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Osteoporosis - an integrated approach
By Dr S V Bulatov - registered homeopath

Many people suffer from osteopenia/osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of the bones) according to the annual statistics worldwide.

"Osteoporosis is estimated to affect over 200 million people worldwide - approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90."

"Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds."

"Osteoporosis takes a huge personal and economic toll. In Europe, the disability due to osteoporosis is greater than that caused by cancers (with the exception of lung cancer) and is comparable or greater than that lost to a variety of chronic non-communicable diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and high blood pressure related heart disease"

Calcium/vitamin D supplement is advised by a conventional doctor together with a balanced diet, weight bearing exercise, quitting smoking and excessive alcohol intake. Fosavance/Fosamax tablets are prescribed if the condition is advanced.

The bone metabolism (building and breaking the bones) is very complicated process that is positively or negatively affected by many internal and external factors.

Internal factors:
  1. Genetics
  2. "Osteoporosis has been shown in studies to have a large genetic component. A parental history of fracture (particularly hip fracture) confers an increased risk of fracture that is independent of BMD."

    "Studies have provided evidence that weight in infancy is a determinant of bone mass in adulthood"

External factors:
  1. Gluten/lactose intolerance/leaky gut.
  2. "Lactose intolerance has been shown to be associated with low bone mass and increased risk of fracture due to low milk (calcium) intake."

  3. Vitamin D deficiency.
  4. "About 85% of world population is vitamin D deficient."

    "Sunlight exposure can increase the BMD of vitamin D deficient bone and lead to the prevention of non-vertebral fractures."

    "Calcium and vitamin D supplementation reduces rates of bone loss and also fracture rates in older male and female adults, and the elderly. In institutionalized elderly women, this combined supplementation reduced hip fracture rates."

    "Supplementation with vitamin D has improved lower extremity muscle performance and reduced risk of falling in several high-quality double blind randomized control trials."

  5. Vitamin C deficiency.
  6. Calcium, magnesium, strontium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, silicon, iodine deficiency.
  7. "Adequate levels of calcium intake can maximize the positive effect of physical activity on bone health during the growth period of children."

    "Studies in children and adolescents have shown that supplementation with calcium, dairy calcium-enriched foods or milk enhances the rate of bone mineral acquisition."

    "Calcium supplementation has been shown to have a positive effect on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women."

  8. Thyroid and parathyroid imbalance.
  9. Unfermented GMO soy products.
  10. "Fruit and vegetable intake was positively associated with bone density in a study in men and women. The exact components of fruits and vegetables which may confer a benefit to bone are still to be clarified."

    "In a study in elderly men and women, higher dietary protein intake was associated with a lower rate of age-related bone loss."

    "Good nutrition is an important part of a successful rehabilitation program in patients who have had an osteoporotic fracture. In frail, elderly, hip fracture patients this is crucially important, as poor nutritional status can slow recovery, and increase susceptibility to further fractures."

  11. Low hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes.
  12. Low citric acid.
  13. High uric acid.
  14. H.pylori.
  15. Fluoride in water, toothpaste, mouthwash and drugs.
  16. Heavy metals.
  17. Electromagnetic radiation.
  18. Anorexia.
  19. "Low body weight and weight loss is associated with greater bone loss and increased risk of fracture."
    "The onset of anorexia nervosa frequently occurs during puberty, the time of life when maximal bone mass accrual occurs, thereby putting adolescent girls and boys with anorexia nervosa at high risk for reduced peak bone mass."

  20. Permanent catabolic state in marathon runners and top athletes.
  21. "Some young females, particularly those training for elite athletic competition, exercise too much, eat too little, and consequently experience amenorrhea which makes them at risk for low bone mass and fractures."

  22. Intracellular bacterial infections.
  23. Mould disease.
  24. Liver/kidney failure.
  25. Prescription drugs.
  26. "Prolonged use of corticosteroids is the most common cause of secondary osteoporosis. It is estimated that 30-50% of patients on long term corticosteroid therapy will experience fractures with an increased risk of hip fracture by 2-fold in women and 2.6-fold in men."

    "Proton pump inhibiting drugs can reduce the absorption of calcium from the stomach and long term use of these drugs can significantly increase the risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture." "Use of anxiolytics, sedatives, neuroleptics and antidepressants has been shown to increase risk of hip fracture."

  27. 20. Lack of exercise.
  28. "Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle as well as impaired neuromuscular function (e.g., reduced muscle strength, impaired gait and balance) are risk factors for developing fragility fractures."

    "Childhood and adolescence are particularly valuable times to improve bone mass through exercise"

    "Higher levels of leisure time, sport activity, and household chores and fewer hours of sitting daily were associated with a significantly reduced relative risk for hip fracture."

    "Physical activity and fitness reduce risk of osteoporosis and fracture and fall-related injuries."

    "Epidemiologic evidence suggests that physical activity is associated with reductions in hip fracture in women and men."

    "Strengthening back muscles can reduce the risk of vertebral fractures and kyphosis."

    "Studies have shown that bone mineral density in postmenopausal women can be maintained or increased with therapeutic exercise."

    "In the frail elderly, activity to improve balance and confidence may be valuable in fall prevention. Studies have shown that individuals who practice tai chi have a 47% decrease in falls and 25% the hip fracture rate of those who do not and that tai chi can be beneficial for retarding bone loss in weight-bearing bones in early postmenopausal women."

    "Intensive exercise training can lead to improvements in strength and function in elderly patients who have had hip replacement surgery due to hip fracture."

  29. Smoking.
  30. "Smoking can lead to lower bone density and higher risk of fracture and this risk increases with age."

  31. Excessive alcohol intake.
  32. "A high intake of alcohol confers a significant risk of future fracture (e.g., over 4 units of alcohol/day can double the risk of hip fracture). The risk of vertebral and hip fractures in men increases greatly with heavy alcohol intake, particularly with long term intake."
    "Moderate alcohol intake is not thought to be harmful to bone. However, chronic alcohol abuse is detrimental to bone health, with one of the mechanisms being a direct toxic effect on bone forming cells."

  33. Excessive caffeine consumption.
  34. Recreational drugs.
  35. Poor treatment compliance.
  36. "Poor compliance is one of the most important treatment problems. Studies show that only 40% of patients take treatment for more than one year. At two years, only 20% of patients are still taking their medication."

The most effective treatment for osteoporosis is the use of stem cells.

  1. Stimulating stem cells release with exercise, fasting, sleep, radiation protection and herbal extracts like stem enhance, AFA, chlorella, spirulina, cordyceps, polygonum multiflorum, astragalus, epimedium, ginseng, Echinacea, fucoidan, pterocarpus marsupium, pine bark proanthocyanidins, curcumin, pomegrante, lupeol, grapholide, vitamin D3, blueberry, carnosine and green tea. etc. Gradual improvement could be seen after 2-3 months.
  2. Autologous stem cell therapy at NeuroGen Brain&Spine Institute in Mumbai, India, www.neurogenbsi.com with Prof Alok Sharma or other similar facilities worldwide. Dramatic improvement could be seen after 2-3 months