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Where is Your Calcium Going?

It seems logical that to have strong bones you need calcium in your diet. Young mammals get calcium from their mothers’ milk for their growing bones. It doesn’t matter if the mother is a gorilla eating leaves, a porpoise eating fish, a tiger eating meat or a baleen whale eating plankton. No adult mammal needs to drink milk for strong bones. The adult animal doesn’t just keep his original bones. Calcium is constantly leaving the bones especially in sedentary humans. Bones need stress and certain minerals, proteins, vitamins and hormones to stay strong and replace lost calcium.

Young women are at special risk of getting thin, weak bones. Milk with cereal does not replace the calcium that combines with the caffeine in a cup of coffee to be excreted in the urine. Low fat milk doesn’t have the fat-soluble vitamin D necessary for getting calcium to the bones. At lunch, the phosphoric acid in either a regular or a diet soft drink combines with some of the normal blood calcium. This is replaced by drawing calcium from the bones. Women also might not eat enough protein to form the matrix for deposition of calcium. Female runners often have another problem. They have reduced their body fat too much so they no longer have this extra source of estrogen-forming tissue. Estrogen also helps keep calcium in the bones.

Astronauts can lose calcium without the stress of gravity. They need to do special exercises and take calcium to prevent this. When I was in a long- leg cast after a broken leg I noticed that the monthly x-rays of the broken bone showed loss of calcium and it wasn’t healing. After I started putting a measured amount of weight on that leg on a scale, it finally healed.

A healthy, athletic friend who took many vitamins and other supplements said he had to give up taking calcium pills when he got deposits of calcium in some of his muscles. He still took mega-doses of vitamins A and E but cut down on vitamin D to shut down this effect.

That was before research on vitamin K2 came out. Vitamin K1 had been known to be important in blood coagulation. We now know that Vitamin K2 determines where calcium is deposited. With adequate K2, calcium goes into your bones and doesn’t deposit in muscles or more important doesn’t deposit in the plaque of blood vessels in potential heart attack victims.

The best source of vitamin K2 is in organ meats like liver, kidney and heart which the French and Amish still eat. This might be the real reason they don’t have heart attacks like many Americans. Since most of our meat products come from factory farms it is well not to eat the organs that concentrate insecticides and other toxins. The organs from an organic farm would be healthful. The liver especially has many vitamins and other aids to natural good health.

Jack LaLanne, might have lived to be over a hundred because of his healthy diet and exercise. He died at 96 from complications of an operation on a calcified valve in his heart. Could this calcification have been prevented if he had consumed vitamin K2?

You can keep your calcium where it belongs by eating as our Paleolithic ancestors did.

Taking another pill hardly compensates for a diet full of manufactured foods.

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Fewer Americans Should Use Statins

A recent report by doctors who believe in lowering cholesterol with statins said that even though 30% of adults now take statins, it should be more. Heart disease is indeed the biggest killer of both men and women but it hasn’t gone down in over 20 years of statin use. Shouldn’t doctors look at conditions that correlate better with cardiovascular disease than cholesterol does?
A high CRP (C-Reactive Protein) level is a better predictor of heart attacks. CRP can show that inflammation, a collection of certain white blood cells, is present. This may indicate micro-injuries in the walls of blood vessels. Factors that cause the cell walls to be stiff and prone to injury include trans-fats (artificially hydrogenated vegetable oils) and the formation of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products) when sugars attach on to the proteins in cell walls. This occurs when blood sugar gets too high after a person has too much sugar. The average American used 100 pounds per year in 1970 and now has over 150 pounds of sweeteners per year.
When blood pressure rises in these less flexible vessels after smoking or from stress, then micro-injuries occur, patched by cholesterol along with certain white blood cells. Sometimes these collections are easily oxidized and break off to lodge in the heart as a heart attack or in the brain as a stroke.
Cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. It is necessary for life and is the major substance in your brain. No wonder that depression is one of the side effects of too low cholesterol. Your body uses cholesterol to make sex hormones and vitamin D and is important in all cells. Your liver does make excess LDL-cholesterol from high-fructose corn syrup, so avoid food and drink with this sugar. Raise your good HDL-cholesterol by exercise and eating organic saturated fat.
Side effects of statins include muscle pain and weakness. They are not benign. Statins not only block the liver’s ability to make cholesterol but also co-enzyme Q10, important in many cellular reactions. Most Americans are not the rare persons with faulty genes and cholesterol levels over 600 who prefer statins to niacin to lower their cholesterol.
Be naturally healthy by eating only organic animal fats or vegetable oils and avoiding trans-fats and too many sugars.

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Prevent Heart Attacks without Drugs

An analysis of 305 studies of 339,000 patients reported in the October 1 issue of the British Medical Journal shows that moderate exercise that raises the heart rate is as good as drugs in preventing heart attacks and without side effects. Over fifteen years ago Dr. Dean Ornish showed that exercise and combatting stress with yoga, meditation and group therapy plus a vegetarian diet could even clear existing arterial plaque.
Heart disease is the biggest cause of death in both men and women in America. Thinking that like high blood pressure it can be a silent killer scares people into taking unnecessary drugs. Statins are the worst drugs. They prevent your liver from making coenzyme Q10 as well as LDL-cholesterol. Both are essential chemicals for a healthy body. Statins can cause muscle pain and weakness and mental problems, including depression. Since cholesterol is the starting molecule for sex hormones, adrenal hormones and vitamin D, a deficiency affects your health. Statin use may be a cause of very low vitamin D levels and increased osteoporosis. Cholesterol levels aren’t even very good in predicting heart disease. C-reactive protein and homocysteine levels are much more accurate.
Exercise and don’t eat foods from animals raised in factory farms. They can contain toxins. Also avoid manufactured foods containing trans-fats or high-fructose corn syrup.
Your body is meant to be healthy. Don’t sabotage it with harmful drugs or artificial foods.

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