As a nation, we were not always obsessed with bone density. It was not until the mid 90’s that the World Health Organization took the stance that “normal” bone density for all women should be as dense as a healthy 30 year old female. Common sense tells you that nothing remains the same as a 30 year old as our body ages. But, the WHO labeled Bone Mineral Density Deficiency (Osteoporosis and Osteopenia) as a disease much like menopause was once defined as a “disease”. When menopause was labeled as a “disease”, it targeted women as needing another medical intervention to “rescue” them by presrcibing synthetic hormones that caused heart disease, stokes and cancer.
The new “disease” of Osteoporosis gave the pharmaceutical companies the incentive to jump on the bandwagon to promote bisphosphonate drugs like Fosomax. Diagnostic equipment in the form of DXA scans began popping up everywhere as the osteoporosis frenzy started. Sadly, no one really took the time to separate the facts from fiction about osteoporosis. This lead to overtreatment with calcium supplements and “bone building” drugs that cause heart disease and cancer.
Dr. Michael McClung, director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center, was very critical of the newly adopted “disease category” osteopenia by saying ”We have medicalized a nonproblem.”
If there truly is a problem with osteoporosis, then getting to the root of the problem is key. Most people have very acidic diets which puts a strain on the alkaline balance of the body. In its infinite intelligence, the body tries to neutralize the effect of acidic tissues by pulling minerals form the bones and the teeth. Focus on a dioet that is 80% raw and alkaline to rebuild your mineral stores.
Bone Density is not Equal to Bone Strength
Bone is a living tissue that bends, flexes and adapts to external stressors. There are many flaws in the bone density scans because it only measures density and not bone strength. If we compare glass and wood for example. Glass is very dense but it is very brittle. Wood, on the other hand, which is closer in nature to human bones, is less dense, but is extremely strong and capable of withstanding falls and bumps compared to glass.
Having “high” bone density can cause the bones to become very brittle and may actually increase the risk of fracture in a real-life scenario like a fall.
The insistence of building strong bones as we age has led to serious problems with over supplementation of Calcium without the proper co factors of D and K. In fact, over supplementation of Calcium has led to increased heart attacks and calcified arterial plaque in millions of women.
- Dizziness Depression
- Mild bradycardia Shortness of breath
- Heart arrhythmias Low Blood Pressure
- Pulmonary blood clots Chest pain
- Abdominal or stomach pain Difficulty with swallowing
- Heartburn Irritation or pain of the esophagus
- Bone, joint, or muscle pain, severe and occasionally incapacitating
- Loosening of a tooth Hip Fractures!!!!!!
While doctors are busy promoting bone screenings and bone building drugs that have serious side effects, they neglect to inform women that increased bone density can increase their Breast Cancer risk by 200 to 300%.
A recent study published in The Breast Journal, revealed that a lower bone density in older women was associated with a lower Breast Cancer risk.
The moral of the story is “Don’t fool with Mother Nature”. Your body knows best. Look at your symptoms as a message from your body. It is whispering to you and letting you know how you need to adjust your diet and your lifestyle. Make informed decisions about your health, especially when it comes to chemical and synthetic drugs or supplements.