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C-Reactive Protein: Its Relationship to Fracture Risk and Bone Density

We have known for years that low-grade chronic systemic inflammation is associated with higher fracture risk. In my book, The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis, I explain this relationship in full. But what we do not fully understand is how this inflammation relates to bone mineral density (BMD).   This is exactly the question researchers [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:51:51-04:00December 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Every time I compete, I am reminded of how lucky I am to still be able to toe the line. Having osteoporosis, experiencing the collapse of my inner boney core, was not just tough on my capacity to engage in physical activity but it also undermined my self-confidence (at least temporarily). So during this Thanksgiving [...]

By |2019-02-18T16:08:06-04:00November 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Are You Taking Medications That Could Cause Osteoporosis?

Unfortunately, some medications can actually CAUSE disease. In a recent review article published in Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Diseases, Panday, Gona, and Humphrey discuss common medications that can cause bone loss. The authors emphasize the importance of being aware of this often over-looked, drug-induced, adverse side effect. Why?...Because many doctors (although they know that aging, [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:50:24-04:00November 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Kefir: “Has the Potential to Prevent or Treat Osteoporosis”

Kefir, a fermented milk product, "has the potential to be utilized as an alternative treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis". That is according to research published by Chen, et al. in the latest issue of Osteoporosis International. Kefir's amazing bone-health-promoting effects come not only from its high calcium content but also from its abundance of bio-active proteins. [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:40:58-04:00November 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Soda Intake Increases Risk of Hip Fractures

A recent analysis published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found an association of soda intake with an increased risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women. Using the Nurses' Health Study cohort, this questionnaire-based analysis found that for every additional soda there was a 14% increase in risk of hip fracture. This higher risk was [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:38:57-04:00September 15th, 2014|0 Comments

70.3 Ironman Triathlon World Championships

This weekend I competed in the 70.3 Ironman TriathlonWorld Championships in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Mont Tremblant was a fantastic venue to hold this event and the Canadians were incredible hosts. While driving to Canada from Massachusetts we passed through Montreal which was a real treat for me. I hadn't visited this city since 1976 [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:37:57-04:00September 11th, 2014|0 Comments

A Face-Plant at Twenty-Five M.P.H.

Last weekend while competing in a triathlon (swim, bike, run), I experienced an unscheduled strength test of my skeleton that was somewhat unorthodox…I crashed. And just to make sure that you all understand…having a bone mineral density examination is certainly a MUCH safer way to determine fracture risk…but then again, I’m not one to always [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:35:07-04:00August 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Second Chances…Yes, it is Possible for Bone Health

2014 Northeast Champ: Olympic Distance TriathlonSecond chances in life don't just happen...you have to make them happen. When it comes to second chances in health, this can become a little more unpredictable but we still need to "make it happen." When I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis 15 years ago I not only knew very [...]

By |2019-02-18T16:08:18-04:00July 14th, 2014|0 Comments