Calcium Absorption

Dr John R Christopher

How many people who are taking cortisone–all those several million of them–are aware that the drug can cause brittle bones? And how many doctors are going to tell their patients that it is a good idea to get substantially more calcium and Vitamin D into their diets before they begin splintering their bones?

It does seem that many doctors pay scant attention to the possible side effects of drug therapy, particularly when those side effects are intimately linked to nutrition. This attitude seems to be reflected even in the Merck Manual, a standard reference book for physicians. In the section on adrenocortical steroids, which includes cortisone and its derivatives, the medical text says under the subheading “Management during Long-Term Treatment”:

If back pain occurs, X-ray of the spine should be made for possible osteoporosis…If Pathologic fractures occur but the patient’s condition warrants continuation of hormonal therapy; additional calcium and protein probably are more effective than the anabolic steroids.” No advice about giving more calcium as a preventive measure is offered. Presumably, the doctor is not expected to do anything until the patient begins complaining of back pain or comes in with a fracture that results from a slight bump.

Inorganic minerals are the ones that can be accepted into the body, but not assimilated. The inorganic minerals are accumulative, lie in deposits in weakened or injured parts of the body, to later give side effects or after effects.

Often times in purchasing calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, etc., we buy minerals of the inorganic type that has not gone through plant life and by osmosis made organic and given life so it can be assimilated. The type that can be assimilated is from herbs, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds.

These are non-toxic, non-poisonous and non-habit forming, if chosen by one who knows assimilable herbs. We have been using a calcium formula for years to aid our patients and students in regaining a more perfect body structure.

The one way we can change the condition of the bowel structure is to treat it like we would a sick plant, and we do not want to be guilty of “casting seeds out on barren soil.” The bone must be fed, must be given exercise, and must also be accompanied by faith–in knowing it will improve.

About Dara Dietz

Dara D Dietz is co-founder with her Husband of H.E.A.L. Marketplace, a private Natural Healing Association. As a teacher and counselor she has been supporting the members of H.E.A.L. with Natural Healing information and herbal supports since 1998. She continues to maintain strong ties to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since healing her own kidney ailments she has assisted thousands of people in discovering and using natural herbal remedies. Dara has written and compiled numerous articles on a wide variety of natural healing topics. Drawing from her own healing experiences and borrowing from the vast wisdom of natural healers long departed, she continues to provide H.E.A.L.’s international membership with down to earth natural healing wisdom in H.E.A.L.’s bi-weekly newsletters. Dara and her husband currently reside in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
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