Can Calcium Actually Make Your Bones Weaker?

By Dr. Mercola

Osteoporosis is a very common problem. It’s characterized by porous and fragile bones, which over time increases the risk of fractures, most often to hips, vertebrae and wrists.
The following information is important for a number of reasons, because there’s a lot of confusion about this condition, but I want to specifically clear up two major misconceptions.
Clearing Up Two Major Myths About Osteoporosis and Its Treatment
The first myth is that osteoporosis is due to a calcium deficiency. As you’ll soon see, that’s not simply the case.
The second misconception is that the treatment for it is to use bisfosphonate drugs like Fosamax, Actonel, or Boniva. This is one of the worst strategies for treating this condition, because even though it will increase your bone density, it is a poison! The reason these drugs work is because they actually kill certain cells in your bone called osteoclasts. These are the cells that destroy bone as part of your natural bone regeneration process.
When these cells die off, you’re left with only osteoblasts, which build bone. Hence you get bigger bone that is denser, but NOT stronger. Your bones actually become weaker, and in the long term increase your risk of developing a fracture.
Your bone undergoes a dynamic process, constantly being remolded based on the forces in your body, and you need to have both osteoblasts and osteclasts to remove old bone and rebuild new bone.

Another drug you want to avoid, especially if you have asthma or any other autoimmune disease, is steroids. Steroids are very detrimental for bone density, and will increase your risk of osteoporosis.

Eating Right for Healthy Bone Density and Strength
One of the important strategies for healthy bones is to eat the right kind of foods. If you eat a diet full of processed foods, it will produce biochemical and metabolic conditions in your body that will decrease your bone density, so avoiding processed foods is the first step in the right direction.
Eating high quality, organic, biodynamic, locally-grown food will naturally increase your bone density and decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis.
One food in particular worth mentioning are onions, which are high in gamma-glutamyl peptides that have been shown to increase bone density. But generally, you’ll want to eat lots of fresh vegetables.
There’s a common concern that eating a high protein diet will secrete calcium into your urine. But the truth of the matter is that more people are now eating low-protein diets, and your body needs protein, because amino acids are part of the bone matrix. If you don’t consume enough of specific amino acids your body can’t form strong, dense bones. So you’ll also want to make sure you eat plenty of high quality protein like free-range eggs and grass-fed meats.
One food you may want to consider avoiding is gluten — a specific protein in many grains, specifically wheat, but also barley, rye, oats and spelt. Gluten has been shown to decrease bone density.
Beneficial Supplements
Along with your foods, your omega 3 fat content has a lot to do with building healthy bone. Most everyone needs to take a high quality, animal-based omega 3 fat. I recommend krill oil, as I believe it’s a superior source of omega 3’s.
At the same time, to balance out your omega 3 and omega 6 ratio, you’ll want to reduce the amount of processed vegetable oils you consume. Oils like corn oil, safflower- and soy oil are loaded with omega 6’s. Additionally, canola should be avoided for other reasons.
Another supplement you may want to consider if you already have osteoporosis is vitamin K2, which has been shown to radically improve bone density. Fermented foods, such as natto, typically have the highest concentration of vitamin K found in the human diet and can provide several milligrams of vitamin K2 on a daily basis.
Additional Components that are Vital for Bone Density
Two additional components that are vital for building bone density and strength are vitamin D and proper exercise.
Vitamin D — Interestingly, you don’t need much vitamin D to protect you against osteomalacia (the term for the softening of bones due to defective bone mineralization, also known as rickets in children). In fact, most of our RDA’s are based on that observation, which is why they’re up to ten times lower than what many people need for optimal health.
Now we know that vitamin D is enormously important for an ever-growing number of conditions, which is why I recommend you regularly expose large amounts of your skin to safe amounts of sunshine (or use a safe tanning bed) to optimize your vitamin D levels.
If neither of those is available, then you’ll want to use an oral form of vitamin D3. However, if you take oral vitamin D, make sure you’re measuring your vitamin D levels with a reputable reference lab (in the U.S. I recommend LabCorp). Getting your levels up to about 60 ng/ml will help you optimize your bone density.
Proper exercise — The second component you can’t ignore if you want strong, healthy bones is weight bearing exercises like strength training. Remember, bone-building is a dynamic process, so you want to make sure you exert enough force on your bones to stimulate the osteoblasts to build new bone.
You may want to see a personal trainer or exercise therapist to give you specific exercises to build up the muscles around the bone that are most at risk, such as your arms and hips, as that’s where most of the damage occurs.
The Calcium Lie
Dr. Robert Thompson M.D. wrote an entire book, The Calcium Lie, addressing this important issue. Although he’d been able to resolve many illnesses with supplements and herbs and other less toxic alternatives to drugs, he’d come to realize that similar to the pharmaceutical industry, the nutrition industry had its own flaws.
He concluded that enormous amounts of money were being wasted on supplements that had little or no health benefit, and in some cases could actually worsen your health.
One of the tenets of his book is that bone is composed of at least a dozen minerals, and if you focus exclusively on calcium supplementation you are likely going to worsen your bone density, and will actually increase your risk of osteoporosis!
Dr. Thompson believes that the over consumption of calcium in the goal of preventing osteoporosis creates other mineral deficiencies and imbalances that will also increase your risk of heart disease, kidney stones, gallstones, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Interestingly, he proposes that one of the best practical alternatives is the use of naturally occurring ionic supplements, as ionic minerals are the most plentiful form of minerals found on earth.  He believes that almost everyone needs trace minerals, not just calcium, because you simply cannot get all the nutrients you need through food grown in mineral depleted soils.
Unprocessed Salt – A Better Alternative to Calcium Supplementation
Dr. Thompson believes that unprocessed salts are one of the best sources of these ionic trace minerals responsible for catalyzing many important functions in your body.
I have been a long time fan of high quality salt, and even more so once I learned of Himalayan salt, which I believe is one of the healthiest salts on the planet. High quality salts like Himalayan contain vitally important trace minerals from the ancient oceans that are not contaminated with toxins, and which are very difficult to get in your food due to the challenges of modern agricultural practices.
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We are on week 1 of the September training course and our tutor is
going through some very important information on blood analysis to help students understand what one can and cannot do with this technique and what they will be able to assess by looking at clients’ blood.

