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Top 5 Questions About Calcium

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Did you know that calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body?

Today, as a follow up to my last article about calcium, I’ll answer the top five questions about this essential mineral.

Let’s get started…

1. What’s the difference between organic and inorganic calcium?

It has to do with what could be called the Circle of Life. Here’s how it works. The earth’s crust contains calcium, found in rocks such as granite and limestone. The inorganic calcium and other minerals are absorbed by plants, converting the inorganic minerals into organic elements that the body can utilize.

There’s a good reason why Popeye ate spinach and not nails! He couldn’t have digested and absorbed any of the iron found in nails. We can’t reap the benefits of calcium from rocks because the cells don’t recognize it as a viable life-giving element. This explains the health problems caused by taking inorganic calcium supplements and why you don’t need to worry about that if you take an organic calcium supplement, such as TrueOsteo.


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2. How much calcium do I need to take?

The answer is: it depends. Because not all types of calcium are utilized by the body equally. In other words, it has to do with bioavailability. So if you take a highly bioavailable calcium, you can take less than if you take for example, calcium carbonate, which is inorganic. You’re always better off erring on the low side, especially if you take inorganic calcium.

For example, TrueOsteo, you’ll take four capsules a day (two capsules with one meal, then two capsules with another meal) and get 790 mg of calcium a day. This is an ideal calcium dosage. It’s also a great idea to eat calcium-rich Foundation Foods, such as cabbage, broccoli, and lima beans – to name a few.

3. Are coral calcium and calcium in eggshells organic?

Since coral is a living organism, it would be logical to assume that the calcium found in coral is also organic. However, it’s not. As is the case with egg shells (and all mollusks), both are made of inorganic calcium carbonate. You’re better off taking an organic calcium supplement.

4. Is amino-acid chelated calcium organic or inorganic?

Chelation is a process by which the mineral molecule – in this case calcium – is bound to an amino-acid, so the digestive system recognizes it as food. Calcium aspartate, calcium citrate malate and calcium gluconate are examples of amino- acid chelated calcium typically found in supplements. They are a good second choice, following organic calcium, such as the kind found in TrueOsteo, as the first choice.

5. Can I get all the calcium I need from foods?

It’s a great idea to get extra calcium from foods, but it’s very difficult to get to the desirable calcium levels without using supplements as a baseline. What’s so good about getting calcium from foods is that they also typically contain other valuable nutrients.

For example almonds, one of the Foundation Foods listed in the Save Our Bones Program, are an excellent source of several Foundation Supplements, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, copper and silicon. In other words, most foods don’t contain one mineral or vitamin in isolation.

Likewise, the best way to take calcium is together with other bone-healthy nutrients, such as Magnesium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, Vitamin C, all of which are present in TrueOsteo.

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Till next time,

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  1. Dora September 24, 2013, 5:51 pm

    What’s the difference between TrueOsteo with AlgeaCal and New Chapter Take Care with TargetCal?
    Both have organic calcium from algae and both come with vitamins.
    Are both equally good? And again, are we taking too much if we also take multivitamins?

    Thanks!

    Dora

  2. Dora September 24, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Hi, Vivian,

    I have a questions about organic calcium intake plus multivitamins.

    It seems that OsteoCal as well as TargetCal from Bone Strength Take Care come with organic calcium plus vitamins such as K1, K2, magnasium, silica, etc.

    Now can we take multivitamins if we take organic calcium that comes also with several vitamins? Are we taking too much or overdosing on vitamins?

    Thanks

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  4. Geraldine Pontefract May 6, 2013, 7:28 am

    I ordered a year’s supply of TrueOsteo recently. I live in the UK, and was disappointed to find they will not deliver it until I pay £30 import duty. Just to clarify for any other UK citizens who follow Saveourbones. I have now paid the tax and am looking forward to receiving my order!!

  5. Mara Griffin February 6, 2013, 12:32 pm

    Vivian – I understand that AlgaeCal Plus (minus the strontium) is still a good product, correct? What I liked about AlgaeCal is that is easy to swallow. Why doesn’t the TrueOsteo Website give you an indication of how large these capsules are because I really have trouble swallowing large capsules and you have to take 4 of them a day!

  6. Ellen Foltz January 10, 2013, 12:19 pm

    I have read that collagen which makes up 30% of our bones ,could be as important as calcium in building bones.Is it possible to improve our collagen intake.Do you have any articles addressing the topic of collagen?
    Thank you!

    • Customer Support January 10, 2013, 3:46 pm

      Ellen, feel free to use the search feature at the top of the page – simply type in “collagen” and you will be given a list of all articles Vivian has written on the subject. :)

  7. Leslie (Ms. L.) December 19, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    What Kind Of Calcium Should I Be Taking? And What Other Vitamins Should Be In The Calcium That Are Good For Your Bones?

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO! AND KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL RESEARCH YOU ARE DOING TO HELP PEOPLE SAVE THEIR BONES!

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L.)

  8. Leslie Mason December 17, 2012, 9:02 am

    Have you done any research on the role of elemental strontium in bone health?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 10, 2013, 3:49 pm

      Hi Leslie, most of the algae-based calcium supplements do contain a small amount of strontium that is actually part of the algae, but that’s ok. We have a small amount of strontium circulating in our blood (around 350 mg), and the amounts in most algae-based calcium formulas won’t make a difference. What I do not recommend is a separate, additional strontium supplement.

