I believe most individuals, especially women, associate osteoporosis with calcium, estrogen, Boniva, Sally Fields, and vitamin D. Probably in that order. But the truth is, with the exception of vitamin D and Sally Fields, none of those word associations really fit. More accurate word associations would be exercise, inflammation, malnutrition, trace minerals, stress, natural light, vitamin D, and growth hormone.

Osteoporosis does not merely mean the bone has less calcium. Rather, it is a breakdown of the fibrous protein matrix of the bone. This protein matrix is created from various collagens and holds the minerals necessary for it’s density. Calcium and phosphorus are the most abundant minerals in bone, but these are not any more important than magnesium, zinc, silica, manganese, copper, iodine, boron, or selenium. There are studies that show that osteoporotic bone loss can be cut by 50% with just adding trace minerals...with no calcium.

Osteoporosis is a manifestation of too little or the wrong type of exercise, insufficient trace minerals, and high levels of stress hormones. The issue with exercise can easily be corrected by using the ARX technology. Trace minerals can be supplied by taking Activator. Hormone excesses are typically due to imbalanced metabolic patterns that very often can be corrected with the nutrition work we do in our office. Nothing here says to take high doses of calcium, estrogen, or listen to Sally Fields.

You will notice that I do not market a calcium supplement in my office. I do however, have supplements that contain certain types of calcium and in the precise amount as it relates to a particular imbalance. Here are some examples of why supplementing with calcium in isolation is a bad idea.

Calcium is an alkaline element and will neutralize acids. For example, the main ingredient that makes Tums an antacid is calcium carbonate. If you have an underlying alkaline predominant metabolism, calcium will drive you further into this alkalinity. Symptoms common to an alkaline imbalance is insomnia, muscle cramps, nerve twitches, and general nerve hypersensitivity. Due to an alkaline metabolism, the body can not effectively use calcium. Supplementing this person with calcium could cause bone spurs, arthritis, or kidney stones. Do you know if you are too alkaline?

Here is another example why taking calcium may be a bad idea. Calcium increases the sympathetic nervous system output (fight or flight). Supplementing a person who is already too sympathetic could exacerbate hypertension, cause insomnia, increase stress, cause a rapid heart rate, constipation, dry mouth, and cold hands. How many people experience one of these symptoms and never consider that it could be due to the calcium supplement they bought on Amazon?

Again, here is another situation why self diagnosing and treating yourself with calcium may not work out. If you have insulin resistance (or let’s call it a slow burning metabolism), too much calcium will inhibit how well you can utilize glucose to make energy. So taking calcium in the presence of an insulin resistant metabolism can increase fatigue, lower body temperature, drive up (increase) blood sugar, and possibly make high blood pressure even higher. By the way, insulin resistance is a huge health issue.

Okay, one more example to deter a person with osteoporosis from taking calcium without first knowing their specific metabolic patterns: A common metabolic pattern we treat is when the body is producing far too many free radicals. This occurs due to the cell wall allowing rapid turnover of oxygen in the mitochondria. These immature oxygen molecules are essentially free radicals seeking to be balanced. Until they do, they catabolize the body making it become older, faster (premature aging). In the presence of this imbalance, calcium accelerates this process and increases susceptibility to autoimmune diseases and atherosclerosis. Who wants to be older?

There are more examples but let me just say calcium is not an innocent mineral. For that matter, it could be said that all minerals taken in the improper from or amount can cause dis-ease. Next time I will detail what you need to know regarding estrogen. In the meantime consider this, nutrition is not harmless.

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