June 27, 2016

Osteoporosis Natural Treatments That Work

Osteoporosis Diagram – Graphicshunt.com

“Grandma fell and broke her hip,” is the story we’re told.  She goes into the hospital and has surgery, but it’s just the beginning of the end.  It’s all downhill from there.  We then go to the doctor who does a test and tells us that it’s going to happen to us if we don’t take some medication.  Then, we see famous actresses on television advising us how crucial it is to take osteoporosis medication.

There is a whole culture of fear surrounding the aging process, fear that it’s going to strike us – and we never know where it will strike next.  Out of fear we take calcium and bisphosphonates (prescription drugs) to ward it off.  But, everything you heard about osteoporosis is wrong!

Osteoporosis History: Rickets

Rickets by flickr gradyiii

The reality of osteoporosis is very different.  It is a disease of the Industrial Revolution, hardly appearing on the scene before then.  Prior to the Industrial Revolution, people lived, worked and traveled outdoors in the sunshine. But since that time, several changes have happened.

  • Work moved indoors under artificial lighting.
  • Cities also became polluted with soot that prevented the ultraviolet light that makes vitamin D from reaching the people.
  • People started bathing more often.
  • Children among the wealthy class were kept indoors without exercise since cities were dangerous places and, as a result, became more susceptible to rickets because they didn’t have enough calcium.

Many may remember the storybook (and movie) of Heidi.  Her friend, Klara, lived in the city and was in a wheelchair, becoming weaker and weaker.  But when Klara went to visit Heidi in the mountains, she gained strength and was miraculously able to walk again.  Her recovery was attributed in the story to the clean mountain air.  Really, however, Klara had a disease called “rickets.”  The “clear mountain air” was the sunshine she was getting for the first time in her life that made vitamin D.  By the middle of the 20th Century, everyone knew what Rickets was and how to prevent it.  My mom even lined her kids up for a dose of Cod Liver Oil specifically for that purpose.

Modern Day Osteoporosis


Ideally, get 15 minutes of sunshine a day with most of the body exposed. However, indoor tanning beds may be uses when it comes to therapeutic vitamin D exposure. It is important that one not over expose yourself to both the natural sunlight and the rays of an indoor tanning bed. You should never let the skin get anything more than the slightest pink tint.

In our modern society things have only gotten worse!  We forgot about rickets and stopped thinking about getting enough sunshine.  Not only do we work indoors all day, the dermatologists are now telling us to avoid the sun at all costs.  We use sunscreen; we wear hats and clothing, we stay indoors or stay shaded from the “cancer-causing sunshine.”  (This is the topic of another discussion.)  Moreover, we bathe every day.  I had a beach volleyball player who was out on the beach without a shirt or sunscreen every day and he was still in the “osteopenia” range of vitamin D.  It turns out that every time he finished playing he would go take a shower, washing all his vitamin D down the drain.  Did you know it takes over 24 hours to absorb vitamin D through the skin?

Vitamin D helps us to absorb and use calcium.  Without a constant supply, the calcium is taken out of our bones to make our muscles and nerves work.  Osteoporosis is just a mild form of Rickets.  Osteopenia is a little milder, and so forth.  The scale looks like this:

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How To Prevent And Beat Osteoporosis – Not With Milk?

Osteoporosis is the condition marked by frail, weak bones that have lost their density over time. But, time is not the only enemy. Osteoporosis can be accelerated by a poor diet, too, specifically, a diet lacking calcium, Vitamin D (for calcium absorption) and protein.

Now, milk has all 3 – and our bones need them to grow strong and defend against becoming brittle and breaking. The dairy product pushers know this and they capitalize on it every chance they get.

You may have even seen the television ad where Susan Sarandon glides through her rustic living room. Glass of milk in one hand as she picks up a skateboard left in the middle of the floor with the other…all the while talking about nutrient deficiency and how to “close the gap” with milk.  In the background, a light, airy, quasi-classical piece plays softly as if to offer a comforting, home-style feeling of safety that erases all mistrust in advertising.

Then she tells us that in addition to vitamin D and calcium, milk also has potassium and protein. And she’d be right.

So, what’s the problem?

