Supporting Bone Remodeling

In my last post we considered the process of bone remodeling.  We saw how old bone is literally nibbled away by osteoclasts  preparing the way for osteoblasts to come behind and lay down a collagen matrix  for new bone with a fresh supply of calcium.  We also saw how estrogen regulates this process by helping osteoclasts die (apoptosis)  as they complete their jobs of resorption, thereby maintaining the ratio between these two bone workhorse cells. We looked at the roles Vitamin D and the Parathyroid hormones play in stimulating osteoclast activity and the release of calcium and phosphorus from the bones into the blood, and how they facilitate calcium resorption in the kidneys.

 So, there’s a whole lot of activity in the bone remodeling process going on daily in your body completing a cycle in 100-day, yet taking seven years to completely rebuild every bone in your skeletal system.  Basically, we have a new frame and muscular system every seven years, which is quite amazing!  I’ve now been through nine bodies and starting on my tenth one.  

We also looked at how osteopenia and osteoporosis occur when the net rate of bone resorption exceeds the rate of bone formation, resulting in a decrease in bone mass, and the role that estrogen and testosterone deficiencies play in this degenerative process.  Then we reviewed the medical approach to this condition with drug intervention. Fosamax (alendronate) is the drug of choice.  However, its mechanism of action is deceiving, to say the least, and debilitating at worst, often causing brittle bones that fracture and jaw bone necrosis in the long run. Hormone replacement therapy is also popular, but not without some risks.  

A MORE NATURAL APPROACH

This brings us to the subject of this article: Supporting Bone Remodeling.  As we saw is a previous article, bones are made up of a lot more than just calcium.  They’re made of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals and protein.  Taking calcium tablets alone, then, is not enough to feed your bones, especially if you’re taking calcium carbonate, the cheapest and most useless form of calcium on the market.  

By the way, there’s plenty of calcium in the blood stream just from the process of bone resorption, if you stop to think about it.  The key is to get it out of the blood and into the tissues and bones. We’ll talk about that shortly.  What isn’t used up as muscle fuel is recycled back into the bones.  What cannot be used at all is thrown out through the hair and nails giving them their white color. As we age the hair turns white with calcium as bone resorption is accelerated faster than the calcium can be used, as well as other reason related to mineral ratios and balance. I talk about this ratio in an earlier blog post. But I’ll cover the subject again in a future article.

Borrowing from a previous post to refresh our memories and to show that bone building is not all about calcium . . .

Minerals present in bone are: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, silica, iron, zinc, selenium, baron, sulphur, chromium, and dozens of others.  In order for bones to absorb the minerals Vitamin D must be present.  Collagen is also part of the bone and provides a matrix for bone formation.

MY RECOMMENDATION FOR BONE REMODELING SUPPORT:

1.) First, stop the leaks. Then start getting calcium into the bones. I use Biost by Standard Process Labs (SPL). Biost is a bone protomorphogen (nucleic protein molecule of bone cells).  It supplies the enzyme phosphatase which the body needs in order to metabolize the raw materials that compose bony tissue.  Phosphatase also transports calcium from the blood into the bones.  

Note: For men with enlarged prostates, (prostate hypertrophy), I use Prost-X because it contains phosphatase which also gets calcium into the prostate gland as well as the bones.  The prostate will enlarge if it lacks calcium.

2.) Feed your bones.  And what better to feed them with than raw bone meal . . . not dead and cooked commercial grade bone meal which is calcium carbonate  (good for your lily bulbs but not for your bones).  Raw bone meal has all the ingredients for bone remodeling.  I use Calcifood Wafers (SPL) when I want immediate support of raw material in severe cases of osteoporosis. Note: Dentists have used Calcifood and Biost for loose teeth with fine results because they rebuild the bone around the teeth.   

3.) A simple and daily supply of nutrient-rich whole foods that have the vitamins and minerals needed to build bones, especially dark green leafy vegetables like fresh raw spinach. This would include vegetables organically grown in mineral-rich soil.  You can tell that if they’re sweet.  It also includes at least 15 – 20 minutes of sunshine on the skin daily for Vitamin D, along with plenty of essential poly-unsaturated fatty acids (EFA’s) in the skin to give the sunshine something with which to make Vitamin D and carry calcium into the tissues. For those who don’t get enough sunshine, you can supplement with Cataplex D (SPL).

To supplement I use SPL’s multiple wholefood formulations of Catalyn, Organic Bound Minerals, Trace Minerals B12, and SUPER-EFF, a converted form of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids essential to the transportation of calcium from the blood into the tissues.

Note: EFA’s need to be converted in the liver to arachidonic acid to be of benefit. A person with a degenerative disease has a bad liver or else he wouldn’t have a degenerative disease.  So he can’t convert EFA’s to arachidonic acid.  SUPER-EFF fills the need here. 

For severe degenerative conditions in all tissues, including nerve degeneration in multiple sclerosis, muscle degeneration in muscular dystrophy,  and bone degeneration in rheumatoid arthritis, even in cancer,  SUPER-EFF is a converted form of polyunsaturated fatty acids and therefore readily useful in rebuilding these tissues. 

4.) Support for the four major endocrine players in female and male hormonal chemistry.  They are the pituitary gland, the thyroid and parathyroid glands, the adrenal glands, and, last but not least, the gonadal glands (ovaries and testes).  I use Symplex F and Symplex M  by SP with superb results. 

5.) Probably of utmost importance these days is support for the stress-response system’s central regulator, the hypothalamus.  I use Hypothalmex  (SPL) for support.   More about this below.

6.) Support the Thyroid and Parathyroid glands with iodine from organic minerals and Cal-Ma-Plus (SPL) which has parathyroid desiccate to enhance the absorption of calcium.  (Note: Soy products slow down the thyroid.)

