OSTEOPOROSIS IS NOT JUST A CALCIUM PROBLEM

                Many women today are concerned with osteoporosis and for good cause.  Osteoporosis, or loss of bone density, is a crippling affliction of the elderly. It causes older people to lose strength in their bones, to lose inches in height, and to suffer fractures and breaks that can lead to hospitalization and ultimately, complete lack of mobility.  Women are at higher risk than men because they have less bone mass to begin with and because of hormonal changes, they lose it faster.

                As I explain to women who ask, osteoporosis is not just a calcium deficiency problem, but more of a calcium utilization problem.  It is a stomach, Vitamin D, Vitamin F, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, trace mineral, and hormonal problem.  Not just calcium! 

The Stomach

                The old adage- “We are what we eat“, should be changed to “We are what we digest.” The proper functioning of the stomach is essential for good health.  We can eat all the proper foods and take all the proper supplements and still have nutritional deficiencies. If we do not digest what we are eating then the body cannot absorb nutrients. Ninety percent of those people who suffer from “acid indigestion or reflux” are actually producing too little stomach being digested.  It is this rotting food that causes stomach irritation. Minerals in particular cannot be digested without strong acids in the stomach. Thus weak stomach acid impairs the body’s ability to absorb and utilize calcium. Taking Tums and other antacids can actually increase your risk of osteoporosis!

Vitamin D (Cataplex D)

                Vitamin D is made by the body when the skin is exposed to sun.  Vitamin D is necessary for the body to be able to transport calcium out of the gastrointestinal tract and move calcium into the blood stream.  If the body is producing inadequate amounts of Vitamin D then calcium absorption will be impaired.

Vitamin F (Cataplex F)

                Vitamin F is composed of two essential fatty acids - linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid - with linoleic acid being the most complete fatty acid.  The importance of Vitamin F is to bring calcium out of the blood stream and make it available to the cells for bone production.

Vitamin K (Chlorophyll Complex)

                Vitamin K is essential for the production of three proteins found in bones.  The proteins are needed so that the mineral crystals can bind in the bone.  

Vitamin C (Cataplex C)

                Vitamin C is integral to the building and maintenance of collagen, a protein or "glue" that holds the body's cells in place. It is indispensable to bones and teeth (for much of the same reason), to blood vessels, and to the healing of wounds.

Trace Minerals (Trace Minerals B12)

                Minerals such as Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Boron, Manganese, Silicon, and Strontium are required in trace amounts for normal bone formation and to inhibit bone breakdown.

   Hormones ( Symplex F- Women)  (Symplex M- Men)

                Because bone loss accelerates at menopause and because estrogen levels decline at menopause, conventional medicine has adopted the belief that osteoporosis is an estrogen deficiency disease that can be cured with estrogen replacement therapy. This is only partly true.  The missing piece of this puzzle is diet and lifestyle, plus the bone-building hormone progesterone (not progestin-a synthetic hormone) which drops much more precipitously at menopause than estrogen.  But since it's clear that progesterone, combined with proper diet and exercise, steadily increases bone density regardless of age, there are very few women who should ever need to take estrogen for osteoporosis.  To determine if natural hormone replacement is needed all women and men should do hormone saliva testing and monitoring, as hormones have very powerful and profound effects on the body.

Exercise

                Weight bearing exercise is another important component for good bone health.  Weight lifting applies force and pressure on the bone structure, in turn the body responds by enhancing the strength of the bone.  Much like the muscle, when it is exercised properly it gets bigger and stronger.

   Calcium

                There are many types of calcium supplements on the market: coral calcium, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, and calcium lactate.  Which one to take?  Which is the most effective?  Basically it comes down to what the body can absorb and process.  Calcium carbonate (most widely used) is poorly absorbed, especially in a low acid stomach (so much for Tums).  Whatever amount is absorbed the body then has to go through 13 metabolic changes so that it can even be used! The best is calcium lactate, it is easily absorbed and the body only has to process it once before it is able to be used in the body. 

                As you can see the cause of osteoporosis is a very complex problem and just throwing any old calcium tablet down your throat is not always the correct solution to the problem.

Recommendations

 

SP Bone Health Pack Bone Health Daily Fundamentals provide convenient maintenance support to keep bones strong and healthy.* Adequate calcium as part of a healthful diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life.* 
  • Good source of antioxidant vitamin A
  • Excellent source of vitamin D, calcium, and manganese* 

Contains:

  • Calcifood (three wafers)—provides calcium
    Special Information: This product should be chewed then swallowed.
  • Cataplex D (one tablet)—supports and maintains healthy bone density
  • Cruciferous Complete (one capsule)—helps move calcium into bones
  • Ostrophin PMG (two tablets)—supports healthy bone function*
Daily Fundamentals - Bone Health Bottle

Cataplex C: Because it knits collagen and proteins together in a tight weave, Cataplex C provides the “molecular cement” that holds collagen in a strong bond—important because about half of the protein in bone is soft collagen. The mineral calcium phosphate (Calcifood Powder) adds strength and hardens the framework of bone. The combination of Cataplex C and Calcifood Powder makes bone both strong and flexible. (Please note: Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C. In nature, it is the protective outer covering of the essential factors in the entire vitamin C complex. High potency synthetic ascorbic acid supplements are not from nature. It is a chemical compound that is unusable in supporting and enhancing bone health.)

Take 3 tablets Cataplex C twice daily.

WATER

The third essential aspect of bone integrity is water. The best is spring, well, or filtered water. Reverse osmosis or distilled water is mineral-depleted and useless to creating bone matrix. Fluids with sweeteners, artificial coloring, and caffeine are all poor choices that diminish the ability of water to enter the tissues at the cellular level. Alkaline water has mixed reviews on bone health, so best to avoid.

Drink one half of your normal body weight, in ounces, of spring, well, or filtered water daily.

Other Recommendations

Earlier I explained that bones also need hormones (estrogen in women and testosterone in men) to maintain their density, preventing bone resorption and stimulating new growth. Consider the following: 

Symplex F (for women) and Symplex M (men) from Standard Process both provide hormonal support. 

Symplex F (for women): 3 tablets twice daily on an empty stomach.

Symplex M (men): 3 tablets twice daily on an empty stomach.

If your labs show low or elevated calcium levels there may be an underlying parathyroid issue. Consider using:

Cal-Ma Plus supports endocrine, cellular, and metabolic functions.*

    • Encourages healthy blood calcium levels
    • Contains key ingredients from Calcium Lactate along with bovine parathyroid to support healthy parathyroid function, which is required for the proper regulation of calcium metabolism

Ashwagandha  are both important herbal formulas from MediHerb, which is distributed in the United States by Standard Process. Beware of chemical (synthetic) sources of estrogen and testosterone as they can proliferate abnormal cellular growth. 

Ashwagandha 1 tablet twice daily at breakfast and dinner.

Finally, 20 minutes to an hour of walking daily encourages and assists in balancing and maintaining normal hormone levels. To help improve benefits of walking check out Voxx Products, especially the insoles. The effect is instant, ranging from improved balance, mobility and pain management to better energy level and recovery process, ultimately a happier, healthier life.

Nature’s laws are exact and must be understood and honored to achieve the full outcome of any restorative and maintenance process. Stabilizing the decline of bone health and reestablishing skeletal strength takes time. What I have recommended requires six months to a year of these applications before you begin to see a favorable outcome. If you prioritize your bone health and follow this approach, you will greatly increase the chances of living out your final decades in optimal health.

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