Vegetable calcium can’t be dissolved by our stomachs (ruminants, like cows, can dissolve it—they have an extra stomach loaded with special bacteria who do the actual retrieving of calcium). Tablet-form calcium can’t be dissolved well either, especially as we age. We need predissolved calcium if a little is to go a long way.
Primitive people who lived on fish or stone-ground meal ate 4-6 grams of calcium a day.6 Even if only 20% of this got dissolved, they would still have about 1 gram of utilizable calcium for themselves. Chances are good they dissolved even more, since they were young (life expectancy was less than 50 years). Their skull remains show beautiful, cavity-free teeth. They lived outdoors, mainly, so getting enough sunshine-derived vitamin D was not a problem. Their natural diet supplied enough vitamin B2 to protect them from UV (ultraviolet) damage from sunshine
But these are civilized times. Our lives are stretched into old age, when our stomachs no longer produce enough acid to kill bacteria, nor to dissolve the minerals in our food. So they need to be dissolved for us. Milk is a beverage where the calcium has already been dissolved by the other ingredients. The lactic acid in milk formed during digestion gives the calcium the correct chelated structure for absorption by the intestine. Even the bile participates in calcium absorption. Milk also contains phosphate, but not too much to be useful. I recommend milk as a calciumsource to heal the jaw bone after and before dental work. You need 1+ grams a day. One quart of milk has 1 gm (1000 mg) of utilizable calcium. You absorb only 250-400 mg. The rest is excreted and eliminated. Only the absorbed calcium can heal your jaw bone. Use milk in cooking as well as a beverage. The calcium in it is indestructible.
Bones are not made of calcium alone. Magnesium is essential. Since magnesium is more soluble and easy to assimilate than calcium, the tablet form (magnesium oxide, 300 mg, see Sources) will do. If you are not absorbing the magnesium it will stay in your intestine and act as a laxative. If this happens acidify your stomach during meals: always add fresh lemon, vinegar, or vitamin C to your food or drink to help digest milk and dissolve minerals for you. Boron (3 mg. once a day) and manganese (15 mg. once a day) are additional bone hardeners.
6Read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, DDS first published in 1939. At least, gaze at the pictures. Ask your library to buy a copy, available from Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, (800) 366-3748.
When your diet is improved, your dental problem is cleared, and your kidneys are clean, your hip pain will stay away and you can stop thinking about hip replacement surgery.
Mary Hammond, 48, had two painful hips. She was diabetic and drinking five cups of coffee a day. She had Staphylococcus aureus infections under three teeth that she no longer had. After going off caffeine (caffeine may spread bacteria by making tissues more permeable) and getting some dental work done, her right hip stopped hurting. When cavitations were cleaned, her left hip stopped hurting too, but after a week the pain returned. She still had parasites and their bacteria to kill. She had solvents to eliminate and a kidney cleanse to do but she was quite enthusiastic and enjoyed showing off how well she walked.