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Calcium & Depression

A recent report from clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Malter who is the Director of the Malter Institute for Natural Development in Illinois, states that serious psychological problems can result from extended use of calcium supplements. Other adverse conditions associated with calcium supplementation might include fatigue, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, panic attacks headaches, paranoid feelings, loss of memory and concentration, headaches and insomnia.

An example is a patient who had just celebrated her fortieth birthday and had read in her local newspaper about the dangers of osteoporosis attacking women her age. Consequently, she began to self-medicate with calcium supplements. Soon thereafter she became depressed Months later she was engulfed in waves of depression, coupled with fits of anger and crying spells for no apparent reason, and even became suicidal. After attending a lecture by the doctor, she put two and two together and realized that her problem began after starting the calcium supplements. She consulted with Dr. Malter, who advised that she obtain a TMA (Tissue Hair Analysis) In the meantime he suggested that she discontinue calcium supplementation. Within a very short time the anxiety attacks disappeared, the depression lifted and her mental health returned. It should be noted that the TMA confirmed that this patient should not have been taking calcium supplements at that time.

Another example is a Doctor who was treating a woman for depression for four years, without positive response. After reading the above published article, he decided to physically visit the laboratory where the Tissue Hair Analysis testing was being conducted by Dr. Malter. Restating his treatment of the above referenced woman for four years without noting any progress, it was decided that a TMA be completed on the woman. And after reading the results of the TMA (Tissue Mineral Analysis), and speaking with the woman they learned that she too had been taking calcium supplementation for four (4) years. TREATMENT: Soon after ceasing calcium supplementation, she too was returned to a healthier psychological state. these women were what is know as "Slow metabolic types" states Dr. Malter. Slow metabolizers are, more likely than fast metabolizers to develop psychological problems when they take calcium supplements lo correct a calcium disorder. A Slow Metabolizer type individual requires a much different approach to correction of calcium disorders.

Another factor associated with too much tissue calcium is susceptibility to viral infections. Studies have shown that when calcium is added to tissues containing dormant viruses, the virus will become more active and proliferate readily. Blood calcium circulating in the blood should not be confused with tissue calcium. The bodys' tissue calcium balance is not always associated with abnormalities in the serum calcium. Hypocalcemia is a relatively rare clinical problem. It occurs when the total serum calcium falls below 7 milligrams percent. Chronic renal failure, intestinal malabsorption problems, and an inactive parathyroid gland are usually associated with this problem. When circulating calcium falls below a certain threshold, hyperirritability can ensue. The condition can eventually lead to sensory disturbances and dangerous heart dysfunctions. Another danger is "tetany", a condition that causes periodic and painful muscular cramps and even seizures. If the condition becomes severe, the sufferer can die due to respiratory failure.

Hypercalcemia is a condition defined as having serum calcium above 10.5 milligrams percent. However, symptoms of the condition may not appear until the serum calcium reaches 12 milligrams.. Padgets' and Addisons' disease are associated with hypercalcemia, as well as the use of diuretic medications.

VlTAMIN-MINERAL SYNERGISTS, Synergistic to calcium (absorption of calcium) is Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A, along with other minerals.

In the case of Hypercalcemia, another protocol would be recommended in order lo excrete excess calcium, along with ceasing supplementation of same.

FINAL NOTE: In serious conditions such as noted above, do not attempt to self- medicate and NEVER fall victim to the theory or practice that includes "More is Better!"