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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Nancy Pelosi can't make her mind up about Osama bin Laden

Nancy Pelosi Signs Unemployment Extension BIllImage by TalkMediaNews via Flickr
We have gotten quite desensitized to politicians lying to us, recanting their words after having "mis-spoken" about something. That said, Nancy Pelosi is in desperate need of a continuity assistant, who can keep track of her opinions.

Here's what she had to say about Osama bin Laden at a press conference in 2006:

"Even if [Osama bin Laden] is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late. He has done more damage the longer he has been out there. But, in fact, the damage that he has done ... is done. And even to capture him now I don't think makes us any safer."
Now we'll fast forward to May 2, 2011:
"The death of Osama bin Laden marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaida. ... I salute President Obama, his national security team, Director Panetta, our men and women in the intelligence community and military, and other nations who supported this effort for their leadership in achieving this major accomplishment. ... The death of Osama bin Laden is historic...."
I suppose it's no coincidence that George W. Bush was president in 2006 .....

Eating less salt does NOT cut risk of heart disease

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We have been told for years by doctors and government health departments that eating salt causes heart disease. Not so, a new study says. Reuters is reporting that people with higher salt intakes were not, I repeat, not, more likely to have high blood pressure or die of heart disease.

The findings "certainly do not support the current recommendation to lower salt intake in the general population," study author Dr. Jan Staessen, of the University of Leuven in Belgium, told Reuters.

The existing salt guidelines are based on data from short-term studies of people in a experiment where they were fed either a high or low sodium diet. U.S. guidelines currently recommend consuming less than 2,300 milligrams of salt daily and 1,500 mg in people who are more at risk for high blood pressure or heart disease. According to the new findings, making the leap from the small test groups, to the general population, hasn't held true.

In this new study, which used existing data from two different studies, the chance of getting heart and blood vessel diseases did not differ with salt intake levels. In fact, participants with the lowest salt intake had the highest rate of death from heart disease and people who ate the most salt had the lowest.

Pass the salt!