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OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM

Posted by Helping You on May 24, 2003 at 00:29:29:

Hi everyone,

I haven't posted anything new since I posted my LEAKY GUT DIET a while back. However, I have perfected an osteoporosis program which I feel is second to none. This program is good for women as much as the neglected men aflicted by this condition. For the sake of time and space, I will deal only with the specifics of the program without going into much detail on the facts, history, or traditional treatment of osteoporosis, which I would think many of you know by now. First, this information has been compiled from thousands of hours of research from various sources. I will list references at the bottom of this post for you to look further into.

Most books out on osteoporosis contain the same basic information. What is osteoporosis? Who is affected? What causes it? How is it treated? Can it be reversed? As one reads through these books, the information is all very similar. Take your calcium, exercise, eat a balanced diet, ect. Also, many of these books contains information that can actually WORSEN your osteoporosis. For example, most sources will tell you that excess protein will cause calcium loss. They are only half right. I will also touch upon some new research into vitamin D therapy and growth hormone therapy.

THE DIET THAT ENCOURAGES DENSE BONES

The diet that builds bone mass is not the SAD diet, and it isn't discussed in any of the osteoporosis books on the market. The diet that encourages bone mass is the same diet that will encourage health on all levels. It is generally a lower carbohydrate diet like the BASIC LEAKY GUT DIET I posted a while back but special attention must be made to key areas of the diet. One is protein (To keep this short, I will post only the relative information). When it comes to protein and osteoporosis, we get told the same thing over and over--"A high protein diet causes calcium to be pulled from the bones". However, recent studies show that protein only causes calcium loss when calcium is low in the diet. But when calcium is HIGH in the diet, or is adequately consumed from supplements, a HIGH protein diet builds stronger bones better than a low-protein diet. A great article on protein and calcium loss can be found at www.westonaprice.org along with references to back up the claims. Generally, if one is eating a palm-size portion of protein 3x per day, one is getting enough protein although more will not hurt. A high protein diet has never been shown to injure the kidney's in normal healthy adults or to have any other ill-effects on healthy individuals.

Another important aspect of the osteoporosis diet is POTASSIUM. Recent studies have shown that those consuming the most potassium have the highest bone densities. It appears that the ideal ratio of potassium to calories consumed is 2:1. So, for every 1 calorie consumed, you should consume 2mg of potassium. So if you eat 2500 calories per day, you should consume 5000mg of potassium. The best sources are vegetables, black strap molasses (high in sugar), and tomatoes. Contrary to popular belief, bananas are only moderately high in potassium. Also, never take potassium in supplement form. It may be dangerous. Potassium is also found in dairy products and even in meats. You can buy a food counter that can show the highest foods in potassium. Make sure you eat enough to get that 5000mg of potassium per day. Juicing vegetables is also a great way to get potassium.

Of course, calcium is still a very important part of preventing a treating osteoporosis. It appears that 1500-2000mg of calcium per day is the ideal amount needed to treat osteoporosis. Green vegetables, vegetable juices and raw dairy products are all excellent sources of calcium. However, getting that 1500mg is difficult and often times supplements are necessary. It is my opinion that it is not very important seek out these "tech-calciums" as I like to call them. DOSING of the calcium is more important than the TYPE of calcium used. Generally, calcium carbonate, citrate, and glycinate are all well-absorbed forms. Citrate is most important for those that have low stomach acids. But for those that have plenty, the carbonate form will do just fine. The key is to take no more than 250mg of calcium and 125mg of magnesium at one time. Splitting that dosage into 4-5 times per day will result in a marked increase in the absorption of calcium. I find a great way to take the calcium is to buy a chewable form that contains a 2:1 ratio of calcium:magnesium and has 250mg cal/125mg mag per chew. This way, you can take the calcium throughout the day very easily. Just add up the amount of calcium you already get from your diet (a rough estimation) and then add enough cal/mag to get a total of 1500mg/750mg mag.

There are many factors that will affect calcium absorption but by FAR, the most important is vitamin D. I could write an entire novel here just on vitamin D but that would be beyond the scope of this post. I will give you the most relevant information. First, most people in the USA are deficient in vitamin D. Without enough vitamin D, many conditions result. Heart disease, cancer, depression, and osteoporosis are just a few. There is also a lot of evidence that suggests the current accepted reference range of vitamin D is too low. For more on this, see www.mercola.com. The point is, you may all be tested for vitamin D but the lab will report that you are normal when you are in fact deficient. For your information, the correct test is 25-Hydroxyvitamin D or 25OHD. 1,25,Hydroxyvitamin D is the INCORRECT test. FYI, below 30 is prime for osteoporosis. Optimal is about 45-55. You don't want to be above 60. That's when toxicity results. However, it is not as easy as you think to reach toxic levels of vitamin D. For someone that is vitamin D-deficient, it could take as much as 4000IU's daily for a year before toxic levels are reached. For others, it could be much sooner. The point is, you must have your level assessed before you can take vitamin D. The 400iu's generally receieved in most supplements may be grossly inadequate for the person with osteoporosis but without testing, it wouldn't be wise to take any. Just know that optimal vitamin D levels are vital for integrating calcium into the bone matrix. Research indicates that taking calcium without an optimal level of vitamin D will result in the calcium being deposited in soft-tissue rather than in the bones. Therefore, it is essential to get your vitamin D level tested, and treated. 1-2 weeks after the vitamin D has been given (provided that there is a deficiency), the calcium can be started. Most people that are deficient in vitamin D find that they can't really tolerate calcium very well. It makes them depressed, or sleepy.

Minerals and trace minerals are also important for the bone matrix. However, I don't believe that the traditional view of taking isolated minerals as a supplement is the way to get these. These minerals can be obtained from juicing, making your own soups and broths, as well as from whole food suppelements like Perfect Food or Fruits of Life. This is the most effective way to receieve the minerals.

Once the protein, potassium, Cal/Mag and Vitamin D have been optimized in the diet, the rest of the diet should consist of whole foods. Those foods are up to you but I personally believe that grains, legumes, and starchy foods should play a very small role. The majority should be non-starchy vegetables and healthy fats. My BASIC LEAKY GUT DIET contains this information and is in the archives.

VITAMIN K
Recent research into vitamin K reveals that there may be more of a need to supplement this nutrient than previously thought. 45mg per day has been shown to protect the astronauts from space-related bone-loss. It has also been shown to slow bone loss in post-menopause women and actually increase bone mass. Dosese ranging from 1mg-45mg have been used. The interesting part is, 1mg seems to work as well as 45mg. So, as insurance, I recommend taking 1mg of vitamin K per day. This is a physiological dose meaning that 1mg could easily be obtained from diet if enough green vegetables were consumed. This much vitamin K will NOT over-coagulate the blood being that you could get 5mg from the diet if well planned. This 1mg dose is for insurance.

OTHER SUPPLEMENTS
Other supplements that may help included Glucosamine/Chondroitin sulfates and MSM, plant-based digestive enzymes, fish oil, lecithin (which increases the absorption of vitamin D, K and other fat-soluble vitamins), and a potent probiotic supplement.

HORMONE THERAPIES
I will keep this section short giving you just the basics. Only "BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT" is benefical. Hormone balance should be determined through testing and then treated appropriately through this method of replacement therapy. Proper hormone replacement therapy will increase bone mass in both men and women. Men, using testosterone therapy, can expect the same results as women using progesterone and/or estrogen. (FYI, 20mg of folic acid has been shown to mimic estrogen in the body thus treating the hormone imbalance without actually taking estrogen. Ask your nutritionally-oriented physician about this)

GROWTH HORMONE
I am especially excited about the use of growth hormone in the treatment of osteoporosis. Studies have shown that GH definitely increases bone mass but only after the first year of using it. Previous studies actually showed bone loss with GH but all these studies were less than 6 months in duration. Longer studies actually showed an increase in bone mass after 1 year with increases in bone mass for every year on the GH. Little to no side-effects are seen when a low-dose, high frequency regimen is used and when IGF-1 levels are monitored and are kept within "normal" limits. GH also allows more water to be attracted between the disks of the spine and other joints so that you have more flexibility, more height, and your posture improves which will improve gravity on your spine. I believe that GH, used with the therapies above, can reverse osteoporosis WITHOUT the use of drugs.

OTHER THERAPIES

Neurocranial Restructuring is actually a powerful treatment for osteoporosis because it increases gravity on the spine. NCR balances the entire body from head to toe and allows the spine to achieve a more neutral position. With the spine in a more neutral position, gravity is distributed evenly throughout the body and bone mass will be increased in previously unstable structures. Generally, 4-8 series are needed to see these great results. Forunately, NCR also has other far-reaching effects. Please see the NCR page for more details

CHELATION THERAPY
Chelation can help osteoporosis by pulling out previously poorly-deposited calcium (calcium that was deposited in the arteries, the joints, the organs and other soft tisues of the body) and putting it back in the bone. Calcium metabolism is improved through chelation. Also, dangerous metals that often take the place of calcium in the bone are pulled out of the body, which has many health benefits as well. Generally, 30 treatments are needed.

PROLOTHERAPY
While not technically a therapy that affects bone directly, it affects bone indirectly. Prolotherapy strengthens the ligaments that support all the joints in the body including the spine. With stronger ligaments, working out becomes easier because the joints are "tighter" and less injuries and soreness results. Prolotherapy can also be used to strengthen a body part affected badly by osteoporosis to give it further stablity. This can possibly prevent a fracture while the condition is being dealt with.

REBOUNDING
Rebounding forces the body to take on more gravity than it would with normal exercise. Remember the astronauts? Without gravity, they lose bone mass very rapidly. Gravity is essential for keeping minerals in the bone. If gravity can be increased further, than bone mass can also be increased further. Rebounding is the way to do it. However, it is important to make sure that the spine can handle this sort of treatment or else injuries or a fracture can result. I feel that rebounding should be added only after the condition has stablized and a reversal has started.

WEIGHT-LIFTING
Weight lifting has been shown to increase bone density. I think most of you know this so this is just a reminder. However, don't attempt to start a weight-liftin program until your condition has been properly assesed. It's better to work with a trainer that knows about your condition and can tailor it to your needs.

SUMMARY
1. Eat enough protein, potassium, cal/mag with diet/supplements
2. Take extra vitamin K, fish oil, probiotics. Take vitamin D ONLY when shown it is needed by the 25OHD test
3. Use bioidentical hormone replacement, testosterone, and Growth Hormone to build new bone (testing is needed)
4. NCR, Prolotherapy, Weight-Lifting, Chelation, and Rebounding can reverse your osteoporosis further

NCR seems to be the best PHYSICAL therapy to begin because it re-aligns the body so that injury is less likely, and pain is reduced so that the other exercises can be properly achieved. NCR can even reverse the "hump" that osteoporosis can often cause in the thoractic spine".

A note on drugs. I don't like osteporosis drugs, but if I had to choose one, CALCITONIN would probably be it. It DOES have side-effects, but it is less dangerous than fosomax.

Finally, here is a list of tests that should be performed for osteoporosis:

PTH
Calcitonin
25OHD
Calcium
Intracellular magnesium
TRH, TSH, Free T3 Free T4 levels
Estrogen and all derivitives
Testosterone
DHEA
IGF-1
PSA (For men)
Bone Density Scan
Bone Resorption test (urine)

REFERENCES
www.mercola.com - vitamin D, vitamin k
www.krispin.com - protein, vitamin D, potassium, cal/mag
www.westonaprice.org - high protein diets/calcium loss
www.pathmed.com - growth hormone, dexa scans, bioidentical hormone replacement
www.getyourheadonstraight.com - NCR
www.prolotherapy.com - prolotherapy
www.google.com - chelation therapy (not oral)
Basic Leaky Gut Diet - archives here

-HY




Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM

Posted by Sue on May 24, 2003 at 03:44:02:

In Reply to: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Helping You on May 24, 2003 at 00:29:29:

Thank you HY. Not a problem of mine (yet!), but I am passing it on to friends who suffer.



Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM

Posted by Mary on May 24, 2003 at 13:28:21:

In Reply to: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Helping You on May 24, 2003 at 00:29:29:

Thanks HY,

I don't have this problem yet, but it runs in my family. It would undoubtedly help me to start preventive measures early and your info will help me alot!!



Prevention

Posted by HY on May 24, 2003 at 16:52:18:

In Reply to: Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Mary on May 24, 2003 at 13:28:21:

Absolutely. However, if you have not had a bone density scan, you don't know if you have osteoporosis or not. It can be completely silent with no symptoms.

-HY

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Prevention

Posted by HY on May 24, 2003 at 16:53:52:

In Reply to: Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Sue on May 24, 2003 at 03:44:02:

Mary said the same thing. Have you had a bone density scan? If not, you don't know for sure because osteoporosis can often cause no symptoms at all.

-HY



Re: Prevention

Posted by Sue on May 25, 2003 at 02:13:15:

In Reply to: Prevention posted by HY on May 24, 2003 at 16:53:52:

Good point. Since I am now 48 would it show up yet? I always understood it was something that happened after the menopause, but this could be a misconception.



Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 25, 2003 at 06:28:35:

In Reply to: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Helping You on May 24, 2003 at 00:29:29:

Thanks, HY.

Walt

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Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM

Posted by Naya on May 25, 2003 at 15:08:16:

In Reply to: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Helping You on May 24, 2003 at 00:29:29:

Thanks so much, HY, for all this valuable info. I suffer from fairly severe osteoporosis, so I am delighted to have some more tips on how to deal with it. As always, you are a veritable fountain of wisdom.

Best wishes,
Naya

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When does osteoporosis show up?

Posted by HY on May 25, 2003 at 22:50:27:

In Reply to: Re: Prevention posted by Sue on May 25, 2003 at 02:13:15:

It is a misconception that osteoporosis begins only after menopause. Even though this is the time that the condition rapidly speeds up, osteoporosis can begin to set stages as early as in your 20's. Get a bone density scan. The earlier you catch it, the better.

-HY

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Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM

Posted by question on May 27, 2003 at 00:08:49:

In Reply to: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by Helping You on May 24, 2003 at 00:29:29:

It is hard finding a cal/mag supplement that is balanced 2 to 1.



Cal/Mag ratio

Posted by HY on May 27, 2003 at 21:47:39:

In Reply to: Re: OSTEOPOROSIS PROGRAM posted by question on May 27, 2003 at 00:08:49:

Many cal/mag supplements contain twice as much calcium as magnesium. Try Nature's Plus Chewable NutriCal Hearts. They are the right ratio

-HY



Re: Cal/Mag ratio (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 28, 2003 at 05:27:47:

In Reply to: Cal/Mag ratio posted by HY on May 27, 2003 at 21:47:39:

Hi, Jan.

FYI.

Namaste`

Walt

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