Calcium toxicity – are you taking in too much calcium?
Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on August 2, 2008
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Oct 23, 2004 20:53 PDT Calcium Toxicity
http://coldcure.com/html/dep.html#milkThe third dietary cause of inadequate intracellular magnesium is competition by calcium. This is one very obvious cause, particularly to people who have gone off their ridiculous calcium supplements and dairy products diet and gotten much better in just a day or two.
To those people that refuse to eliminate calcium supplementation (perhaps due to previous advice from a physician), I offer my condolences and hope that you have a good long-term health care insurance policy.
People ask me if I worry about not getting enough calcium by “over” emphasizing magnesium. People seem to want to supplement their already calcium-rich, dairy product laden diets with calcium too, not magnesium. Some people are actually afraid to stop drinking milk, even though they are toxic from drinking too much of it and supplementing with
calcium to theoretically “prevent osteoporosis”.
The dairy industry has used “osteoporosis prevention” as a marketing tool for calcium. However, milk and calcium supplements do not seem to be the correct answer.
In countries where dairy products are commonly consumed, there are actually more hip fractures than in other countries. When put to the test, most studies show that dairy products and calcium supplements have little effect on osteoporosis. As surprising as that may be, when researchers have measured bone loss in postmenopausal women, most have found that calcium intake has little effect on the bone density of the spine. There is also little or no effect on bone at the hip, where serious breaks can occur. Some studies have found a small effect from calcium intake on bone density in the forearm. The overall message seems to be that, as long as one is not grossly deficient in calcium, calcium supplements and dairy products do not have much beneficial effect.
Science magazine (August 1, 1996) noted: “…the large body of evidence indicating no relationship between calcium intake and bone density.”
For one thing, *hormones* very carefully regulate the amount of calcium in bones.
Other studies have shown that increasing “magnesium intake” increases bone ‘absorption’ of calcium.
The balance of calcium and magnesium must be maintained, and since there is plenty of calcium in our diets, bone density increases from extra magnesium is an automatic reaction.
On the other hand, simply increasing calcium intake does not fool these hormones into building more bone, any more than delivering an extra load of bricks will convince a construction crew to build a larger building.
Psychiatrists have known for many years that loss of hormonal control of calcium causes severe mental illnesses (dementias) including depression. Apparently, long term, stress with excessive calcium intake and limited magnesium intake can cause loss of hormonal control of calcium.
What happens to people that go cold-turkey on dairy and calcium supplements?
In the spring of 1998, I had a heel bone density test done using the new FDA approved Sahara ultrasound test for osteoporosis, which is made by the Hologic Company. The test cost me $20 and was totally painless, as are all ultrasounds. It was conducted by a respected local clinic, so what did I have to loose?
My 1998 test result was taken when I was 58. I had a new test done in Spring of 2003. These are my test results for 1998 and 2003. My wife said I was (and still am) very hard headed, and these tests confirm her observations.
Until I became depressed in 1999, I had been practicing the high- calcium-is-good-for-you-concept too. My bone density has fallen a bit, but my bone density is still 1 standard deviation higher than average. My heel bone density remains high, and T-Scores changed from +0.6 to +0.1 over the five years.
These T-Scores are indicative of very low risk of bone breakage from osteoporosis.
Obviously my bone density was not damaged by no-more-calcium-than-I- can-obtain from vegetables.
Also, I drink de-ionized (essentially distilled) water without any mineral content, so that is not a source of hidden calcium. My mental health is much better with low calcium and I very much believe in very low calcium as a healthy way of living, but only if there is adequate magnesium. Please contact Hologic and find a local clinic that can do this test for you before you terminate calcium. Recheck each year.
Calcium toxicity is something that even the National Dairy Council
has a great concern, saying near the bottom of their page:
“However, overuse of calcium-fortified foods, calcium supplements,
or antacids containing calcium may increase risk of calcium
characterized by high blood levels of calcium, kidney
damage, and calcification of soft tissues.”
High blood levels of calcium are called hypercalcemia,
which can cause: nausea, vomiting, alterations
of mental status, abdominal or flank (kidney) pain, constipation,
lethargy, depression, weakness and vague muscle/joint aches,
polyuria, headache, coma (severe elevation) and death (particularly
in the elderly who are more sensitive to excess calcium).
