No2 Calcium Phosphate
Part 2 How to help picky eaters, allergies and more…
This week we learn how Calc Phos deficiency presents in the body, and what to do about it.
Some of the Questions we address along the way this week are:
- Picky eaters
- Allergies and intolerances, including Gluten and Lactose
- Why Signs for Calc Fluor might suggest Calc Phos is needed…
- An Introduction to Foods Containing Calc Fluor and Calc Phos.
Now, lets get started.
Your references for this week are:
- Signs and Symptoms p 15
- Indications p16
Last week we looked at the Key points of Calc Phos:
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.
Remember we talked about some of the Key uses for Calc Phos last week included:
So Calcium Phosphate has two 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.)
How to use Calc Phos
There is an old expression about children who aren’t reaching their growth and development milestones – they “fail to thrive”… These children are often smaller build, don’t appear to grow from one year to the next, may be tired easily, and may not eat well. Their facial colouring is often pale and cheesy or waxy.
Example 1 I went to the circus a few years ago, where the children performing acrobatic tricks showed facial signs and symptoms of Calc Phos. One of the smaller children was missing the cues, yet it seemed normally he would be quite adept. Afterwards they were out at the sideshow alley and food area, filling up with fairy floss (candyfloss) and soft drinks. They showed lots of the facial signs for Calcium phosphate, I had noticed the child’s quick mental fatigue doing the tricks. It stuck in my mind as a really good example of Calcium phosphate deficiency, – overindulgence in high sugar processed foods, mental fatigue, growth slow or impeded, because the body is using calcium to reduce the body’s acidity rather than growing.
How it works – In terms of minerals, children are growing at an incredibly fast rate, and use up particular minerals in the process. Also, if they aren’t growing, that also tells us that they probably don’t have access to those minerals in the right proportions in their body, which is affecting their growth. In these times, in both cases, there is a high demand in the body for Calcium phosphate to help with growing bones and more. There may be an increase in appetite, or there may be a pickiness of appetite in either case. Often in these cases, the children may have not grown much in the last year or more, and once they start the remedy have a growth spurt.
What it looks like – Calc Phos children often have pale creamy coloured skin, see left. When I look at the cover picture ofthe movie “Les Miserable” I am also reminded of Calc Phos.
Other uses – growing pains can often be helped with Calc Phos. The pains are often as a result of not enough calcium being available for the rapidly growing bones.
Appetite and digestion disorders
Picky eaters – So often I have parents despairing about what their children eat (or don’t eat). “They won’t eat their vegetables, they want junk food, they will only eat cakes….” Often. If the mineral deficiency isn’t addressed, this can continue through teenage years and adulthood, leading to more problems in later life.
Often this can be a sign that they need minerals. Provide the right minerals, and usually they start eating and trying foods that previously they didn’t. If they are craving healthy foods, a particular fruit or vegetable, you will often find that food contains the minerals their body needs. If the craving however is for a particular taste of food – for example sweet or salty or chocolate, or junk food, that also may tell us what they need. We don’t particularly want to encourage them eating junk food in these flavours, but we can start by providing the minerals in such a way that they get to the cells, and provide the body with what it needs. The interesting thing is to then watch and notice how the cravings subside.
Children’s taste buds do take some time to mature. It may take 10-20 tastes of a new food for them to start to ‘appreciate’ the taste of that food. So one of the things we do in our house is that for a new food, or a food that they “don’t like the taste of” they take 2 or 3 “Thank You, Mouthfuls”. These ‘thank you mouthfuls’ are a way of saying to the cook, thank you for making it. But also for the child to start to get familiar with the taste. After the agreed number of mouthfuls, they are welcome, to let us know that “the taste doesn’t agree with me,” as my youngest says, and leave the rest on their plate. We also start with smaller platefuls so that they can come back for more if they wish, and they will often come back for 2nds and 3rd helpings of foods that they like.
Help for Picky eaters – Give 2 tablets of Calc Phos before each meal; breakfast, lunch and dinner, for a period of 3 months or more. It’s not unusual in this time to see children’s eating habits change: they start to want to eat more nutritious foods, to try new foods, and often we have also seen growth spurts of 5cm or more in this time period.
Malabsorption of foods – Questions about stools and bowel movements are really useful to help determine which minerals may be required. If the stool shows pieces of recognisable undigested food, this is a good indicator for Calc Phos.
Calc Phos bowel motions are often thin, often green and slimy with undigested food in the stool.
Allergies – Allergies start as a sensitivity to certain foods or environmental toxins. Do ask your clients who diagnosed their allergies, as many people self-diagnose. Also get a clear indication of what happens in an allergic attack.
