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Entry for August 03, 2007

The Top Eleven Key Bone Building Nutrients
Susan E. Brown, Ph.D.
©2001

While calcium and Vitamin D are essential for bone health, it is likely that every nutrient is important for optimum skeletal well being in one way or another. In this issue of Better Bones, Better Body News and Views we review the top eleven bone-building nutrients and list the preferred supplemental form of each nutrient.

For further information and a listing of the RDA’s, more optimum intake and common
US consumption of each nutrient see our “17 Key Bone Building Nutrients.”

Calcium

Calcium, and the hydroxyapatite crystal it forms with phosphorus, is essential to the
development and maintenance of bone. These minerals give bone strength and rigidity.
The loss of calcium from bone leads to demineralization and osteoporosis. While
essential to bone, our average daily calcium consumption is commonly less than one-half of what we need. For optimum absorption it is best to use a mix of bioavailable calcium salts in the forms of calcium acetate, calcium tartrate, calcium fumarate and calcium citrate.

Magnesium

Magnesium assures the strength and firmness of the bone and makes teeth harder. Low
magnesium levels have been correlated with abnormal bone crystal formation and
osteoporosis. As a group our magnesium consumption is only 60 to 76% of the RDA. For optimum absorption a mix of bioavailable magnesium salts in the forms of magnesium citrate, magnesium acetate, magnesium tartrate and magnesium fumarate are recommended.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the great regulator of calcium and phosphorus metabolism. Without
adequate vitamin D the body cannot absorb calcium and the bones and teeth become soft and poorly mineralized. Vitamin D inadequacy is associated with increased hip fracture risk. Several surveys show that most Americans consume less than 100 I.U. of vitamin D per day, while needing 400 to 800 I.U. or more. While sun exposure can help make up this shortage, deficient blood vitamin D levels have been found in large percentages of elderly as well as younger persons. The natural cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is the best source for vitamin D, as opposed to synthetic vitamin D2, known as ergocalciferol.

Zinc

Zinc is required for proper calcium absorption, enhances the activity of vitamin D and is
necessary for proper osteoblast activity and collagen production. Some authorities
estimate that as little as eight percent of US adults consume the RDA of 15 mg for zinc.
The highly bio-available zinc citrate is an excellent form of zinc.

Copper

Copper aids in the formation and strengthening of collagen and connective tissue
important to bone. As with manganese, inadequate copper levels have been associated
with the development of osteoporosis. The typical American diet contains only 50% the
RDA for copper. Copper is available in many different forms—complexed with sulfate,
picolinate, gluconate, and amino acids.

Silica

A high concentration of silica is found in areas of active bone mineralization and the
mineral is high in strong tissues of the body such as arteries and tendons. Silica appears
to enhance and strengthen bone collagen and connective tissue. Found in the fibers of
food, silica is commonly lost in food processing. Silica is available in many forms and its
uptake is enhanced by using a highly bio-available form of the mineral like magnesium
trisilicate.

Boron

Recent research reveals that boron is essential for proper metabolism and utilization of
calcium, magnesium and vitamin D while also influencing estrogen balance. Our current
boron intake averages 0.50 to 1.50 mgs per day. A more ideal intake would be 3-6 mg per day. While boron chelates and sodium borate are common supplemental forms, boron citrate is preferable as a highly absorbable form of boron.

Manganese

Research now shows that manganese plays an essential role in bone cartilage and bone
collagen formation and is required for bone mineralization. Again intake of this essential mineral is most often well below optimal levels nationwide. Manganese bound to citrate as a mineral transporter produces a highly bio-available form of manganese. Manganese bound to picolinate, glucarate or other chelates is also likely well absorbed.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, ascorbate, is involved in a great variety of complex metabolic processes, and
among a host of other things, it is essential for the formation of bone and gum collagen
and connective tissue. While the RDA for vitamin C is extremely low (60 mg), many do
not consume even this minimal level. Vitamin C should always be fully active and not
oxidized. Buffered vitamin C is a preferred supplement source of ascorbate.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is required for synthesis of the bone protein osteocalcin, and essential for the
formation, remodeling and repair of bone. Vitamin K adequacy is threatened by antibiotic use and food processing. Intakes are most commonly well below the desired 500 mcg per day. Phylloquinone is the natural form of vitamin K found in plants.

