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Latest Edit: Iva 2012-08-24 (EDT)

Hypercalcemia refers to too much calcium in the blood. It is typically associated with other underlying conditions but can be caused by medications or supplementation.


  • Prescription Mediciation such as lithium and thiazide diuretics (water pills)
  • Supplementation: high dose vitamin D or calcium supplementation
  • Being bedbound (or not being able to move) for a long period of time


Conditions associated with hypercalcemia include:

  • Primary hyperparathryoidism
  • kidney stones
  • soft-tissue calcification
  • Adrenal gland failure
  • Milk-alkali syndrome
  • Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney failure


Hypercalcemia is detected by assessing serum calcium, serum PTH, Serum PTHrP (PTH-related protein), serum vitamin D levels and urine calcium levels.


Often there are no symptoms associated with hypercalcemia, yet the following can occur:[1]


The goal of naturopathic treatment is to support and work in tandem with the healing power of the body and to address the causal factors of disease with individual treatment strategies. The treatment strategy for hypercalcemia involves addressing the underlying conditions. Hypercalcemia, when severe, may require referral to a medical doctor or aggressive medical treatment.

It is always advisable to work with a naturopathic doctor before engaging in any treatment plan.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001404/