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To Your Health
Is coral calcium really better than other calcium sources?
"...Q. I've seen ads that say coral calcium is easily absorbed, comes with some naturally occurring trace..."

April 25, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
How can I tell if I have the right balance of calcium and magnesium for me?
"...than good by taking the recommended 1,500 mg of calcium a day along with 600 mg of magnesium. All..."

June 13, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Do I need a calcium supplement?
"...55-year-old male, I'm not sure if I need a calcium supplement. Because I have passed a couple of kidney..."

Dec. 9, 2005 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Forteo, the new medication for osteoporosis
"...of several hormones that maintain tight control over circulating calcium levels. Calcium must be rigidly controlled because, among other..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Why do so few calcium supplements have phosphate? Isn't phosphate needed for bones?
"...Q. Why do so few calcium supplements have phosphate? Isn't phosphate needed for bones?..."

Oct. 17, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Why is calcium added to so many foods while other nutrients (like magnesium) aren't?
"...Q. Why is calcium added to so many foods while other nutrients (like..."

Nov. 11, 2005 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
I consider myself a very healthy woman, since I have been athletic all my life and even considered training for the Olympics, but my physician is worried that I have the beginnings of osteoporosis at age 32. Could this be true?
"...without saying that you need to maintain a generous calcium intake, above 1,200 mg per day, but excessive calcium..."

Dec. 21, 2001 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
What kind of magnesium is most tolerable and what foods are richest in magnesium?
"...about the same amount of magnesium as I do calcium The problem is that some kinds of magnesium pills..."

May 19, 2006 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
I have been unable to get enough calcium from my diet due to some food allergies but all the calcium supplements except one, MegaFood brand, give me gut problems. They claim that because their supplements contain whole foods, 100 milligrams of their calcium gives the benefit of up to 1,000 milligrams of other forms of calcium. Can this be true?
"...Q. I have been unable to get enough calcium from my diet due to some food allergies, but..."

Feb. 6, 2004 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
What's new in vitamin D research?
"...deficiency is failure to maintain normal blood levels of calcium, resulting in the formation of weak bones. This condition..."

July 7, 2006 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
What is conjugated linoleic acid? I found it on the Internet among the new cancer therapies, but I thought linoleic acid was bad if you have cancer.
"...About 80% of kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate, so preventing the formation of calcium oxalate is..."

April 20, 2001 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Are vitamin D supplements necessary for everyone?
"...which in turn regulates the absorption and distribution of calcium and phosphorus. There is new evidence that receptors for..."

Oct. 1, 2004 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
My mother's menopause was tough on the whole family, but that was 22 years ago. I am only 36, and I hope there are better ways of dealing with menopause by now. Can I prepare for this time of my life?
"...nutritional therapies. Women these days know to increase their calcium intake as they mature, but many do not balance..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
After my third baby I didn't lose the weight I gained during pregnancy, and I have even gained some more. What is going on?
"...Obstetricians are well aware that calcium reserves are diminished by pregnancy and so routinely advise..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Is it true that women with osteoporosis should not supplement with more than 6,000 IU daily of vitamin A? What about the vitamin A in food?
"...animal protein, which is high in phosphorus and increases calcium requirement;..."

May 23, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
What is inulin good for, and where can I buy it?
"...studies show that inulin significantly increases the absorption of calcium and magnesium from food by making the digestive system..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
What is inulin good for, and where can I buy it?
"...studies show that inulin significantly increases the absorption of calcium and magnesium from food by making the digestive system..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Column by James Heffley

To Your Health
Magnesium taurate has considerable potential as a nutritional supplement, since both magnesium and taurine supplements improve a number of health conditions
"...cells through the cell membranes. Balancing with the free calcium outside cells, magnesium works almost exclusively inside cells. By..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Is salmon calcitonin as worrisome as Fosamax?
"...play a minor role in regulating blood concentrations of calcium and phosphorus, although humans with chronically increased or decreased..."

Nov. 14, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
I would like to find the best soft drink for my teenage children. How do I choose?
"...already consume only 60% of the recommended amount of calcium, and soda-pop drinkers consume even less calcium than nondrinkers..."

Aug. 15, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
I stopped eating nuts a few years ago when I found out about aflatoxins, but now I am hearing more about nuts being good for us. Should I reconsider?
"...sources of magnesium. Because of the publicity given to calcium and the popularity of calcium supplements, it is sometimes..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

Newsgeist: 12/13/10
The spirit of the news
"...an Institute of Medicine study says large amounts of calcium and vitamin D aren't exactly essential...."

Dec. 13, 2010 News Post by Eric Pickhartz

To Your Health
Lead exposure is an ancient problem and lead poisoning remains unnecessarily common among children
"...needed nutritional minerals such as copper, iron, zinc, and calcium...."

Sept. 29, 2006 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
How to keep irritable bowel syndrome under control
"...react poorly to such traditional ways of increasing fiber. Calcium polycarbophil, available without prescription as FiberCon, is a more..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
If the mineral gallium is good for lame horses, as I have heard, is it also good for humans with joint problems?
"...in the United States to reduce the buildup of calcium that occurs with some cancer. Gallium has also been..."

Aug. 12, 2005 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
Qualified and unqualified health claims
"...a claim with Significant Scientific Agreement would be that "Calcium supplements may reduce the risk of osteoporosis." This would..."

May 27, 2005 Column

To Your Health
My mother has been taking 400 IU of vitamin D for several years. She has severe osteoporosis that was still getting worse until she increased her vitamin D supplement to 800 IU per day. What is the safe limit for a vitamin D supplement?
"...Its most significant effect is on intestinal absorption of calcium, although it also stimulates absorption of phosphate and magnesium...."

Feb. 28, 2003 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
I am trying to convince my husband to reduce his salt intake. He doesn't have high blood pressure, but it does run in his family. What reasons can I give him?
"...reduced risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis. Reduced urinary calcium may be the reason for both of these benefits,..."

Feb. 8, 2002 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

To Your Health
It seems like everyone has a bad back, but my backache has been going on for four years now, and I need some relief. A chiropractor helped some, but I still suffer if I make a sudden move or lift anything more than a heavy book. It started when I was pregnant but hasn't yet cleared up. Any hints?
"...any of the nutrients needed to relax back muscles. Calcium and magnesium, either or both, are often deficient when..."

Sept. 21, 2001 Column by James Heffley, Ph.D.

Heroes on the Half Shell
The oyster is Austin's world
"...A gender-bending, traveling aphrodisiac loaded with calcium, iron, zinc, and protein, the not-so-humble oyster is currently..."

May 6, 2016 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

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