Monday, July 1, 2013
EXCESSIVE CALCIUM INTAKE CAN CAUSE OSTEOPOROSIS
EXCESSIVE CALCIUM INTAKE CAN
(© 1 July 2013: Dr.V.M.Palaniappan, Ph.D.)
I read with great interest a news feature that appeared in The Star (Star Educate, Sunday, 30 June 2013; p.3) reported by Royce T.G. Tan.
The article has highlighted the so-called beneficial effects of taking ‘plenty’ of calcium for the prevention of osteoporosis in menopausal women.
According to the researchers in University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), and Cornell University in USA, consuming a fermented soybean food item called tempeh, which is a Malaysian delicacy, has the potentials that equal milk, in its calcium content.
Therefore, they are of the opinion that if the menopausal women can take tempeh as a supplement, they may not suffer osteoporosis.
They are of the opinion that Malaysian women require an intake of 1000 mg of Calcium daily, and that they are currently consuming only 30 to 60%.
According to them, the elderly women in Malaysain rural areas have been taking less than 500mg, and often in the range of 200 to 300 mg per day.
While screening 200 women aged between 55 and 65, they had traced that some 133 had low bone density.
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A BIG irony appears to prevail here.
Even before I can elaborate on the ‘misunderstanding’, let me quote a few scientists who have studied the role of calcium in people:
Numerous people, since 1930’s have brought to recognition that REDUCED calcium intake does NOT affect the bone density or its development in people.
To quote a few, Nicholls and Nimalasuriya 1939, Walker and Arvidsson 1954, Murthy et all 1955, Hegsted et al 1952, Malm 1958, and Palaniappan 1998, have all.
Recent publications are many in this area.
I have, in my book “Obesity: Causes, Cure, and Prevention” (1998) elaborated with adequate citations the redundancy and dangers that are associated with excessive intake of calcium.
When excessive calcium accumulates within the body, especially in children, it is called “idiopathic hypercalcaemia”.
This condition can bring about loss of appetite, vomiting, wasting, constipation, flabby muscles, facial bulge, etc. can occur.
For more information on all these, you may want to refer to my book “The True Causes of All Dieseases” (2008), as well as my ALL other books.
The calcium concentration of plasma, urea and cholesterol may get raised.
The blood pressure too can get raised.
Abnormal calcification can occur heart and kidneys.
Mental retardation and brain damage beyond repair can also occur.
The above are the findings reported by Forfar and Tompsett 1959, Mitchell 1967, Leitch 1964.
At this, even before we can understand the effect of excessive calcium intake by the menopausal women, I would like to ‘dramatise’ a picture for an easy understanding of the phenomenon:
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Let us do the following experiment, by way of analogy to understand the situation:
Let us say that you can hold in your hands a maximum of 30 kgs. of weight.
Accordingly, you are holding a rock that weighs 30 kgs.
At this, what would happen if I add just one more kilogram weight?
Would you drop just that extra one kilo, or would you drop the entire 31 kgs.?
Doubtlessly, you would drop off the entire load!
Similar result occurs when our body is over-loaded with EXCESSIVE Calcium.
The body does not just reject the excess and keeps the needed quantity. But, it throws off the entire lot!
This is how ALL the AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES OCCUR in human / animal, or even in plant body.
When a person (often a child) takes far too much of SWEETS, and when the intake goes beyond body’s tolerance limit, the brain WITHDRAWS its insulin production altogether, and that results in the death of the T-cell in the pancreas, giving rise to what is called “Insulin-dependent Diabetes mellitus Type-1”, otherwise called “Juvenile Diabetes”.
The following sequence occurs in pre- and post-menopausal conditions in women:
While a woman is fertile, substantial quantities of calcium goes out of the body regularly at monthly intervals as part of the menstrual fluids.
In addition to the regular removal of the calcium excesses through the woman’s day-to-day urinations, this menstrual losses help to very great extent in taking care of the calcium balance in the body of a women.
When a woman enters into her menopausal stage, along with the cessation of menstrual discharges, the regular losses of the calcium excesses too stops, thus allowing its retention and accumulation within the body.
Such accumulated calcium is retained in the cells of various tissues / organs within the body, an that contributes to an increase in the size (leading to hypertrophy initially and hyperplasia subsequently) of EACH cell, tissues, and organs, and also the overall weight of the entire menopausal woman.
