Lara Pizzorno is our Resident Bone Health Expert and author of the book “Your Bones.” And this Mother’s Day, Lara wanted to share a message with you.
Every woman in Lara Pizzorno’s family, from her great grandmother to her mother, developed osteoporosis and passed away far too early. So when Lara was diagnosed with osteopenia in her early 40’s (well before menopause!), she was determined to do something about it.
Watch the video below to see what Lara did and to hear her message of hope this Mother’s Day 🙂
This is Lara Pizzorno. This Mother’s Day, I want to join with you to celebrate our ability to safely and naturally create healthy bones — an ability that we share with all the women in our lives: our mothers, daughters, sisters, and the many women whose friendship blesses us.
As Mother’s Day approaches, I have to say I feel sad. I adored my mother. It’s been almost 16 years now since she died, and I still miss her. I miss her every day. If I had only had the knowledge that I now possess when my mother was alive, I could have helped her and I could have prevented the hip fracture that greatly hastened her death.
There is so much needless misery. But the good news is that we don’t have to accept this. I am so grateful to AlgaeCal for the opportunity to share with you, here and on the AlgaeCal Community, the information that I wish I had been able to give my loved ones. It’s too late for me to help them, but I can help you, or your mother, or your daughter, your aunt, or your grandmother, or your father, or your husband. And I am counting on you to pass on what you learn to help others.
I want to celebrate with you, and hope you will join with me in ending osteoporosis. Because, first of all, it’s totally possible. The fact is that you’ve been pre-approved to have healthy bones. You were born pre-programmed to continuously create healthy bones. All you need to do is minimize your exposure to harmful factors that cause chronic inflammation and provide your bones with the necessary ingredients that they have to have to rebuild.
I want to celebrate this Mother’s Day with you because I know we can beat osteoporosis, both from more than 30 years now of reading thousands of papers in peer-reviewed medical literature — an ever-growing source of insight into how our bones work and what they need to maintain health. And I know we can beat osteoporosis because personally, in my own life, I’ve had this experience, and I fully recovered my gloriously healthy bones. I know that the science-based information that I can share can help many women and men not only avoid osteoporosis but enhance their overall health and live longer, more vibrant lives.
Every woman that I know about in my family — from my great-grandmother on down — developed osteoporosis, and this disease took them from us far earlier than necessary. By the time that I was in my early 40s, well before menopause, I was already osteopenic and losing bone like crazy, even though I had a very healthy diet and lifestyle. I was unaware of my genetically inherited susceptibilities that were robbing me of my bones.
Now we can easily test for these and, best news of all, we can correct for them with simple, inexpensive nutritional supplements and other natural therapies. But back then — now remember, we’re talking 30 years ago now — very few people had a clue. I was really lucky. In fact, I believe I was put in just the right place so that I could learn what I needed to know to do this work now. We learned why I was losing bone and what to do, not only to make up for my worst genetic susceptibility, which is that my vitamin D receptors are malformed, so I have great difficulty getting vitamin D to work for me. Learning this first thing began to turn things around for me, and over the next 15 years we figured out how to supply my bones not just with vitamin D, but with everything that everyone’s bones need to rebuild and stay strong.
Today I have great bones, and trust me, I am the poster woman for osteoporosis. It’s as if the universe set me up to figure it out or die. So, I can assure you that if I was able to beat osteoporosis, and I have, anyone can do so. Not only do I have most all of the common risk factors for osteoporosis — I am small, lightweight and caucasian — as I mentioned, I inherited a vitamin D receptor that doesn’t work well. Mine really doesn’t work well. There are four single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, that affect how our vitamin D receptors work, and I have the worst version of all four of them. So I have a really hard time absorbing and using vitamin D. Plus I wasn’t consuming enough calcium, or magnesium or boron, or other key trace minerals, or vitamin C or vitamin A. Back then we didn’t even know about vitamin K2, which I certainly was also not getting.
I could go on and on and on about my personal lousy genetics, but the point of my sharing all this information with you is to encourage you and to let you know that I have dealt with many of the possible reasons why you might be losing bone. And more importantly, I understand how to fix them. You will certainly have your own personal reasons that explain why you’ve been losing too much bone or are at risk for this, and we may share some, but yours will most likely not be the same as mine.
The real takeaway here is that the reasons we lose too much bone — so many of which I learned about from my personal experience — are correctable, and with access to good information you can determine what’s causing your bone loss and you can fix it.
If I can beat this, and I have, so can you! You can have strong, healthy bones for life! This Mother’s Day, let’s join together, okay? Let’s celebrate our courage and our strength and our birthright to have healthy bones, and together let’s end osteoporosis. I wish you the happiest of Mother’s Days and I hope to tune in with you again soon. Bye.