Proof That Calcium Supplements Miraculously Improve Balance And Prevent Falls - Save Our Bones

Today you’ll discover something really amazing. Because it turns out that there’s a lot more to calcium than stronger bones.

This multi-tasking mineral provides other very important but little-known bone health benefits. Not only does it help make your bones stronger and denser; calcium actually prevents falls by improving cognitive function.

And there’s even more to calcium – it has to do with a well-kept secret the Medical Establishment doesn’t want you to know about osteoporosis drugs. You’ll be shocked to find out the insidious and hidden way these drugs actually prevent your bones from absorbing this crucial mineral.

Let’s begin with a brief review of calcium’s primary benefits.

Bone Health Benefits Of Calcium

Calcium is a powerful alkalizer. Have you taken a look at a package of chewable antacid tablets? There is usually only one ingredient: calcium!

Calcium neutralizes your stomach acid thanks to its powerful alkalizing ability. It also helps alkalize an acidic body environment, thus providing a balanced condition that allows your bones to flourish.

Calcium is, of course, directly involved in the process of bone formation and maintenance. It’s the most prevalent mineral in your skeleton, so it’s crucial for building bone.

Calcium Regulates Blood Flow And Oxygen Levels

Your circulatory system depends on calcium to control the dilation and constriction of blood vessels. Calcium actually helps transport oxygen in your body as well. It can dilate blood vessels around tissues that need more oxygen, and constrict the blood flow around tissues that need less oxygen. It’s an amazing balancing act in which calcium is a key player.

This suggests that calcium may prevent high blood pressure and promote cardiovascular health, making it even more important to get enough calcium as you age.

Calcium Plays Many Important Roles in Cognitive Function

One of the most amazing and little-known facts about calcium has to do with its effect on your central nervous system.

On a molecular level, calcium regulates many neurological processes. In fact, calcium homeostasis is so vital to your cognitive function that your body has compensatory mechanisms in place to maintain blood calcium levels. When this mineral is deficient, your body compensates by tapping into the calcium reserves in your skeleton, thus reducing bone density.

Calcium is involved in many delicate and sensitive reactions in the central nervous system, and changes in regulation may contribute to cognitive decline associated with age. According to a 2009 study, “…gene mutations may interact with age and cell specific alterations in Ca2+ regulation to produce the pattern of neuronal death which characterizes neurodegenerative diseases.”1

Clearly, calcium is critical for healthy brain and nervous system function.

What Does This Have To Do With Preventing Fractures?

A team of experts reviewed research regarding the connection between gait, falls, and cognitive therapy among older adults. They discovered that cognitive therapy does indeed have the potential to reduce the risk of falls, and they noted that the evidence suggests “…not only is there an association between cognitive function, gait and falls, but that a cause and effect relationship may also exist.”2

The authors of the review went on to note that “… cognitive deficits exacerbate and may even cause gait impairment and increase fall risk, especially during more challenging situations.”2 They went on to point out that even mild cognitive decline increases the risk of falls.

Balance impairment can occur as a result of age-related decline in brain function. The researchers in the above review noted a connection between calcium levels, memory decline, and the associated function of NMDA N-methyl-d-aspartate, a glutamate receptor.

In sum, they discovered a link between the brain’s compensatory mechanisms for regulating calcium levels and memory decline – as the brain makes neurological adjustments to make up for a lack of calcium, cells in the hippocampus (aka the frontal cortex) are compromised.2 The hippocampus is the area of the brain responsible for balance, shedding light on calcium’s role in preventing balance disorder and subsequent falls.

Given calcium’s role in the central nervous system, a lack of this mineral can bring on the very “cognitive deficits” that the authors pointed out.

Low Calcium Levels Contribute To A Balance Disorder And Cognitive Decline

The opposite, then, would be that sufficient calcium can prevent and correct cognitive function and prevent balance problems, thereby decreasing the risk of falls and fractures.

