Thought that I would toss this
into the mix:
It was cardiologist Dr. Stephen Seely who in wrote, in his treatise entitled "Is calcium excess in western diet a major cause of arterial disease? published in the International Journal of Cardiology in 1991, that excess calcium intake is a major cause of atherosclerosis in Western countries.
He contended that young adults need only 300–400 mg of calcium daily, and older adults need even less. In countries where the daily calcium intake is 200–400 mg, arterial diseases are non-existent and blood pressure does not increase with age.
Dr. Seely said, in countries where the daily calcium intake is 800 milligrams (USA, New Zealand, Scandinavian countries, Ireland), arterial disease is the leading cause of mortality. Dr. Seely pointed out that cholesterol only represents 3% of arterial plaque, while calcium makes up 50%. [International Journal Cardiology 1991 Nov; 33 (2):191–8]
Don’t think the American Heart Association (AHA) isn’t paying attention. After six years of debate, the AHA has finally approved CT scanning for arterial calcifications for high-risk individuals. Just a few years ago the AHA dismissed the use of CT scanning for any reason, so this is a big change.
The accumulation of calcium plaque in coronary arteries continues despite aggressive cholesterol reduction (–53% LDL cholesterol) with a statin drug. [Heart 2006; 92:1207–1212]
---Edit Note: I've deleted the pitch for the rice bran---
The source web site that the article appears is suspect to me, but the article itself does give food for thought.