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Calcium Deposits Remedies

Last Modified on May 29, 2016

Natural treatments for calcium deposits can break down deposits, reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Apple cider vinegar, magnesium and chanca piedra are three of our most successful home remedies. Calcium is necessary for the structure and functioning of the body, but excess calcium can lead to a number of problems, including calcium deposits. While treatments vary depending on the location and cause of deposits, natural remedies for the condition help balance the level of calcium in the body. Treatments such as apple cider vinegar and herbs help the body to use calcium more effectively and dissolve calcium deposits.

What Causes Calcium Deposits?

If you’ve recently received a diagnosis for calcium deposits, you are likely wondering how you developed the condition, especially since you are not one to overindulge in dairy products. While dairy is to blame in some cases, such as with kidney stones, a number of other factors are more common causes. In some cases, calcification is simply a normal part of aging, yet other factors include injury, infection, disorders with calcium metabolism, and genetics or autoimmune disease.

How Can I Naturally Treat Calcium Buildup?

No matter the cause of your calcium deposits, you can use natural options to treat them. While you may consider trying a number of options, some of the most effective include apple cider vinegar, magnesium, and chanca piedra.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

One of our stand-by treatments, apple cider vinegar is an effective option for treating calcium deposits as well. The vinegar dissolves the misplaced calcium and even restores the natural balance of nutrients in the body. Drink at least 1 tablespoon of ACV diluted in 8 ounces of water daily.

2. Magnesium

Healthy cells contain high levels of magnesium and lower levels of calcium, so your calcium deposits are likely a result of an imbalance. Boosting the magnesium in your system will help breakdown the calcium deposits and restore the natural mineral levels in your body.

3. Chanca Piedra

Chanca piedra is a medicinal herb. The herb helps reduce inflammation and treat pain, but it also helps breakdown the buildup of calcium in the body. This option is so effective, you’ll likely experience immediate relief.

Depending on their location, calcium deposits can be uncomfortable or very painful. Give one of these treatment options a try or continue reading below to see what our readers recommend and let us know how it works for you!

Remedies for Calcium Deposits

The Popularity of Calcium Deposits Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Apple Cider Vinegar02014-11-11
Avoid Dairy12013-02-01
Band Keratopathy Remedies02014-07-01
Castor Oil22015-09-29
Chanca Piedra12015-12-10
Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis02011-12-18
DMSO, Papain02015-01-02
Homeopathic Remedies12009-10-31
Vinegar Wrap12009-09-09
Water Filter02010-12-23

Apple Cider Vinegar  


Posted by Jean (Auburn, Wa) on 11/11/2014

I want to drink the ACV and honey to dissolve my calcium deposits, but that much honey would make me even fatter, since I must count carbs. Would the apple cider vinegar do the job without the honey in it?

Replied by Aaren
The honey is just to make it taste better.... It is vinegar after all.
Replied by Kumar
Chennai, India

Side Effects:
I have taken apple cidar vinegar before and it has worsen my gout attack and pain.

Replied by Niamh
Kingston Upon Thames
Use agave nectar instead!!
Puerto Rico
Beware of agave nectar, it's just like fructose corn syrup.. Look up Dr. Mercola's info on that subject. It's one of the pages with good info on the subject.
Replied by Cynthia
Orange County, California
A great way to drink ACV daily is to make this drink:

  • 2 Tablespoons organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • Stevia (a sweetener) (to taste-I use 2 packets)
  • Ice Water
  • 1 quart-sized jar

It is much easier to drink ACV when it tastes delicious!

Replied by Christine
Instead of honey I used licorice tea.
Replied by Michael
New Zealand
That is a good recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar. One could substitute lemon juice for lime juice if preferred. Make sure the ACV is organic and has the "Mother" included in it. Probably a waste of time otherwise! Also, and this is important, always shake the bottle prior to taking in order to mix it up. In addition, one should rinse one's mouth out straight away afterwards and it is often recommended to brush teeth maybe twenty minutes later so as to preserve the enamel on your teeth.

Some folks sip through a straw or they slug it all down in one shot, in order to care for their enamel.

I recommend starting with a single tablespoon and gradually work up to two as you get used to the brew.

I have a lot of faith in ACV since reading Dr. Jarvis's book on the subject many years ago.

Avoid Dairy  

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Posted by Chook (Toowoomba, Qld Australia) on 02/01/2013

Hi recently I went to my GP with an injury on the left side of my knee! Xrays have shown that calcium has built up on the injury site under a nerve which causes great pain even touching it gently. The nerve is constantly being irritated , now this GP is a fellow that is constantly updating all new procedures and so on also very much into natural treatments as well, if an injury such as mine needs to be treated it will be treated naturally at first the treatment for my injury is ABSOLUTELY NO DAIRY PRODUCT AT ALL UNTILL THE CALCIUM IS GONE , I have just started this treatment today, I wll keep a post of the progress, have a go

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Philippines

1230 Posts
Hi Chook... Coming off dairy will certainly be useful for your excess calcium problem, but if you want to remove your calcium deposits fast -- then take 1000 mgs Chanca piedra capsules at mealtimes (3 times a day) or just drink the organic chanca piedra tea at least 3 times a day. Its a very easy protocol and there is no known overdose for Chanca piedra. See this link.

