Calcium Deception

THE CALCIUM DECEPTION

By: William R. Jackson PhD

The mineral calcium present in much of our food and water is of little value because our bodies reject the majority of this form of calcium and fix the remainder imperfectly.

Most representatives of the medical field contend that osteoporosis is created as human bone calcium begins to dissipate, and that supplementing with the mineral calcium can stop this dissipation. They also contend that inorganic calcium supplements will restore lost bone integrity. Why, then, do affected individuals who diligently supplement with mineral calcium not see any signs of relief or improvement and instead experience such additional problems as decaying teeth, hardening of the arteries, kidney stones, arthritis, and other signs of discomfort and calcium dissipation?

Even practical observation fails to substantiate any significant benefit from the use of mineral calcium. Not only does this form of calcium fail to restore calcium deficiency, but it also may cause extensive and painful damage. Unable to eliminate excessive intake of unusable calcium, the body reacts to protect body organs by recirculating unusable mineral calcium through the bloodstream and by depositing it in bone joints and in non-vital body tissues. When this occurs individuals who suffer normal calcium deficiencies are also plagued with abnormal concentrations of undesirable calcium in their joints and tissues.

Naturally occurring inorganic or mineral calcium by itself is of little benefit to the human body. This has been demonstrated among people in Mexico who eat corn tortillas, which are made with lime (calcium hydroxide). Among these people there was no observable difference between the growth of children who did not consume such foods. And, in the Kalashari Desert region, well water contributes 100-200 mg of additional calcium each day to the local inhabitants’ diet. Yet, children who drank well water with higher calcium levels received no health benefit when compared to children living in other areas having little or no calcium in the drinking water.

The mineral calcium present in much of our food and water is of little value because our bodies reject the majority of this form of calcium and fix the remainder imperfectly. The implication of this fact is that the claims of some calcium merchants, who overstate the value of mineral calcium to guarantee the effectiveness of their products, are founded on faulty information. Mineral calcium cannot and does not restore the cellular integrity of bone tissue and body parts.

If calcium deficiencies could be corrected by the use of inorganic mineral calcium, would arthritis, bone spurs, or osteoporosis still exist? Such degenerative diseases plague the populations of almost every U.S. city, even though most wells and water supplies contain mineral calcium in the form of calcium carbonate (hard water).

Those who are health minded will be interested to learn that the major calcium benefits are best derived from silica and not from calcium.

Those who are health minded will be interested to learn that assumed major calcium benefits are best derived from silica and not calcium. As more and more information is discovered about the profound importance of silica in the human diet, noted researchers are suggesting that silica should be listed as an “essential” element.

Aided by the official laboratories of France, Kervran and associates concluded that the calcium needed by animal cells seldom is derived from the mineral calcium; rather, it is the product of “biological transformations” from silica and other elements. For example, chickens totally deprived of calcium and silica, produced soft-shelled eggs. When “mica” was added to their diets, the hens’ ability to lay calcium rich, hard-shelled eggs was restored. Mica contains no calcium; but, it does contain potassium and silica, both of which can be biologically transmutated into calcium. Additionally, an analysis of incubated chicken eggs disclosed that hatched chicks contained 400% more calcium than did the egg from which it came. Examination of eggs prior to incubation revealed the yolk and the white to be separated from the shell by a membrane rich in silica. After incubation, the membrane was no longer present. It is theorized that the silica membrane had transmutated into calcium, which accounted for the four-fold increase of calcium in the hatched chicks.

These same researchers conducted other controlled animal experiments. When silica was added to the diets of animals with broken bones, the bones healed much faster and stronger than the bones of control group animals deficient in silica but rich in calcium.

Treated with adequate doses of silica, patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders exhibited a dramatic increase in mobility and marked reduction in pain.

Degenerative disease almost always is accompanied by silica deficiencies. Hard arteries contain 140% less silica than normal arteries. Tuberculosis patients have 41% less overall silica, with an almost complete lack of silica in their bones.

It has been reported that cancer is rare in areas rich in soluble silica. Connective tissue of cancer patients evidences a significant lack of silica. Connective tissue consists of collagen, elastin and muccopolysaccharides. All these important molecules house large amounts of silica. Collagen, largely made up of silica, is (in a sense) the glue that holds us together.

Zeller and Odier, a silica research team, claim silica has a prime role in defense against cancer. They state that silica works in the following ways:

It eliminates organic waste products, particularly urea, uric acid in the following ways:

Researching the effect of silica on cancer, A. Robin demonstrated that silica arrives first at a tumor site. He, and others, established that certain elements of the body's first line of defense, such as silica, calcium, and magnesium, could attach to tumors. Dr. A. Charnot, Head of Research in Morocco discovered that silica always disappears from bones that are becoming decalcified. (i.e., osteoporosis).

Treated with adequate amounts of silica, patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders exhibited a dramatic increase in mobility and marked reduction in pain. Diets deficient in silica invariably induce deformities in bones and cartilage of laboratory animals. Elasticity and impermeability of arteries is directly proportional to the amount of silica in the blood.

Silica also may be linked to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. It tends to bond with and tie up aluminum when an imbalance of this element exists. As reported in the British Medical Journal, Lancet, July 1993, high concentrations of silica in the cornea, sclera and vitreous of healthy eyes indicate silica is the logical experimental choice in the treatment of diseases afflicting these tissues.

High concentrations of silica may be found in horsetail, oats, millet, lentils and alfalfa.

The RDA of silica is unknown; but, certain researchers suggest a minimum RDA of at least 10-20 mgs, with much higher amounts used to mend broken bones and to reverse the effects of degenerative diseases. Although silica is common in most fruits, vegetables and grains, it is largely removed during and by commercial processing. Silica is essential for strong bones and immune system, healthy hair, nails and teeth. Silica slows aging, and it is present in high concentrations in healthy synovial fluid allowing for smooth joint function.

Our current body of knowledge clearly indicates that calcium deficiencies will never be overcome by the use of calcium supplements. Despite the assertions and best efforts of renowned practitioners, there never has been a reported case of osteoporosis being cured using mineral calcium supplements alone. Not only does it not work, but also it may inflict serious damage by increasing the accumulation of mineral calcium in bone joints and body tissues.