A Woman Seeking Advice about the Progression of Osteopenia

Off the top of my head:

--fluoride is critical to minimize/eliminate.  It's in water (unless using a reverse osmosis filter), toothpaste (of course--though you can easily find alternatives), tea (even organic ones), and anything packaged/canned/made with water.
--Here's some info about gluten and osteoporosis--http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/165/4/393
--Estrogen stunts growth, including bones.  It does so by a number of ways including increasing prolactin which accelerates bone loss.  Hope you're not using it.  Avoiding Xenoestrogens will help (see list attached).  And supplementing with Progesterone (via Progest E Complex) would likely serve you well and help keep you from being estrogen dominant.
--Serotonin is problematic for bone mass, too, and can be increased by anything which irritates the intestines (where 90% is produced and triggers peristalsis).  SSRI's of any sort should be suspect.  It stimulates osteoprotegrin (just like prolactin does), reducing bone resorption, along with PTH and cortisol--both of which remove calcium from bone. 
--decreasing the production of nocturnal stress hormones (night is when most bone loss occurs) would be a good strategy.  Blood sugar maintenance is one component you can easily manipulate which falls under this heading. 
--Anything pro-thyroid (coconut oil, sunlight, salt, etc) is beneficial for bone health (and health in general).   As such, anything which inhibits thyroid (PUFA;s being at the top of the list, but there are MANY more) should be minimized. 
--Zinc is an important co-factor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts, even helping to stimulate the production of new osteoblasts. On the other hand, zinc suppresses the excessive activity of osteoclasts, cells that are responsible for bone resorption, demineralization and ultimately bone loss. Zinc helps to regulate the key inflammatory gene signal in bone marrow, NF-kappaB, which is required for optimal balancing of osteoblast and osteoclast formation and function.  See the link below:
--zinc and osteoporosis--http://www.springerlink.com/content/y28j2t66n14842t7/
--Copper is essential for both formation of bone and maintenance of bone structure
--Also, diets high in garlic and other related vegetables such as onions and leeks have been shown to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.  Also, K2 (not K1 which comes from green, leafy greens) has been shown to increase bone density in people already diagnosed with osteoporosis.  It does so by blocking the removal of calcium from bone caused by parathyroid hormone.  Add D3, too, like we talked about.
--The Calcium Lie by Robert Thompson, MD might be an interesting read for you.
--oral bisphosphonates and femur fractures--http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-09/bc-ntf091310.php
--and some info about oral bisphosphonates and cancer--http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20813820
--It’s important to realize that these types of drugs do NOT build any new bone. Rather they are metabolic poisons that kill off your osteoclasts, which halts the normal bone repair process since you now lack the cells that break bone down.  Your bones will indeed get denser. However, denser bones are NOT stronger, which is the part they don’t tell you. Eventually your bones become weaker and more prone to fracture.  In women who have been taking a bisphosphonate-type drug for five or more years, their bones have literally lost the ability to regenerate and this is why many may be faced with more brittle bones and fractures.

LOTS of info, I know, so ask if you have questions or want to dial in a strategy. 
But all this should at least get you (and your doc?) thinking.
Much Chi


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