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    ANH International
    February 21 2019

    More and more people are turning to food supplements to support their health. Scientific evidence that they work and are safe are the two top drivers of consumer choice. Some use them as an antidote to less than perfect diets, others to protect against declining nutrient contents in food or because they can’t or choose not to eat certain foods. But turn to the media for information and you could end up seriously confused about their benefits (or otherwise) and safety.
    What’s very interesting is that negative publicity has done little or nothing to dent enthusiasm for supplements. That includes recent negative media reports and less than truthful science portraying supplements as little more than expensive pee.




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    Yes, according to a U.S. Council for Responsible Nutrition survey, 76% of U.S. adults consume supplements.
    56% took multi-vitamins.
    28% took only vit. D.
    24% consumed only vit. C.
    Seems curious that more people took vit. D than vit. C. Then, I figured the vit. D figure was high because women were taking it for bone health, until I noticed that only 20% of adults took calcium. So, that added to my confusion. Anyway, I was pleased to see 76% were taking some form of supplement.

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    Over the last 4-5-6 years, knowledgeable doctors have been advising against calcium supplements. Most people get enough dairy (and other calcium sources) in their diet to nourish teeth and bones. Excess calcium will be escorted to soft tissue where it can cause harm (e.g. arterial plaque, kidney stones). If in doubt, try tracking your calcium intake from all sources over a typical week and see how close you come to the recommended daily amount (800-1000 mg). Don't forget fortified foods, like orange juice. More details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257663/
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    When I was in hospital with a fractured hip last year, the docs kept pushing calcium. They seemed to think I was eccentric for saying it was not necessarily a good thing. They certainly didn't seem to know about the others supps you should be adding if you are regularly taking calcium.

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    Isn't it ironic that we have to educate our doctors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    Over the last 4-5-6 years, knowledgeable doctors have been advising against calcium supplements. Most people get enough dairy (and other calcium sources) in their diet to nourish teeth and bones. Excess calcium will be escorted to soft tissue where it can cause harm (e.g. arterial plaque, kidney stones). If in doubt, try tracking your calcium intake from all sources over a typical week and see how close you come to the recommended daily amount (800-1000 mg). Don't forget fortified foods, like orange juice. More details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257663/
    If you suspect calcium (calcification) complications that your nattokinase did not overcome, then you might consider having a basic arterial ultrasound performed, especially around the carotid arteries, as I had done. Medicare pays most of it.

    Recently, my vascular surgeon decided that my carotid ultrasound results were not visually clear enough for him, so he sent me to the hospital for an additional CT Scan for a clearer and more accurate picture. I'll be interviewing with him on March 11, 2019, to find out more.

    If it is determined that arterial cleaning (surgical 'scraping') is required, I'll request to be sent to an Albuquerque, NM hospital where there is a surgeon there that specializes and performs the latest, minimally invasive TCAR (transcarotid artery revascularization) procedure, (that I recently posted
    https://www.hawkeshealth.net/communi...highlight=TCAR).

    TCAR is a recently FDA approved technique and procedure where the carotid arteries are surgically and internally approached very closely to the carotids (minimally invasive) from the base of the neck, as opposed to the traditional and dangerous, long reaching procedure from the lower torso, which has the far stronger possibility of a surgically activated stroke from dislodged calcified plaque, as described in this brief tutorial video, (it's not spam). And this new TCAR procedure can be quickly performed in a appx a half hour (like the amount of time it takes for a haircut), if there are no other complications. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgmGJRlPyNk
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    [QUOTE=Islander;81961]Isn't it ironic that we have to educate our doctors? QUOTE)

    Unfortunately, I don't think I did educate them. Sitting in a hospital bed I had no access to the many studies I could have shown them, so I was just one of those stupid people who believe everything they read on the internet.

    On my final checkup with the surgeon, I told him I took several supplements to prevent the other hip from going the same way. When I mentioned vitamin K, he said "the blood-clotting vitamin". He looked askance when I told him what else it could do. I doubt he looked it up to see if I was right!
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    I edited out that "what's new" that was invisible when I posted. Not sure where it came from!

    Sadly, I'll bet that sort of thing happens more often than it should. I've heard stories!
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    Zalgiyrr, post deleted for spamming. Caught these both on the same day so I'll leave you with a warning. One more instance = permanent ban.
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