Calcium and Heart Attacks
'Calcium and Heart Attacks' an article by Joy Healey of 'Nutrition 4 All'
Recently the newspapers have got hold of some scientific studies that found a link between taking calcium supplements and the risk of heart attacks.
None of this is news to those of us who recommend Hair Mineral Analysis. Most of my clients’ reports show that far from being short of calcium, they have an excess, in that they are unable to absorb / process / benefit from dietary or supplemental calcium. So they are “dumping” it in their hair, and probably joints and arteries.
Why? Because calcium needs to be balanced by magnesium before it can be correctly utilised.
How do you know whether your calcium and magnesium levels are in balance? Simple – have a Hair Mineral Analysis test.
You can read more about the test through our website, or download an e-book telling you more about the benefits of HairAnalysis to be in balance when you’re looking to be more healthy.
If you don’t want the scientific analysis, it’s a fair bet that you could benefit from a magnesium supplement in any case – although check the posts above as magnesium is contra-indicated for some people. If you visit the pages above you’ll be able to download free handouts about magnesium, including problems about excess magnesium.
It seems as if there are still plenty of people to whom the news of calcium and heart attack risk will come as a big surprise.
Calcium and Heart Attacks
I will avoid newspaper sources, in case you fear they may be sensationalising the findings. Instead I have turned to Science Daily to read about a Swiss study, published in the journal Heart, that followed nearly 24,000 men and women for 11 years, and found a higher risk of heart attack in those who took calcium supplements against those who didn’t.
So much for all those calcium and vitamin D supplements handed out like sweeties to prevent / treat osteoporosis!
This isn’t actually news to those of us in the nutrition profession. We have known for years that there’s more to bone health than shovelling down calcium/vitamin D as if they are going out of fashion. For example:
Dr Paul Clayton, a highly qualified and respected scientist writes about the need for vitamin K in bone health. Oh look! The report is dated 2006, and even then it wasn’t news. (Source Please check out Dr Paul Clayton’s CV in case you wonder if my faith in his work is misplaced). WARNING: Vitamin K should not be taken by patients who need anti-coagulants.
Vitamin K is just one of many nutrients needed for the bone-making recipe.
My personal “favorite” mineral is magnesium. In the 3rd year of my nutrition course, my dissertation was on health aspects of magnesium. One of the first facts we learned was that without adequate magnesium, calcium would not be absorbed by the body and could be deposited in arteries, joints, kidney stones, or “dumped” into our hair – as the body attempted to rid itself of excess calcium.
One of the best articles about magnesium and calcium that I have found is by Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. She wrote about the health risk of taking calcium without balancing it with adequate levels of magnesium and references her work from 15 scientific papers dating back as far as 1988. Quoting from her article in Beacon Prescription:
Approximately 43 percent of the US population (including almost 70 percent of older women) use dietary supplements containing calcium. Without balancing their calcium with magnesium, they may be at risk.
Most people, including the majority of MDs, do not understand certain key facts about calcium and its sister mineral, magnesium:
Typically, less than half of calcium intake is absorbed in the gut, the rest either being excreted or potentially forming kidney stones or being transported to soft tissues where it can harden (calcify).
Adequate levels of magnesium are essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and vitamin D.
Day after day in my own practice, I have seen documented evidence of the imbalance between calcium and magnesium in clients who contact me for advice.
Because I don’t believe in randomly devising supplement programs for people, I recommend every-one to have a Hair Mineral Analysis test, to determine their exact nutritional profile. Over and over again, in these laboratory generated reports, I see an excess of calcium in relation to magnesium.
Against my better judgement, a couple of years ago I was persuaded to have a bone scan done by a private clinic (regarded as a “medical scam” by some – see Natural News). My results showed a poor bone density – which I found surprising, as I do regular weight bearing exercise – but because of the results I resigned myself to taking calcium and vitamin D supplements.
After using them for a year, I was experiencing aches and pains in my joints that I’d never had before and felt generally dreadful, so I sent my hair in for analysis. The results of my test showed a huge excess of calcium over magnesium, with the following comments:
“Magnesium deficiency relative to calcium indicates poor calcium usage. This patient’s pattern indicates that a tendency exists for calcium deposition into the soft tissues, including the arteries, urinary tract, gall bladder and for the development of osteoarthritis. This patient should avoid calcium and vitamin D supplements.”
For goodness sake – even Google knows , I did a search on “calcium for osteoporosis” in the Google keywords tool, and it returned me several references about magnesium!
In my next article I will follow this theme up by commenting on dietary calcium, and also mention some of the other “bone nutrients” – particularly magnesium.
In the meantime, don’t change any prescribed medication without consulting your GP, but you may wish to avail yourself of a Hair Mineral Analysis test to check if YOUR calcium is being absorbed or “dumped”. You may find you have no need for calcium.
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Joy is a fully qualified nutritionist since 2000, she prefers to use Hair Mineral Analysis to assess her clients' health needs because it is an objective, scientifically validated method that is tailored to each client's current bodily state. You can find more information on http://hairmineralanalysisreview.com/
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