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December 10, 1982

More `salt' talks: diet and hypertension

JAMA. 1982;248(22):2949-2951. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330220009003

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Conventional wisdom regarding the causes, prevalence, and treatment of hypertension was challenged by experts at a recent symposium on nutrition and BP control in Arlington, Va.

The three-day meeting was jointly sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the International Life Sciences Institute, Washington, DC. (The latter is an industry-supported organization that says it "provides for liaison between scientists from national regulatory agencies, concerned industries, research institutes, and universities" in establishing the safety of food, drug, and cosmetic ingredients and other chemicals.)

Much attention was paid to the growing controversy over sodium intake and its relationship with high BP. John H. Laragh, MD, Hilda Altschul Professor of Medicine and director of the cardiovascular center and the hypertension center at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, criticized the recent public health initiatives by the federal government to reduce sodium in the American diet, calling these