Special Notes about Milk and lactose intolerance and allergies –
Lactose intolerance is an inability to breakdown certain foods due to a lack of the essential digestive enzymes. Some of these enzymes are sometimes no longer produced in sufficient quantities in the pancreas due to a deficiency of Calcium Phosphate. For example, many people will say they are allergic to milk, yet have not been diagnosed by the doctor, or other medical professional. Do not self-diagnose lactose intolerance, as there could be other medical issues causing similar symptoms. Lactose maldigestion does not necessarily result in symptoms of lactose intolerance, and most people with lactose maldigestion can eat some lactose containing foods, such as dairy, without feeling unwell. Do they still have cheese or other dairy products if they say they have lactose intolerance?
Some people’s intolerance is not to lactose, but difficulty in digesting the fat globules. These people can digest smaller globules of goat’s milk, but not the larger globules of Cows milk.
Example of Prescription
2 x Calc Phos tablets before each meal, will generally alleviate the issue within 3 months.
Did you know that only 1% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant, whereas 57% of Asian present with this issue. The tendency to produce less lactase enzyme with age is more common in people of Asian, African, South American, Southern European and Australian aboriginal heritage than of people of Northern European descent. Why would that be? And why do you think we have so much reported lactose intolerance in Caucasians?
Can I take Tissue Salts if I am lactose intolerant?
Yes you can. Tissue Salts are absorbed by the buccal mucosa in the mouth, not via the digestive system, hence can be taken safely if you are lactose intolerant. The carrier for the remedy is starch which is used to bind the tablet, and allow it to dissolve rapidly in your mouth.
Case Study 2 – Jan was extremely lactose intolerant, she reported vomiting severely if she had any lactose. She was concerned about being able to take the Tissue Salts because she saw they are made in a lactose base. After some reassurance she did take the Tissue Salts. One of the minerals I prescribed was Calc Phos, based on her facial signs and her symptoms. She took the tablets with no ill effects. Whilst not actually necessary, sometimes I have prescribed No 2 Calc Phos in a small glass of water, and let the lactose settle to the bottom. Sip the water and keep it in your mouth for a couple seconds before swallowing it. This is usually enough for the tissue salts to be absorbed through the buccal mucosa, and for people to see that they are not going to react, and build confidence to taking the tablets.
Notes about Gluten intolerance
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and some other cereal grains which nourishes the seed during germination, and later affects the elasticity of dough affecting the chewiness of baked wheat products.
Celiac is the best known form of gluten intolerance. Wheat allergy is a rare type of gluten intolerance. These people are often recommended a gluten free diet. Because gluten is a type of protein, and Calcium Phosphate helps protein metabolism, prescribing Calc phos will often help to reduce the symptoms of gluten intolerance, and like lactose intolerance allow a reintroduction of the food after a period of time.
It is important to take the full case, and see which remedies are showing to help with allergies. Their symptoms when they have an allergy will also affect which remedy you choose. Calc Phos may be one of the remedies you consider for allergies depending on the symptoms. Food allergies and intolerances may be helped by adding Calc Phos to the prescription. Other remedies to be considered are No 10 Nat Sulph, No 8 Nat Chlor, and No 7 Mag Phos.
There may be a predisposition to eczema. If so, consider Calc Phos as one of the possible remedies. It will often help to neutralise the excess acids causing the rash, and No 11 Silica may help the body to excrete those acids. Other remedies to consider are No. 8 Nat Chlor to help the fluid balanceallowing nutrients to move in to the cells and toxins out of the cells.
Osteoporosis– Osteoporosis occurs when there is a demineralisation of the bone. Calcium Phosphate is required to help rebuild the bone. Silica also helps to build bone and is often included in the prescription. It will break down any uric acid crystals in the joints and help the body excrete the acid. There may be a slight increase in pain in the joints as the crystals break down and excrete, but then marked improvement. Magnesium Phosphate may be included to help with any painful symptoms. So it may look like:
2 x Calc phos before meals, 2 x Silica after meals and 5 x Mag phos before bed
Rickets – Calc Phos (No 2) before meals and Silica (No 11) after meals help rebuild the bone. This disease is found in India. 100,000 bottles of Calc phos are reported to be sold each day in India.
Broken bones – Calc Phos repairs the bone, Calc Fluor returns the elasticity to the tissue, and helps with the formation of the callus, and repairs the periosteum, and Silica is also required to repair the fracture.
Example of prescription –
2 x Calc Fluor at breakfast
2 x Calc Phos at Lunch and Dinner
2 x Silica after each meal.
Tooth decay may indicate a need for Calc Phos. You may use it in conjunction with Calc Fluor. Look to diet, dental hygiene and other factors to find out why. Teeth may also show a tendency to being “opaque” on the cutting edge, whilst the rest of each tooth is normal white in appearance.
