I received the latest issue of Dr. Norm Shealy‘s newsletter about The Fallacy of Drugs Instead of Wisdom. You can read his newsletter here if you like, but I wanted to talk about one of the things he mentioned in it, osteoporosis. What causes osteoporosis and what you can do to improve the condition. More importantly, how can you prevent it?
Dr. Shealy talks about osteoporosis being caused by various drugs, even those that are supposed to treat it and prevent it like Fosamax. If you’ve read his newsletters before then you know that he calls them as he sees them and he doesn’t pull any punches. He says that the best way to treat osteoporosis, and to prevent it in the first place, is Vitamin D3, magnesium, boron, and physical exercise. It’s that easy.
Did you notice that he didn’t say that you needed calcium? Osteoporosis is defined as a weakening of the bones due to calcium depletion so most doctors prescribe a calcium supplement for people with osteoporosis. What I have found is that most people actually get enough calcium in their diet, it just doesn’t get used to build the bones as it should.
One reason is that our diet has become very acidic as we eat highly processed foods, drink carbonated beverages ( carbonic acid ), and generally avoid veggies. Our bodies now have to use a lot of the calcium we take in to buffer our blood against all of the acid, then it is used to regulate the heart, and if there is any left over it can be used to rebuild bone. So one solution to osteoporosis is to reduce the amount of acid we get in our diet and eat more veggies an drink alkaline water.
Another problem is that our bodies cannot process calcium by itself. We need other substances to help. That’s where Dr. Shealy’s recommendation of Vitamin D3, magnesium, and boron comes from. These are the nutrients that the body needs to process calcium. Without them we just flush the calcium right back out.
There are other substances that reduce our ability to retain calcium as well. Sodium, sulfates from burning protein for energy, the phosphorus found in a lot of processed foods, and caffeine all contribute to calcium being lost through the urine.
So, if osteoporosis is a concern for you, then take a look at your diet and see if you are getting enough of the good stuff to make use of the calcium you get and avoiding the bad stuff that can prevent you from absorbing it.
Finally, I have to give you my disclaimer. Dr. Shealy is a doctor and can get away with flat out telling you what to do and not do. I’m not. I cannot diagnose a condition or prescribe anything. If you think you may have osteoporosis or are concerned about it then go see your doctor for medical advice.
I hope you found this helpful. Even though I’m not a doctor, this is good food for thought. Please let me know what you think in a comment below and share this with your followers on the social networks.