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The Calcium Lie: The Health Risk of High Calcium & Low Magnesium Consumption

Wednesday, May 08, 2013


Carolyn Dean, magnesium expert and medical director of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association, was my guest expert last week.

We had an awesome interview about her work of raising awareness of key facts about calcium and its sister mineral magnesium, which keeps calcium dissolved in the blood.

Dr. Dean shared that when people consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, not only will it create stress within the body, but the excess calcium won’t be utilized correctly and may become toxic.

We discussed how we have over-calcified our diets, and how most women are taking excess calcium supplements.

So what is the problem with excess calcium? Here’s an excerpt of our interview:

Dr. Carolyn Dean:  I’ve written about it in my book, Magnesium Miracle, which talks about how calcium and magnesium are sister minerals, but they almost cancel one another out. If you have too much calcium, your magnesium levels drop. If you start off with a magnesium deficiency, the calcium takes over. That’s bad because calcium tightens things up. It tightens up your muscles.

It actually builds up in the intestines and causes constipation. It makes your nervous system tight and wired.

On the other hand, magnesium relaxes the muscles and nerves. It even acts as a very gentle laxative because it relaxes the muscles of the whole gastrointestinal tract. You have these two opposing minerals.

In our society, because of testing for osteoporosis, all of a sudden the medical establishment decided bones are getting thin so we need more calcium.

The first thing that happens in a doctor’s office for any woman over 40 is they’re told to take 1,200 or 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day in pill form.

Even though I wrote about it in my book back 1999 when I was researching this, it wasn’t until this last couple of years that we actually have several studies that prove that by taking calcium supplements women have doubled their risk of heart disease.

That’s horrific news. Something that was supposed to be preventative for a certain condition is actually causing another condition.

In the midst of that, in a 10-year span of time taking all this calcium, osteoporosis has risen by 700%. We’re not treating osteoporosis, and we’re causing heart disease.

In the U.K., the RDA for calcium is 700 milligrams. In the U.S., it’s 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams. The World Health Organization says 500 to 600 milligrams is sufficient, and that is from food sources, water, and supplements.

In the West we also have the supplementation of foods with calcium. We have fortified orange juice. We have a huge push by the dairy industry for people to drink milk and eat cheese and yogurt.

If we want our bodies to have equal parts of calcium and magnesium—which I believe is natural—we’ve gone way beyond that.

Carrots have a one-to-one ratio, but milk is seven-to-one. Yogurt is eleven parts calcium to one part magnesium.

Cheese is 26 parts calcium to one part magnesium. Orange juice is 27 parts calcium to one part magnesium. Because we haven’t been instructed to add up the milligrams of calcium in our diet, we could be getting sufficient calcium.

At the same time, we know we’re not getting sufficient magnesium.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 100 years ago we were getting about 500 milligrams of magnesium a day in our food, but now we’re lucky to get 200 milligrams.

While we’re taking thousands of milligrams of calcium in our food and supplements, we’re taking less and less magnesium.

During the 60-minute interview, we looked at:

  • 5 reasons why people need more magnesium than calcium.
  • Why there is a magnesium deficiency in diet and lifestyle, including prescription medicines (such as birth control pills) which can deplete magnesium.
  • Why healthy eating and exercising regularly isn’t enough to avoid magnesium deficiency.

Dr. Carolyn Dean also offered examples of different methods of testing magnesium levels, shared which magnesium supplements are best, and described other nutrients that need magnesium to become potent.

Learn more inside the Health Academy:

High Calcium – Low Magnesium Consumption Poses Health Risk with Dr. Carolyn Dean

This teleclass recording is now available inside the client area (exclusive to coaching clients), along with over 125 others.


In This Teleclass...

Dr. Carolyn Dean raises awareness of key facts about calcium and its sister mineral, magnesium, which keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. Dr. Carolyn Dean indicates that when people consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, not only will it create stress within the body but the excess calcium won’t be utilized correctly and may become toxic.


About Our Expert...

Magnesium expert and medical director of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association. Dr. Dean raises awareness of key facts about calcium and its sister mineral, magnesium, which keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. She indicates that when people consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, not only will it create stress within the body but the excess calcium won’t be utilized correctly and may become toxic.

We’re going to look at reasons why people need more magnesium than calcium. That’s what we’re going to talk about today on the call. Dr. Dean is not only a medical doctor, but also a naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, lecturer, consultant, and author.

Dr. Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1978, holds a medical license in California, and is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

She served on the board of Governors of the CCNM for six years. Dr. Dean has authored or co-authored 20 books, including How to Change Your Life with Magnesium, Future Health Now! Encyclopedia, and Death by Modern Medicine.

http://www.drcarolyndean.com/

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