Kidney damage includes kidney stones.
Do you really want to have “calcified soft tissues”?
They include calcified arteries (hardening of the arteries),
calcified heart valves (mitral valve prolapse),
and calcified tendons.
As we age, calcium also accumulates in the soft tissues of the body.
When calcium deposits in dead tissue, it is called dystrophic
calcium (like atherosclerotic plaques).
When excess calcium becomes deposited in living tissue, it is called
*metastatic* calcium (like arteriosclerosis).
Heart attacks and death often result from excess accumulations of
calcium in these conditions but do not occur from excess magnesium,
which appears highly protective.
When calcium gets into cells, the cells turn on, whatever “on” is
for those cells. In the case of stress-induced depression and
mental disorders, the cells are the neurosynaptic cells of the brain
discussed in depth here.
When calcium enters a muscle cell, the muscle *contracts*.
If excessive calcium stays there, the muscle stays *contracted* and
results in ‘severe pain’.
The familiar knots in our upper backs and necks are just such
*calcified* muscles that are stuck in the “on” or contracted
The pathological version of this condition is called
*fibromyalgia* where there are many such knotted muscles.
The extreme example of this is *rigor mortis* (as in death),
in which all the muscles of the body are flooded with calcium and
contract – permanently.
As we age, we accumulate more and more dystrophic and metastatic
and become stiffer and stiffer.
The solution, balance excess calcium with excess magnesium, or
simply don’t indulge in the Calcium-At-Any-Cost campaign!
Feel like you have been lied to? Yes? You are right.
Interestingly, physicians now,(finally) report that low blood
calcium can be caused by underactive parathyroid glands, low calcium
in the diet, severe burns or infections, pancreatitis, kidney
failure, or low blood magnesium.
Which of these six possible ways to develop low blood calcium is
most likely to be cause of low calcium in the Western diet?
Anybody remember magnesium fortification or magnesium promotions by
Any danger here? No.
How about calcium promotions and advertisements?
Aren’t they everywhere?
Given this apparent intent to ‘poison” Americans with calcium, why
would anyone be concerned at this juncture about overdoing
Is this Al Qaeda’s secret weapon for killing Americans? NO!
We invented this one all by ourselves, probably thanks to the NIH’s
unbalanced consensus statement on calcium
(a monograph absent balance with magnesium).
Nothing that I am saying should be construed to mean anything more
we must feed ourselves in a way that keeps our magnesium and calcium
or, in many of our cases, reestablish a proper, healthy calcium
magnesium balance, nearly
always by “reducing” calcium overloads and ‘increasing’ magnesium.
If we don’t want to balance our calcium and magnesium ratios using
supplemental magnesium and a low calcium diet, we can always allow
psychiatrists to do it with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
All of these effects are exaggerated in space flight, and pose
serious problems of heart attacks during flight and post flight.
In addition to the previously described ischemic mechanisms which
may lead to calcium overload of the *myocardium* and the *arterial
and potentially leading to a myocardial infarction (heart attack),
complicating space flights,
can precipitate calcium overload with
cell necrosis, i.e. catecholamine elevations, insulin resistance and
magnesium ion loss and deficiency.
A major effort is in place to maintain magnesium serum levels during
space flight, because loss of
magnesium during space flight is found to be a limiting factor on
space flight duration.
The loss of magnesium is much greater in men and current interest in
women in space flight is stimulated by their
lower losses of magnesium.
Candida albicans yeast is a serious problem in space flight because
it depletes acidophilus bacteria and
would greatly reduce magnesium absorption.
One might hypothesize that female astronauts are strongly interested
in preventing vaginal yeast infections in space flights and that
use acidophilus, a major promoter of magnesium absorption
prophylactically, thus explaining these differences.
Scientists and physicians will want to read this ten-page report
titled “Calcium and Magnesium Deposits in Disease”, by Mildred S.
Seelig, MD, MPH of the American College of Nutrition, a world-class
expert on magnesium.
This article points out that most abnormal *mineral deposits* are
“calcareous” occurring in areas of tissue damage that can be caused
Mineralization of arteries and heart by calcium excess, magnesium
Atherogenic and/or calcemic diets.
Low magnesium and spontaneous myocardial infarction.
