Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / February 10, 2013

There are many factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis: your age, family history, body type, lifestyle choices, and your diet all come to mind. And while these are just a few of the many factors that contribute to bone health (or lack thereof), a lot of our customers share a very similar story. They were aware of their risk, they made several lifestyle and diet changes, and yet they still wound up with osteoporosis. That’s why when we received this story from Sandy about her struggles with bone health, we weren’t surprised. And we wanted to share her story with you to make sure that you understand that getting osteoporosis is not your fault. At all. It’s a natural part of aging for most people, and it’s likely something you were never told about until it was too late.…

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Algaecal / Calcium / Nutrition / October 18, 2012

Since calcium is the 5th most-abundant element by mass in the earth’s crust, calcium, like salt or wheat, has historically been considered a commodity. Commodities are generally perceived by consumers as equal in quality, regardless of how they’re packaged. So buyers typically reached for the cheapest calcium supplement available, as they felt ‘calcium is calcium’. But as health and wellness took on a much greater significance in peoples’ lives, big business reacted by ‘line extending’ with all sorts of product variations on what were once simple commodities. So now there are literally hundreds of calcium supplements on store shelves. They all are marketed in a flattering light to attract your attention and money, by convincing you that one is better than the other. Each tries to create distance from competing products by any means possible. When overloaded with hundreds of…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / June 21, 2012

Snap Exhibition The Snap Exhibition was selected by the city of Geneva in Swizterland to be exhibited open air by the lake on Quai Wilson. The project, developed by IOF photographer Gilberto Lontro, has been very well accepted around the world in a book form, traveling exhibition and online at www.iofsnap.org. Video Transcription Snap! is really exciting. It’s a venture of the IOF in collaboration with all our national societies to try and highlight the burden associated with spinal osteoporosis, which is one of the most devastating and important features of osteoporosis. What’s happened is that we’ve had the opportunity to contact patients, sometimes to enter into their lives and their homes, take photographs and try and illustrate in a visual way the burden of spinal osteoporosis. Spinal fracture is a really common fracture. It’s one of the common sites…

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Algaecal / Other / Team AlgaeCal News / Video / April 11, 2012

All the popular calcium supplements on the market are made from rocks (limestone and marble). The ‘code’ word is used on a label is “calcium carbonate” or “calcium citrate”. Hauled out of open pit mines using heavy machinery, rock has been popularly used because it is high in elemental calcium – at 40% – and because it is cheap for the manufacturer. Until plant calcium was available, rock calcium products could be seen as better that nothing, as they are able to slow down your bone loss. You naturally lose 1% of bone every year after age 35 or so. Rock calcium products (like Caltrate or Tums) do slow that loss to .5% per year. But you are still losing bone, and will get osteoporosis – IF you live long enough! Hopefully since you are reading AlgaeCal News you are…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / June 2, 2011

The struggles with osteoporosis are all too known with Dr. Youssef Eid al-Hawamdeh, a 59-year-old pharmacist, but he can consider himself to be a fortunate man. Despite suffering vertebral fractures in a fall at age 55, he has been able to resume his regular daily routine with no long-term impact on his quality of life. “I will never allow osteoporosis to change my life,” he says. Unlike many sufferers, Youssef has not gone on to experience further fractures and the terrible impact of what is termed the ‘fracture cascade’. This positive outcome can be attributed in part to the prompt diagnosis and osteoporosis treatment that he received following the accident. Suffering severe pain and bruising, Youssef was immediately admitted to hospital for three days where he underwent extensive testing. Testing revealed that he had suffered a vertebral crush fracture and…

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Algaecal / Nutrition / Nutrition / Video / Vitamin D3 / May 11, 2011

Vitamin D for Bone Health IOF General Secretary, Bess Dawson-Hughes, discusses IOF position on Vitamin D for adults, and makes important recommendations for vitamin D nutrition from an evidence-based perspective. Video Transcription Vitamin D is important for fracture prevention in a couple of respects. First, it improves muscle strength in the lower extremities and lowers risks of falling. Second, it improves bone strength, and therefore lowers your risk of having a fracture, should you fall. We get Vitamin D from a couple of sources; the most important source is sun exposure. Sun exposure to the skin increases the body’s production of Vitamin D. The other way we get it is through either the diet or through supplementation. The diet is not rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is present in salmon and other oily fish, there’s a little bit in…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / April 27, 2011

Eva Benedicta Saraiva, 77, lives in the Botafogo neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. Eva was diagnosed with osteoporosis over a year ago, following a hip fracture. Not long after the hip fracture, she suffered a spinal fracture which was extremely painful and greatly reduced her mobility for some time. Despite the serious situation, Eva did not give up. She found a specialized clinic where she was diagnosed and able to benefit from a targeted physiotherapy programme which helped immensely in her recovery. She currently has a doctor who monitors her osteoporosis treatment which includes calcium and vitamin D supplementation. Like many older people, Eva must also take medication for other health problems, including high blood pressure, anaemia and a thyroid disorder. With great perseverance and willpower, Eva is able to carry out many of her routine daily activities – she…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / March 23, 2011

Watch this true story about the struggles of osteoporosis Video Transcription Hi, my name is Salima Ladak Kachra. I’m 40 years old. I’m from Canada. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the young age of 25 after fracturing four bones in my thoracic spine from a fall. Before I fractured I was very independent and being able to do things that we take for granted like doing the laundry, doing the bed, doing groceries. Once I fractured it was really, really hard for me to do things like what I talked about. Now my husband and my children help me do these things. My kids help me do the bed. They help me pick up clutter on the floor because I’m really scared of falling again. When I fractured, it was really hard that first year just trying to become…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / March 23, 2011

Joan Rivers explains why you should talk to your doctor about osteoporosis Video Transcription Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a candidate for osteoporosis. I know. I know now, I should have paid more attention to my personal risk factors. I should have taken better care of my bones. And you know what? So should you. So come on. Beat the break. Take responsibility for your bones, and just talk to your doctor about osteoporosis. Tell him Joan Rivers said please tell you about bone health. It’s so easy. You’ll be glad you did.

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / March 30, 2010

What would possess a fifty-something mom and her daughter to bike all the way across America? According to Marybeth Bond, “We’re Shrinking! When I realized this a few years ago I compared notes with my sisters and mother; we discovered that between us we’ve lost six inches due to osteoporosis. I don’t want my daughters to have the same problem.” “Recently I learned that girls acquire 85-90% of their bone mass by age 18. During this period in their lives my daughters lived at home and I made breakfast and dinner every day. I was responsible for their diets and I wish I had known more about regular exercise and bone-bolstering foods.” Follow these women as they pedal across America in an all-female campaign to bring awareness to the silent disease osteoporosis which runs in our family and affects millions…

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