Chanca piedra is know as "Stone Breaker' or "Break Stone" in English because of its robust ability to dissolve and remove calcium deposits in the form of gallstones and kidney stones from the body. I have also tried CP with a person who had gout and I can assure you, from my own experience, that this also works. Amongst all its other wonderful effects, CP is a mild diuretic which inhibits and removes calcium deposits safely from the blood and removes excessive calcium deposits throughout the body efficiently and safely.

Replied by Isaiah
Denver, Co
Hi. I am very interested in the remedies you suggested and would very much appreciate any advice you may have concerning removing excess calcium buildup in my left knee. I severely injured my knee years ago and for have dealt with major range of motion issues. For example, I haven't been able to fully extend my leg or bend it completely. I've had an MRI done and while they haven't there hasn't been any ligament damage, they found a ton of calcification. I've been on David Wolfe's longevity Now program for a few months and am taking quite a bit of supplements including 10g of MSM daily, liquid zeolite, apple cider vinegar, etc. My recovery's been slower than what I had hoped. Any other suggestions supplementally or dietary that would dramatically speed my recovery? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
Replied by Mike
Denver, Colorado
Isaiah: Bill recommends chanca piedra. This is one of the five super herbs recommended by my magnificient guiding light David Wolfe. Once a year or so my left knee locks up on me and I get this excruciating pain on the inside of the joint at the same spot. I go to the natural grocery store on 15th and platte and get a tube of herbal ointment for joints and one with arnica for the pain. They dissolve calcium and nourish the joint. They always cure the condition within three days.
Replied by Isaiah
Denver, Co
Thanks, Mike & Bill! I've just started taking Chanca Piedra tea today. I'm excited because I've been making small improvements since I've been on David Wolfe's Longevity Now program for the past few months... Slowly adding new food, herbs, supplements, minerals, etc into my daily regime while eliminating the habits that don't serve me. I will definately check out the balm remedy you've described as well. I appreciate your input.
Replied by Taryn
Hi, I have recently read posts in regards to removing built up calcium. I have quite a lot built up in the tendons etc in both my shoulders and have just purchased Chanca Piedra, Magnesium Chloride, Vitamin K2, Vitamin A Vitamin D3. Can anyone give me a rough indication of how long I may be required or the safety guideline on how long I should be taking these supps, I started a couple of days ago. I am hoping it will feel a whole lot better in a couple of months and will then have ultrasounds and Xrays again to see how much improvement has been made. I really don't want surgery to have the calcium removed as I have 2 toddlers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Walter Dean
Ennis, Mt
I got the Chanca Piedra tea, made a balm out of it using the tea steeped in grain alcohol and reduced. Then I mix it with a base carrier and use it like massage oil. You should know the locations of your calcium deposits! Put some on the area. Because I have some arthritis in my hands I can't massage for very long! What I discovered is cheap simple and cheap. Look in your bathroom for a battery operated tooth brush. Use the brush or make your own vibrator pad now go to work. You can also do the reflexology foot massage and a variation that uses the nails needing in a vertical position to the area. I used this technique to get rid of bunions as

Well. Be well.

Replied by Kumar
Chennai, India
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Chanca piedra is nothing but Philanthus niruri and it is an excellent herb which can cure even the liver cirrhosis and many more ailments. I did not know that it helps in dissolving the calcification of the tophi. It is advisable to take the raw extract with an equal amount or 2 parts of buttermilk in the early morning (empty stomach). The jaundice can be cured if this is taken continuously for a week. When you take this avoid Chicken, fish and oily substance.

Replied by Tanya
Beirut, Lebanon
I also have has a calcium deposite since a long while now. I decreased dairy much since a few years back when I had the same problem I still have now. By decreasing dairy(small portion once or twice a week) my knee felt much better movement, and pain decreesed significantly. On the other hand I was also doing many other healthy approuches in that time( I think they might have all helped much more combined together). What happened with you? And your experiment with no dairy at all until calcium deposited are gone.
Replied by Karen
Blairsville, Ga
Could you tell me the Brand name and names of the herbal ointment for joints and the pain ointment with arnica that you use?
Replied by Daniel
New York
Hi, you may want to try sodium thiosulfate at 10% in water and apply locally warm compresses 3 times a week for some months, steady. Google this.
Replied by Larry
Fairfax, Va
Mr. Dean (Ennis, MT): Thanks for sharing your protocol for calcium deposits. I would like to try it.