High vitamin-D and/or phosphate diet intensifies magnesium
Stress and catecholamines.
Mitochondrial lesions of ischemic hearts resemble those of magnesium
Diabetes increases *myocardial calcium* (Ca)
400 times normal.
Mineralization by ‘calcium’ of human *arteriosclerotic* arteries
with aging due to lifelong magnesium deficiency.
Infantile and juvenile cardiovascular calcification resemble
experimental magnesium deficiency.
Cardiovascular *calcification* in diabetes mellitus and renal
failure, kidneys, urolithiasis, effect of magnesium in preventing.
Soft tissue calcification inhibition by magnesium.
Chrondrocalcinosis, enlarged joints, pseudogout Ca-PP-
Inhibit subcutaneous calcification by injection of CaATP with
Articular calcification of uremia.
Interstitial and periarticular calcinosis.
Vitamin- D toxicity.
Cardiovascular damage prevented by magnesium.
These and other
similar conditions, even in absence of magnesium deficiency, may be
responsive to magnesium treatment over a one year period.
The “Calcium-At-Any-Cost” campaign currently underway in the United
states appears identical to the “Vitamin D-At-Any-Cost” campaign of
the early part of the twentieth century.
After many years of campaigning for a diet richer in vitamin-D,
people began to get far too much with serious consequences.
Normal exposure to sunlight provides enough vitamin-D to satisfy
healthy bodily processes for most of us (exceptions including
clinical cases of Season Affective disorder (SAD), and possibly dark-
skinned people living in low- sunlight conditions).
Supplementing with vitamin-D, pills, enriched breakfast foods,
milk, and other sources of vitamin D led to an
of ‘calcification’ of ‘soft’ tissues, such as the kidney,
heart, aorta, muscle, hypercalcemia, decalcification of bone,
muscular weakness, joint pains, and various other symptoms,
all being symptoms of excess calcium.
The “Vitamin D-At-Any-Cost” campaign was replaced by the “Calcium-At-
Any-Cost” campaign, which has failed us too.
It is time to get serious and address the real problem, magnesium
EDITORIAL OPINION: If a health consciousness revolution
occurs and magnesium gets the ‘attention’ currently afforded
great displacement is likely in medicine, because much of modern
clinical practice appears built on the foundation of faulty
For those of us that have consumed too much calcium relative to
magnesium, excess calcium has become a *neurotoxin*.
For example, I used to be so sensitive to calcium, that a single 500
mg calcium dietary supplement induced in me a strong feeling of
depression within 1 hour (relievable with 400 mg magnesium).
To me, this is clear evidence that either treatment-resistant or
stress-induced depression are not necessarily psychological or
psychiatric disorders (although depression certainly can be).
Rather, these forms of depression are a disorder of calcium /
Many people, women usually, e-mail me saying that magnesium did not
terminate their depression. I always respond with a request for them
to review their dietary supplements and dairy intake for calcium.
Invariably, they report between 1000 and 2000 mg daily intake of
calcium, as dietary supplements plus dairy, or that they used a non-
ionizable compound of magnesium, such as magnesium carbonate,
magneisum oxide or magnesium hydroxide.
People have also used
magnesium chelates of undescribed nature, magnesium aspartate or
magnesium glutamate with greatly worsened symptoms.
I report back to them that in my opinion their calcium intake is
preventing their recovery and their choice of magnesium compounds is
Those that make the suggested changes usually report back to me with
really nice words of praise and thanks you notes for their very
From these results and others, we can infer that large doses of
ionic magnesium in the treatment of depression and
other disorders either: (a) restore hormonal control of calcium or
(b) rebalence the calcium / magnesium serum ratio.
In my opinion, re-balancing the calcium / magnesium ratio is more
The effects of magnesium, although extremely strong, are short-
lived; and continued magnesium supplementation is usually required
to maintain well being.
If hormonal control were re-established, it seems to me that we
would not need continued large doses of magnesium daily.
This is not to say that over a long time, hormonal
control may eventually result, particularly if we eliminate sugar
and other high glycemic index foods from our diets and supplement
with chromium and possibly vanadium.
Viewed under a dark field microscope, these red blood cells taken
from a Gulf War medical reporter show many small spikes sticking out
from their surfaces.
