Osteoporosis is not calcium deficiency but…

Osteoporosis is not just caused by calcium deficiency and the idea that cow’s milk is the only reliable source of calcium is more like marketing message than fact.

Factors affecting osteoporosis are many, ranging from hormonal imbalance, stress to heavy metal toxicity. Therefore a holistic approach is necessary to prevent this bone disorder.

After menopause, estrogen levels drop and periodic NTx testing (available in our clinic) and baseline hormone profiles (not just bone density) are effective ways to ensure that the post menopausal decrease in estrogen is not increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Progesterone also stimulate osteoblastic activity and testosterone builds bone density. This is why having hormonal therapy (example progesterone cream) is not advisable as it is not a question of quantity of each of these but balance. Phytomedicine and herbs don’t give you hormones but rather regulate the hormones and prevent premature depletion. My patients can feel the difference such as improvement in dry skin or vaginal dryness when they consume herbs without the use of potentially cancer causing hormonal therapy (this includes some cancer drugs to prevent breast cancer).

Nutrients need to include calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K etc. These can be obtained from food – cruciferous vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole spelt, carrots and dairy (in moderation) or in certain herbs such as nettle (Phytocel tea has all the minerals for the bones and joints and blood purifying properties) or supplementation with whole food.

Osteoporosis can also be affected by heavy metals such as lead, aluminium, and cadmium. Lead is commonly found in newspaper, petrol, insecticides, lipsticks, hair dyes and paints and aluminium is found in some medications such as antacids, baking powder, deodorant (can cause breast cancer), tooth paste, cookwares and canned drinks.

Lack of exercise and exposure to sunlight are very important contributing factors. Weight bearing exercises, water treading, hydrotherapy, walking uphill etc. are good exercises to prevent osteoporosis. Circulation is so important that I listed it as one of the Sacred Letters of Wellness (read my book From Leaf to Life).

Last but not the least is stress. I am not referring to long hours of work but chronic anxiety, sub-clinical depression, worry, anger, guilt, fear and a very important factor – the inability to love others and to receive love. We must deal with these emotional factors constructively otherwise there will be limitation to healing any condition. Therapies such as dance psychotherapy, art therapy, NLP and spirituality (not religious duties but inner transformation from false self to true self) can be very helpful. Taking long term anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs are really a bad idea. We need to solve the root cause of the disease.


About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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