Numbness and tingling in arms, legs hands or feet
There are a number of disease processes which may have numbness or tingling as a symptom, including RSI, and various stages of diabetes. If indicated, adding Calc Phos to their prescription may help alleviate the symptoms.
Note for beginners: I have seen some people making the mistake that facial signs for Calc Phos mean the person has anaemia. Please be aware that when someone shows signs of a mineral imbalance, they showsigns of a deficiency of that mineral, it doesn’t mean that they have a disease process. They may have a history of that disease process, which may help confirm your diagnosis. You are being taught to diagnose a mineral deficiency. You are not being taught to diagnose a disease.
Case Study 1- Anne had a history of Anaemia. She also showed a number of signs for Calc Phos. Her prescription included Calc Phos, but not Ferrum Phos. She previously had numerous tests for iron levels, with very little difference, regardless of which iron supplement she took. She arrived at my clinic baffled as she had her latest iron level results and they had improved significantly. She hadn’t been taking any iron supplements but it was after only a couple months of taking Calc Phos. This confirmed to me that her anaemia was not from iron deficiency, but in fact from a Calc Phos deficiency.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
As we discussed in our E-classes on Calc Fluor, both Calc Fluor and Calc Phos are required during and after pregnancy for the growth of the baby and to prevent mum from losing calcium stores from her bones or teeth.
Menopausal symptoms e.g. sudden sweating.
Sudden sweating… what does that sound like? So many women experience sudden sweating or “flushing” during menopause. Calc Phos is essential for protein metabolism in the body, and helps to reduce acidity in the body, particularly when the body no longer has menstruation as a means to discharge the excess protein and acidity, and is replacing it by excessive sweating. Of course, prescribe according to the signs and symptoms, but many women respond to Calc Phos and Mag Phos:
Example of prescription –
2x Calc Phos before meals, to help with sudden sweating and reduce acidity,
5x Mag Phos before bed to help balance hormones and help with sudden flushing.
Is it Calc Phos or Calc Fluor they need?
Remember in Class 4 we said that if there are signs for Calc Fluor, also check for signs of Calc Phos, because you client may actually have a deficiency of Calc Phos that is causing the deficiency of Calc Fluor… Why would we say that?
Consider this… Calcium Phosphate is the most widely distributed mineral in the body. Hence it is needed for numerous processes in the body. What happens if there isn’t enough Calcium Phosphate? (If you need, go back to E-Class #2 and your Admin book, and read about anions and cations.)
- Deficiencies may be corrected but not maintained in the long term
- A cation deficiency may be corrected but at the expense of a new cation deficiency
- A cation deficiency may be corrected but at the expense of a new anion deficiency.
- It must therefore be clear to the reader that the above situations can be further complicated by any combination of these events.
So if there isn’t enough Calc Phos for your body to function efficiently, your body may look for how it can make Calc Phos from other minerals in solution in the blood.
Cation deficiency – If there is too much acid in your body,it will use both Sodium Phosphate (acid neutraliser) and Calcium Phosphate (an alkalising mineral) to reduce the acidity. This can show as signs and symptoms of a deficiency of Calcium Phosphate or of #9 Sodium Phosphate (Nat Phos).
Anion deficiency – If there isn’t enough Calcium Phosphate, your body may experience a new anion deficiency of Calc Fluor as it uses any available calcium to make Calcium Phosphate, hence not leaving enough for the body’s needs of Calc Fluor.
If there isn’t enough calcium available in the circulating blood, the body will then take it from the bone.
So what does this look like?
Your client isn’t eating enough calcium containing foods, or alternately craves a lot of milk or calcium foods.
Your client has a lot of life situations that use up Calcium phosphate, e.g. a history of broken bones, and shows signs, symptoms, indications and (as we shall see next week) facial signs for Calcium phosphate.Your client may show facial signs for Calcium Fluoride, or Calcium Phosphate, or both.
Food sources of Calcium – more than just dairy foods…
Most people think of dairy foods (milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream, butter) when they think of sources of calcium, but there are a lot more options and great sources of calcium.
A great additional reference book is “Schuessler Tissue Salts – 12 Minerals for your Health” by Gunther H Heepen. It is a great resource with lots of prescription ideas for common ailments for you and your clients. Clickhere to order your copy.
