Here's the Best Preventative Medicine
Talk to any AMA doctor. Read any magazine
or newspaper. I'll bet all the money at the blackjack tables in Las
Vegas the sage advice reads: Women, swalloweth those calcium tablets
daily to keep your bones healthy and strong. Fifteen hundred milligrams
a day will keep the casts away, according to the guidelines issued
by the august National Institutes of Health.
In my research, this is the WORST advice anyone, male or female,
First, osteoporosis is not a female disease. In Singapore, men get
osteoporosis much more frequently than women. Here in the United
States, where I'm writing, the increase of osteoporosis in those
with XY chromosomes is on the rise. Everyone my age (yesterday was
my 45th birthday) had better worry about fossilization. (My son was
referring to my mental state, but here I'm talking about bones!)
Second, osteoporosis has many causes. If your body lacks calcium,
supplementation is a very good idea. The problem is, up to 62% of
my customers have a calcium utilization disorder. Their bodies can
not absorb the calcium they swallow. For them, the standard advice
not only wastes their money. It makes them believe they are really
doing something to protect their bones, when, it fact, it can hasten
the osteoporotic process.
How do you know if you have a calcium absorption disorder? My lab
can tell you exactly. But if you want to do some free research before
sending me greenbacks, answer this question: How much sugar and aspartame
do I eat each day?
If you answered the question honestly, you'll have a fairly accurate
answer. If your sugar consumption is out of control, you probably
have a calcium absorption problem. Yes, my friends, those diet soft
drinks and Famous Amos cookies (in my case, chocolate mousse cake
and fresh cherry pie) are making us prime candidates for the dowager's
Too much sugar, you see, can cause insulin resistance. I'll skip
the chemistry class, but here's the result. If you eat too much sugar,
your insulin levels become too high in your body. One very bad result
of too much insulin: the substance literally robs your bones of their
calcium. That's right. It pulls healthy bone material out of your
limbs and deposits it in your soft tissues.
And you know what else too much insulin does? It prohibits your bones
from absorbing those calcium supplements you're swallowing. Ditto
for the calcium in the milk and cheese you're consuming. Since the
calcium can't go into your bones, where it is sorely needed, it ends
up in your soft tissues, where it can even cause harm.
So, if you take a calcium supplement and wash it down with a diet
soft drink, or have a glass of Merlot (my fav) with your meal, forget
about any calcium absorption. (I'm picking on soft drinks because
aspartame acts just like sugar when it comes to insulin reactions.
Saccharin is the only sweetener that is OK).
How do I know this? I see it every day in my work. Calcium levels
are the first thing my lab tests in a Tissue Mineral Analysis. Normal
levels of calcium are 26 to 46 parts per million. My tissue calcium
levels have topped 248. I've seen readings as high as 900.
So, giving up sugar is crucial. My hero Shannon Lucid taught me the
second cardinal rule of bone loss prevention.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration physicians discovered
astronauts lost bone in space at the dizzying rate of 1.5 percent
a month. Dr. Norman Thagard, for example, spent 115 days in space
on the Russian space station Mir last year. He lost 11.7 percent
of his bone material and 17.5 pounds of overall muscle and weight
during his sojourn. Most of this loss came from the hip and lower
spine. (Does this sound familiar?)
Dr. Frank M. Sulzman, director of life science research at NASA,
says a trip to Mars, which takes a year or two each way, may leave
an astronaut permanently crippled upon return to Earth.
Guess what these NASA experts discovered was the solution? Pumping
iron! (Duh. Your tax dollars at work?*^&!)
Yes, resistance training against gravity is the best way to build
bone, even in space. The astronauts, of course, lost bone because
they faced no gravitational resistance in a weightless environment.
Even though you fight gravity every day, you still need to pump iron
at least twice a week to keep your osteoblasts -- the cells that
manufacture new bone material -- working at high gear.
Tufts University did a study of older women, giving them a weekly
weight lifting routine. Since the youngest ones were in the 70's,
this was new stuff for this group, who probably grew up thinking
it was unladylike to sweat.
After 12 months, the weight lifters increased the bone mass in their
hips and lower spines by an average of 1 percent. The control group
of sedentary women lost 2 to 2.5 percent of their bone mass. (Compare
that to Dr. Thagard's 11.7 percent loss!) That made the sedentary
ladies 2.5 times more likely to suffer a broken bone than the ones
who pumped iron.
A secondary finding: strength training can ease depression.
My conclusion: Throw out the calcium supplements and the Prozac and
Zoloft. Buy some hand and leg weights and don't worry, be happy.
P.S. The Tufts researcher, Miriam Nelson, wrote a book about her
findings called "Strong Women Stay Young." It's a very good primer
if you've never pumped iron before, regardless of your chromosome
Freud once said ignorance is no excuse for dumb behavior. In the
Meltdown interpretation of those words, ignorance is a choice we
make to prevent ourselves from making difficult changes in our lives
even though we really know better. Now you have no excuse not to
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