So, can you be more specific about your protocol; Did you place a CP tea bag or loose CP tea leaves in how much grain alcohol, and then did you add water to reduce it? Also, what was the base carrier that you used? Thanking you in advance. Larry

Band Keratopathy Remedies  

Posted by Mika (Florida) on 07/01/2014

I have Band Keratopathy (calcium deposits on cornea), which is not that uncommon. However, what is unusual is that it is only in one eye and I don't have any of the usual causes (lupus, high calcium, renal failure, etc.). If anyone has any suggestions for causes or treatments, I would be grateful. I have had 6 surgeries, which have left me with a scarred cornea and poor vision.

Replied by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
Try researching vitamin K2, which is supposed to keep calcium from depositing in the wrong places.
Replied by Mika
Thank you, Nanowriter. I am new to vitamin K2 but ordered Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox last night, after some research here. Again, thanks for taking the time to respond.
Replied by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
You're welcome, Mika! Please let us know how it works out for you.
Replied by Mika
Florida, US
Thank you, Nanowriter. I am new to vitamin K2 but ordered Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox last night, after some research here. Again, thanks for taking the time to respond.

Castor Oil  

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Posted by Brenda (Timmins, Ontario) on 09/29/2015
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Castor Oil work great to break up the calcium deposits.. bone spurs are breaking up and my hands don't get so swollen from them.. I massage castor oil into my hands then put on white gloves with the finger tips cut off, then I put on a plastic glove over it, heat it with heating pad, I put this poultice on every night before bed, and rub the castor oil into hips and joints..

Lupus sucks but I am healing it naturally, and no longer suffer like I did, I am medication/doctor/hospital free now for two and half years...

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Brenda, is this plain ol' Castor Oil from the pharmacy?
Replied by Jay Patel
Vadodara, Gujarat
5 out of 5 stars

Hello there,

My sister has lupus and due to side effect of steroid in her leg hip and joints get pain and also deposit too many calcium in her legs. As you mention that you have suffered lupus and calcium deposit it removed by castor oil treatment? Is it really possible please tell me something more about your case I am more interested as it is similar like my sister. Please share it with me.

Chanca Piedra  

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Posted by Rob (Olympia, Wa) on 12/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've been dealing with calcium deposits for about 5 Years. It started in left shoulder. I had a few cortisone shots that alleviated it each time for several months. Earlier this year, it hit my right shoulder as well. I had already tried Apple Cider Vinegar and do still take that for health but it didn't help with the calcium deposits. Every morning when I woke up it ached from laying on shoulders at night.

On Thanksgiving night this year, I stumbled upon this site, and bought some Chanca Piedra liquid and used it 3 times that day. The next day I already felt somewhat better. Fast Forward to today, 2 weeks later, virtually no pain, I even golfed last week in very cold weather which would usually hurt that day and especially the next and felt very little pain. I'm a believer and plan to take it daily. No side effects that I know of either.

Thanks so much for the information. Honestly thought I'd never feel so good again.

Replied by Larry
Fairfax, Va
To: Rob (Olympia, WA) - Glad to hear that you found relief from pain caused by the shoulder calcium deposits using Chanca Piedra. How is it helping?; removing the calcium deposits or acting as a pain killer? Maybe it's not clear, what is exactly happening. Thanks. - Larry
Replied by Deedee
Vancouver, Canada
I have a calcium deposit right on the top of my right thumb and it also causes a lot of pain. I am on prescription medication and I am wondering if chanca piedra is OK to take at the same time? Are there any known interactions with pharmaceuticals?

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis  

Posted by Searching (Clearwater, Fl.) on 12/18/2011

Has anyone on this site heard of D.I.S.H. Disease?

I feel like I'm turning to stone. I have bone spurs in my feet and shoulders. The entire right side of my spine is fusing into one big mass of bone in the middle of my back on the right side in the thoracic area. My arthritis doctor says there is no cure and the only thing he can do is prescribe anti-inflammatory and anti depressant cymbalta.

Replied by Maria
Silver Spring, Maryland
DIS -- You may have a severe mineral imbalance. Log on to a site called and see if you can get help. In particular read the section on mineral ratios.

Best of luck.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa, Usa
Thanks for the Acu-Cell site reference Maria - I have been there reading for over an hour now, and have bookmarked it.

The web address is acu-cell. com (with the dash! )

It is a great reference tool, and a very informative site.

Much appreciated,

Carly :)

Replied by Sheila
Byron, Il
my right knee has had two xrays done and nothing shows. I was given a cortisone shot 2 months ago and he eased the pain. I'm just about 60 years old and very active but for last 5 months, it feels like my knee cap is broken and have been going to a chiropractor trying to break the deposit on the knee and it is swollen and in pain. I'm at my wits end and need some relief
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Sheila, try a compress; warm wet washcloth soaked in Epsom Salt. Magnet Therapy would also help. If you don't eat lots of green leafy veggies, you may need to supplement Vit-K, as bone metabolism is dependent on K.
Replied by Swhit
La, Ca
Make sure you are taking plenty of vitD3 daily. You cannot overdose on this as your body will get rid of what is needed by itself. The older you get the less your body makes naturally. All major diseases/conditions patients - like cancer, diabetes, arthritis etc. , were found to have little or no D3 in their systems. Cancer no#s soared after they scared people to stay out of the sun. You need D3 so the calcium can get to the bones/blood and without it the calcium will do nothing for you. The D3 website has most of this info.
Replied by Laura
Henderson, Nevada
Maria, I'd like to know if you found something to help you out, I suffer from calcium deposits which are very painful, please let me know. Laura
Replied by Tammy
Wilmington, De
There is a concentrated group of ppl on Facebook with the disease (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis). If you would like to connect with us, please feel free to stop by
Replied by Blnurse
Vienna, Va
Hi, here is an article on oxalates and calcium deposits in the body. I'm pasting it here. Hopefully it helps you in your quest for health:

