Bone density alert: Are calcium supplements increasing your breast cancer risk?
(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.
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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:
- Mild bradycardia
- Heart arrhythmias
- Pulmonary blood clots
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Loosening of a tooth
- 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