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DEATH, TAXES AND OSTEOPOROSIS
"WHY YOU NEED HCI & B6 FOR CALCIUM ABSORPTION"
By William Campbell Douglass, M.D
There are three things you can count on, if you live long enough. They are death, taxes, and osteoporosis. (Not necessarily in that order.)
Calcium supplementation is probably helpful in avoiding osteoporosis. A gram (1000 mg.) a day should help keep that nursing home away.
One thing that is known is that many of the calcium preparations being touted on television don't work in real life. Most of them are calcium carbonate (chalk) or dolomite (rock). If your stomach isn't producing enough hydrochloric acid you may have bloating, belching, and/or gas after a big meal, you probably aren't secreting enough hydrochloric acid and calcium will not be absorbed. Forty percent of women over 50 produce NO stomach acid.
Methionine an essential amino acid, is converted into homocysteine. The homocysteine, if not converted to something else, it will build up in the blood and tissues, causing hardening of the arteries and probably osteoporosis.
You've got to get rid of the homocysteine in your blood. Dr. Brattstrom from the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, has shown that women after menopause have significantly higher levels of homocysteine than younger women. He found that Folic acid daily will reduce homocysteine blood levels. But none of Brattstrom's subjects were deficient in folic acid. Yet the administration of 5 mg. of folic acid daily significantly lowered homocysteine levels.
Dr. Kilmer McCulley of Harvard Medical School knows a thing or two about homocysteine. He found that vitamin B6 is essential to convert homocysteine to the form that can excreted in the urine. It is suggested that 50 mg. of B6 twice daily is a good preventative measure against osteoporosis.
Estrogen ("Premarin") is used universally as an osteoporosis preventative. We have serious reservations about using estrogen when nature has said to stop. It is well documented that there is a higher incidence of cancer among women on prolonged estrogen therapy.
Dr. Riggs in a study reported in the American Journal of Medicine, that there was no difference in the sex hormone levels of women with or without osteoporosis.
One of the best preventives is diet ... Get adequate Folic acid, B6, and Calcium & Magnesium. Refined sugar, cigarette smoking and birth control pills should be avoided. Excess cooking of food at high temperatures should be avoided. Hydrochloric acid is very important in the prevention of osteoporosis--no hydrochloric acid, no calcium absorption. That is the long and short of it. So calcium supplements that are antacids (further reducing the flow of stomach acid) are certainly counter productive. Supplemental hydrochloric acid added to each meal will certainly enhance the calcium absorption from both foods and supplements.
Taken from Health Freedom News, April, 1987