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Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life Paperback – November 7, 2011

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From the Back Cover

Are you taking calcium or vitamin D? This book could save your life!

Learn the secret to avoiding osteoporosis and heart disease.

Millions of people take vitamin D and calcium supplements for bone health. New research shows that this actually increases the risk of heart attack and stroke because the added calcium builds up in arteries—the calcium paradox. The secret to keeping bones strong and arteries clear is vitamin K2, a little-known supernutrient that humans once thrived on and that has been ignored by scientists for almost 70 years.

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • How consumption of grass-fed animals traditionally provided us with ample quantities of vitamin K2—while grain-based animal feed contributed to the eradication of vitamin K2 in our modern diet

  • How K2 is the most important anti-aging nutrient for fighting wrinkles, Alzheimer's, heart disease, osteoporosis and more

  • The health benefits K2 promotes for straight, cavity-free teeth and strong bones in children

  • Which delicious "sinful" foods are brimming with heart-healthy K2

  • Ways you can safely get the most benefit from your calcium and vitamin D supplements

Also available as an e-book through online retailers.

About the Author

Naturopathic Doctor Kate Rhéaume-Bleue is an expert in natural health. A sought-after and engaging speaker, Dr. Kate is a frequent guest on radio and television and a leading authority on vitamin K2.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118065727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118065723
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael A. George on August 14, 2012
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I want to emphasize that this book is fantastic -- for the most part. Everyone needs to know about vitamin K2. This book is eye opening for many, many reasons. Please get it and read it.

However, if you go beyond food souces, her advice on supplement choices seems to gloss over, and perhaps even mislead, with some of the facts in regard to her recommendation for the MK-7 version of vitamin K2 instead of the MK-4 version.

Her main criticism of MK-4 is the that it is `synthetic.' That `synthetic' word is a red flag for many, myself included. However, all the supplements are made in a factory/laboratory. The MK-4 is still made with natural occurring ingredients, just like the MK-7.

But even more important, which one is really going to work for you!

My personal experience:
I have yet to hear from anyone that the MK-7 supplements will dissolve the calcified plaque that forms behind the lower front teeth. In 2 days, the Thorne MK-4 supplement completely removed the krud behind my teeth. I was amazed by this. Ever since, I don't need a teeth cleaning at the dentist. I had been taking the Jarrow MK-7 for more than a year without this dramatic effect.

This proves to me that this supplement is taking calcium away from someplace it's not supposed to be and, hopefully, putting it someplace that it IS supposed to be. Which is the major idea presented in this book.

I switched to the MK-4 as an experiment after reading Richard Nikolay's post on Free the Animal blog where he was surprised to notice this same teeth cleaning effect. And I had read about it along time ago in the Track Your Plaque blog of Dr. William Davis.

Why does this author emphasize that MK-7 is better than MK-4?

Please read the studies directly.
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This book is very well written. It is clear, well organized, and referenced throughly in the back of the book for each chapter. It is written at about the level of Scientific American, easy enough for the intelligent layman to understand. It has particular relevance to anyone on a vegan diet, since most vegans do not eat the only vegan source of Vitamin K2, namely natto (fermented soybeans). For meat eaters, it explains very well the benefits of eating grass fed beef, because vitamin K2 is made in the steer's stomach from the grass.

The blood test for K2 deficiency is indirect, in that it measures the amount of osteocalcin (a protein activated by Vit. K2) that has not be carboxylated (activated). It is called the ucOC test (undercarboxylated osteocalcin) test is not readily available. When it does become available it is very likely that vegans and many meat eaters will be found to be deficient in this vitamin and will suffer the long term consequences, if they do not supplement. One possible consequence of insufficient K2 is stenosis of the aortic valve with calcium. Jack LaLanne had an operation for correction of a stenosed aortic valve (he was a vegan most of his life), and he died shortly thereafter from pneumonia in his weakened condition. Vitamin K2 supplementation might have allowed him to live well past 100.
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After being diagnosed with severe osteoporosis at the tender age of 32, I started popping all forms of supplements and supplement formulas with Ca, Mg, Zn, Boron, Vitamin D galore, special clays, herbal formulas--supposedly the best of the best, spending THOUSANDS of dollars on supplements over the past 7 years, and my last bone scan showed ZERO improvement, and in fact that they were even a bit WORSE! After hearing a radio interview with the author, Dr. Kate Reaume-Bleue, I decided to buy her book and it is probably the best investment I've made in all of the past 7 years! THIS is what I am lacking! Without Vitamin K2, you CAN'T build new bone. It's physiologically and biochemically impossible, and Dr. Kate explains why in very easy-to-understand language, yet gives you the science and biochemistry to back it all up. She also goes into the OTHER fat-soluble vitamins (A,D, and E) and why THEY are essential co-factors as well! The book is just packed with incredible, life-saving information for not only people suffering from osteoporosis, but heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, kidney stones, and a whole lot more! Because of the decimation of our food supply by big Agra and factory farming, we no longer get the K2 in our diet, and it is probably the most important nutrient that no one is talking about! PLEASE! Read this book, and then pass it on!
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Doctor Kate Rheaume-Bleue has done a remarkable job of combining easy expository writing with an extremely complex medical fact story, in a long overdue effort to give a just voice for the SECOND vitamin K, menaquinone. Entirely fact based, the book covers most of the research performed since 2001. This is also a fine celebration of the obscure work of a driven dentist, who, in the early 1930's became so disillusioned with his "drilling and filling" practice that he created his own state-of-the-art vitamin laboratory, and with his wife Florence traveled to the most remote cultures he could reach on the earth . . . just to find out how so many healthy people WITHOUT DENTISTS could thrive without bone or teeth problems. Weston A. Price thus became to many of his readers, a beloved leader in empirical fact, and this author's work is a lovingly executed and just tribute to the pioneering work of Doctor and Mrs. Price, published in 1939: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, and now republished by the Weston A Price Foundation, under the leadership of Sally Fallon Morell. Doctor Kate has vindicated many of Doctor Price's results, and linked his Activator-X now to Vitamin K2. She has has even reproduced many of Doctor Price's B/W 1939 photos of the smiling "primitive" people, most with better teeth than you and I have despite our dental budgets, all without benefit of germ-theory or of chemistry, who culturally recognized the essential nature of dense nutrition only obtainable from animal fats. Today, with our current "medical profession" daily trying to cut us off from these very foods, based on oversimplified science, it is no wonder that our entire culture is critically deficient in Vitamin K2.Read more ›
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