Bone density alert: Are calcium supplements increasing your breast cancer risk?

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calcium-pills(NaturalHealth365)  Most people think that calcium supplementation will help to improve bone density and reduce the risk of disease.  But, quite frankly, the opposite is true.  In fact, this ‘therapy’ for poor bone density increases the risk of cancer.

Did you know that breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women, second only to cardiovascular issues, such as heart attack associated with coronary artery disease?

This fact is nothing new. Why, then, is the mainstream medical establishment continuing to promote (in a big way) procedures and treatments that has been known to increase the risk of heart attack by 24-86% and increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer more than two-fold? (I’m talking about calcium supplementation ‘therapy’)

Osteoporosis: The disease that isn’t

In the mid-90’s, the World Health Organization (WHO) took the stance that “normal” bone density for all women should be as dense as a healthy 30-year-old female. Common sense would dictate, however, that a 75-year-body, for example, doesn’t operate the same as a 30-year-old body. Outside of science fiction, when has that ever not been true for any of the women that you know and love?

Putting common sense aside, the WHO went ahead and labeled “Bone Mineral Density Deficiency (Osteoporosis and Osteopenia)” as a disease, much like menopause was once defined as a “disease.” When menopause was labeled as such, this classification meant that women needed another medical intervention to “rescue” them. They were prescribed synthetic hormones that now are known to cause heart disease, stokes and cancer.

This is just what is happening with the “new” disease of osteoporosis.

The harmful effects of conventional osteoporosis therapies

The labeling of osteoporosis as a disease gave companies the incentive to jump on the bandwagon and promote bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax and Prolia. And the unsuspecting and well-intentioned consumer, at the suggestion of their doctor, began ingesting 1000 mg or more of inorganic calcium daily, when a mere 500 mg (without the proper co-factors of vitamins D and K) has been shown to calcify arteries and increase the risk of heart attack.

Thank goodness there are professionals in the mainstream medical community that have continued to question the wisdom of this course of action. Dr. Michael McClung, director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center, is one medical professional who is has been very critical of the “disease category” osteopenia – said to be a precursor to Osteoporosis.

”We have medicalized a non-problem,” says McClung.

In the meantime, the prescribing of bone-building drugs continues. Here is a list of some of the possible side effects of drugs like Fosamax:

  • Dizziness
  • Mild bradycardia
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Pulmonary blood clots
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Loosening of a tooth
  • Depression
  • Shortness of breath
  • Low blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Irritation of pain of the esophagus
  • Bone, joint or muscle pain, severe and occasionally incapacitating
  • Hip fractures

Bone density does not equal bone strength

A recent study published in The Breast Journal revealed that lower bone density in older women was associated with lower breast cancer risk.

’That just doesn’t make sense!’ you may say – right? It does, however, when you distinguish between bone density and bone strength.

Many flaws exist in typical bone density scans. Most of the time, these scans measure density only, not bone strength. Bone is living tissue. It bends, flexes and adapts to external stressors.

Let’s take a look at glass compared to wood for an example. Glass is very dense, but it is also very brittle. Drop even a sturdy glass cup onto a cement floor and it will shatter into a million pieces.

Wood, on the other hand, is closer in nature to human bones. It is less dense, but it is extremely strong. It is capable of withstanding falls and bumps without shattering. Drop a wooden bowl off a table and you might get a splinter, but the bowl itself will most likely stay intact.

The lesson here: Having “high” bone density – which mega-doses of inorganic calcium and drugs like Flosamax promote – can cause bones to become very brittle and may actually increase the risk of fracture in a real-life scenario like a fall.

The natural way to look at osteoporosis

If there truly is a problem with osteoporosis, then getting to the root of the problem is key. And to do that, simply look at your diet.

Most people have very acidic diets that put a strain on the alkaline balance of the body. In its infinite intelligence, the body will try to neutralize the effect of acidic tissues by pulling minerals from the bones and teeth.

Focus on a diet that is 80% raw and alkaline to rebuild your mineral stores and to ensure strong bones.

The moral of the story is: ‘Don’t fool with Mother Nature.’ Your body knows best. If you have brittle bones, this may be your body letting you know it’s time to alkalize your body by adjusting your diet and your lifestyle.

Make informed decisions about your health, especially when it comes to chemical and synthetic drugs or supplements.

About the Author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit: BreastCancerConqueror.com

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12667548
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17049767
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23406171
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/mht-fact-sheet
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/new-cautions-about-long-term-use-of-bone-drugs/?_r=0

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  • Wendy Allen

    Hi, Osteoporosis can be due to Celiac, in which gluten may lower minerals absorbed like Ca/Mg/K etc. 100% no gluten may help and bioidentical hormones..estriol/progesterone/testosterone and taking Potassium citrate/Mg citrate/Zinc picolinate and more, Osteoprocare (Ca/Mg and cofactors), Vit B12 methylcobalamin which helps Osteoblasts that build bone, 5000IU of Vit D3/sunlight/exercise/ Vit C and Si which helps connective tissues and more may help the bones.

    What I do for my Celiac which helps my bones and much more:

    No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, fish oil 2000mg, 20000mg of evening primrose oil. 2000 mg of lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE or krill oil, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/ and more health issues. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid.

    Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

    EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, zeolites, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

    LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no gluten..no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten.

    Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

  • David_R59

    A useless article; kind of leaves you hanging.
    “Calcium supplements”, does that mean ANY & ALL calcium supplements such as Coral Calcium and calcium/magnesium supplements?