Before that, she says eating may not be enough. There she’d be wrong. Good thing she said “may.”

Fact is, you should be able to get all the nutrients you need to beat osteoporosis by eating a balanced, healthy diet.

Doesn’t Milk Already Do That?

Theoretically, it should. But, as you know, theories don’t always pan out in the real world.

You see, milk certainly contains the essential nutrients bones need – that’s the good news. The bad news is those nutrients come from an animal. And the protein found in animal foodstuffs can cause you to lose calcium.

This means the amount of calcium you need in your diet is completely enslaved to the amount of meat and dairy you consume.

And here’s the kicker…because of our high-animal protein diets, Americans may not be able to take in enough calcium to replenish what’s lost by our catch-22 eating habits. Result? We’re up there at the top of the world-wide Osteoporosis List but…

Protein Is Protein – Isn’t It?

No. It isn’t.

Animal protein is a Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) protein and our bodies are designed to defend against it. Why? Because this acid must be neutralized before it gets to the kidneys – and our bodies consider the kidneys mandatory for survival, even before bones. Where do you think the most easily obtained source of this acid neutralizer is located? If you said, “the bones” you were right!

So, it literally milks your bones dry!

If that weren’t bad enough…

Homogenized Milk Is A Chemically Altered Drink

The process of homogenization alters the chemical make-up of the milk we drink. This process increases the acidity of a beverage already high in acid content. Plus, pasteurization and homogenization create a laundry list of health and digestion problems for the drinker. It gets worse…

Today, cows are genetically engineered to produce more and more milk each time they’re pumped. They’re given a man-made Bovine Growth Hormone called rBGH which artificially increases the cow’s ability to produce milk. So what? So, rBGH has a nasty side effect in humans. It’s been linked to an increase in blood levels of Insulin Growth Factor-1, which is linked to several different types of cancers.

Over time, as the body fights itself trying to make sense of all this protein/calcium conflict of interest business, nothing suffers more than our weak bones. They’re the platoon that chalks up the most casualties. Continuing on with this type of diet can only lead to hip replacements, a cracked rib when reaching for a coffee mug, or possibly a shattered wrist or pelvis simply by moving a light piece of furniture or being involved in a fender-bender. Plus, osteoporosis is known as one of the Silent Diseases – because it consumes you slowly and without warning. You won’t even know it’s there — until you fracture your first femur.

Author’s Note: I know a nice cold glass of milk is the perfect companion to most deserts, that a nice warm glass of milk is a great substitute for sheep when it’s time to fall into the arms of Hypnos. Plus, it’s a fact that cows have some of the strongest bones in the Animal Kingdom, too. So, if you MUST drink milk, make it raw. Raw milk (not pasteurized or homogenized) is less acidic than it’s chemically altered counterpart. But, be careful – it still must be filtered and immediately cooled to about 36-38 degrees. Please make sure it’s organic, coming only from grass-fed cows, OK?

For the Naysayers

“Pish-posh,” you say…”Osteoporosis is only for older folks.”  Think again.

This should be an unusual story, but it’s not. Meet, let’s-call-her, “Stephanie…”

Stephanie was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the ripe old age of 27, after enduring some painful compression fractures.  Before her condition forced her to stop working, she was a health-care professional.

Because she didn’t want to live her life in fear – bending wrong, or perhaps coughing and breaking another bone, Stephanie took steps to prevent further bone density loss and even rebuild the tissue that disappeared.

Today – 12 years later – she’s recovering – eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and feeling stronger every day. She still has to think about her actions and the effect they have on her bones but she no longer lives in fear and has begun enjoying life again.

Osteoporosis – It’s Not Just For The Older Folks Anymore

Nor is osteoporosis just for women. In fact, it quietly affects 28 million Americans today and that figure represents an 80/20 split between women and men, respectively. If the appropriate, preventable opportunities to stop and beat this disease are not taken, that number is predicted to jump to 41 million affected skeletons by 2015. That’s a 46% increase in just 4 years.!

We know dairy products are not preventable opportunities – so, what are?

