Speaking of Calcium – Go for Balance
It’s hard to find good health information these days, especially in magazines with screaming headlines about it. This stuff really takes the starch out of my socks.
For instance, in an issue of for women First, with “Sure Cure for Wired & Tired” on the cover. The article quotes a Naturopath who said 95% of women are calcium deficient and need to take bunches of it-but only the right kind, of course-to be perky and energetic.
Holey Moley! That’s bad advice on steroids!
And I sure don’t know where they got that 95% statistic. Every study I’ve seen says we’re loaded with calcium. In fact, the problem’s much more likely to be too much calcium, not too little. And too much of it spells trouble.
Balance calcium and magnesium
Our bodies always balance calcium and magnesium. Always.
If we have more calcium than magnesium, our bodies dump calcium. And vice versa. You may end up in a ditch gasping for air, but you’ll be balanced.
We get the calcium we need from diet, but getting enough magnesium takes effort-so most of us are deficient, and it’s calcium we’ll be dumping.
If you’re supplementing with, say, 1000mg of calcium-and a lot of people go higher than that-you’ll be dumping a whole lot of it. Creating chaos as you do.
Our bodies can get rid of a little excess calcium pretty handily, but it goes rogue when big bunches of the stuff need to go away.
The rogue calcium wanders into our arteries, stiffening them, raising blood pressure and making blood clots more likely. And it heads to heart valves, calcifying them so they don’t work. And on through the body it rampages.
Our parathyroid glands, little recognized members of the endocrine family, start screaming for mercy when it’s being dumped. Their job is taking care of calcium levels, and a tsunami of it is more than they can handle. Especially day after day.
The for women First article mentions a big study that proved excess calcium led to a 86% increase in heart-attack risk, but claims it’s because nobody took the right kind of calcium. Can you say “agenda?”
The article lists symptoms of low calcium-none of which have ever before been related to calcium. And it goes on to state benefits, which also haven’t been related to this mineral before.
But the lady in the article ended up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, so does that mean it actually was a calcium deficiency?
No. The Naturopath prescribed a very low dose calcium supplement, but added magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K. The symptoms and benefits mentioned in the article are most commonly related to deficiencies in magnesium, D and K.
In the side-bar, one dietitian recommended calcium-fortified orange juice. Unless you squeeze it yourself, avoid orange juice. It’s full of mold and fructose, but empty of nutrition.
The side-bar goes on (with no attribution) to recommend calcium-fortified soy milk. Are you kidding me? Soy is poison, especially since it’s genetically modified these days, the better to stomp all over your DNA as it whacks your endocrine system, siphons off your minerals, causes kidney stones, etc.
You don’t have to look too carefully to spot Big Pharma’s fingerprints all over this sort of baloney. They love you just the way you are-sick.
And now you know-if you didn’t before-why I’m so committed to writing the truth.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.