The Dangers of Saline Drips

Normal Saline IV drips are one of the most common medical treatments and often we are given the impression that this treatment is anywhere from harmless to helpful to even life saving but nothing can be further from the truth. The seemingly small amount of NaCl used in the Normal Saline solution (0.9%) may on first glance appear harmless but in reality we are injecting an inorganic salt, which is a biocide (kills cells) into our blood stream.

According to a NY Post article from 2018 stopping use of the saline drip “…could mean 50,000 to 70,000 fewer deaths and 100,000 fewer cases of kidney failure each year in the US…” (…/the-saline-used-in-iv-bags-could…/)

The article goes on to say, ““We’ve been sounding the alarm for 20 years” about possible harms from saline, said Dr. John Kellum, a critical care specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. “It’s purely inertia” that prevents a change, he said.”

A quick look at PubMed brings up a number of studies which should raise serious red flags.

Take note of the concerning statements used such as, “This study was terminated early for safety reasons” and “Further research in the field is strongly encouraged.”

Here are a few excerpts:

“Results: This study was terminated early for safety reasons. A total of 60 out of the planned 240 patients were randomized. Thirty patients received normal saline and 30 patients received the balanced crystalloid… The normal-saline group developed hyperchloraemic metabolic acidosis. More patients needed vasopressors for circulatory support in the normal-saline group compared with the buffered crystalloid group (97% vs 67%, respectively; P=0.033)…

Conclusions: Compared with patients receiving a balanced crystalloid, normal saline in patients undergoing major abdominal surgery was associated with an increased need for vasopressor support.”


“Results: A total of 150 patients were included in the study of which 76 were randomized to 0.9% saline while 74 received an acetate-buffered balanced crystalloid. Noradrenaline for cardiocirculatory support during surgery was significantly more often administered in the normal saline group, given earlier and with a higher cumulative dose compared to patients receiving an acetate-buffered balanced crystalloid (30% versus 15%…)

Conclusion: The use of an acetate-buffered, balanced infusion solution results in reduced need for use of catecholamines and cumulative catecholamine dose for hemodynamic support and in less occurrence of arterial hypotension in the perioperative period. Further research in the field is strongly encouraged.


“Results: Of 15,802 patients enrolled in SMART, 1,641 patients were admitted to the medical ICU with a diagnosis of sepsis. A total of 217 patients (26.3%) in the balanced crystalloids group experienced 30-day in-hospital morality compared with 255 patients (31.2%) in the saline group… Patients in the balanced group experienced a lower incidence of major adverse kidney events within 30 days (35.4% vs. 40.1%…) and a greater number of vasopressor-free days and renal replacement therapy-free days compared with the saline group.

Conclusions: Among patients with sepsis in a large randomized trial, use of balanced crystalloids was associated with a lower 30-day in-hospital mortality compared with use of saline.”


From a terrain model perspective we already know that Salt, an inorganic mineral is a biocide which damages our cells and causes disease symptoms.

For more on the dangers of salt:

Saline, is inorganic salt mixed with water and sometimes other inorganic minerals. This substance is then injected directly into the body, bypassing the normal filtration. When we ingest salt through the stomach and bowels they are filtered by those organs which offers some protection against ingesting salt in our diet. When we bypass that filtration we are concentrating the damage and it is going directly to the organs. Therefore it is no surprise to the hygienist that this dangerous treatment is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and serious injuries.