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can take control of your bone density and let your body do the work to rebuild it. All you have to do is

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Osteoporosis: Breaking Your Chances

Fractures by Flickr nicolemalena88

Osteoporosis is becoming nothing short of an epidemic.  Nearly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 18 million are at high risk of developing it.  Here’s a scary statistic: Women over the age of 50 have a one in two chance of an osteoporosis related fracture! These numbers are expected to continue to climb unless we really begin to actively treat and prevent bone loss.

Big Pharma is taking in major profits from osteoporosis.  Drugs like Fosamax and Boniva are recommended for treatment.  The problem is that these drugs don’t truly help, but rather increase your risk of a fracture.  They also have a whole list of other bad side effects.  Some Fosamax and Boniva users are dealing with gastrointestinal issues including esophageal cancer, skin rashes and even joint pain.  These drugs work by killing cells in your bone.  Although the result of using these drugs is denser, bigger bone, it is not stronger bone.  Because the bones are still weak, fractures, including hip fractures, have been occurring among those using these supposed bone-building drugs.

Two Kinds of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a debilitating condition in which bone density decreases to the point that it causes weak, porous, and fragile bones.  People who have osteoporosis have a high risk of bone breaks and fractures.  Although most people are familiar with osteoporosis, they may not realize that there are two forms.

The two types of Osteoporosis are:

  • Type I or Primary Osteoporosis
    This type comes on very suddenly in postmenopausal women because of the rapid drop in estrogen levels.  This lack of estrogen causes calcium depletion in the bone.  Type I largely affects the bone inside the vertebrae.
  • Type II or Secondary Osteoporosis
    This type is age related and occurs in everyone to some degree.  As we age, there can become an imbalance in the two bone-recycling processes resulting in weaker more fragile bone.  Type II can affect nearly any bone in the body.  It can also have several other causes including:
  1. Diseases of the endocrine system like hyperthyroidism
  2. Digestive diseases like Crohn’s
  3. Vitamin D deficiency
  4. Poor nutrition
  5. Use of corticosteroids like Prednisone

Healthy Eating for Bone Building

I always say the prevention is the best treatment.  Thankfully, osteoporosis has many natural options for prevention and treatment.  The first and most important is good nutrition.  Most people focus on the consumption of dairy for calcium.  Although there is some truth to this, there are many other minerals and components that contribute to the formation of bone.

  • Amino Acids: Amino Acids are an integral part of bone density and important part of the bone matrix.  The best source of amino acids is quality protein like organic or free range chicken and eggs, pasture raised beef and whey protein powder.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is extremely important in the formation of bone.  Without adequate magnesium, calcium won’t be incorporated into your bones.  This leads to excess calcium in your soft tissues instead of your bones. Raw almonds are a great source of magnesium to incorporate into your diet.
  • Phosphorus: Phosphorus shares space with calcium in your bones and is important for bone strength.  Some great foods for phosphorus are quality meats, raw nuts, legumes and organic peanut butter.
  • Trace Minerals: Your bones are comprised of over 12 minerals.  A great source of trace minerals is Himalayan Sea Salt.  It is pink in color and packed with trace minerals including natural sodium, which is also needed by our bones.  This type of salt does not affect blood pressure.
  • Calcium: We all know that calcium is important for healthy bones, but without the other minerals, it isn’t properly utilized.  It is important to make sure we get the other nutrients we need with our calcium.  Raw and organic milk products are a great source, as well as green vegetables such as kale and broccoli.


The best sources of vitamin K2 is found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, fermented cheeses and dairy foods like grass fed butter, and organ meats.

  • Vitamin K2: Vitamin K plays an important role in bone metabolism and healthy bone growth.  K2 has been found to be connected more to bone formation than K1.  K2 is found in curded dairy like cottage cheese.

Which Calcium Should I Take?

Having worked in natural health industry for years, I’ve constantly heard the question, “Which calcium should I take?”  This is indeed a very important question because there are many forms of calcium on the market today.  Each form of calcium absorbs differently.  I’ll go over three common forms, including my favorite.

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Osteoporosis: Old Bones in Young Bodies

Hollywood, magazines and fashion models seem to make a statement — and standard — that being skinny is beautiful.  Many young girls who want to look attractive seem to think being underweight is healthy and becoming skinny as models will make them more beautiful.  However, one of the many side effects of being underweight, besides a lower immune system and low blood pressure, is osteoporosis.

