Letting Go

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I made a promise to myself when I agreed to do this blog, that I would be 100% honest. I had no idea how hard it would be being so honest with myself and for the world to read. I have always thought of myself and my life as an open book, but when it comes to living with hypoparathyroidism …

The Rule of Three: A Guide to Healthy Eating

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Healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle do not happen through one choice or overnight. Rather, they are a culmination of choices made over time that add up to create an overall picture of health and wellness. There are many different guides out there, however, the easiest one for me to remember is the Rule of Three. As a nutritionist, …

Handling Love and Chronic Disease

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Ah, Valentine’s Day; the holiday of love, candy and greeting cards. Whether or not you have someone to celebrate this holiday with, being sick can really put a damper on the day. If you have a partner and want to do something special and celebrate, here are some ways you may be able to have your cake and eat it …

Training While Sidelined

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One of the hardest things to deal with as an athlete and a patient that suffers from a rare disease is to stop and listen to your body. As athletes, injuries are common and happen all the time, but it is when you need to stop and let your body recover that is the hardest. This can also be extremely …

Ignoring that Negative Voice

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When I’m out running I have a lot of time to think. Most often it’s just me and the road. The miles keep ticking and my mind starts racing. I think about everything from current life to future goals. I think about how far I’ve come and where I want to go. I think about crossing finish lines and beating …

Calcium Tip Sheet

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When taking calcium with other medications, there are times that you need to know that you are taking them correctly. Cal-EZ has developed a printable Calcium Tip Sheet with a list of Do’s and Don’ts for taking calcium and a list of medications that interact with calcium. And best of all, you can take it with you. We hope you …

Stand Tall in the Fight Against Osteoporosis

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Have you ever seen a little old woman all stooped over with age? The curved back that causes a decrease in height? The manifestation of osteoporosis that’s typically called a dowager’s hump? I have. In fact, my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my father were hunchbacked. But getting older doesn’t mean we have to settle for the “typical” aging problems. …

Ever Felt Lost?

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Ever felt lost? That feeling where you’re standing completely still, and everything just spins and runs right by you? You try to grab something, anything you could hold on to, and no matter what you do, how far you stretch, your grasp just isn’t strong enough? I feel this way often. I remember my internship junior year of college, and …

I’m No One’s Doormat

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Prior to my surgery I thought I had it all. I loved my job. I had 2 amazing kids and a wonderful boyfriend. We had family outings, played board games, and spent the warm summer days at the beach. I woke up and, in an instant, it was all gone. When I got sick I had this weird fantasy that …

Increasing the Absorption of Your Calcium Supplement

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Absorption of your calcium supplement is crucial for getting enough calcium into your body for it to work. Anything you eat has to be digested in order to be absorbed. When we eat food, chewing is the first step in absorption because it breaks food into smaller bits, saturates it with saliva which moistens it, and begins the digestion process. You …

Even When You Can’t Hear a Voice

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My name is Josh Becker, I was diagnosed with bi-lateral hearing loss when I was 18 months old, and I received my first hearing aid when I was 2 years old. In 1988 at the age of 8, I was also diagnosed with idiopathic hypoparathyroidism. Even though my endocrinologist had me on a regimen of diurectics to protect my kidneys, in the …

6 Tips to Keep your New Year’s Exercise Resolution

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While Ryan suffers with hypoparathyroidism, the exercise tips listed below are good for anyone! Whether you’re working on a New Year’s resolution or just trying to be more conscious of moving more, let us know what you think about Ryan’s tips, and if you’d like to see more of these in the future. Exercising when you struggle with hypoparathyroidism can …

I’ve Found My Voice

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Welcome to my world, I am so excited to have this opportunity to share my life with you. Bear with me and my scatter-brain, I think you’ll enjoy the ride. This is my life, living with Hypoparathyroidism. I was and still am that girl that would do anything for anyone. I did my time in school but knew once I …

A Faint Voice that Sparked a Journey

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Hello readers!  My name is Ryan Polly, I am excited to be a blogger for Cal-EZ. When I was asked to contribute to this blog, I was thrilled. It is my hope that my journey will serve as inspiration for anyone who is interested in living a healthier life. In 2011, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition of …

New Year, New Voices

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Happy New Year from Cal-EZ! The Cal-EZ team is pleased to announce that with the new year, we are starting a new blog series. For those of you who are continually battling diseases that require calcium, we have new voices for you to hear. To start this series is Sam. Hello world! I’m very excited to be a part of …

Do you know what causes low vitamin D?

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Happy Winter Solstice (or the shortest day of the year for people in the northern hemisphere)! Did you know that vitamin D production is influenced by the season, latitude of residence, and skin color? Season People make vitamin D after the skin is exposed to the sun. In winter, sunlight exposure is reduced because of shorter days and colder weather, …

How much Cal-EZ should I take?

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When taking calcium supplements, the recommended dietary allowances are a good starting place but it’s not unusual for doctors to prescribe more or less depending on lab test results or specific needs. When trying Cal-EZ calcium and vitamin D supplement for the first time, you should work with your doctor to get you started on the right dose. You can …

Are you taking too much calcium?

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Are you taking too much calcium? Having too much calcium in the blood is called hypercalcemia.         It can be brought on by a number of things including Taking too much calcium or vitamin D Elevated vitamin D levels Overactive parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism) Certain medications (eg, lithium, which can cause hyperparathyroidism) Dehydration Certain cancers (eg, bone, breast, parathyroid) …

Calcium and Vitamin D: What Does Recommended Dietary Allowance Mean?

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When people are taking supplements, there comes a time when they wonder if they’re taking enough or not enough of their supplement. In future blog posts, we’ll cover the symptoms of too little and too much calcium and vitamin D. The US and Canadian governments asked the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) to review and update …

Calcium and Constipation

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Some people think calcium and constipation go hand in hand. And while it’s true that some calcium supplements can cause constipation, you don’t have to accept that as inevitable. Many people need calcium, whether for a managing a disease or as a supplement to their diet. So what’s to be done when that calcium causes bloating, straining, and, oh, the pain!? Don’t …

Taking Calcium With Other Medications

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Because of the way calcium is digested and absorbed, taking calcium at the same time as certain other medications may reduce, increase, or otherwise change the effectiveness of those medications. Listed below are some of the medications that calcium is known to interfere with. If you are taking one of these medications, talk with your doctor to learn about the …

Four Most Common Forms of Calcium

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There are a lot of calcium supplement choices out there from algae calcium that comes from ocean to calcium phosphate. It can get to be a bit mind boggling. Here are the four most common calcium types and a bit of information on each to help you and your doctor decide what might be best for you. Carbonate (Calcium Carbonate, …