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For Immediate Release: June 3, 1999.

MegaHeart Announces Upcoming Publication of New Cookbook for No-Salt, Low-Sodium Diets

NEW YORK, N.Y. — St. Martin's Press, a New York based publisher, will publish "The No Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbook," authored by Donald A. Gazzaniga. "It is the only cookbook whose delicious, easy to follow recipes for everyday food contain 75% less sodium than that achieved by other low-salt cookbooks," stated Ruth Cavin, Senior Editor for St. Martin's Press.

"The book, with a foreword by Dr. Michael B. Fowler, director of University of Stanford Heart Transplant Clinic, will contain more than 350 original no salt, low sodium recipes. The book will be a casebound book with about four hundred pages," Cavin stated.

St. Martin's Press Catalog to booksellers stated that The No Salt Lowest Sodium Cookbook has been developed to respond to new research into heart disease. Only in the past decade have researchers realized that the 1,000 to 3,5000 milligrams of sodium a day once commonly recommended to heart disease patients can be harmful to people with congestive heart failure.

When the author of The No Salt, Lowest Sodium Cookbook was first diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the prognosis was for a very short life unless he could have a heart transplant. Gazzaniga, a competition rower, writer and an accomplished amateur chef, began to develop recipes for everyday dishes -- even pizza, cake, and salsa -- but for a diet below 500 milligrams of sodium a day. After more than two years on this plan, Gazzaniga is off the transplant list. The cookbook is designed to help others reverse the deadly effects of heart disease.