Given the importance of calcium for your bones and your brain, you certainly want to obtain enough of this mineral. You’ll also want to guard against anything that would inhibit its absorption in your body. So here’s information that I’m sure you’ll find outrageous:

Popular Osteoporosis Drugs Actually Prevent Calcium Absorption And More!

Here is the twofold secret that Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know. You see, bisphosphonates such as Actonel, Boniva, Foxamax and its generic counterpart Alendronate – the most commonly prescribed class of osteoporosis drugs – actually inhibit your body from absorbing calcium in two ways.

First, bisphosphonates inhibit calcium transport in the intestinal tract. Bisphosphonates themselves are very poorly absorbed in the intestine because they bind to calcium and form “unabsorbable complexes.”3

Second, bisphosphonates disrupt the production of Vitamin D, which is essential for calcium to be absorbed and utilized by your cells. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that bisphosphonates are so effective at lowering Vitamin D levels that they can be used to treat toxicity resulting from excessive intake of Vitamin D.4

How ironic that these drugs, which are intended to prevent bone loss, actually undermine the very bone-building process by (among many other things) preventing calcium absorption and the production of Vitamin D!

So knowing that appropriate calcium levels help maintain cognitive function and balance, it can be concluded that bisphosphonates increase your risk of falls and subsequent fractures. If you add the atypical femur fracture risk to this plus all the other dangerous known side effects, I truly doubt anyone could come up with a rational reason to treat osteoporosis with bisphosphonates. But the Medical Establishment ignores this, of course.

All of this information on the vital importance of calcium begs the question,

What Kind Of Calcium Supplement Should I Take?

This is a very good question, because the wrong kind of calcium can do more harm than good. The key is to find organic sources of this mineral, especially algae-based formulas, because these are the most readily absorbed by the body. In addition, a good calcium supplement should include nutrients and other vitamins and trace minerals that aid in the optimal absorption of calcium.

Finding a calcium supplement that fits this description can be tricky.

As Savers already know, TrueOsteo found me. I received a sample in the mail some time ago, and I was (and am) impressed. It contains vital bone-building trace minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that tap into the synergistic nature of calcium absorption, including Vitamin D and Vitamin K2.

TrueOsteo contains food-based extracts such as Amla fruit extract and cilantro leaf. It also contains extract of Ashwagandha herb, which helps reduce cortisol levels.

The calcium in TrueOsteo derived from algae, and it’s designed so you only need to take two capsules in the morning and two at night.

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1 Kumar, Ashok, Bodhinathan, Karthik, and Foster, Thomas C. “Susceptibility to Calcium Dysregulation during Brain Aging.” Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 2009; 1: 2. Prepublished online 2009 August 28. Published online 2009 November 27. doi: 10.3389/neuro.24.002.2009 Web.

2 Segev-Orit, et al. “The interplay between gait, falls and cognition: can cognitive therapy reduce fall risk?” Expert Review of Neurotherapies. July 2011; 11(7): 1057-1075. Web.

3 Janner, M., Muhlbauer, RC, and Fleisch, H. “Sodium EDTA enhances intestinal absorption of two bisphosphonates.” Calcified Tissue International. 1991 Oct; 49(4):280-3. Web.

4 Price, PA, Buckley, JR, Williamson, MK. “The amino bisphosphonate Ibandronate prevents citamin D toxicity and inhibits D-induced calcification of arteries, cartilage, lungs and kidneys in rats.” The Journal of Nutrition. 2001 Nov; 131(11):2910-5. Web.

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  1. Angie

    I have just been told I have osteoporosis. I am totally confused about everything I’m reading on this site! What supplements do I specifically need? What K12? What calcium that is safe for my heart and actually absorbed by my bones? Do I need magnesium? And what dosage exactly on all of these? Can I just by Nature Made brand? It’s so confusing.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I know it can seem overwhelming at first, Angie! But it really comes down to some very simple decisions and steps. 🙂 I suggest that you take some time and peruse this site – using the Search feature will help you limit yourself to one topic at a time so it doesn’t seem too overwhelming.

