Myths & Misinformation: What Depletes Calcium

There are two types of calcium found in nature (organic and inorganic). The human body can only recognize and utilize one type of calcium: organic calcium. This bio-available type of calcium found in fruits and vegetables. The physical characteristic of organic calcium is the only available form that the body needs and uses.

“Organic calcium is found within the body in the matrix, spongy living core of the bones. Animal and dairy products contain inorganic calcium, which is not recognized, nor utilized by the body.” Dr. Stanley Kaplan, MD has found that organic calcium losses were elevated markedly in individuals for 3-4 hours after a meal rich in calcium from dairy and high protein.”

"The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a long term study observing a diet consisting of 75 grams of protein per day, along with 1,400 mg. of calcium. It was discovered that a greater amount of calcium was lost through urine than was being absorbed into the body, creating a negative calcium balance. This study confirmed what many health specialists suspected. Protein consumption has the greatest impact on calcium depletion of the bones, even greater than the level of calcium intake through diet."

"A Study of Osteoporotic Fractures Research Group speaking on dietary animal protein intake, suggest an increase in vegetable protein intake and a decrease in animal protein intake may decrease bone loss and the risk of hip fracture."

In the book “The Milk Imperative” the author shows how dairy milk feeds nanobacteria, thus causing many serious diseases. Commenting on the book Dr. Amy Lanou (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, USA) said: “There is a compelling argument that today’s pasteurized milk, in all its guises, has virtually no redeeming features at all, and serves only to cause disease and poor health. By simply switching from dairy to non-dairy milk we will make a dramatic and long-lasting improvement to our health.”

“In Greece the average milk consumption doubled from 1961 to 1977 (and was even higher in 1985), and during the period 1977 - 1985 the age adjusted osteoporosis incidence almost doubled too. In Hong Kong in 1989 twice as much dairy products were consumed as in 1966 and osteoporosis incidence tripled in the same period. Now their milk consumption level is almost “European”, and so is osteoporosis incidence.” 

“Independent medical studies, those not funded by the Dairy Council, have concluded that excessive calcium found in the body (in the blood stream ) will not be recognized.  Instead, this inorganic calcium from animal sources are removed from the blood and collected in the kidneys.  This can lead to the development of kidney stones.  The body requires calcium for life and daily bodily repair.  Since there is no usable calcium available the brain instructs the bone matrix to release organic calcium into the blood stream.  The net result is a loss of calcium from the bone matrix.  This loss causes a weakening of the bone resulting in osteoporosis according to Dr. John McDougall, M.D.”

“Dr. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, has studied nutritional bio-chemistry for forty years. He is the director of the China- Oxford Cornell Study, which is the largest study of diet and disease in medical history, and supports the necessity of organic calcium intake. He agrees that calcium intake should be from fruit and dark green leafy vegetable sources. The absorption of organic calcium takes place readily from the blood in its vital role of carrying out the metabolic processes in the body.”

What other habits can deplete calcium?

* lack of exercise can decrease calcium absorption

* antacids deplete calcium

* caffeine in its many forms, including chocolate

* stressed adrenals deplete calcium

* soda & diet soda depletes calcium

* medications deplete the body of essential calcium absorption such as antibiotics and antidepressants

* magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium

Footnotes:

Dr. Stanley Kaplan, MD - http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html

Hip fracture with milk -  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11124760

Chemicals in every glass of milk http://www.naturalnews.com/033075_milk_chemical_contamination.html


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Hair Loss In Women Doesn't Always Have To Be Permanent

Over the years women, have confided in me about those special times they would donate their locks for cancer patients, and then years later they themselves were feeling less then comfortable about their own thinning hair.  Is there a certain age where everything droops, puckers or falls out, they ask?   

Hair loss is a conversation that not too many of us talk about, unless you’re in the hair business or whisper concerns to your best friend.

I hear women say with a panic tone:  “In two months it will be the beginning of summer vacation and OMG…  my hair is falling out.  Why is this happening to me…?  ” 

Well the reason “Why” is a good question. 

Many well known factors include smoking, radiation, chemotherapy and aging.  But what if you don’t fit into any of those categories? 

If you knew some habits could contribute to hair loss would you make some changes?  

Hair loss Reasons and Tips to follow

  • Low levels of Vitamin B, and Thyroid disruption.  Do you live on sugar or are you addicted to wheat/gluten? These can rob you of Vitamin B’s. (7)
  • Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients.  Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss. (1)
  • A trauma that triggered an unhealthy and sudden weight loss can cause hair loss.  This can also be an eating disorder.  (6)
  • What  OTC’s and other medications do you take daily?   Do you have Depression? (2)
  • Abundance of unnecessary supplements.  Do you supplement instead of eating real whole foods?  Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Stress-Do you live on a diet of stress?  Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. (3)
  • Do you dye your hair or use toxic hair products?    Over the years these can cause endocrine disruption, thinning and hair loss.  It helps to read labels.  If you can’t pronounce it don’t use it.
  • Sugar- Thinning can be related to the changes in the hormone testosterone.  Sugar and alcohol can deplete testosterone levels. An abundance of sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals. 
  • Insomnia-What keeps you awake? Sleep is another “must haves” to help fight hair loss.  A sleep deprived body produces more stress hormones and hair loss.
  • Leaky gut-Poor digestion and utilization of protein can cause hair loss.
  • Oxidative Stress and free radical damage.  Avoid hours in the sun with an “unprotected scalp”. (8)
  • Candida can be linked to dermatitis or atopic dermatitis which can sometimes cause hair loss. (4) 

Healthy hair is a sign of overall good health, so it would make sense that we would want to keep it. Healthy hair thrives on real whole foods/real nutrient rich foods.

