Treating Bone Loss Naturally

Why consider treating bone loss naturally? There is a very disturbing trend that orthopedic surgeons and dentists have noticed in women who are taking bisphosphonate or bone-strenghtening drugs such as Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast and Actonel. Specialists are seeing an increase in the number of unusual fractures and dentists are reporting bone loss in the mandible and maxilla bones that form the jaw and hold the teeth in place! 

According to a new study, women who have been on these drugs for more than five years, have three times higher risk of fractures. As is so often the cause, the FDA has allowed these drugs to be sold by doctors before they were actually found to be safe! We believe this is a major concern when considering natural treatments for bone loss.

Thinning and brittle hip bones in the elderly are a major cause of concern because it is estimated that 25% of elderly people who suffer a hip fracture die as a result. These so called bone building drugs are putting our elderly at great risk for hip fracture. If this weren’t enough, there are other disturbing potential side effects including:

  • Severe heartburn 
  • Irritation and possible cancer of the esophagus 
  • Chest pain 
  • Painful swallowing 
  • Severe muscle, bone and joint pain 
  • Headache and abdominal pain 
  • Constipation, diarrhea, increased gas 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • Erratic heart rhythms or atrial fibrillation 
  • Osteonecrosis of the jaw or “jaw death” 

What Causes Osteoporosis?

Treating bone loss naturally includes first understanding your body, and the processes you are dealing with. Osteoporosis is when the bone mass begins to decrease due to aging, poor diet, hormone imbalances and disease such as anorexia and bulimia. New bone formation can’t keep up with the rate of bone absorption leading to weakened, thinner and more brittle bones.

How to Build your bones Naturally

Treating bone loss naturally and safely is a far better solution to building bones. Prevention is always better and less costly in the long run than toxic drugs! So what can you do now?

  • Get out in the sun without sunscreen! Test and optimize vitamin D levels with supplements if necessary. 
  • Get more Omega 3’s. Fish oil and krill oil are great sources. 
  • Increase your K2 intake. 
  • Include weight bearing exercises in your exercise routine 
  • Do your 24 hour urine hormone profile test every 8-10 months and keep your hormones balanced 
  • Don’t use standard calcium supplements that cause brittle bones and deposits in blood vessels! Use an absorbable calcium like MCHC found in Cal Apatite Forte. 
  • Use a good source of trace minerals like Quinton Marine Mineral Isotonic that gets into the cells. 
  • Avoid steroidal drugs, processed foods and artificial sweeteners. 
  • Avoid omega-6 based oils like corn, safflower, soy and canola. Use coconut oil, olive oil and grass fed butter. 
  • Eat leafy greens such as kale, swiss chard, beet greens, spinach and collards. 

Men get Osteoporosis too! 

Men over the age of 50 have a greater chance of getting osteoporosis than prostate cancer. There are some diseases that predispose men to this disease and also drugs and lifestyle habits:

  • Alcoholism 
  • Obesity 
  • Smoking 
  • Gastrointestinal diseases such as Chrohn’s disease and autoimmune disease 
  • Steroids (prednisone and cortisone) 
  • Sedentary life style 
  • Sunshine deficiency! The sun is your friend! 

The Connection between Bone Loss and Alzheimer's

There is a disturbing connection between low bone mass and Alzheimer’s disease. Women with the lowest bone mass measurements were more than 2 times the risk for developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. There is some consent that the common link may be low estrogen. You can order your Rhein 24 hour urine collection kit to test your hormones here.

Accurate Testing for Bone Loss 

When conisdering treating gone loss naturally, it is important to consider the facts and the recommendations of your doctor. Unfortunately, the dexa scan, or radiological study that evaluates the hip and spine has risks because of the known problems with radiation exposure. It also does not evaluate the patient’s true bone quality. Many factors used with this scan can alter results significantly including: artifacts, machinery, location, varying techniques among technicians and a patient’s own anatomy. Also, different machines, different locations of the same machine, different positioning and different technicians can alter the results. There is currently a lot of research going on to try and replace the dexa scan because of its inherent faults. However, there is a simple and inexpensive way to track whether or not you are building up an adequate amount of bone right in your own home. It is the second morning urine NTx N-Telopeptide test. You can order it here.

Supplements Designed to Treat Bone Loss Naturally

Cal Apatite Forte

Metagenics CalApatite Forte 180ea $47.99

Krill Oil

Krill Oil 120 Count $72.99

Quinton Isotonic Marine Minerals

30 Vials Quinton Isotonic 59.99