  2. L Shenton

    I have an underactive thyroid. I take Levothyroxine. Is it safe to take AlgaeCal?

  3. Phyllis J. Teller

    Please take my name off of all your email mail outs. Thank you. Phyllis Teller

  4. Alison

    I am concerned about your comment – Calcium neutralizes your stomach acid – as I no longer have a gallbladder I now take digestive enzymes to help with digesting fats and food – I am wondering if I should be taking my calcium at a time other than with meals. If I take it at the same time as the digestive enzymes I would be neutralizing them and therefore not absorbing the nutrients in my food. It is all so complex isn’t it?

  5. Sharon Davidson

    Vivian, I’m a little confused.

    Have you changed your views on strontium? This product, TrueOsteo, contains strontium which you previously advised us not to take. Why is it now okay?

    • ann

      Not seeing strontium as an ingredient…now I am confused.

  6. Carlos Rolando

    I like so much your articles about healthier bones. I live in Ecuador Thankyou

  7. Jenny Blue

    Please could you answer my question and those of others residing in the UK. Is it possible to obtain this supplement in the UK. If not, all you have to do is say ‘NO’. Perhaps you are not interested in UK residents. Please do the courtesy of responding. Thankyou.

  8. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Good Almost Evening Vivian,

    I Hope You And Your Family And Doing Well. My Family And I Are Well Ourselves!

    I Wish I Could Afford The True Osteo Also, But I Can’t. There Is A Health Food Store Near Me That Has The Exact Same Ingredients As The True Osteo. I Went There And Had Written Down All The Ingredients That The True Osteo Has In It, And Their Health Brand Had The Exact Same Ingredients, And Amounts You Are Suppose To Take Them In. They Sell It For 25 Dollars Plus Florida Sales Tax. This Is One Months Supply Of It. And Sometimes They Give You Discounts On Their Products.

    Well, Time For Dinner. So I Will Close For Now. Take Good Care Of Yourself, And Stay Well!


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I understand, Leslie! I am sure you will find a good calcium supplement since you’re armed with great information about what to look for. 🙂

  9. Dudley Delapenha

    My wife is 82 and has been taking Hyaluronic acid for knee pains which appear to be caused by some cartilage loss. Do you have any thoughts on this course of action?

  10. Jennyy Blue

    I posted a question earlier today but it seems to have been removed. Wondering why. So I will ask again. Is it possible please, to obtain True osteo in the UK please.

    • Kathy

      I live in the UK too. Where can we get this?

  11. marjorie

    Hi: I posted a comment/question earleir this month but cannot find it. Is there any way of retrieving it ? It was a question concerning PROLIA (injectable). Do you have info on it, and would it be possible to post that answer again please. Thank you My doctor wants me to start taking it, but I want to thoroughly research it before I start it.

  12. Barbara keimer

    Is there any side effects taking TrueOsteo

  13. velma m. frazier

    I have a question that`s been on my mine for some time now that is all my doctor ask me why is my calcium level high, when i do blood work, they tell me it should not get any higher.But my vit.D is low

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I can’t answer your question as to why your calcium levels are high, Velma, since I am not familiar with your individual situation! But I can tell you that if you have high calcium in your blood, then it’s not in your bones. That’s why it’s so important to consume absorbable calcium! 🙂

  14. diana

    Anyone read Why flamingos dont get osteoporosis?Just by standing on one leg for 1 minute (alternating legs) 3xs a day increases bone density.(Just google it read it and if your up to it try it.I am.)

    • Pearl

      Hi Diana, that sounds interesting, I’ll be happy to give it a try to, certainly can’t hurt, as it would improve balance as well.

  15. Linda

    I am so sorry to be going off topic but I dont know how else to get hold of you concerning a question. As of late I have been approached with a substance called GLYCONUTRITIONALS .. Are you familiar with this product? Is it alkalizing? Is it a scam??

