Get More Bang For Your Bones

January 26, 2014

Humans are the ONLY species on our planet known to develop osteoporosis (porous bones). Osteoporosis (like many other “degenerative diseases”) is more common in the United States of America than in any other country. Lack of calcium is NOT the cause; Americans get more than enough calcium. Osteoporosis is the result of an imbalance in calcium, not a lack of it. Calcium consumption does not ensure that it is used by the bones – and often ends up being deposited in organs, hardening blood vessels, and stiffening joints.

Regarded as a “silent killer”, more American women die as a result of osteoporosis than from breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and cervical cancer – combined. But it is not an exclusively female condition. 25% of American men have osteopenia (low bone density) – growing shorter and rounder as they age and more at risk for (non-traumatic) bone fractures. Unlike arthritis (inflammation of the joints), low-density brittle bones are not felt – until they break. Bones tend to break where they are thinnest and weakest – like the neck of the femur.

Get hip to the hips.
75% of hip fractures never recover – and 25% result in death. People are not falling and breaking their bones as much as their bones are breaking and they are falling – and unable to recover. The hips are so important to the support, movement, and health of rest of the body that breaking a hip (most often the femur rather than the pelvis) due to osteoporosis is far more serious than breaking most other bones – and can end up being a death sentence. Regardless of age, it is important to do what we can to maintain and improve the health of our bones – and the rest of our bodies. Osteoporosis is usually preventable and reversible.

Bones do more than just make up our skeleton; they also make red and white blood cells – and help detoxify and balance our bodies (including the pH of our blood). Bones are not really white; they are grey – and every individual’s bones have a slightly different (dis)coloration than anyone else’s (due to their unique percentages of 12 minerals and environmental toxins absorbed and incorporated in their composition).

Dense strong healthy bones are flexible, rather than hard – and are composed of as much as 50% water- so it’s important for bone (and overall) health to not consume too much salt, soda, caffeine, alcohol, animal protein, and anything else that tends to dehydrate (or acidify) the body. Like gout, cancer, and many autoimmune conditions, osteoporosis is often the result of too much acid in the blood. The Tums many people take for acid indigestion is mainly calcium. When there is too much acid in the bloodstream, our bones attempt to similarly neutralize it by releasing calcium – thus decreasing their density as the calcium they contain is depleted.

Human bone density and body health requires not just (weight-bearing resistance) movement but also shock waves from impact. The best bang for the bones comes from walking – preferably without shoes (outdoors on a natural surface). There are many benefits to swimming, spinning/cycling, elliptical machines, and Pilates – but maintaining and/or increasing skeletal bone density is NOT one of them. Impact need not be great, but, like gravity, without it, our bones grow weaker. To benefit, physical activities should be right for you, done right, sustainable, and enjoyed. Walking is good for more than just your bones.

Milk may do a (baby cow’s) body good, but consuming dairy products will not improve adult human bone density. Bones need collagen (from plant protein) – as much as the right kind and quantity of calcium (in combination with magnesium and other minerals and required (synergistic) digestive aids to ensure they actually get to and are usable by the bones).

Ironically, many medications prescribed for osteoporosis may actually contribute to it – making it worse rather than better (as do Predisone, cortisol, protein pump inhibitors, and most drugs for cancer, thyroid conditions, epilepsy, and asthma) – sometimes turning bones into chalk and creating conditions like frozen bone syndrome.

A very effective and affordable combination of bone-nourishing supplements is available from Nikken. There are no contraindications or adverse effects from using their alkalizing, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, digestive-enhancing, cartilage-, bone-, and joint-strengthening formulation (of nutrients your body often doesn’t make enough of or can’t make on its own) – giving more “bang for buck” (and the rest of the body) as well as the bones.

© 2014 – 2015, Oren Pardes. All rights reserved.

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