It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

High & Low Blood Pressure Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-05-2005, 08:32 AM   #1
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 8,484
Lenin HB UserLenin HB UserLenin HB UserLenin HB UserLenin HB UserLenin HB User
Salt Requirements

I am revisiting my PRINCIPLES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, circa 1958 (1800 pages). What fun. Treatment for BP was phenobarbitol 3x a day...can you IMAGINE, how comatose the "victims" must have been.

And the RICE DIET:
At least 8 weeks of nothing but rice which gave you
200 mg. of sodium PER DAY, 25 Gm protein and 2000 non-protein calories (so a 2100 calorie diet- ALL RICE.)
At the time the AHA recommended that people with hypertension get NO MORE than 500mg. sodium per day day in/day out.
I get more than that merely WALKING through the canned food aisle at ShopRite.

Incidentally, 1958 may have been the year that thiazides were patented, it's close.

I HAD an early 40's version of the PIM (at nearly 3000pages) too but it "disappeared"...they treated syphilis with MERCURY!

I guess we will all laugh 50 years from now (those that are left, not me) reading through antiquated methodology in the 2005 PIM, if books still exist.

It's so wonderful though to read a topic in a textbook from start to finish, rather than the piecemeal droppings that Google considers noteworthy, or is paid to place near the top of its listing.

Last edited by Lenin; 02-05-2005 at 08:37 AM.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 02-05-2005, 05:19 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Fords, N.J. USA
Posts: 2,260
Re: Salt Requirements


That's all very interesting, those old medical journals. I wonder what we would find in journals which were written even earlier! And speaking of mercury, were you aware that Abraham Lincoln was prescribed medication for depression called "blue mass" before he became president? It's main ingredient was mercury, which caused him to have fits of rage and demonstrate neurobehavioral effects consistent with mercury poisoning. It was said that he quite possibly may have absorbed as much as 750mcg mercury from a single pill. Fortunately he decided to stop taking these pills, and the symptoms went away.

Yes, no doubt when people read through our modern day medical journals 50 or 100 years from now, they too will no doubt shake their heads in disbelief regarding many methods of treatment employed today. Scary thought, isn't it?
"Men and nations will act rationally when all other possibilities have been exhausted."

Sponsors Lightbulb
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Social Security said I met the medical requirements "but" WannaBeFree2 Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) (CRPS) 6 10-10-2007 07:04 PM
Salt addiction !!! WanderingSoul Diet & Nutrition 10 06-16-2007 05:41 PM
Salt substitute Kari7171 Diet & Nutrition 45 04-06-2007 08:46 AM
Nutrisystem diet and salt content jeffries9 High & Low Blood Pressure 5 02-24-2007 12:33 PM
Update on Sea Salt tgrose Panic Disorders 22 12-28-2006 06:58 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:25 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2015 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!