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 INDIGESTIONyour digestive system is a complex miracle of activity. Stress, poor diet, toxicity and subluxations can compromise your digestive system. Chiropractic care and nutritional therapy are the most effective ways of reestablishing normal digestion. Covering up symptoms will not fix the problem. It will only allow the problem time to get worse. Tell others about chiropractic.

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DIET: HOW CHILIES CAN BE USED TO TREAT PAIN Chili peppers’ heat comes from capsaicin, a compound produced to protect them from fungal attack. When you eat a chili pepper, capsaicin binds to and activates heat receptor proteins called TRPV1, so even though you’re not actually in danger, your body thinks it’s being exposed to extreme heat. If exposed to capsaicin for long enough, your pain nerve cells will become de-sensitized to the painful stimulus. Capsaicin is available in pain-relieving creams and patches, and has shown promise for relieving shingles pain, osteoarthritis, psoriasis symptoms, and more. Capsaicin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has also shown some promise for cancer, weight loss, and allergy symptoms.

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IN THE NEWS: Solutions for an overactive bladder Cut down-Caffeine in coffee, tea and soda can irritate the bladder and make the urge to go stronger, so cutting back may help. Drop the pounds- If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can significantly improve your symptoms. “As the weight goes down, the pressure on the bladder goes down,” Ramin said. Do Kegels- “Performing Kegel exercises can reduce frequent urges to urinate,” said Dr. S. Adam Ramin, a urologist and urologic surgeon at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. and the founder and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles. So contract, hold and release, and shoot for 30 to 40 Kegels a day. Bladder retraining- You can actually condition your bladder to function properly by teaching yourself how to suppress the urge to urinate. So when you feel like you have to go, do a Kegel instead and then try to wait before going the bathroom.  Estrogen cream- Thinning of the vaginal wall as a result of a drop in estrogen during menopause can cause irritation and inflammation of the bladder. An estrogen cream can help and is safe for women, even those who have had breast cancer, because it doesn’t get absorbed into the blood stream, Ramin said.

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FUNNY BONE: If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, would you: (1) go to lunch or (2) read the paper?

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FOODS THAT REDUCE INFLAMMATION

 

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As we discuss inflammatory and anti-inflammatory foods we must understand the difference in body types. There were four body types that require slightly different blends of carbohydrates fat, and proteins. These can be divided into two basic groups one the high complex carbohydrate low-fat and the other being high-protein low carbohydrate. If you’re in a high complex carbohydrate low-fat group then foods like eggs, butter, salt, redmeat and some spices could be a problem. If you’re in the high protein low carb group than refined carbohydrates sugars grains could be a problem. So it’s important to know what body type you have as you review the following list of anti-inflammatory foods. Also any food that you’re allergic to can be pro-inflammatory even on the list of anti-inflammatory foods. For instance the nightshade family can be pro-inflammatory if you’re allergic to them. They include: potatoes (Solanum tuberosum), tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum), many species of sweet and hot peppers (all species of Capsicum, including Capsicum annum), and eggplant (Solanum melongena). Less well know, but equally genuine nightshade foods include ground cherries (all species of Physalis), tomatillos (Physallis ixocapra), garden huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum), tamarillos (Cyphomandra betacea), pepinos (Solanum muricatum), and naranjillas (Solanum quitoense). Pimentos (also called pimientos) belong to the nightshade family, and usually come from the pepper plant Capsicum annum. Pimento cheese and pimento-stuffed olives are therefore examples of foods that should be classified as containing nightshade components. Although the sweet potato, whose scientific name is Ipomoea batatas, belongs to the same plant order as the nightshades (Polemoniales), it does not belong to the Solanaceae family found in this order, but to a different plant family called Convolvulaceae.

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So as you read the list of anti-inflammatory foods keep in mind that your body type might preclude some of these foods as well as your food allergies.

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Inflammation is one of the body’s defense mechanisms. Inflammation results in increased blood flow in response to infection and certain chronic conditions. Symptoms of inflammation include redness, swelling, pain, and heat.

But when inflammation becomes uncontrolled then it becomes the soil for chronic disease. Besides foods, stress, obesity, toxicity and an acidic chemistry help produce uncontrolled inflammation in the body.

