Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

By WENDY RICHARDS-LA CROIX

Osteoporosis is a gradual and painful (especially in the hip and back) condition in which bones becomes more brittle because of mineral loss and structural deterioration.  It affects one in every three women over fifty years of age worldwide.  Most are not aware of it until they suffer a fracture–most commonly of the hip, wrist or back bones.  These fractures can significantly affect the quality of life, and may cause premature death from complications such as pneumonia.

 Because calcium is the main mineral lost in osteoporosis, it has been thought that high calcium intake from meat and dairy sources robs calcium from the bones, even when calcium supplements are being taken.  Interestingly, higher consumption of vegetable protein does not appear to be related to osteoporosis or bone fractures.  There are some lifestyle factors that help to significantly protect against osteoporosis.

NUTRITION

The optimum plan for this condition is a vegetarian diet low in protein with a moderate calcium intake from plant sources.  It has been found that humans can assimilate calcium as well or better from plants than from dairy products.  The body also uses calcium to process excess salt and phosphorus. Herbal treatment, combined with a good juicing program for at least three to six weeks, with a good power juicer, together with the eight laws of health, followed by three to six weeks of raw foods for a complete recovery of your illness. 

For your raw foods, juices, and herbal program, these tools or appliances will be a great asset and of great value to your recovery, they make life easier and recovery quicker: (Food Processor, Vitamix 6300 Blender, Electric Wheatgrass Juicer, Coffee Grinder (for seeds), Excalliber Food Dehydrator, Nutri- Bullet (Optional), Champion, Norwalk or Omega Vegetable Juicer). Here is the cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

VEGETABLE JUICE FORMULAS

  1. Carrot Juice- 8 oz, Dandelion Juice (leaves and roots)- 5 oz, Turnip leaves juice- 3 oz.
  2. Grapefruit- 16 oz.
  3. Carrot- 10 oz, Spinach- 6 oz. 
  4. Celery Stalks- 16 oz.
  5. Carrot- 9 oz, Celery- 7 oz.
  6. Carrot- 10 oz, Beet- 3 oz, Cucumber- 3 oz.

These formulas are to be used in a day, every 2-3 hours, One pint (2 glasses each).

For more info or a personalized program and Lifestyle Assessment for better results, email me: wendyrichardslacroix@gmail.com

Watch out for foods that introduce high amounts of phosphates into the diet without providing the necessary calcium to process them. Such foods include: soda pop, meat, and dairy products.

 

EXERCISE

Studies show that lack of exercise is a risk of osteoporosis.  The bones need to be pushed, pulled and stressed against gravity to retain their minerals.  Bone density can be increased by a daily exercise routine.  

Exercise quickens and equalizes the circulation of the blood, but in idleness the blood does not circulate freely, and the changes in it, so necessary to life and health, do not take place.

Walking is the best form of exercise for the diseased. One should walk 21 miles per week, which is approximately 3 miles per day seven days per week for approximately one hour. This exercise should be a very brisk, steady walk, if possible.

Walking strengthens the bones; each step immediately increases calcium absorption. It follows a 50-50% plan, that is, it burns 50% sugar and 50% fat.

 Note too that 1 hr of continual walking is equal to 20 units of insulin.

 There is no exercise that will prove as beneficial to every part of the body as walking. (HL p. 130.2).

 …in walking, all the muscles are brought into action. (HR, July 1, 1872 par. 14)

 Morning exercise, in walking in the free invigorating air of heaven, is the surest safe-guard against colds, coughs, congestions of the brain and lungs, . . . and a hundred other diseases. (HL p. 210.3)

Exercise will improve: Muscle tone and blood vessels, efficiency of your heart and lungs, digestion, maximum oxygen intake, overall condition of your body, change your whole outlook on life, sleep at night, slow down your aging process, difficult and painful menstruation, children’s growth.

 

SUNLIGHT

Inadequate levels of vitamin D have been associated with osteoporosis.  

Vitamin D – when the sun hits the skin, it converts cholesterol under the skin into pre-vitamin D, which is later converted into vitamin D that the body can use. Daily exposure to sunlight is beneficial. 
For lighter-skinned individuals, 10 to 15 minutes daily will be sufficient, whereas for darker-skinned individuals, 1 ½ to 2 hours daily is required between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm when the UVB rays is at the highest. 
Sunlight stimulates the body to convert cholesterol into Vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium.  Vitamin D supplements are not as effective.  However if you are unable to get the natural vitamin D from the sunlight, you can purchase vitamin D3, using 5000IUs daily. 

HERBAL RECOMMENDATION

Mix together: 4 parts Peach leaves, 4 parts Comfrey Root, 6 parts Horsetail Grass, 3 parts Oat Straw, 1 part Lobelia, 3 parts Nettles

Instructions for preparing teas

  • Hard parts of the plant such as: roots, seeds, rhizome or bark: BOIL for 15 minutes, and then draw for 4 hours.
  • Delicate parts of the plant such as: leaves, flowers, buds, stems or clusters: bring water to a boil then DRAW/STEEP for 3 hours.
  • For combinations: boil hard parts first for 15 minutes then add delicate parts and draw/steep for 4 hours.
  • Drink as water through the day.

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