With Osteoporosis, a person’s bones become less dense and more fragile. Women who have gone through menopause have osteoporosis most often because hormone changes make it harder for the body to absorb calcium. People with osteoporosis are unusually vulnerable to breaking bones. As people age, they also tend to lose muscle mass around the skeletal structure, which adds to the problem.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
Generally, hormone imbalance is the cause of this disease. Severe hormone imbalance can be caused by medical treatments and surgeries, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, and diabetes. Excessive dairy consumption may contribute to osteoporosis, as well as consuming sodas that contain phosphoric acid.
Treatments for Osteoporosis
Calcium and magnesium go hand in hand for good bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Your bones, cartilage, ligaments, and even muscles need calcium to stay healthy. Your body can’t properly assimilate calcium into the bones without magnesium, however, because magnesium prevents calcium from building up in the joints and soft tissue, freeing it up to go into the bones where it belongs.
In order to reduce your body’s excretion of calcium and magnesium, you should also take boron supplements. Due to boron’s effect on the body’s incorporation of these two essential minerals, experts in Germany discovered that boron supplements actually decrease bone loss.
Since dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a precursor to both estrogen and testosterone, taking 25 mg of DHEA with pregnenolone can help balance the hormones, which, in turn, help your bones absorb calcium. Cow’s milk does not build bones. In fact, milk causes gall and kidney stones when it mixes with cholesterol, and leaches organic calcium from your bones.
- Some cases of osteoporosis are actually skeletal fluorosis (fluoride poisoning). If you drink well water, be careful because the development of skeletal fluorosis is associated with consumption of well water containing fluoride concentrations in excess of four parts per million (ppm). Fluoride is a dangerous chemical product and prevalent in some teas, chewing tobacco, snuff, and tap water. It is in some wines, Tefloncoated pots and pans, certain pediatric supplements, pesticides, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and topical dental gels. Even some sparkling mineral waters have unsafe levels of fluoride.
- Keep natural. Think twice before letting your doctor talk you into a hysterectomy, which is usually not truly a required operation; the resulting hormonal changes can lead to osteoporosis. Similarly, don’t let your doctor talk you into taking certain drugs that often cause osteoporosis. And don’t be fooled into taking synthetic estrogen. See Hormone Imbalance for more details.
- No osteoporosis prevention and treatment plan is complete without exercise. Strength training is essential for strong, healthy bones, since pulling the muscles directly against the bones with gravity working against them drives calcium back into the bones, which helps them retain their calcium.
- Omega3, such as fish oils, and omega6 help maintain calcium. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as evening primrose oil and borage are also important because of their ability to balance and maintain bone calcium stores.
- Avoid foods that cause your body to become acidic, which pulls the minerals from the bones. Stay away from alcohol, commercially processed foods, particularly soft drinks, caffeine, pasteurized milk and dairy products, fried foods, sugar, and protein. Instead, eat plenty of raw, organic leafy green vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and wild fish with the best oils these include cod, mackerel, halibut, tuna, and salmon.
- Drink plenty of pure water.
- Take these herbs in capsules or in teas: horsetail, nettle, sage, alfalfa, black cohosh, chastetree, sarsaparilla, wild yam, and dandelion root. If you make tea of roots or barks, like dandelion and wild yam, boil them for 20 minutes. Otherwise, let the teas come to a boil and turn them off.
- Women may apply a natural progesterone cream, which causes none of the harmful side effects of synthetic hormones, reverses bone loss, and helps PMS and menopause symptoms. Premenopausal women should use it two weeks a month, and menopausal women should use it three weeks a month.