Essential Fatty Acids

While too much fat, and especially oxidized or trans fats, are damaging to bone, high
quality essential fats are important for optimum bone health. Both EPA (Omega 3 oils
found in fish, flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts and dark green vegetables) and GLA
(Omega 6 oils found in evening primrose oil, safflower, sunflower, walnuts, pumpkin,
sesame, flax, oils, corn and hemp) increase calcium absorption, reduce urinary calcium
loss, increase calcium deposition in bone and reduce inflammation.
Oil should be cold pressed, kept in the refrigerator and used fresh. Oils that taste bitter are likely rancid and fish oils should be purified to remove heavy metal pesticides and other chemical pollutants.

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Entry for August 03, 2007

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Here’s another great article on health… Here’s a guy who drinks milk at every meal and yet he has osteoporosis. It really annoys me when I hear about calcium and osteoporosis. There are so many other different factors involved. I’ve love to know about this guy’s diet.

It makes me wonder if osteoporosis is concidered a woman’s disease because they actually look for it. How many older men have lower back pain and never see a doctor?

The interesting thing about this article is his only symptom was “lower back pain” which is something I’ve had for a while now and it doesn’t seem to go away. I’ve always figured it was related to a deficiency but it still exists. Knowing what I know now about my levels of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin K and possibly boron, is it possible that I have osteoporosis? I sure have deficiencies in the bone building minerals but good luck trying to find a doctor to test a 36 yr old for osteoporosis!

Bone disease threatens men

Athlete Bill Munro was astounded, and lucky, to find out osteoporosis had turned his bones into `Swiss cheese’

Jul 31, 2007 04:30 AM
Simona Siad
Living Reporter

A crippling “women’s disease” is stalking unwitting men.

Bill Munro was one of them. A decade ago, at the age of 50, the avid marathon runner became worried when he felt pain in his lower back. His concern was prompted by his next-door neighbour, a former Olympic rower, whose back pain was a symptom of leukemia.

Munro immediately went to a clinic, to get himself checked out. And what the doctor told him surprised him.

“They did X-rays, and they realized my bones were really like Swiss cheese” says Munro, who lives in Toronto. I had osteoporosis.”

“It shocked me a little bit because males typically don’t have osteoporosis.”

Nicknamed the “silent thief” because there are rarely symptoms, osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture, particularly of the hip, spine and wrist.

For years osteoporosis was assumed to be no threat to men because of their larger bone structure and stable hormones, unaffected by menopause.

“Most men are really surprised when they get osteoporosis” says Dr. Robert Josse, director of the osteoporosis clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.

“They say, `I thought that was a women’s condition. I didn’t realize that I could have thin bones’ he says, adding that until recently, virtually all research has been focused on women.

According to Osteoporosis Canada, at least one in eight Canadian men over age 50 has osteoporosis. An estimated 1.4 million Canadians, both men and women, are believed to have the disease.

“You don’t feel any different, but your bones are gradually becoming more thin and weak. Usually the first indicator can be when you have a fracture – when you break a bone – and that’s when you follow up” says Kelly Mills, director of communications and education at Osteoporosis Canada

If osteoporosis exists and is not treated, the sufferer may continue to break bones, causing pain, disfigurement, loss of height, loss of mobility and loss of independence.

“With osteoporosis there are no symptoms, there’s no pain necessarily … so you don’t know, and you can have a catastrophe just picking up something heavy” says Munro.

“And you can be seriously, seriously debilitated” he adds.

Hip fractures, for men, are the most serious osteoporosis-related injuries, Mills notes.

Osteoporosis Canada reports that 10,038 hip fractures were treated in Ontario in 2000. By the year 2041, the number is expected to triple if there are no interventions. The cost of caring for a hip fracture patient for one year in Ontario was recently estimated to be $26,527.

Seventy per cent of hip fractures are osteoporosis-related. Hip fractures result in death in up to 20 per cent of cases, and permanent disability in 50 per cent of those who survive.

