Springfield, OH (BlackNews.com) – A silent killer is attacking Black America, targeting far more victims than any other disease including cancer. And, the culprit is SALT.
Salt kills more Black Americans than all other diseases combined. Black Americans suffer salt-related health consequences two to six times more often than White Americans, at far younger ages. And their salt-related health challenges – which include cardiovascular disease, strokes, asthma, osteoporosis, obesity, kidney disease, stomach cancer and dementia – are
usually two to six times more acute.
February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month – the perfect time to report these alarming statistics which, ironically, are not widely recognized. Although the substandard health of Black America is common knowledge, even nationally acclaimed physicians like Dr. Surender R. Neravetla, a heart surgeon and Director of Cardiac Surgery at Springfield Regional Medical Center, didn’t realize how salt was decimating this ethnic group.
But he didn’t put two and two together until he began to research the impact of salt on Black America’s health. What he uncovered shocked him profoundly. At the time he had planned to publish a short addendum to his book Salt Kills (Health Now Books, 2012) which would focus on salt and Black Americans. His disturbing findings made him realize that he needed to write a complete book instead.
Salt: Black America’s Silent Killer (Health Now Books, 2014) examines how and why salt is cutting Black American lives short – and compromising so many others – at such an alarming rate. Once people understand that dynamic, the doctor believes that reducing salt intake will sound like a logical, inexpensive and easy way to dramatically improve Black Americans’ health. And he knows how profoundly that simple step will improve their lives. “I hear from people every day who have reduced or eliminated salt
after hearing me talk or reading my writing,” says the doctor. “This single change has transformed their health. That’s what keeps me going.”
Improving heart health – which includes convincing people to reduce salt consumption – has become a life mission for Doctor Neravetla. “I just couldn’t bear to see my patients back on my operating table again and again, or to go into the waiting room and witness their families eating exactly those foods that created their loved one’s heart problems,” he says. Despite the plentiful research, too many people didn’t really comprehend the consequences of the choices they made. He realized that if
he could translate those scientific findings into language and visuals that people could understand and relate to, he could make a profound difference not just in this country but around the world.
In an effort to reach as many people as he can, when he’s not in surgery Doctor Neravetla does public speaking, writes his blog, creates videos, and writes his books. He’s also put together a team to spread the word, including hip-hop/rap performer, painter and poet Jason Graham aka Mosley Wotta.
Neravetla is hopeful that this outreach will pay off in terms of reducing the salt-related casualties in the Black American community. “Salt: Black America’s Silent Killer doesn’t tell you not to eat salt. Hundreds of books already say that and no one is listening,” says Dr. Neravetla, who is in the process of transforming his Health Now Books LLC into a non-profit organization. “Our mission is to present you with the information you need to make the right choice for you and your health. We’re convinced that once you know the facts, you’ll make the changes that will give you a better life.”
For more information about Salt: Black America’s Silent Killer by Surender R. Neravetla, MD, FACS with Shantanu R. Neravetla, MD or to view the book trailer, visit http://www.healthnowbooks.com/books/salt-black-americas-silent-killer/