Building Strong Bones Through Nutrition

Welcome to Osteo Naturals. We invite you to shop our online store for quality nutritional supplements that promote skeletal health. In addition, our site is full of useful information about osteoporosis and insights about how it can be managed naturally.

Individuals who intend to stay active into retirement will need strong, healthy bones, and a strategy for maintaining muscle strength and coordination. Whatever your age or current condition, it is never too early or too late to make a positive difference. The "Osteo Naturals difference" = natural ingredients chosen for quality, safety, purity and potency.


A Message From the Founder

“It is my hope that we can be of great service to you. Our products are the result of over 10 years of research into the biology of bone, the causes of bone loss, and what it takes for the body to re-capture and maintain bone strength. This journey started after my own diagnosis of severe osteoporosis (T score of -4.3) and multiple fragility fractures that I sustained over a 5-year period. Because of my own challenges in improving bone mineral density, I know how difficult it can be to find the right supplements.

At Osteo Naturals we hope to make it easier for you to achieve a healthy outcome with natural products. With a market flooded with hundreds of calcium and bone health supplements, it can be difficult to decide on which product will best suit your needs. In short, we offer products you can trust: with no “window dressing” ingredients, no cheap or substandard ingredients, and no “hype.” Osteo Naturals is Where Bone Strength Begins. Thank you for visiting us.”

R. Keith McCormick, DC, CCSP

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hampshire ID Article

It was fun...and an honor...to be spotlighted by the Hampshire Daily Gazette in their weekly "ID" article. Here is the link:
http://www.gazettenet.com/artsentertainment/hampshirelife/16145519-95/id-keith-mccormick


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Teresa Maldonado Marchok's Blog

Teresa Maldonado Marchok wrote a very nice article about my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, in her most recent blog post. If you want to check it out go to:
http://pilateswithteresa.com/a-new-way-to-look-at-osteopor…/
Teresa is a physical therapist who knows a great deal about improving skeletal health through exercise.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Our OsteoNaturals Mugs Are Finally In!

We are so excited that our OsteoNaturals mugs have finally arrived. Since there is nothing more
soothing and healthy for your bones than sipping a cup (or two!) of warm OsetoMineralWhey each day, we decided to help encourage people to try this product by giving them a mug. So, if you order a container of OsteoMineralWhey from now to the end of March, you will also find a beautiful ceramic OsteoNaturals mug inside the box...our gift to you.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bone Smart Pilates with Teresa Maldonado Marchok

If you have been reading my bone blogs over the past several years you know how much I emphasize the importance of eating a good bone-healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Yes, taking your OsteoNaturals supplements IS really important but without eating a diet rich in vegetables and taking time to exercise you will be missing half the battle plan. And that exercise needs to be effective to stimulating bone...and SAFELY! Well, I just reviewed a great exercise video specific for people suffering from osteoporosis and it is exactly what I have been looking for for my patients with osteoporosis. Produced by Teresa Maldonado Marchok, this DVD will help you to tone your muscles, keep your joints supple, and stimulate bone strengthening..all while having fun following Teresa's lead. Teresa has 17+ years experience as a physical therapist and certified Pilates teacher and is the owner of Pilates with Teresa in Mountain View, CA.

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Teresa and while listening to her talk about osteoporosis and exercise it became immediately clear that she is no ordinary therapist.
Teresa is an energetic firecracker with expertise in bone health and LOTS to offer. She is REALLY smart and no newcomer to helping people improve their bone health. That is really important as it takes time to understand what works with this disease and what doesn't. It was evident that she has totally immersed herself in the study of osteoporosis and how exercise...safe exercise, for people with fragile bones...was her thing. Teresa really knows her stuff.

I must admit, Teresa's connection with my alma mater did make me perk up and listen. With Stanford being near and dear to me and knowing that they take ONLY the best :), it was very impressive that Teresa had founded a Pilates program at Stanford University School of Medicine's Health Improvement Program. Teresa's background as an elite athlete (she was a soloist with the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company) also gives her that important understanding of exercise that a person only gets after years and years high-level intense training. Take that, and couple it with her physical therapy degree and a background in Pilates instruction, and you have someone who really knows how to squeeze optimal benefit of exercise into the bones. And, she will keep you safe while doing it. Please check out Pilates with Teresa, here is a link to the trailer for her DVD. It is the best exercise video for people with osteoporosis that I have seen.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bone Health, Digestion, and the Need for Resistant Starch

A good place to start improving bone health is in your gut. Poor digestion and rotting food in your intestinal tract provides both a smorgasbord and a breeding ground for pathogens. This causes gas, bloating, abdominal pain, belching, and lots of flatulence. If you have these signs and symptoms your digestion is impaired, your gut is full of toxins, and you are not able to absorb the nutrients you need for good bone health. In addition to reduced absorption, an unhealthy gut causes the immune system to go into overdrive. This creates a continuous outflow of pro-inflammatory substances from the intestinal mucosa. When this happens for an extended period of time it can lead to a condition called chronic inflammation, one of the most common causes of osteoporosis.

