Saturday, February 7, 2009
Calcium for Pain
It's a natural pain killer!
Calcium is a natural pain killer, did you know that? In severe cases, injection may be required to bring relief, but in less extreme situations, oral ingestion of calcium supplements is sufficient.
Start with the RDI of calcium in a well-absorbed form, such as calcium citrate. Even less-absorbable dolomite (watch out for heavy metal contamination - get a good brand from a health food store) works well when accompanied by two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (from a health food store) in a glass of water. Dolomite also contains magnesium, which is essential for calcium's use in the body.
Try to avoid calcium supplements with sugar, which tends to make the calcium less absorbable. And if one type of calcium doesn't work for you, try another type. For some reason, a given type will work better for some people than for others. Vitamin D helps calcium work, so that's handy to have in your calcium supplement, or you can take it separately at the same time.
Several years ago I had calcium injections a couple of times for back pain, and I can tell you they are rather amazing. The injections are given slowly, and make you feel rather warm. Also very relaxed. I left the doctor's office feeling like I'd taken a tranquilizer. And the pain...what pain? It was gone while the effect lasted. I don't remember now how long that was, it was about 25 years ago. But if you have pain and know a doctor who gives them, I recommend giving them a try.
For the rest of us, take the RDI of calcium in divided doses: half in the morning, half before bedtime. It will help you sleep well, too!
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