The Biggest Health Lie of the Past 100 Years

“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” – Nobel Prize Winner Linus Pauling

The biggest lie of the past 100 years has resulted in almost everyone consuming a massive excess of one certain mineral.

If you have fallen victim to this lie and have a mineral imbalance, then you are at a much greater risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity and many more diseases.

Your health is NOT directly linked to any one vitamin, mineral, nutrient. It is a direct result of having enough of what you need in the proper proportions. As Linus Pauling says above, if you have an excess or deficiency (also known as a mineral imbalance) of any one mineral, disease is sure to follow.

The biggest lie – one you’ve surely heard hundreds of times – is this…

Bones are made of calcium.

Bones are NOT just made of calcium. They contain at least 12 minerals (more likely 72). Calcium is just one of them. But since bones are mostly (but not all) calcium almost every doctor on the planet says everyone should take supplemental calcium in order to have strong bones.

There is no reliable scientific evidence to support this.

But because of this lie, nearly all of us believe we need extra calcium to have healthy bones and to prevent osteoporosis. More is better, so we add calcium. It is added to everything from orange juice to sports drinks, cereal, baby food, soy-based drinks and pasta.

The list is endless.

As a result, we, as a society, are all suffering.

Too much calcium accumulates in the tissues. This calcium excess not only causes huge changes in our intercellular (between the cells) metabolism, but it also leads to calcium deposits in the intracellular (inside the cell) spaces.

These calcium deposits form gravel-like plaque throughout our arteries, kidney stones, gallstones and joint deterioration. Excess calcium also accelerates brain aging and causes impaired memory, brain shrinkage and dementia.

Here’s proof:

An article published in the British Medical Journal reported that postmenopausal women who took calcium supplements to maintain bone strength had a dramatically increased risk of a heart attack.

A team of researchers led by Ian Reid, M.D., of the University of Auckland, looked at 1,471 healthy postmenopausal women, average age 74. They gave 732 of the participants a daily calcium supplement of 1,000 milligrams of calcium citrate, while 739 were given a placebo.

Participants were followed for five years. The study was originally designed to assess the effect of calcium on bone density and fractures. During the five-year study period, 31 women on calcium supplements had 45 heart attacks compared to 14 women on placebo who had 19 heart attacks. The same study found that the group that took calcium supplements had almost…

Double the number of heart attacks…

…strokes and sudden death: 101 events in 69 women vs. 54 events in 42 women not on calcium.

The researchers wrote that the calcium supplements may elevate blood calcium levels and possibly speed calcification in blood vessels, which is known to predict the rates of vascular problems such as heart attack.

Here’s some more proof:

Another team of New Zealand-based researchers analyzed 15 large studies (called a meta-analysis) and discovered that people who took 500 mg of calcium supplements a day for one year had a greater risk of heart attacks than those who did not take calcium.

Of 8,151 participants in the studies, 143 people taking calcium supplements had heart attacks, compared to 111 who got placebos.

Does this mean you should completely avoid calcium?

Of course not.

Calcium is still important, but most of us get far too much of it. This imbalance is causing us to take more medications in order to treat the mineral deficiency-related diseases caused by these mineral imbalances.

This includes increases in all diseases of aging, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 hypothyroidism, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, circulatory diseases, hypertension, heart disease, immune compromise, dementia and many more health problems.

The erroneous belief that calcium is the end-all, be-all to health has caused a dangerous mineral imbalance that is destroying your health.

One interesting side effect of not getting enough minerals in the proper proportions is joint and arthritis pain. This happens because your bones and joints are made up of minerals. If you don’t get enough in your diet, your bones gradual weaken and your joints deteriorate until pain sets in.

This article is based on excerpts from the newly updated book, The Calcium Lie 2 by Dr. Robert Thompson. While supplies last you can get a FREE copy of this must-read book here!

Filed Under: Supplements
Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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14 thoughts on “The Biggest Health Lie of the Past 100 Years”

  1. Avatar aviva salomon says:

    I experienced the problem myself . the doctors told me to take 1200 mg of calcium on a daily basis .later on an x ray image showed that my aorta is heavily calcified .
    also the mammogram showed calcification .needless to say i am not taking any more calcium suplemment.

