We’re all victims of health lies. These lies, which many people believe with a cult-like zeal, are killing us.
What you’re about to read definitely flies in the face of conventional wisdom.
But stick with me, because this could be the missing piece of the health puzzle you’ve been trying to figure out.
“The invention of the refrigerator was the beginning of mankind’s modern health crisis.”
So says Robert Thompson, M.D. in his book The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, which he co-authored with Kathleen Barnes.
How did a simple invention mark the beginning of the health crisis we face today?
He believes the answer is simple… We stopped using sea or rock salt to preserve our meat and other foods. And therefore we continuously rob our bodies of the essential minerals found in sea salt, which contains perfectly balanced ionic trace minerals we need to survive and thrive.
Since then, generation after generation has experienced declining mineral levels.
What does that have to do with calcium? More than you might guess…
Nearly everyone believes that bones are made of calcium.
And it seems to be part of the Nicene Creed of modern medicine that we all need to supplement with calcium in order to have strong bones.
According to Dr. Thompson, this is an outrageous falsehood that has the potential to destroy your health. He says there’s no reliable scientific evidence to prove it.
Fact: Our bones are made of at least 12 minerals — including calcium — and we need them in the right proportions to have healthy bones and a healthy metabolism.
This is clearly stated in every biochemistry textbook, yet everyone is programmed to believe the calcium lie.
Calcium hardens concrete! What does it do to you?
Excess calcium hardens everything in your body — except for your bones, which it actually makes more brittle. It’s the leaching of all minerals from your bones — not just the loss of calcium — that causes osteoporosis.
In fact, too much calcium steps up the leaching of other minerals from your bones.
Sure, calcium is an important mineral. Everyone needs it. But… we need it in the correct proportions to a dozen or so other minerals. Never by itself!
Dr. Thompson admonishes that you should never take a calcium supplement alone. For stronger bones or any other reason.
He says there is so much calcium in popular processed foods (dairy products, plus many foods that are fortified with calcium, from cereals to juices to protein bars) that most people are already stuffed with calcium without ever taking a supplement.
If Dr. Thompson is right, all this calcium can create a huge mineral imbalance with disastrous results.
Indeed, by encouraging our children to drink lots of calcium-rich milk, we actually put them in harm’s way… making them magnets for heart disease, hypothyroidism, obesity, and more.
Doubles your risk of heart attacks
Several studies have linked calcium to an increased risk of heart attacks and death from heart diseases.
Why? Because calcium in your arteries does exactly what it does to concrete… it makes them hard.
Several studies link calcium to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
At the University of Auckland, 1,471 healthy postmenopausal women were divided into two equal groups and given either calcium or placebo. The research team kept tabs on their health for five years.
In the placebo group, 14 women had 19 heart attacks total. Sadly, those in the calcium group fared much worse: 31 women had 45 total heart attacks. Well more than twice as many…
Imagine what excess calcium floating around your bloodstream might be doing to other tissues that are supposed to be soft – like the lenses in your eyes, the cartilage in your joints, and the fragile tissues in your brain.
But that’s not all…
Does calcium make you fat?
I hate to wade into yet another theory of obesity and weight loss – but mineral imbalances may contribute to weight gain. Obese individuals are literally “starving” for essential minerals and other nutrients.
Unless those imbalances are addressed, the theory goes, weight loss is almost always temporary. When you fail to get the essential amino acids and glucose your cells need, your metabolism slows down — meaning, you burn up calories at a slower rate. Merely reducing calories and getting more exercise won’t help.
Cravings send important clues, so it’s worthwhile to pay attention to them. Excess calcium can cause all your cells (except fat cells) to be starved for glucose and amino acids, resulting in cravings.
Do you crave sugary foods? You may be insulin resistant with metabolic syndrome, causing high insulin levels, high blood pressure, high total cholesterol, and high triglycerides.
Salt cravings actually reflect mineral deficiencies, including a lack of sodium.
Obesity’s evil twin
Dr. Thompson affirms that Type 2 diabetes is also caused by nutritional mineral deficiencies and imbalances… plus poor protein digestion, nutritionally bankrupt foods, and improper eating habits. Adult-onset diabetes is not a mainly hereditary disease.
This bit I agree with completely. I suspect that the “inherited” component of diabetes is not in the genes but in the bad eating habits people get from their parents, and that the parents got from the grandparents.
