Salt and Your Health

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Salt is essential to keeping your body’s fluids in balance. But too much salt can lead to a host of health problems.

The chemical name for dietary salt, or table salt, is sodium chloride. Most doctors focus on the sodium part.

“The best-known effect of sodium on health is the relationship between sodium and blood pressure,” explains Dr. Catherine Loria of the National Institutes of Health.

Dozens of studies, in both animals and people, have shown that increasing salt intake can raise blood pressure. And high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems.

About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure. Another third have blood pressure numbers high enough to risk developing high blood pressure. That’s why, Loria says, “it’s really important for the majority of the population to reduce their blood pressure.”

Experts recommend that people take in less than 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 mg or less. But right now, the average man in the United States takes in over 4,000 mg of salt per day, and the average woman over 2,800 mg.

Would you miss the taste? “Several studies have shown that as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen your desire for salty food,” Loria says. In the U.K., where salt consumption has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years, surveys found that most people didn’t notice any difference in the taste of their food.

Most of the salt in the average American’s diet comes in prepared and processed foods, including restaurant food, cold cuts and canned foods. Surprisingly, over 20 percent comes from grain products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and chips.

“I think the best guidance we have is for people to pay attention to nutrition facts on the labels,” Loria says. Try to choose foods that list less than 5 percent of the daily value of sodium per serving on the nutrition facts label.

Even small reductions in salt can help your blood pressure. If you can’t find a low-salt alternative to a particular food, try something that’s lower than what you usually buy.

Why not start now? Make small changes at first, and then keep working to gradually lower your family’s salt intake.

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Investment Networks Obstruct Risk Capital

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Emerging evidence suggests that the proliferation of thousands of “investment networks” over the past decade has obstructed the flow of risk capital into early-stage enterprise by impeding the deal-flow information that should be openly available to prospective investors.

A Google search for “business angel networks” produces 22 million results, “venture capital advisors” 1 million. A survey of Linkedin, probably the world’s biggest online business community, showed that it has 430 separate networks covering early-stage off-exchange investment, plus thousands of others covering vertical markets, all of which carry investment offerings. These numerous networks have created a hopelessly fragmented market in which fewer than one percent of capital raisings are actually successful. Early-stage companies have accrued more debt because the flow of genuine risk capital, traditionally provided by entrepreneurs, has been cut off.

This results in frustration and unnecessary expense for fund seekers as well as investors. Data from the U.K. and U.S. Treasuries, private equity, wealth management and venture capital sources, that have been collated and researched by Growthwire, a global deal-flow newswire for early-stage investors, show that there are 1 million early-stage companies raising capital worldwide at any one time. On the other side of the equation, there are 10 million wealthy, successful entrepreneurs who want to invest in business start-ups.

These investors want a convenient deal-flow source that they can tailor to their individual needs. They don’t want to find their way around countless networks.

Growthwire, a U.K.-domiciled company now a year into its global roll-out, is making inroads into the North and South American markets. Growthwire has been welcomed by Brian Hill, founder of Fountain Hills, Arizona-based business advisory firm, Profit Dynamics Inc., and the author of the popular book “Attracting Capital From Angels.” Hill believes that this newswire will bring efficiency into the market by allowing networks and individual investors to find and do business with each other.

No other capital market in the world could possibly operate without the plethora of investment, business and finance media that serves it. With Growthwire now introducing some structure to this essential wealth-creating market, life may become easier for early-stage businesses and the entrepreneurs who would invest in them.

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Prius of the Skies

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Green is the ‘in’ color these days, with just about every motor manufacturer from Toyota to what is left of General Motors, through their U.K. subsidiary Vauxhall, all developing their own hybrid cars. Fully electric cars, too, are being developed by companies large and small, often with government-grant backing. For instance, the Chinese government has introduced incentives for investment in electric vehicles in the Chongqing region, where all the taxis and many of the buses are already running exclusively on electric power.

But battery technology has a long way to go before it can claim to be a genuine alternative to the internal combustion engine. Hybrid technology, certainly for the near to medium term, appears to be the way forward. In fact, the whole hybrid drive-train has been rolling along for longer, and evolving into more applications, than most people appreciate. As is often the case, it is not the big companies that make the breakthroughs but the ‘garden shed’ innovators who risk everything to fulfil their vision. And such is the case with Simon Scott who set up his company, Falx Air, in Staffordshire, England this year after nine years of development work and design in hybrid-electric propulsion for aircraft. Since he launched, he has been researching, experimenting and developing the technology to the stage where it is now ready to be developed into a full-scale prototype ready for a worldwide launch.

The upshot is a range of hybrid-electric-powered aircraft that might be weird of shape but outstrip performance in just about every area of competing aircraft. In fact, Scott claims that he has no competition. The leading-edge product is a personal transport vehicle (PTV) that could, quite simply, replace the car for those with the wherewithal to acquire one and who would prefer to go in a straight line for journeys of up to 500 miles, in an aircraft that consumes less than 3 gallons of fuel an hour.

The cost of just $150,000 for the Saker PTV is affordable for some 10 million individuals who have achieved the status of ‘high-net-worth individual’ around the world, and would certainly fall well within the reach of corporate shared-ownership schemes.

Falx Air technology would never power anything like the giant Airbus 380, but it could certainly make a huge dent in the small, personal and corporate helicopter market. At the same time, making a significant contribution to the reduction in emissions from these machines that, when compared to the Saker helicopter and other designs coming out of Falx Air, look positively Stone Age. The huge reduction in noise will also make it much more acceptable among us ground-dwellers. That massive reduction in noise has obvious significant stealth applications for the military, and discussions have already begun with some defense departments.

Scott is already taking orders for his aircraft from all over the world and is now gearing up to start manufacture with a capital-raising listing on Growthwire and making the first moves toward building a global dealer network. These could just as easily be quality motor outlets as much as aircraft dealerships. After all, they would be selling the ‘Prius of the Skies.’

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