Diseases that arise from inflammatory chemistry can be the following: Autoimmune disorders, Obesity, allergies, Alzheimer’s, anemia, ankylosing spondylitis, asthma, autism, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, celiac, Crohn’s disease, congestive heart failure, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, eczema, fibromyalgia, fibrosis, gallbladder disease, Gerd, Guillain-Barré , Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, heart attack, kidney failure, lupus, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, pancreatitis, psoriasis, polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, stroke, surgical complications, many other pain disorders.

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Specifics vary from diet to diet, but in general anti-inflammatory diets suggest:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. (Match with body type)
  • Minimize saturated and trans fats.
  • Eat a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish or fish oil supplements and walnuts.
  • Watch your intake of refined carbohydrates such as pasta and white rice.
  • Eat plenty of whole grains such as brown rice and bulgur wheat. (Match with body type)
  • Eat lean protein sources such as chicken; cut back on red meat and full-fat dairy foods. (Match with body type)
  • Avoid refined foods and processed foods.
  • Spice it up. Ginger, curry, and other spices can have an anti-inflammatory effect.
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  • Dark leafy greens
  • whole grains (Match with body type)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil,
  • Red wine
  • Tea,
  • Grass-fed beef, (Match with body type)
  • Oily fish
  • Cocoa, 70% pure cocoa
  • Cranberries,
  • Grapes
  • Walnuts,
  • Broccoli ,
  • basil,
  • chili peppers,
  • oregano,
  • parsley,
  • rosemary,
  • thyme,
  • turmeric
  • Nuts
  • Soy
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Ginger
  • Garlic and onions
  • Tart cherries
  • Berries
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WEEKLY HEALTH UPDATE Week of: Monday Feb. 10, 2014

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 IN THE NEWS: BUYER BEWARE Most people assume that scientific integrity is somehow assured; that there are safeguards along the way, preventing fraudulent research from harming patients. Unfortunately, scientific misconduct has become a very serious and widespread problem that threatens the entire paradigm of science-based medicine—unless changes are made. Again and again, papers assessing the prevalence of scientific fraud and/or the impact this is having shows that the situation is dire and getting worse. “Last summer, British researchers provoked concern when they published a paper raising the possibility that by following an established guideline UK doctors may have caused as many as 10,000 deaths each year,2Larry Husten, editorial director of WebMD professional news, writes. “Now, they have gone a step further and published an estimate that the same guideline may have led to the deaths of as many as 800,000 people in Europe over the last five years…

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WELLNESS:  “DON’T COUNT ON MILK TO BEAT OSTEOPOROSIS. In a Harvard study of 78,000 nurses, drinking three or more glasses of milk per day did not reduce fractures at all. An Australian study showed the same thing. In the Harvard study, women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly INCREASED risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from non-dairy sources. “Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age. (“Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly”. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 139, No. 5, 1994).

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CHIROPRACTIC: CHIROPRACTIC CARE is not just for those patients who have been involved in an accident or suffer from chronic neck or back pain. Chiropractic care can benefit many people with a great number of health conditions. Even those with few, if any, health conditions can benefit from chiropractic maintenance care. How, you ask? Life’s daily stressors add up impacting the human body in far greater ways than you might realize. As a natural healthcare approach, regular chiropractic adjustments can restore and maintain balance within your body, leaving you better prepared to live life to its fullest. In fact, ongoing chiropractic maintenance care may offer significant health benefits, including but not limited to, Management/Relief of: Back and Neck Conditions, Leg Pain (Sciatica), Knee, Foot and Ankle Pain, Shoulder or Elbow Pain, Arm or Wrist Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Migraine and Tension Headaches, High blood pressure, Sleep disorders, Repetitive Stress Disorders, Stress and Tension Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Bursitis, Arthritis, Chronic Injuries, Improve Nervous System Function, Relieve Prenatal Discomfort, Increase Vitality and Improve Quality of Life, Provide Preventative Care, Improve Overall Health and Wellness for both children and adults.

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CALCIUM FACTS “Don’t count on milk to beat osteoporosis.

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“Don’t count on milk to beat osteoporosis.
In a Harvard study of 78,000 nurses, drinking three or more glasses of milk per day did not reduce fractures at all. An Australian study showed the same thing.

Nearly 78,000 nurses participated in the 12-year milk and bone fracture study. MILK, DIETARY CALCIUM AND BONE FRACTURES The study found “no significant association” between teenage milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data from the study indicate that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection against hip or forearm fractures. A SHOCKING AND UNEXPECTED REVELATION

a harvardDr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.In the Harvard study, women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly INCREASED risks of hip fractures, while no increase in fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium from non-dairy sources.

