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The Guardian recently published this intriguing article that looks at another potential autoimmunity trigger: Salt: no great shakes for your health. Here's an excerpt but head over there to read it all.
......Over the past 30 years, autoimmune disease has overall risen by between 5% and 7% a year. The increase can’t be explained by genetics – our DNA hasn’t changed that rapidly. Researchers have suggested several possible explanations, including environmental toxins, smoking, low levels of vitamin D, and certain infections. But none of these theories has provided an adequate answer.
“Salt could explain a lot of this mystery,” says David Hafler, professor of neurology and immunobiology at Yale University, and one of the first to make the connection. He notes that autoimmune diseases have increased most in developed countries, where salt consumption is highest. Continue reading here.