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6/6/12 12:12 P

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I think that supplements are appropriate for some people in some instances, but the way Americans take them -- often as a substitute for eating real, nutrient-dense food, and a crutch that enables people to feel safe and "healthy" eating the SAD -- is out of control. Vitamins and minerals are typically less bioavailable in supplement form, and there are countless synergistic relationships that are missed out on when we don't get nutrients from natural (plant) foods.

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supplements never seem right to me and now I know why.

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WOW, those results are about as clear as any study could be. Massive sample size, wide range of participants, outcome that could in no way, shape, or form be attributed to margin of error. "Alarming" is right. I am going to share this with (almost literally) everyone.

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From the FOK website:

May 29, 2012: A report released Friday in the journal Heart found an alarming result: taking a calcium supplement to prevent bone loss puts people at a significantly greater risk for heart attacks. The 24,000 participants in the study, all between the ages of 35 and 64 and taking calcium supplements regularly, were found to be a whopping 86 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who did not take supplements.

According to the study, “Calcium supplements have been widely embraced by doctors and the public on the grounds that they are a natural and therefore safe way of preventing osteoporatic fractures. We should return to seeing calcium as an important component of a balanced diet.”

Dr. Matt Lederman, featured in Forks Over Knives, advises, “There are often unintended consequences when taking nutrients in isolation. The research to date shows that the amount of calcium found in a whole-food plant-based diet is adequate – and that more isn’t necessarily better.”

The authors of the study noted that excessive calcium, a common side effect of taking calcium supplements, is where the harm may begin.

Says Lederman, “For good bone health, the most important factors are eating a healthy plant-based diet, getting an adequate amount of sunshine, and doing strength-oriented exercise.”

There's a link to the report on the FOK website www.forksoverknives.com/calcium-supp
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Many people take unprescribed, over the counter calcium supplements. If you fall into that category, you might want to consult with your physician to be sure that is the right course of treatment for you. There are many plant sources that are high in calcium like collard greens, blackstrap molasses, and fortified plant milk. Here's one list www.pcrm.org/search/?cid=135 If you want more sources, just Google "plant based sources of calcium."

Edited by: PATTK1220 at: 6/4/2012 (18:00)
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