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Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age. (“Case-Control Study of Risk Factors for Hip Fractures in the Elderly”. American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 139, No. 5, 1994).

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And the 12 year long Harvard Nurses’ Health Study found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. This is a broad study based on 77,761 women aged 34 through 59 years of age.

These data do not support the hypothesis that higher consumption of milk or other food sources of calcium by adult women protects against hip or forearm fractures.” (Source: Feskanich D, Willett WC, Stampfer MJ, Colditz GA. Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study. American Journal of Public Health. 1997).

Dr Keefe, Keefe Clinic, Natural Health Care, Tulsa Chiropractor, Diet, Pain,Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., who states that: “The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”

 

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The best milk substitutes

A favorite milk substitute is unsweetened almond milk, not only because it is alkalizing (as almonds are), but also because it’s delicious and tastes very similar to milk. You can even cook with it!

If almond milk is hard to get, you can also try rice or soy milk

THERE is not a shred of evidence that upping calcium intake above a relatively low threshold, improves bone health or reduces the risk of bone fractures.

 

British-Medical-JournalDr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.A study just published in the prestigious British Medical Journal hammers another nail into the coffin of the eat-more-calcium-for-stronger-bones myth, with the finding that women with the highest intake of calcium had a 19% higher risk of experiencing a hip fracture than those whose calcium intake was modest but adequate.

This study’s strengths included: the large number of study subjects (over 60 000 Swedish women); the duration of follow-up (19 years); the fact that it was prospective (i.e. the participants were recruited before any of them had suffered a fracture) and calcium intake was repeatedly measured over the follow-up period, eliminating the problem of ‘recall bias’ -the tendency of people who have already suffered a disease, to overestimate their past exposure to risk factors for it – that plagues retrospective studies; and the statistical adjustment for various other factors that affect bone health and fracture risk, such as smoking, physical activity level, and whether the women had had children (which decreases fracture risk).

Dr. Keefe, Keefe Clinic. Tulsa Chiropractor, pain, natural health care.The researchers analyzed the participants’ diet records, and divided them into 5 groups, from lowest to highest calcium intake. They found that women with the lowest calcium intake from foods and supplements (less than 750 mg per day) had an 18% higher risk of suffering any type of fracture, and a 29% greater risk of hip fracture, than women who consumed 882-996 mg of calcium per day (an amount easily achieved on an entirely plant-based diet, high in green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds).

However, women with the highest calcium intake (more than 1137 mg per day) had a 19% higher risk of suffering a hip fracture than those in the 882-996 mg/day group. Given that the Australian government now recommends a daily intake of 1300 mg of calcium for individuals over 50, and many older women are taking more than 1000 mg per day of calcium from supplements, above and beyond what they obtain through their diet, the findings from this carefully-conducted study must give serious pause for thought.

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According to Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor:

“I’ve heard statistics like a 700 percent rise in osteoporosis in a 10-year period, even while taking all this calcium. The myth that’s been created about calcium is that we need twice as much calcium as we do magnesium. Most of the supplements reflect this. We’ve got a situation where people are taking 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium and maybe a few hundred milligrams of magnesium.

The 2:1 ratio—that was a mistake; a mistaken translation from French researcher Jean Durlach, who said never ever go beyond two parts calcium to one part magnesium in your food, water, or supplement intake combined.”

Twelve green leafy vegetables were analyzed for their mineral contents. The following concentration ranges (in mg g−1 dry weight) were obtained for the elements determined: sodium, 0·11–0·76; potassium, 0·36–1·07; calcium, 0·24–0·73; phosphorus, 0·18–0·39; magnesium, 0·66–1·76; manganese, 0·03–0·12; iron, 0·35–0·56; zinc, 0·04–0·12. NOTE: 2-3x THE MAGNESIUM TO CALCIUM

Crazy fit vibration exercise

Working with the crazy fit vibration exercise device. Simply standing on the device is helpful but you will accomplish a lot more by using certain positions. We will enclose pictures of different positions that you can try and you will determine what muscles and parts of the body these positions focus on. After you’ve tried different positions you can develop your own routine to maximize the effect.

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The remote control allows you to select each level of vibration intensity individually or you can use programmed 10 minute sessions that move through different vibration intensity. If you are going to use the device in any position other than standing I recommend starting out with the first level of intensity and work your way up slowly. Three 10 minute sessions will give you the 30 minute exercise time that is nationally recommended for fitness and health.

