Sylvia Skefich, D.C.  

Dr. Sylvia Skefich - Santa Cruz Chiropractor

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Can Calcium Be Bad?
by Sylvia Skefich D.C.

There is a lot of talk about how people need to load up on calcium. Middle aged women are especially at risk for low calcium levels in their bones. Calcium in bones…good!

Magnesium can be thought of as a carrier for calcium. It has been found in recent studies that postmenopausal women who take at least a 3:1 magnesium to calcium ratio increase their bone density. Magnesium also gives the bones a flexible density rather than a brittle, chalky density. We prefer Natural Vitality “Natural Calm” (magnesium supplement) at my clinic.

Calcium is also necessary in the soft tissue like the muscles.  But, too much calcium in the tissues can lead to chronic bursitis, muscle aches, low energy, migraine headaches, hypothyroidism, kidney stones, excessive tartar on teeth, cataracts, and gout. (There are other causes for these problems too.) We often use Standard Process” Phosfood” (phosphorus supplement) to help draw the calcium load out of the tissues. You don’t want to take too much phosphorus if you don’t need it, because it can leach too much calcium out of your body. This is why a habit of soda-pop drinking is bad for the bones, as the fizzy effect is from phosphorus that draws out calcium.

If there is too little calcium in the soft tissues, a person my have brittle, rigid nails, susceptibility to virus (like herpes), hypothyroidism, muscle cramps, sun sensitivity, and prostate problems (although there are other causes for these issues too).  We use Standard Process “Cataplex F” which helps transport calcium from the blood into the tissues.

Dairy is not the best dietary source of calcium, as the protein in it blocks calcium absorption. Dark leafy greens may be the best dietary source. In my clinic, we often use Standard Process “Calsol,” a vegetarian calcium malate with balanced phosphorus. We also use Standard Process “Calcium Lactate,” a dairy source with the protein removed…also very absorbable. There are several types of calcium products for different issues. Drop your calcium pill in water to see if it breaks down easily. Calcium carbonate will not go into solution easily and is hard to digest.

In the natural healing method of using supplements, the goal is simply to aid the body to do what it was intended to do (i.e., to be in a state of health). We don’t look at a disease as something to diagnose or treat (for that, we rely on medical experts). Instead, as an adjunct to necessary medical treatment, we can support the body in finding a different method of response by giving it the specific nutrients that are required to perform the function needed.

Sylvia Skefich is a Doctor of Chiropractic and a carba-holic in recovery. She is offering 30% off all supplements purchased on your first chiropractic visit, in relation to your particular needs when you mention this offer at the beginning of your treatment. 831-475-1995 920 41st Ave. Ste. G, Santa Cruz, CA 95062    


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