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Managing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and Elevated Calcium Level

If you get a bone scan, your bones appear weak, and you get a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis, I’ll bet you they will never test your calcium level. But if by some chance they did, I’ll bet they would never be able to tell you why an elevated calcium level is associated with osteoporosis.

High calcium is known as the calcium shell and is characterized by depression, fatigue, lowered awareness, defensiveness, rigidity, loss of sexual desire, apathy, bone spurs, arthritis, general aches and pains, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, impaired circulation, impaired movement, muscle cramps, tension, anxiety, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and osteoporosis.

Elevated calcium affects the central nervous system. Calcium raises the voltage at which nerve cells fire. This has a deadening, numbing, or depressive effect on the central nervous system.

For some people, the calcium shell appears to be a means of protection. The calcium shell reduces stress by reducing the intensity of the impact of the environment upon a person’s nervous system. This is the numbing effect. Some individuals appear to need the shell to protect them from real or imagined stressors. The shell may be a remnant of a difficult childhood when one was not in control of the environment and had to use any defense possible to maintain integrity or sanity. In other words, the calcium shell can be seen as a kind of personality posturing that was adaptive at some stage of life and may still be adaptive, especially if the body is weak and not able to cope well with stress. It is a very important factor in preventing osteoporosis.

The moral of the story is that if you get a hair analysis or blood test and your calcium is too high, it’s probably not getting into your bones. It’s time to manage your stress and thus the calcium.

The Osteoporosis Prevention Program

Over 55 percent of the US population have porous bones. This disease is silent. Often you don’t know you have it, unless you have a bone scan or until you break a bone. 

Your diet is very important for your bone health. You need to get adequate protein and essential vitamins and minerals especially calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and manganese to build strong bones. Certain minerals are essential to get the calcium into the bones.
1.     Eat the osteoporosis diet. Bones are made up of protein. Make sure you get plenty. Balance protein with mineral intake. Include clean protein foods such as grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs, and poultry, and if vegan, plenty of nuts, seeds, and legumes (beans, lentils, split peas). Take Ness 416 enzymes to make sure you are digesting protein well. Eat plenty of green vegetables such as bok choy, kale, chard, and leafy greens, and drink fresh green veggie juices and smoothies, which provide lots of minerals. Also, eat an alkaline-rich diet.

2.     Exercise. Walking, swimming, elliptical, pilates and weight-bearing exercises can help to build bone mass.

3.     Sunshine to boost vitamin D levels. Work on getting about 20 minutes of sunlight on your bare skin daily. If you live in a cold climate and don’t get outside very much or you are over 60, it’s recommended you take supplemental vitamin D3. Start with 5000 IU of vitamin K.

4.     Supplements

  • Magnesium (500 mg daily. It’s needed for proper calcium metabolism. Get magnesium citrate.
  • Calcium (1000 mg daily) Calcium citrate is best for absorption.
  • Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU daily) Vitamin D helps improve calcium absorption.
  • Vitamin K2  (100 mg daily) Needed to form a protein critical for bone formation. Take supplementation or eat and juice high vitamin K foods, which include leafy greens such as kale, spring onions, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, prunes, cucumber, and basil.
  • Stratum (680 mg daily) A trace mineral that helps improve bone density.

Today’s Recipe

Healthy Bone Tonic

  • 4–5 beet tops
  • 2 Swiss chard leaves
  • 2 collard leaves
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1/2 green apple (omit if diabetic)
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled if not organic

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible. Serves 2.

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