I don't know what your diet is like, so I don't know if you eat foods high in oxalates (spinach, leafy greens, nuts, rhubarb, dark chocolate, etc.), but for anyone having calcium deposits I would avoid them or see if there is a proper way to prepare them to reduce oxalate content. They contribute to kidney stones, and according to the article can also contribute to calcium deposits throughout the entire body.

Replied by Gokhals
Ca, Usa

38 Posts
Try drinking Raw Milk.
Replied by Maryh79
Biloela, Queensland, Australia
Hi, I have just joined this site. My husband (who is 40) found out yesterday that he has D.I.S.H. disease. I am trying to find out as much info as I can, but am feeling very discouraged with the lack of positive remedies for this disease. He had some blood tests taken for a related issue & I'm going back to the Dr with him tomorrow to hopefully get some of my questions answered. To sum up my husband's reaction to this diagnosis would be "defeated". I am a lot more stubborn & strong willed than my husband and refuse to let this disease beat him. I would like him to speak with a naturopath also to find some possible alternative treatments other than strong pain medication for the rest of his life. I wish you the best of luck in your treatment of this disease and will be sure to post any advice we may receive from his Dr & naturopath.

DMSO, Papain  

Posted by Sasha (Sydney, Australia) on 01/02/2015

Hi, I am wanting to buy DMSO and Papain to remove an inert calcium deposit in my neck. Can you tell me what particular brands to buy and where I can buy them from in Australia? Thankyou, Sasha

Replied by Kirk
Sasha, Did you find what you were looking for? I also have calcium deposits in my neck and need advice?

Homeopathic Remedies  

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Posted by Elizabeth (Salmon Arm, Bc) on 10/31/2009
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I had severe calcium deposits in my knee ten years ago. I would have to get up every few hours during the night and walk around to relieve the pain. I went to my Naturopath and he used muscle testing and informed me that my parathroid wasn't working properly. He treated me for it and prescribed a Parathroid Homeopathic drug which I took three times a day for the next ten days. The knee felt about 50 percent better. I have been always interested in Homeopathic remedies. My basic symptom was the need to walk to relieve the pain. I took a Homeopathic remedy called Rhus Tox 30c at least five times a days for about three days and the calcium deposit pain completely disappeared.

My knees occasionally become painful if I use my treadmill too much. As soon as I recognize that I feel better with movement, I start taking Rhus Tox again and my knee feels better again after a few days.I have used this remedy at least six times in the last ten years and it has always worked.

Replied by Andrea
Roseville, Mi, Usa
Hello, i was reading your comment because i was looking up calcium deposits on the shoulder, for thats what i suffer really really bad.. i lose complete movement of my arm and not to mention trying to go to sleep at night, thats very severe as well. my shoulder hurts me so bad through out the day that i could just cry. i've been to the urgent care for this in the past and they found the deposits on my x ray. i'm at my wits end with this, i've taking motrin, naproxin, mobic, robuxin, tylenol, i've even put those stinky creams on my shoulder too, nothings helping me!! i was wondering how to find the medicine you take for this and how much and how often... i think i'm at a point where i should just get the surgery, i suffer with this pain for about 3 weeks, then it goes away but returns in like 3 or 4 months. i've been going through this for 5 yrs now.. enough is enough!! thanks so much for your help!!!
Replied by Francesca
I would like to see the answers to people's questions please.
Replied by Matt
Scottsville, Ny
Rhus tox is poison ivy. You're ingesting poison ivy.
Replied by Debora
On the rhus tox it is a homeopath, the ingredients in it is such a extreme low dose in minute amounts it is not harmful.


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Posted by Paulina (Manassas, Virginia) on 06/23/2009
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Magnesium broke down the deposits in my whole body.

Two years ago, I suddenly dropped, unable to walk or crawl. I was in so much pain and luckily my husband just got home from work. He took me to the Urgent Care. The doctor was so knowledgeable (thank god), he immediately sent me down for X-Ray. He sent my husband to the first floor pharmacy and got a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and brought it up. I drank it within 2 minutes. Then he showed me the X-Ray I brought back. There were rocks, calcium, wastes, toxins, etc... floating all over my body. My body was unable to digest all the foods and others that I consumed for 38 years. I was shocked but if I looked back - I always had tummy ache but thought it was something I ate. I drank 2 more bottles in 2 days ( 1 bottle as soon as I wake up each day). For a week, my systems was flushed down but the worst thing was it's all sand. That's how bad it was. Magnesium broke down everything and my butt was hurting so badly because it's all sand.

