What and Why?
Osteoporosis is one of the diseases that westerners are getting more and more. Your bones get softer because their protein framework and mineral strength (mainly calcium) is dissolving into your blood and being wasted from your body. This is part of getting old and begins very gradually somewhere in your thirties. Women are more susceptible because they usually have more slender bones to start with: if you happen also to be slender, or to have had an early menopause either naturally or surgically, the tendency is reinforced. Anyone of either sex who needs steroid medicine regularly is liable to osteoporosis as a side effect. With any of these disadvantages your calcium loss can easily get up to 3% per year by your seventies.
The pace of developments is affected by other factors you can control much more. Smoking, drinking much coffee and eating much meat all aggravate matters. On the other hand a good wholefood diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and wholegrain cereals works in your favour, especially if you eat a large part of it raw. The same goes for regular exercise, an active sex life and a youthful outlook on life generally.
The medical treatment of osteoporosis tends to think of your diet only in chemical terms, and stresses the importance of dairy produce because it contains a lot of calcium. So do dark green vegetables, fruit, fish, nuts and whole cereals. What matters just as much is how efficiently you digest these foods and scavenge their contents, and that is not just a matter of chemistry.
Another medical treatment is to supplement your diet withhigh doses of fluoride, which delays the dissolution of your bones — just as it delays the emergence of your teeth — but also makes them unnaturally heavy and brittle. The general toxic effects of fluoride are too little taken into account. Doctors are not familiar with them and do not look for them. We already consume too much fluoride accidentally, and need less not more.
Hormone replacement therapy with natural oestrogen (woman-hormone) makes sense for people who have had an early or artificial menopause, at least until they would have had their menopause anyway. But medical oestrogens should not be taken lightly, and never on their own, because they increase your risk of womb or breast cancer. They should always be accompanied by natural progesterone, which in itself is a far more effective prevention for osteoporosis. It can even reverse disease that has already developed, repairing it with normal healthy bone.
So your best course of action to begin with is very low key and naturally based. You may need help from your doctor, but do your stuff first.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. Adopt a healthy diet based on vegetables which contains all the protein you need even before you garnish it with occasional meat meals. Fortify this with nuts, seeds and vine fruits, especially if you prefer not to consume dairy produce or are allergic to the cow.
2. Limit your coffee intake to one or two cups, on only a few days each week. Lemon Barley Water and Honey-Cider-Vinegar recipes cut down the acidity of your blood, which helps you retain all the calcium you need and keeps it dissolved, preventing gallstones and kidney stones.
3. Give up smoking.
4. Exercise daily for an hour if you can. Work which uses your bones challenges them to stay strong.
5. Supplement your diet with two tablets daily of food-state Calcium and one of food-state Magnesium. This ensures that at least some of your mineral intake reaches your bones and stays there for a natural period of time. Double these amounts if you have been told you already have measureable osteoporosis.
6. Ask your doctor if he or she is willing to prescribe progesterone suppositories that you can make up into a 1.5% cream. We can provide you with detailed instructions to make the cream and use it, and will be happy to provide your doctor with briefing information. If your doctor declines and you still wish to take action, consult our Director (himself a doctor) about further possibilities.
7. If in spite of your efforts you continue to stoop more and more or get shorter, or if your teeth start loosening or falling out, you may need professional help. Consult your doctor, but continue all the measures advised here too. The National Osteoporosis Society publish regular bulletins of up-to-date news affecting your condition, though they pay most of their attention to developments in established medical research and do not (for example) yet recommend the use of progesterone.