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Can you die of licking a small of calcium chloride?
Ok so we were in class and we were doing an experiment with baking soda,calcium chloride, and water.This guy in out group and was playing around, not knowing it was poisonous he licked a touched the pieces of calcium chloride and licked his finger.My teacher told us that you can die if you put it in your mouth,he told the teacher and he sent him outside the student didn't finish the experiment im really worried will he die? im scared for him ill pray for him :(

  Calcium chloride isn't poisonous, but it could burn your mouth. What he did was pretty stupid, but he'll live.
difference between calcium gluconate and calcium chloride?
whats the difference between calcium gluconate and calcium chloride, for body hydration.Whats their indication. and what would be the side effect if the treatment is interchanged with one to another
  Calcium chloride is versus to calcium gluconate
Maria S
EXPLAIN: "Push calcium chloride, it'll fix the heart block." (from House MD)?
What exactly is a "heart block" and how does calcium chloride fix it?

My guess is that a heart block an obstruction in one of the valves inside the heart, is this right?
  No, a heart block is an electrical problem.

Another example of how bad that show is.

Calcium hasn't been commonly used in emergent cardiac situations in close to 20 years. Unless the patient is KNOWN to have low calcium, it just isn't used.
is calcium chloride safe for consumption?
Randy Teo
  No, not safe for ingestion
is this a good alternative to coffee?
For now, I'm thinking that instead of the caffeine in coffee to give me that pick-me-up, I'm drinking some de-ionised water from Whole Foods with electrolytes infused. The electrolytes are potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. It's almost like a Gatorade without the extra sugary stuff. Is this a good alternative, do you think?
  Considering the addictive quality of coffee and the very acidic effects that it has on the body that regularly consumes it, ... I'd say that water, (even tap water), is a much better choice to go with, .. although personally I'd much prefer to avoid drinking tap water, due to the chlorine and flouride that it is treated with. .. not to mention the pharmaceutical drugs that are present at low amounts in a lot of municipal water these days from recycling of sewage water.

I like the other suggestion you received to drink green tea or a form of it in water. It will provide you with some caffein if you like that and will also provide you with some very good health benefits, such as anti-cancer effects.

Note, .. that so often a tall glass of water will go a long way towards satisfying both hunger pangs and a need for an energy boost. .. The afternoon low energy blues that many typically experience on the job is very easily remedied by flushing out the liver and kidneys with a good dose of water.
What is the purpose of calcium chloride in peanut butter as an ingredient?
  Probably better off asking this question in chemistry ;-)
Part Time Cynic
can you die if you sniff calcium chloride?i need to know ASAP?
my mate done it and appartly you could die

please tell me
Adam C
  Don't know call the poison hot line
Does anyone know anything about firming agent Calcium chloride? Is it harmful to health?
Does anyone know anything about firming agent Calcium chloride? Is it harmful to health?
Can anyone agree on ewhat is the best calcium suppliment? calcium carbonate, vs Calcium Citrate or other kinds
whats the difference between Calcium Citrate, and Calcium carbonate? There are more types of calcium as well including coral calcium, which ones work and which ones do not? They all need vitamins D and K to be effective?
Natalie A
  Calcium carbonate is used in antacids . It makes you have a lot of gas/belching and the most common side effect is constipation. If you take vit D or eat milk products with calcium carbonate you can give yourself milk alkili syndrome (headache, pee a lot, not hungry, nausea, vomiting, fatigue). So, I don't think I would take that one.
Can anyone agree on what is the best calcium supplement? calcium carbonate, vs Calcium Citrate or other kinds?
Whats the difference between Calcium Citrate, and Calcium carbonate? There are more types of calcium as well including coral calcium, which ones work and which ones do not? They all need vitamins D and K to be effective?
  If you are short on cash the best is the cheapest. I take a store brand multivitamin for the vitamin D and a store brand generic anti-acid I take the vitamin as directed and the anti-acid two tabs 2x a day. It is about 5x cheaper than a name brand calcium with vitamin D in it. The store brand I generally use is Wal-Marts
Royce Ann M
what is the best way to treat a jellyfish sting? please help!?
i have a small chem set that includes:
Sodium Bisulfate
Sodium Carbonate
Potassium Hexacyanoferrate(II)
Calcium Hydroxide
Ammonium Iron(III) Sulfate
Ammonium Chloride
Copper(II) Sulfate

