Tim Russert’s death two years ago, June 2008, at just 58 years of age was deeply unsettling to many people who, like him, had been earnestly following their doctors’ advice on drugs, diet, nutrition and exercise in hopes of avoiding a heart attack.
I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure you find Sunday mornings and “Meet the Press” just aren’t quite the same without his beaming face bringing us the inside stories of what is “really happening” in the corridors of power in Washington.
Just this month, a major research report came out that chillingly echoed the autopsy results into Tim Russert’s death.
If you’re taking a calcium supplement or know someone who is, read and forward today’s important Health Alert.
Excess Calcium could be Killing You
What killed Mr. Russert was a “plaque” rupture. A fatty, pimple-like lesion of plaque composed of fats, cholesterol and CALCIUM, residing in a coronary artery. The lesion burst and as the body attempted to repair it, a blood clot formed which blocked circulation to part of his heart muscle, causing a heart attack.
Unfortunately heart attacks happen all the time in the United States, impacting 1.2 million American’s each year, killing nearly one-half at of all sufferers.
In Mr. Russert’s case, the heart attack led to a second catastrophe, an abnormal heart rhythm that caused cardiac arrest and quickly killed him. An electric shock from a defibrillator might have restarted his heart if it had been given promptly when he collapsed at his desk. But it was apparently, tragically delayed.
A new meta-analysis research study published in the British Medical Journal on July 29th (just last week) proves that when calcium is taken alone, without it’s “partner” biofactors, the calcium accumulates in your arteries, increasing your risk of heart attack!
A CT scan of Mr Russert’s coronary arteries showed a dangerously high calcium score of 210, indicating artery disease. Healthy arteries do not have calcium deposits! Instead, the calcium is inside the bone marrow factory, where it should be, busy making strong bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Major Study: 30% Greater Risk of Heart Attack
The new study, led by Professor Ian Reid at the University of Auckland, is a meta-analysis of 15 randomized trials on calcium supplements conducted in the last twenty years, with the aim to investigate the links between calcium supplementation and cardiovascular events.
From analyzing the data on 12,000 people involved in the 15 trials, the researchers found that calcium supplements actually increased the risk of myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) by 30 percent!
No wonder heart disease is our number one killer – we are killing ourselves when we think we’re saving ourselves!