To sum up, magnesium really help. I use magnesium once a year to flush my systems but most people do not need to use this harsh and drying agents. You can detoxify without drugs.

Replied by Sue
Edmonton, Canada
I have been taking a bone builder fosomax for 7 yrs now, also 1500 mg calcium and 800 mg Vitamin D as well daily, nobody told me I should take magnisum. Now I think my body is breaking down , My dentist said he never saw such deteriation in my jaw bones so fast in all his years as a dentist, also calcium deposits are forming here and there, I have been doing some research on a protacol where you detox all calcium for 4 to 6 months then build up again for another two years with a bunch of vitamins and such. I found it under total osterposis reversal by Robert Harrison. Has anyone heard of this, anyone, any feed back? I think that if I dont find someone to help me find the ways to rebalance my system I may die. Thanks Sue in Canada
Replied by Rob
Manhattan, Ny
Here are some things that may help:

-Exercise is so important, (tell yourself it is non-negotiable) aerobic, light weight bearing, yoga..

-Eat vitmin K rich foods.. Natto, Kale.

search other links for Natto and bone density.

- some links on diet...

Replied by Ale
Cardiff, Uk
Why don't you try the techniques explained by Donna Eden in her book 'Energy Medicine for Women'? There are a few pages on osteoporosis. These techniques are very easy to learn and can be done safely at home. In about 3 months you should start to see dramatic changes in your osteoporosis levels. I have tried Donna's techniques on other conditions and they have always worked for me and my loved ones. Good luck!
Replied by Judy
High Point, Nc
Stop Fosamax- a side effect is jaw bone loss, search "fossy jaw or phossy jaw" and for blog of people who have had side effects for more about it, it is osteonecrosis of the jaw bone. I had a friend on Fosamax and she started having pain in her jaw and found out about this side effect. I hope stopping the drug will stop any more deteriation. Im sorry this has happened to you.
Replied by Linda
Troy, Mt
Sue from Edmonton: If you read the side effects from the fosamax, you will see all of the jaw, esophogus, etc. Danger it can cause. YOU should tell you doctor that you do not need it and to get on natural foods, before something terrible happens to you. Linda
Replied by Granny Laura
Waco, Tx, Usa
I never had indigestion until I took Fosamax for 6 weeks. That was 12 yrs ago and I have had problems w/indigestion ever since. Remember, Big Pharma buries their mistakes... Six feet deep!
Replied by Focus7
Rennes, France
Fosamax - a KNOWN for side effects. Fosamax, one of the several Bisphosphonaate drugs given for osteoporosis, unfortuntely, none of these drugs work. They ALL stop bone renewl and bone turnover. What they do do, is overlay old bone with a coating of new bone, meaning that the interior of that bones are not renewed and, in consequence, the bone dries up like to an old twig and eventually fractures in any event

The FDA NOW has black box warnings on ALL the Bis drugs. In addition please be warned that the recent legal trials brought against pharma did not succeed as their 'defense' lay in the fact that *warnings of the side effects were fully disclosed...! Side effects INCLUDE: Osteonecrosis (jaw bone death) AND femoral fractures

Better by far is to take Strontium CITRATE together with supplements of Vit-K2, Vit-E, Vit-D, and, Mag Sulph. Take the Strontium CITRATE on its own and the vits at a separte time of the dY - like two hours before or after the S. C Strontium CITRATE (very cheap and cheerful amino acid) has been usewd for osteoporosis for a number of years, has a good track record of *working. Please check out Strontium CITRATE use for Osteoporosis AND the side effects of the Bisphosphonate drugs.

Better health to all.

Replied by Newfocus7
Rennes, France
Fosamax is a KNOWN for causing reflux / GERD / heartburn / Esophagel reflux disease / LPRD etc. Multiple side effects and, in the end does not work...
Replied by Harriette
Ennis, Texas
I had to have 3 of my 4 parathyroid glands removed. So now trying to keep my calcium levels up have been a problem. My endocrinologist and I are having an argument about what I should take. Believe it or not my remedies work better than his.

With flucuating calcium levels I cannot take any of the pharmaceutical drugs such as Boniva and such. So I had worked out a remedy of Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium. That got my calcium levels back to normal where his prescription drug and type of calcium he wanted me to take would not work.

After my last labs he said my vitamin D level was too high and to get totally off it for 2 weeks and go back to the prescription medication and only 2,000 iu of Vitamin D. Well I did not listen to him again. I did get of the Vitamin D for about 2 weeks and then decreased my dose to 14,000 iu daily. When my Vitamin D level was 111, which is 11 points over normal I was taking 24,000 iu daily. At that level felt good, no itching/tingling. I had gradually raised it to that level to off set the itching/tingling I would get.

Now that I have lowered the Vitamin D to 14,000 iu daily, I occasionally still get the itching/tingling, but not nearly as bad in the beginning after the surgery.

