WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
for Thinking People~>
The weakening of bones is a modern health problem of staggering
proportions. Almost every modern bone is unhealthy.
Half of all women and about 20% of all men over the age of 65
will experience a fracture as a result. For a large number of
the elderly who experience such a fracture, the resulting medical
care and complications finish the job of doing them in.
About 30 million Americans have osteoporosis or osteopenia (decreased
bone density prior to osteoporosis). Almost everyone is
on his or her way there, as you will see.
Millions are injected into research (over $136
million in 1999 alone) and about 2500 peer reviewed scientific
articles are written on the problem each year. The result?
Bones keep getting weaker; the disease spreads and increasingly
impacts a younger and younger population. Recent studies
have shown as much as a five-fold increase in fractures in teenage
girls who regularly consume acidic soft drinks.
Why? Modern life takes us from our healthy,
genetically-expected context, and allopathic symptom-based medicine
does not address underlying causes.
The ultimate cause is improper diet and lifestyle.
The direct result of this is chronic acidosis. The secondary
result is (among other adverse effects of acidosis) bone weakening.
Fractures and attendant health decline are the beginning of the
grand finale. Note that modern medical approaches only become
engaged at the end-stage problems. True prevention, by addressing
the underlying causes, is missed.
Although at puberty increase in bone length
stops, the heft and thickness of bone can continue in adaptation
to significant weight bearing work or exercise. Anthropological
studies of pre-Industrial people show much thicker bones than
in modern times. (See Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration by Weston Price)
Nevertheless, even if growth stops, there is
a constant turnover in bone. Osteoblast cells add bone;
osteoclasts remove it. Every ten years we have an entirely
new skeleton resulting from their constant interplay.
But with acidosis, homeostasis is lost and
the balance shifts to the negative side. Acid stimulates
osteoclasts, inhibits osteoblasts and induces mineral dissolution.
Even a 0.2 pH (pH above 7.0 is alkaline, below 7.0 is acid; 7.0
is neutral) change toward the acid side can result in a 900% increase
in osteoclastic activity. For health, the body should be
slightly alkaline, about 7.4 in extracellular tissue fluid.
But just day-to-day metabolism (never mind dietary indiscretion)
produces some 70,000 mmol of acid protons.
As I discuss in the WellSpring™
Monograph, life is a constant struggle for alkalinity (electrons).
The more acid we produce (stress, disease, exercise all increase
acid load) or consume, the more electrons we need. But
our air, water, land, food and home environment are increasingly
electron stripped, acidic.
Acidity must be neutralized, so mineral buffers
including, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, sodium and others
are pulled from the bone and excreted in the urine. Couple
this with modern acidic diets and foods from land increasingly
depleted in minerals, and the stage is set for dissolving bone
to get at their buffering minerals.
If acidity is not compensated (fixed), ATP
energy production is decreased, free radicals are increased, fluid
is retained, metabolism and protein synthesis are less efficient,
growth and other pituitary hormones are suppressed, and there
is nitrogen wasting. If it is compensated by drawing the minerals
from bones, osteoporosis is on its way. It's a big catch-22
problem, friends, and the odds are about 99:1 that it's going
on in your body right now – and is the root cause of many
of your ailments.
Modern life puts an extraordinary burden on
the acid buffering systems. Even with an ideal diet, the
body can only neutralize about 50 mEq of acids. Yet the
average modern diet creates 100-200 mEq.
This is not to mention the boatloads of acidic
soft drinks guzzled daily. A 12-ounce can of cola –
laced with phosphoric acid to give it that zip has a pH
of about 3. Since the kidney cannot excrete acid below about
5 without damaging tissues, the cola would need to be diluted
100-fold, which would take about 33 liters of urine. Since
that does not happen, the body first pulls potassium and sodium
buffers, and then calcium and magnesium from the bone for neutralization.
The equivalent of 4 Tums™ tablets are excreted to neutralize
the cola. The average teenager gulps about 6 of these colas
a day. See a problem?
The constant daily loss of minerals from the
bones to buffer acids results in an average 50-60 milligram loss
of calcium per day. Over 20 years, that is equal to one-half
the skeleton of a female and one-third that of the male.
The solution is apparent when the underlying
problem is understood. The problem is eating and living
unlike that for which we are designed. Natural balances
must be restored for health to be regained.
1. Water – drink 3-4 quarts of alkaline
water daily, depending upon heat and activity. (See "Rationale
for Healthy Water Products".)
2. Eat raw, organic, mineral-rich foods
as much as possible – lots of nuts, vegetables, fruits
and spices, in particular.
3. Decrease unnecessary stress.
Excess cortisol and adrenaline contribute to the acid load.
4. If you are not growing muscle, decrease
meat protein intake since excess acidic, keto- and sulfur-bearing
protein increases acid load. About four ounces per day is
sufficient for sedentary living.
5. Begin a regular weight bearing exercise
6. Keep body weight in the normal
7. Eliminate, as much as possible, processed
sugars, starches and hydrogenated oils.
If you are doing things right, your first morning
urine pH should fall in the 6.5-7.5 range . If you struggle
to bring the pH up, refer to the WellSpring™
Monograph for more aggressive measures you can take to get
things balanced. If you get your acidosis under control,
not only will you be preventing bone loss, but many other chronic
degenerative diseases as well.
Addressing this modern undercurrent of acidosis
is about as important as anything you can do for your and your
family's health. The adverse effects of acidosis are
not immediate, but they are sure. The benefits of reversing
the process are not immediate either, but they are sure.
It's one of those things intelligent people
do because they know it is the right thing to do, even if it does
not bring instant gratification.
Be a thinking person.
Obesity Is a Serious
Osteoporosis and Calcium
Bone Density and
Soft Drinks – The
Protein and Osteoporosis
and Bone Loss
Pop and Rebound Calcium
Deficiency in Children
Osteoporosis – Do
Something About It
Drink Pop and Dissolve
Decreasing Hip Fracture
Bone Mineral Excretion
Coffee and Osteoporosi
Do You Have Too Little
Healing and Preventing
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