any of these work??? im thinking of mixing the ammonium chloride with the sodium bisulfate, recommended by a friend, please help its been hurting the whole day
Patty Calhoun
  Sounds really weird, but I have heard urine helps with the burn, you might search to see if that is true or not
How much calcium does someone taking 40 MG of prednisone a day probably need?
How much calcium loss does 40 MG of prednisone a day attribute to, and how much calcium each day would probably make up for the prednisone's effect on the calcium and bones ?
If that person is eating things with calcium and it all adds up to about 500% of the dailiy recomended amount of calcium ?
  My doctor recommends 1800mg with vitamin D
Calcium in Calcium Carbonate vs Calcium in Calcium Phosphate?
I take daily Calcium supplements of about 1200mgs, and I noticed that sometimes the label on my selected brand says Calcium Carbonate and others Calcium Phosphate.
What is the difference, assuming the same amount is being taken?
Which is easier to digest? and why?
Which is preferable to take in the supplement and is utilized better by the body or does it make any difference at all?
  Comparison of calcium absorption rates:

Oxalate is the least absorbable.
Carbonate absorption can be as low as 22%.
Citrate-malate is the most absorbable -- it has been measured at 42%, nearly double that of carbonate.
hecla 1
can i use cacium chloride found in auto stores to raise calcium levels in my swimming pool ?
Can you mix Potassium Chloride (KCl) and Calcium Gluconate in the SAME bag?
they are compatible with the Y-site, but can they be mixed together? I'm thinking NO, but can someone give me a definite answer?
  Of course you can mix them in the same bag. However you should only do this in a ration 2:1 so you take into account different molar strengths of the two materials.
What chemical compound is the calcium found in milk and dairy in? Is it calcium carbonate like supplements?
I've heard that the calcium in milk is more bioavailable that other forms of calcium and so I was wondering what form it is in. This might be helpful in choosing the best calcium supplement if any contain the same form of calcium.
Greg S
  The calcium is there as calcium phosphate and calcium casinate, see article below. Calcium carbonate can be added to milk to fortify but has to be very fine to stay in suspension say 90% finer than 2 microns and then not added in great quantities. Calcium casinate and phosphate do dissolve easier in the human gut normally by the action enzymes, where calcium carbonate requires the stomach acid to digest. The enzyme extract gets into the body quicker than the carbonate but both make a good contribution to calcium fortification to prevent osteoporosis.
How much potassium chloride is appropriate?
My mom is in the ICU after a small brain aneurysm. She is doing alright but she is getting 200 ml/hr of 1.3% potassium chloride in .9% sodium chloride solution. Is this the proper dose for a 50 year old female weighing approx 92 Kg?
Thanks! The Dr. also confirmed this when I finally got to speak to him.
  Yes, "... Usual dose - Infusion: 40 mEq/Litre of IV solution administered at a rate to deliver 40-200 mEq potassium/day ..."

It is in the normal range, but you left off one important piece of information and no medical individual will be able to answer your question unless you give the blood potassium level.

The medication is right on target ...
Magnesium Chloride Deicer vs Supplement?
what's the difference?

I have this stuff at my house called "FreezGard 100% Magnesium Chloride Ice Melt" ( 3rd one from the bottom) at my house. It says it's 100% Magnesium Chloride.

I noticed Magnesium Chloride is also sold in supplement form (

I was wondering if its safe to take the deicer in small dosages to replace the dietary supplement. it sounds wrong, but just curious.
Here's some more facts.
  Taking any single element supplement is not a good idea under any circumstances, unless it is for a well supervised therapeutic reason by a practitioner. Nature does not package nutrients as individual nutrients for a very good reason. There is always interaction that is required for nutrients to be utilized properly by the body. Magnesium and Calcium are absorbed by the body in the jejunum and only when the pH of the chyme from the stomach is low enough. Which ever of these nutrients is required for the body, it decides how much it needs and absorbs that only. If you take one or the other of these, out of balance, you can create deficiencies.

Balance is the key to health in the body. Chemically made nutrients are toxic to the body and generally rejected, while also damaging the DNA of your cells. Quantum physics experiments have shown us how this happens and that the body has an incredible sensory ability to determine nutrients from toxins.

Good luck to you
What is the most absorbable form of calcium? Natural vs non natural source?
I have osteoporosis. I have initially asked here what the best brand of coral calcium is. I got conflicting replies. Someone gave me tips about coral calcium, Intuition tells me indeed that if it's from a once living source such as coral it's better. But then someone said that this too is calcium carbonate. Someone suggested calcium citrate is the best.

Besides, are calcium and magnesium supplements friends or enemies?

At present I'm on calcium carbonate 2mg daily + one monthly vial of vitamin D + Fosamax, the regimen recommended by my doctor.

