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Five Secrets To Stopping Osteoporosis

Five Secrets To Stopping Osteoporosis

#1.    Dairy Does NOT Make Your Bones Strong

It is true that milk (and other dairy) is loaded with calcium but is also exceptionally low in magnesium.  “Calcium is the sheep and magnesium is the shepherd”. Without magnesium calcium doesn’t know where to go.

When you have more calcium than magnesium you will find calcium in places it shouldn’t be which causes such things as tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and bone spurs, plaque in the arteries, kidney stones, gallstones, calcification of the aortic valves and the painful calcification of joints.

#2.    You Do NOT Need 1200 mg of Calcium Per Day to Build Strong Bones.

When scientists worked out the RDAs (recommended daily allowances) for calcium, they used calcium carbonate as their benchmark. It was cheap, easily available and provided consistent samples.

Calcium carbonate is inexpensive because the raw material comes from either limestone (used in cement and processing bleach) or oyster shell (accumulates poisons from polluted waters).

The scientists were aware at the time that carbonate is not well absorbed and gave a maximum value of 30% absorption. Therefore, 30% of 1200 mg is at best 360 mg. Even this is unrealistic because you would need perfect intestinal and digestive conditions to absorb any useful amounts of calcium carbonate.

In reality, the average woman will absorb less than 10% of calcium carbonate meaning that out of 1200 mg, she will absorb less than 120 mg.

Women continue to be told that the best way to build strong bones is to take 1200 to 1500 mg of supplemental calcium daily but they are absorbing no more than 150 mg or less (and are missing the magnesium and other essential nutrients that help place calcium in the bone). Also, this undirected calcium is dangerous as it will end up in places it shouldn’t. See explanation in #1.


If you want to take calcium, consider adding Osteo Cal-Mag to your supplement regime.

I love and recommend this formula over all the other “calcium products” because the calcium is in a highly absorbable form and includes all the must have specific nutrients to direct it into your bones.

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The dosage is usually 1 tablet 2-3 times per day with meals (in addition to your Total Health Pack) and your magnesium supplement that many of you take at bedtime (it does not replace your magnesium).

#3.   You Need K2: It is in charge of telling your body when to fuse the calcium into your bones. 

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The 7-year-long “Framingham Heart Study” showed that people with low intakes of Vitamin K2 have weaker bones and a higher risk of hip fractures.

A Japanese study found that Vitamin K2, along with Vitamin D, appears to be better for increasing your bone density than calcium. In fact, those women in the study who took calcium alone saw their bone density actually decrease.

Because Vitamin K2 directs calcium to the bones (as well as magnesium, with the help of Vitamin D) it can also help prevent calcium build-up in your aortic valve and arteries.

If you are taking the Osteo Cal-Mag for bone health, you do not need additional Vitamin K2, however if you are NOT taking Osteo but you ARE taking a therapeutic dose of Vitamin D (over 4000IU daily), I do recommend a Vitamin K2 supplement (1 capsule daily is enough).  This will ensure the Vitamin D is being utilized properly by the body (and working with your dietary calcium and magnesium to get into your bones).

Vitamin K2 is a safe supplement so you can also add it to your daily Total Health Pack for extra insurance against osteoporosis and blocked arteries.

For the BEST health and bone strength, I always recommend using the Total Health Pack as your foundation of daily essential nutrients.  I designed the Total Health Packs in this way so you can safely build on them with the additional nutrients your body requires.

For more details on why the THP is so good for your bones, please read my article here: Total Health Packs for Strong Bones.

#4.   You Need Adequate Hydrochloric Acid (HCL – essentially stomach acid) Secretion to Absorb Minerals

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If you don’t produce enough Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) you could end up with iron deficiency anemia or osteoporosis because you need good stomach acid to make your minerals available for absorption.

Decreased HCL may also show up as gas, bloating, and discomfort after rich meals. Most people with indigestion/heartburn are actually LACKING in HCL.

The Number One Cause of Heartburn is LOW Stomach Acid. It seems counter intuitive that the cause of too much stomach acid is from too little, but you can get “heartburn” if you are not producing enough stomach acid.

Even if you don’t have heartburn, you could still have low HCl.  In either case, it is important to restore your HCl levels.

How to determine if you need HCL.

Although this is not a complete list, if you have any of the symptoms marked with an asterisk (*) you are VERY likely to have low HCl. If you have more than a couple of symptoms, I would also suspect low HCl.

Symptoms of Low HCl

  • Rectal itching
  • Chronic or recurring yeast infections
  • Constipation
  • Loose stool or diarrhea
  • Food allergies or food sensitivities*
  • Gas, bloating and burping shortly after a meal*
  • Acid reflux/heartburn*
  • Nausea, especially after taking vitamins and minerals*
  • Undigested food in stools*
  • Weak, peeling or cracked nails
  • Susceptible to parasitic infections*
  • Loss of taste for protein foods*
  • Coated tongue and/or bad breath
  • Unexplained hunger
  • Feeling of fullness or food not digesting*
  • Foul smelling stools
  • Discomfort after rich meals*

To learn more about HCL and how to use it, refer to this health solution…

#5.  Only Specific Types of Exercise Helps Build Bone

Do weight bearing activities (anything you do standing) which puts pressure on bones, especially the legs and spine, stimulates the formation of new bone tissue. Swimming on the other hand, which puts no pressure on bones, doesn’t help prevent osteoporosis.

My recommendation: walk, hike, play tennis or badminton, go to Jazzercise, or dance, etc. Even everyday things like taking the stairs and mowing the lawn contribute to good bone health.

Resistance exercise (such as using handheld weights or lifting heavy things) increases bone density and muscular strength while reducing the risk of falls and fractures.

I have oodles more information on building strong bones in this article….….

Yours in Total Health,

Brenda Eastwood, RNCP
Author and Women’s Health Specialist

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