These cell-surface spikes are produced by
severe intracellular magnesium depletion and *excess* calcium
resulting in echinocytes.
I wonder if presence of echinocytes is predictive of who will
benefit from magnesium therapy in treatment
of depression and other disorders.
I suspect magnesium treatment eventually eliminates echinocytes,
restoring the picture of normal
red blood cells.
From this microphotograph, overdoing calcium supplements and foods
in calcium (especially dairy products)
and ignoring magnesium dietary intake appears to result in visible
cellular “calcium toxicity”.
This photograph is amazing; and should illustrate a new way of
determining severe, potentially life- threatening calcium/magnesium
The presence of spikes would prevent spiked blood cells from flowing
smoothly through arteries and veins.
It seems to me that spiked red blood cells (echinocytes) passing
through the arteries and arterioles of the heart and brain could
trigger strokes and heart attacks and all
precursor symptoms associated with these disorders.
Remember magnesium is used to regulate receptor sites for
neurotransmitters, and is active in the hippocampus (the emotional
center of the body). Our children may be at great risk because they
think they need to remain thin to be accepted.
Those foods that are high in magnesium that would help them cope
with the stresses of
growing up (school yard bullies, PMSing teen girls, and teen life in
general) are not on their plates.
However, milk and cheese products
are on their plates, and calcium/magnesium imbalances may contribute
to school violence in manic or manic depressive (bi-polar) students.
Without enough magnesium, these young people can lose control over
their moods, sometimes with devastating results. Violence or
meanness to others has not been reported in the medical literature
to be caused by insufficient magnesium except in some ADHD, mania or
Consequently, I am not worried about ADHD, manic, manic depressive,
depressive patients getting too much magnesium, rather I am
that our calcium / magnesium
balance be corrected.
My worries about milk are additive to what some scientists worry
about concerning homogenized milk.
“Homogenizing cow’s milk transforms healthy butterfat into
spheres of fat containing xanthine oxidase (XO) which is one of the
powerful digestive enzymes there is.
The spheres are small enough to pass ‘intact’ right through the
stomach and intestines walls without first being digested.
Thus this extremely powerful protein knife, XO,
floats throughout the body in the blood and lymph systems.
When the XO breaks free from its fat envelope, it ‘attacks’ the
inner wall of whatever vessel it is in.
This *creates* a wound. The wound triggers the arrival of patching
plaster to seal off that wound.
The patching plaster is “cholesterol”.
Hardening of the arteries, heart disease, chest pain, heart attack
is the result.” Atherosclerosis,1989;77:251-6. If you really want
the scoop, and don’t mind reading about the “pus” in milk, enjoy
site.Some depressed people appear to need more calcium because
tests show that they are in a negative calcium balance.
That means they leak not just magnesium (hypomagnesemia), but
They may have accelerated bone loss perhaps from post menopausal
osteoporosis or other diseases or disorders. They are in a bad
If they increase calcium they often become more depressed.
If they decrease calcium they believe that they risk breaking bones
from osteoporosis or osteomalacia.
Magnesium deficiency is usually associated with hypocalcemia (low
blood calcium), hypophosphatemia (low phosphate), and/or hypokalemia
Hypokalemia or hypocalcemia are important clinical complications of
hypomagnesemia. When a person is unresponsive to treatment for
hypokalemia or hypocalcemia, magnesium may have been depleted. What
The medical literature clearly supports taking more magnesium and
taking *boron* supplements or eating foods high in
*boron* to help prevent the loss of these critical minerals.
Hypokalemia can also be treated by switching from plain table salt
(sodium chloride) to Celtic Sea Salt.
Hypocalcemia has been treated with calcium supplements, but in
depression and hyperemotionality,
the doses needed are much lower
and can be easily be obtained from lower calcium content food (non
How about CalMax, the heavily TV promoted calcium supplement with
magnesium? NOT FOR US! NO!
Why not? First, CalMax is very expensive,and second it has a highly
absorbable compound of calcium (calcium gluconate) and a poorly
absorbed magnesium compound (magnesium carbonate).
Although CalMax is on the right track, the ratios of calcium (400 mg
per dose) versus magnesium (200 mg) are biologically
misleading because the calcium is so much better absorbed than
I estimate that CalMax is the biologically functional
equivalent of 400 mg calcium and about 75 mg of magnesium.