Improving gut health starts with a better diet. Reduce your sugar intake, cut back on the alcohol, and stop eating processed foods. After that, you may need to try taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) and/or digestive enzymes with your meals to aid digestion. Many of us, especially as we age, don't produce enough HCL to fully digest our food. The third step is to supplement with probiotics (live cultures of microorganisms) either in supplemental form or by drinking cultured milk called kefir. (Check out my blog on kefir and bone health.) Reinoculating your gut with "good" bacteria will help prevent gut colonization by pathogens and other opportunistic bacteria. We want to keep our digestive tract healthy, not only for better nutrient absorption but also as a way of reducing inflammation.

If you read chapter 5 in my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, you will get a better understanding about how all this works and why it is so important for improving bone health. In addition to probiotics, it's a good idea to make sure the probiotics you are putting into your gut have something to eat so they can thrive. This is where "pre"biotics come into play. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that act as a food source for the good bacteria in your gut. If you want to learn more about the importance of prebiotics check out this great video from The Hungry Microbiome. And if you REALLY want to learn more about the importance of prebiotics, and specifically the use of potato starch for promoting gut health, check out Richard Nikoley's two part article on resistant starch.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 - A New Year

I never do quite get over how fast time flies. I can't believe it is already the end of January. With this New Year I hope you have all made some good healthy resolutions - like eating more kale and engaging in regular exercise. As always, my exercise level is a bit in excess (but I love it) and I've
taken on a few more races than I should have for 2015. It will be quite a year on the racing front but what the heck...why not. My first big one will be Boston. I had so much fun running there last year that I thought I would tackle Heart Break Hill again. Coming down Boylston Street those last 300 yards to the finish line was so surreal...like being in a movie. Experiencing it again will be a real treat. I hope you all have a fun, healthy, and productive 2015. Good bone health to you all.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Alpha-Lipoic Acid Lowers Oxidative Stress and Bone Loss


Bone loss often begins in our late 30’s. This is long before a woman looses most of her estrogen at menopause or a man begins to decline in testosterone levels at andropause. So what gives? Both estrogen and testosterone ARE important for bone health but there must be something else going on if bone loss begins before these hormones begin to decline. And you are right, there is. It is called oxidative stress (OS).

The term OS is used to define the unhealthy state in the body where it is unable to neutralize free radicals such as reactive oxygen species (ROS). In other words, when it is being overrun by free radicals. Without adequate antioxidant mechanisms to neutralize ROS, progressive cellular damage results and the body is placed at a much greater risk for disease.

Normally, the body can adequately neutralize ROS. But pollution, heavy metal toxicity, chronic physiological stress, and gastrointestinal dysfunction can, and often does, place the body into overwhelming oxidative stress.

For bone, this can lead to insufficient production of bone-forming osteoblasts and the hyper-stimulation of bone-degrading osteoclasts. Oxidative stress, therefore, is a critical contributor to accelerated aging of bone and muscle.

In 2007 Grassi, et al., reported that there is a rise in ROS in bone marrow when estrogen levels are low. This excess ROS increases white blood cell and T cell activity fivefold. The T cells then begin releasing copious amounts of RANKL, the potent signaling molecule that stimulates the formation and activation of osteoclasts. This is why we see a dramatic rise in bone loss for at least 5 years past menopause.

So how can women and men reduce their risk of osteoporosis during these critical years? One way is by neutralizing excess ROS production by eating a healthy vegetable-rich low-inflammatory diet. Another is to supplement with antioxidants such as alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). (Our OsteoStim contains 300 mg ALA.) ALA protects against oxidative damage and since it is both water and fat soluble it is capable of going EVERYWHERE in the body. This is important because it can get into the fat-infiltrated bone marrow we often see in osteoporotic individuals. ALA can also help decrease excess blood glucose levels (a risk factor for increased fracture risk) and it is an essential cofactor for mitochondrial activity and energy production.

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