So what is the best among the three: coral calcium, calcium citrate or my current regimen? Any other suggestion?

Thanks for taking the time to read all this, and possibly respond! Any resources on the web?
  1.Calcium Citrate -
Absorption: Calcium is best absorbed in an acidic environment, hence calcium citrate is the best absorbed supplemental form of calcium. It does not require extra stomach acid for absorption, hence we may take it anytime in a day, even on an empty stomach.

Calcium content: Calcium Citrate usually provides less elemental calcium per pill than Calcium Carbonate, therefore one may need to take a relatively more numbers of pills per day to meet the needs.

Pill Size: Calcium Citrate is usually small in capsule form.
If you suffer from acid stomach, it is best to avoid Calcium Citrate.

2.Calcium Carbonate e.g. Tums or Caltrate

Absorption: Calcium Carbonate is alkaline based, it requires extra stomach acid for better absorption, hence it is best taken right after meals or with a glass of acidic juice such as orange juice.

Calcium Content: Calcium Carbonate is the most prevalent calcium supplements in the market . It provides more elemental calcium than Calcium Citrate hence you may not need take as many pills.

Pill Size: Calcium Carbonate usually comes in a bigger tablet, some people may find it harder to swallow.

3.Coral calcium, indeed, is composed of mostly calcium carbonate, just like those you found in Tums or other calcium carbonate supplements from the stores! In addition, in June 2003, the Federal Trade Commission FTC has charged the marketers of Coral Calcium Supreme with making false and unsubstantiated claims about the product's health benefits.

The Dietary Reference Intake DRI for calcium for adults is 1000mg -1300mg depending on age and gender.

Warning: do not consume more than 2500mg of elemental calcium daily.


Increase foods containing calcium, including low-fat dairy products. You can add dry, powdered milk to certain recipes -- puddings, meat loafs, muffins, and baked goods-to boost calcium content.

Reduce your protein intake (limit to 6 ounces daily) and your salt intake (avoid the salt shaker and use sparingly in cooking.

Eliminate caffeine, sugar, and alcohol from your diet. Stop smoking

Adopt a program of regular exercise.

Calcium: 1,200 mg of calcium citrate at bedtime.
Magnesium: 400 mg /day.
Boron: 2 mg/day.
Vitamin D: 400 IU /day.
Why does the Centrum® Ultra Women's vitamins have 14 mg of Niacin when the Children's have 20 mg?
Shouldn't there be more in the one for adults? I need to start taking more Vitamin B complex. Can I take a Vit B Complex WITH the Centrum® Ultra Women a day??

This is what's in the Centrum for adults:
Centrum® Ultra Women's Tablets

Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 Tablet

Each Tablet Contains % Daily Value

Vitamin A 3,500 IU (29% as Beta-Carotene) 70%
Vitamin C 75 mg 125%
Vitamin D 800 IU 200%
Vitamin E 35 IU 117%
Vitamin K 50 mcg 63%
Thiamin 1.1 mg 73%
Riboflavin 1.1 mg 65%
Niacin 14 mg 70%
Vitamin B6 2 mg 100%
Folic Acid 400 mcg 100%
Vitamin B12 6 mcg 100%
Biotin 40 mcg 13%
Pantothenic Acid 15 mg 150%
Calcium 500 mg 50%
Iron 18 mg 100%
Phosphorus 20 mg 2%
Iodine 150 mcg 100%
Magnesium 100 mg 25%
Zinc 8 mg 53%
Selenium 55 mcg 79%
Copper 0.9 mg 45%
Manganese 1.8 mg 90%
Chromium 25 mcg 21%
Molybdenum 50 mcg 67%
Chloride 72 mg 2%
Potassium 80 mg 2%

Boron 150 mcg *
Nickel 5 mcg *
Silicon 2 mg *
Tin 10 mcg *
Vanadium 10 mcg *

* Daily Value not established.

Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ferrous Fumarate. Contains < 2% of: Acacia, Beta Carotene, BHT, Biotin, Boric Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Stearate, Cholecalciferol (Vit. D3), Chromium Picolinate, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, Cupric Sulfate, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, Folic Acid, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Lecithin, Magnesium Stearate, Manganese Sulfate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Modified Food Starch, Niacinamide, Nickelous Sulfate, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metavanadate, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Sorbic Acid, Stannous Chloride, Sucrose, Talc, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Vitamin A Acetate (Vit. A), Zinc Oxide. May also contain < 2% of: Ascorbyl Palmitate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Sunflower Oil, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate. Contains: Soy.
  ask ur doctor
Can calcium supplements be taken in conjunction with others?
I heard once that calcium will block the absorption of other key nutrients if they are taken after te same meal. Is this true? I usually like to split my supplements (like multi) up and take them throughout the day. A full calcium citrate supplement is taken in three pills, so I'm trying to figure out how to get an adequate amount of calcium every day.
Nathan H
  I do, but then the brand I take is organic with a 2:1 ratio of Calcium to Magnesium (which the former needs in order to absorb properly), so there's no question of any block or interference.
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Hyperkalemia - Calcium Resonium - OTC drugs?
Hi, I need Calcium Resonium to control my potassium level. I saw Calcium Resonium (Calcium polysterene sulfonate) on canadian online drugstore but still expensive. Is there any Calcium Resonium available over the counter in USA? Is there any alternative? I can's use Sodium polystyrene sulfonate because I have to cut back on sodium as well.

Please help and thank you.
coza b
  No, it is not available OTC. There is no alternative.
What is the best brand of calcium citrate? And a combination of calcium + magnesium (for osteoporosis)?
After research on the net and Yahoo questions, and on the basis of the valuable feedback I got from you, the best compromise of price, percentage of elemental calcium, and absorption seems to be calcium citrate (against orotate and ascorbate, too expensive). I read good things about amino acid chelates too.

My bone density is terribly low (65% of my age class, I'm a 40 y old male), and I'm already having a small fracture on the "plateau tibial" that's lingering. So I'm tempted by exceeding the recommended dosage (on which, by the way, my doctors don't seem to agree, ranging between 1 to 2 grams a day). Would increasing the dosage speed up the reconstruction and my overall density? What are the risks of taking too much calcium? Or would the extra calcium just be eliminated?

At the moment I take 1g of calcium carbonate in the morning, 1g in the evening, a monthly vial of vitamin D, and Fosamax.
  Dolomite (£3 for 90 tabs)...get it from a health store.. it is natural and easy on the stomach.... an excellent mix of calcium and magnesium in the correct ratio. Turmeric has had some favorable reports.

Make sure your omega 3 and 6 are in the correct ratio. And keep your potassium up (2-4 grams) and drink fluid. As you know exercise and a proper diet is the key.
What is the best calcium to magnesium ratio in a supplement?
Also, what are the best non-dairy, non-soy food choices that are high in calcium? Is there a chart where you can find the amounts of calcium in foods listed? I found most, if not all the websites I checked primarily recommended soy products, which I'm allergic to.
  Amino acid chelated magnesium and calcium in perfect balance is the preferred form ie ~ two parts calcium to one part magnesium .... the best non dairy non soy food choices that are high in both calcium and magnesium are leafy and green vegies like broccolli, kale, chard, celery, buk choy, organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds, fresh fish like salmon, sardines, tuna ....... organic loose leaf nettle tea is rich in calcium and easily assimilated too ..... only organic will do though as the commercial and tea bag varieties have been pulverised and chemically processed and could never possibly be of any therapeutic benefit....... i drink about 3 cups of nettle daily........ soothes my frazzled nerves....... ;0)

peace baby
I've been taking a multivitamin for two days, is this a decent one for my age? I'm a 17 yr old male.?
The brand is called ONDRA-Multivitamins with minerals.
It contains the following-

