Letter to Council of Responsible Nutrition on calcium study

I certainly hope CRN decides not to contest the news report showing calcium supplements increase the risk for heart attack. I had warned CRN of this some time ago and suggested the industry back away calcium supplementation as a broad recommendation for menopausal women. The rationale against calcium supplementation is as follows:

1. Osteoporosis can be defined as loss of the estrogen signal to hold calcium in bone and deposition of bone calcium into arteries, progressively stiffening and hardening arteries. I believe the onset of menopause is quoted to increase cardiovascular disease by 360%.

2. The provision of supplemental calcium by the International Osteoporosis Foundation was to include diet + supplements, 1200 mg per day. But the American diet typically provides 800-1200 mg calcium per day, suggesting many women don't need calcium supplementation whatsoever.

3. The provision of supplemental calcium is like pouring calcium into a barrel with a hole in the bottom. Since calcium is being lost from bone in menopause, it would be paramount to restore the estrogen signal rather than over-supply calcium.

4. Nature provides all of the safe anti-calcifying agents, vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium and IP6 phytate.

5. The cholesterol theory of artery disease should be abandoned as John Abramson MD of Harvard, author of Overdosed America, has shown that while statin cholesterol-lowering drugs do reduce circulating lipids, there is no evidence statins reduce mortality; 50% of arterial plaque is calcium, only 3% is cholesterol.

6. Clear coronary arteries proven by angiography and a low-circulating cholesterol score do not reduce the risk for a sudden mortal heart attack. But a calcium-arterial score (Agatston score) of zero reduces the risk for a sudden mortal heart attack to near zero. It is calcium, not cholesterol, that causes coronary heart disease (arteriosclerosis, not atherosclerosis). The natural products industry should also back away from products sold to reduce cholesterol. The industry has bought into western medicine's misdirection.

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