and vegetables, sun exposure (My wife's last 25 hydroxy
Vitamin D test came
in at an excellent 51 nl/mg reading,) We had a cancer
specialist at the
University of Pittsburgh tell us that a Vitamin D test goal
around 70 was
critical in cancer patients. Don't buy your GP telling you
a paltry 30 or so
reading is O.K. With some D supplements (With my wife
4000 units a day supplemental ) and 20 minutes early
morning in the sun
with little to nothing in apparel we have achieved this
optimum 50 level for
"normal" patients but it is important to monitor calcium
levels and make
sure they stay in the safe range.
REMEMBER Ca (Calcium) IS AS IMPORTANT to humans as plants..
Did you know calcium is only absorbed in the small intestines with adequate
vitamin D, but excessive fat, oxalates and in-organic phosphates inhibit
absorption. Less than 15% of the Ca in homogenized milk is used
because of the
heating process which kills beneficial enzymes and makes Ca
unavailable. What a
shame!!! Best sources of Ca is a raw dairy products,
calcium lactate, almonds,
whole grain seed and dark green leafy vegetables.
EAT RIGHT'N LIVE.
Note: We have a serious reservation about dairy products and use a minimum to
obtain our calcium. We do use a Whey Protein that is a milk product from grass
fed cows. It is organic and we feel the negative effects that a milk product can
be for some is buffered by the synergy from the other foods that are taken with
this protein product. It also has a compliment of calcium derived from the milk
sun enhances the critical role of calcium absorption. There are some cases where
one takes in a good amount of calcium as in seafood with bones, from canned
sardines, tuna, salmon. Cheeses and certain vegetables such as Kale and Spinach
that have not only generous amounts of calcium but have complimentary minerals
in these foods to buffer excesses. Excesses in anything is a potential problem.
We believe it would be difficult to overdose on calcium from natural foods as
above, but you could run into a problem relying on supplements for the majority
of your calcium needs as they may have value, but are lacking the balance that
nature provides in live foods.
On the other hand a modest amount of supplements taken with calcium foods could
be a very valuable combination as diversity in calcium intake is as important as
the diversity in most anything, especially nutrition. Optimum ionization depends
on a generous and diversified mix. With a diversity we believe excesses are
mitigated, but what the hell do I know, I am only a retired fruit peddler. I go
by the saying "The body takes what it needs and gets rid of the rest" but I
might add "It gets rid of the rest if the right conditions exist". The right
conditions do not always exist, hence heart disease, Alzheimer's and all the
rest thanks to tissue acid wastes.
Now I will give you an example of how we personally handle our calcium and
magnesium needs. Incidentally one of the foods with the highest amount of
magnesium are pumpkin seeds. I eat about 100 everyday, on our cereal, on our
salad, out of hand, in our smoothies. Chew them good.
4 days a week we have about 4 ounces of either tuna, salmon or
sardines in a salad for lunch. Don't forget some extra virgin olive as there is
nothing more beneficial than adding olive oil to a super omega 3 fatty acid as
in canned fish out of the cold waters of the north west. Sardines out of the
Mediterranean sea off the shores of Portugal and this general area. Sardines
with the bones come in at about 250 mgs of calcium (3 ozs) where Tuna and Salmon
about 225. Even though these numbers are somewhat generous we would remind you
that again it is the form in which it is presented to the body. You can always
increase your amount by eating a whole can of Sardines. I like cutting up a full
can of sardines and putting them into a Progresso soup like the Manhattan or New
England. In the New England I drain off the potatoes as you don't need that
carbohydrate. I drain off most of the potatoes and carrots in the
Manhattan chowder as well.
Vitamin D is best produced by the Sun and the best choice over
supplements. Vitamin D has so many benefit we can't even begin to enumerate
them, from bone loss to your immune system and in particular your lymphatic
system. The sun is an Alzheimer's crusher.
The fact is that Vitamin D dictates not only the absorbability of calcium in the
intestines, it controls all the calcium in the bodies functions including the
brain. This was our personal practice and learning 101 in our agricultural
career. Calcium content in the soil was the microprocessor for all the minerals
in the soil and their individual electrolyte functions as well as hormone
It has been recently revealed that it is calcium deposits in the brain that
could be the responsible villain in Alzheimer's disease. They know it is
deposits and calcium is notorious for unwanted deposits. We all obtain calcium
in various ways. Some calcium especially where there is an abundance of Vitamin
D3 intake and magnesium will be properly absorbed and properly metabolized. This
is why I subscribe to Sardine intake with its total compliments. Tuna is a good
source of vitamin D and calcium if they do not remove the bones. Most Tuna
retains the pin bones (More below)
This process can be easily compared to a combustion engine. Some engines are
fine tuned and burn the majority of the fuel it uses. Some engines are out of
whack and wastes are produced and accumulated in the engine parts. The body
mechanism is not any different. I might say that the type of fuel used in an
engine is similar to the fuel we ingest for our engine.
There are situations in bone loss cases where the body is not obtaining enough
calcium and actually cannibalizes the bone matrix of the patient. This generates
a very significant source of calcium and the nature of this product is
devastating to the body and a perfect storm for unwanted calcium accumulations.
I happen to believe this is a arthritis thread.
