Thursday, June 2, 2016

Becoming Anabolic in the Face of Osteoporosis - Even While Running 50 miles at the 2016 Pinelands Salomon Trail Running Festival


Reducing fracture risk is about more than just making bones denser with calcium. It is also about: 1) reducing chronic systemic inflammation, 2) staying strong and supple, and 3) remaining positive as you navigate through life. 

As I was slogging through a 50-mile race in Maine a few days ago, I began to wonder if what I was doing was really a good idea. After all, going non-stop for over 10 hours....eating M&Ms, potato chips, pretzels and guzzling down gallons of disgusting sugary drinks as I beat my joints and muscles to a pulp...intuitively doesn't SEEM like a smart thing to do to reduce systemic inflammation! And, as far doing things to promote strength and suppleness...well, just watch the short video on our OsteoNaturals Facebook Page (please "like" us while you're there!) as I slowly hobble across the finish line, and you will see that running 50 miles at one clip doesn't promote suppleness (especially

when you have achilles pain that started at mile 2). Strength of will, maybe, but suppleness, certainly not!

OK, so last weekend I failed miserably at accomplishing the first two things that I say are so important for bone health. But what about the third?...the "remaining positive" bit? My thought is that ONCE IN A WHILE it is OK to indulge in TOTALLY WACKY THINGS to keep your engines running on all cylinders. I know what you are thinking..."Didn't Dr. M just go up Mt. Kilimanjaro last month and didn't he just do an Ironman last year?", and "Is this REALLY a 'once in a while' thing that he does?" Well for me, a guy who just 17 years ago was breaking so many bones from osteoporosis that running 50 miles, doing Ironmans, or going up Mt. Kilimanjaro were not only out of the question but total pipe dreams....these are all REALLY important things for me to do for promoting my positiveness factor.

While I may have questioned my sanity as I slogged through the miles at the 2016 Salomon Trail Running Festival, I also relished at how lucky I was to be able to do such a crazy thing once again in my life. Years of struggling with osteoporosis, breaking bone after bone, was quite a challenge. I know many of you have face a similar challenge. And that is why I founded OsteoNaturals. And that is why I write these crazy newsletters. I want you to know that there ARE solutions and that people CAN bounce back from osteoporosis. That YOU CAN bounce back from bone fragility and regain physical confidence. It took me years of constant vigilance to diet and consistently taking important healing supplements such as OsteoNaturals, but my bones are now strong enough to push the envelope again (on a limited basis). Yes, I get incredible satisfaction from these adventures, but what I am most proud of is when I receive letters from people who have been taking OsteoNaturals products and hear how well they are doing. THAT is the best! I did it...they are doing it...and you can do it.

In my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, I cover all the key points you need to know about creating an anabolic body for improved bone health. I talk about the importance of exercise (sane exercise), diet (no, no M&Ms or potato chips), gut health, and taking nutritional supplementation for reducing chronic systemic inflammation and improving bone health. Some of the most critical supplements I talk about are: calcium, magnesium, vitamins D and K, alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and berberine. My book explains how these and other important vitamins, minerals, and herbs can help reduce chronic systemic inflammation and improve skeletal health. Our OsteoNaturals products combine all of these ingredients, in just the right ratios, making it easy to ensure you are getting exactly what you need for better bone health.

So last weekend I may have failed miserably in reducing systemic inflammation and promoting suppleness but I made up for it with an overdose of the "remaining positive" thing. I'm not saying I will ever do another 50 miler but I will certainly do many more wild and crazy adventures in my life. Now back to being anabolic by eating better, getting lots of sleep, and taking my OsteoNaturals supplements. Rock on and stay tuned for more adventures!
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