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The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn't Know: How Mineral Imbalances Are Damaging Your Health Paperback – July 10, 2013
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Dr. Robert Thompson practices wellness and anti-aging medicine in Soldotna and Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a leader in medical advances throughout his career or more than 30 years. He has a great passion for helping his patients find their way back to health through replacing and balancing minerals, improved nutrition, correction of thyroid and adrenal problems and trans-mucosal bioidentical hormone replacement. See www.CalciumLie.com. Kathleen Barnes is a well-recognized health author, natural health advocate and publisher with more than a dozen books to her credit. Find her at www.kathleenbarnes.com.
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osteoarthritic symptoms in knees, hips, ankles, toes, fingers, etc. I have also followed the recommendation for HTMA with great results. I highly suggest this book for anyone seeking health improvement without meds.
I guess I come from that "Please, I'd rather do it myself!" generation--I wanted to see this for myself, then figure it out for myself, then fix it for myself (and as a result, understand it for myself). Because of all that, I am now extremely sensitive to what my body is telling me about my energy, and I know when I am low in minerals.
I've seen comments about ascorbic acid not being Vitamin C: from my research, Thompson is on target here. The way I've read it is: "ascorbic acid is like the steering wheel of a car; a big part of a car, but not the whole car". I changed my long term "high end" vitamins for a "whole food" vitamin, which has more absorbable forms of the vitamins and minerals; and it helped me start feeling better.
For more information on "whole food vitamins", please see this link: (the research behind it): http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/enzymes/ascorbic-acid-is-not-vitamin-c/
I am working using trace mineral elements to improve my bone health; I am really hoping to get my bones in better shape. It matters, but it is prominently noticeable by your dentist. I wish like anything I knew back even 10 years ago, what I know now. I could have saved myself a lot of money and aggravation.
I am re-reading this book: It has a lot of science in it that is way beyond me, but the message is clear. MIND YOUR MINERALS, because this will keep you well and in sound body.
Finally, I have a good friend from church who has been watching me on this "mineral journey" (she started taking magnesium, and it helped her chemical sensitivities). She told her conventional medicine doctor about all this, and he asked if I could provide information, as *doctors aren't taught about nutrition* in medical school. (I printed up a 6" inch stack of things I had found). One of the "must reads" I included in my "Resources" section of my cover letter to him was this book.
I just submitted my second hair sample for the HTMA retest, and I can't wait to see the results. The HTMA shows "trends", not a pinpoint in time like a conventional blood test.
I know some people pooh-pooh the HTMA--I wanted to see for myself--I've proven it by "healing" from severe adrenal fatigue and sluggish thyroid by using minerals to rebuild my nutrition levels. Yes, there are other things I'm doing, but by far, this has been the biggest help.
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I read this book AFTER I read "The Magnesium Miracle" (Carolyn Dean). I'm glad I read them in that order. The Calcium Lie is but the opening salvo of what this book is actually about.
Calcium is not the answer; yet many of my friends are STILL taking calcium supplements (without balancing them with the other minerals--this is dangerous!).
This is an EXCELLENT book, and I recommend it to everyone. EVERYONE. This book is complex in terms of what it talks about about in biochemistry (a subject I never took), but it's very important to understand what Dr. Thompson is saying.
Where to start? First, most of us are MINERAL deficient. There are Major minerals and trace minerals. The elderly have about 5 -15 % of the minerals they need (this is so sad). Nearly all of us need to supplement. Most of us are getting enough calcium in our diet and don't need to supplement--the Calcium Lie is that we need more calcium.
Our bones are the "mineral storehouses" for our bodies--our cells are making constant "withdrawals" and our bones are being robbed of the minerals they need to stay strong. Thompson makes two strong points: Get ongoing HTMA (hair tissue mineral analyses) and supplement as needed. Thompson goes on to say that we need trace mineral elements all the time, and with each sip of water, we should be ingesting minerals (I have taken this to heart, and am trying to do this).
Thompson gives examples of where mineral imbalances cause serious problems, and (truly unfortunate) how many physicians just push it off as "mental problems". I have active and reserve military service, and have seen this attitude carried to an extreme. This teaches you to keep looking for answers.
After reading this book, I did have an HTMA done by the lab he recommended--the results were ... eye opening. Mine shows long term stress; blood sugar imbalances, which is what I expected. And I need to get some trace elements, and I may be one of those who need a little bit more calcium.
Thompson is critical about many "drugs" (vitamins), and he explains in detail why he feels this way. He goes into some detail about absorbic acid ("Vitamin C") not really being the whole vitamin. Dr. Thompson talks about the The Calcium Lie, The Vitamin Lie, The Sodium Lie, The Ascorbic Acid Lie, and other basic Nutritional Lies.
There is a discussion of bone health; I'm surprised he doesn't mention the role of silica in bone rebuilding (although he emphasizes trace mineral elements, and silica is one of those). My own reading indicates silica supplementation goes a long way toward rebuilding bone very quickly (see "Strong bones need Silica").
Also mentioned are thyroid issues; the use of sodium (why refined table salt is bad). Thompson mentions "the sodium lie", and why more sodium is actually needed. I am one of those who need more sodium. This will be of great help to both diabetics, and thyroid patients. Since reading this; my table salt has been replaced (I carry it with me) with Celtic and Himalayan sea salt. Again, and again, Thompson stresses the need for constant ingestion of "sea based minerals in the proper balance" (he is saying that sea based minerals HAVE the proper ratio).Further, I have sodium and potassium depletion because of adrenal fatigue. I am working to fix this right now. I use sea salt first thing in the morning, have increased my iodine (the RDA is way too low) and am getting more sodium. (see also: Balancing Thyroid and Adrenals by Carolyn Dean).
I personally: am taking sea based trace mineral elements; using only sea salt in cooking and eating (I have a small flip top bottle of sea salt to take it with me so I have it when I go out to eat--I take it when I travel as well), I bathe in Dead Sea Salts once a week, and I am supplementing with topical magnesium (in addition to my multi vitamin). I have increased my iodine to 13mg from 150mcg. I have switched to a whole food multivitamin (Dr. Thompson doesn't have recommendations for a vitamin, but I have found a vitamin I am trying right now). I take a lot of naps because adrenal fatigue requires sleep to correct. My health is too important to compromise.
I highly recommend this book--you will learn a lot! Moreover, someone you know can benefit from you can tell them. I have passed this information on to several of my friends, and my brother, who is a diabetic.
They lost a star because with all the repetitions, the writing itself had an unprofessional style. But if you are interested in the subject of health, don't let that stop you from reading this informative book.
Information which I will use to keep my body well tuned!!!
I especially like his theory about mineral salt and high blood. Pressure, and 12 other minerals plus calcium for stronger bones.
I coul go on...it's a great book loaded with heal full info!!!