’t be released. I do buy and eat table salt with this additive, and I’ve taught chemistry at University level for 25 years. Others have tried to explain this to you already, but I thought it would interest the casual reader to know that I too would partake so gastronomically.

    Again, you have fixated upon the ‘cyanide’ bit of the name of this additive. That is missing the point – the ‘cyanide’ bit is fixed in the complex. It won’t get out. For that matter, certain health food enthusiasts do forget that cyanide is made of carbon (think pencils) and nitrogen (think 80% of the air you breathe). They never mention that it’s THAT PARTICULAR combination of the two, plus an electron, that makes cyanide so deadly. Or, again, harmless, in the presence of divalent iron, which is the case in table salt sold in supermarkets in North America.

    Health food enthusiasts ought know that sodium chloride itself (that’s table salt) is made up of the extremely reactive sodium, which can explode in water – and chlorine – which was used as a poison gas in World War 1!! That would be bad for sales of Himalayan salt – found only in the highest place on earth.

  46. drmichelle@onlineholistichealth.com' Online Holistic Health
    Apr 30, 2017 @ 07:56:47

    Hello Arkaye!

    “Health food enthusiasts ought know that sodium chloride itself (that’s table salt) is made up of the extremely reactive sodium, which can explode in water – and chlorine – which was used as a poison gas in World War 1!!”

    I think that we health enthusiasts are aware of this as well as if you separate the “H” from H2O you also have something very explosive 🙂

    There is salt from nature and then there is processed salt that man created. Since I recovered my health (no thanks to all of this so-called scientific wisdom), I think I will stick with what is natural!

    Thanks for your comment and the cool “did you know” tidbit!

    Wishing you all the best

  47. sir.seymour@gmail.com' Seymour Burgess
    May 18, 2017 @ 01:48:18

    Michelle, I am very curious to know how you define natural and artificial. All chemicals (other than certain elements and isotopes) come from the land, water and earth, so in my opinion they all have natural origins. Everything we consume has been processed in some way. I also want to make it clear that I do not think that all chemicals are safe to consume.

    I think that your attitude in terms of improving ones diet by ensuring that you eat enough food that is not overly processed is valid. I think that relatively cheap, highly processed food is abundant today, and it is very easy to miss out on some important nutrients. It sounds like you used to have a diet that was lacking in some important nutrients and after eating more nutritious food you benefitted hugely. I suspect that many people with health problems suffer from them because of poor diet, and no medicine will make up for this (unless you consider nutrients to be medicine).

    Iodine is sourced from rock salt and sea salt. It will be purified by the process of crystallising out the different salts one at a time, in the same way that Sodium chloride is purified. Yes this does mean it contains far less trace minerals (practically none), and if all the food I ate was similarly processed this would be a problem. However I simply do not understand why the salt in iodised salt is “synthetic” while in less refined sea or rock salt it is “Natural”. It’s the same thing, the iodide ion, and it is from the same source, rock and sea salt. Why do you say that it is synthetic at one point but say it is natural later on?

    In one comment you seem to claim that a substance is synthetic if it is not found in nature. To be honest, this seems to be a decent definition. However how does this apply to the iodide in iodised salt, when sodium iodide most certainly does occur in nature. I agree that some substances are not natural on earth, like elements that are only created in particle colliders and nuclear reactors. However when it comes to chemistry, the more I read, the more I discover that substances that I thought were only man made also occur naturally. As an example, the synthetically produced drug methamphetamine was once not known to occur naturally, but it is now known to occur in some plants.

    Personally I consider almost all substances to be natural. They all come from the earth. Some we modify more than others, but we modify them all to a certain extent, even if it is merely picking and washing some broccoli. The issue of foods being processed to the extent that they are missing out on key nutrients is a major dietary issue in the world, and I think we agree on this. Other substances are added to food in harmful quantities, either intentionally, or due to accidental contamination.

    I think that you have a belief that certain amounts of processing makes a substance synthetic. Are you able to explain to me how much processing it takes for a substance to be synthetic in your opinion? Is there a grey area where it is processed more than what you call “natural” but less than what you call “synthetic” ?

    I do not know much about Sodium aluminosilicate, so I will not claim that it is good to eat, but I do want to know why it is worth mentioning that it is added to road salt. Do you think there is something wrong with a substance having industrial uses as well as being used in food? A lot of road salt is rock salt with less refining than even food grade rock salt! Surely even the least refined culinary rock salt is filtered to remove bits of gravel and other natural contaminants which are fine for road salt uses.

    I hope you can clarify this issue for me.

  48. albury@gmail.com' Deo
    Jul 24, 2017 @ 07:57:23

    Thanks, I wanted to know what to add to my home-made sea salt to stop it clumping. I’m not afraid of chemistry, especially the well tested and approved type.

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