Gluten Sensitivity and Osteoporosis

Gluten sensitivity is a reaction to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye grains. It is estimated that 6 to 10% of the U.S. population have adverse reactions to gluten. Symptoms may be gastrointestinal in nature (diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, abdominal pain) or manifest as other health related issues: anemia, [...]

By |2019-05-22T09:26:03-04:00December 27th, 2012|0 Comments

COPD and Osteoporosis

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease of the lungs primarily caused by cigarette smoking. Years of exposure to free-radical-producing tobacco smoke initiates a chronic inflammatory response in the lungs that leads to a breakdown of cellular tissue and increased mucus secretion. This makes it difficult to breath and can shorten an individual's life [...]

By |2019-04-01T10:14:42-04:00December 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Is There a Need for Supplemental Antioxidants?

I was talking with a group of people a week or so ago on the topic of...yes, of course, osteoporosis. While on the topic of oxidative stress and how free radicals* can tax the body's antioxidant status leading to oxidative cell damage and chronic disease such as osteoporosis, a person asked "Why do I have [...]

By |2019-04-01T10:13:50-04:00December 22nd, 2012|0 Comments

Therapeutic Targets for Managing Osteoporosis

I wrote an article several years ago in the Alternative Medicine Review outlining how common laboratory biomarkers (tests) have been found to be correlated in some manner or another with excessive bone loss and/or a heightened risk for breaking a bone. These tests can therefore be used, not as direct indicators of bone density or strength, [...]

By |2012-12-17T14:00:00-04:00December 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Using Lab Tests for Oxidative Stress to Monitor Bone Health

Waning estrogen in post-menopausal women is a major cause of oxidative stress, a powerfully destructive force that causes cell damage and bone loss. Identifying the presence of oxidative stress in an individual with osteoporosis would therefore be extremely important. In my book, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, I explain how biomarkers (lab tests) can be used as [...]

By |2012-12-16T20:24:00-04:00December 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Calcium Intake is Not Associated with Increased Coronary Artery Calcification

Recently, several studies have reported an increase in heart attacks with supplemental calcium. To examine this relationship further, Samelson et al. (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) reviewed food-frequency questionnaires and CT scans of over 1,200 men and women in the Framingham Offspring Study. The authors used coronary artery calcification (atherosclerosis) as their measure of predictive [...]

By |2012-12-08T04:21:00-04:00December 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Kidney Function and Bone Mineral Density

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the progressive loss of renal function. It is most common among older people and those with high blood pressure and/or diabetes.  Early stages can be detected through routine lab tests. As kidneys slowly lose their ability to excrete waste products, urine protein and serum creatinine levels rise - and urine [...]

By |2019-05-17T10:58:08-04:00December 1st, 2012|0 Comments