Calcium supplements are usually not necessary and can be positively dangerous. I spoke of the dangers of too much Calcium (Ca) in this post, but I want to give you an idea of where Ca can land up in our bodies. If it is NOT laid down in our bones as most of it should be, this is what can happen. The following images give an idea of the effects of a Ca overload on your heart and the rest of your body. 99% of Ca should be in your bones with just 1% in your cells, soft tissue and bloodstream. This first image is a three dimensional CTA data set showing calcifications in coronary arteries.
Our bodies hold on to Ca
Ca stones in the brain. Amazingly this man, who was suffering severe headaches, was operated on and survived. Excess Ca is not easily eradicated because our body tends to hold on to it. Our ancestors evolved in an environment rich in Mg and Potassion (K) but much poorer in Ca and Sodium (Na). Hence our bodies have mechanisms to hold onto Ca and Na. Mg and K, on the other hand, is excreted much more readily and it is lead to believe that this comes from us evolving with an abundance of Mg and K. Not so now, with depleted soils, use of herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers and pesticides, junk food, sodas, artificial sweeteners, genetically modified foods and all the other rubbish and toxins that are presented for us to eat by the food moguls, all deplete in many nutrients includng Mg.
This image shows calcification of the aortic valve. The aortic valve is one of the 4 valves in the human heart. It is between the left ventricle and the aorta.
Dr Thomas E. Levy
Dr Thomas E. Levy, a board-certified cardiologist who wrote the book “Death by Calcium” says that Ca is actually sabotaging our health and that the need for Ca actually decreases with age. Although allopathic medicine does not seem to recognise it, there is a real danger in consuming excessive amounts of Ca, but significant intake of Ca is not necessary. For example, incidences of osteoporosis in African women is very low as is their consumption of Ca! With countries such as Peru, India and Japan the average daily Ca intake is as low as 300 milligrams per day. The incidence of bone fractures in these countries are lower than in many western countries (including the UK). Look at the calcified artery in this image of the knee. PAD (peripheral artery disease)
“While osteoporosis involves a lack of calcium in the bones, it does not mean that there is a calcium deficiency in the rest of the body or in the patient’s diet,” explains Dr. Levy. “Excess calcium promotes health problems including heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and virtually all chronic diseases. In fact, it increases all-cause mortality by 250 percent [sic].”
Ca makes osteoporosis worse
Those who have a lack of Ca, actually have a deficit in the bones. The rest of the body is likely harbouring vast amounts. The trick is to get it out of the soft tissue and into the bone matrix. Supplementing with Ca will only make matters worse. What is needed is to balance Ca with other vital minerals such as Mg. Mg actually stimulates the hormone calcitonin which helps preserve bone structure, drawing Ca out of soft tissue and back into the bones. This image shows calcifications of the pancreas.
“When you treat a disease like osteoporosis with increased calcium, the density can legitimately increase, but the quality of the bone itself doesn’t improve unless other important factors are addressed,” explains Dr. Levy. “The structural matrix of the bone still isn’t normal and has no greater resistance to fracture than the diseased bone before the new calcium deposition.”
RDA for Ca too high, RDA for Mg too low
A heel spur which is a calcification sometimes known as plantar fasciitis. The lower image is an elbow spur.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Ca is far too high especially when compared to the too low RDA of Mg, causing a massive imbalance of these two vital minerals. We eat far too much Ca in our modern diet. Enough can be gained from consuming good quality meat, vegetables and eggs. It is probable that those not drinking milk and other dairy products are less likely to be as Mg deficient because it is the balance that is important and the narrower the ratio between Ca and Mg the better.
“The problem with osteoporosis is that the body is unable to synthesize a new structural bone matrix and integrate calcium into it—an issue that more calcium doesn’t even begin to fix!” explains Dr. Levy. “In fact, much of the calcium leached from the bones simply moves to other parts of the body, where it does you harm.”
Calcium Supplements will not help osteoporosis
Those suffering from osteoporosis are more worried about breaking a bone. But, there is a hidden danger. Dying from a stroke, heart attack, diabetes or cancer is more serious than a fracture.
“A groundbreaking study indicated that there was a 60 percent increase in the risk of death for individuals in the lowest quintile of bone density compared to those in the highest quintile,” reports Dr. Levy. Most of those deaths did not relate to a fracture.”
Ca is everywhere
Consuming Ca is very easy. It is everywhere. It is added to many foods, it is hidden in many over the counter medications such as antacids. Unless you take stock, you could be harbouring an excess of Ca in your body which will cause you no amount of health problems.
Here is a computer tomographic volume rendered image of dense egg-shell calcification of the pericardial (the membrane that surrounds the heart).
Calcium supplements – A recent study
In 2013, after following 60,000 women over a 19 year period it was found that those that supplemented with Ca and consumed a Ca rich diet, particularly of dairy had x2.5 more deaths than those that didn’t supplement at all and consumed the least amount of Ca by way of food.
Dr Levy concludes:
“A lot of fiction about calcium is currently accepted as fact, but raising calcium concentrations in your body is never going to be beneficial, and often is actively toxic. You need to realize this, change your diet accordingly and start taking steps now to reverse the damage—before it’s too late.”
Dr Levy Video
Have a look at this short video of an interview with Dr Thomas Levy about the dangers of Ca. It’s only 2 minutes long but full of information that you need to know for your future good health!
Remember, calcium supplements are not usually necessary.
Thanks for reading this article and please remember that Ca in excess is bad for you. Keep a watchful eye on your consumption. Make sure your Mg levels are as near as possible to a 1:1 ratio with Ca. That way you will be protecting your future health and if you have current health problems, Mg will definitely help your condition. Good health to you all.