WHAT BONE DENSITY WON’T TELL YOU (PART A)

2010/04/05
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Osteoporosis is a leading cause of disability and pre-mature death. In countries that have sodas readily available, osteoporosis begins its erosion on young bodies as early as one’s 20’s. Over 50% of American women age 30-40 are likely to develop vertebral fractures from osteoporosis! The World Health Organization has declared osteoporosis the second biggest medical problem next to cardiovascular disease.

By the time a woman reaches her 50’s, doctors recommend a bone scan to determine her bone density. Generally speaking, a woman in her 50’s is in the process of menopause when bone loss becomes accelerated due to hormonal imbalances. Men are not immune from osteoporosis! They can suffer chronic inflammatory disorders, toxic exposure and unhealthy lifestyle the same as women. In fact, men are often not evaluated soon enough until osteoporosis has already become advanced.

A bone scan is like a photo. It only shows you a snapshot in time and tells you the relative density of your bones at that snapshot. What it does not tell you is whether you are continuing to loose bone and at what rate. It also does not tell you if your osteoporosis medications or mineral supplements are effective at stopping bone loss or increasing bone density. What can you do?

A simple urine test called a DpD test is now available by Diagnos-Techs, Inc. and can be obtained online to at www.immunematrix.com (Bone Loss Marker (DPD Testing SKU: SKU16268)  It will quantify the rate at which you are excreting bone. Since this is a simple and economical test, it becomes an excellent tool to determine:

1)      the rate at which you are loosing bone

2)      the severity of your ongoing bone loss

3)      the effectiveness of your  calcium, minerals, vitamin D and supplement program

4)      the effectiveness of any osteoporosis remedies you have been taking

5)      catch bone loss before it progresses to osteoporosis, that results from chronic inflammation, such as arthritis, auto-immune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, hormone imbalances, peri-menopause, menopause, metabolic disorders affecting sulfur metabolism, stomach acid production, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, low cortisol function, fatty acid metabolism issues, fatty liver, kidney disease, anorexia, COPD, eczema, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, functional alcoholics, and cancer.

IS YOUR LIFESTYLE DISOLVING YOUR BONES?

Bone needs the benefit of impact from exercise, and weight bearing exercises to become stimulated to maintain its density. Next to lack of exercise, diet is the number one factor that can stimulate the loss of bone. The reason diet is such an important factor is that the body seeks to maintain its chemistry in the form of proper ph for saliva, urine and blood from the minerals you absorb from your food.

Enzymes run thousands of metabolic processes in the body from digestion, hormone production to brain function. Enzymes become inactivated when the ph zone is not optimum. Therefore the body takes the maintenance of ph as a priority, with the number one priority of maintaining blood ph. If your ph is off, you could be making sufficient hormones and enzymes but their activity can become compromised because of ph. One of the consequences that will suffer is bone repair.

Factors Affecting Our pH

Taking in acid foods is a number one factor in contributing to chronic acidity. Foods that make one acid are high protein diets not offset by alkaline foods such as dark green leafy vegetables. For example a 2 egg omelet is very acidic when compared to that same omelet made with spinach, which helps to alkalinize the body. It’s all a question of balance. Diets also high in salt throw off our mineral balance, as do diets high in sugar, fat, soda, and caffeine!  See our other articles about acid diets.

The body has to buffer the acid nature of our food by using alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, manganese, boron and chromium to neutralize the acids. If your diet is deficient in these alkaline minerals then it will steal these minerals from your tissues and bones.  Magnesium is essential for calcium absorption as well as for the conversion of D to its active form in the body. Boron is essential for the synthesis of key hormones that affect bone such as estrogen, DHEA, vitamin D, and testosterone.

The most mineral rich tissue is bone, and therefore, the body will steal these minerals, slowing dissolving your bone to buffer the incoming acids from your diet. Our food is deficient in these minerals due to mass farming practices that lead to soil depletion. Therefore, every one of us is already deficient in alkaline minerals just from our diet. 

Toxic Habits

Detrimental lifestyle habits such as smoking and alcohol, crash dieting, taking over the counter diuretics also impact our mineral absorption, putting great stress on our bones to act as a mineral bank for our body’s mineral needs. We should be making deposits to this bank! Add the modern lifestyle of chronic stress, fast food devoid of nutrients and high in carbohydrates, and habits of caffeine, alcohol, and high protein or high sugars, and you tax the body’s mineral reserves. Your lifestyle is dissolving your bones!

Toxic Exposures

Living in a toxic world where we breathe in lead from car exhaust, petrochemicals from plastic bottled water, and pesticides from non-organic food are huge culprits in increasing our internal toxic load. Our body requires alkaline minerals to fuel liver detoxification pathways. Therefore, our body’s need to constantly eliminate environmental toxins compete with our acid diets in robbing us of the key alkaline minerals we need to maintain our bone. 

Prescription and Over the Counter Medications

Our medications also deplete our body of alkaline minerals and we are not advised of this fact when we are given many prescriptive drugs for steroids, anticonvulsants, antacids, diet pills, diuretics, thyroid medications and heparin.

Part B will discuss how certain common conditions such as menopause, vitamin D deficiency, mineral salt and sulfur sensitivities, low stomach acid, and silent heart disease contribute to bone loss. We will also discuss what you can do to stop bone loss without prescription drugs. 

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Anna Manayan

Anna Manayan