Building Better Bones
"It is a bone-deep change you are going into, my beloved," suggests Grandmother Growth. "You must open to your very marrow for this change. There is no cell that can remain unaffected. You will be able to open more than you ever dreamed you could open, more than you have opened since birth or through love. It is now time to open to the breath of mortality in the bone-flute of your existence. What can you do other than dance to the haunting tune, discover a love for graceful postures and an extended stride? "Ah, yes," Grandmother Growth is smiling quite happily. "It would do you well to develop a taste for dark greens tarted with vinegar and mated with garlic. These things will build strong flexible bones to support you as you become Crone. " Did you realize that your bones are constantly changing? Every day of your life certain bone cells die and some new bone cells are formed. From the time you are born until your early 30s, it is easy to make lots bones cells. So long as your diet supplies the necessary nutrients, you do not just replace the bones that are dying, you have extras leftover to increase the length and strength of your bones. Beyond the age of 35, new bone cells are harder to grow. Sometimes there is a shortfall in the number of bone cells that die than you can replace. In the traditional perspective, this could be the first sign of osteoporosis, the condition caused by low bone mass. By the age of forty the majority of American women are beginning to lose bone mass; at the age of fifty it is commonplace to be told that they should take hormones or drugs to prevent further loss , and to avoid osteoporosisand hip fractures and death. Visit:- Women who exercise regularly and eat foods rich in calcium begin menopausal life with higher bone density than those who sit a often and consume foods that leach calcium (including soy "milk," tofu, coffee, soda pop, alcohol white flour products, prepared meat products, nutritional yeast and bran). But no matter how good your choices in lifestyle it is common for bone mass to decrease during the menopausal years. For unknown reasons, menopausal bones decrease the production of new cells. They also seem to overlook the presence of calcium. This "bone-pause" is generally short-lived that can occur intermittently for between five and seven years. I experienced it in the form of scattered episodes of falling hair cracking fingernails, the same "growing pains" I experienced during puberty. I haven't seen it in an image of my bone, since I did not have one. The idea of bone scans great one: identify women who are at risk of broken bones, alert them to the risk, and assist them engage in preventative strategies. There's just one issue: bone scans do not find women who are at risk of having broken bones However, they do identify women with the lowest bone density. I'd like to assist you let go of the idea that osteoporosis is a problem. In the Wise Woman Tradition, we look at the patient, not the problem. Within the Wise Woman tradition, there is no disease and no cures for ailments. When we focus on a condition, such as osteoporosis, we don't get a complete picture of woman. The more attention we pay to one disease, even its prevention more likely we are to nourish our wholeness and health. Focusing on osteoporosis, defining it as a diseaseand making use of drugs to fight it, we lose sight of postmenopausal bone density is a better predictor of the risk of breast cancer than broken bone. Twenty-five percent of postmenopausal women having the most bone mass are between two and nearly four times likely have breast cancer diagnosed than women who have the least bone mass. And that hormones which maintain bone mass can also negatively impact breast cancer risk. Women who use estrogen replacement (often prescribed to avoid osteoporosis) even for as little as 5 years, are at chances of getting breast cancer by 20%. If they use hormone replacement, the risk increases by forty percent. By focusing on bone mass we lose sight of the fact that a clear connection between bone density and bone fractures hasn't been proven, as per Susan Brown, director of the Osteoporosis Information Clearing House, and a host of others. We are unable to see the fact that women who regularly take estrogen or hormone replacement continue to experience bone loss and experience spinal fractures. The bones do rebuild themselves, especially when aided by nourishing herbsthat are excellent bones-building mineral supplements, and more effective at preventing fractures of bones than supplements. The minerals found in the green plant seem to be ideal to keep bones healthy. Dr. Campbell the professor in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University, has done extensive research in the countryside of China where the lowest fracture rates for middle-aged and older women were found. He says "The closer people get to a diet based on plant foods and leafy vegetables, the lower the rates of many diseases, including osteoporosis." Women who eat a lot of calcium-rich foods and exercise regularly build strong flexible bones. Women who are dependent on hormones build bones that are large but are also strong. Hormone replacement treatments do not stimulate bone cell production but they do decrease (or suppress) bones cell killers (osteoclasts). The rebound effect is evident and bone loss increases when hormones cease to function. Women who have hormones that they take for more than five years can be 4-fold more likely to break a bone within the year following the time they stop than women of the same age who has never taken hormones. Women who develop stronger bones with green allies and exercise nourish the bone cell-creating cells (osteoblasts). Hormone, or estrogen replacement which is administered when menopausal changes begin and continues throughout the rest the rest of your existence, is thought to lower the risk of fractures in postmenopausal women by 40 to 60 percent. Regular walking (you do not even have to sweat) and a diet high in calcium-rich allies (at least 1500 mg daily) have been found to decrease post-menopausal fractures by 50 percent. The first option is costly and potentially dangerous. The second, inexpensive and health promoting. It's not difficult to understand why more than eighty per cent of American women simply "say no" to hormones. It's never too late to start building stronger bones and it is not too early. The best option to guarantee a strong, healthy and fracture-free life is to build stronger bones before menopause. The more exercise and the more calcium-rich green allies you receive in your early years and the less you'll need to worry about as you age. "A woman has lost half of all the spongy bone (spine, wrist) she'll ever lose by the age of 50, but very little of the dense (hip, hand, forearm) bone. Attention to bone formation at every stage of life is vital; there is no time when you are too old to create healthy new bone." -- American MD CALCIUM "Osteoporosis is much less common in countries that consume the least calcium. That is an undisputed fact." -T. C. Campbell, PhD. Nutritional Biochemistry

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