Refer to p 36 Minerals and Foods for Tissue Salts and the foods they are found in. For example:
Calcium Fluoride Swiss cheese, spinach, nettles, mould ripened chees (e.g. Brie), Gouda cheese, shrimp, lentils, Brazil nuts, parsley, sesame seeds, soy meal, snowpeas
Calcium Phosphate green beans, nettles, broccoli, blackberries, buttermilk, slippery jack mushrooms, hazelnuts, yeast flakes, yoghurt with muesli, cheese, chickpeas, shrimp, lentils, almonds (sweet), poppy seeds, parsley, sesame seeds, fresh soybeans, spinach, porcini mushrooms, snowpeas
There are a couple of things to notice about these lists:
- Calcium is found in more than just dairy foods. So if you don’t eat a lot of dairy there are other sources.
- If dairy foods are limited in your diet, whether because of an allergy, intolerance or dietary choice (e.g. vegan diet), it’s wise to include other sources of calcium from nuts and seeds listed.
- Sesame seeds are actually a very rich source of calcium. So add sesame seeds to your muesli, or tahini (made from sesame seeds) as a spread for example
- Foods like nettles and spinach are often used to help anaemia, and here they are in the lists of foods containing Calcium Phosphate, which we found out last week is often caused by Calc Phos deficiency. Spinach also contains Iron (Ferrum Phosphate), but isn’t it interesting that it’s in this list as well. Nature is incredibly wise in her combinations of minerals in foods.
- Milk alternatives like soy milk and almond milk also contain calcium.
- Consider how you can give your clients suggestions of other foodscontaining the minerals to support their treatment. Encourage them to broaden their selection of foods to include additional Calcium sources, especially if they have a limited dairy intake.
- People with milk or dairy intolerances or allergies who experience improvement after removing or reducing the food from their diet temporarily can benefit from including Calcium phosphate as part of the prescription. Then slowly reintroduce dairy back into the diet after any signs and symptoms have subsided, whilst continuing Calc Phos for a year or more afterwards.
This week’s Exercises:
Take time to consider who you know who may be experiencing Calc Phos symptoms. You may wish to use the Tissue Salts Reference List to add another column with names to remind you. When we do the Facial Diagnostics next week, also list people with facial signs for the remedy.
- Are any of your people on the Calcium Phosphate list, also on the Calcium Fluoride list? If so, maybe the main mineral required is Calcium Phosphate.
- If so, consider prescribing Calc Fluor and Calc Phos – that might look like this:
2 x Calc Fluor in the morning and 2 x Calc Phos before meals.
- If there are more Calc Phos symptoms than Calc Fluor symptoms, giving Calc Phos may correct both deficiencies.
Review p 11-14of your Manual (summarised last week)
Read Signs and Symptoms – page 15.
Consider anyone with these signs and symptoms. Use the Glossary at the end of this week’s e-Class for any words you don’t understand, and use it to add any additional words you need defined.
Read Indications – Page 16
Next week we will look at the facial diagnostic signs for Calc Phos.
See you then,
No. 2 Calc Phos
albumin – (noun) biochemistry [also albumen]- anyofagroup of water-solubleproteinsthatcoagulatewhenheated and are found in blood plasma,eggwhite,milk,blood,andotheranimalandvegetabletissuesandsecretions.
anaemia – a quantitative deficiency of haemoglobin, often accompanied by a reduction in the mass of circulating red blood cells
assimilation – the conversion of absorbed food into substance of the body
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
decalcification – the loss of calcium or calcium compounds, as from bone or soil
halitosis – a condition of having offensive-smelling breath; bad breath
leptosomatic – having a slender, light or thin body
leukorrhoea – vaginal discharge
lymphatitis – inflammation of the lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes
neurasthenic – a person suffering from chronic abnormal fatigue, moderate depression, inability to concentrate, loss of appetite, insomnia and other symptoms.
osteoporosis – a disorder in which bones become increasingly porous, brittle and subject to fracture due to loss of calcium and other mineral components, sometimes resulting in pain, decreased height and skeletal deformities; common in older persons primarily postmenopausal women
paraesthesia – a spontaneous abnormal usually non-painful sensation (for example, burning, pricking); may be due to lesions of both the central and peripheral nervous systems
polyps – a projecting growth from a mucous surface, as of the nose, being either a tumour or a hypertrophy of the mucous membrane
rachitic – pertaining to rickets – a childhood condition caused by serious vitamin D deficiency, resulting in weak, soft bones, along with slowed growth and skeletal development
seborrhoea – over activity of the sebaceous glands, resulting in an excessive amount of sebum, being the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands whose ducts open into the hair follicles, (composed of fat and epithelial debris)
tinnitus – hearing ringing, buzzing, or other sounds without an external cause, it may be experienced in one or both ears or in the head
tympanitis – inflammation of the middle ear; otitis media
Heepen, Gunther H, Schuessler Tissue Salts, 12 minerals for your health