Also I have read to take Calcium Carbonate, not Calcium Citrate. There is a difference. My doctor wanted me on Citrate. When taking the Citrate my Calcium levels dropped below normal. Calcium Carbonate has to be taken with food for it to be absorbed. So I went back to the Calcium Carbonate and the levels came back to normal.

It has taken a lot of reading and playing with different things to get what I need for the calcium problems that relate to bone problems. I am now adding Strontium 340 mg and Boron 3 mg to my mix of bone building mix of things.

I had also read somewhere that the prescription meds such as Boniva and the others do not strengthen the bone that was weak, but actually increased the newer bone. So if that is true, the old bone is not strengthened, just what has increased from the chemical medication that destroys your bones. Food for thought on that one. I forgot where I read about that.

So for the moment my endocrinologist and I will continue to butt heads on what I should or should not take. It is like I told him if what I was doing was keeping my levels up and my bone density scan showed no bone loss since last year I must be doing something right. He should have been willing to work with me and supplements rather than prescription medication. He should have been willing to have me adjust the level of Vitamin D I was taking rather than add a prescription of chemicals to the mix. Needless to say I am still doing it my way so next year at the next bone density test it will be interesting to see the results.

Replied by Erin
Omaha, Ne
I'm thinking Paulina probably meant magnesium citrate. She said it was liquid and came in a bottle and it's the only form of magnesium that you can find in almost every pharmacy.

Also there is much research on the benefits of magnesium in regards to heart health. When there is too much calcium in the body, it gets stored in tissues ( including arteries). It builds up and causes heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure. The magnesium keeps the body from storing extra calcium.

Replied by Anne
United States
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PLEASE DO NOT TAKE STRONTIUM. IT IS A RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL! Many years ago the woman who laid the foundation for today's nutrition, Adelle Davis, said "Patients with osteoporosis have been found to absorb strontium particularly rapidly, but the RADIOACTIVE (caps mine) element is gradually replaced by calcium provided the diet is adequate." (from Let's Get Well). She also says that "eating sweets can prevent calcium from being absorbed by an adult" and "sugar... stimulate(s) the production of alkaline digestive juices so rapidly that calcium becomes insoluble before it can reach the blood." Her diet recommends: Yogurt or acidophilus milk (where calcium already dissolved)for the milk sugar necessary for calcium to be properly absorbed , Vit D, and digestive enzymes. She also said that to avoid constipation half the amount of magnesium as calcium should be taken.

Replied by Timh Donate

Anne: I occasionally take a capsule of Strontium Citrate to help remove the small amounts I collect especially from dairy. I have actually needed to stop consuming cheese as it is high in radioactive strontium. Strontium supplements are naturally derived from mineral deposits in the earth and would not contain radiation as Strontium is one of many natural occurring minerals.
Replied by Giuditta
United Kingdom
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Are you sure that it was Magnesium Nitrate and not Magnesium Citrate? Magnesium Nitrate is used to manufacture fireworks and is toxic

Replied by Jane
Altoona, Pa
Could you please tell me what strength and amount of magnesium you use and where to find it. Thanks

Vinegar Wrap  

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Posted by Marie (Kansas City, Mo, USA) on 09/09/2009
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Dear Ted,

A friend of mine has a big hard ball located on his upper arm, about two inches above his elbow joint, that looks like someone stuck a golf ball on his arm. His doctor said it is just a big calcium deposit and wants to surgically remove it.

We've been trying vinegar soaked cotton, then wrapped it all up, careful not to get it on the rest of his arm and in only four days the big hard ball has become all swishy and rubbery like the chicken in vinegar trick.

But my question is: should we be continuing? Will it shrink/dissolve the big ball? Are we doing any harm to the rest of his arm bone? Your input would be appreciated. Thanks.

Replied by Ron
Emporia, Kansas
It sounds like the vinegar is dissolving the calcium deposit if it is swishy and rubbery. Since my response is in Dec 2009, you would have already made your decision to continue or stop. I would be very curious about what you did next and the results.

If you place a tablespoon of Calcium powder (Gluconate or any other purchased at store) into a glass of hot water and add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (even the cheap stuff) and stir it up, you will see that the calcium will completely dissolve into the will disappear. If you don't use the tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, you will notice that after a while you will see calcium on the bottom of the glass. So, as long as there is enough apple cider vinegar (acid) in the water the calcium will stay "in solution" (stay dissolved).

The same thing happens inside your body. If you consume enough acid it will keep excess calcium from depositing where it doesn't belong. Any excess acid will be excreted through the urine, causing an acid urine PH. If your urine PH is alkaline, then you know that calcium will be falling out of the fluid and depositing where you don't want it, like a calcium deposit.