      You might enjoy reading my blog post on strontium! Here is a link:
      http://saveourbones.com/strontium-demistyfied/

  9. judith hannant September 26, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Dear Vivian,
    I started taking the TrueOsteo about three weeks ago and have become so very constipated. Can you tell me how much magnesium i should add to this formula as well a zinc. And, what about copper to balance the zinc?

  10. Liz September 14, 2012, 1:15 pm

    I am not familiar with any of the calcium supplement a lot of you had mentioned. Maybe in Canada we use different types of supplements. If that is so, I wondered if the one I take CALTRATE-PLUS is any good and does it really work. I also this a magnesium supplement with the Caltrate-Plus. Am I just wasting money.

  11. gerald September 9, 2012, 9:51 am

    I have been a coeliac for 10years and have taken alendronic acid for 9 years also take calcium carbonate, i have now stopped ALENDRONIC a month ago (my decision) could i have your comments, thanks.

  12. Andrea September 7, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Can you explain why TrueOsteo has so many other minerals in it? I thought they competed with Calcium for absorption and should be taken separately.

  13. Nina September 4, 2012, 7:00 pm

    In light of the widespread radioactive contamination in Japan after the Tsunami compromised their atomic power plant, I will not consume ANY edible products from Japan or the oceans off their coast. The K2 in the TrueOsteo comes from Japan. This is a concern to me as I don’t need to add anything dangerous or harmful to my diet. What is your response to this concern please?

  14. Jeannette Weiss September 3, 2012, 9:10 pm

    I am hypothyroid and was told to stay away from any kind of soy product. Isn’t K2 made from soy? Can I take the calcium recommended by this program?
    Jeannette

  15. Suzan Lowitz September 1, 2012, 5:30 pm

    While I liked the product enough to order it and give it a try, this entry is less informative than it is an ad for True Osteo. I would appreciate less product promotion and more hard information. Thank you.

  16. Jackie Waite August 31, 2012, 12:00 pm

    I reiterate from another post. This organic plant based calcium is just too darn expensive and their website tells us not to order any other kind because if just isn’t real plant based. Vivian, please recommend plant based calcium in our local health food stores that isn’t costing us so much. I simply can’t afford this brand.

  17. Joanne August 30, 2012, 9:06 pm

    I have the “Save our Bones Program”. However, I would like the exercise
    information you have written. I do not use technology and I noticed it is
    and ebook. Do you have it in a regular book form?

  18. Louis August 28, 2012, 12:15 pm

    RE Question #4
    “Calcium aspartate, calcium citrate malate and calcium gluconate are examples of AMINO-ACID CHELATED calcium typically found in supplements.”

    Although Aspartic, Citric-Malic, and Gluconic acids may form complexes with Calcium approaching true chelates; ONLY aspartic is an amino acid.

    Calcium aspartate, calcium citrate-malate and calcium gluconate are examples of CHELATED CALCIUM SALTS typically found in supplements [would be more appropriate]

  19. Ellen Foltz August 28, 2012, 11:40 am

    Hi Vivian, i am taking a calcium called CORAL COMPLEX. it is made from above water dead coral so it is not harming the live coral BUT- is it organic?It It has all the essential minerals too- boron, manganese, zinc etc?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 3:24 pm

      As I wrote in Q&A #3:
      “Since coral is a living organism, it would be logical to assume that the calcium found in coral is also organic. However, it’s not. As is the case with egg shells (and all mollusks), both are made of inorganic calcium carbonate.”

  20. JenaC August 28, 2012, 2:38 am

    I am confused as to the effect oxalates have on calcium absorption. Your book recommends a high vegetable and fruit diet and yet many fruits and vegetables have a high oxalate content which, as I understand it, can impede the absorption of calcium in the bones…what to do? Would you please explain and if there are high oxalate foods we should avoid, would you please list them?
    Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 11:13 am

      Many of the healthiest foods contain small amounts of oxalates, and I don’t recommend to stop eating them. Berries, leafy greens, nuts and seeds and even chocolate contain oxalates. The key is to eat a varied and pH balnced diet that promotes calcium retention.

  21. Georgina Seymour August 28, 2012, 1:23 am

    I have been told to take Vit D as I am low in it. I drink a lot of milk and eat plain yoghurt so though this would suffice but I have since learned that this is not so and that I need calcium with the vit. D. I do take magnesium but vit K??? Why is this necessary please?
    Thanks for all the education you have given me thus far.

    Regards, Georgina

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 11:16 am

      You shouldn’t drink pasteurized homogenized cow’s milk. It sounds as though you didn’t read these blog posts yet. Here they are:

      http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/

      http://saveourbones.com/are-they-right-about-milk/

      And for info on Vitamin K, read this:

      http://saveourbones.com/vitamin-k-osteoporosis/

    • Annie August 28, 2012, 2:38 am

      I always wonder why Vivian does not answer these types of questions, or she does not know!!

      That said, Georgina ,
      You really need K2-MK4, as it takes the calcium to your bones and NOT your Arteries.
      K2 MK4 has a short shelve life in the body, about 5 hours.
      You would want to take it during a meal, with a little healthy fat. About twice aday..

      K2-MK7 that is in the vitamin that Vivian is talking about, last a few days in the body, and should not be taken everyday. If you take too much K2 MK7, you can get a irregular heartbeat.
      Although, I think “True Osteo” does not have enough of anything in it to do much good, and it is Pricey!

      We need D3, about 5000iu aday..
      Take Half the amount of Magnesium, to the amount of calcium you take.

      Btw, I take a liquid K2 MK4,as you can regulate how much your taking..

      • Annie August 28, 2012, 2:40 am

        Just want to say, K2 MK7 is less expensive then K2 MK4.
        That might be the reason it is not in this vitamin!!!

