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are you saying calcium is bad for me?



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“When it comes to predicting heart trouble, doctors essentially play a guessing game.  So among all the factors they consider — such as a person’s age, weight, family medical history, and cholesterol levels — it turns out that one of the most reliable indicators may also be a bit unexpected: calcium.”  Alice Park from the latest edition of Time Magazine (A Smarter Health Test: Screening for Calcium could get Millions off Statins).
The picture above is of limestone.  Limestone is made up of Calcium Carbonate, which happens to be one of our nation’s chief sources of cheap supplemental calcium (HERE).  I have been warning my patients for more than a decade that calcium (in the form of most supplements or processed dairy products) is, like any number of other foods (eggs, SALT, RED MEAT, STARCHY FOODS) not quite what we have been led to believe it is. 

I have said it before.  Simply taking cheap supplements or drinking more milk is not a good way to get your calcium, nor are these sources going to prevent or reverse Osteoporosis.  Studies are bearing this out (HERE).  (It certainly wouldn’t hurt for you to get involved with a RESISTANCE-TRAINING REGIMEN either).  The recent study mentioned above (Dyslipidemia, Coronary Artery Calcium, and Incident Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: Implications for Statin Therapy from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) from Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, spells this out.   It was published in the October 20, 2013 issue of Circulation — the journal of the American Heart Association, and contains some rather frank revelations.  The authors found that over 1/3 of the people with calcific build-up in blood vessels that we often refer to as “hardening of the arteries” (Atherosclerosis / Arteriosclerosis) could get off their STATIN DRUGS as long as they have no other overt signs of heart disease.  Why is this a big deal?  Follow the link.  The more you learn about Statin Drugs, the more freaked out by them you will be.

Interestingly enough, earlier this week I received a package in the mail from one Thomas Levy, MD / JD (attorney / cardiologist) from Mississippi.  Dr. Levy (along with my cousin, Dr. James Braly MD) is one of the experts on harnessing the incredible antioxidant power of massive doses of IV Ascorbic Acid to help certain classes of chronically ill people.  His latest book is called Death by Calcium.  Although I only started it a couple of days ago, Dr. Levy’s topic and writing style have already drawn me in to the point of no return.  I will be doing a review of this book in a few weeks.  By the way doc, thanks again for the book!  I look forward to finishing it.

The problems with the way we do calcium here in the U.S. are many.  Contrary to what anyone tells you, Americans are getting more calcium (way more calcium) than any other nation on the planet.  So why do we have the absolute worst rates of OSTEOPOROSIS?  Much of it has to do with the nature of the drugs that doctors are prescribing for this problem (HERE).  But honestly, it goes much deeper than that.  Like most health-related problems, you have to look at the whole body (particularly the ENDOCRINE SYSTEM) to understand why simply giving women more calcium is not only not going to build better bones, but will instead actually weaken them and help contribute to the host of CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES (including heart disease) that our nation is plagued with. 

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