  16. Linda

    OH my gosh! What a visit to the endroconologist I had yesterday. I have gotten worse and worse over the last few years no matter what I do. I am now a -3 Dexa scan. I am so sad and so scared of my future since I am only 62. The Dr is sick and tired of me not taking the medicine and “my doctoring” myself. She actually stands by her statement that EXERCISE DOES NOT AND WILL NOT MAKE YOUR OSTEO ANY BETTER!. In her estimation I am doomed to a life of pain and agony and early death . I am so scared and would really appreciate any correspondence from someone who has turned there osteo around or has stopped it from worsening. Thanks everyone!

    • Pearl

      Hi Linda, I guess i can’t help a lot as I do’t know how mine is going at the moment.
      But the worry & feling scared certainly won’t help, I am following vivians method, but I have also turned to some spirituality, which has helped me heaps, I have learned to meditate to stay calm, i have also learnt to do affermations, I don’t know if it will work, but i am giving it a fair go, I figured it was worth trying.
      I know it is not everybodies cup of tea but just thought I would mention it, as it is helping me to cope at least. you could also try reiki, I have not tried it yet myself, but I am trying the principals of it on myself.
      If you would lke to know more,just say.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Linda, it sounds like you might need a second opinion from a different doctor. 😉 You might appreciate hearing from community members who have reversed their osteoporosis on the Program:

      Be encouraged!

  17. Linda

    Hello Vivian
    On your recommendation I have purchased of the internet from Australia, True Osteo x 6. I get a tad nervous when others have read that some of the ingredients are not recommended ie ‘that the state of California upon testing has found that AlgaeCal which is an ingredient in TrueOsteo exceeds the maximum level of lead that is considered safe’.
    I’m very vigilant in taking charge of my bone density, so I am hoping that following your valuable information that I have purhased, is the way to go. I would appreciate your reply on this. Cheers from OZ!

    • Sylvia

      Linda, Have you considered the possibility of a parathyroid tumor? My bone density was like yours and getting worse with every testing. I went to the Norman Parathyroid Center in Tampa, FL for the simple surgery. My next bone density test 2 years following surgery showed significant improvement in my hips and smaller improvement in neck and spine. Their website is excellent source of parathyroid gland information:

      • Linda

        I think this response was for me. There are a few Lindas on here. I had a toxic goiter and my thyroid was radiated and now am on synthroid. I wishh I had gotten a second opinion on it before I just blew it up! I will check your website out. Thanks for your input 🙂

        • Sylvia

          I am not very knowledgeable about the thyroid gland, but Suzy Cohen on is posting a lot lately about the thyroid. Check her out and good luck with all this.

          • linda


            thanks !

  18. Deliana

    Supplement sounds great, but ridiculously expensive. Now I know why they call you “broke” when you don’t have money…

  19. Marlene Wilson

    Hi Vivian,
    I am interested in your reply about TrueOsteo containing
    lead. I was diagnosed with severe Osteoporosis a couple of weeks ago and was pressured to start Actonel.
    So far it is making me feel sick and sometimes my throat hurts. I also am worried because I heard if you stop after a few months your bones will be worse.
    A Naturopath recommened AOR Bone Basics but I just found out it contains MCHC that you do not recommend.
    I just read a book called “Vitamin K and the Calcium Paradox” that I highly recommend.
    It states that you need both MK4 and MK7 forms of Vitamin K.
    On the AlgaeCal website when they recommend Strontium Citrate it says to take 4 hrs. before or after calcium so they don’t compete with each other.
    I can’t afford either of these brands so I am really confused about what to do.
    Also I am on several prescription drugs Crohn’s and Heart and I am supposed to take my supplements within at least 3 hrs of my prescriptions. That is very hard when you have to take them several times a day.
    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Marlene, I understand your concerns about taking Actonel. I wrote a post on this drug not too long ago – you might like to read it:

      Remember, you do not have to take osteoporosis drugs if you’re not comfortable with them! No one can force you to do it. 🙂

