Osteoporosis can be prevented

Calcium andbonesCredit: Sue Visser

 

Bones store calcium but it is used constantly and needs to be replaced

When the blood becomes acidic, we need alkaline minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium and in some cases, magnesium to buffer it. Without these essential minerals, our heart muscles would fail to contract or relax in time to a regular beat. At short notice, acidity is buffered by skeletal calcium and magnesium. The minerals are replaced as soon as dietary sources are again made available. Warning signals like cramps, aching joints or piercing stabs from kidneys show the need for more calcium and magnesium.

We make a lot of noise about these pains and still think that osteoporosis is a "silent" disease. Osteoporosis is the term used to describe bones that are weakened by the continuous removal of calcium and magnesium. One of the earliest symptoms of this condition is kidney stones. They contain the  skeletal calcium that is then used to neutralize urine when excessive toxicity and phosphates makes it too acidic. Taking extra doses of magnesium with vitamin B 6 is an easy way to prevent kidney stones and save your bones. We underestimate the importance of magnesium and fail to to top up on this important mineral that affects our blood sugar and heart health. Menstrual cramps are another sign that magnesium is in short supply. Painkillers are used to silence the critical need for more magnesium, every time we experience these and other types of cramps. When adequate calcium and magnesium supplementation is given during the onset of menstruation, ladies find that they do not need painkillers or hot water bottles. Simple supplementation is the key to silencing the body's many screams for more minerals. Why are we so blind to the etiology of osteoporosis?

We Fail to Understand How Minerals Interact With Our Bones

Our bones are alive and do a number of vital functions. Apart from forming our inner framework, bone tissue doubles up as a mineral bank to give emergency supplies to keep up over 300 metabolic functions. This serves as a lifesaver if we fail to consume enough foods that are rich in calcium and magnesium that are used to keep the arterial blood alkaline at a pH of 7,6. Venous blood becomes more acidic when it flows over cells that are eating, breathing and purging out their waste materials.

Minerals are added to bones on a daily basis by customized cells known as osteoblasts. Osteoclasts, however, do the opposite: they break down bone tissue. They extract the calcium and magnesium from our bones and transfer it to carrier proteins that allow these minerals to travel around in the bloodstream to appointed destinations. They bind to heavy metal particles and other toxins along the way and are excreted. New “clean” calcium is then attached to bones. We thus have a daily flow of minerals both to and from our bones. This is known as bone turnover.

Why Do We Allow Our Bones to Run Out of Minerals?

We don't receive monthly bone statements to warn us that we are withdrawing too many minerals and not keeping up to date with payments. Bones have to keep up their rigidity with calcium that is attached to a collagen matrix that is dependent on vitamin C. Magnesium and calcium interact with other vitamins such as vitamin D 3, B 6 and vitamin K. The mineral boron is the "cash controller" and helps to prevent calcium from being lost via the gut or kidneys.

All these nutrients are required to make sure a positive bone density, providing we supply enough of them from dietary sources or supplementation. As we get older our stomach acid weakens and it is unable to convert calcium carbonate into a more assimilable form. So, although we consume adequate calcium, we fail to feed our bones. We also like to think that the food we eat supplies all that we need for strong, healthy bones. It does! Unfortunately our bones begin to weaken because the nutrients do not reach them for various reasons.

Calcium andbonesCredit: Sue Visser

What Interferes With Our Bone Maintenance?

Nutrition is complicated. It is not a case of reading a list of ingredients and assuming you have paid your dues in terms of bone building for the day. The calcium in milk, for instance, is negated to the degree that phosphorus is present. When you consume whole wheat bread, wheat bran or other insoluble fibres, such as psyllium husks that contain phytic acid you are actually being robbed of calcium. These calcium thieves as well as phosphates and excessive protein cause acidity in the bloodstream and may even be the prime cause of osteoporosis in later life.

Gluten intolerance has a way of blocking your uptake of Vitamin D 3, regardless of how much sunshine you get. Vitamin B 6 is deactivated by sugar and most of our vegetables lack boron. Our skeletons grow to full strength by puberty and need adequate building materials to reach 100% bone density. Call this an investment in your future. Beware of calcium thieves that promote acidity and you don't want to instigate bone loss while you are trying to increase your bone density in the first place.

Why do Doctors tell their patients not to take calcium?
 
There have been several recent studies that have linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease. Others have found that taking extra calcium had no effect, depending on the population studied and when and how calcium supplements were taken. Some studies even state that calcium supplementation does not help in any way to cut the rate of bone fractures or osteoporosis. But are they telling the truth? High protein diets affect the liver and kidneys, decalcify the body, cause toxicity, constipation, kidney stones, arthritis and gout.  Insulin resistance blocks our uptake of calcium. When you are calcium deficient, the calcium you need is supplied by the skeleton. Without enough calcium the heart will stop beating. 
 
Without calcium our heart is unable to beat
 
Reserves of calcium are stored in the bones to protect the heart. In emergencies the calcium is resorbed (detached) from bone tissue and used to enable the heart to contract (systolic effect). Magnesium facilitates the release (diastolic effect) of the contracted muscle. Both these minerals circulate in the bloodstream and are also used to keep up the pH of the blood. With insulin resistance both minerals are then rejected by by the body and excreted. The calcification of any soft tissue including blood vessels and kidneys is also caused by uncontrolled acidity in the body. The partnership between calcium and magnesium is vital to cardiovascular health. We need to remember that the skeletal reserves are provided to not only give support to our structure but also to the cardiovascular system. 
 