  2. Avatar aviva salomon says:

    I experienced the problem myself . the doctors told me to take 1200 mg of calcium on a daily basis .later on an x ray image showed that my aorta is heavily calcified .
    also the mammogram showed calcification .needless to say i am not taking calcium supplements .

  3. Avatar JOhan says:

    This is very interesting…..what is the name of the supliment that I can use with all this minerals

    1. Avatar GEORGE says:

      Guys, Ever heard of Bio-Chemic Theory of Dr.Schussler . Go to any good Homoeopath and he will tell you how to get all the Tissue remedies into your system without spending large amounts on so-called “miracle” formulas. OK ?

      1. Avatar stevec says:

        Hi George,

        Thank you for your suggestion to our reader. We believe in the usefulness of homeopathy (closely related to Dr. Schussler’s work). In fact, Live Pain Free® members will find an interview with and featured article from one of America’s most respected homeopathists, Dana Ullman, in the June 2012 issue. LPF members can read or listen anytime through the free archives.

        That said, we believe in a comprehensive approach to health, which is why we also recommend supplements like Super Joint Support®. It provides far more than mere mineral salts! So yes, explore homeopathy. But for those with concerns about bone strength and joint pain, we recommend looking at more comprehensive products like Super Joint Support®, too.

        Steve Coombes
        Editorial Director

  4. Avatar Steve says:

    Its not a single supplement but rather an ingredient that the best of the best products use, we use the mineral formula in our Super Joint Support, you can read about the mineral here:


  5. Avatar Helen says:

    I have also experienced x-ray and Echo-gram of calcification around the heart. I had been taking 600mg,
    of calcium that had vitamin D, but not magnesium included. It was a giant pill in a 300 count container. My blood pressure was up, and my eeg (ekg??) reading was crazy The bottle said to take 2 a day -to prevent colon cancer and osteophorosis. I’ve not yet received results of the mammogram, because they want to take another, just to be sure

  6. Avatar Gary says:

    I guess I lucked out! Milk or food containing a lot of Milk has always made me sick.* Soom yougurt now and then, a bit of cheese.. . . . . . I was always told I needed calcium for strong bones.

    My bones are just fine, deadlifting 500 lbs at 200 lbs body weight.

    * As in vomit.

  7. Avatar Nancy says:

    What is your opinion of during an analysis of a hair sample to determine mineral deficiencies or imbalances? It seems hair samples are better indicators than blood or urine samples.

    1. Avatar stevec says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Hair analysis is not only a great way to determine mineral deficiency, but also heavy metal toxicity. HBI co-founder Steve Hefferon discovered he had at least three significant heavy metal toxicities in his body (arsenic, mercury and cadmium) several years ago which were revealed by hair analysis. It’s a good idea.

      Steve Coombes
      Editorial Director

  8. Avatar Ida says:

    I resent equating calcium supplements with milk. It is not the same and none of the research you quoted listed milk used in the research. Yet, that was the headline on facebook. Just to be clear-milk may not have the same results.

    1. Hey Ida,

      Milk as sold in most stores, promoted by the big farm dairy industry as a calcium-loaded health supplement yet devoid of much of its natural nutrition due to processing, makes it a less-than-desirable product. Raw milk from well run small dairies is another story. The real point of our post though is calcium alone isn’t enough – and too much calcium is harmful. And that includes the use of excess milk to “get your calcium.” Hope that answers your concerns. 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Steve Coombes
      Editorial Director

  9. Avatar Ann says:

    I am Osteoperotic and take Calcium Citrate daily. I’m told this is better obsorbed than Cal Carbonate – or do you recommend NOT taking Calcium at all? I also take one Resedronate 35mg pill each week. Is this enough without the Calcium? I drink Almond Milk, a little cheese, but no dairy. Am taking both Heal n’ Soothe & Super Joint Support.


    1. Avatar Admin says:

      HI Ann,

      Thank You so much for your comment and question. We would like to suggest you please take a look at our book “Arthritis Reversed” which we hope will be helpful to you. All details about the book are available via the link below

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      Admin (The Healthy Back Institute)

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