  20. Nora Johnson

    I am very sad. I have verified it is true that the state of California upon testing has found that AlgaeCal which is an ingredient in TrueOsteo exceeds the maximum level of lead that is considered safe. Please advise.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Nora,
      In researching this issue, I’ve concluded that the small amount of lead found in Algaecal is naturally there from the earth’s crust…in fact, calcium supplements typically have lead in them. The question is, how much and where is it coming from? A study conducted in the year 2000 checked 23 OTC and prescribed calcium supplements, and all were found with lead (Source: Ross E, et al. Lead content of calcium supplements. JAMA 2000; 284(11): 1425-1429).

      In fact, some of the calcium supplements found to have the highest lead content (up to 20 mcg per serving) per the above study were:

      Caltrate 600
      Eckerd Brand-Calcium 600
      Advanced Nutritional Technology- Liqui-Cal Calcium 600 Softgels

      The reason for lead appearing in calcium supplements is because it is a naturally occurring chemical element, often found in combination with other elements as lead compounds in rocks and soils.

      Here are some things you can try if this concerns you:

      1. Take less than the recommended amount of Algaecal and supplement the rest with food.

      2. Do the same as above, but alternate one day with chelated minerals.

      3. Take organic chlorella, since it naturally binds all heavy metals. This could be especially beneficial if you have amalgam fillings that leach mercury. You should check with your doctor before taking chlorella, though. 🙂

  21. diana

    In 2011 I had a bone density test.The results showed osteopenia in my wrist, forearm and hip. Doctor advised me to increase my walking and make sure I take my calcium, vitamin d and magnesium that was it. I increased my walking took my calcium, vitamins and magnesium. I also started doing exercises for my arms lifting 3 pound weights 4xs a week.Did that to tone up my arms. Took another bone density test Nov. of 2013 which showed hips now have osteoporosis, my lumbar spine now has osteopenia but my left wrist and forearm has had increase in bone density with no sign of osteopenia or osteoporosis.So my take on this is that lifting weights does more to help then anything else.What do you all think?

    • Dee

      Hi Diana, I think is wonderful that you know longer have osteopenia/osteoppporosis in your arms. Now you will have to devote attention to hips and back. I think walking is good but weights are better for improving bone density. my bone density improved and then got worse after taking prednisone.

      • diana

        Hey Dee thanks.

  22. Greg Logan

    Vivian – Thanks for your comments to the letter writers inquiries. One writer asked re: hydropaxtite as a source – calf bones.

    What is the scientific evidence for this being a positive or negative source of calcium.

    I have been focused this source for some time and will soon be getting another DEXA scan – I am intrigued to see what my consistent use has produced. If not good, then I would tend to think that source is not a good source – or, vice-versa (hopefully…).


  23. David McNully

    I have Advanced Stage IV prostate cancer and as part of my treatment take monthly injections of Xgeva and every-four-month injections of Lupron Depot. My PCP took me off a calcium supplement a few years ago because I drink at least three glasses of milk per day. He warns me each time I visit him that I can get too much calcium, I think because of the chance of getting kidney stones. I hate to go against my PCP’s “orders”, but wonder if you might have some thoughts on my situation. Thank you very much.

  24. Marlene Villar

    Dear Vivian,
    Thank you very much for this excellent information.
    I started again taking AlgaeCal this month. It also contains
    large amounts of magnesium and bone supporting trace
    minerals including baron, silica,strontium and vanadium.
    It also contains vitamin D3 1000 IU. It says, certified organic.
    Have a wonderful day Vivian.
    Sincerely, Marlene

  25. Helene

    I do not take any calcium supplements – get most of my calcium intake from Tofu.
    Is that a good source, besides yoghurt, cheese, and other dairy products? Thanks!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Helene, I don’t recommend soy products like tofu, because most soy crops in the US are genetically modified. In addition, dairy products are not the best source of calcium, contrary to popular belief! Dairy products all contain acidic animal protein that actually inhibits calcium absorption!

