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From: "mike99" <>

Subject: Re: Can this be true? "The Calcium Factor" by Dr. Robert Barefoot 
(Message #19808)
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 16:16:35 -0600

>Message #19808
>Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 07:06:41 -0700
>From: James Swayze <>
>Subject: Can this be true? "The Calcium Factor" by Dr. Robert Barefoot
>Barefoot claims that most disease can be cured with calcium, the right kind
>course--that conveniently he sells, and two hours a day of sunshine and
>of water.
. . .
>"Dr. Linus Pauling who won the Nobel Prize twice said ":... every disease
>directly linked to a mineral deficiency.  2/3's of our intake daily must be
. . .
>Any opinions?

Since Dr. Barefoot's claims spiked my Baloney Meter off the scale, my
opinion is that the only people who will benefit from using his calcium
supplements are Dr. Barefoot and his banker. My reasoning goes like this:

1) The human metabolism is very complex, and except in cases of severe
deficiency, no single mineral can turn the tide against all diseases,
including degenerative age-related chronic conditions.

2) Most minerals, enzymes, hormones, etc. that perform near miracles in
test-tube studies, fail to deliver the same degree of clinical benefits when
used on real human test subjects. That is to say that, for example,  we have
always been able to "cure" cancer by killing cancer cells in a test tube,
but our clinical success has been marginal in nearly all cases.

3) Dr. Linus Pauling was a great physical chemist (a Nobel laureate even),
but he was a lousy biochemist. His claims about the efficacy of massive
doses of vitamin C have never been proved, despite many years of trying by
himself and many others. Therefore, I would not follow any health regime
recommended by Dr. Pauling alone.

Michael LaTorra

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