Calcium & Phosphorus
Once calcium is absorbed into the system, there are many factors that determine whether it's used or not. Melvin Page wrote years ago and showed on thousands of blood tests that the calcium (Ca) to phosphorus (P) ratio was very critical for calcium metabolism. He said this ratio should be 2_: 1, Ca: P. the ideal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood should be Ca-10 P-4. The significance of this is even if an individual has an adequate amount of Ca in the blood they may not be able to utilize it, still leaving them Ca deficient. Even more so, there may be deficient amounts of Ca in the blood, but with low phosphorus it may leave the individual even more calcium deficient, and unable to absorb what they do have.
The endocrine effect of this is Ca uptake is determined by parathormone produced by the parathyroid gland. When the Ca: P ratio drops there will be a decrease in stimulation of the parathyroid gland causing a decrease in parathormone leading to a decrease in calcium delivered and taken away from the osteoclast in bone. Phosphorus is found readily in our diet most of which is unwanted. The primary sources are 1) carbonated drinks as phosphoric acid; 2) canned goods as preservatives; and 3) meat (red 50:1, chicken and fish 30:1). The single most dietary factor that will disrupt the Ca:P ratio is sugar and alcohol.
Supplement sources of phosphorus is Phosfood drops
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When the phosphorus level is high after sources have been dealt with aerobic exercise has been shown to bring down the blood levels.
Checking the Ca:P ratio is an easy procedure in the office and can be obtained from a SMAC -24 blood chemistry taken after a 12 hour fast.