Numerous attempts have been made to show a relationship between the onset and the course of tuberculosis and the metabolism of the mineral elements.1 The administration of lime as a therapeutic measure has been recommended by different authors through a period of many years and up to the most recent time.2 High lime administration is employed consciously or otherwise wherever forced feeding which includes much milk (the highest in calcium of the ordinary foods) is practiced. Thus a pint of milk contains about 0.5 gm. of calcium, which is sufficient to maintain calcium equilibrium in an average man, and from five to ten times this amount of milk is frequently used in forced feeding.
It is, of course, difficult to tell with certainty whether or not the calcium salt ingested is responsible in part for the clinical improvement which has been reported in certain cases following its administration.
HALVERSON JO, MOHLER HK, BERGEIM O. CALCIUM IN THE BLOOD IN TUBERCULOSIS. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(18):1309-1311. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050011004