Munro, meanwhile, describes himself as one of those guys who did everything “right” He ran three to four times a week, he lifted weights.

“It surprised me because I always drank milk in every meal. I was exercising, doing strength training” he says.

His doctors, after discovering he suffered from osteoporosis, told Munro to lift no more than 20 to 30 pounds at a time to avoid the risk of fracture, that he must take a variety of vitamins and supplements to fortify his bones, and to switch his rigorous athletic endeavours to something more low-impact.

“My wife and I really had to think, `Would we keep the big house? Would we keep doing all the gardening?” he says.

So they sold their house, moved into a condo and began a new way of life.

“I live normally but I’m very careful. I don’t ski any more. I don’t lift the motor off the boat. I am very aware that if I crack something, I may not get back to normal” says Munro.

Men who have osteoporosis tend to lose height as a result of spinal compression fractures.

“Your pants start to drag on the ground” says Munro, whose mother and two sisters also have osteoporosis. “I’ve shrunk about an inch and a half.”

And, despite its negative effects on his body, Munro says he’s glad at least to be aware he has osteoporosis.

“It’s really important that you talk to your physician” says Mills, who encourages men turning 50 to discuss the risk factors with their doctors.

“There are some people who are more at risk than others. So you can find out if you have it before you break a bone” she says.

Munro, 60, says he takes plenty of vitamins and a new drug called Forteo, a bone-building hormone. He now competes in triathlons – he trains with lighter, shorter runs – and has his sights on a race at the end of the summer.

But Munro takes osteoporosis seriously and recalls another man’s painful experience.

“I met one fellow who was, at the time, about 60 years old and had just retired. About a month after his retirement, he bent over to pick something up” he says.

“From that day he has never stood straight again, because of the fracture. Bones can be so brittle and fragile, just lifting something too heavy can crack the vertebra” he says.

“It completely changed his life” Munro says of osteoporosis. “And he never knew he had it.”

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Entry for August 03, 2007

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When I saw this article I was stunned but not surprised. You’ve really got to question what we are doing to our health when you read stories like this. So is it the sunblock or not?

Age-old children’s disease back in force

Diagnoses of rickets, caused by lack of vitamin D, on the rise

Jul 25, 2007 04:30 AM
Suzanne Carere (Special to the Star)

A primitive disease has skulked back onto the scene, hidden in the wake of new health concerns that seem to arise each week.

Rickets, the disease that weakens bones in children, is back.

Although it’s hard to believe, a growing number of studies across North America shows that children of the 21st century are suffering from the same vitamin D deficiency that devastated families more than 100 years ago. The difference is that today we should know better.

Rickets was first described medically in 1650 by Francis Glissen: “We affirm therefore, that this disease doth rarely invade children presently at birth … but after that it beginneth by little and little daily to rage.” The disease became an epidemic in industrialized cities across Europe and North America. Heavy smog blacked out the sun in large cities, making it impossible for growing children to create enough vitamin D through their skin.

The result was weak bones, including leg bones bowed under the weight of children’s upper torsos.

At the time, the disease hit hardest at black people living in England, because darker skin pigmentation requires greater sun exposure to create vitamin D.

Finally, in 1921, Elmer McCollum, an American biochemist, isolated from certain fats the substance that prevents rickets. He named it vitamin D because it was the fourth vitamin discovered.

Soon, it was discovered that irradiating certain foods with ultraviolet light produced vitamin D. Harry Steenbock, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin, patented a highly effective technique for irradiating milk that led to an almost-instant reversal of rickets. By 1930, the disease was nearly eradicated in North America.

That lasted until now.

Rickets is no longer a disease of the past, according to a report published in American Family Physician in 2006. The journal explains that, though there’s a lack of national data at the moment, more and more cases of rickets are being discovered by physicians in the U.S.

Health Canada has noted on its website: “Canadian studies and the ongoing surveillance of childhood illnesses by the Canadian Paediatric Society provide evidence that vitamin D deficiency rickets has not been eradicated.”