Vitamin A (from acetate) 5000 IU 100%
Vitamin D 400 IU 100%
Vitamin B1 (from thiamine hcl) 2 mg 133%
Vitamin B2 (from riboflavin) 2.5 mg 147%
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 50 mg 83.3%
Vitamin B-6 (from pyridoxine hcl) 1mg 50%
Viatmin B-12 (from cyanocobalamin) 1mcg 17%
Niacin (from niacinamide) 20mg 100%
Pantothenic Acid (from d-calcium Pantothenate) 1 mg 10%
Calcium (from dicalcium phosphate) 11.6 mg 1.2%
Phosphate (from dicalcium phosphate) 9 mg 1.2%
Iodine (from potassium iodide) 150 mcg 100%
Zinc (from magnesium oxide) 3.75 mg 25%
Magnesium (from magnesium oxide) 10 mg 2.5%
Selenium (from sodium selenate) 5 mcg 7%
Manganese (from manganese sulfate) 1 mg 100%
Chromium (from chromic chloride 5 mcg 4%
Iron ( from ferrous sulfate) 4.5 mg 25%
I know for a fact I don't eat nearly enough fruits and veggies.
Lucas H.
  Any general multivitamin should help. Remember this is a supplement to your nutrition that you're getting in your food. The nutrients from your food are absorbed into your body better than what's in a vitamin.
Do any of the ingredients in this contain gluten?
Water, milk protein concentrate, sunflower oil, soy protein isolate, coffee, natural and artificial flavors, cellulose gel, magnesium phosphate, calcium phosphate, potassium citrate, sodium hexametaphosphate, cellulose gum, sucralose, carrageenan, vitamin mineral mix (zinc gluconate, ferric orthophosphate, d-alpha-tocophero; acetate, niacinamide, manganese gluconate, maltodextrine, d-calcium pntothenate, beta carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin, chromium chloride, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite, vitamin K-1 and cyanocobalamin), salt, acesulfame potassium, sodium ascorbate.
  the natural and artificial flavors and the maltodextrin are both questionable. whatever the item is i would look it up on google and see if anyone on or something has posted about it. just type in _______________ gluten free and usually something will come up for it. until you know for sure i would stay away from it because its iffy.
hope this helps!
God bless XD
Calcium Supplements?
I am completely lactose intolerant and am in need of calcium supplements. Can anyone recommend a good one? Should I just take regular calcium pills?
  any calcium supplements will be good to take. but make sure you take it either with vitamin d or vitamin d is in the supplement. The D helps your body to absorb the calcium and be more beneficial. Talk to you doctor or your pharmacist.
Which is better, calcium lactate or calcium carbonate?
I prefer to take calcium lactate which is much cheaper than calcium carbonate. Is there a difference when it comes to absorption?
  Calcium carbonate came from ground source. thus is known as metallic minerals. This is what you need to know: "Our body can't absorb metallic minerals unless it is synthesize from plant or the minerals is bind to something in the process". I can't comment on calcium lactate.
Currently, i'm taking a supplement that have a patented fructose compounding to help in absorption. No research or write out that have prove the body's absorption percentage as to compare across the product.
Thanks for allowing me to share.
"ask and you shall receive...answers"
Each time I take these pills I get light-headed and nauseous?
They're dietary supplements for healthy skin. I don't really know what I can be having a reaction to in them but here are the supplement facts:
(per 2 capsules)
Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) - 10,000 IU or 200%
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) - 200mg or 333%
Niacin - 10mg or 50%
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCl) - 8mg or 400%
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) - 3mcg or 50%
Pantothenic Acid (calcium D-pantothenate) - 10mg or 100%
Calcium (calcium lactate) - 11mg or 1%
Magnesium (magnesium oxide) - 72mg or 18%
Zinc (zinc chelate) - 30mg or 200%
Potassium (potassium chloride) - 50mg or 1%
Sulfur (sublimed) - 200mg
Bromelain (2,400 G.D.U./g) - 66mg
Thymus Extract - 25mg

I take the 2 capsules every evening. I know they're causing the symptoms because there were several months where I was on a different set of vitamins and was having no reaction, but when those ran out I was stuck with these again for the time being. I take them at various times - before dinner, after dinner, etc, and no matter what I still feel the same very soon after taking them. When I started taking them last summer, along with some strange anxiety issues I was having, I actually purged at least once or twice a week for the 3 months - it was bad but I thought it was the anxiety stomach aches. I have no idea what I could be having a reaction to, but if any of you have an idea, thank you in advance.
  You may be overdosing on the vitamin A and B6, or, it could be all of it. Vitamin A is fat soluble and can be toxic in large doses over the RDA. The B6, while it is water soluble, can cause reactions if taken in large quantities. There is no RDA on the last 3 ingredients of your list. I would advise you cut back on the amount of them that you are taking.
Can having too much sodium chloride therapy cause hypokalemia?
I become severely dehydrated on a daily basis due to other issues. but I have so far found a link that i only get hypokalemia when i'm on steriods or sodium chloride...
Is this theory accurate, or is it just coincidence?

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NadiaRahiman: @theunknownymous jwpn yg ade -calcium chloride + carbon dioxide dengan -calcium chloride + carbon dioxide + water. Mane satu ?
GildaMerielle: @omygat yuppp! But they say use the U tube with calcium chloride as fuse then idk what's the thing to contain the metal :O
BarbaraDriscoll: @thelittleidiot Dissolved chloride, sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulfate, calcium, silicon, iron, aluminm, etc. Mostly salt. #nutrientcycle
xrivatsan: 1 key of Sodium Alginate, .05 keys of Carrageenan. All I need now is .5 keys of Calcium Chloride. 8D
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