Ladies, you do need your vitamins -- but stop with the darned calcium chews already!

Despite what you've heard, calcium is not the be-all, end-all of bone health -- and yet another new study confirms it.

Swedish researchers examined data on 61,433 women who took part in a mammogram study (speaking of things you need to stop -- but don't get me started on that right now).

During 19 years of follow up, the women with the lowest fracture risk took in an average of 750 mg of calcium a day.

More than that didn't help a bit -- and it didn't help if the women boosted those calcium levels as they aged.

The benefit maxed out at 750, end of story.

Of course, if you're a Douglass Report reader, you knew all this years ago -- because I've said all along that calcium alone isn't the key to bone health.

Too much calcium can be every bit as bad as too little: One recent study found calcium supplements may boost the risk of heart attack by 22 percent. (Read about it here.)

Other risks of calcium overload include stroke, pain, fatigue, cancer and -- believe it or not -- brittle bones.

If you're concerned about your bones, forget everything you know about calcium and definitely skip the osteoporosis meds.

Those drugs can actually crack the bones they claim to save!

Instead, crack open a cold IPA beer and read the November 2009 issue of The Douglass Report, available right now in my online archives.

The beer will give you the dietary silicon your bones need, and the newsletter will give you the lowdown on just how much calcium is enough (hint: it's less than you think) as well as the REAL secret ingredient to good bone health.