Are Your Calcium Supplements Increasing your Breast Cancer Risk?
The fact that breast cancer is the most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death in general for women is well-known. It makes no sense, then, that the mainstream medical establishment should continue to promote procedures that are known to increase not only the risk of heart attack but also a woman’s risk for breast cancer. Here in particular I am talking about conventional “therapies” for osteoporosis, which has been shown to increase breast cancer risk more than two-fold .
The Hard Facts about Soft Bones
The World Health Organization made a strange statement almost thirty years ago regarding what they considered “normal” bone density. They announced that the standard for all women should be the same as a healthy 30-year-old female.
Do I mean to say that the WHO thinks that a 75-year old woman should have the same kind of bones as a 30-year old? That is exactly what the WHO is implying. Which elderly members of your circle of friends and loved ones are living up to this standard?
Shortly after the announcement, the WHO also promptly came out with two new disease conditions for the consideration of anyone who didn’t live up to this “new normal:” Osteoporosis and osteopenia (also known as “Bone Mineral Density Deficiency”).
Much like what occurred with the “disease” condition called menopause, the classification of osteoporosis and osteopenia meant that women needed yet another medical intervention to “rescue” them. Of course, the saving grace was to come in the form of prescribed synthetic hormones which have been linked to heart disease, stokes and cancer.
The Harmful Effects of Conventional Osteoporosis “Therapies”
The labeling of osteoporosis as a disease led to pharmaceutical companies jumping on the “bandwagon” with drugs such as Prolia and Fosamax. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, millions of well-intentioned consumers began taking 1000 mg or more of inorganic calcium daily at the suggestion of their physician. According to studies such as a 2015 investigation by the Polish International Science and Health Foundation, a mere 500 mg of inorganic calcium, when taken without co-factors such as vitamin D and K, has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack through the calcification of the arteries.
There are some conventional medical professionals who have spoken out about this course of action. Dr. Michael McClung, director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center in Portland, puts it bluntly: ”We have medicalized a non-problem.”
Still, the river of pharmaceutical drugs that claim to deal with the “osteoporosis dilemma” continues to rage. The list of dangerous and even life-threatening side effects unfortunately continues as well and can include heart arrhythmias, loose teeth, chest pain, low blood pressure, depression, severe joint and muscle pain and hip fracture and osteonecrosis of the jaw (aka “dead jaw syndrome”). The FDA issued a warning regarding muscular-skeletal pain associated with Flosamax in particular in 2008.
And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 300,00 people age 65 and older are hospitalized for hip fractures each year; 95% of these fractures are caused by falling. One investigation conducted by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration found that 94% of the people who had femur fractures had been on Fosamax for at least five years. The FDA study explained the correlation by posing the possibility that Fosamax blocks the body’s natural ability to repair and regenerate bone tissue.
Bone Density Does Not Equal Bone Strength
Very few medical doctors will explain to their patients that there is a major difference between bone density and bone strength.
A good analogy to help you understand the difference is to compare glass to wood. Glass is very dense, and tends to be very heavy as well. Wood, on the other hand, is fibrous and not as heavy— some kinds of wood are even quite brittle. But what is likely to happen to a water glass, for example, if you were to drop it on the floor? There is a good chance that it will break; it may even shatter. What if you took a wooden cup of the same size and dropped it on the floor? Most likely it would stay intact. The lesson here? Glass is very dense and very heavy, but not very strong. Wood, on the other hand, is not very dense and not as heavy, yet it is strong.
Most bone scans measure density only, not bone strength. Remember, though, that like teeth, the bones in your body are made up of living tissue. They were meant to bend, flex and adapt to external stressors. Mega-doses of inorganic calcium and drugs like Flosamax promote promote increased bone density, but not bone strength.
The Natural Way to Look at Osteoporosis: Too Much Acidity in the Body
This is why studies have shown that lower bone density in older women is also associated with lower breast cancer risk.
As one gets older, the way your body looks, acts and feels overall is going to change. This goes for your bones and bone structures as well. But that doesn’t mean that you are condemned to increasingly brittle bones as you age! On the contrary, you can keep your bones strong, healthy and flexible at any age by making some simple changes to your diet.
Studies such as the Framingham Osteoporosis Study have made the connection between a high-acid diet and loss of bone strength. When a person eats a diet high in sugar, simple carbs and the wrong kinds of fats, and does not eat nourishing, alkaline-rich foods such as green, leafy vegetables, the body will be in a constant mode of trying to seek balance. Normal blood pH levels need to stay between 7.35 and 7.45. In order to get back to this baseline in the face of an onslaught of acid-inducing foods, the body will extract minerals from bones and teeth. You can help you body, however, by adding alkaline-rich foods to your diet; going at least 80% raw is a good goal to aim at in general.
Stress can also cause your body to be too acidic. In fact, a 2009 study conducted at the University of Iowa’s Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine found a correlation between pH levels and the propensity for panic attacks in mice.
Your Body Is the Best Healer!
Remember that your own body is the best healer there is. If you discover that you have brittle bones or have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, work with a medical professional that will take diet into consideration and hold off on the prescription drugs. It may be time to alkalize by adjusting your diet and your lifestyle. Make informed decisions about your health, especially when it comes to chemical and synthetic drugs or supplements.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and founder of breastcancerconqueror.com . She specializes in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe.