Calcium Supplement For women approaching menopause, this is a must. Historically, in the west, Calcium pills were heavily promoted in the 60' and 70'. Then (mainly for commercial reasons), the emphasis shifted to promoting Oestrogen for prevention of Osteoporosis (softening of bone). Then with excessive breast cancer using Oestrogen therapy the emphasis is now back to Calcium supplement. Also useful are calcitonin and Biophosphonates (Miacalcin and Fosamax). These are useful but a calcium supplement is absolutely necessary.