Episode 20 - Goodness Me!

Raging PMS, Asparagus & Making Calcium Safer

Introduction (00:00 – 04:48)

First Segment: Trending Topics (04:48 – 24:55):Are calcium supplements helping or harming your health?


Calcium is thought of as the go-to supplement for people wanting to ward off osteoporosis, but a recent study linked calcium supplements to precancerous colon growths. Is this a valid warning, and are there other problems? Janet and Emily discuss whether to take these supplements, and how the calcium you get needs a few helpers to be effective!


  • Dr. Kate Rheaume writes, “Vitamin D specifically accelerates the accumulation of arterial calcification in vitamin K2 deficient conditions.” In other words, calcium and vitamin D alone may increase your risk of plaque. It’s important any calcium supplement you take has the right nutrient cofactors to help it work effectively without harming your health, and that it has K2 to direct the calcium where it belongs. Here are some safe, effective supplements to make calcium consumption safe:


  • AOR Bone Basics. This is a comprehensive formula that literally covers all the basics. Janet takes a smaller dose than recommended; while the bottle says to take 6 capsules daily, she prefers to take 3 or maybe 4.
  • Natural Factors Vitamin K2 and D provides these two fatsoluble vitamins in synergy.
  • Natural Calm Magnesium.Magnesium works to keep calcium levels normal, and being deficient upsets the calciummagnesium balance. As we discussed in a previous podcast, Vitamin D also requires magnesium to work effectively.

Link to article: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/article-are-calcium-supplements-helping-or-harming-your-health/


Second Segment: Audience Questions (26:25 – 35:49)

“I struggle with raging PMS. Is there anything that can help?”

For the longest time, PMS wasn’t considered by physicians to be a real problem, and many women had to endure the challenges without being taken seriously. But PMS is very real, and there are some very real solutions to help deal with its effects. No woman should have to suffer through it unaided! Janet and Emily bring a lot of expertise to this topic, and give a great list of supplements that will help restore hormone balance.

  • Efamol Evening Primrose Oil has GLA, an essential fatty acid backed by lots of research; it has been shown to balance hormones and reduce the pain associated with PMS.
  • Vogel Vitex and St. Francis ChasteTreeare balancing supplements, offering natural support to ease the symptoms. Both use chaste berry extract to promote progesterone levels and regulate the menstrual cycle.
  • AOR P5-P is a bioactive form of vitamin B6, and it’s very calming, providing support for mood and hormone balance.
  • Oja Castor Oil Compress over the liver for 20 minutes, up to an hour, 3 to 5 times a week, to help with digestion and detoxification.
  • Avoid sugar. Your body is trying to rebalance and will crave sugar, but it only exacerbates the PMS symptoms.

Recipe (36:49 – 40:27):Different Ways to Prepare Asparagus



Snap woody end off each asparagus spear. Coat in avocado oil and salt and one clove of garlic minced through a press (you can keep it simple with just oil and salt!).


Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees; I usually do this when the rest of my meal is almost done cooking and just needing finishing touches. Put the asparagus spread out in a baking dish and bake for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the thickness of each spear; they’ll be ready when slightly wilted.

Alternatively, when you’re barbecuing, throw them on until slightly wilted near the end of cooking whatever else you are having for dinner!

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