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It’s recommended when you first get the unit to position it against the wall or maybe in a corner where you have walls on both sides or between the wall and a piece of furniture for support. For balance and coordination is recommended not to hold onto anything by using the device but until you developed a good sense of balance you might want something you can grab onto if you feel like you’re losing your balance.

You can virtually exercise every muscle in your body with this device and you can slide exercise tubing with handgrips under the device to exercise your arms while standing. But the best way to exercise your arms is in the sit up or half set up posture with your arms on the device (start at the lowest setting).

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Magnesium

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Magnesium is the number one mineral Americans are Deficient in.  According to the USDA, not only do most Americans not get the RDA for magnesium, most of us-56%  do not even get two-thirds of that amount.  Because magnesium is depleted by stress, exercise, and alcohol, our needs are often well beyond the RDA, which many find inadequate in the first place.

 

What country has the highest rate of milk consumption? That’s right: America. Now another question: what country has the highest rate of consuming calcium supplements? That is correct: America again. So, obviously, you would say, America must have the lowest occurrence of osteoporosis of all countries. Right? Wrong.  We have one of the highest rates in the globe!  Why? Excess calcium combined with low magnesium.

Optimum levels of magnesium: prevent  kidneys stones, lowers blood pressure, build healthy bones, enhance athletic endurance and increase muscle size in response to weight training, protects the heart and arteries, prevents muscle cramps, protects the body from the damage of stress, increases energy production and fat burning, enhancing insulin function, balances blood sugar, helps relieve nervous tension and the low blood sugar of PMS, nourishs and calms the nervous system, enhancing immunity, prevents aluminum deposits in the tissues, decreases craving for foods such as chocolate.

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Magnesium is the most important nutrient for the heart.  Magnesium deficiency is the #1 cause of death by heart attack in the country. Getting optimal amounts of magnesium has been shown to: increase cardiac output, prevent cardiac arrhythmias and deaths they cause, decrease the output of stress hormones, which intern protects the heart, prevents the build-up of plaque on artery walls, prevents the dangerous depletion of magnesium caused by diuretic medications.

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Congestive heart failure patients frequently have low magnesium levels.  Most patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease are also deficient.  Magnesium is also excreted in higher amounts by those with mitral valve prolapse.

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Magnesium is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Without sufficient magnesium the nerve cells can not give or receive messages, and become excitable and highly reactive. This causes the person to become highly sensitive and highly nervous. Noises will seem excessively loud and the person will jump at sudden sounds like a door slamming and will generally be nervous and on edge. Lights can appear to be too bright.

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Magnesium deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency in diabetics.  This may cause the many other complications seen in this disease.  Magnesium and insulin work hand in hand..  Magnesium deficiency stops the body from using sugar correctly.  Diabetics supplemented with magnesium have greater improved sugar metabolism and tissue response to insulin.  Type II diabetics have significantly reduced magnesium levels when compared to healthy controls.  Low levels of magnesium may be one of the main reason insulin fails to work for Type II diabetics.

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Magnesium has been shown to be helpful in treatment of viral and bacterial infections, bronchitis, acne, the conjunctivitis.  It is also particularly important for those who suffer from the overgrowth of the yeast known as candida albicans.

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If you have enough magnesium in your blood, that does not mean you have adequate amounts in your body.  Serum magnesium is like the amount of money in your pocket.  The amount of magnesium in your tissues is like your net worth.  They has nothing to do with each other.  Magnesium spends it’s time inside your cells, not outside.  Serum levels of magnesium can be elevated and magnesium deficiency can still be present.  Red blood cell and white blood cell magnesium is a better indicator of body stores.  The best test for magnesium, however, is the magnesium loading test.  In this test, magnesium is administrative orally or intravenously.  A lack of magnesium in the urine is seen as a clear sign of deficiency.  This method has detected magnesium deficiencies in a large percentage of hospital patients.

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Magnesium Depletors: coffee, sugar, diuretics, drugs of all types, low thyroid, STRESS, and a high calcium diet.

Food sources for magnesium include nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, seafood, leafy greens, and fresh vegetable juices.  Few Americans eat enough of these foods.

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Epson Salt baths are another way to get more of this valuable mineral into your body.

