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Connection between Gluten Sensitivity and Osteoporosis

March 18, 2014

I have always seen the diagnosis of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis as a warning, a shot across the bow of your life. Time to wake up and take notice, something isn’t working.

Certainly it is diet related, we are what we eat, certainly it is movement related, our bums are in a chair waaaay too much, and almost certainly it is stress related, too much going on in our busy lives.

It’s certainly not because we are lacking Fosomax or Prolia, which are poisons to our bodies.

So I sell the vest, which is a big start on healthy bones, I try to convince women to test their pH and find out how acid they are and realize how that is robbing their bones. And I talk about all the things that you shouldn’t be eating, not knowing how many ears are open to that. I sometimes think everyone wants a quick fix so they can get back to their distorted lives, business as usual.

But many women call me who say they have eaten well for years, vegetarians mostly, and they hike all over Creation and they are very upset that they have bone loss. So I knew there was another link that I wasn’t getting.

But now I know what the connection to diet truly is! I have been investigating my own 2 auto-immune diseases, Diabetes 1 and Hashimotos. An auto-immune disease is where your body is mistaking it’s own tissue for the enemy and trying to destroy it. Once it starts doing this it keeps on doing it, attacking more and more tissues. So I have been reading a stack of books on auto-immune diseases and I’ve learned an incredible amount.

The reason why your body starts attacking itself is that you develop a leaky gut. So imagine your intestines as a long tube lines with shag carpet. I’m borrowing this analogy from Dr Tom O’Bryan of thedr.com, a gluten specialist. Each one of the shags in the carpet is a pathway for the body to process something, say calcium or protein or glutathione, whatever is in the food you are eating. But when you eat food that you are sensitive to, food that is not good for you, your body reacts by wearing down the shag, making holes in the wall of the intestine and allowing undigested proteins into your bloodstream.

So your shag carpet looks more like berber now and you can’t assimilate your food correctly. The protein can’t get broken down into it’s amino acids, your calcium can’t get absorbed into your bones, etc. etc.

The foods that do this consistently and upset your body ecology the most are gluten and dairy. Perhaps that is why countries where those foods are not eaten have less osteoporosis. There are estimates that say 70% of people now are gluten and dairy sensitive. Many of these people, more women than men, have been diagnosed with Celiac disease or leaky gut but most have not because it is not widely understood by regular doctors. Women may have a variety of symptoms which doctors put down to getting older, depression or hypochondria.

So I can’t teach you all about this topic, you will have to do some reading but the good news is… you aren’t nuts, something you put in your mouth is making you sick.
So the solution seems easy – Stop IT!!
I know it is actually much harder than it sounds.
But is is a journey and you can begin. It starts with educating yourself. You can watch videos of Dr O’Bryan on youtube and many other videos on leaky gut.

Which brings me to my new site! I have totally redesigned healthyover50.com .
Now it has the 7 vital keys to health over 50! I have combined all the knowledge I have accumulated from years of reading and testing theories on every way to improve your life.

I have been working on it for ages because I have been asked so many times by the women who call with questions how they can pick my brain when they need to. So now you can!  Check it out and give me some feedback in the comment sections on the blog.

I will probably merge both blogs at some point but you could sign up for that newsletter also until then.

Wishing you huge health in every area of your life, not just bones,

Pam

New Article About Bone Density

April 7, 2009

Susan Brown, Phd, of the Better Bones book and site, has remodeled her site and started a new blog. She does recommend my weight vest for her clients. Her first article is about the common myths of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. It’s all the same stuff I’ve been telling you.

For people in a hurry the most interesting part is that bone density still has not been proven to have much to do with bone fractures. People find this hard to believe but it’s true. People with thin bones fracture and people with normal bones fracture. It really depends on the kind of fall you have.

Dr Brown says, “Nature in all her wisdom has provided each of us with plenty of surplus bone. We have such a large bone mass safety reserve, in fact, that even with an osteoporotic bone density, we still have enough bone mass to withstand the stresses and strains of daily activity without ever fracturing a single bone.

Bones that fracture are weak because they lack the ability to repair themselves properly from the micro fractures that regularly occur due to normal stress and strain. Thus, bone which fractures isn’t only thin, but also of poor quality with diminished self-repair capability. Self-repair can be inhibited by many factors, including lack of nutrients and exercise, an acid-forming diet, various medications, an overload of chemicals and pollutants, and the like.”

She also has a great quote from Dr Susan Ott about bisphosphonate drugs, “Many people believe that these drugs are ‘bone builders,’ but the evidence shows they are actually bone hardeners.”

The reason for the confusion is that in bone density tests, Fosamax often appears to increase bone density. As Dr. Ott explains, “This is because the bone is no longer remodeling, and so there is not much new bone. The older bone is denser than the newer bone; there is less water and more mineral in the bone, and the radiographic techniques thus measure the higher density.

This is why I have so many women calling now who have been on the bone drugs for a year or five years, who had higher Dexa numbers at first and now their numbers are dropping radically. I wonder how long it will take their bones to recover from those chemicals and start building normally again.

Bone building requires movement of muscles pulling on the bone with the addition of weights, that’s why my weightvest works so well. It’s the easiest way to build strength and bone doing your normal life.

Enjoy your Spring, wherever you are,
Pam