According to the pediatric society, 69 cases were confirmed within the first 18 months after the society launched a surveillance study in 2002. The society concluded that “the incidence of vitamin D deficiency rickets is rising worldwide” and “Canada is no exception.”

The reasons for this resurgence appear to be common among all studies. They involve cases of cautious mothers who were doing everything they thought they should to keep their infants safe. Their children were breastfed exclusively and were covered up when exposed to sunlight using a combination of clothing and high-SPF sunscreens.

Unfortunately, breast milk (unlike infant formula) is not a good source of vitamin D and without adequate sun exposure, children are unable to make it themselves.

Although pediatricians know to give supplements in these cases, the pediatric society notes that many children in Canada do not have pediatricians.

This situation represents only half the problem. The other involves the nutritional status of the mothers.

If a pregnant woman is deficient in vitamin D, her child can be more susceptible to rickets after birth. A study published in May in the Journal of Nutrition reported that, in the U.S., “92.4 per cent of African-American babies and 66.1 per cent of white infants were found to have insufficient vitamin D at birth.”

The obesity crisis has brought to light the lack of outdoor activity in both adults and children. Mix this with fears about hormones in milk, skin cancer from sun exposure and mercury in fish such as salmon that contain plenty of vitamin D and a deficit is created.

The solution is straightforward: Drink milk or fortified soy milk, eat fish more often, play outside with your kids at least once a week and ensure you talk to a doctor about including formula or vitamin D supplements when breastfeeding.

The World Health Organization defines health as “the state of complete physical, mental and emotional well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Translation: Live more, not less, by learning to keep your overall health in balance.

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Entry for August 02, 2007

Start the day with 400 mg of phosphorus…I still get my cold hands around lunch but it didn’t seem as bad as usual. Progress? Let’s hope so.

I noticed some very subtle changes this morning with taking the phosphorus. I felt a change in my skin that was really barely noticeable but I felt the biggest difference in my eyes. They don’t feel as dry. Let’s find out why?

BENEFITS

Phosphorus has more functions than any other mineral in your body. Eighty to eighty five percent of all the phosphorus in your body is in your bones and teeth in the form of calcium phosphate. The 1 1/2 – 2 pounds of phosphorus in your body helps to keep your bones and teeth strong. Phosphorus is important to your bones for another reason.

Phosphorus is vital to collagen production and bone is 3/4 collagen. Tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, and eyes, are composed greatly of collagen. Without phosphorus, your body could not make any of the above vital connective tissues and organs.

I wonder if taking phosphorus will help my weak knees because of the collagen? Seems like every mineral has some kind of relationship with collagen or the myelin sheaths.

Phosphorus improves bone density and nutrition of nervous system tissue. When supplied in proper quantity phosphorus enhances the reproductive organs, autonomic nervous system, ganglia, brain and other nerve networks. In conjunction with other elements it can strengthen tissue integrity, function and metabolism.

So I’ll focus on phosphorus for a while and see how it goes with the vibration…

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Entry for August 01, 2007

Today I found a web site that sells a phosphorus supplement and it offered a link to find store locations. Entered in Toronto and to my total surprise, I found a health store very near by to my work that has their brand of vitamins and minerals. I’ve never heard of this company before but it’s worth a shot since it’s so close by…about a 10 minute walk.

I get to the store and it’s very small in the underground pathway. From a quick look around this guy has everything. Homeopathic, aromatherapy oils and a lot of different manufactures which is always a bonus. As I’m looking around he asks me if I need any help so I tell him point blank that I’m looking for phosphorus. He seemed puzzled and questioned why I would need it. So I just explained that it was for a deficiency and left it at that.

He showed me some liquid supplements that contained phosphorus but that’s not what I am looking for. I took an information brochure and told him I would look around some more. I asked him if he could order it for me but he seemed reluctant. As I turn around I notice a section with the “unknown” brand of vitamins I found on the Internet and staring me right in front of my face was a phosphorus complex with lysine. THAT’S IT!

I was so happy to actually find it, I was doing a dance as I left the store. I remember the guy in the health food store last month who said I wouldn’t find phosphorus as a supplement and that I would only have a chance with Bone Meal. Ironically, his store is across the street. I wish I was kidding…

This is Fantastic!

