No2 Calcium Phosphate -Lets Debunk A Few Myths…
This week wedebunk a few myths, so let’s take a look at what Calcium Phosphate does in the body first.You are in for a few surprises, and quite a few “Aha’s”. It’s not just about Bones.
Your references for this week are
- What does Schuessler have to say? P11
- 2 Calcium Phosphate p12-14
Key points of Calc Phos
Calcium Phosphate for Bones and Rebuilding
No 2 in Schuessler’s numbering system.
More than any of the other minerals, Calc Phos is a ‘rebuilding’ mineral. And what happens when you don’t have enough ‘cement’? There is deconstruction, or, more specifically decalcification, caused by a lack of this mineral. Intrigued?Then read on…
Where it’s needed
The main working points of Calc Phos are: the skeletal system; red marrow; connective tissues; lymphatic glands; the mucous membranes; and the gastro-intestinal tract. Calcium Phosphate is required for the binding of blood proteins. Calcium is also a blood clotting factor. If calcium ions are deficient, blood clotting is seriously impaired. It is the most widely distributed Mineral Salt in the body.
The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone…
Calcium Phosphate and bones.
Calcium Phosphate works with albumin, carrying it to bone tissue or any part of the body where it is needed and uses it as “cement” to build up bone structure.
Calcium Phosphate molecules are necessary in connective tissue to enable bone cells to assimilate nutrients but also to remove waste products as part of the function of metabolism.A deficiencyof Calcium Phosphate molecules inhibits the transportation of calcium carbonate absorbed from foodstuffs. This results in decalcification.
- Take a moment to consider what effect this might also have if a client showing signs of a Calc Phos deficiency is prescribed calcium supplements which are often primarily calcium carbonate….
- If Calcium Phosphate converts the calcium carbonate, then a deficiency of Calcium phosphate will affect the body’s ability to use the calcium carbonate. This will affect the body’s ability to use the supplement. If there is a deficiency of calcium, then providing the body with the appropriate Calcium Phos Tissue Salt and possibly Calc Fluor, can affect the calcium deficiency at its root cause.
- Bone is 58% Calcium Phosphate
Fractures – Calcium Phosphate should be prescribed after fractures to help form the Callus (the new bone growth to reunite the bone) – remember Calc Phos is the ‘cement’, so without it, healing of bone fractures would not be possible.
Consequently, consider anyone who has broken bones… they have had considerable demand on their body’s Calcium Phosphate in order to heal them. If their history has a number of broken bones, you know there has been a big demand on Calc Phos in their life. If there are Facial signs for Calc Phos, you now know why, and if you go back to the first broken bone, you will know how long that deficiency has occurred.
Rheumatism can also be due to Calcium Phosphate. Whilst Sodium phosphate is required to prevent an acid condition, if Calcium Phosphate isn’t present in proper quantities, the body will draw on Sodium phosphate in an endeavour to supply the lack, which may also create a lack of Sodium phosphate, and facial signs for No. 9 Nat Phos.
- This is where we start applying our 7 Keys of Biochemic Therapy – remember
Key 2 – Understanding Cation and Anion Pairing. Onecation deficiency may be corrected at the expense of a new cation deficiency. So, because there is a deficiency of Calcium Phosphate, the body draws on Nat Phos to try to reduce the acidity, which may also create a new cation deficiency of Nat Phos.
- It is important to prescribe the correct cation and anion pair. To correct this we may give Calcium phosphate and correct the original deficiency, and avert the Nat phos deficiency, or any other alkalising mineral salt deficiency.
- Calc Phos and Mag Phos complement each other therapeutically. When Magnesium Phosphate is clearly indicated and doesn’t restore the signs and symptoms as expected, Calc Phos should be given, because it has been drawn upon from the blood to assist the work of Mag Phos. (See pages11 and A13-A15 of your Introduction manual on cation and anion pairs)
Growing Painsin children with “Growth Spurts”. Relief is often felt in just a few days by using up to 12 tablets of Calc Phos per day. One prescription example is given in your manual, another option could be 2 or 3 tablets before every meal, and then 2-5 tablets before bed, you may also consider 3 x Mag Phos (No. 7) before bed. Calc Phos ointment may also be applied.
Myth 1 – Osteoporosis – Is it really a hormonal problem?
Osteoporosis is primarily the depletion of Calcium Phosphate, caused by hyperacidity: and less a matter of hormonal dysfunction than is commonly supposed by modern medicine.
