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Distilled Water/Calcium
Posted by: Robert Ross
Date: November 6, 2000 7:27 PM

If, as you say in your article, the form of calcium found in orange juice (calcium carbonate) and other products are not in the proper form for use by the body, what do you recommend that we do to assure our 5 year old who is allergic to diary products gets enough calcium? He drinks enriched rice milk and we buy orange juice with calcium also. He also is asthmatic and takes inhaled steroids.

RE: Distilled Water/Calcium
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 7, 2000 4:03 PM

Why do you think he needs more calcium than he would get from vegetables?

RE: Distilled Water/Calcium
Posted by: Robert Ross
Date: November 7, 2000 7:29 PM

Unfortunately about the only vegetable we can get him to eat on a consistent basis is broccoli. Is there sufficient calcium in broccoli to meet his needs?

RE: Distilled Water/Calcium
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 8, 2000 12:56 AM

I would not rely on any one food for nutritional needs. If he will not eat veggies it is because you offer him alternatives. Perhaps his behavior has you dominated. Nevertheless, children of all ages, from 0-120 will eat veggies when there is not an alternative. And again: why are you fixated on calcium?

RE: Distilled Water/Calcium
Posted by: Robert Ross
Date: November 8, 2000 2:35 PM

(1) Because I thought it (calcium) was important in building strong bones ( 2) since he can't have dairy (3) he uses inhaled steroids which supposedly demineralize bones.

RE: Distilled Water/Calcium
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: November 8, 2000 3:10 PM

OK, well you can never discount the possible side effects of synthetic drugs. However, how about striving to get to the root of the problem? This is not as easy as "popping a pill," or in this case using a spray, but it could lead to lasting benefit, whereas allopathic drugs lead nowhere. It may well be that the entire family is in a toxic condition and that this boy is showing the major symptoms. If that turns out to be the case, a sweeping change of lifestyle for the whole family may be the only way to health for your son. Under any circumstances, it is practically impossible for a child to make those kinds of changes as the rest of the family lives the old life style. This would be a huge project and many people who confront this choose to have the symptomatic family member continue to pop pills. Lifestyle changes require months/years, not minutes to show results. The toxic buildup of a lifetime does not go away overnight.



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