Consequently, to get 1000 mg (for example) of biologically available
magnesium from CalMax daily, one would also get over 5000 mg of
calcium, which is decidedly unhealthy.
How about Coral Calcium? HA!
How about Caltrate? HA! You figure these out for yourself!
Calcium has been hyped as an anti-cancer agent recently on TV.
However, these scientists reported in 1986 that large amounts of
calcium supplements are promoters of cancer relative to the clear
anti-cancer action of both zinc and magnesium supplements.
These scientists reported in 2003 that large supplements of calcium
increase the “rate” of prostate cancer.
This is not to say that normal intake of calcium found in foods
causes cancer, rather large amounts
of supplemental calcium does nothing to help prevent it and appears
to promote prostate cancer.
Cadmium is a well-known cancer causative agent, which is inactivated
in the body by both zinc and magnesium
supplements but not by calcium supplements according to these
Consequently protection against cancer is afforded by
zinc and magnesium supplementation, but not large doses of calcium
supplements; and very large intake of calcium supplements should be
considered to be promotive of cancer.
In fact, a comprehensive review of the evidence links the
consumption of milk from cows
treated with bovine growth hormone (IGF-1 or insulin-like growth
factor 1) with an increased risk of breast, prostate and colon
IGF-1 is known to stimulate the growth of both normal and
I had an Exatest intracellular mineral test done in March of 2003, 3
years after starting and very carefully maintaining a low calcium
diet (zero calcium supplements, and nearly zero dairy products).
I was concerned that after 3 years of extremely low calcium intake
that perhaps I had “over done it”. I was very surprised to find that
my intracellular calcium was out-of-range-HIGH.
The high intracellular calcium made my intracellular
phosphorous/calcium ratio extremely low and my intracellular
magnesium/calcium too low.
I had tried to limit my sodium intake (like our doctors tell us to
do), and was amazed to find that both my intracellular potassium and
sodium levels were also out-of-range-LOW.
See my full report from IntraCellular Diagnostics here for overall
results and here for
individual element concentrations and ratios. I strongly urge all to
take this test before starting a magnesium repletion program and
monitor progress after first month of treatment, and again on a
regular monthly or bi-monthly basis.
You may be surprised to find very low intracellular magnesium and
very high intracellular calcium are seriously affecting your health.
To avoid possible circadian rhythm errors, test at the same time
each day, preferably between 9 and 10 AM.
Why do you think we have been lied to about the extreme
importance to supplement our diets with calcium?
Why do you think that billions of people throughout the non-Western
world have never supplemented their diets with calcium
and never drink milk and have no osteoporosis?
This figure from Dr. Seelig’s new book (The Magnesium Factor) shows
that in 1977 Western countries having the highest dietary calcium to
magnesium ratios (Finland, United States and Netherlands) had
*ischemic* ‘heart disease’.
More data here.
On the other hand,Japan with a one to one ratio of
calcium to magnesium had about 1/10 the incidence of ischemic heart
Why do we keep pushing the idea that more and more calcium is
when in fact, it is a principal cause, perhaps the main
cause, of heart disease and deaths in the United States?
Are there some vested commercial interests at work here?
Why doesn’t the National Institute of Health speak to
this horrifying issue? Why doesn’t the Food and Drug Administration
Why do doctors, nutritionists and dietitians push this toxic
Are they stupid?
If there is any good to come from taking away our rights to free
choice of vitamins, minerals, herbs and amino acids through
implementation of the treaty provisions of CODEX, one
would hope that calcium supplements would be prohibited.
I suspect that vested interests will prevail and magnesium
supplements will be restricted, but not harmful calcium, sodium or
Dr. Seelig points out that immediately after this data was
released in 1978,
Finland took action and people started consuming
much more magnesium and potassium and much less calcium and sodium,
and that now Finland
has a ischemic heart disease rate lower than Japan.
Did the U.S. take similar action? Ha! You gotta be kidding!
Like calcium and magnesium, phosphate is essential to every cell in
humans, plants, animals – every living thing.
