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Dave Foreman

What's in your Bone Health supplements?

by Dave Foreman

Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans (10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis). In 2005, osteoporosis-related fractures were responsible for an estimated $19 billion in costs. And by 2025, experts predict that these costs will rise to approximately $25.3 billion.


Women are four times more likely to develop this condition than men. 1 out of every 2 women and 1 in 8 men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related break in their lifetime.

Risk factors for developing Osteoporosis include:

  • Family History
  • Ancestry: African, European, Asian
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Little exercise
  • Diet (how you eat - low in calcium containing foods)
  • Carbonated beverage consumption (soda/pop)
  • Medications Steroids like prednisone Aluminum-containing antacids Certain cancer treatments Excessive thyroid hormone Consult your pharmacist
  • Female athlete
  • Eating disorder or excessive dieting

    Don't sell your bones short. Using just a calcium and Vitamin D supplement won't do the trick. We now know that other nutrients such as Magnesium, Vitamin K2 (MK-7), Silica, Vanadium, Strontium and trace minerals play a huge roll in bone health and strength. Combine this with proper diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes; you should see marked improvements in your overall bone health.


    Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. Even though the majority (99%) is found in your teeth and bones the other one percent is almost as critical for your overall health and wellbeing. The remaining 1% is found in your blood, muscle and the fluid between your cells. Calcium is needed for muscles to flex, hormone and enzyme production, your nervous system and to help relax and constrict your blood vessels. We constantly need to consume calcium either in our diet or as a supplement because calcium is lost through the skin, hair, sweat, urine and stool. If this depletion is not made up for, the body will remove calcium from your bones to be able to support the other 1% of your body?s functions that require it.

    Calcium is one of many minerals used by the body. There are estimates that over 150+ diseases are linked back to mineral deficiencies. I learned years ago that taking any one mineral by itself may lead to other mineral type deficiencies. It is for this reason that I recommend taking a multiple mineral in addition to your calcium supplement.

    Calcium may provide a benefit for the following health challenges:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Acid Reflux
  • PMS
  • Weight Loss
  • Migraines
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Depression
  • Leg Cramps
  • Breast Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Cardiovascular Health (Blood Pressure, Cholesterol)
  • Kidney stones (certain types only)
  • You can see by the list that Calcium plays a huge role in how we feel, look and our longevity. Regretfully we have fallen prey to these diseases because of our lifestyle choices which include how and what we eat.


  • Broccoli
  • Green leafy veggies
  • Sardines
  • Tofu
  • Dairy
  • Nuts(Brazil & Almonds)
  • Shellfish
  • Oranges

    Luckily there are now whole food nutrients available that combine the benefits of getting your nutrients from food with the ease of using a dietary supplement. A new entry to the natural health market is the ingredient called AlgaeCal® (Found in New Chapter's Bone Strength Take Care). AlgaeCal® is a whole food mineral source high in calcium and the other minerals needed for bone health. Remember, your body wasn't designed to get its minerals from crushed rock (the source for most calcium and bone health supplements), but from food. Regretfully the average American Diet comes up short in fulfilling our dietary needs.


    AVOID CAFFEINE -high caffeine intake will increase the elimination of calcium in your urine.

    FIBER -Certain fiber(s) can decrease the absorption of calcium into the bloodstream. Calcium supplements may negatively impact the effectiveness of certain supplements and medications. Do your homework.

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