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The Root of the Osteoporosis Problem

I have been doing a lot of interesting reading since I’ve been locked in with this broken leg.  It’s becoming more and more obvious that osteoporosis is about diet alright, but it’s not just about calcium.  It is much more holistic than that.  More and more research seems to be pointing to the acidification of the blood, because of diet.  That acidification makes the body literally suck calcium from the bones in order to neutralize the blood, which is the most critical need of the moment for the body.  Of course, over time, that is deadly for the bones, even though it saves the body in the moment.

Many scientists feel our physical bodies have not evolved to catch up with our modern diet.  Picture your body as a car, that was designed to function on all-natural, organic, fuel.  The car is a living, breathing machine not unlike the human body. For 1 million years, this car has been using fuel such as:

water / seeds / nuts / grasses / herbs / roots / fruits / vegetables / cereals.

THAT’S the fuel it is used to.

MOREOVER, THAT’S the fuel its entire system is based upon. It was MADE from that stuff.

Then, suddenly, after 1,000,000 years… that car switches over to  –  for the last 100 years  –  a new, modern mixture of:

sugar /  sweets / biscuits / crisps / chocolate / coffee / coca-cola / fats & oils /  cigarettes / alcohol / vinegar / pharmaceutical drugs  / chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives (loads of them) / etc.

What do you think would happen to this ‘vehicle’?  Gives one pause, doesn’t it?

Broken leg recovery – graduating to a cane

Six weeks since surgery and my biggest breakthrough has been starting to use a quad cane.  Letting go of the walker was a triumphant moment.  Albeit I am much slower with the cane, but I can sense that my leg is handling more weight and that should speed up recovery.

The best design for my cane turned out to be a four legged (quad) model called HuGo.  It has a solid four-pronged base and I have already started to feel secure with it.  Of course, while in transition, I was shaky and it took some time to find the rythmn but slowly HuGo and I are moving in unison.

So the six week marker finds me feeling about 92% physically strong, so close to regaining all my energy; on my feet, now with a cane.  The discourgement factor still strikes daily, especially when I find myself moving with such painstaking slowness.   Improvement is a turtle, but at least we’re in the race.

No more broken legs – consider Vitamin K

As I limp along daily,  committed to recovering as fully as possible from my broken leg, I feel the determination growing to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.  Why did I not take my health more seriously? I must take full responsibility for this broken leg!

My nose is buried in books and pamphlets, all with a focus on bone health.  New studies are shedding light on the complex metabolic functions involved. Years ago, scientists confirmed that calcium and vitamin D were critical to the formation of healthy bone.   I half-heartedly paid attention to those facts.  Later, other important minerals like phosphorus and magnesium were found to contribute to bone building in the body.

What I have been reading today is that recently released data on a special form of vitamin K, called menaquinone-7 (MK7), shows it has uniquely effective and quite astounding benefits on bone metabolism and bone growth.  Vitamin K1 is best metabolized through leafy green vegetables, like lettuce, broccoli, parsley, cilantro and watercress.  It has been proven to have two very crucial functions:

  1. to guide calcium into the matrix of the bone impacting bone strength and resilience
  2. to keep calcium from going into and hardening arteries (if you do not have sufficient Vitamin K calcium may deposit in soft tissues like the heart and brain, causing strokes and heart attacks, or dementia)

A study to keep in mind was documented in Canadian Family Physician (2004).  It found that women who received      100 mcg of Vitamin K1 daily were  30% less likely to suffer a fracture of the hip.  It’s a big enough reduction to really take note of !  Eat those salads, those with dark green lettuce – and sprinkle on some parsley.