We also viewed a few videos on how to take blood samples correctly for live and dry blood analysis and what settings to use on a microscope to view these samples.


Our tutor then went on to explain that live blood analysis (LBA) is especially helpful as part of a preventative approach to healthcare and is a valuable test to those who are pro-active about their health.

Many of the so-called preventative measures are really just early detection measures. For example, having a regular blood sugar test is not part of prevention – it will only show an imbalance once the body has failed at all its attempts to regulate the blood sugar.

When you get an abnormal blood sugar reading it is at quite a late stage already and one should really have had preventative measures in place years before the abnormal result.


“LBA detects imbalances that may lead to disease and one can then implement measures to help minimise the likelihood of serious conditions developing in the future.”

One of the questions that came was – “Why is the visual impact of LBA so important?


“The visual impact of LBA is very important. It was shown in a study that people who were given the actual images of their damaged arteries were significantly more compliant in making changes to their diet and lifestyle than those who only saw the images once.”

“Being able to see the impact of poor dietary and lifestyle choices and to refer back to those images has a very powerful effect on keeping people motivated.

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Watch this short video where our tutor at Live Blood Online Dr Okker explains some of the huge benefits of adding live blood analysis to your practice.

How Live Blood Analysis can help you in your practice

Here are the top 5 benefits LBA has to offer:

  1. Live Blood Analysis or LBA helps to confirm and better detect imbalances and health issues.
  2. It helps you decide the best course of treatment.
  3. With LBA you are able to monitor the results of any given treatment.
  4. LBA gives you a as a practitioner, a very unique and powerful edge.
  5. Live blood analysis can show issues not yet manifested with symptoms.