Celebrities who appear regularly on the cover of magazines, or as guests on talk shows, have faces and bodies that hordes of young women are tempted to emulate.  But “a delicate beauty” or “wafer-thin” slim physique are simply maintained via diet and exercise, or so we are told.

We read about strict diets, macro-biotic diets, dairy-free diets, vegan diets, no processed foods allowed diet and strict versions of “ultra-healthy” habits.  Add heavy exercise routines, which include 2-hour workouts every day and where calories are pouring out sweaty skin. Sounds great, right?  Then how come many  “roll models” are diagnosed with osteopenia before they hit 40 years of age?

A low-calorie, dairy-free diet with tons of exercise and lack of sunlight can head a young woman down the road to osteoporosis.

Is bone loss the price you want your beautiful daughter or granddaughter to pay for the ultimate “ideal” body shape?

Teens, tweens and young adults idolize celebrities, models and TV or movie stars in designer clothes.  But, there is long-term health damage happening underneath the “skinny” jeans, leggings, short shorts and tank tops.

Don’t be fooled. Even high school girls can develop osteoporosis in today’s media-driven culture.  “Skinnier is better” is a message to fight because paying the price of excessive dieting and exercise to the extreme causes lower estrogen production and can eventually lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis by taufik rizal on Flickr

Estrogen is needed to help keep bones strong.  Without it, bones can become thin and brittle, which is why women in menopause can experience a drop in bone density. On the other end of the spectrum, young girls achieve approximately 90% of their bone mass by the age of 18. Osteopenia is increasingly a commonly recognized sign of an eating disorder in young adults across the country. When a young woman’s body should be increasing bone growth, heavy exercise and poor dieting can fail to develop strong bones during her critical growing periods.

Broken bones are a huge price to pay for style.  Check in with your young daughters or granddaughters to find if she is working towards a particular body type.  Skinny is not better, nor are osteoporosis symptoms: bent back, broken hip, vertebrae compressions and fractures.  Osteoporosis is not an old lady’s disease.  It is the future of models, celebrities and actresses – but not for your precious daughters.

The truth is the more bone you can lay down before 30 years of age, the more bone you maintain through your 30s and 40s.  In order to maintain bone health in your later years, you need to set the stage in the beginning. Now let’s find out how diet can both help your bones – and hurt them.

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Envy Rots the Bones

Grandma Was Shrinking From Osteoporosis

Growing up, a holiday ritual in our home was to line all the children up against the doorframe of the dining room and mark how much taller they were since that same time the year before. My grandmother was always impressed by how tall we were getting and I can remember how proud I was the day my mark was higher on the doorframe than her mark.

The next year we noticed her mark was even lower than it was the year before and we all giggled because grandma was shrinking. We laughed, but it was not funny to her. The next year she refused to stand in the doorframe to be marked and instead she made the comment that the reason her mark was lower was because our old house was settling.

What actually was happening is she was suffering from osteoporosis. For her funeral service years later, we put together a picture loop of her life and it was stunning to see how tall she was in her earlier years. Gravity takes its toll on us as we get older and normal aging includes some bone and stature loss.

Good Bone Health is Matter of Life Or Death

It says in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them…’ …when the keepers of the house tremble and the strong men stoop…” This passage is an elaborate metaphor describing the aging process and in this verse, in particular, it describes how those who once stood strong and tall, now stoop.

To oversimplify, we leave this world as we come into the world – fragile. Our bones provide the framework for the body as wood gives structure to a house. Over the years, wood naturally breaks down and begins to sag and settle. However, there are things that can speed up this breakdown, things like termites, dry rot, and exposure to water and weather. In similar fashion, this thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density that we call osteoporosis is a disease that speeds up the break down of our bones. This issue of Home Cures That Work is full of natural health remedies that will help slow down and stop osteoporosis, as well as strengthen your bones. My concern is always that we only treat symptoms and never address root causes, many of which are spiritual in nature.