It is common sight to see menopausal women putting on weight and turning ‘plump’ month after month, with effect from the date of the cessation of menstruation.
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In other words, a menopaused woman would keep on accumulating calcium, month after month.
By right, such women should REDUCE their calcium intake though food. If they did so, they would continue to maintain their ‘original’ body weight and size.
However, what happens nowadays appears to be different, in the following manner:
With the false assumption, menopaused women are ‘threatened’ and told to take more calcium.
Such increased consumptions, along with the accumulations due to their stoppage of the menstrual losses, ADDS on to an alarming extent to the body’s retention of calcium.
This soon reaches a level that is beyond the tolerance capacity or limit of the body.
If such a condition is allowed to continue further, then, it would result in the woman developing lumps, tumours and cancers, thus resulting in the death of the body.
(See Palaniappan, V.M., 2010: Cancer: Causes, Cure and Prevention” for more and elaborate information and evidences on this.)
In order to protect the woman’s body from such mishaps, the brain secretes abundant LACTIC ACID (similar to what happens when a person develops muscular cramps whenever blood flow gets impeded), so that the acid can remove the calcium by neutralizing it.
The continuous flow of the acid dissolves, not only the calcium that is in excess, but also the calcium that is contained in the bones, teeth, nails, and the like.
This phenomenon is identical to what I had described above relating the dropping off of the whole lot of weight from the hands, when just an extra kilo weight (beyond tolerance) is added.
This results in Osteoporosis.
Under such conditions, if the menopaused woman takes more calcium either through calcium-rich food items such a milk, tempeh, ikan bilis or other fishes and seafood, or through extra calcium supplements, she is bound to develop osteoporosis much sooner, and probably die of it, too.
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Another very interesting finding is (see Palaniappan, V.M. 2012: Menses, Menopause, and Osteoporosis”):
We know very well that regular urinations remove nearly all the unfixed, free-floating calcium excesses from the body.
When a woman, a menopaused woman in particular, under-urinates, the calcium that is supposed of get leached out of her body several times daily, would stay within, and would end up becoming very great quantities of calcium EXCESSES.
This would undeniably SPEED UP the development of osteoporosis.
If the woman frequently consumes tempeh (or other calcium-rich items), needless to say that the damage would occur MUCH MORE RAPIDLY.
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At this, in the interest of the public, and in the name of science and research, it may not be improper for me to highlight a point here that is worthy of mention and relevant to the subject matter that is being discussed.
Apart from other researchers, I have found and established that accumulation of excessive calcium within the body of a person, whether that is due to excessive consumption of calcium or due to UNDER-URINATION, swells up all the cells in the soft tissues, thus makes the face bulged (besides several other parts of the body) – what is often cited by poets as “moon-shaped beautiful round face”, which in fact, as I have observed through my studies, makes the person over-weight and obese, and can give rise to morbid obesity.
Morbid obesity can contain one or more of the following, besides several others: white discharges, lumps, cysts, fibroids, tumours, erratic menses, female sterility, (in males, the sperms become larger in size, besides dwindling the number), serum iron inadequacy, and the like.
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The story that appeared in the STAR newspaper and the photographs of the researchers can be viewed through the following link:
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Now, after having read all the above scientific facts, would you still go for consuming MORE OF THE CALCIUM-CONTAINING FOOD ITEMS as per suggestions put up in the research paper cited at the beginning of this article?
I often used to say to all my patients the following two:
‘ANYTHING IN EXCESS WILL BE DANGEROUS”
“WHATEVER YOU HEAR FROM WHOM SOEVER IT MAY,
PLEASE EVALUATE THE TRUTH IN IT BEFORE ACCEPTING IT”
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I am sorry for not putting up any article in our BLOG for the past one month.
A few people have been prompting me to ‘write soon.’
I was busy conducting my Group Therapy programs (in my clinic, in Kuala Lumpur) for those who have been waiting for it.
Now that I had a break, I thought of putting up this, of course, only after reading the article in the newspaper this morning, and feeling a lot uneasy about it.
I will be happy if you find this useful to you for evaluating the truth behind some of the research findings.
Please do not forget what somebody had said a few years ago that “drinking beer is good for your heart”.
I definitely believe you will be benefitted by reading my latest book “Menses, Menopause, and Osteoporosis”. It costs only RM15.00 in Malaysian bookshops. (If you can’t find it, please contact me through my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I hope you will be cautious in believing things.
With best wishes,
Dr. Palani, Ph.D.