It is necessary for
many of the biochemical molecules and processes that define life
Phosphate is a charged group of atoms, or ion. It is made up
of a phosphorus atom and four oxygen atoms (PO4) and carries three
negative charges. The phosphate ion combines with various atoms and
molecules within living organisms to form many different compounds
essential to life.
Some examples of phosphate’s role in living matter include: (1)
Giving shape to DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid),
which is a blueprint of genetic contained in every living cell. A
sugar-phosphate backbone forms the helical structure of every DNA
molecule, playing a vital role in the way living matter provides
energy for biochemical reactions in cells.
The compound adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is extremely
dependent upon adequate magnesium for its function) stores energy
living matter gets from
food (and sunlight in plants) and releases it when it is required
for cellular activity.
After the energy, in the form of a high-energy phosphate bond, is
released the ATP becomes a lower-energy adenosine diphosphate (ADP)
or a still lower-energy adenosine
monophosphate (AMP) molecule.
These will be replenished to the
higher-energy ATP (or ADP) state with the addition of phosphate by
various mechanisms in living cells.
The forming and strengthening of
bones and teeth. We get phosphate from the foods we eat.
These examples show the *phosphorus* content of some foods (mg/100
grams of various foods).
Lean Beef 204
Wheat Flour 101
Cheddar Cheese 524
Do we get too much phosphate?
For some people eating too much cheese, yes, they are getting too
much calcium and phosphate,
contributing significantly to magnesium deficiency.
High phosphate (phosphoric acid) content soda (Coca Colas and Pepsi
Colas) probably should be avoided, if for no other reason they are
also high in glucose.
Am I greatly worried about too much phosphate in our diets?
Not yet, but only if we avoid cheese and its dual phosphate and
In summary, we can do much with our diet. We can ingest enormous
amounts of magnesium (and fight off diarrhea), or we can save money
by using less magnesium, ingest few or no high carbohydrate foods
(especially sugar, corn syrup, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages,
bread, cakes, pancakes and waffles ), terminate our
fascination with dairy and calcium
(along with cheese’s excessive phosphate),
and supplement with probiotics to regain our mental
health and defeat depression.
Also, we will not need those nasty antidepressants!
Milk – Hazard or Cure? ———————————————————————
Scientist Robert Anderson exposes a myth behind New Zealand’s
&hl=en&start=65&ie=UTF-8Is anything more aggravating than buying what you understand to be
organic food only to discover that it is not organic and that
has, once again, “meddled” with it?
My wife returned from a supermarket recently having purchased a
of “Simply Organic” milk. On reading the label more closely we found
was nothing of the sort. In the fine print we read that, as well as
being pasteurised, this so called “organic milk” was also
But, you ask, “homogenising was developed for the benefit of
surely?” Not true. Homogenising was developed to reduce the fat
particles to such a fine extent they no longer separate out, so that
milk lasts longer on the shelf. It is only one of many processes
now subjected to entirely for commercial purposes. Consumers have to
contend with foods being irradiated, genetically engineered,
and processed using any other novel method that will benefit the
corporations producing it. Homogenising extends milk shelf-life to
days or so. It has no beneficial food value; in fact, the very
According to government statistics, 50 percent of New Zealanders die
from heart disease, 25 percent from cancer and five percent from
diabetes. Now, it seems, homogenised milk may be a leading
Dr Kurt Oster, head of cardiology in Connecticut, has been
and gathering evidence about homogenised milk for over 20 years.
questionable process began being introduced by dairy companies as
back as 1932. Most of the milk consumed in the US is now
Oster’s findings conclusively show that in the process of extending
shelf life and stopping the cream separating out of milk, medicine
clear culprit for increased arteriosclerosis. Dr Oster’s findings
the formation of the plaque which clogs arteries directly to
According to Dr Oster, with Dr Donald Ross of Fairfield University
Dr John Zikakis of the University of Delaware, homogenising allows
enzyme xanthine oxidase (XO) to pass intact into the blood stream.
it attacks the plasmologen tissue of the artery walls and parts of
heart muscle. This causes lesions that the body tries to heal by
down a protective layer of cholesterol. The end result is scar
and calcified plaques with a build-up of cholesterol and other fatty
deposits. We call these arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis.
to these experts, dietary cholesterol is not the main cause of heart
attacks; it is homogenised milk.