The source of this information is mainly from a book by D. C. Jarvis, M.D., copyrighted in 1958. It is called Folk Medicine...A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health. You wouldn't know it from the cover and index, but it is almost all about apple cider vinegar. He did several very interesting experiments on people and animals using apple cider vinegar. I got it used at Amazon.
Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
You have perked my curiosity, did the vinegar work on the calcium deposit?
Replied by Lyetaherb
Brooklyn, Ny
Continue using vinegar wrap. Heating vinegar and adding fresh grated ginger, apply with ginger poltice as hot as can be taken. Wrap with plastic wrap. Will help the calcium deposit.
Replied by Don
Loomis, Ca
Actually, I have a question on this. I have a calcium deposit in my right shoulder that is causing intense pain. It appears in the xrays to be small, but.... By either using a ACV soaked cotton ball or drinking it, how will this affect the rest of my bones. I don't see how, by drinking it, this will target the deposits in my body without affecting the normal bone growth. Can you please elaborate?

Water Filter  

Posted by Don (Troy, Michigan) on 12/23/2010

After doing some research and talking wiht the chemist at one of the cleanest water departments in the US and here is the STORY... Your water... First there is an average of 3% medicine in the water that cannot be filtered out.. This being morphine, birth control, other hard drugs both experimental and everyday perscriptions are unable to be removed. As for the calcium is also in the water... I asked the technician soooo what about the calcium? Oh, is low an within the limits and I said what limit... By the day, the month? When you look at the bottom of the faucet you may see calcium, hard, white like crystal. Some of you may have seen it.

Anyways after drinking millions and millions of gallons for Sixty years or less it dosen't matter. You have stones. The organ wasn't designed to deal with so much calcium over the years. Sure for a day, a week or maybe a year but the truth is where do we get them- its our water. Just go out and buy a good water filter syster for drinking for about $100. Should do it. Yes they have $25. Too.

Replied by Dee
Melbourne , Australia
Don, I agree it is good using a water filter to remove calcium deposits from the water. It is also good to drink 1-2 tblspn of ACV every day diluted in 8 oz water because that also removes calcium deposits from the body (which you may already be aware of). Put some vinegar in your kettle and see the calcium deposit dissolve.
Replied by Anna
Philadelphia, Usa
I am not sure about water filters-- we have a good filter now, but my husband has suffered from calcifications ever since we moved here... I think it is because magnesium is filtered out as well and he has mag.-deficiency which even showed in his blood! Only 1% of mag. is in blood, and if it gets too low, blood takes it from cells. So cells are deficient but blood test do not show it!

For the last 3 weeks he's been drinking 5 mix (garlic, lemon, ginger, ACV, honey) and supplementing with mag. as his heart valve is calcified and of course dr wants surgery.... He is scared and believes doctors--but also believes me and doesn't want surgery (although he would have it if dr says he needs it). Anyway I am the one fighting here. I have just read wonders about vit. K2 which clears calcifications! Could it be? there is no separate section here for vit. K but it is mentioned sometimes and that's what I read now!

Replied by Timh Donate

Anna: If I am not mistaken, Vit-K is involved in bone metabolism so it inevitably helps the absorption & utilization of bone minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, Phosphorous, and Manganese.

To help rid the body of excess Calcium, Sodium Thiosulfate seems to hold good promise.

Maybe I am stating the obvious, but almost everyone knows how important Vit-D is for Calcium absorption. I take 2,000 iu daily.

Replied by Anna
Philadelphia, Usa
Hi Timh: D3 is for calcium absorption and K2 gets it to teeth and bones- away from soft tissue! So he now takes both vitamins. But this is about curing the symptom: calcification. I believe the cause is magnesium deficiency, but maybe I'm wrong? he takes caps with mag. chloride or citrate, gets transdermal mag. chloride BUT gets less and less energy and more often his breath is too short. At night with NO EXCERTION he wakes up because needs more air. Or maybe it is panic attack? He will be seen by cardiologist in January, until then I will read and then somehow try to make him do it. This is not easy at all... anyway, I wonder now why his magnesium remains low. Why doesn't he improve (and constantly falls asleep during the day but finds it hard to sleep at night)?
Replied by Timh Donate

Anna: Chronic infection often causes mineral deficiency and acidosis. Mycoplasma in the lungs is culprit and many things can go wrong from there. One big problem w/ oral minerals is absorption, this is why the transdermal magnesium has been beneficial to many folks and why I constantly recommend Mineral hot baths. The more minerals the better, but for starters do 1/4 cup Epsom Salts, 1/4 cup Baking Soda and 1/4 cup Borax. An herbal paracleanse formula prior to bath should help. Oil of Oregano prior to retiring will augment the paracleanse.
Replied by Isobel
Ca., US
Anna, if your hubby wakes up feeling like he needs more air, or is gasping for air, along with daytime sleepiness, napping frequently, ask your Dr. to have him take a sleep apnea test. He may have moderate sleep apnea which can affect alertness during the day, affect his heart, brain function. I am a respiratory therapist x 20+years, this can be a potential life threatening problem (due to constant low oxygen blood levels, due to apnea). It is a painless test overnight monitoring and the use of a CPAP( continuous positive airway pressure ) machine is the solution for apnea, also if your hubby is very overweight, this also contributes to apnea issues. Please check with his Dr.
Replied by Kt
Hi Anna, I have an old Nutrition Almanac (2007) that reports vitamin D is the most toxic of all. High doses enhance calcium absorption which can lead to an increase in amounts of calcium in the blood. High doses can lead to calcification of soft tissues and the walls of the blood vessels and kidney tubules as well as formation of kidney stones. Because the capsules contain oils from genetically modified plants, I would would not take them. He can get enough D from foods and sunlight, which does not pose a toxic threat. Just my opinion.
Replied by Anna
Philadelphia, Usa
His shortness of breath has grown so bad now that he almost completely stopped breathing while just sitting or lying down. Today he has gone to hospital emergency room for tests... ( I'm going crazy at home).

