I am responding to your article because I agree with you about junk foods and salt intake. However, many of the remedies you suggest may not work for everyone.
What I learned (the hard way) is that soy products could be the biggest culprit! I know because I developed a severe allergy to soy after consuming these products for eight years.
My weight went from 118 - 150 when I was in the hospital and spent 4 days in the ICU because I went into anaphylactic shock. The doctors said it was food poisoning. Boy! Were they ever wrong!
I have written a book "The Hidden Dangers of Soy" because I want to get the word out after doing considerable research.
Did you know that soy is in over 60% of the food products on the grocery shelves? They are sometimes disguised in other ingredients such as vegetable oil, natural flavorings, etc..
Soy enhances the growth of tumors in women that are breast cancer survivors, and then there are women who may be developing a thyroid condition. I believe Oprah developed this disease because of her soy intake.