- Remember how the acid broke down the Calcium of the eggshellin E-Class #1? If you eat a lot of protein, or eat or drink foods high in acid, your body converts the protein into acid in the blood. It excretes what it can through the lymph or through the urinary tract. In order to keep the pH balance of the blood, the body will draw calcium from the bones if there is not enough calcium circulating in blood. It will use calcium to neutralise the acid and maintain the pH of the Blood.
- If the body notices the blood is moving towards acidosis (being too acid) because it has used all available calcium, it will protect the pH levels of the blood and convert the excess acid to molecular sized uric acid crystals and put them into the joints. What we have observed is that women will experience the crystals being deposited into the joints in the hands first, and only into the leg joints in chronic cases. Men often experience it in the feet first – think of gout, then knees and up into other joints in more chronic cases. Consider their diet – is it high in protein or alcohol? (Uric acid in the joints is different to tightness in the joints which needs Calcium Fluoride to get them moving, for example because they can’t flex their hand.)
- You need to drink water to excrete the acid crystals.
The monthly menstrual cycle is one of the body’s ways of discharging excess protein and acidity.
- When there is a deficiency of Calcium Phosphate in menopause, the cleansing via the menstrual flow is replaced by excess sweating.
- If the body can’t relieve itself this way, it uses Calcium Phos to neutralise the accumulating acidity, leading to Calcium Phosphatedeficiency.
Because Calcium Phosphate assists in neutralisinghyperacidity it is therefore prescribed in cases ofosteoporosis or rickets and other problems such as rheumatism or cysts.
Possible causes of Calc Phos deficiency
- Too much animal protein in the diet
- Carbonated drinks deplete calcium – once again go back to the egg experiment in E-Class #1? Remember how the acid broke down the calcium of the eggshell. Fizzy drinks, (soft drinks) can severely deplete the blood calcium levels. In order to keep the pH balance of the blood, the body will draw calcium from the bones if there is not enough calcium.
- Vinegar, cola, citrus juice, wine, are all in the acid range of the pH scale from around pH 2-3. Any food with a pH between 4 can dissolveCalcium Phosphate in the body. The process is called demineralisation
- If a phosphate anion (PO43-) is not attached to a Calcium cation (Ca2+), it will prevent the deposition of calcium for building new bone cells. Phosphates are regulators in the body and act as bridges to build the bone with Calcium.
- Strong emotions like recurrent unresolved anger, resentment, jealousy, and fear, or stressors like overwork, can affect the acid balance in the body as well.
- Excess alcohol
- A diet with lots of foods or drinks high in sugar
- A diet with a lot of processed foods
No wonder it is called a ‘rebuilding’ mineral, It is a constituent of all cells, and in partnership with albumen it is part of the construction team, the glue that binds.
Consider Calcium Phosphate in all circumstances where the body is recovering or rebuilding.
If there is a deficiency of Calcium Phosphate, the albumen doesn’t have enough Calc Phos to carry it around the body, and then creates its own disturbances. See p11.
Myth 2 – Anaemia – Does it really need Iron supplementation?
Many patients are misdiagnosed as being anaemic and prescribed iron tablets. Often anaemia of various kinds is considered to be a problem with iron… Consider this.If a deficiency of Calcium Phosphate exists for a long time, a condition of anaemia prevails.(p11)
- Calcium Phosphate is a requirement in the production of both red and white blood cells. The white blood corpuscles fight disease in the blood, they consist of protein, and as we mentioned Calcium Phosphate is needed to bind the proteins. Some white blood cells engulfand digest foreignpathogensand render them harmlessand dissolve used broken down red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen to the cells. Consequently Calcium Phosphate and Ferrum Phosphate (No. 3) are important elements of construction. (– more about Ferrum Phos later)
- If Calcium Phosphate ions are deficient, blood clotting is seriously impaired…. Consider cases of anaemia during pregnancy. Part of the reason why doctors are so keen to address anaemia in pregnant women is there is a greater risk of post-partum haemorrhage in anaemic patients. The question should be ‘Why are they anaemic?’
In Calc Fluor we spoke about babies using a lot of calcium in order to grow in utero; and if there isn’t sufficient Calc Fluor in the mother’s diet, then mum’s calcium can be depleted in order to get what the growing baby needs. More on this in a moment.
