Friday, 20 January 2012

Osteoporosis- my beautiful husband has it!

Just recently my husband Ian (65) decided he would have a jaunt on my son's (32) electric skateboard.
His very first go and he fell and broke his leg!  Be warned,  middle aged men populate the hospital emergengy dept after doing the very same thing!
My son was filming the event at the time and so I took a look at the footage.
What I saw didn't make me happy.  Ian had broken his leg with a really small fall. 
So off to the bone scanning testing facility we went.
And the results?  He has osteoporosis.

Now I know he drank huge quantities of coke as a teenager and lost all his teeth by 19, but then I found out that if children are exposed to cigarette smoke on a regular basis (and he was) then the bones don't get formed properly.  It's apparently the cadmium in the smoke. 

Another factor in osteoporosis is gluten intolerance.  
He has been gluten free for about 4 years now.  But after a life time of eating gluten when you are intolerant would cause a lot of problems.

You will start to lose bone after the age of 35 years so by this age you must  have the best bone possible and Ian just didn't.

He also was a vegetarian for about 17 years.  Vegetarians are not good at accessing nutrients in their food due to phytates and lectins from an excess of grains and pulses that stop the body absorbing nutrients. Vegetarians also have a very high omega 6 to omega 3 ration.  A study shows  that a higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids was linked to lower bone density at the hip in both older men and women -- a condition that could lead to osteoporosis.  Not only that he has been gluten sensitive for I don't know how long and this also prevents the body absorbing nutrients.  

A vegetarian diet
is funnily enough often a highly acidic diet with the high consumption of grains and pulses used to replace meat protein.

Vegetarians are renowned for becoming osteoporotic.

Meat and Fats have been recognised as the best bone formation foods.
Carbohydrates causes problem gut bacteria (Candida) and dysbiosis (leaky gut).  An inhospitable gut terrain doesn't allow the recycling of Vitamin K2 the most important vitamin in the rebuilding of bone.

Recently, despite his strong conviction he had great digestion (men!) he was also stomach acid deficient.  Which by the way, by taking hydrochloric acid, stopped the pain which for years and years he kept thinking was his heart.  Tests of course showed his heart was fine, but not one doctor until just recently mentioned to him it might be indigestion.  Not that he would have believed it at the time!  
Low stomach acid is also caused by a HCLF diet.  His vegetarian diet for so long!

So now he in on Strontium capsules at night on an empty stomach. In the morning high doses of Vitamin K2 MK-4 Vitamin D3, Magnesium.  Betaine Hydrochloride with every meal.
He is also getting a cup of bone broth every day.
When he get his cast off (10 days!) he will begin exercises.

What we don't know is what impact this LCHF program will have on his bones but this Neurosurgeon, Dr Jack Kruse speaks to Jimmy Moore on how he is now convinced that high carbohydrate diet definitely plays a large part in osteoporosis.  Listen here.
And also his first blog on Osteoarthritis and how it  relates to a high carb diet.

We have high hopes for a big recovery.

Strontium capsules have amazing testimonials for Osteoporosis on this link

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