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Could best-selling bone drugs destroy your bones?
An alarming number of users of bone drugs known as bisphosphonates have developed a disease called osteonecrosis -- their bones literally start dying and crumble to dust. We do NOT suggest you stop these drugs without consulting your doctor.
Relevant Supplements & Nutrition:
Bone Builders - For optimal bone health, the following daily amounts are recommended for healthy people (discuss with your holistic physician / nutritionist your personal needs)::
Calcium: 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day (broken up into three doses a day)
Vitamin D: 400 international units (IU) per day (as a supplement) if you’re under age 70 or 600 IU per day if you’re over age 70
Magnesium: Bone metabolism400 mg per day for women and 333 mg per day for men (Source: RealAge)
Vitamin K: Vital for bone metabolism. In 2002 it was found that to get maximum carboxylation of osteocalcin, one may have to take up to 1000 mcg of Vitamin K1. Like other liposoluble vitamins [vitamins A, D, E], vitamin K is stored in the fat tissue of the human body. Although allergic reaction is possible, there is no known toxicity associated with high doses of the phylloquinone (vitamin K1) or menaquinone (vitamin K2) forms of vitamin K and therefore no Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) have been set.. Vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, swiss chard, and Brassica (e.g. cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts); some fruits such as avocado and kiwifruit are also high in Vitamin K. . Phylloquinone (vitamin K1) is the major dietary form of vitamin K. Menaquinone-4 and Menaquinone-7 (vitamin K2) are found in meat, eggs, dairy and natto. MK-4 is synthesized by animal tissues, the rest (mainly MK-7) are synthesized by bacteria during fermentation. In natto 0% of vitamin K is from MK-4 and in cheese 2-7%.
Bananas can help improve your body's ability to absorb calcium.
Other good food choices:Cod Liver Oil ... Cashews ... Collard Greens ... Figs ... Green Beens ... Green Peas ... Olive Oil (instead of other oils) ... Onions ... Raisins ... Spinach ... Swiss Chard ... Tomatoes
Provide daily access to unfiltered sunlight and/or full-spectrum lighting. We need exposure to UVA and UVB rays from direct sunlight or full-spectrum lighting to synthesize vitamin D necessary for bone health. Window glass blocks necessary UV rays. 15 minutes a day of direct sun light exposure has been recommended.
Decreased Bone Density Due to Fluoride Exposure: "Epidemiological studies and tests on lab animals suggest that high fluoride exposure increases the risk of bone fracture, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly and diabetics" - Ref. Fluoride
In 2005, a study conducted at the Harvard School of Dental Health found that fluoride in tap water directly contributes to causing bone cancer in young boys. "New American research suggests that boys exposed to fluoride between the ages of five and 10 will suffer an increased rate of osteosarcoma - bone cancer - between the ages of 10 and 19," according to a London Observer article about the study.
Based on the findings of the study, the respected Environmental Working Group lobbied to have fluoride in tap water be added to the US government's classified list of substances known or anticipated to cause cancer in humans.
Cancer rates in the U.S. have skyrocketed with one in three people now contracting the disease at some stage in their life.
The link to bone cancer has also been discovered by other scientists, but a controversy ensued after it emerged that Harvard Professor Chester Douglass, who downplayed the connection in his final report, was in fact editor-in-chief of The Colgate Oral Health Report, a quarterly newsletter funded by Colgate-Palmolive Co., which makes fluoridated toothpaste.
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