Areas become very acidic when they are inflamed and especially if they are exposed to oxidative stress. (They begin to “rust.”) Free radical damage takes place and antioxidants as well as calcium and magnesium are then urgently needed. But if we have enough magnesium and vitamin B 6 present in the bloodstream to balance the calcium levels we can prevent soft tissue calcification. Calcium supplements or antacids that contain only 1000 mg of calcium carbonate will definitely cause problems. The intense alkalinity disrupts the normal acidity of gastric juices and prevents dietary calcium from being absorbed into the bloodstream. 
 
Kidney stones contain skeletal calcium
 
Free-form calcium from the skeleton is also used to counteract acidity in the kidney area (due to inflammation) if there is not enough calcium provided by the diet or from supplements. Plaque in kidneys involves either calcium phosphate or calcium oxalate. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies manifest as kidney stones and osteoporosis. They are associated with atherosclerosis - plaque containing skeletal calcium that accumulates due to chronic inflammation and the resultant acidity. 
 
The jury is out and it would be better to check the overall effects of well formulated calcium supplements that are balanced with the correct quantities of magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin D3. These are the factors together with Vitamin K1 and K2 that control calcium metabolism. They work in synergy to counteract acidity, to protect the heart and bones and prevent soft tissue calcification. Also eat more leafy green vegetables to improve magnesium availablilty.
 
Leafy green vegetablesCredit: Sue Visser
 
HRT disrupts the availability of skeletal calcium
 
Most people experience calcium deficiencies throughout their lives and go to their graves with weakened skeletons. Mother Nature provides adequate calcium reserves in our bones but we usually fail to replace it at the same rate as we remove it. When no other calcium is being supplied via the diet or supplements and access to the calcium from bones is denied, the body suffers from a calcium deficiency crisis: heart attacks, cramps, blood sugar imbalances and metabolic disorders that can have fatal results. People taking oestrogen, cortisone and anabolic steroids are particularly at risk as these hormones inhibit bone resorption and encourage blood clotting. We blame our stressful lifestyles for most of our diseases not realizing that our need for alkaline minerals, trace elements and tissue salts increases in direct proportion to the amount of stress that we endure.

How Do We Build Our Bones?

To be on the safe side, it is best to take a comprehensive calcium and magnesium supplement. The formulation should include calcium citrate, half as much magnesium and adequate zinc, boron, vitamin B 6, D 3 and vitamin C. The best time to take your supplement is at bedtime. People agree that this helps them to sleep, keeps the restless legs under control and helps to improve their bones as well as joints. Taking a soak in a hot bath and adding one or two cups of Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) will help you to absorb extra magnesium.

iodine mixed with Epsom salts

During the day be sure to top up on Omega 3, especially fish oil and a good multivitamin. It is not essential to include vitamin K because we get plenty of it from leafy green vegetables. People who take Warfarin need to be cautious about vitamin K because it can affect the way their blood clots and some people even avoid natural, healthy sources from the vegetable garden.

An unusual source of calcium, magnesium and other minerals is eggshells. You can find out how to harness this simple resource by reading the article I wrote about eggshells.

Homeopathic potencies of mineral tissue salts help mineral assimilation and also control the balance of calcium in soft tissue. HRT (hormone replacement) purveyors are not entirely truthful when making claims about saving bones. Increased levels of estrogen inhibit the activity of osteoclasts, according to recent studies. You may think your bones are “thus protected” from mineral loss, but would this help to keep your blood alkaline or protect your heart? The pituitary gland controls hormonal activity and there must be a reason why older women have a lower estrogen status. With adequate mineral supplementation throughout life one need not become a victim of osteoporosis, the so-called “silent disease”.

What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Diatomaceous earth is a mineral that is mainly composed of silicon dioxide. It is a sedimentary rock that takes thousands of years to develop. The gritty texture of this unique substance comes from the fossilized exoskeletons of algae and unicellular organisms that contained silica. Once it is ground to a powder the result is a fine matrix of sharp glassy crystals that are no match for sticky food deposits, plaque and pathogenic biofilms that adhere to teeth. This also helps to expel microbes and toxins because it carries a negative charge. For teeth this is important to help protect the enamel and strengthen it. Gums too, become stronger and less inclined to bleed after exposure to diatomaceous earth when it is present in toothpaste.

Diatomaceous earth is beneficial if swallowed, providing it is food grade. So when it is included in toothpaste (unlike fluoride) it is not going to endanger your health. Some people eat diatomaceous earth for its health benefits! Taking a tablespoon or two of diatomaceous earth every day ensures a natural source of silica and trace elements. Eating this earth is said to keep the colon clean, free of pests and slime. This facilitates the absorption of nutrients and the extra minerals, especially the silicon dioxide help to build healthy bones and promote lustrous hair and strong fingernails.

So, what About Natural Fluoride?

Calcium fluoride or fluorite occurs naturally as beautiful green and purple crystals. Water containing particles of this mineral is indeed good for tooth and bone construction. However, too much of it will also cause fluorosis of the teeth and brittle bones. There is no proof that man has ever been fluoride deficient. Even a tea bag contains 1/3 of our daily needs. Natural fluoride is present in just about every food that has been tested. Even a bag of potato crisps! Should we need a little extra help with minerals then it is best to use the Tissue salt: Calcium Fluoride or CALC FLUOR D 6.

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