Few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Sardines which have an abundance of
important nutrients, including potassium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin
B-12, iron and calcium in the tiny sardine bones, are a good source of vitamin
D. I personally eat 3 to 4 full cans of Sardines a week, about 4.25 ounces at a
sitting and in fact for 1 lunch a week I take a full can, chop up the sardines
and combine them with a can of Progresso soup either the Manhattan or New
England clam chowder. It is a delicious treat with all the nutritional
Now I am not going to get into our other calcium food intake here, but the days
that we do not eat canned fish we supplement with calcium and magnesium but
modestly. In fact on these off days from canned fish with their bones, the
supplements total about 250 mgs or about 20% of the daily RDA. This minor
addition compensates for the 250 mgs that we are lacking on the days without
Few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Sardines which have an
abundance of important nutrients, including potassium, protein, omega-3 fatty
acids, vitamin B-12, iron and calcium in the tiny sardine bones, are a good
source of vitamin D.
Keep in mind that the RDA total calcium recommendation for a mix of foods and
supplements are around 1200 mgs a day of calcium.
I personally believe that especially on the days where we eat canned fish with
the bones, along with other calcium laden foods that we exceed the 1200 mgs RDA.
Again to repeat we don't have a problem with the body handling foods with extra
calcium over the RDA, but we are very careful how much calcium we take from
supplements. If you take calcium supplements make sure there is about a 3 parts
calcium to 1 part magnesium content.
While magnesium helps our body absorb and retain calcium, too much calcium
prevents magnesium from being absorbed. So taking large amounts of calcium
without adequate magnesium may either create malabsorption or a magnesium
deficiency. Whichever occurs, only magnesium can break the cycle.
So with an abundance of calcium laden foods and supplements and an adequate sun
intake it is conceivable one could go overboard especially if you rely on
supplements. Periodic blood tests with the calcium reading along with the 25
hydroxy Vitamin D test will tell you the story especially if you are taking in
Vitamin D via supplements. Remember Vitamin D is a driver in absorbing calcium.
All CBC blood tests will give you the calcium number. They should be in the good
I personally believe that your calcium balance that stabilizes your chemistry is
one of the most important issues a cancer patient or one preventing it can
Again it is worth repeating closely monitoring your urine pH first thing in the
morning with a target of 6.5 pH will tell you whether you are obtaining enough
total alkalinity minerals. If you are running acid (under 6.5 that indicates you
are not obtaining all of the right foods and/or you are eating too much in acid
Below are some notes regarding our personal calcium intake. The first 3 items
below are just a sample of the amount of calcium in certain items, in these
cases per ounce.
The present intake information is our attempt to try to assess how much calcium
we are taking in and what items we are ingesting to do it.
You will note that all of the foods we eat are natural with only a minor
adjustment in supplements on our days when we do not eat fish out of a can and I
might add we eat the best fish money can buy out of the cold waters of the
Northwest. The adjustment is a compensation (about 250 mgs of Calcium) There is
also a calcium carbonate addition to a little soymilk we have on our morning
cereal and although the claim of 300 mgs is reported we have found that calcium
carbonate (Tums) has a much less elemental amount of actual calcium and really
is not a big factor in our overall calcium intake.
General Calcium sample measures in mgs
10 mixed nuts - 1 oz about 70 mg calcium
100 med pumpkin seeds - 1 oz about 12 mg of calcium
2 table spoon flax seed 1 oz. about 50 mg calcium
Present Intake 10-15-10
Soy milk 1 cup 30% of RDA 350 mg (Soy milk using calcium
carbonate) brings a reduction of elemental calcium to
about 125 mgs.
Fish in cans with bones 1/2 can, about 2 ounces, about
1/2 cup, about 200 mgs calcium.
2 portions Spinach (A cup, about a good handful compressed
in one measuring cup and into the smoothie) 150 mgs calcium total
1 portion (a good handful) of Kale (compressed in the cup)
into our smoothie 75 mgs calcium
Extra veggies in smoothie, Chard, Wheat Grass, Aloe Vera (out of our garden)
parsley, basal, spinach total 100 mg (a guess) Could be 200 mg
or more. Again we are not concerned with an excess of calcium derived from
natural live foods.
The greens in 2 salads a day. Guess 150 mgs. Calcium.
Nuts 5 in morning, 5 for lunch, 5 smoothie, 5 supper Aprox.
150 mg total calcium
Pumpkin seeds 100 throughout day 12 mg calcium.
Flax seed 2 table spoons in morning ground up on cereal,
1 table spoon in smoothie 75 mg total.
Calcium breakdown condensed Daily
Soy milk 125 mg elemental
Fish in cans (4 days a week) 250
Spinach in smoothie 100
Greens in salad 100 mg Calcium
Extra Veggies 2 salads 50
Pumpkin seed 10
Flax seed 75
Cottage cheese in salad 50
Black beans in salad 50
Extra Veggies in smoothie 100 +
Just about a 1200 mg total on days when we have fish. Days
without fish one should consider supplements using Life
Extensions Bone Restore. With 5 capsules of Bone Restore
logging in 1200 mgs of Calcium. 1 capsule would log in at
about 250 mgs. This would just about compensate for the
days without fish.
While you may not think that caution is necessary for eating certain foods, both
kale and collard greens can present health problems if you are taking a blood
thinner such as warfarin. The reason involves their vitamin K content. While a
good source of calcium, these greens are excellent sources of vitamin K. This
nutrient is essential for proper blood clotting. However, individuals taking
warfarin must monitor their vitamin K intake due to an increased risk of
bleeding. Both contain well over the RDA of 90 mcg for women and 120 mcg for
men. The Linus Pauling Institute recommends consuming no more than 90 to 120 mcg
of vitamin K daily, and avoiding large fluctuations in intake if you are using a
Below is a great link to calcium foods.
Below a great link on Calcium and the Sun
This information is intended to heighten
awareness of potential health care alternatives
and should not be considered as medical advice.
See your qualified health-care professional for
medical attention, advice, diagnosis, and
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