If There Were No Salt
We could not live without salt. An article in This Week Magazine tells that exceptionally strong men, working in the forge rooms of an automobile factory where the temperature was so high that the men perspired abnormally, would drop to the floor and writhe in agony without apparent cause.
After prolonged study, a Harvard Laboratory staff discovered that, although the men drank cold water freely, in the hot temperature, this did not replace the salt that they had perspired out of their systems.
A salt tablet with each drink of water stopped the “heat cramps.” Not only do our bodies need salt, but the manufacturing world needs it. Steel, subjected to terrific strain in automobiles, is hardened by a salt water bath. The famous Carrel-Dakin antiseptic solution, which saved hundreds of thousands of lives during the World War, has as its chief ingredient chlorine, which comes from salt.
Without salt cows stop giving milk and sicken and die. If salt disappeared from the earth, “the wheels of industry would eventually stop and it would be only a matter of months before we’d all be dead.”
The scientists tell us, the supply of salt in the natural world “is practically unlimited, there being an inconceivable number of pounds in the ocean alone.”
The Lord Jesus said to his disciples; “Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men” (Matt. 5:13).
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