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Entry for August 01, 2007

All this week I’ve had the cold hands around lunch time and nothing seems to fix it. It doesn’t seem to matter what I take or what I eat, it always happens around lunch and it doesn’t return. Sometimes I skip my evening vitamins just to see what happens…nothing!

I go back to researching phosphorus again and I’ve been into a few health food stores lately looking for phosphorus and everyone seems to think it’s weird that I am asking for such a thing. I came across some info with a theory as to what can cause a phosphorus deficiency and it makes perfect sence to me.

DEFICIENCY

Fructose: A recent study of 11 adult men found that a diet high in fructose (20% of total calories) resulted in increased urinary loss of phosphorus and a negative phosphorus balance (i.e., daily loss of phosphorus was higher than daily intake). This effect was more pronounced if the diet was also low in magnesium. A potential mechanism for this effect is the lack of feed back inhibition of the conversion of fructose to fructose-1-phosphate in the liver. In other words, increased accumulation of fructose-1-phosphate in the cell does not inhibit the enzyme that phosphorylates fructose, using up large amounts of phosphate. This phenomenon is known as phosphate trapping. This finding is relevant because fructose consumption in the U.S. has been increasing rapidly since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup in 1970, while magnesium intake has decreased over the past century.

I did manage to find a web site that sells liquid phosphorus but I’ll wait a bit longer before I do something like that.

In my phosphorus reserach, I come across a bit of information that suggests that phosphorus plays a role with glucose. Could this be why chromium has an effect?

Not getting enough phosphorus can contribute to the following health problems: anxiety, bone problems, fatigue, irregular breathing, irritability, numbness, skin sensitivity, stress, teeth weakness, tremors, weakness, worry, and weight changes. You can also get malaise, stiff joints, and bone pain. It may also cause glucose intolerance, irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing. Phosphorus deficiency results in bone loss just as calcium deficiency does. Phosphorus toxicity can result in twitching, jerking, and convulsions.

A diet consisting of junk food can have too much phosphorus and this effects the body’s processing of calcium. It has also been found that vitamin D boosts the effectiveness of phosphorus. Magnesium helps in the absorption of phosphorus. Phosphorus speeds up healing, helps to prevent and treat osteoporosis, helps treat bone diseases such as rickets and prevents stunted or slow growth in children.

Phosphorus is needed for healthy nerve impulses, normal kidney functioning, and the utilization of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and for energy production. Phosphorus is a component of DNA and RNA and serves in the preparation of glucose for energy formation.

With the link between riboflavin and niacin, I really need to see if I can find some phosphorus…

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Entry for July 30, 2007

Back to work today and I’ve got a big bag of pears and apples for the week. Around noon I start to get the cold hands again. I’ve only taken the chromium so I’m not sure what I did wrong? It’s something that I’ve noticed for a while now but there’s no doubt about it anymore. It seems to happen every time I’m at work. It never happens in the evenings or the weekends. I only get my cold hand symptoms when I’m at work and usually, it’s around lunch time.

This is craziness…it’s not making sense anymore…

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Entry for July 26, 2007

Okay, now I’m confused… woke up with a slight vibration. Yesterday there was none and today it’s back. I’m still taking the chromium and now I’m eating pears so how could it return?

One thing I’ve noticed lately is my hair. Although I can’t really say 100%, it seems to be a little thicker on top. I have my hair cut really short these days and it’s good for checking the progress.

The amazing thing is that I haven’t had my daily cold hands at all for the entire trip so far. This is all very weird…

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Entry for July 24, 2007

No vibration last night and again this morning. This chromium seems to be working great.

I started the day by adding magnesium back into the rotation with my regular dosage of zinc. Around noon I start to feel a muscle spasm in my upper left arm. I haven’t had muscle spasms in a while so because I’ve taken the magnesium, I figure it’s my level of calcium so I took one capsule of the Cal Apatite and it doesn’t happen again.

Until today, I’ve been taking only zinc and chromium to see what effect it has. I’m adding packham pears to the diet and I’m going to try to eat at least two every day for my natural dosage of chromium.

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