Osteoporosis? No thanks!
In the vernacular, osteoporosis is also referred to as ‘bone loss’. The bone substance is slowly broken down, calcium is released from the bones and the bones become porous. The bone loses stability. In most cases, this process is symptomless for a long time and goes unnoticed for the time being. Symptoms often occur only after 5 to 10 years. It then leads to pain up to broken bones. In Germany, more than 6 million people are affected.
In my practice, I am asked every day what we can do about it. It is best to prevent it, of course. But how? There are too many myths and stories surrounding the topic of osteoporosis! I would therefore like to question three of them here.
Myth 1: Milk for strong bones?
As children we were taught: milk is good for our growth and strengthens the bones. Today we are grown up and this belief still holds. New medical studies speak a different language. Studies in recent years show that milk and dairy products promote osteoporosis! How can that be? There is so much good calcium in milk! Yes, that is true. There is a lot of calcium in milk. But milk and dairy products also have many animal proteins. And these are metabolized to aggressive sulfuric acid during the digestive process. In order to prevent the body from corrosion, this acid must be neutralized immediately. The body does this as follows: minerals, usually calcium, are added to the acid and a neutral salt is produced. The first thing used is the calcium from the milk or the milk product. However, as this is not sufficient, the body’s own calcium must be used. Calcium from the bones is dissolved. That is why we are also talking about a negative calcium balance in the case of milk. (Read e.g. in the book of P. Jentschura ‘Health by detoxification’).
Myth 2: Calcium effervescent tablets helps?
Right, there is not enough calcium in the bones! But with osteoporosis we have too much of it in the rest of our body. How? It is due to the constant degradation of calcium from the bones. Therefore, calcium levels in the blood and connective tissue are often too high in prolonged osteoporosis. And too much calcium in the vessels can lead to atherosclerosis. This calcification of the vessels in turn increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
This finding you can look up in the study ‘Long term calcium intake and rates of all cause and cardiovascular mortality: community based prospective longitudinal cohort study.’ Uppsala University in Sweden. Here, 61,433 women were examined for their calcium intake over a 19-year period. The results were published on February 12, 2013. It shows a link between the intake of calcium as a dietary supplement and the increase in heart/circulatory diseases. Therefore, my recommendation is: do not use calcium-effervescent tablets for osteoporosis.
Myth 3: Table salts are healthy?
Whether Himalayan – crystal salt, sea salt or table salt, all three salts consist mainly of sodium chloride, i.e. a compound of sodium and chlorine. Maybe you can still remember your chemistry lessons? Chlorine is quite responsive. When it dissolves during digestion, it must be bound again with another mineral, usually with calcium. Otherwise it’s toxic for us. For this, calcium must be removed from the bones. Therefore, in my opinion, the extra salting of food promotes osteoporosis.
Do you want to know more? For the current occasion I offer an osteoporosis consultation. Here you will find valuable tips on what you can do with osteoporosis and how to prevent it. I am happy to answer your individual questions.
Your Petra Hornung