  22. Janet August 28, 2012, 12:05 am

    Why is the magnesium dose so low in the Trueosteo suplement? I thought it was suppose to be half the calcium intake. Thanks-

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 11:20 am

      It’s easy to make up for the lower magnesium levels by taking a supplement that contains other vitamins and minerals not present in TrueOsteo, and making sure that it also contains magnesium.

  23. Elinor Mavor August 27, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Hi Vivian,

    I follow you religiously, but I stopped taking Strontium on your advice a long time ago, and now you are promoting TrueOsteo which has as one of its ingredients, Strontium! Why are you promoting this now? I am convinced that Strontium is NOT good for you, as you yourself explained and I will not be taking this product.

    Thanks for a clarification.

    Elinor

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 11:21 am

      The tiny amount of strontium naturally found in TrueOsteo is negligible, Elinor.

  24. Ruth August 27, 2012, 7:54 pm

    hiHhi vvvvvv

    • Jean LaBarr August 27, 2012, 8:03 pm

      I just heard tonight from my neighbor that if you have arthritis, you shouldn’t take calcium supplements. Is this true. I never heard of this before.

      Jean LaBarr

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 11:22 am

        Taking inorganic calcium, especially in large amounts, can mimic arthritis symptoms, basically “fossilizing” the body.

        • Bettie November 26, 2012, 2:44 pm

          Is is still ok to just take the Algae-Cal plus instead of the True-Osteo? Doesn’t it work just as well?

          • Pat March 5, 2014, 6:36 pm

            I too would like to know if taking AlgaeCal Plus is as good as True Osteo and if not why?
            Also I can open capsules with Algae Caland put into food . Can this be done with True Osteo

  25. Dee August 27, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Hi all, I take Aquamins from Swansons vitamins and it is a veggie capsule from seaweed.However it says calcium carbonate on the bottle. How can seaweed be calcium carbonate?

  26. Mary Kay McCarty August 27, 2012, 6:41 pm

    my doctor wants me to starts injections of the drug Prolia twice a year,
    I fell snowskiing 35 years ago and hit my basic ganglia and sustained
    a major movement disorder, spastic torticollis, and mine is very painful,
    using drugs to slow down the contractions and in 1987 started botox injections, it was a miracle for me to have a better quality of life, I do
    not want to take the injection of Prolia, I feel it might upset the antibodies of the botos, and there are strong side effects of pain and possibly jaw infections. What do you know about this drug?

  27. Pam August 27, 2012, 5:38 pm

    What do you recommend for someone that can’t take calcium supplements anymore. I took them for years and now my body won’t tolerate them. I’ve tried all the different forms. I get a gut ache from all of them. I presently have diagnosed with osteoporosis. Thank you- Pam

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 28, 2012, 11:25 am

      Try to eat as many calcium containing foods as possible, and take the supplements that work synergistically with it, such as Vitamin D and magnesium.

  28. Shula August 27, 2012, 4:18 pm

    Thanks, Shula

  29. Catherine Sweeney August 27, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Vivian, your support use of True Osteo. What about women like me who cannot have the Vitamin K2? I am on warfarin for my heart issues. My cardiologist also does not wnat me to take calcium supplements at all. Calcium in food sources are ok. Milk, chesse, occasional broccoli etc. Is True Osteo as harmful & life threatening to your heart as regular calcium supplements?

    Thank You,
    Cathy Sweeney

  30. Leslie (Ms. L.) August 27, 2012, 1:50 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You VERY MUCH For Your Advice In This Article. It Was Very Helpful!

    I Wish You All The Best!

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L.)

  31. Lynda Brunais August 27, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the information Vivian. I have been using oceans greens calcium plus. Its a whole food algae calcium with vitamins D3 and K2. I bought this product at the Better Health store. Contains naturally occurring minerals. I take one in morning then one at lunch, and one at dinner.The name on the bottle is Sunny Green. Thanks again, for all the updates on calcium.

    Lynda

  32. melba August 27, 2012, 12:09 pm

    i need in spanish do not speech english and is very necessary. thanks

  33. miriam August 27, 2012, 11:59 am

    I take Strong Bones for Calcium, Mg, and other trace elements. How does this compare to TrueOsteo? Thanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 27, 2012, 12:21 pm

      If you’re referring to Strong Bones with Metamucil, here are the ingredients:

      Metamucil Strong Bones Capsules Ingredients

      Psyllium Husk, Calcium Carbonate, Gelatin, Crospovidone, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 80, Caramel Color, Red 40 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake

      As you can see, the calcium is inorganic, plus it contains artificial colorants and other chemicals. And no magnesium.

  34. Lorie Andrews August 27, 2012, 11:51 am

    Right now I started taking a supplement called “Bone Up” made by the Jarrow Company, but says I should take six, I don’t seems to much, any advise on this supplement?

  35. Lorie Andrews August 27, 2012, 11:47 am

    Evry time I take a calicum supplement I get sleepy, and during the day I’am busy, also when I take a calcium with magnisuim with Citrate I get a little bit of a rapid heartbeat. Would like to know why? Thanks
    Lorie

    • LynnCS August 27, 2012, 2:00 pm

      I take my magnesium at night before sleeping. It is a calmer and makes me sleepy. That’s a good thing for nighttime but when I didn’t know that, I got sleepy during the day and thought something else was wrong with me. I am also susceptible to things giving me a rapid heartbeat so my way to check that is to take things separately till I figure out what it is. It could be something other than the calcium or the mag. Maybe even the fillers. My doc wants me to take K2 and D3 separately and not Calcium. For today I am not taking it. I do eat a high calcium diet. Lots of greens etc. HE says that we get enough calcium from our type of diet and that taking calcium doesn’t save bones, but K2 and D3 does. Honestly, I have taken a Ca mag supplement with boron for my whole adult life. I am 73 and still have osteoporosis. I do want to get a new bone density test to see if there has been improvement. Daily exercise is an important but not so sure those scans tell us that much either. I’m still trying to figure it all out. Hard to know what is actually right.