Finns consume about 272kg of milk each per year; 90 percent is
homogenised, meaning 245kg of homogenised milk per Finn per year.
Swedes drink about 60 percent as much milk, but only two percent of
is homogenised (only 4.9kg per year). The heart attack death rate in
Finland is more than three times the Swedish level (about
compared with only 75/100,000). These statistics should serve to
that something is seriously wrong.
Homogenisation could also be one of the major reasons for allergies
milk. As Dr Oski said in the finish of his disturbing book, Don’t
Your Milk,4 “Milk has no valid claim as the perfect food. As
it produces allergies in infants, diarrhoea and cramps in the older
child and adult, and may be a factor in the development of heart
Fragmenting the fats – how it works
When milk is not homogenised two important constituents – Xanthine
oxidase (XO) and the cream – are digested first in our stomachs and
in the small intestine. These digested components are then
normally by our body. According to Dr Oster’s studies, homogenising
allows a large portion of the XO and fat molecules to pass straight
the bloodstream unaltered.
Homogenisation forces the milk under extreme pressure, through tiny
holes. This breaks up the normally large fat particles into tiny
and forces the fat to form tiny molecular clusters, thus ensuring
the molecules do not regroup and form a cream layer on top of the
Instead, in this denatured state, they stay suspended in the milk.
However, not only do they not regroup, the process also makes
almost impossible. The tiny molecules enter the bloodstream directly
undigested fat – not exactly the best for human health.
Xanthine oxidase has a very specific function in our bodies. It
down purine compounds into uric acid, which is a waste product. The
liver of several animals, including humans, contains Xanthine
specifically for this purpose.
However, as Dr Oster said, “When foreign XO, such as that from cow’s
milk, enters the bloodstream it causes havoc by attacking specific
targets within the artery walls.” The “specific target” which Dr
refers to, as mentioned earlier, is the plasmologen tissue making up
artery cell walls. Plasmologen is vital as it holds together the
membranes within the artery walls. Any damage from foreign Xanthine
oxidase causes lesions to the artery walls. The body, in its efforts
protect and repair them, immediately responds by “patching” the
with calcified plaque. In the later stages of arteriosclerosis and
atherosclerosis, arteries lose their elasticity as additional
deposited. Calcification of the arteries can contribute to high
pressure which is actually not a disease by itself, merely a
has been found in some samples that plasmologen was missing in
wall lesions and plaques. The mystery was solved when researchers
XO in the plaques. The two substances cannot co-exist.
So what should we do?
Firstly, we must minimise non-preferred fats in the diet. Preferred
include fish oils and seafood oils, evening primrose oil, flaxseed
olive oil, and small amounts of butter. Non-preferred fats include
homogenised milk fats, processed oils, margarine and excess animal
The use of trans-fatty acids (bad fats) potentially results in
deterioration of cell membranes and a degradation of the immune
Even standard milk pasteurisation brings problems
It changes calcium into an insoluble form which we can no longer
The old myth that you can get calcium from milk is very shaky indeed
we have major increases in osteoporosis even though plenty of milk
It is a common misconception that dairy products are a good source
calcium. But the amount of phosphorus also in milk blocks its
absorption. People who drink a lot of milk have even been found to
a higher incidence of osteoporosis.
Furthermore, the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research has shown
pasteurisation destroys the vitamin A, around 38 percent of the
B complex, and about 50 percent of the vitamin C content of milk.
Research has also shown that an anti-cancer metabolite contained in
milk is destroyed in pasteurisation, and many enzymes are also
A recent study by Auckland medical researchers,2 published in the
issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal, also suggests a strong
between consuming milk with A1 beta-casein – which most New
consume each day – and heart disease and Type 1 diabetes.
One of the most outspoken opponents of dairy products is American,
William Ellis, who said: “Over my 42 years of practice, I’ve
more than 25,000 blood tests for my patients. These tests show
conclusively, in my opinion, that adults who use milk products do
absorb nutrients as well as adults who don’t. Of course, poor
absorption, in turn, means chronic fatigue.”3
While pasteurising may well ruin several valuable components in
homogenising makes it much worse.
Robert Anderson Ph.D
If you still opt to drink milk, make sure that you carefully read
label on your next bottle. Homogenised is not organic!
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