Too Much Calcium IS Bad for Your Heart - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Too Much Calcium IS Bad for Your Heart

February 8, 2013

Fox News puts it in question form, “Could too much calcium be bad for your heart?” citing an analysis from the National Institutes of Health. A survey of almost 400,000 men who took calcium tablets showed that they were more likely to die of heart disease than those who didn’t.

Specifically, men who took 1,000 mg (or more) of calcium per day were 20 percent more likely to die of heart-related causes than those who took none. Oddly enough, the researchers said there was no link between calcium supplements and heart disease deaths in women.

But Morley Robbins and I reported on a more thorough set of studies in a Natural News article: The Calcium Wars: Magnesium deficiency causes heart disease showing that women are at risk for heart disease when they take supplemental calcium.

What the researchers are not covering is the tremendous amount of calcium in our diet. For example, calcium-fortified orange juice gives you 300 mg of calcium. Three cups is like taking the 1,000 mg supplements described in this study.

I keep telling people to look at the food in their diet and see how much calcium they are already getting. Follow the RDA for the UK and the WHO, which is 500-700 mg per day and you will see how easy it is to get enough calcium to keep your bones happy. What makes bones and your body even happier is enough magnesium along with daily exercise.

Food …………………..Amount of Calcium in milligrams (mg)
1 cup of milk…………………………………300
6 oz of yogurt………………………………..350
1 oz hard cheese (cheddar)………………..240
2 slices processed cheese…………………265
1/4 cup cottage cheese…………………….120
1/2 cup soft serve frozen yogurt…………..100
1/2 cup ice cream…………………………….85
1/2 cup tofu………………………………….258
1 Tbsp sesame seeds……………………….90
1 Tbsp Tahini…………………………………63
8 medium sardines (canned)………………370
3 oz salmon…………………………………180
1 cup kale…………………………………….94
1 cup broccoli………………………………178
10 medium dried figs……………………….269
1 cup calcium-fortified orange juice……….300
1 cup enriched soy milk……………………300
1 cup enriched rice milk……………………300

The end stage of fatalities from heart disease is the focus of this study, which misses the point of the soft tissue damage done to many other parts of the body by the overuse of calcium. As I’ve said in previous posts, our body holds onto calcium much more than magnesium. That appears to be because human beings grew up near the ocean where seawater contains three times more magnesium than calcium which meant much more magnesium in their diet. Thus we evolved mechanisms that grabbed and stored calcium but released excess magnesium (the laxative effect). Without understanding those processes we’ve decided in our unfailing stupidity that we all need to be calcified.

And the results are treated with magnesium-wasting drugs. Here’s one brief example. A new drug has been released by the FDA to treat an “overactive bladder.” It’s called Oxybutynin and it acts as a bladder muscle relaxant.

Here is a partial list of side effects: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips tongue, or throat; hot, dry skin and extreme thirst; severe stomach pain or constipation; blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights; pain or burning when you urinate; or urinating less than usual or not at all; dry mouth; dry eyes, blurred vision; mild constipation; diarrhea; nausea, mild stomach pain or upset; dizziness, drowsiness, weakness; headache; sleep problems; or runny nose.

What did I say Oxybutynin is? A muscle relaxant? Do you know any natural muscles relaxants?

That’s right. Magnesium.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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