Comments: Chalk is for writing, not Drinking

Can you mix it with anything else to make it thinner? It only has to mix long enough to swallow - maybe even ice cream would work ;-) Or you could look for the calcium/magnesium combo in Whole Foods (drat I have to look it up and send a link). It's in a gelatin capsule which means to me the inside must be less dense than a pill with no capsule. I'll see if I can find the one I mean. I didn't pick up a new bottle because I haven't wanted to make the 25 mile trip to WF. *sigh* I'm currently taking one of the others. But I have no bone problems I know of... I come from a family with bones like iron until they get to their 90's. heh.

Posted by Teresa at November 27, 2011 10:43 PM

You know... that's an idea. A gelatin capsule. I wonder how many of those suckers I'd have to take.

I'll have to go by there and see... after I finish this jug of strawberry chalk, 'cuz I'm cheap that way. I'll finish it.

Unless of course I find it does not agree with my stomach. That barium made me sick as a big dog, so if this liquid calcium does that, I'm pitching it. Blech.

The other thing is, I have to drink it twice. That crap is so thick, by the time I pour it in my mouth, half of it is left in the tablespoon. So I have to put water in the tablespoon to try to get the rest. Otherwise, why bother to take it?

Posted by Bou at November 27, 2011 10:52 PM

Let me know what you find. Right now I'm taking the 'chewable' chocolate calcium. Don't ask. But I bet it is better than your strawberry chalk!

Posted by vwbug at November 28, 2011 05:51 AM

I might get banned from your blog for this one, but I've never had a problem with chalky-tasting medicines, I actually prefer them over the alternatives. Yes I know, that's just the weird kid in me. What makes me gag at the mere thought of them are cough syrups, particularly Robitussin and Vicks. Urk, urk, and double urk.

Posted by diamond dave at November 28, 2011 07:23 AM

54 and my doctor has prescribed 3,000IU of D3 daily.
I've had two bone density tests and while my hipbones are dandy, my spine, not so much. It looks white compared to the hips. Of course, that may be due to the thickness of the bones. I didn't get a lot of information.

Posted by pam at November 28, 2011 08:38 AM

I think I'd be OK with the chalk, had it not been for those three jugs of pineapple flavored barium I had to drink for that upper GI series. It's like when I had to do the three hour diabetes test, I always chose the orange stuff. I'm not so big on orange soda anymore. Not the soda of choice.

I'm trying to remember. I think I have it in one hip. I think my spine is fine. I should probably know that...

Posted by Bou at November 28, 2011 09:16 AM

My ex took liquid CalMag for quite a while and it wasn't super thick that I remember. You might check around for brands. Plus, it comes in yummy lemon flavor. Obviously strawberry and blueberry are the flavors of choice for coverup plots but lemon, that must be good. :)

OTW I'd definitely stir it into a small glass of water. Still tastes like crap but at least it doesn't stick inside your mouth, thus preventing you from swallowing the taste away.

Posted by heresolong at November 28, 2011 11:37 PM

My calcium is a digestible gel cap, it's still as big as a horse pill, but I don't have any problems with it like I did the others. I only take one a day, but I think it's supposed to be two a day. I get them from Puritan's Pride online. They may have something else that is tolerable for you.

Posted by tina at November 29, 2011 02:39 PM

Have you tried raw milk? It builds bone density faster than anything else, and it's natural.

Posted by Rave at November 30, 2011 05:44 PM

BTW- in my recent research (which I do for my own info), I've found several pieces of information.

1. Females with osteoporosis have low phosphatase levels.
2. Females taking replacement hormones (HRT)have higher copper levels.
3. Copper decreases the body's ability to absorb phosphatase.
4. Females between 35-65 taking HRT's have higher fracture rates.
5. Pasteurization kills phosphatase in milk.

Raw milk is not pasteurized. It's not homogenized. It's shelf life is maybe a week. But raw milk contains phosphatase that helps build bone density, whereas milk off the grocery store shelf does not. Store-bought ultra-pasteurized milk contains empty calories.

With all that said, I don't drink milk. :) But I might start, if it's raw milk. LOL

OH- and I did run across one study that says raw milk actually does several things- one of which is it improves/reduces eczema.

Posted by Rave at November 30, 2011 06:17 PM