      • LynnCS August 27, 2012, 2:05 pm

        Just a little further explanation about my doctors views. HE says, and I read it elsewhere too, that eating a high fruits and vegetable diet, keeps the protein low and that maintains the bone calcium. That makes sense to me. I had to get educated and the protein causing the acidosis which removes calcium from the bone to balance the blood, etc, issue. Now I don’t explain it well, but I finally understand that keeping bone starts with a low protein, high vegan diet full of fresh raw fruits and vegis….FOR ME!!

  36. Judy August 27, 2012, 10:31 am

    Everytime I have taken calcium I get constipated so bad I don’t even have the feelings of having to go. I have tried every kind with magnesium and other combos. I quit taking cal. and try and eat better foods.
    Even with taking a fiber drink it does not help at the time.

    • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 11:48 am

      I SUGGEST YOU SEE A NATUROPATHIC OR COMPLEMENTARY DOCTOR. DONT JUST TAKE LAXATIVES WITHOUT A DIAGNOSIS. GET A DIAGNOSIS. MEANWHILE EAT LOTS OF PRUNES OR TRY EVEN MORE MAGNESIUM… AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER AND MAYBE HERBAL LAXATIVE TEAS MEANWHILE….AND I’D SEE A NATURAL HEALER, IF I WERE YOU. AND DONT EAT REFINED GRAIN PRODUCTS…LIKE WHITE RICE, WHITE BREAD OR WHITE PASTA ETC.THEY ARE CONSTIPATING. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. I HOPE YOU FIND THE CAUSE AND CORRECT IT SOON.

      • Annie August 28, 2012, 2:53 am

        ESTELLE,
        Could you Please turn off your Caps.
        It is hard to read your reply with your Caps on..

  37. Patricia August 27, 2012, 9:10 am

    I purchased the product marine d3 you talked about and have now purchased the TriOsteo product. Is it ok to take both?

  38. Paul August 27, 2012, 8:39 am

    What about the recent articles regarding calcium supplements causing calcification of the heart in women?

  39. Denise August 27, 2012, 8:30 am

    Vivian,

    I have been taking AlgeaCal for the past yr or so and now you are introducing this new supplement, TrueOsteo. Which one is better?

    Thank you,
    Denise

    • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 1:07 pm

      I BOUGHT TRUEOSTEO AND NOTICED THAT IT CONTAINS ALGAECAL, (FORM OF CALCIUM,) PLUS OTHER NUTRIENTS. IT DOES NOT HAVE ZINC OR PHOSPHORUS OR STRONTIUM, BUT IT DOES HAVE A LITTLE MK7…22.5MCG IN 2 CAPSULES…THEY SAY YOU NEED 4CAPS PER DAY = 45MCG PER DAY..K2 AS MK7 ONLY..PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH. AND NO MK4 OR K1. COMPARE IT WITH THE FOLLOWING: I TAKE
      “SUPER K” FROM LIFE EXTENSION WHICH CONTAINS ALL THE K’S INCLUDING 100MCG OF MK7 IN ONE GELCAP PER DAY.
      BY THE WAY, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION. ITS A NON-PROFIT RESEARCH COMPANY AND THE PEOPLE ARE THE BEST. THEY FOCUS ON NATURAL ANTI-AGING. MEMBERSHIP HAS GREAT, GENEROUS BENEFITS, INCLUDING FREE PHONE CONSULTS WITH NATUROPATHIC OR COMPLEMENTARY DOCTORS AND HEALTH ADVISORS, MONTHLY MAGAZINES WITH THE LATEST NATURAL HEALTH INFO AND WARNINGS ABOUT DANGEROUS DRUGS AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES ETC, AND MORE BENEFITS AND DISCOUNTS ON SUPPLEMENTS AND BLOOD TESTS…AND MORE. VERY GENEROUS AND AFFORDABLE AND CARING HELPFUL PEOPLE. CHECK IT OUT. LEF.ORG. YOU CAN TELL THEM ESTELLE OGUS REFERRED YOU. I’M A MEMBER FOR A FEW YEARS.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 27, 2012, 12:11 pm

      True Osteo actually contains Algaecal. It also has other natural herbal ingredients that aren’t present in Algaecal Plus.

  40. R. Mackay August 27, 2012, 8:14 am

    Does anyone know if the Calcium in food grade Diatomaceous Earth is organic or inorganic? Thank you.

    • Diane Martinson August 27, 2012, 10:25 am

      That’s a natural pesticide, we have it in a bag to sprinkle around for ants and spiders, what does it have to do with a calcium supplement for osteoporosis?

      Diane

      • Mary August 30, 2012, 12:30 am

        There are many great uses for Diatomaceous Earth, besides using it for pest control. It’s not considered a TOXIC pesticide and is safe if used with care. It’s very fine so be careful not to allow your pets or yourself to breath it in to your lungs. It has 15 minerals, and is Silica which are all good for the human body. If interested in learning more about the many benefits of Diatomaceous Earth, use the link I have included. We use this for many things in our home and would not be without it. I was first introduced to it’s benefits by my dogs Holistic Veterinarian.

        http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_human_use.html

  41. Nu Ly August 27, 2012, 7:25 am

    Thank you for all informations about calcium.

