Things That Damage Your Bones
Like the rest of the body, our bones rebuild constantly, replacing old, worn-out cells with new. Faster than a speeding bullet in our youth, the process slows down with age. Even so, if nothing interferes with the rebuilding, bones are good for a lifetime.
But that's a might big "if." Sometimes by our choice and sometimes just because, our bones travel a rough road.
We really don't want to send invitations to osteoporosis, so let's talk about what's beating up on our bones and what we can do about it.
Four things that beat up on our bones
• Hypothyroidism causes weak bones.
Here's how it goes: Our natural thyroid hormone contains calcitonin, a hormone our bones need to create new cells. Well, if we're not cranking out enough thyroid, we come up short on calcitonin-and we get weak bones.
Unreliable thyroid tests miss the hypothyroid diagnosis regularly, so many of us go without any sort of treatment.
Unfortunately, even if we get treatment, doctors prescribe Synthroid (or other T4 meds), which don't contain calcitonin. Your bones still go south. Bad enough those meds don't do much of anything about our fatigue, brain fog and other miseries, but eating our bones is really a bit much.
Natural, desiccated thyroid meds, such as Armour and Nature-throid, have calcitonin. And they also have the goodies we need to handle our hypo miseries.
But doctors remain committed to Synthroid and other synthetics they learned in med school.
• Fluoride poisons our bones. Among many other body parts. They promote the stuff as a bone strengthener, but they lie. Fluoride eats them up. Don't drink fluoridated water, including bottled water, and don't take a shower or bath in the stuff, either. Whether down the hatch or through the skin, it marches into our bodies and starts breaking furniture. Including our bones, not to mention our thyroid.
• Osteoporosis meds "work" by preventing them from carrying away old, dead cells. But when the old ones won't go away, the body gets just a tad confused about creating new bone cells. They get thick, sure enough, but most of the cells in them are dead. Whoever thought bones that snap like dead twigs were a good idea?
• Nutritional deficiencies keep them from rebuilding. Since today's food offers little nutrition, we need vitamins and minerals to live long and prosper. Everybody needs to take good vitamins and minerals, in a balanced program-a big part of what I talk about, mainly because that's what gave me my life and energy back.
Meanwhile, the anti-nutrition crowd keeps rolling out bogus studies about how dangerous vitamins and minerals are. Sigh.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.