Diabetes can often be reversed if you restore your essential mineral balance early enough. Whatever Dr. Thompson may say, I don’t see this as a magic bullet. But it could be a factor, along with cutting carbohydrates.
You can regenerate your body’s insulin receptors over time through proper nutrition, taking the right supplements, and increasing your intake of sodium and other essential trace minerals through natural sea salt, rock salt, and balanced ionic minerals.
The calcium lie, exposed…
You’ve been told that getting calcium will help you prevent osteoporosis.
Instead, all this excess calcium actually puts you at greater risk of bone fractures.
The Nurses’ Health Study monitored 122,000 women for many years. One of its most surprising findings was that the women with the highest consumption of milk products actually suffered more hip fractures than women who drank less milk and ate less cheese.
It’s an incredible finding that has gone almost totally unnoticed and ignored.
Problems in River City…
Other health risks from too much calcium and too little of the other essential minerals include:
- Kidney stones/gall stones
- Bone spurs
- GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease), aka heartburn
- Adrenal fatigue – CAT scans have actually shown calcium deposits in the adrenals
- Autoimmune disease
- Brain shrinkage, impaired memory, and dementia
- High total cholesterol
As Dr. Thompson sees it, Big Pharma is making a fortune from drugs and surgeries to treat diseases that result from calcium excess and mineral deficiencies.
I want to qualify Dr. Thompson’s enthusiasm just a bit. All the conditions above have multiple causes. I don’t think calcium explains everything, but it’s a factor to look at. I’ve been observing the calcium debate for years — and I haven’t written on it till now for the simple reason that it’s hard to figure out who’s right.
Dr. Thompson presents some pretty convincing evidence.
What do I do? I use sea salt. Just to be on the safe side, I take 333 mg of calcium — a third (or less) of what many “experts” recommend. I take the supplement at night, many hours after eating, on an empty stomach, to avoid neutralizing stomach acid. That’s the last thing you want to do. (Tums and similar antacid medications are mostly calcium.)
I don’t consume milk products or processed foods — so I’m not getting calcium from those sources. That’s the only reason I take the supplement at all.
Almonds, broccoli, kale, spinach, and turnip greens are all rich in calcium. So are sardines — in general, sardines are nearly a superfood. Realistically, I don’t think people are going to eat them often enough to meet daily nutrition requirements. Soy is a rich source of calcium, but in general I’m not a soy fan.
Worried about osteoporosis? Besides eating a balanced diet with a wide range of minerals, the most effective thing I’ve heard of is weight-bearing exercise. Get yourself to a health club and gently, carefully do a little weight-lifting. Even people in their 80s can do this if they’re in good health otherwise. The results for bones and muscles can be amazing.
Like. . .all of a sudden the old folks can get up out of a chair with ease, or even toss away a cane.
By the way, Dr. Thompson’s book discusses other health lies that the conventional medical establishment wants you to believe, including the Vitamin Lie, the Vitamin C Lie, the Sodium Lie, the Premarin Lie, and many more. It’s a good read.
Do you have too much calcium?
The only real way to know for sure whether you are mineral-deficient is to have a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) performed.
The highly reliable data gathered from a few small clippings of your hair will tell whether you’re in the tiny percentage of people who actually need calcium, though it’s more likely you need other minerals instead.
Dr. Thompson says it’s so easy to correct these imbalances, you’ll be surprised.
His way is to add minerals back into your diet every day in the form of natural sea salt and ionic balanced trace mineral supplements.
True sea salt or rock salt (not regular table salt!) contain all the minerals in the exact proportion your body requires, with the exception of sodium. These minerals are necessary for every single bodily function to work – biochemical, electrical, chemical, and physiological.
Recognizing the Calcium Lie for what it is could transform your health. Many more details are available in Dr. Thompson’s book. Like this one. . .
Lacking vitamins, your system can make some use of minerals. But lacking minerals, all vitamins are useless.
I’ll continue to keep an eye on the calcium debate. Right now, this is the best information I’ve found.
[Note to reader: Robert Thompson, M.D. is an OB/GYN and integrative medicine specialist deemed by his peers to be in the top 5 percent of U.S. physicians. The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes can be purchased at www.Amazon.com or www.CalciumLie.com.]