Are calcium and vitamin D bad for you?
I knew that with all the good news pouring in about the benefits of vitamin D that there was bound to be backlash.
And here we are, just as I expected. A new study out of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that vitamin D and calcium could be bad news for men with prostate cancer. The claim? That the supplements don’t help prevent bone loss and could actually raise patients’ risk of heart disease and aggressive prostate cancer.
The men took the recommended daily doses of calcium and vitamin D. Researchers found that the men lost bone density over the course of treatment and noted the raised heart and cancer risks.
The researchers are calling it a “wake-up call.” But something seemed fishy about it to me and when I asked Dr. Wright for some insight he gave me an earful.
It turns out that the researchers left out a crucial element of calcium supplementation. And, according to Dr. Wright, this latest research is just one more poorly-thought-out study done by well-meaning physicians who simply don’t know any better.
You see, med students learn that calcium helps with muscle contraction and magnesium helps with muscle relaxation. And being unaware of how Nature uses these natural substances together they make the leap in logic that the two minerals “oppose” each other. And it’s that flawed logic that leads to them designing flawed research studies using only calcium.
Dr. Wright: “They insist on using calcium with no magnesium in ‘research studies,’ so it’s no wonder the outcome is poor!”
“Of course calcium causes problems–heart and likely others–if it’s taken for months to years with no magnesium! Of course! Heart muscle contraction is supported, but not relaxation. And if that goes on for months to years, what do you expect???”
“The same applies to any organ, even if it doesn’t contract like muscle. Every organ there is needs both calcium and magnesium, so if you ‘push’ one and not the other, you can expect bad results in this or any other poorly-thought-out ‘research study’ that’s done in the future.”
As Dr. Wright went on to explain there’s one tell-tale line in the study that really drives his point home: ‘Calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation to prevent loss of bone mineral density in these men seems so logical that no one had questioned whether it works…’
According to Dr. Wright this kind of thinking is anything BUT logical. The problem is it leaves out every other nutrient and mineral…from boron to zinc…that’s needed to build bone. Nature provides ALL of them not just one or two.
And, as Dr. Wright pointed out, administering calcium and vitamin D in a study without any other nutrients has never worked to build bone density…and it never will. And just like giving calcium without magnesium, it’s simply illogical.
Instead, we should be mimicking Nature’s complete approach to our health.
P.S. Month after month, Dr. Wright calls out the mainstream on their poorly designed studies and sets us straight with the truth about the powerful healers offered by Nature. Don’t miss another issue of Nutrition & Healing. Click here to learn more.
“Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements May Pose Risks for Men With Prostate Cancer,” Medline Plus (nlm.nih.gov)