- Calcium Phosphate is the most widely distributed mineral salt in the body. It occurs in all cells and is vital for the formation of new cells. Hence it is a remedy of great importance in anaemia or deficient bone formation.
Calc Phos in Pregnancy
All expectant women should take Calc Phos and Calc Fluor throughout their pregnancy, then after birth whilst breastfeeding and beyond. Calc Phos and Calc Fluor could also be considered in pre-pregnancy care. Doing so can prevent many pregnancy signs and symptoms.
- For the growing foetus, Calcium Phosphate is the preparation for healthy strong bones and teeth, and of course the construction of the whole body, for Calcium Phosphate is found in all cells. – No wonder it’s important for mums to take during pregnancy. Imagine the extra importance if she is having twins or higher order multiples, or if she has a number of children born close together.
- Calcium phosphate is preparation for strong bones and teeth.
- Consider also the needs for Calcium Fluoride (No. 1), Sodium Chloride (No. 8) Magnesium Phosphate (no. 7) and Silica (No. 11).
Calcium Phosphate has a calming effect on the nervous system, particularly where fatigue or over excitement may be the cause.
- Have you ever been overwrought, or fatigued, or overexcitable and had a cup of chamomile tea to calm you down? Have you noticed how quickly it can reduce excitability? The key mineral salts in chamomile are Calcium Phosphate and Magnesium Phosphate. Nature very wisely put together two complementary Tissue Salts, which, as you read through Calcium Phosphate, you will notice its influence on other conditions Chamomile also treats. If you are a herbalist or homoeopath, you will start to discover why your herbs are working in the way that they do… Fascinating…
- Calc Phos given in these cases will bring about relaxation and thus sleep.
- If the nervous system is affected, you will often see signs of disrupted sleep patterns. Calc Phos for sleeping disorders where the patient regularly wakes between 1am and 2am in the morning…
- Insomnia affected by white wine, sugar or excess red meat eaten in the evening can often be helped by Calc Phos.
- Calcium Phosphate is found in gastric juice, and if lacking in the proper balance, indigestion frequently results.
- Children who overindulge in foods and drinks high in sugarand processed foods, which may cause acidity in the blood, are using Calcium to bind these acids for elimination, exacerbating the deficiency.
- A key question to ask is “Is your child a fussy or picky eater?” If the answer is yes, Calc phos (2 tablets before meals) can start to make a huge difference. In the following months watch as these children start eating their vegetables along with a greater variety of foods, or have growth spurts.
Other interesting points of note:
- The cells of the pancreas require Calcium phosphate in order to produce the enzymes of digestion. This is why we will often prescribe Calcium Phosphate before meals, to provide the calcium phosphate so that the enzymes of digestion can function effectively.
- Calcium phosphate is essential for protein metabolism in the body.
“Lets talk about sex, baby”…
Calc Phos has a harmonising effect on reduced or elevated sexual excitability.
Consider it for patients with low or reduced libido, or for partners with very different sexual appetites to each other. It may just harmonise the bedroom and calm some of the angst that may be associated with it.
- Women going through menopause will often experience changes in libido, and as we have already discussed, if they are experiencing other symptoms of menopause, you may have discovered another confirmation for Calc Phos.
So Calcium Phosphate has 2 distinct applications:
- Building and construction – Participates in the construction of bone, formation of blood, the effective use of protein, and the conversion of calcium carbonate…
- Relaxation in the body (Consider that for digestion to occur effectively, the body needs to be relaxed, in “rest and digest” mode.)
Next week we will look at the Signs and Symptoms for Calc Phos, and the Indications, including Tips on Prescribing Calc Phos.
See you then,
No. 2 Calc Phos
albumin – (noun) biochemistry [also albumen]- any of a group of water-soluble proteins that coagulate when heated and are found in blood plasma, occurring in egg white, milk, blood, and other animal and vegetable tissues and secretions.
anaemia – a quantitative deficiency of the haemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduction in the mass of circulating red blood cells
Bright’s disease – chronic inflammation of the kidneys, marked especially by edema and presence of albumin in urine.
Callus – a. a new growth of osseous matter (bone) at the ends of a fractured bone, serving to unite them
- a hardened or thickened part of the skin
Catarrh – inflammation of a mucous membrane with increased production of mucus, especially affecting the nose and throat in the common cold.
Eczema – an inflammatory condition of the skin where it becomes rough and inflamed with blisters which cause itching and bleeding.