Nutrition / Nutrition / September 30, 2012

Frailty, which is a symptom of osteoporosis, is the leading cause of death, according to Dr. Oz. It is a bigger problem than cancer and heart disease, because 25% of people who fracture a hip will die within a year because of it. A fracture can render you bedridden during the golden years, when staying active is so crucial. It is often the onset of a downward spiral that is so hard to physically rebound from, which explains this shocking statistic. However, many doctors continue to recommend typical rock sourced calciums with only added vitamin D as an antidote to thinning bones, which is so commonplace for women past age 40. Calcium, sourced from limestone and marble, was introduced to help treat osteopenia and osteoporosis more than 60 years ago -with the only real innovation since being the addition of…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / September 14, 2012

The world woke up to Mediterranean diet in the mid-1990s and from the time Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University’s School of Public Health spoke of it in the positive, the Health shelves in bookstores have been replete with bestsellers on Mediterranean Diet. Even television’s lifestyle shows have run series on Mediterranean Diet and enjoyed a cult-like status. Many a study were launched and funded to find out about the health benefits this diet rich in olive. Today we know that olive has a very positive and strong impact on our cardiovascular health. It also protects us from certain cancer types. It now turns out that using a Mediterranean Diet rich in olives also protects our bones and including them in your diet for just two years exhibited a protective effect on bones which were on their way to losing…

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Nutrition / Research / September 12, 2012

For as long as I can remember, most people I’ve met are divided in 2 camps on the subject of vitamin supplements. One side is certain that vitamins are unnecessary, and are modern day placebos filled with snake oil. You’ll recognize them because they tend to say things like “ya can’t live forever!” and they all know someone who lived to 100 on a diet of moonshine, jerky and tobacco. The other is the ‘health nuts’ who are always popping the latest capsule, tincture or potion, all in the name of longevity. While not in their oxygen chamber, you’ll spot them filling recycled bags at Whole (Paycheck) Foods with bottles of supplements meant to cure ailments you’ve never heard of. ‘Heal thyself’ is their mantra, and will go near a hospital only under court order. Which side is right? Well,…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / September 6, 2012

If you’ve had an ongoing interest in alternative health and supplements, you’ve probably heard an expression that regularly gets thrown around – “calcium is calcium.” I’ve heard store staff say this when asked to recommend a particular product – which translates to “just pick the cheapest one.” And doctors often repeat this if asked by a patient which product they recommend: “I tell my patients to take the kind that they tolerate best and is least expensive,” Marcy B. Bolster, MD, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina and director of the MUSC Center for Osteoporosis and Bone Health. (1) It’s simple, and provides easy to follow advice for those shopping for the world’s most purchased mineral. But is it accurate? Yes and no. Once “Free”, All Calciums Are Equal…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Nutrition / August 24, 2012

What’s The Recommend Daily Calcium Intake For Women? The Internet has no doubt made our lives easier- but with all the wisdom of the world now at our fingertips, it’s hard to keep track of all the information. For instance, previous generations only had to remember to eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away. Today, however we have access to all the health information that a Harvard medical grad does- and more! But finding legitimate information sources – and keeping it sorted- that’s the trick. Let me help…For years now, all day and every day I sift, search and sort through health information. I discard animal studies in favor of human studies, delete small trials for large trials, and have developed very keen radar for authors with vested interests. So that being said – what is the…

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Calcium / Nutrition / Research / August 24, 2012

Most of the pre-prepared foods available at department stores and fast food take-aways have high salt content. We know that high salt content in food is associated with a number of risk factors for health such as hypertension, heart diseases and stroke. New research from University of Alberta in Canada now points that high levels in salt in your food also leaches calcium out of your body and in the long run could be leading you towards osteoporosis if you are not careful about your diet. (1) Researchers at the University of Alberta found that when sodium was being excreted by the body after being filtered out through the kidney, it was also taking calcium along with it. The team of researchers lead by Dr. Todd Alexander worked on animal models and cells to find that it was no coincidence…

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Not Enough Minerals Essential Trace Minerals and Mineral Deficiency Explained by Dr Robert Thompson M.D. – Watch this video to find out why everyone needs to supplement in order to obtain the minerals our body needs! Video Transcription We have a health crisis that’s been determined by the Surgeon General of the United States with regards to our bones and the lack of minerals that exists. We’ve also known for over 70 years that the agricultural mineral content of our soil has been severely depleted and it’s gotten worse over the decades as we’ve over-fertilized, over-farmed, not rested the soil, and not subjected our land to natural flooding, which certainly redistributes minerals. This process and the fact that our foods are very rarely vine-ripened, which is a huge aspect with regards to mineral absorption; 80% of the minerals are absorbed…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin K2 / May 8, 2012

“Treatment with vitamin K, especially MK-7, effective enough to reduce bone resorption,” say researchers reporting the results of a landmark study published April 2012 in Calcified Tissue International, a leading journal for research on the structure and function of bone. (1) This one year-long study compared the effects of vitamin K1 to those of vitamin K2 (as MK-7) on a number of markers of bone resorption (breakdown) and formation in 173 postmenopausal women. The women were randomly divided into four groups: A group of 38 women given 800 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D3 per day (called the CaD group ) A group of 38 women given 800 mg of calcium, 400 IU of vitamin D3, and 100 mcg vitamin K1 per day (the CaDK1 group) A group of 39 women given 800 mg of calcium, 400IU…

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Nutrition / Research / Vitamin D3 / May 8, 2012

Study conducted at the Children’s Hospital Boston showed some surprising results when Kendrin R. Sonneville, Sc.D., R.D and his colleagues examined the relation between risk of stress fractures in growing girls and their intake of calcium, Vitamin D and/or dairy products. (4) Stress fractures usually occur due to overuse of a particular bone or set of bones. In other words, they arise out of repeated strain on a bone. Stress fractures are incomplete fractures and occur when muscles become fatigued due to overuse/repeat movement without adequate rest and recovery. These muscles are unable to absorb shock of the movement and transfer the repeat stress overload to the bones which develop microscopic cracks or fractures. They most commonly occur in the lower leg and feet. High impact physical activities such as running on hard surfaces, tennis, squash, basketball put one to…

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Nutrition / Research / Strontium / May 8, 2012

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has issued cautionary advice to doctors on prescribing strontium ranelate, sold under brand names Osseor or Protelos by Les Labaratoires Servier, to those who are immobilised, have or run the risk of venous thromboembolism. The warning prohibits doctors from prescribing this strontium ranelate to such patients. Venous thromboembolism is a deadly condition that occurs in those who have been admitted to hospitals for long and even those at home who are immobile due to any health condition. It includes both pulmonary embolism as well as deep vein thrombosis. Strontium ranelate is used in the treatment of osteoporosis in premenopausal women so that they run a lower risk of hip or spinal fractures. Strontium ranelate has a dual function in that it increases the production of bone-forming cells osteoblast and reduces osteoclast production or cells that…

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