Dr. Greger Takes on Calcium Supplements in New DVD

Volume 27
The optimal daily calcium intake is one of the most controversial areas in nutrition. Unlike most other nutrients, there exists no international consensus. For example in the UK, the recommendation for adults is 700 mg a day, but  in the US, it’s up to 1,200 a day. Whenever I see that kind of huge discrepancy between official government panels I immediately think scientific uncertainty, political maneuverings, or both. There are tremendous financial interests at stake, from the dairy industry and supplement manufacturers to the drug companies selling expensive osteoporosis drugs. Whom should we believe? The science. Always the science. How else can we make decisions for how to best feed ourselves and our families but by the best available balance of evidence? The problem is that there are about 20 articles published in the medical literature on calcium every day. Thankfully, you have me! :)

In 12 short years, government panels have gone from suggesting widespread calcium supplementation may be necessary to protect our bones to “Do Not Supplement,” based in part on studies suggesting calcium supplements increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. But hip fractures can be devastating too. Has your doctor laid out all the risks and benefits? I do my best in a two-part video series coming soon on NutritionFacts.org:

  • Are Calcium Supplements Safe?
  • Are Calcium Supplements Effective?

If you want to watch both videos now, though, they are available as a video download as part of my new Latest in Clinical Nutrition volume 27 (all proceeds go to charity). It can also be ordered as a physical DVD. The calcium videos are both scheduled to go up on NutritionFacts.org in November, but you can download and watch them right now. Other videos included in the volume that I expect may be popular include Should We All Get Colonoscopies Starting at Age 50? and Find Out If Your Doctor Takes Drug Company Money.

The current batch of videos from volume 26 on NutritionFacts.org just ran out, so starting this month and running until December, I’ll be rolling out the videos from this new DVD, volume 27. The DVDs give folks the opportunity to sneak-preview videos months ahead of time, watch them all straight through, and share them as gifts, but there is nothing on the DVDs that won’t eventually end up free online here at NutritionFacts.org. If you’d like the works–50+ hours of video–you can get the complete DVD collection.

Here’s the list of chapters from the new volume 27 DVD — a preview of what’s to come over the next few months online here at NutritionFacts.org:
  1. Treating Ulcerative Colitis with Diet
  2. Sprinkling Doubt: Taking Sodium Skeptics with a Pinch of Salt
  3. Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s disease
  4. Kiwifruit for the Common Cold
  5. Everything in Moderation? Even Heart Disease?
  6. Optimal Diet: Just Give it To Me Straight, Doc
  7. Mediterranean Diet and Atherosclerosis
  8. Laughter as Medicine
  9. What are the Healthiest Foods?
  10. Omega 3s, Prostate Cancer, and Atrial Fibrillation
  11. “Veg-Table” Dietary Nitrate Scoring Method
  12. Which Type of Protein is Better for Our Kidneys?
  13. Microbiome: The Inside Story
  14. Prebiotics: Tending Our Inner Garden
  15. Big Food Using the Tobacco Industry Playbook
  16. Speeding Recovery from Surgery with Turmeric
  17. How Much Cancer Does Lunch Meat Cause?
  18. How to Prevent Fainting
  19. Are Calcium Supplements Safe?
  20. Are Calcium Supplements Effective?
  21. Anti-inflammatory Diet for Depression
  22. What to Take Before a Colonoscopy
  23. Should We All Get Colonoscopies Starting at Age 50?
  24. Plant-Based Diets for Diabetes
  25. Industry Response to Plants Not Pills
  26. Find Out If Your Doctor Takes Drug Company Money

Order my new DVD at DrGreger.org/dvds or through Amazon. It can also be ordered as a video download at DrGreger.org/downloads.

DVD Subscription

If you were a regular supporter, you’d already be a calcium (and colonoscopy!) expert by now, having already received the new DVD. I come out with new DVDs every 9 weeks. If you’d like to automatically receive them before they’re even available to the public, please consider becoming a monthly donor.

Anyone signing up on the donation page to become a $15 monthly contributor will receive the next three DVDs for free (as physical DVDs, downloads, or both–your choice), and anyone signing up as a $25 monthly contributor will get a whole year’s worth of new DVDs. If you’re already signed up and didn’t receive your volume 27 yet, please email Tommasina@NutritionFacts.org and she’ll make everything all better.

If you’d rather just watch all the videos online as they launch, but would still like to support my work of helping to educate millions about healthy eating, you can make a tax-deductible donation to my 501c3 nonprofit organization NutritionFacts.org using a credit card, a direct PayPal link, or by sending a check to “NutritionFacts.org” PO Box 11400, Takoma Park, MD 20913.

HOW NOT TO DIE Book Update

Thanks to the extraordinary response to the upcoming publication of my magnum opus, pre-orders shot How Not to Die to #8 on Amazon! If you have not pre-ordered it yet, then go to http://www.NutritionFacts.org/book .

If you haven’t pre-ordered it for everyone on your holiday gift list yet (it comes out December 8!) then please pre-order more! 100% of proceeds I receive go directly to support my 501c3 nonprofit NutritionFacts.org. You can also enter to win a pre-order contest! Details at http://www.NutritionFacts.org/book .

It is so validating to see pre-order sales climb and realize how deeply my work is valued. I’m so excited for everyone to get it and see what I’ve been up to all year!

-Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live year-in-review presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of DeathMore Than an Apple a DayFrom Table to Able, and Food as Medicine.

  • Emily

    Hello! Can I enter the sweepstakes for as many times as I pre-order a book? I already pre-ordered one in August, but am thinking about pre-ordering a bunch more for family members for Christmas presents.

    • Thea

      Emily: I asked the same question. I pre-ordered 10 books so I could use them as gifts. According to the staff person I spoke to, the rule only allows for one entry per person. :-( I’m still happy I ordered the books. I just thought the extra entries would have been fun.

      • Rami Najjar – NF Moderator

        Those are good gifts!

  • Thea

    re: ” #8 on Amazon” WOW!!! That’s just so, so exciting. I’m very proud to be part of this effort. This is real a win for humanity.