    I use USANA ‘Active Calcium ” for 12 years, it has agent in Australia.
    so I don’t want to change another brand.

    My friend said, she doesn’t need the Save Our Bones Programs, she has no
    osteoprosis, according to the X-Ray. Thank you.

  42. Nancy Houser August 27, 2012, 6:58 am

    I take something call Bone Growth System by Garden of Life and in it is raw calcium and I would like to know you thoughts on that.
    Thank you, Nancy

  43. Ann August 27, 2012, 6:09 am

    I joined Save Our Bones about two years ago. A lot has changed since then. Are there any printed
    Materials to replace or supplement the original book I received?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 27, 2012, 12:09 pm

      Please read my answer to Estelle, Ann.

    • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 11:23 am

      VIVIAN, ARE YOU GOING TO REVISE YOUR SAVEOURBONES PROGRAM BOOK PERIODICALLY,TO ADD NEW RESEARCH FINDINGS? PERHAPS YOU COULD PUBLISH A SMALL ADDITION YEARLY TO UPDATE AND ADD TO THIS BOOK, SO THAT WE DONT HAVE TO BUY ANOTHER BIG EXPENSIVE BOOK EACH TIME. PLEASE CONSIDER IT. IT COULD MAYBE BE CALLED “THIS YEARS UPDATES OF NEW RESEARCH” OR “2012 ADDENDUM TO SAVE OUR BONES PROGRAM” . WE NEED TO KEEP UP TO DATE.
      THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT NEWSLETTERS AND GENEROUS INFORMATION AND CARING…AND YOUR COMMUNITY FORUM….AND FOR EXPOSING DANGEROUS DRUGS.
      BY THE WAY, I WANT TO RECOMMEND A GREAT BOOK I FOUND RECENTLY ABOUT BAD EFFECTS OF MANY DRUGS..WHAT NUTRIENTS THEY DEPLETE WHICH CAUSES OTHERDISEASES AND HOW TO REPLENISH VITAL NUTRIENTS THAT DRUGS CAUSE. ITS CALLED “DRUG MUGGERS” BY SUZY COHEN. VERY GOOD BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO TAKE DRUGS RATHER THAN NATURAL ALTERNATIVES.OR IF YOU HAVE TO TAKE DRUGS AS A LAST RESORT. SHE ALSO HAS YOU TUBE VIDEOS, AND 2 WEBSITES: SUZYCOHEN.COM AND DEARPHARMICIST.COM. SHE’S A PHARMACIST AND SPECIALIZES IN NATURAL HEALING, AND ALSO WARNS ABOUT DANGEROUS DRUGS, AND HAS A BOOK, “DIAETES WITHOUT DRUGS”. SHE HAS A CARING AND COMPETENT EASY TO READ WRITING STYLE. CHECK HER OUT. AMONG OTHER THINGS, SHE SAYS MANY (MAYBE ALL) BISPHOSPHONATE DRUGS THAT ARE PRESCRIBED BY CONVENTIONAL DOCTORS, ACTUALLY DEPLETE CALCIUM!!!CAN YOU IMAGINE???!!! MANY DRUGS DEPLETE CALCIUM, BUT EVEN DRUGS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO HELP PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS!!!OFTEN DOCTORS CAN BE DANGEROUS! I CALL A SPADE A SPADE. BE WARNED. DO YOUR READING. NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS, COMPLEMENTARY DOCTORS AND ALTERNATIVE NUTRITIONISTS ARE THE BEST TO CONSULT OR READ…INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO VIVIAN. ENOUGH OF POLITICALLY CORRECT COVERT POLITE DOWNPLAYING OF THESE DANGERS! TRUTH HEALS, BUT BEFORE IT DOES, IT MIGHT MAKE YOU ANGRY. CHANGE IS URGENTLY NEEDED IN CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE. ITS ALREADY HAPPENING. GET WITH IT. THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO DANGEROUS DRUGS AND DOCTORS WHO PRESCRIBE THEM. SEEK AND THOU SHALT FIND.DO YOURSELF A GREAT FAVOR: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH. DONT PLAY POWERLESS. DONT BLINDLY TRUST YOUR DOCTOR AND THE DRUG COMPANIES.THAT’S MY ADVICE BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND READING MANY NUTRITIONISTS, COMPLEMENTARY DOCTORS, AND OTHER NATURAL HEALERS, AND SUZY COHEN…AND VIVIAN. BEST TO EVERYONE.

      • Isha August 29, 2012, 10:50 am

        Estelle, can you please turn off your caps lock when you type, as most of us find your comments impossible to read.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 27, 2012, 12:08 pm

        Thanks for sharing this info, Suzy. By the way, I post updates on new drugs and osteoporosis news on this blog. So feel free use the Search option at the top right to find your topic of interest :)

  44. Ken Chuan August 27, 2012, 6:00 am

    Any thing to do with calcium supplement when kidney stones are detected.

    • ranouka beharrysingh August 28, 2012, 12:02 am

      I am learning a lot about bone maintainance.

    • Diane Martinson August 27, 2012, 10:23 am

      My daughter needs an answer to that question too, does the calcium from algae cause them too?

      • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 1:56 pm

        IF YOU TAKE ENOUGH MAGNESIUM – MALATE OR -GLYCINATE OR TAURATE FORMS…NOT OXIDE FORM,…WITH A GOOD CALCIUM FORMULA, YOU CAN PREVENT CALCIFICATION OF BLOOD VESSELS, SOFT TISSUE AND KIDNEY STONES, AND IT HELPS BONE STRENGTH ALSO, AND HELPS PREVENT HEART ATTACK AND STIFFNESS AND TENSION IN MUSCLES…ACCORDING TO THIS GOOD BOOK CALLED “MAGNESIUM MIRACLE. MAYBE HAS “THE” IN THE TITLE. MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY IS COMMON WORDWIDE BECAUSE OF SOIL DEPLETION DUE TO MODERN NON-ORGANIC FARMING METHODS, AND I NOTICED THERE’S NOT ENOUGH IN MANY MULTI’S AND BONE FORMULAS. THE BEST FORMS OF MAGNESIUM ARE -MALATE, -GLYCINATE, TAURATE AND NOT -HYDROXIDE OR -OXIDE. BEST TO TAKE CHAELATES. IE BOUND TO AN AMINO ACID OR TWO, AS ARE SOME OF THESE I JUST MENTIONED. GLOBALLIGHT.NET GIVES OUT ONE FREE CD ABOUT AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DOCTOR AUTHOR OF “THE MAGNESIUM MIRACLE” BOOK.THEY HAVE A SECOND CD ABOUT MAGNESIUM WHICH COSTS ABOUT 79c. BOTH HAVE GOOD INFO. I got both.

  45. Ann T August 27, 2012, 5:50 am

    Dear Vivian,

    As I am very impressed with all that I have read about TrueOsteo however I need to know before ordering if the capsules are a vegetarian product? Surprisingly, I could not find this information amongst all that has been written so could you please inform me.

    Many Thanks

    Ann

  46. ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 4:38 am

    TO VIVIAN,I JUST CAREFULLY WROTE SOME DETAILED SUGGESTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND AFTER POSTING IT, &GOT A MESSAGE BACK SAYING “DUPLICATE COMMENT. LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE ALREADY POSTED THAT” WHICH IS NOT TRUE. I BELIEVE YOUR AUTOMATIC DETECTION DEVICE EXCLUDED SOME IMPORTANT SUGGESTIONS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT BONE BUILDING. IT PROBABLY JUST DETECTS KEY WORDS. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS. THANKS FOR YOUR INFO.I WONDER IF YOU GOT TO READ IT. THANKS

  47. ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 4:32 am

    THANKS VIVIAN FOR YOUR INFO ABOUT ORGANIC CALCIUM AND OTHER NUTRIENTS NEEDED TO BUILD BONE. DID YOU FORGET ABOUT ZINC? I KNOW FROM OTHER SOURCES THAT ZINC IS NEEDED ALSO. OTHER BONE BUILDING FORMULAS CONTAIN ZINC & OTHER SOURCES SAY ZINC IS NEEDED ALSO. I BOUGHT 3 BOTTLES OF TRUEOSTEO AND SEE THAT IT LACKS ZINC. I TAKE ZINC FROM OTHER SUPPLEMENTS….NEEDED FOR THYROID AND IMMUNE STRENGTH TOO. I THOUGHT YOUR FANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ZINC FOR BONE BUILDING.
    I HAVE A SISTER IN ANOTHER COUNTRY AND REQUEST THAT YOU GIVE YOUR INTERNATIONAL FANS OTHER GOOD SOURCES OF ORGANIC CALCIUM, SINCE THEY CANT GET TRUOSTEO. NON-AMERICANS DESERVE HELP ALSO. HOW ABOUT LOTS OF DARK GREEN LEAFY SALAD GREENS,CHLORELLA, SPIRULINA, BLUE GREEN ALGAE? HOW MUCH OF THESE ARE ENOUGH FOR BONE BUILDING FOR POST MENOPAUSAL WOMEN AND OSTEOPOROTIC WOMEN?AND WHAT ABOUT THE LAXATIVE EFFECTS OF TOO MUCH SPIRULINA? (ESPECIALLY AT THE BEGINNING) THANKS ESTELLE

    • Nina September 4, 2012, 6:53 pm

      ESTELLE-PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP POSTING COMMENTS WITH ALL CAPS. IT IS HARD TO READ AND IS CONSIDERED IN INTERNET ETTIQUETTE TO BE RUDE AND THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING AT PEOPLE. YOU’VE BEEN ASKED TO STOP THIS AT LEAST THREE TIMES! TIME TO TURN OFF CAPS LOCK NOW.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 27, 2012, 12:05 pm

      Zinc is a Foundation Supplement, so make sure your multivitamin supplement has zinc in it :)

      • LynnCS August 27, 2012, 2:17 pm

        Vivian. For the sake of erring on the side of getting it naturally, isn’t the supplement amt. abt. 15 mgs? I have seen that a handfull of some seeds, mushrooms, peas and beans, sunflower, pumpkin seeds or nuts, raw unpasteurized of course, a day will suffice. I love a combo of those things in a salad, What do you think?

  48. Feona August 27, 2012, 4:13 am

    This is just another ad for TrueOsteo, disguised as editorial.

    • wilda August 27, 2012, 5:29 am

      Yes it is a another go at advertising TrueOsteo, which is somewhat surprising, considering that when I emailed the site a year or so back asking to be reminded of the name of a certain organic calcium supplement, I was told that Vivian didn’t recommend any one supplement. I was given the names of several suppliers.

      On the other hand, is Vivian perhaps now concerned that so many people have been encouraged to take quite a high dose of calcium in her previous recommendations that she feels obliged to steer them towards what is now believed to be a better dose of a more effective and less harmful product?

      • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 10:38 am

        NEW KNOWLEDGE COMES OUT ALL THE TIME, SO ITS GOOD THAT VIVIAN CHANGES HER MIND WHEN SHE LEARNS OF BETTER PRODUCTS. IF SHE TRUELLY BELIEVES A PRODUCT IS GOOD, OR THE BEST AVAILABLE. I THINK ITS OK TO ADVERTISE IT HERE, AND SHE SHOULD EVEN GET A CUT FROM THEM FOR HER WORK. ITS A WIN WIN WIN FOR ALL CONCERNED. VIVIAN IS VERY GENEROUS AND GIVES A LOT OF GOOD FREE INFO AND SHE IS OBVIOUSLY CARING AND ETHICAL. ADVERTISING A GOOD PRODUCT, IF ITS REALLY GOOD, IS A GOOD THING. BUT I STILL THINK IT SHOULD CONTAIN ZINC. OR TAKE ADDITIONAL ZINC.

        • Meme April 25, 2013, 3:13 am

          Are you a bot?

  49. Erika Chemnitz August 27, 2012, 3:41 am

    Dear Vivian,
    I have an important query regarding calcium phosphate:
    Because I don’t drink tea, coffee or fruit juices (and i dislike herbal teas) I drink about a litre of Rice milk (Vitasoy) per day ‘calcium (phosphate) enriched )which of course is inorganic. The daily dosage is 1200 mg to one litre. There is no rice milk that is palatable without extra calcium.
    I am worried that I might clog up my arteries and am taking Serrapatase to offset the intake.It might sound strange, but I also allow myself a bit of 85 % Organic raw chocolate which – as we know – contains phytates that bind with minerals. In addition to the calcium phosphate in the rice milk
    I am also taking 3 tablets of OSTEOPHASE daily. Question:
    Should I reduce the intake of rice milk? And – is a little bit of Organic Raw Chocolate allowed or a No No ??? (I would like to add that I eat a lot of broccoli and other vegis as well as a massive amount of avocados (I have 18 large trees on my property and thousands of fruit on them).
    Many Thanks, Vivian, for your reply.
    Kindest Wishes
    Erika

    • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 10:02 am

      I THOUGHT THAT SERRAPEPTASE IS A PROTEIN DIGESTING ENZYME THAT DIGESTS CYSTS AND FIBRIN, BUT I GUESS IT DOESNT AFFECT CALCIUM IN ARTERIES OR ANY OTHER ORGAN. AM I WRONG? CAN SOMEONE VERIFY OR REFUTE THIS, PLEASE? I ONLY RECENTLY LEARNED ABOUT IT AND STARTED TAKING IT INSTEAD OF NATTOZYMES WHICH I NEEDED TO GIVE UP WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT IT’S MADE OF SOY WHICH IS GOITROGENIC FOR THYROID PATIENTS, EVEN IF WE TAKE THYROID DRUGS. NATTOZYME THAT IS. DOES SERRAPEPTASE WORK ON CALCIUM?
      I LEARNED THAT ENOUGH CHELATED MAGNESIUM IN SUFFICIENT AMOUNTS…THE MALATE, TAURATE OR GLYCINATE FORMS, OR MAGNESIUM TRANSDERMAL SPRAYS (MAGNESIUM CITRATE MAYBE)OR FLAKES IN BATH WATER OR FOOT BATHS…HELPS PREVENT CALCIFICATION OF BLOOD VESSELS AND SOFT TISSUE ORGANS. BUT IT SEEMS INTUITIVELY BETTER TO RATHER TAKE ORGANIC CALCIUM PLUS A GOOD FORM OF MAGNESIUM.START MAGNESIUM WITH LOW DOSES AND INCREASE GRADUALLY TO ABOUT HALF AS MUCH AS YOUR CALCIUM…TO PREVENT DIARRHOEA. I HAVE LONG AGO CHANGED FROM RICE MILK TO ALMOND MILK AND I TAKE MORE MAGNESIUM THAN I USED TO, WHEN I DRINK ALMOND MILK WITH ADDED CALCIUM. PROBABLY CHOOSING RICE OR ALMOND MILK WITHOUT ADDED INORGANIC CALCIUM IS BEST. YOU CAN ADD VANILLA EXTRACT OR AGAVE SYRUP TO IMPROVE THE TASTE…OR COCOA POWDER OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT WOULD MAKE IT BETTER. ALSO I THINK ITS BETTER TO AVOID ORANGE JUICE FORTIFIED WITH INORGANIC CALCIUM FOR THE SAME REASON. CALCIUM ALONE WILL GET DEPOSITED IN SOFT TISSUE. LOTS OF PROBLEMS POSSIBLE. OH, AND ALSO VITAMIN K2, (MK7 FORM) IS ALSO NEEDED WITH CALCIUM TO HELP IT STAY OUT OF,OR GET OUT OF ARTERIES AND GET INTO BONES.PROBABLY WITH ANY KIND OF CALCIUM…..AS WELL AS ENOUGH STOMACH ACID….WHICH MAY REQUIRE BETAINE HCL + PEPSIN…600MG BETAINE HCL. PEOPLE CAN HAVE THEIR STOMACH ACID LEVEL TESTED BY A DOCTOR…OR GASTROENTEROLOGIST…BUT I DONT ADVISE TAKING THE ACID REDUCING DRUGS THEY PRESCRIBE. I GOT GREAT INFO FROM DR JONATHAN WRIGHT’S BOOK, “WHY STOMACH ACID IS GOOD FOR YOU”…FOR MORE BENEFITS AND PREVENTION OF MORE PROBLEMS THAN OSTEOPOROSIS. LONG STORY, BUT INTERESTING AND NECESSARY TO KNOW. HE’S A COMPLEMENTARY MD AND A BRILLIANT DOCTOR. HE ALSO HAS A GREAT NEWSLETTER AND OTHER BOOKS ABOUT NATURAL HEALING.
      ANOTHER GOOD BOOK I LEARNED ABOUT FROM ONE OF THE SAVEOURBONES COMMUNITY,IS CALLED “THE WHOLE-BODY APPROACH TO OSTEOPOROSIS” WHICH ALSO ADDRESSES THE STOMACH ACID ISSUE,TO PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS, ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE OLDER THAN MAYBE 40. LOW STOMACH ACID ALSO IMPEDES DIGESTION OF B12 AND ALL OTHER NUTRIENTS….IN THE STOMACH AND EVEN FURTHER DOWN IN THE INTESTINES…WHERE ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT IS NEEDED. CHYME FROM THE STOMACH ENTERING THE DUODENUM MUST BE ACIDIC ENOUGH TO STIMULATE SODIUM BICARB FROM THE GALL BLADDER OR PANCREAS…I FORGET WHICH….BUT IN ANY EVENT, THIS CREATES AN ALKALINE MEDIUM FOR PROPER DIGESTION OF FATS, PEPTONES, AND CARBS IN THE SMALL INTESTINES.SO, BOTTOM LINE: IF NOT ENOUGH STOMACH ACID, IT RESULTS IN NOT ENOUGH DIGESTION OF ANYTHING IN THE STOMACH OR SMALL INTESTINES. SO ENOUGH STOMACH ACID IS VERY IMPORTANT. MOST DOCTORS PRESCRIBE DRUGS TO REDUCE STOMACH ACID EVEN WHEN ITS NOT NEEDED, AND CAUSES HARM. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING DR WRIGHT’S ABOVE MENTIONED BOOK FOR ANYONE.AND THE ACID REDUCING DRUGS CAUSE (AMONG OTHER DISEASES) OSTEOPOROSIS, AND THE OSTEOPOROSIS DRUGS MOST DOCTORS PRESCRIBE CAUSES DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS…GERD. UNBELIEVABLE BUT TRUE. SO DONT JUST BLINDLY TRUST YOUR DOCTOR. I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH IN NATURAL ALTERNATIVES.THERE ARE SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVES AND BOOKS, NEWSLETTERS ETC ON THESE.AND SUPPLEMENTS AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES.
      CHECK OUT DOCTORMICHAELMURRAY.COM AND HIS GREAT BOOK, “WHAT THE DRUG COMPANIES WONT TELL YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR DOESNT KNOW” EXCELLENT EYE-OPENING BOOK.

    • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 4:54 am

      IT WOULD BE NICE IF ERIKA COULD DONATE SOME OF HER SURPLUS AVOCADOS TO A LOCAL HOMELESS FEEDING PROGRAM.OR PANTRY FOOD PROGRAMS FOR THE POOR. IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE TREES ALSO IF YOU CANT EAT ALL THE AVOCADOS YOURSELVES. ITS A PITY TO WASTE GOOD AVOCADOS OR ANY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES FOR THAT MATTER.
      ALSO, I SEE MANY ORANGE AND LEMON TREES IN PEOPLE’S YARDS THAT HAVE LOTS OF WASTED FRUIT ON THEM, IN MANY CITIES. IT WOULD BE A KIND GESTURE AND HELP MANY UNDERNOURISHED POOR PEOPLE, TO DONATE SURPLUS FRUIT TO FREE MEAL PROGRAMS,OR PANTRY FOOD PROGRAMS, WHICH USUALLY DONT HAVE ENOUGH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES, IF ANY. ANYONE WITH SURPLUS FRUIT ON TREES COULD CALL THE PROGRAMS AND REQUEST THEY SEND OUT PEOPLE WITH A STEPLADDER TO PICK AND TRANSPORT THE FRUIT. POOR PEOPLE NEED NUTRIENTS MORE THAN MOST PEOPLE, SO WHY WASTE SO MUCH GOOD FRUIT WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY HUNGRY AND UNDERNOURISHED PEOPLE???!!! WHAT DO YOU THINK, ERIKA AND OTHERS?

      • foodswapper August 27, 2012, 7:49 am

        One of the moves that is gaining in popularity, at this time when sustainability and local food growing is important, is food swaps. Whoever has excess of any vegetable, herb or fruit, how about starting up a regular swap in your area? It’s very simple- all that is needed is a venue and a table! People come and drop their excess harvest and help themselves to someone else’s. Reduces waste and builds community!

        • ESTELLE August 27, 2012, 10:19 am

          WHAT ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE WHO NEED IT AND DONT HAVE SURPLUS FRUIT TO GIVE?? THEY SHOULD BE INVITED TOO. WE NEED TO HELP POOR PEOPLE WHO DONT HAVE ENOUGH FOOD. MOST SSI RECIPIENTS DONT GET ENOUGH MONEY FOR BASIC ESSENTIALS, AND THEY CANT GET FOOD STAMPS…AND MANY ARE SICK AND MALNOURISHED. THEY NEED HELP. SENIORS AND DISABLED PEOPLE AND THE UNEMPLOYED. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN THESE CATEGORIES. SOME CANT GET TRANSPORTAION EITHER. IT NEED TO BE REMEDIED. IF THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY, IF THERE’S A HEART, THERE’S A WILL!!!

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