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Live Blood Analysis Course – Choosing The Best Training course

Choosing the best live blood analysis course:

There are a number of live blood analysis courses available, either on line or at training centres. So, how do you choose the best one for you?

Dr Okker from Live Blood Online has been practicing practising and teaching live blood analysis for 15 years now and has trained many successful practitioners all around the world. We asked him for his advice on finding the best training course and what to look out for.

Is the organisation well known and recognised? Choose to train with a well-known establishment that has trained many practitioners, do they have a directory or list of attendees? Is the tutor well known and established?

What is being offered? You should expect to receive wall charts, a substantial and well written manual, good clear, concise training covering naturopathic, pleomorphic and allopathic perspectives. Ask about what on-going support is provided and what will be required for certification. Will the establishment be able to list you as a practitioner who has trained with them? Microscope and equipment advice should be available.

What does the course cover? Make sure the training covers use of the microscope, correct sampling techniques for live and dried/dry blood analysis, all of the anomalies in live and dry/dried blood analysis as well as showing how to join the dots and put it all together to get a clear and precise picture of what is being viewed.

How is it being taught?  Is the training In-House or Online Training? Dr Okker advises that online training has the edge over in-house training for a few reasons; 1) In house training often involves expensive travel and accommodation as well as being tiring when you need to be at your most alert. In-house training courses are very intensive and you need to be alert and ready to take notes or use your memory. 2) Online training offers the huge advantage of being able to study from your home, office or practice at your leisure without the expense of travel & accommodation. Another big advantage is that you are provided with videos of the lessons so you are able to go over the material as many times as you like, a much better way of learning than struggling to take notes and/or remember as at in-house training.

Do they offer help and advice on choosing the right microscope? This is a big investment and the right advice here is very important to avoid any costly mistakes. Does the establishment have a microscope expert on board?

Is Dark field & Bright field microscopy taught? In Dr Okkers view dark field microscopy is superior to phase contrast as some anomalies can only be seen by a good quality darkfield system and not seen by phase contrast.

Ask about your tutors experience: Look for an establishment that has a well-known tutor with lots of experience (preferably a live blood analysis practitioner) as well as being a good teacher.

Certification: Do they provide a certificate after the training course? Is it recognised by insurance co’s?

Accreditation & Recognition; Are they a member of a recognised body or organisation? Look for membership of naturopathic bodies such as the CMA Complementary Medical Association (UK).

Do they offer back up and support? Dr Okker advises to look for training where on-going support is offered after training– maybe through access to a private group, a training site or some form of continuing back-up.

Dr Okker Botha: Masters: Homeopathy (M.Tech. Hom), HID – Naturopathy (SNSH UK) Adv. Nutrition (SNHS UK), Adv. Applied Microscopy for Nutritional Evaluation & Correction (NuLife Sciences).

Dr Okker Botha is a registered homeopathic doctor who has established himself as a leader in Live and Dry Blood Analysis. He is the tutor at Live Blood Online www.livebloodonline.com where the course draws on information from the leading researchers in microscopic blood analysis in the world.

He has over 15 years experience in his live blood analysis clinical practice as well as training many practitioners world-wide in this exciting technique.

Dr Okker is considered one of the leading authorities in the field of Live Blood Analysis.

“Our blood analysis courses are training systems for those who want to learn how to use blood analysis to its full potential.”

Due to the lack of comprehensive training in many countries across the world, many practitioners are under-utilizing this amazing technique.

Bright Field Microscopy

Bright Field Microscopy

In bright field microscopy a specimen is placed on the stage of the microscope and incandescent light from the microscope’s light source is aimed at a lens beneath the specimen. This lens is called a condenser.

The condenser usually contains an aperture diaphragm to control and focus light on the specimen; light passes through the specimen and then is collected by an objective lens situated in a turret above the stage.

