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I've been re-reading the books of Aajonus who believed that salt was very harmful.  Stefansson sorely missed his salt (until he tried it again after not using it for months) on the raw diet of the natives of the Arctic.  Then, he found that he no longer craved it.  I've always craved it and have used RealSalt for years.  I tried eliminating it for several days once while eating only RAF and felt horrible.  I wonder if that means that I need it or not.  I'm aware of Dr. Brownstein's book and of those who speak of native peoples who went long distances to get salt.  I've only just returned to 99% RAF for the past 2 weeks.  I have hypothyroidism, am on Amour.  I'm determined to give up salt, if it's truly harmful.

Well, it all depends. A very small minority of people likely do need salt as they may have incurred some sort of  highly unusual nutritional deficiency as a result of decades of eating low-grade food from cooked diets.

If you have access to raw fresh (grassfed)thyroid(US farms like NorthStar Bison have access to such, for example) I would strongly suggest you  that you consume that instead of taking "Armour".

I would say that, for most people, salt is a waste of time, and possibly dangerous,  provided that they have access to enough natural salts in their diet, which is the case for almost all people eating a raw, palaeolithic diet of grassfed meats etc.. If one has access to raw blood, then one has way more than enough natural-salt-intake, so try to get that if possible. I used to buy raw, vacuum-packed wild hare carcasses which had  c.1 entire pint of blood in them once I drained it off.

I am amazed at your tolerance of salt. In my own case, I feel really awful if I even ingest one small teaspoonful of the stuff.

Generally-speaking, I view one's own body's reactions as being a far better indicator than listening to some guru's advice. Gurus make blanket statements that work for many or most  people, but there are always individual exceptions since everyone is in a unique, different state of health due to their own personal circumstances, environment, their genes etc. etc. So I would suggest you follow your instincts and eat salt.

The caveat is that if the feeling you have for salt is almost addictive, then it might well not be good for you. I mean, a small amount in most meal seems fine, but if you feel the need to pour the salt all over every meal, then there's something wrong.

One other thing:- I presume you mean that you are on a 100% raw animal foods diet? I would assume that switching to a raw animal foods plus raw plant foods diet might alleviate the need?cravings for salt - though you may well prefer to carry on with the 100% raw animal foods diet.

If on a 100% RAF diet, you might well consider trying a wide, regular  variety of raw organ-meats if you haven't already. This might counter the need for salt. Whether or not it does so, though, I and many others view it as essential to eat raw organ-meats regularly on such a diet.


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I can answer most questions on Raw Animal and Vegetable Food Diets such as the Primal Diet, an organic, raw-meat-based diet and a number of similiar all-raw or partially raw Paleolithic diets, such as the Instincto, Weston-Price, Neanderthin, Paleo and Stefansson Diets. Can also offer advice on how to resist social pressure to eat cooked foods etc. For further info on Raw-Animal-Food diets, it's a good idea to browse through GoodSamaritan's website, , and also to join the following two forums and read their message-archives :- and


I have been 10 years on a 99%+ raw version of the Palaeolithic Diet and experienced numerous health benefits as a result, being fully recovered from my previous symptoms from my cooked-food days. My own individualised raw, paleolithic diet routine is mostly based on Aajonus Vonderplanitz's Primal Diet(ie 99% raw, usage of "high-meat",no processed supplements, using primarily naturally-reared, organic or wild sources of raw foods) but, for personal reasons, I have also been, to some extent, influenced by ideas from:- Instincto(ie:- taste/instinct,no raw dairy/no raw veggie juice), Weston-Price(eg: preferring grassfed meat to grainfed meat, incorporating a wide variety of raw organ-meats into my diet along with the usual muscle-meats, and Vilhjalmur Stefansson(high-fat diet, pretty high proportion of (raw) animal food), but also eating some raw carbohydrates such as raw organic/wild fruit/veg/honeycomb etc.). I'm also a firm believer in the feast-and-famine idea (ie Intermittent Fasting) as regards boosting one's energy levels, and giving my body a rest from constant digestion.

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