So How can we feed our hair? 

Some choices are Spinach, bananas, Brazil nuts for selenium and oysters for zinc. 

To achieve a more balanced healthy lifestyle and improve the health of your hair and scalp, ditch the chips, sugar and processed crap and shop on the outer aisles of the grocery store, or your favorite farmers market, where you'll find fresh organic fruits & veggies. 

With sense of peacefulness and calm, a scalp massage can increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which purportedly stimulate hair follicles in the scalp and keep it healthy.(5) 

Tips:

*Remember to remove toxic chemical laden shampoos and conditioners that can cause hair loss and replace with organic products.

*Ditch the refined sugar, sweets, wheat and processed foods.

*Develop good sleeping habits. Make an intention to get to bed at the same time every night.

*Address Candida and Leaky Gut issues.

* Add Exercise to your day- this helps to release stress.

*Eat more fruits, and green vegetables for depression and healthy hair.

Footnotes:

1- Shrivastava, SB.  (2009).  Diffuse hair loss in an adult female: approach to the diagnosis and management.  Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 75(1):20-7

2- (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

3- Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen] see also Stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15304082)

4- (http://candidaquestions.probacto.com/3330/is-candida-connected-to-eczema-or-atopic-dermatitis)

5- [source: Osborn].  http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/885/Indian-Head-Massage

6- Crash diets, major surgery and hair loss (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

7- Gluten and Hair loss-To date, there have been 100′s of symptoms, syndromes, and diseases linked to gluten exposure for those with gluten sensitivity.  One of these little known diseases is alopecia areata (autoimmune hair loss). Source: Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 1999 Dec;45(4):283-5.

Gluten Can Cause Nutritional Hair Loss as Well…Aside from causing autoimmune hair loss, gluten can cause malnutrition leading to nutritional forms of alopecia.  One of the primary side effects of gluten is damage to the intestinal lining.  This damage can lead to malabsorption of vitamins and minerals

8- Extrinsic factors include smoking, ultraviolet radiation and nutrition and Oxidative stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929555/) see also http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134%2FS2079057013010086

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Can We Co-Exist With Dieting?

We live in a society where dieting has become the norm. It’s now a billion dollar industry and yet diets still fail 95% of the time. Would you board a plane if you knew it only landed 5% of the time? Why is dieting any different? The issue is that we are often set up to crash. Weight loss companies need repeat customers in order to thrive and unfortunately, we suffer as a result. The body is manipulated into losing weight in ways impossible to maintain. Food is no longer food but a number (calories, points), or an emotion (good, bad). Being on a diet becomes a difficult, fearful and unpleasant way of life, which often leads to reverse effects such as overeating and self-blame. You start to think you didn’t try hard enough or something is wrong with you. Now, the mind is reversed to thinking that the only way to happiness again is by being thin. And who’s there with open arms, ready to help tackle the weight battle again, only this time for real?? The industry of course! The vicious cycle is back on.

I’m not trying to negate that the diet industry is completely out to get you. There are definitely some good, solid programs that can help you succeed, however often there is one piece missing. We forget to talk to the one person who knows you better than anyone. Yourself.

Diet and exercise programs can be impersonal. We put all of our trust into someone else’s ideas and rules. They can make you feel like you got yourself into this situation and so continuing to entrust in yourself would be a bad idea. But by ignoring your intuition, we weaken our innate ability to feel hunger and fullness as well as our natural relationship with food to be used as fuel. We also never explore why we developed such issues with food in the first place.

If you feel you that maybe you would like to shift to a more manageable way at a healthy non-diet lifestyle, here are some ideas for the week to get you started.

Start slow. It takes time for your body to adjust and figure out what works best. We cannot plant a seed and then expect it to grow into something grand and beautiful within a day. We must nurture it and be patient. Remember that not every day will be perfect and that is okay. Explore what went wrong and try again, without any pressure or judgments.

Use positive reinforcement. Attitude is a major super hero when comes to attacking pesky pounds! It comes down to believing in yourself and that you deserve to be happy – starting TODAY! Not only will it help you lose weight, but maintain it as well. When a person becomes so invested in the idea that looking a certain way will bring contentment, they very often find that they still are unhappy even after they achieve their goal. This can ultimately lead to self-sabotage and weight gain. By starting to embrace the mindset that you are worth it, you can connect to your inner happiness and use that to guide you even further on your journey.

Befriend yourself. Next time you are looking in the mirror or before you go to bed, give yourself a compliment. It doesn’t have to be about your body if that makes you uncomfortable. Start small. You can note the awesome way you accessorized your outfit or how you paid all your bills on time this month. We are often quick to remind ourselves of the things we are doing wrong, however the positive details should not go unnoticed either. By doing this, you can develop a better sense of self appreciation while building your confidence. And who doesn’t want that??

Remember that is possible to co-exist with food. It just takes a bit of enthusiasm and persistence and soon enough you’ll be on your way to creating the body you want without the agony.

 

Danielle Mercurio

Danielle Mercurio

Danielle Mercurio is a personal life coach and founder of New You City Coaching. She is a passionate about helping city dwellers find balance amongst the chaos, as well as implementing simple and quick solutions to finding inner confidence and outer hotness.