The objective magnifies the light and transmits it to an oracular lens or eyepiece and into the user’s eyes. Some of the light is absorbed by stains, pigmentation, or dense areas of the sample and this contrast allows you to see the specimen.

For good results with this microscopic technique, the microscope should have a light source that can provide intense illumination necessary at high magnifications and lower light levels for lower magnifications.

Darkfield Microscopy

Dark Field Microscopy

Dark Field microscopy is a microscope illumination technique used to observe unstained samples causing them to appear brightly lit against a dark, almost purely black, background.

When light hits an object, rays are scattered in all directions. The design of the dark field microscope is such that it removes the dispersed light so that only the scattered beams hit the sample.

The introduction of a condenser and/or stop below the stage ensures that these light rays will hit the specimen at different angles, rather than as a direct light source above/below the object.

The result is a “cone of light” where rays are diffracted, reflected and/or refracted off the object, ultimately, allowing you to view a specimen in dark field.

A dark field microscope is ideal for viewing objects that are unstained, transparent and absorb little or no light.

These specimens often have similar refractive indices as their surroundings, making them hard to distinguish with other illumination techniques.

Dark field can be used to study marine organisms such as algae and plankton, diatoms, insects, fibres, hairs, yeast, live bacterium, protozoa as well as cells and tissues and is ideal for live blood analysis enabling the practitioner to see much more than is possible with other lighting methods.

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Live blood cell analysis, the analysis of live unmodified capillary blood, was pioneered by several independent researchers worldwide and has evolved over the course of many years with the advancement of microscopy. Some focused only on the nutritional aspects of blood morphologies, others approached it within a medical frame of reference, whilst others made staggering discoveries that defied (and continue to defy) the accepted paradigms of modern medicine.
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Red Ball Blood Test


During the war, the “Red Ball Blood Test” was used as a quick test on the battle lines. If a soldier claimed to be sick, they pierced his finger with a needle for a drop of blood. If a “red ball” appeared, the soldier would be handed his rifle and sent off to battle.

If the blood layer on the finger looked watery and not bright red, the solder was deemed ill, and would usually not be sent off to fight.

This test could quickly determine an individual’s overall health.


Blood is the fluid that circulates through the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins. It is the chief means of transport within the body. It transports oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs. It transports nutrients and metabolites to the tissues and removes waste products to the kidneys and other organs of excretion.

Blood has an essential role in the maintenance of fluid balance.

The total blood volume for an average adult is about 5 litres, approximately 8{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} of the total body weight.

Blood varies in colour from an oxygenated bright red in the arteries to a duller red in the veins.

The blood can be divided into two main components: the liquid portion (plasma) and the formed elements (blood cells). Plasma accounts for about 55{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} of the total blood volume. It consists of about 92{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} water, 7{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} proteins and less than 1{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} inorganic salts, organic substances other than proteins, dissolved gasses, hormones, antibodies and enzymes. The formed elements (blood cells) of the blood comprise the other 45{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} of the total blood volume. These formed elements are produced in the bone marrow and include erythrocytes (red blood cells), leukocytes (white blood cells) and thrombocytes (platelets).

The normal pH of the blood is maintained at about 7.35.

The blood is a very sophisticated colloidal system that is absolutely essential for life. It performs many important functions, including:

Blood supplies oxygen to the body cells.
It delivers nutrients such as glucose, amino acids and fatty acids to the body cells.
It removes waste such as carbon dioxide, urea and lactic acid from the tissues.
It is involved with immunity in that it circulates leukocytes and antibodies.
It plays a central role in repair through the process of coagulation.
Circulating blood is important in several messaging systems in the body (e.g. hormones, chemical messengers such as leukotrienes).
It helps to maintain the normal, narrow pH range of 7.35 to 7.45.
Blood and its distribution within the body help to regulate the core body temperature.
Blood plays a role in hydraulic functions in the body.