This post is written to support the recommendations of Donna Pessin to use Calcium Citrate for buffering acidity in the body while healing our digestion on The Unique Healing Program. Using Calcium Citrate is not a long term strategy for pain relief. It can be used as a buffer for accumulated acids and toxins and give relief while healing. I have to say that when I found out about the use of Cal Cit on The Unique Healing Program, I had no intention of using it. I asked Donna Pessin if I could just continue using New Chapter Bone Strength. Bone Strength is a calcium supplement derived primarily from food sources [seaweed being one]. That  source, in my mind was a better quality, more easily assimilated form of calcium. The Cal Cit that Donna recommends, from the information I had, was a “cheap” calcium that the body could not assimilate and would just end up causing more of those dreaded calcifications. So there, take that! Well, I was wrong.

Here is a video of Donna explaining Cal Cit and how it works. If you are new to The Unique Healing Program and Donna Pessin, don’t kill the messenger. Listen to the whole thing.

I wish I had the energy tell you how I determined that taking Calcium supplements were not a good idea. It does not really matter, but goes way back to my days in Macrobiotics, all the way forward into The Raw Food Movement and the Body Ecology Diet Donna Gates. One thing I can say is that if the Alimentary Canal, GI tract are not healthy nothing really will create deep healing anywhere in the body. Supplements and diets are all a band – aid. All the supplements, organic food and other holistic healing modalities are a way better route than the Traditional Western Medicine “protocol” of numbing drugs and surgery. Do the Holistic band-aids heal the body at the very core? For the vast majority of people the answer is an emphatic NO! Why? Usually most people seek help when Holisticc measures-cures are not enough. Often what happens is that the symptoms are lessened, recede or temporarily go away. Worst case nothing happens at all.


In 2009 David Wolfe put together a very believable argument against “Bad Calcium” in his first Longevity Now Conference. I thought I had found the Holy Grail. I did learn a whole lot in the process while not healing my gut. I do not regret all of what I did. I did not know any better. And at that point everything else I had done to heal my gut had failed. I really do not like the word failed. Using the word failed without any emotion attached to it is exactly what happened. Like a science experiment.

For the most part I have gotten over the regret of spending so much time and money on these products, treatments, etcetera over the past decades. I can say one thing they did do for me, they clarified how The Unique Healing Program’s basic premise makes such absolute sense. I knew this soon after I found it. My past journey also helped me understand why many would think that the Unique Healing Program is all so very wrong, weird or undoable. I truly feel empathetic and somewhat sorry for those who do not understand the value of UHP. I think there ARE some who can heal their guts without it, but they are a select few.


Part of this is my guess, but I think Cal Cit can make up for what the Body Bentonite or any other kind of ingestible Sodium Bentonite Clay can not do. Why? SBC-BB is not a drug, it takes time and people can not often ingest as much as they may need for many reasons and blah, blah, blah. That is all I got right now. Of course, minerals like Cal Cit, Magnesium Citrate have their own particular properties that the body needs, but the body is impeded in absorbing and deriving it from food so it takes it from our own bones, etcetera and that is a very real problem. That, which I just stated ends up creating pain and other things like insomnia, skin rashes, acne, fibroids, and the list is endless.

When experiencing pain I have just started taking from one to four tablespoons of NOW or comparable brand Cal Cit. I do not like swallowing pills and find it easier to deal with. Probably gets absorbed more easily?  Anyway, you can get that exat dosage off the bottle. I wish I had not waited until now, 14 months into UHP to use higher doses of Cal Cit. Maybe it will work for you?


One thing I have noticed is that I can alleviate neck pain, and sleep better increasing Cal Cit. I do not take Cal Cit and Mag Cit at the same time. If you are taking Mag Cit for constipation the Cal Cit will nullify the Mag Cit. Easy to read about online. Anyway, I did not believe that Cal Cit would resolve neck stiffness. I had resolved in my past with various other natural methods that did not last for very long. I did see my neck pain as a build up of toxins that I was hoping to heal with diet, body work, colonics and Gallbladder flushes, liver healing. A couple of decades later I still had neck pain that was getting worse intermittently. By the way, that list of things I did is a very short one and it went on for many years. These things kept my neck pain at bay but did not heal the source, so the pain persisted.


Consider giving Cal Cit a try. Like Donna says [paraphrase]: If you find fireman at the fire you don’t blame them for starting it. Meaning that if you find calcifications in the body it is not the fault of taking calcium supplements. Calcifications are a toxicity – acidity issue that needs to be resolved by absorption of these acids – what UHP is primarily about- and escorting them out of the body.  In coordination with UHP Cal Cit and the other crutches can be very effective. Cal Cit is not a life long crutch, but one that can get you through some nasty symptoms of headaches, neck pain and other body aches and pains.

Most importantly, you may need to go way beyond your comfort level in the amounts  of the crutches you take. So experiment. If they work for awhile and stop you may need more or take a good hard look at your diet. Too many carbs and other acid forming – cleansing foods are probably the answer. The other thing is that you are PROBABLY going to have some pain while healing on UHP. Lessening these symptoms is something often may need to find the exact solution for on our own. As we heal the solutions need review.

Love to hear your experience while on The Unique Healing Program or other regimen that you are doing.








Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi


  1. Anita, You and your journey sounds so much like me and mine it is uncanny. One of the hardest parts of this whole thing is having someone to talk with and compare notes with that does not think you have completely lost your mind. I started on the UHP 2 weeks ago and somehow found you through all the info I have come across. Though Donna’s program is new to me, I recognize the possibility of why her program would work where others have not. I would love to communicate with you personally, just to have someone to commiserate and even better, someone to share the victories with. I can relate to almost every single word I have read of yours so far, except I have not made my own colloidal silver. 🙂 Please get in touch with me if you have any desire whatsoever to converse with a like-minded soul. Respectfully, Linda

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