Sleep apnea would be great but unfortunately I think it is his heart. his shortness of breath doesn't come only when he is sleeping. Also he is very, very weak now. if it was 100% last year it is less than 1% now...

Replied by Myway
Wilmington, De
Anna, whatever you do, go have his magnesium RBC's checked. It is different then the serum magnesium test. Most MD's don't have a clue to why this test is so terribly important. The heart uses 40% of the magnesium in the body but the fluoride leaches it from the body and we all know that fluoride is everywhere, including our medications, PLUS we don't get enough in the American diet. I had a friend get his tests done on his own (he is type 1 diabetic) and his magnesium RBC's were critically low. The test is $50. Google Dr. Carolyn Dean. Her information will help guide you through the process. Magnesium pills are not absorbable......find a liquid magnesium. I hope this helps and gives you hope. Your best defense for your husband is knowledge. Best of luck dear.
Replied by Anna
Philadelphia, Usa
They admitted him and the thing that helped him breathe was just WATER PILL- I could find many better diuretics if I knew that! I knew his foods were more salty-as mine were more spicy.

But his snacks were very salty too. And things he added to salad- lox, feta cheese, blue cheese

Anyway, he was taking 10 drugs! And on 12/17 had valve replacement surgery anyway... Will not take supplements as he finds them useless-not true but imo).

Of course calcified valve was only symptom.

Calcium is probably deposited in other places too, like arteries (he still needs oxygen sometimes or his joints (his hip hurts quite often)

I do not see the way to check magnesium in his cells--just assume deficiency (they found mag. def. in hospital but in his blood and gave him iv--better after it but it was before surgery--stress depletes magnesium...

I am giving him foods with magnesium and vit. k but it is too little as in rehab the nurse thinks their food is better for him.

Replied by Mary
Saskchewan, Canada
What about Transdermal Magnesium Therapy as per Dr. Mark Sircus. He says orally magnesium is very poorly absorbed but applied to skin in the form of Magnesium Oil(magnesium chloride mixed with water) has a very high absorption rate.

Maybe this would help. I use a teaspoon rubbed into my lower legs every day. It only has to stay on 30 minutes then you can wash it off. It can be a touch itchy as if you put salt water on your legs.

Replied by Anna
Year after his surgery and his heart and breathing are ok. But now he has hip pain (I have no idea of what and why- some dr said it's joint but I'm not sure: like sometimes it comes at night in bed. His legs got really weak.

Now quite by accident on my head CAT scan they found small calcium deposits in basal cell ganglia-no symptoms.

My dog and 2 cats died within 3-5 years after moving in here, first hind legs got really weak then all muscles. Water? Radon? Lyme? Something else? Or just coincidence?

Replied by Michael
New Zealand
Coffee and caffine drinks generally are known to deplete Magnesium. Also, too much Calcium depletes Magnesium, as it affects the C/M balance. Concentrate more on Magnesium and injest less Calcium before doing anything else at all. Magnesium is involved in a teriffic number of processes in the body and it is claimed that 95% of Americans are deficient. Magnesium Chloride liquid is the best (my humble opinion based on what worked for me anyway). Cured my leg cramps and spasms almost overnight. Wow! Was I grateful to be rid of that! I still like my coffee but limit myself to 1 or 2 cups a day. Trying to take it without milk is the tricky part but Oat Milk is OK tasting after a while.

Hope this is helpful for suffering folks with muscle problems especially.

Replied by Jens
Olympia, Wa
I am trying this Magnesium Oil suggestion (magnesium chloride mixed with water) that Mary has suggested right now and feel an immediate relief, I can't believe it!

I started using Topricin Pain Relief Cream yesterday and have been taking a 1000 mg of Magnesium the past two days for a calcium deposit in my right shoulder. I also plan to try the chanca piedra as well in tea or liquid form.

This recent attack of pain was probably due to a change in my ketogenic diet where I ate a crapton of refined enriched carbs this past week, upped my consumption of diary with homemade lattes, encountered a lot of stress, etc. The stress had to raise my coritsol levels I am sure. I go for 5-6 months and then wham, I have an attack of pain in the left shoulder.

Thank you to everyone that has posted their helpful suggestions. For the first time now, I feel like I can have some control over healing myself!