Calcification is a common process that can occur in the tissues and muscles of the hips, shoulders, elbows, hands and chest as well as the breast tissue.
In the breast these small calcium deposits can be the result of injury or aging of
the breast arteries or other conditions such as fibro adenomas or cysts.
Long term inflammation or the presence of foreign bodies (stitches or implants) can
also lead to calcification.
As well as the causes mentioned above I suspect that in New Zealand many calcifications occur as a result of our soils being so deficient in magnesium.
Magnesium is needed to balance calcium levels and where there is an imbalance, problems such as headaches, migraines, premenstrual tension, irregular heart rhythm, muscle twitches, cramps and tremors, anxiety, depression, irritability, apprehensiveness, lack of co-ordination, calcifications, etc. can occur.
Other than soil and food deficiencies low magnesium levels can be caused by an
increase in stress levels that will greatly increase the body’s demand for magnesium.
Also, often the promotion of calcium supplements to women by various health organisations, disregards the chronic low in take of magnesium of much of the Australian and NZ populations.
Magnesium should be found in most foods, especially green vegetables, nuts and whole grains, dairy products, meat and sea foods. However the quantity available from foods will depend on the soils on which the foods where grown.
To check calcium / magnesium ratios, the best method I know of is to have a hair analysis done. This will show all your mineral levels plus some laboratories will give a list of relevant ratios and details on how to correct them if necessary.
You could see a naturopath to arrange for this to be done.
Blood tests, on the other hand, are usually taken for serum magnesium levels and
deficiency may go unnoticed as the bulk of magnesium storage occurs within the
See page on ‘Calcium/Magnesium’.
However, as always I find one of the best ways to insure an adequate intake of calcium, magnesium and all other minerals and trace elements in a balanced form is to use Colloidal minerals rather than attempt to supplement separately which seldom achieves the correct balance for the individuals bodys’ needs.
See pages on ‘Minerals – Facts’ and ‘Minerals – why we need to Supplement’.
I think this is most likely the best way to help prevent a similar situation re-occurring but keep in mind that it takes some time to dissolve any calcification that has already formed.