My mother died of multiple myeloma. Six years after a lung transplant and taking maximum doses of anti-rejection medicines, her kidneys ceased to function properly and her bones stopped producing blood. It was remarkable to me at that time realizing how important the bones are to life. The heart may seem most important but, in fact, the bones manufacture the blood, which is the life of the body. The Bible says, “The life of every creature is its blood.” (Leviticus 17:14) When we understand the spiritual reality of the life being in the blood and the fact that bones make blood, good bone health becomes a matter of life or death.

Disdain for Others Attacks YOUR Bones

Envy by Flickr Emily the Elephant

Proverbs 14:30 tells us, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” Each month the aim of this column is to uncover some of the root causes of physical ailments. There is no doubt we are spiritual beings as well as physical beings and it is almost universally known that the physical and spiritual are very interrelated and interdependent. Things that eat away at us spiritually and emotionally eventually eat away at us physically. With that as a basis,

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Ponce De Leon – We Got It! The Good Life!

Declining fitness was once expected at about age 35 – now we know it doesn’t have to.

Why grow old gracefully? Even though Ponce de Leon’s efforts to find the fountain of youth were futile, may individuals have continued his crusade.

Aging is a fact of life, and surprisingly, scientists do not know a great deal about this process. For most individuals, the celebration of their 35 birthday begins to mark the decline of physiological functions.

So you’ve slacked off a bit and avoided exercise.

Maybe your job demands too much of your time or you simply fell out of the routine. I have news for you. Whether you’ve taken off one year, ten years or haven’t exercised a day in your life – it’s never too late to start.

You see there are problems with living a life devoid of exercise. Big problems. Your weight rises along with your blood pressure and cholesterol. Your muscles and joints degenerate at an astounding rate leaving you with daily aches and pains. Your body becomes weak, making you susceptible to all kinds of medical issues. Your body stores more fat, time to react lengthens, endurance weakens, osteoporosis sets in, flexibility decreases and joint bones crush. But, with exercise, change how you age.

How Your Body Changes

  • Increase in your fat storage with a reduction in muscle and bone mass results in an elevation in percentage of body fat. A large part of these changes can be accounted for by a less active lifestyle and exercise, and a drop in basal metabolism. This means that fewer calories are required to maintain body weight, while at the same time, fewer calories are expended.
  • Decreases in reaction time can be observed under laboratory conditions, but you probably won’t notice this unless you are in your 50’s. This slowing is a result of decreases in nerve conduction velocities and an increase in the time required for the brain to process the information and to select the appropriate response.
  • The amount of blood your heart can pump per minute also declines along with an individual’s maximum breathing capacity. These factors explain why endurance capacity decreases.
  • Women are particularly prone to osteoporosis or the thinning of bones. This problem can begin as early as age 25, and speeds up as menopause is approached. It is during the first few years after menopause that the rate at which bone density is lost is tremendously accelerated.
  • Decreases in flexibility result from a loss of elasticity in the connective tissue. That’s one of the main reasons which explains why a person will experience initial joint stiffness after being idle or remaining in a set position for a relatively short period of time.
  • The wearing away of the cartilage which attaches to the ends of the bones, will affect everyone sooner or later. Some evidence suggests that activities which demand repeated pounding, or those which require extremely heavy loads to be moved, place tremendous stress on the joints and ten to accelerate this process.

Exercise For Youth

Before you give up all hope and flood the personnel department with requests information about early retirement, results of studies which compare sedentary and active people whose ages from 40-80 years old are encouraging.

The research suggests that you use it or lose it. Exercise strengthens the heart and reduces your risks of cardiovascular disease, as well as osteoporosis. Information does suggest that exercise can postpone the onset of normal age-related deterioration. Exercise improves blood flow to the brain.

Well-designed exercise programs are important for all individuals, but they take on even greater emphasis as one ages. The body is less forgiving when over-used and requires a longer period of time to fully recover from work.

Why Should I Start Now?

You’ve heard about the benefits that consistent exercise bring, but what if you haven’t been consistent? Should you even start at all? This has been the subject of many medical studies and the results are unanimous:

Exercise helps improve your quality of life, even if you start late.