  26. Giovanna

    Dear Vivianne
    may I ask what you think of AlgaeCalcium Plus + Strontium Boost by AlgaeCalc, they are guaranteeing bone density increase in 6 months or double the money back and i am tempted to buy it. I took TrueOsteo for 1 year but my latest bone scan resulted that my osteoporosis is worse than ever, so TrueOsteo did not help me at all and the doctor is scaring me that I will definitely fracture if i do not take bisphosphonates which I do not want to take ever! I took them for two weeks and felt terrible, not my healthy self. Please can you let us know your opionion? I thank you very much.
    all the best, Giovanna

    • Sheila

      I was just about to order TrueOsteo but after reading Giovanna’s comments
      I have changed my mind as I think it is quite expensive.

  27. Donna


    Can you give your opinion of the form of calcium called “microcrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite”? Such as that in the product called “Bone Up” by Jarrow Formulas. Thank you!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Donna, Calcium Hydroxyapatite (usually known as MCHA or MCHC), which is neither organic nor chelated, and it has the potential problem of contamination. In addition, it is typically derived from bovine sources. Third party quality control checks have found occasional contamination with heavy metals. Given all these factors, I don’t recommend it. 🙂

  28. Eva Putnam

    According to Dr. Mercola and others, it’s very important to take calcium supplement with adequate amount of vitamin K2 and D3 to prevent calcium compounds depositing in the arteries (part of plaque) instead of the bones. These deposits can be in the brain arteries as well.

  29. Diane

    I found an algae calcium supplement that has 80 mcg of K2 which is more than I’ve found in any others, it also has 100 mg of magnesium so I add some extra and then it also has 1000 of D besides the 1000 of calcium, all this is in 4 capsules so I can take less if I don’t need that much by the end of a day. It’s called Source of Life Garden Bone Support, I found it on Vitacost. Thanks Vivian you’re the one bringing Vitacost to my attention I had never heard of it before now I get several supplements from them.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      That’s great that you’ve found a supplement that works for you, Diane! It’s mainly a matter of knowing what to look for in a good calcium supplement. 🙂

      • Deliana

        Link through Ebates to Vitacost, you’ll get 4% cash back!

  30. Jean

    Over the course of investigating many possible calcium supplements, I noted the claims made by Ezorb calcium, which is nothing but vegetable calcium, treated to enhance absorption. This research makes it clearer to me why some of their testimonials, although they seem a bit over the top, could be credible. I’d continue to take it, but I can’t afford it. I take an algae based calcium which is a bit more affordable than either Ezorb or TrueOsteo. As noted by another Saver, all the info gets a bit confusing, especially that “Death By Calcium” book. Would like to take a look at that, but I’m a bit inclined to guess the author may be talking about “rock” calcium, in which case the data could be irrelevant.

  31. Rudi CUSMANO

    I would have liked to buy a bottle of True Osteo, unfortunately your Save our Bones
    doesn’t deliver to continental Europe (only Britain & Ireland) and I have to give
    it up as I live in France, without being French.

    The strange thing is that France contributed (militarily) the most in helping the United
    States becaming indipendent while they were a colony of Britain; Britain strongly resisted the status change, from the one of a colony to the one of indipendency.

  32. nancy Ostrofsky

    In another one of your articles you downgraded Strontium stating it sort of disintegrates the inner matter of the bones. Now its in true oseto & you are recommending it. What’s up???

