Osteoporosis has been recognized as a major public health problem for only the last 20 years. (In the old days, it was just called "widow's stoop.") The increasing incidence of fragility fractures, such as spinal, hip, and wrist fractures, first became apparent from epidemiological studies in the early and mid-1980s. (NWHIC)
Today, approximately 10 million Americans (8 million women and 2 million men) have osteoporosis. Another 34 million show signs of low bone mass indicative of future osteoporosis. At the present time, the majority of hip fractures (the major danger from osteoporosis) occur in Europe and North America. In 50 years, however, it is estimated that 75% of all hip fractures will occur in developing countries, with the numbers of hip fractures rising three-fold to 6.3 million a year.
It is now clear that the rate of increase for osteoporosis is faster than the growth in population, and it is growing in parts of the world that never showed much evidence of it previously. So what is one to do? Well, first read Chapter 6 of Miracle Doctors. It lays out the ground rules for a diet that allows your body to build bone. It suggests minimizing the intake of animal foods (to less than 3 ounces a day) and the elimination of refined grains and sugars. At that point, the amount of highly absorbable calcium that you get in your diet from foods such as romaine lettuce, broccoli, sesame seeds, and bok choy will be more than adequate to build strong bones. Below is a series of links that will allow you to further your education on related topics to prevent Osteoporosis in your family.
- Osteoporosis - Newsletter
- Osteoporosis & Hormone Replacement Therapy - Podcast
- Cola Soft Drinks, Osteoporosis, & Natural Anti Aging - Blog
- Osteoporosis Drugs Cause Jaw Death - Blog
- Osteoporosis Drugs Not a Good Answer - Blog
- Kids, Dairy & Bones - Blog
- Dairy Diet Delusions - Newsletter
- Got Milk? - Newsletter
- Bone Mineral Density Tests Can Wait - Blog
Natural alternatives to help prevent Osteoporosis:
- Catalyst Altered Trace Minerals - Barron Report
- Vitamin D Deficiency a Silent Epidemic - Blog
- The Calcium Question - Newsletter
- Progesterone Creme & Hormonal Balancing - Barron Report
- A Proteolytic Enzyme Formula - Newsletter
For more supportive information please visit our Bones, Joints & Muscles health topic page!