Calcium supplements/dementia?

Calcium supplements/dementia?

Calcium supplements are used widely these days to ward off age-related bone loss.

But a new study suggests that for some women they may also bring a significantly higher risk for dementia.

Researchers in Sweden tested the memory and thinking skills of 700 older women and tracked their use of calcium supplements.

Women with a history of stroke who took calcium were seven times more likely to develop dementia within five years than women who had suffered strokes but didn’t use calcium supplements, the researchers found.

Among the women with cerebrovascular disease, a disorder that affects blood flow to the brain, those who took calcium were twice as likely to develop dementia as the women who didn’t.

These findings don’t prove that calcium supplements increase the risk for dementia, but researchers say they warrant much more investigation.

“People have a tendency to assume that dietary supplements are automatically innocuous,” neurologist Marc Gordon told LiveScience. com, “but high levels of supplementation as opposed to just dietary intake of calcium could conceivably have some deleterious effects.”

The study, published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of neurology, was widely reported in the media.

While the researchers noted (probably correctly) that most people automatically assume that dietary supplements are “innocuous,” what they did not point out was that many people also assume that all supplements are the same.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many supplements are derived from synthetic manufactured substances and not from edible foods.

Synthetic vitamins and minerals are not absorbed by the natural body as well as whole food supplements—and sometimes not absorbed at all, but accumulated in places where they should not be. Possibly in the brain or various organs.

In fact, longterm epidemiological evidence increasingly suggests that synthetic vitamins do little or nothing for health and can actually harm.

The body needs real food to work efficiently, just as a diesel engine needs appropriate diesel fuel to operate.

That is why whole food supplements, derived from real foods are the only ones you should subject your body to. Don’t put unleaded fuel into a diesel engine.

So, did the women in the Swedish study take whole natural substance calcium or synthetic calcium? We don’t know.

Calcium supplements/dementia? Is it caused by putting the wrong (synthetic) fuel in human engines?

U.S. government ‘health’ agencies say most of us don’t need calcium supplements, we can get it from our food. But, do we? Are we eating them?

There are many calcium-rich foods. They include sardines particularly, and other fish and shellfish, dark, leafy greens, beans, cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc., sesame, sunflower and hemp seeds, cinnamon and green beans.

And of course, dairy and whole grains are recommended. However…..

Organic chemist Dee McCaffrey, CDC, says that up to 75 percent of Americans are calcium-deficient, and that calcium deficiency is responsible for at least 150 degenerative human conditions.

Dr. McCaffrey says that most calcium-deficiency  problems would disappear if we eliminated today’s processed flour and sugar from our diets.

Our modern bodily systems, from brains to veins, are assaulted and clogged by synthetics from the ground up—something our ancestors, with all their problems, did not have to contend with.

Read, think and learn objectively, and make up your own mind.

Read more from Dr. McCaffrey at

Other sources include: The Week, and