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Nancy and Diana, the small amount of strontium in TrueOsteo is not a problem. 🙂 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 don’t recommend is a separate, additional strontium supplement, or a calcium supplement with a large amount of added strontium. For example, AlgaeCal’s Strontium Boost contains a little more than 600 mg, which is too much. 🙂

  33. Marilyn

    Hi Vivian….I take AlgaeCalPlus…3-4 capsules per day. I can’t swallow them (too large for me) so I open them and add the contents to my food or beverage. It says on the bottle to take with a meal but I also read somewhere to take your calcium supplement two hours after a meal. Which way is correct? Since I have osteoporosis, it was recommended on this AlgaeCal site to take Strontiumboost supplement as well. I don’t take this supplement due to your views on strontium. Thank you for your expertise on this subject.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I think taking calcium supplements at mealtimes works well – the other nutrients from your food can work in synergy with the calcium. 🙂 Here’s what it says in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program:

      “You should not take more than 500 mg of calcium at one time since
      that’s the maximum absorbable quantity. It is therefore best to spread the
      calcium intake throughout the day, preferably at mealtimes.”

      Swirling the powder into smoothies is another option. 🙂

  34. Daphna


    For those who suffer from over active thyroid, algae is not allowed.
    What would you suggest instead?

    Thank you

    • Barbara keimer

      I have a inactive thyroid what do you think I should take for my bones I really need something . They are very weak

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Daphna, chelated calcium is a good second choice. 🙂

  35. diana marc

    Just wondering about strontium.Vivian doesn’t recommend it however it’s in True Osteo which she does recommend.What’s up with that?

  36. Pearl

    Hi Vivian, thankyou for the excellent info, I’m in Australia & i have been using “Green Calcium”, that i can buy here, it is an organic marine plant calcium that naturally has a lot of trace minerals as well, I only take a vit D supplement in the winter time as I make sure i get the required amount of sun naturally, something we have plenty of.
    I eat well, mostly organic food now, & except for breakfast I stick pretty tightly to the 20-80% ratio, & I am feeling great even though i am now pretty skinny.
    I am always a bit wary of vitamin suppliments as i can’t take a multi B vit, because it puts me to sleep, literally, day & night around the clock, & the last time i took a multi vitamin for a while, i had horrible withdrawal symptems after I stopped taking them, which left me wondering just what the heck was in them.

    • Alison

      Hi Pearl, I am in OZ too and I use the Green Nutrionals Green Calcium as well. But after reading Vivian’s article about needing Vit K2 to absorb the calcium otherwise it goes to your heart and arteries, I wrote to them and found it doesn’t have K2 in it. So now I have ordered the K2Mk7 separately.
      I try to stick to the 80/20 too but lost weight at first which was not good. So now I eat a lot of almonds and add avocado oil to my green drinks and also make my own dressing about 50/50 avocado oil and fresh lemon juice and put that on my salads. Remember fats are more than double the calories of protein and carbs, so an easy way to get more calories from a small amount – just make sure it is good fats e.g. Avocado, olive, grape seed and coconut oils.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      That sounds excellent, Pearl!

      • Val Szynal

        I am following your program but am too skinny after iosing weight during a stay in hospital a year ago. I have a good appetite. Any suggestions how to put on weight healthily?

  37. Edna LeBlanc

    I would really like to try the calcium, but it’s very expensive…I cannot afford it.

  38. Ruth

    Hi – went to order TrueOsteo and found out that the shipping rate is $41.00 which is more than the cost of the True Osteo.!!

  39. dorothee

    So much contradictory information out there that it is hard to decide which is the one advice right for you; also I think Magnesium should be increased if you increase your calcium amount, and check for the ratio. Am I correct?

  40. Isabel Grace

    Hello, Have you read the book “Death by Calcium”- written by Dr Tom Levy, cardiologist? I think you would find the contents interesting, to say the least.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Isabel, I actually wrote a blog post about this topic – you might find it interesting! Here is the link:

      Usually, problems arise when you take the wrong kind of calcium. 🙂

    • catherine

      Hi Isabel, I haven’t read the book but clicked on a link from another member, went on Google to find out more and listened to a phone in, in America about this subject with a doctor certainly food for thought, there was such a lot of You tube info to listen to from the doctor. We certainly need Vivian’s input all the time I thank her very much and her team for the all the time they put in. many warm regards Catherine nr Manchester England

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