Researchers are constantly finding new benefits to consistent exercise. It’s no wonder that Dr. Robert Butler, of the National Institute on Aging, once said “If exercise could be put into a pill, it would be the single most prescribed medicine in the world.”

Imagine if a pill could offer all of these benefits (without harmful side effects):

  • Substantially reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and osteoporosis
  • Decreases the risk for stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Helps to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints
  • Helps relieve anxiety and depression
  • Promotes well-being and reduces stress
  • Is associated with fewer doctor visits, hospitalizations and medications
  • Helps prevent and treat chronic medical conditions associated with old age
  • Increases energy levels and promotes sound sleep
  • Strengthens immune system

I know that I would take that pill – wouldn’t you? Exercise may not be something that you can gulp down with a glass of water, but it will offer you all of the above benefits that can greatly enhance your quality of life.

Excuses, excuses, excuses…

I know what you are thinking. Those benefits sound great, but I can’t exercise because:

  • Exercise is painful. Not if you do the type most suitable for you.
  • Exercise is boring. Most people who exercise find it to be quite enjoyable.
  • Exercise takes too long. It only takes 30-60 minutes a day.
  • Exercise is confusing. Not when you work with a trained professional (me).
  • Exercise if for young people. Studies have shown that exercise if for all ages.

Get Started the Right Way

Many people have started an exercise program only to quit days later. Now that you have decided that exercise may be worth your time after all, ensure your success with the following tips:

Make a Commitment

You know the meaning and value of a solid commitment. It’s in your blood. So don’t view exercise as something you will merely try. You will only reap the true benefits of exercise when you stick with it.

A great way to reinforce your commitment is to solicit the support of your friends and family. Tell them how you plan to improve your health and quality of life through exercise – who knows, they may join you.

Set Reachable Goals

This is an immensely important ingredient to your success. Don’t start your exercise program with unreasonable expectations. If you expect to lose all of your unwanted pounds and fat, drop your blood pressure and cure your joint pain all in one week then you will be sorely disappointed. Remember that it took years for your body to fall out of shape so it makes sense that it will take some time to regain it. The key to unlocking all of the benefits of exercise lies in one word: consistency. Only then will your body be transformed.

Rearrange Your Schedule

They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. This may be because his schedule simply didn’t allow for it. The truth is that as we age there is a tendency to become ‘stuck in our ways.’ The thought of rearranging your schedule may leave you a bit squeamish.

Remind yourself that exercise is worth your time and then think long and hard about your daily schedule. The fact is that you do have time to lend toward exercise – you simply need to find it. Set aside 30-60 minutes for exercise and then stick with it.

Increase the Challenge

You should start your exercise program with the thought of easing into it. Since you haven’t exercised in awhile your body will need to build up strength and endurance. Consider a car that has been sitting in your garage for years. You wouldn’t turn it on and instantly slam down on the gas would you? You need to warm it up.

However, this warm up period should not last forever. Your body has an amazing ability to adapt to new challenges and will grow complacent when asked to do the same exercises over and over. When your routine begins to feel easy take that as a hint to increase the challenge.

Don’t let another day pass you by. You deserve the good life. Take action now.

Nordine Zouareg is a former Mr. Universe, an International Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author of the book Mind Over Body: The Key to Lasting Weight Loss is All in Your Head! He offers world-class advice on health and fitness, inner balance and stress management, and achieving one’s full potential the inner keys to extraordinary performance. An inspiring message of hope and achievement, based on his own extraordinary story. For more information, visit: www.NordineZ.com




Best Time for Fitness

At what time in your life is fitness most important?


And it will be even more important tomorrow if health and longevity are your goals.

We get away with a lot when we are young. Our bodies are very forgiving. But as we age, if we want to avoid sickness, disease, immobility and dependence, fitness becomes increasingly important. Paradoxically, most of us exercise more, much more, when we are young. It’s a little easier, we have more time, and lots of it comes with play.

A recent article in USA Today by Janice Lloyd tells us that after 65, we should stay fit to stay healthier. But that applies to the after 45’s and 55’s, as well.

Ms. Lloyd cautions Baby Boomers to think again if they’re longing for a sedentary old age.