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Osteoporosis: THE TRUTH ABOUT OSTEOPOROSIS

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  • Here are some facts:
  • There are over 300,000 hip fractures in the U.S. each year which are directly related to an increased mortality (death) rate. In one British study, the mortality rate after one year in those who suffered hip fractures was 33%, and increased with advancing age where in those over 90 years old it was 51%.
  • Osteoporosis can be so severe that riding in a car over bumpy roads, or sneezing, can lead to small fractures in the spine.
  • With 10 million American women entering menopause in the next ten years, osteoporosis will become a serious women’s health issue. The costs related to loss of work, hospitalization and rehabilitation are estimated to be 20 to 30 billion dollars nationally each year.
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There is adequate information and there are new therapies available to prevent and manage osteoporosis. This condition does not have to negatively impact one’s health. Fortunately their are several things that can be done to secure strong bones that last a lifetime. Staying active is one of the most important things that you can do. Placing demands on the bones through exercise stimulates bone integrity. Find something you enjoy doing and do it regularly.

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Maintaining healthy estrogen levels can be accomplished both by proper diet and use of natural estrogen in cream or tablet form. Foods like soy or flax can supply what are called phytoestrogens, compounds that work like estrogen. Minerals of course are important in the control of osteoporosis. It is interesting to note that Asian women have very little problem with osteoporosis and get a third to a half the amount of calcium in their diet that American women get. Yet we hear on TV that were not getting enough calcium. The facts are some American women do need calcium supplementation, most American women need other minerals, particularly magnesium. Magnesium is the No. 1 deficient mineral in the American diet. Other minerals like manganese, iron, boron, etc can be needed. Lab work is the best tool to determine what minerals are deficient and a hair analysis is one of the best tools for mineral analysis. There is also a simple urine test that can be run to determine if a person is losing too much collagen from bone.

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A study which appeared the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and authored by researchers from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo has identified three main risk factors for osteoporosis that will help physicians decide which women may need a test to determine if the disease is present.

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Osteoporosis can best be detected through the use of a bone mineral density test called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan, commonly known as a scan. The second most common cause of death in women over 50, osteoporosis affects 25 million Americans.

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In the study, a team led by Dr. Weinstein professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at MCO, found that women with the following factors were more at risk for developing osteoporosis: decreasing weight at the time of menopause, a longer period of time since menopause, and a history of never having taken estrogen supplements from oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. Of the 1,610 menopausal women in the study, two-thirds of the women did not have signs of osteoporosis when undergoing the DEXA scan. In one-third of the women, osteoporosis was seen in one or more sites in their bodies.

The study found that among women with a history of oral contraceptive use, osteoporosis was present in the spine of 17.8 percent of the women, while the percentage of non-users with osteoporosis in the spine increased to 30.9 percent.

  • Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, 6th Edition states:
  • “The organic matrix of bone is 90-95 percent collagen fibers (a protein).
  • “Osteoporosis, the most common of all bone diseases in adults and especially in old age, is a different disease from osteomalacia, for it results from diminished organic matrix rather than abnormal bone calcification.
  • “Osteomalacia is rickets … Rickets occurs in children as a result of calcium or phosphate deficiency in the extra-cellular fluid. Ordinarily, rickets is due to lack of vitamin D. “
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From this we plainly see that osteoporosis is the loss of bone matrix (made up of collagen — a protein), and actually osteomalacia is the loss of calcium. Picture it somewhat like making the floats seen in parades. The float has a structure of chicken wire that makes up the frame. Crepe paper is stuck to this. The chicken wire is like the collagen fibers. The crepe paper is like the calcium.

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It is true that there is a loss of calcium in osteoporosis, however it is because there is no collagen for the calcium to stick to. Without the chicken wire there is nothing to stick the crepe paper to and it just blows away. The collagen makes up the “frame” that calcium sticks to. Without the collagen, the calcium just blows away. Adding calcium when there is no collagen is like making a float by adding crepe paper when there is no chicken wire to hold it in place. Collagen adds tensile strength and flexibility, calcium adds hardness.

FACT — Osteoporosis is NOT the loss of calcium from the bones. This is a deception that has been foisted upon us. Many doctors and health care providers have been more educated by a TUMS commercial than by a science text book. In analyzing data from the Nurses’ Health Study, which included 77,761 women, aged 34 through 59 years, researchers found no evidence that higher intakes of milk or calcium from food sources actually reduced fracture incidence. In fact, women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day had a 45% higher incidence of hip fracture compared with women consuming one glass or less per week. We have the best product to build bone matrix on the market. ASK ABOUT MCHC.

WARNING–There is this notion that you can’t get too much calcium. That is wrong. Calcium overdose leads to many health problems. Don’t try to be your own doctor.

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