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The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn't Know Could Kill You Paperback – July 2, 2008

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About the Author

Dr. Robert Thompson practices advanced clinical nutrition, bio-identical hormone replacement and anti-aging medicine in Soldotna and Anchorage, Alaska where he has lived nearly 30 years. He has a great passion for helping his patients find their way back to health through individualized mineral and hormone balancing and improved nutrition. See Kathleen Barnes is a health journalist, health advocate and author of numerous natural health and sustainable living books. Her website is

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: InTruth Press (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981581854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981581859
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Barnes is the author, coauthor, or editor of 17 natural health books.

Kathleen had an early career in newspapers and a 10-year stint as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Africa for ABC and CNN before returning to the U.S. to embark on a new career as a health writer, editor and publisher.

For six years, Kathleen wrote the weekly natural health column for Woman's World magazine, and she has been part of the effort to raise public awareness of the subject of natural health for more than thirty years, as a writer, life coach and yoga teacher.

Her passion for wellness and sustainable living has its roots in the early days of the natural health movement. She became a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher in the early 1970s at a time when yoga was considered "weird." She acknowledges that she was on the fringes of the yoga wave, the rising public awareness of healthy living and a variety of formerly ridiculed natural healing modalities that have now been scientifically validated and embraced by mainstream medicine and widely accepted by society.

Kathleen and her husband, Joe, live in a very rural and "magically beautiful" cedar home in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, seven miles from a town of 6,000 people. They are caretakers of one beautiful acre of land, two horses, two dogs and a cantankerous cat. Various grandchildren and other extended family brighten the landscape from time to time, eager helpers with the extensive vegetable and herb gardens.

Kathleen and Joe spend their leisure time riding their horses, gardening and in a variety of Earth-related spiritual pursuits.

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michael Roth on December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Calcium Lie
by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes
InTruth Press, c. 2008, 142pp.

What? We've been fooled again? Nutritional theories evolve and change over time as science learns more about the human body and its processes. Dr. Robert Thompson offers cutting edge information refuting the commonly held position of the importance of calcium, and lots of it, in our diet. Through his clinical practice, he has determined that an overabundance of calcium creates what he calls "The Calcium Cascade," a domino-effect of inefficient nutritional depletion that results in multiple metabolic malfunctions, including obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, anxiety, migraines, depression and hypertension.
Bones are not only made of calcium. Calcium is ONE of 12 minerals plus traces of many other minerals that are needed to make strong bones. He believes that we have been mislead by doctors, nutritionists, health care professionals and big pharmaceutical companies in the belief that we need more and more calcium. The simple fact is we need more MINERALS to create optimal functioning of our bodies' processes.
As soon as I read Dr. Thompson's book, I began checking the patients in MY clinical practice for the state of calcium and other minerals in their bodies. So far, 100% of them are presenting with mineral depletion and calcium overload! I'm recommending they discontinue any calcium supplements they may be taking and start a regimen of daily mineral tablets to replace these essential minerals in their system. It takes time to replace the minerals, yet simply removing the extra calcium begins to make positive health changes that are quickly noticeable.
I strongly recommend this book to all health care professionals and consumers who care about nutrition and well-being. Inform yourself and get off the calcium bandwagon!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on May 7, 2009
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"Some" in the title for my review is an important word and is the reason I gave the book a four instead of a five star review. I have long held the author's belief that bones are not just made up of one mineral, but numerous minerals that work in cooperation with each other. They are called synergistic co-factors. Every mineral also needs to be present in its proper ratio to have maximum effectiveness. For example many experts will tell you that you need a two to one ratio of magnesium to calcium. Some experts contend that it should be one to one. I agree with that ratio. I also agree with Dr. Thompson that you need the proper minerals for vitamins to do their job. And last, but definitely not least, synthetic supplements are drugs. For example, vitamin C has way more nutrients than you find in a vitamin pill, which is most often ascorbic acid. Our bodies need all the different vitamin C components for it to effectively nourish them. With only one or a few components present, supplements act like a drug. Our marvelous Creator packed natural food with so many needful nutrients that scientists have only discovered a few of them.

I have also had a hair mineral analysis done and very highly recommend it. I was tired and not feeling the best and went to the doctor. She preformed a CBC (Complete Blood Count), along with a vitamin D check and a couple of other tests. They showed nothing amiss, except for slightly elevated cholesterol levels, which my chiropractor said were well within the normal range. I then went to my chiropractor and had a hair mineral analysis done. I was suffering from adrenal fatigue. The hair mineral analysis got me to the root of my long standing ailments and provided the necessary tools to reverse them.
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134 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Regular Reader on October 5, 2009
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I like to read about nutrition. I have been interested in the results of studies being published in the news about there being no relationship between increased calcium intake and the prevention of osteoporosis. I was looking forward to reading this book to fill in some of the details. I was disappointed.

The forward for this book was written by the CEO of Trace Elements Inc, a company that manufactures costly mineral supplements and costly mineral deficiency tests. The book "The Calcium Lie" is mentioned prominently on that company's web site. The authors of "The Calicum Lie", in turn, highly recommend the products of Trace Elements Inc throughout the book. At one point Dr. Thompson even writes that he would not trust mineral deficiency tests from anyone other than Trace Elements Inc.

Dr. Thompson's basic claims are that people do not need as much calcium as the USRDA recommends and that people actually get too much calcium, causing a number of common, severe, medical problems.

Dr. Thompson claims that this is all due to basic biochemistry which doctors ignore and that can be found in any basic biochemistry book.

Dr. Thompson hasn't made any arguments to prove his claims. Instead he floods the book by mentioning statistics and studies that are not directly related to his claims. This is a common tactic among flim-flam people and a common mistake among people who make weak arguments.

Additionally, the book has no footnotes or endnotes. The back of the book has *some* (very few ) references per chapter, but no way of looking up the precise references Dr. Thompson makes. A number of the references are old and also to other pop nutrition books.
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