Updates on Calcium, the NTx Bone Test and More

December 5, 2014

This will be the last time I send out the blog post as a newsletter. I will continue writing the blog when necessary and you will find it here on the site if you remember to look but the newsletter software has just more than doubled in price and it’s probably not worth it. Only about 10% of readers click on the links in the newsletter anyway.

So, upward and onward. There was information on a new study on calcium supplementation in The Second Opinion Newsletter of November 28, 2014.A recent study looked at the effect of calcium supplements on carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in women taking calcium supplements. CIMT is the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery. Doctors can measure it easily using an ultrasound. And here’s the point. The thicker these two inner layers are, the more at risk you are for having a heart attack or a stroke.”

“The researchers looked at 182 postmenopausal women between 50-60 years old over 2 years. The results were so significant that the researchers said, “In postmenopausal women with elevated blood fats, calcium supplements should be prescribed with caution.”

Dr Shallenberger has a lot more information about the negative effects of supplemental calcium in the article so you should read it for yourself. You have to sign up for his newsletter to read it.

The NTx test or N-Telopeptide test  is a urine test that can tell you if you are losing bone right now. We lose more bone coming into and during menopause, then the bone loss slows down. So you can tell if you are in the normal range or if you are losing more bone than you should be. Before menopause the number is about 36, during menopause it can go as high as 70 but then it should settle back to around 50, which means you are losing about half of one percent of bone per year.

Last thing is from the December newsletter by Jeffrey Dach, M.D. I have recommended him before. He has a free book on his site about bio-identical hormones, he’s enormously informative and has a huge heart. He gives away a lot of information and he doesn’t try to sell you expensive supplements like most alternative people. He has a fascinating article about Low Stomach Acid. It led to hair loss in one of his clients but, when you read the article you will find it is the root of many so called Aging Problems. Most doctors will give you acid blockers when what you really need is more stomach acid.

I have personal experience with this because I had a number of the problems he lists when I went into the extremely expensive Functional Doctor treatment for auto immune diseases this year.With the diet I went on and the supplements I took I got wonderful results but, on reading this, I wonder if just adding the acid supplements for better digestion would have done the trick for pennies. Anyway lesson learned. I take the supplements he recommends with every meal now.

Ok, here’s one silly little thing – do you have vertical ridges in your nails. I did. I don’t now. I read a hundred sites online and they all said normal aging. Bullpuckey! It was low stomach acid. I would bet that his article will apply in some way to almost everyone reading this newsletter.

So now I have left you in good hands and I’m turning my focus to creating art. I’m putting in an art studio and that will be my passion now. I am feeling totally well and letting go of the attention to creating wellness and just enjoying it. I will write when something comes to my attention but I won’t be sending it to your mailbox.

Blessings to you all,

Pam

 

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December 5, 2014
Categories: About Me, Diet, Lifestyle, Osteo-News, Uncategorized

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