that lovin spoonful
For months there has been a story circulating about how the salt barn pollution of the surrounding neighborhood was discovered. Apparently Mr. Bennett, whose farm abuts the salt barn facility, developed serious high blood pressure which was hard to explain. In trying to understand the cause of his condition, the well water was tested and found to have a high salt content. It appears that over the years the Bennett’s adapted to unnoticeable increases in salt in their well water as the salt facility quietly contaminated their land. This is a sad testament to the 3rd world managerial and fiscal irresponsibility of the Town of Woodstock and we, the taxpayers are ultimately at fault and liable. Dave Hosmer clearly recognized the importance of this pollution problem when he stated the “Town is under DEP mandate to replace (the) salt shed … salt run-off has polluted the Bennett farm … the Bennett family should wait no longer for clean water” when he single-handedly promoted the passing of the bond referendum last week.
I did some literature searching on Google to try to educate myself on the relationship between salt intake and hypertension (e.g. high blood pressure). I simply searched “hypertension and salt” (in quotes) and the first paper I discovered was by Bisi et al. from the Departamento de Enfermagem, Centro Biomedico, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, ES, Brasil entitled “Hypertension and salt intake in an urban population”. The conclusion of the paper was that “salt intake is strongly influenced by socioeconomic level and may partially explain the higher prevalence of hypertension in lower socioeconomic classes” (published in Rev. Saude Publica 37:743-750, 2003 in Portuguese). Woodstock is not supposed to be part of the 3rd world (like the lower class neighborhoods of Brasil), we do not live in an urban area, and the Bennett’s are not from a lower socioeconomic class, but the result is the same. Insidious chronic salt pollution of drinking water can lead to hypertension and, no-doubt, other health problems. Read the rest of this entry »