Are Calcium Supplements Wise for Post Menopausal Women?

Americans seem to think that everything can be solved with a pill. Whereas in Chinese Medicine it says that only after diet and lifestyle have failed do we utilize drug medicine.

Vitamin and Mineral supplements fall somewhere inbetween. They are clearly no substitute for a healthy diet rich in green leafy vegetables, yellow starchy ones, fruits, probiotic rich fermented foods, bone broths, nuts, seeds, and a little bit of everything else.

Interesting article here from Jane Brody, health writer from the New York Times on Calcium supplementation for post-menopausal women.

In February, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that postmenopausal women refrain from taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D. After reviewing more than 135 studies, the task force said there was little evidence that these supplements prevent fractures in healthy women.
Moreover, several studies have linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease.

And here is a quote from this article.

A government task force formally recommended on Monday that healthy postmenopausal women avoid taking low daily doses of vitamin D and calcium to ward off bone fractures.
 This does not apply to women with osteoporosis, however. One thing is clear, and i have seen a number of studies on this. Vegetable calcium from leafy green vegetables cooked with an acidic substance like lemon, vinegar, etc. is more absorbable.  So at a minimum, don't count on your calcium from dairy, make sure you eat your greens.