The wonder of calcium
The little boy had friendly blue eyes. His blonde hair was framing his face in little curls. At the back of his neck the damp hair was even curlier! He sat quite contented on his mother’s lap. Every so often he turned around to look up at her face while she was telling me about him.
He had constant colds and coughs; always a runny nose. As soon as he became ill, his chest would play up. She can’t remember that he was ever well for longer than a few weeks. She had done the rounds of doctors and paediatricians. Most of the time he was given antibiotics and decongestants. These helped while he was taking them. Once the medication finished, it wasn’t long before the symptoms reappeared. She wanted to try another solution to his problem.
His diet was very typical. Fruit juices, cereals, milk, yoghurt, bread, pasta, ice cream and sweets virtually on a daily basis. He ate fresh fruit sometimes; fresh vegetables very rarely and never drank water. She thought he was eating quite well! After all, she tried to buy food without tartrazine and preservatives! I could see we had a lot of talk about.
I have always been fascinated to find that children who have this type of diet, will have a tendency to sweat, mostly on their heads, and also that they will get repeated infections. Sometimes the tonsils become chronically inflamed and pussy. The connecting point from diet to body ailments lies in their deficiency, in particular, in calcium.
When calcium is not supplied by the diet on a daily basis, deficiencies set in rapidly. Calcium is not readily absorbed from sources other than plant foods. The idea that milk products alone can provide all our calcium needs is proven wrong when a patient such as this little boy, who eats dairy products daily, but hardly ever green, leafy plants, or a variety of cereals besides wheat, presents with typical symptoms of calcium deficiency. The other idea we have, to link calcium only into how good our bones and teeth are, is way off the mark of just how widely calcium is used in the body besides bones and teeth.