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How Much Calcium?

In the past the calcium level in my blood was too high and my OB/GYN physician said to discontinue taking a calcium supplement; I also have a history of developing calcium kidney stones, and have osteopenia. I was told to take calcium with vitamin D, but am confused on the relationship of calcium and kidney stones and whether or not to begin the calcium with D again.

This is a great question–What are the optimum levels of calcium, vitamin D for bone health, and do those levels change if you develop calcium kidney stones?

I will tell you my general philosophies in this arena.

  • First, I cannot find any science behind taking more than 1,000 mg of calcium into your body daily, which includes both supplements and food. I recommend 500 mg to 750 mg taken orally as a supplement, so perhaps your supplement intake should be closer to the 500 mg range because of the calcium kidney stone history.
  • In the face of osteopenia and osteoporosis, I am against the bisphosphonates, Fosamax or Actonel because they interfere with bone repair.
  • My approach to bone health is to supply all the minerals the body needs for the bones, including calcium and magnesium in equal amounts (about 500 to 750 mg per day), zinc, boron, manganese, copper, strontium, silicon.
  • All of these are found in potent multivitamins except strontium and silicon, for which I add an additional supplement that supplies those two.

There are other medical conditions that need to be addressed for maximum bone health.  This should be done with your physician.

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Kidney Stones

Just had kidney stones removed. One was very large, golf ball size, and was hooked in place by a very low grade malignant tumor.
The Dr has me on 300mg allopurinol daily for at least the next year. The stones were 80% uric acid.

Do you have anything better or is this OK?

Uric acid is formed from purines which are present in certain foods.  You may want to avoid those foods. Those foods include

  • beer,
  • other alcoholic beverages,
  • anchovies,
  • sardines in oil,
  • fish roes,
  • herring,
  • yeast,
  • liver,
  • kidneys,
  • sweetbreads,
  • legumes,
  • dried beans,
  • peas,
  • meat extracts,
  • gravies,
  • mushrooms,
  • spinach,
  • asparagus, and
  • cauliflower.

Black currant juice has been advocated to prevent uric acid kidney stones, perhaps because of its alkalinizing ability.   It increases the release of oxalic acid, which may contribute to uric acid stones.  Research is sparse in this area.

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Kidney Stones

Do you have a natural alternative to help in passing kidney stones?

We use intravenous magnesium, as it relaxes muscle spasms, and it seems to permit the stone to pass through the ureter to the bladder and be passed.  Orally, you cannot get high enough levels, but it might be worth a try. Find someone that does nutritional IVs with high dose magnesium.  Sometimes the urologist needs to do his procedure no matter what we do.

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Side Effects with Epilepsy Drug

FDA Warns About Drug For Epilepsy

Zonegran is another medication for seizures whose post-release findings show that it can cause a metabolic disorder, excessive acidity, which can increase the risks of kidney stones and bone diseases. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Continue reading Side Effects with Epilepsy Drug

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Carbohydrates: Heroes or Villains?

“Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates

Did your grandmother teach you, as mine did, that you are what you eat? We used to chuckle about her obsession with whole wheat, and felt she was going overboard when she counseled us to avoid sugar. Grandma lived to a ripe old age, and she was sharp-witted and ambulatory to the very end. Now, years after her death, science is “discovering” the Continue reading Carbohydrates: Heroes or Villains?