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Thomas Levy, MD, JD, is a writer I highly respect. His new book is Death by Calcium: Proof of the toxic effects of dairy and calcium supplements. Levy’s book is highly controversial because it contradicts what we have been told and led to believe about the importance of ingesting adequate calcium in the form of milk and dairy products and calcium supplements. However, Levy meticulously backs up the claims in his book with valid scientific references.
Most people ingest far too much calcium. And, excess accumulates in cells, soft tissues and organs. Excess calcium calcifies and hardens wherever it gets deposited, whether it’s your arteries, heart or brain. As a result, Dr. Levy says “you are 30% more likely to have a heart attack and up to 20% more likely to have a stroke if you take an extra 500 mg of calcium per day.” It’s even worse if you’re ingesting 1,400 mg daily as many women do. That can elevate cardiovascular disease risks by up to 40%.
Levy says most people can get all the calcium they need from a healthy diet, without consuming milk and dairy products. I highly recommend this book for both health professionals and the general public.