She reports that “health experts at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America shed new light on exercise‘s value as a strong tool in combating diseases often associated with aging.”

“How you live after age 65 is vitally important,” says Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. “Up until then, a healthy life is dominated by your genes. After that, it’s predominantly about lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition become more important.”

Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease, sarcopenia, osteoporosis, obesity, arthritis, and certain cancers appear more often in later life. To help fight dementia, play memory games if you want, but it might be better to “invest in a good pair of walking shoes,” says Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, the gerontology society’s president and a board member of the national Alzheimer’s Association. That thinking is consistent with a study reported by University of Pittsburgh researchers in October showing older adults who walk 6 to 9 miles a week to stay fit have a lower risk for cognitive decline later.

One session at the meeting attempted to show how physical activity fitness can restore muscular strength in the elderly. The current genome study by Simon Melov of Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, Calif., compares the genes of a young person whose leg is immobilized for two weeks in a brace with the genes of an older person who suffers from sarcopenia, a muscle-wasting disease affecting old people. Both age groups responded successfully to exercise and made improvements. But no one has to run a marathon to regain strength. Walking down a hospital wing can jump-start improvement, according to LaDora Thompson of the University of Minnesota’s department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

She studied how physical therapy can reverse the damage of inactivity. Even standing and walking improve muscle strength.

Cancer patients have traditionally been advised to back off exercise and let their bodies rest and recover, but health experts here discussed new research that shows the benefits of exercise for people undergoing treatments.

One reason for all this emphasis on physical activity is the USA’s rapidly aging population. Life expectancy has soared to 79.9 years. Boomers currently have a 50% chance of being alive at 85. “Our job is to make use of the added years,” says Carstensen. “It would be immoral to receive this gift and squander it.”

Report-after-report, study-after-study, confirm these findings with health experts. What they don’t mention, and what almost everyone overlooks, is the overriding reason to stay fit. It could be your key to super-longevity and maybe even open-ended, disease-free youthfulness.

The reason most overlook this is they take a linear approach to the future. They assume the future will simply be an extension of the past. So they project incremental gains in lifespan, and they never consider emerging rejuvenation technologies which will translate to age-reversal. They don’t take into account the fact that progress is growing exponentially and is leading to limitless growth.

But you know better, and that’s why you’re going to hit the gym first thing tomorrow morning, isn’t it?

David Kekich (Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs) is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

Vitamin D: Effectiveness, Benefits and Safety

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin, a group of fat-soluble prohormones, which encourages the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous. There are two major forms of vitamin D:  D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol).

People who are exposed to normal quantities of sunlight do not need vitamin D supplements because sunlight promotes sufficient vitamin D synthesis in the skin.

Vitamin D3 is produced naturally in human skin exposed to ultraviolet B light and occurs in some animal products, such as cod liver oil, and, in smaller amounts, in other fatty fish such as herrings, mackerel, sardines, and tuna. Vitamin D3 is the most common form used in dietary supplements and is the form generally used to fortify foods such as milk (which naturally contains a small amount of vitamin D3), orange juice, cereal and yogurt.

What do we need Vitamin D for?

  • Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorous in the body, partly by controlling their levels of absorption.
  • Vitamin D treats and prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia (bone softening) in adults.
  • Vitamin D is an immune system regulator.
  • Vitamin D may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold.
  • Vitamin D make have a key role in helping the brain to keep working well in later life.
  • Vitamin D is probably linked to maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.
  • A form of Vitamin D could be one of our body’s main protections against damage from low levels of radiation.
  • Various studies have shown that people with adequate levels of vitamin D have a significantly lower risk of developing cancer, compared to people with lower levels.
  • High vitamin D status provides protection against Parkinson’s disease.
  • Lower levels are also associated with a higher risk and severity of depression.
  • Higher serum vitamin D levels are associated with a reduced risk of allergy in children and adolescents
  • Taken with calcium, vitamin D can help decrease post-menopausal bone loss and prevent osteoporosis (loss of bone density), as well as improve tooth retention in the elderly.
  • In girls ages 9 to 13, regular supplementation with calcium and vitamin D has been shown to significantly increase bone density and bone strength (measured in arms and legs) compared to placebo.

