Media coverage on the potential pitfalls of not obtaining enough Vitamin D is missing the point!

16 March 2016  |  Editor

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Is the media missing the point about Vitamin D?

Higher doses of Vitamin D are a positive move, but should we really be prescribing yet more inorganic calcium?

Naturopaths have for many years looked on in horror as main stream medicine continues to develop its nutritional beliefs based on symptomology rather than a truly holistic approach.

The very idea that if the bone lacks density it must all be due to a lack of one mineral, calcium, is in our view quite flawed. Why? we hear you ask.

Well we know that the average British Diet (a surprisingly nutritionally poor diet) delivers more than adequate levels of calcium daily, a reported; 960mg - (DEFRA 2000), with a government RDA (Recommended daily allowance) of 800mg and yet in the case of magnesium (also key to bone density) we only achieve on average 267mg daily (DEFRA 2000), with a government RDA of 375mg daily, thus creating a short fall of approximately 108mg daily, and naturopathic nutritionalists would suggest you need even more than this level.

The practise of supplementing 1,000mg of calcium carbonate daily (inorganic calcium – otherwise known as chalk - an antacid which can block the absorption of other key nutrients) is in our view most unwise.  Our modern highly processed diets already lack what we would consider to be optimum levels of magnesium so adding an extra 1,000mg of calcium or more as they seem to be calling for, will throw this delicate mineral balance out even further.

If we were to follow these suggestions this is what you would get!

Calcium at least 1960mg / magnesium 267mg a ratio of 7 / 1.  The significants of this is that calcium is a contractor of muscle and magnesium is a natural antispasmodic (relaxant).

We believe in a healthy overall balance of approximately 2-1 in favour of calcium (this is a combined dietary and supplementation intake) However, at a ratio of 7/1 we have concerns about other health issues that might manifest themselves:

  • Increased chances of a heart attack
  • Increased chances of Kidney Stones

Over and above these examples mentioned we believe this approach could manifest itself as calcification almost anywhere in the body. In simple terms it is excessive and can speed up the aging processes like hardening of the arteries.

What do we do different?

When it comes to supplementing the diet we believe that hydration and an overall balance of these key electrolytes is the key, over doing any one mineral without supplementing others is an unwise move.

Surely we need more calcium in cases of osteoporosis and arthritis?

Well as we have demonstrated above, these illnesses are very unlikely to be due to a lack of calcium; we know the average British diet delivers enough.  However, in stubborn cases of osteoporosis and arthritis we believe the first thing one should address is the alkalinity and hydration of the body at a cellular level as these issues are often due to over acidity and misplacment of calcium.

Women in their 50’s are most vulnerable to these diseases. We believe this is often because once they lose their ability to offload acidic toxicity through the menstrual cycle, these toxins can build up in the body and they have to be stored somewhere. To help reduce this acidity, the body will leach calcium from the bone to reduce the acidity of the toxin (just like a digestive antacid). This excessive calcification will then be stored in the body, often starting in the tips of fingers and toes, moving to wrists and ankles, shoulders and hips, i.e. keeping these potentially harmful acidic toxins as far away from vital organs like the heart as possible.

So in such cases, rather than adding high levels of calcium, we should be alkalising the body (it's the old five a day plus many more greens story), ideally supported by a good cellular detox programme. Also reducing where appropriate acid forming, diuretic drinks, tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. Also reducing our intake of sodium (Salt), wheat and dairy produce,  and ideally drinking plenty of filtered water, no more than a pint in any one hour, consumed luke warm, sip it, don't gulp it down.

Once this is in place we should supplement the diet with high absorption organic natural minerals. Preferably this would deliver magnesium and calcium in a 2:1 ratio in favour of the magnesium, to adjust the short fall of the magnesium from the diet. If possible this would also deliver other key bone density supporting cofactors, Silica, Zinc, Vitamin C, Manganese, Boron and others.