Saturday, March 29, 2008

If you are taking calcium for your bones, or the drug Fosamax, you need to read this...

Calcium is important for your health. If you eat lots of dairy products, you most likely are getting enough calcium from your diet. If you are lactose intolerant or don't eat dairy, then added calcium in supplemental form is critical, especially as you get older. Some investigators are concerned about the increasing amounts of phosphates in the diet which can be attributed to phosphoric acid in soft drinks and phosphate additives in a number of commercially prepared foods. Diets high in phosphorus, if sustained, elevate PTH levels which could have an adverse effect on bone mineral content, but this effect has only been observed in humans on diets that were high in phosphorus and low in calcium. If you are diagnosed with bone loss anywhere in your body, doctors usually recommend adding calcium or now, the drug Fosamax. This is a bad approach, if you understand biochemistry. Taking calcium by itself can be harmful, and the body requires other nutrients like vitamin D, K, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, as well as the trace minerals Boron, Molybdenum, Silicon and Vanadium, in order to metabolize it properly. Calcium by itself can increase your odds of cardiovascular disease and calcium infiltration into the soft tissues, where it does not belong. I have formulated 3 products designed to support bone health. BONE MINERALS would work for most people who do not have severe bone loss, but want to prevent deficiencies from developing. With bone loss issues, a more aggressive approach is needed, depending if it occurs mainly in the large bones, or in periodontal disease, or both. For these more complicated issues, I have formulated 2 other products, BONE HEALTH and PERIODONTAL HEALTH.
Here are some studies that will help you understand calcium better and whether a drug approach makes sense for you.


Heart risk linked to calcium supplements...
WASHINGTON - Older women who take calcium supplements to maintain bone strength may have an increased risk of heart attack, researchers in New Zealand said on Tuesday.
The researchers cautioned that they do not consider their findings the definitive word on the subject, but said the higher heart attack risk they saw merits further study.
“This effect could outweigh any benefits on bone from calcium supplements,” researchers led by Ian Reid of the University of Auckland wrote in the British Medical Journal.

Coronary Calcium Testing Predicts Future Heart Ailments, Study Shows...
Calcium deposits in coronary arteries provide a strong predictor for possible future heart attacks and cardiac diseases, and detecting such deposits can be valuable for promoting overall cardiac health, according to a study led by the University of California, Irvine and appearing in the March 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers found that participants with moderate deposit amounts had more than a seven times greater risk of cardiac heart disease compared to people with no coronary calcium buildup. Participants with large deposit amounts faced a 10 times greater risk.
Coronary calcium is a marker for a diseased artery. It builds up like atherosclerotic plaque and is caused by the same primary factor -- high blood lipid levels. Detrano said that calcium screening can be recommended for people who are at moderate risk.

Fosamax Linked to Serious Abnormal Bone Fractures ...
On March 20, 2008, The New England Journal of Medicine published a physician group report of 15 women taking Fosamax who experienced "atypical low-energy fractures," which means their bones broke doing almost nothing – a serious kind of injury typically seen in very elderly individuals in declining health. The fact that the NEJM is reporting this is a major wake up call to anyone who hasn't figured out that Fosamax is dangerous to your health. Fosamax wipes out healthy bone function the longer it is taken, resulting in a "low energy" status within bones – producing bones so feeble that they break from normal impacts. Biopsy and analysis done on the bones showed them to be in a pathetic condition.

Vitamin K reduces calcification of arteries by 37 percent; blood thinner medications cause calcification...
A study has found vitamin K not only blocks new arterial calcium buildup but can also reduce existing levels of calcification by 37 percent. Researchers at Maastricht University published their findings in the April 1st issue of Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. "Given that arterial calcifications are predictive of cardiovascular events, regression of arterial calcification may help reduce the risk of death in people with chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease," wrote lead author Leon Schurgers.

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