Approved Vitamin D Product List

Independent lab tested 28 Vitamin D supplements, but only 20 products passed.  Eight (8) Vitamin D supplements were found UNSAFE for consumption, 5 of these due to incorrect labeled amounts of Vitamin D:

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Joan Rivers – Facing Osteoporosis with Humor

Joan Rivers is quoted joking about osteoporosis, “My bones click so much that dolphins try to pick up on me.” However, osteoporosis is no laughing matter! But, leave it to celebrity Joan Rivers to make light — and make progress — with the disease.

At the light age of 64, Joan went in for a complete work up and results of a bone density test revealed she could fall down the stairs, not because she would trip but, because her bones might break.  Osteoporosis hadn’t shown any signs or symptoms, yet it was stalking Joan’s life waiting for an opportunity to make a wisecrack of its own: snap, crackle, pop!

The Queen of comedy has some surprising one-liners in response to the nosebleed section of osteoporosis that has tried to “boo” her off stage:

  • Walk everywhere
  • Choose the stairs over the elevator
  • Exercise 3x/week with weights
  • Take nutritional supplements

This regime has served to not only strengthen Joan River’s bones, but strengthen her stage presence.  Joan became an Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and champions reversing the symptoms of osteoporosis.

Known for her love of jewelry, and wearing a myriad of beads and bangle bracelets on her arms, Joan says osteoporosis prevention can help women “avoid having a walker become of one of their ‘must-have’ accessories.” She suggests, “A few extra laps while shopping and have a latte decaf rather than plain coffee” to ensure women get their daily dose of exercise, calcium and vitamin D.

Diet is an important part of osteoporosis prevention. Calcium-rich foods supplemented with vitamin D include yogurt, cheese, milk, sardines with bones and green, leafy vegetables.

Joan Rivers humorously points out that while people look beautiful on the outside they should be paying more attention to keeping their bones strong. After all, beauty is bone deep!

Let the last laugh be on osteoporosis!





JOINT PAIN? You need to read this about Rub-On-Relief…

Besides another season of “The Real Housewives Of Miami,” there’s one other thing we couldn’t mind seeing go away…


Many of you have suffered from joint pain (lower back pain or right knee, anyone?).  Age and “wear and tear” can erode the body to where pain relief is a constant consideration in daily life.  It may not be debilitating (thank goodness), but it is certainly something you have to manage.

Well, recently there was a discovery of a little-known “powerhouse” compound that’s backed up by some impressive studies and undeniable proof.

In fact, in a study conducted by the University of Connecticut, they found that it delivered long-lasting relief to 100% of participants in the study.

That means EVERY SINGLE PERSON found the relief they were searching for.

How is that possible?

Well, the compound is called Cetyl Myristoleate and when applied to the body, it has the unique ability to:

  • Apply continuous lubrication to the joints
  • Cushions the joints from everyday wear-n-tear
  • Actually repairs damaged cell membranes by increasing cell membrane fluidity and elasticity!

In layman’s terms, it gives you fast, immediate relief by cushioning and lubricating your joints… and it gives you long-term pain relief by repairing the damage that is causing your pain.

Unfortunately, Cetyl Myristoleate in any form can be hard to find and by itself can cost a king’s ransom.

Thankfully, Jesse Cannone, founder of “The Health Back Institute” (and legend in the back pain industry) has developed a proprietary formula that combines Cetyl Myristoleate with other natural pain-relieving compounds.

It’s super easy to use and Jesse just put it on sale for this month for Home Cures That Work readers at 50% off at their website:

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It works waaaaaay better than temporary pain relievers like “icy hot” and dangerous NSAIDs.

Rub-On-Relief is a short- AND long-term pain reliever.

I highly recommend you take advantage of this month’s sale to try it out yourself.

You can see all of the details on why this formula works so well for back pain, knee pain and achy joint pain at:

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Enjoy being pain free and…

Look great…feel great…BE GREAT! 😉

P.S. If you’re still skeptical, you can try Rub-On-Relief for 30 days and if it’s not everything I said it is, you can even return it for a full refund.

In other words, there’s nothing to lose but the pain. 🙂

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