7.) If you’re over 45 years of age, you would be wise to supplement with Betaine Hydrochloride tablets (SP).  We seem to produce less of it as we age.  Hydrochloric acid, besides being necessary for digestion of proteins in the stomach,  is essential in the assimilation and absorption of calcium, which needs a more acidic condition in the colon for proper absorption.  Betaine Hydrochloride provides that pH factor for calcium.  If you’re having “acid indigestion” take 2 Zypan (SPL) with meals and take care of those “heart burns” after meals while getting your Betaine Hydrochloride at the same time. 

8.) Herbal support for remodeling ageing bones, particularly in mature women.  I use Bone Complex by Medi-Herb (SPL subsidiary). 

9.) Weight bearing exercise to stimulate bone cell growth and calcium absorption into the bones.  Exercise at least 4 days each week.

Watch this short video clip:

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HYPOTHALAMUS AND ADRENALS IN STRESS MANAGEMENT

Situated beneath the brain, the hypothalamus regulates the homeostatic relationship between you and your environment, starting with the most immediate environment, your physical body with its myriad organic functions and complex chemistry that changes with every emotional upset, mental stress and physical activity.  This critical connection between your central nervous system and your hormonal glands is crucial to homeostasis, and I am deeply concerned that this singular link between environmental stress and our ability to adapt is being overlooked in our healthcare.  

Thanks to our ability to “talk” with the body through kinesiology (muscle testing), the functional health of the hypothalamus can be easily monitored.  Interestingly enough (I notice these things), since the bombing of the World Trade Center and the subsequent activation of our Homeland Security Alert system, I have noticed an increase in the incidence of hypothalamus issues in my practice.  There’s good reason for this.  It’s a consequence of chronic stress.

Fear of terrorist attacks has been hanging over our heads for ten years and we’ve become frozen in a chronic fight or flight stress response.  In chronic stress, the hypothalamus becomes frustrated confused and the adrenal glands exhausted.  Basically, we have a stress factor that won’t go away.  The hypothalamus tells the adrenal glands to pump adrenaline into the blood stream so we can fight the threat and eliminate it or else run away from it.  When we can’t personally do either, the system becomes frustrated and the glands overworked to the point of exhaustion.  Our blood stream becomes saturated with cortisol, the stress hormone, throwing our hormonal system out of balance.  When hormone chemistry becomes imbalanced, nothing is going to function normally in the body because every cell of every organ and tissue in the body depends on adrenalin. Malnutrition and severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies themselves can trigger and maintain a stress response.

What to do?

Well, there is something we can do.  First we can put a filter on our perception of the world through the eyes of the media.  Next find your centering in love and be at Home in your skin.  Home is safe.  No one can touch you there.  Even if your body got blown up you would remain safe at Home.  Home is within you, not around you.  That’s your house. 

Finally, increase your production of oxytocin, the feel-good “hormone of love,” produced in the hypothalamus with hugging, laughter and other pleasurable experiences such as listening to beautiful music and toning the vowel sound “AH,” touching and being touched by another, giving and receiving a massage, spinal adjustments and manipulation of the joints by a chiropractor or osteopath, erotic play and sexual orgasm, breast feeding if you’ve just delivered a newborn – which itself produces oxytocin and makes childbirth a pleasurable, even orgasmic, experience. Oxytocin turns off the flight or fight stress response to calm you down.  Oxytocin spray is also available, but read about its side effects online first. It appears to increase one’s trust in people, but not everyone, just those in your clan.  ” Psychologists trying to specify its role have now concluded it is the agent of ethnocentrism.” Too much of anything good seems to always have a dark side.  Less is more in most cases. 

CONSULT FOR DOSAGES AND HEALTH COACHING

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to nutritional supplementation, so I highly recommend professional guidance.  I am available by phone or email for a modest coaching fee.  My cell phone is (337) 802-5510 and my email address is tpal70@gmail.com.  Call or email me.  I’ll even supply you with supplements tailored to fit your needs – and if you are a subscriber you’ll enjoy a 10% discount on supplements. Let’s get your bones back to health and keep them dense and strong.

To your health and healing, 

Dr. Tony Palombo

Visit my other blog for inspired reading about the Significance of the Pineal Gland.

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Miracle in the Gulf of Mexico!

“Where has all the Gulf oil gone?”

I love it when Mother Nature shows us that she knows how to deal with eruptions from her bowels, as this news headline celebrates. 

“Where is all the oil? Nearly two weeks after BP finally capped the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the oil slicks that once spread across thousands of miles of the Gulf of Mexico have largely disappeared. Nor has much oil washed up on the sandy beaches and marshes along the Louisiana coast. And the small cleanup army in the Gulf has only managed to skim up a tiny fraction of the millions of gallons of oil spilled in the 100 days since the Deepwater Horizon rig went up in flames.”

“Perhaps the most important cause of the oil’s disappearance, some researchers suspect, is that the oil has been devoured by microbes. The lesson from past spills is that the lion’s share of the cleanup work is done by nature in the form of oil-eating bacteria and fungi. The microbes break down the hydrocarbons in oil to use as fuel to grow and reproduce. A bit of oil in the water is like a feeding frenzy, causing microbial populations to grow exponentially.”

Read more details at:        http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews_excl/ynews_excl_sc3270

Comments:

These microbes have shown up in every oil spill since man has been able to detect them.  This wonderful planet has multiple ways to deal with everything that happens to it, just like our bodies.  I guest these things are the white blood cells of the planet.
 
Thanks for the link,
David
Our God is a mighty God and He made the earth to care for itself.  If only His people would heed His council.  We were just talking Tues night about this very thing. 
Thanks for sharing.
“T”
Dr. P.
Having worked for Exxon I’d heard of the microbes in relation to the Valdez spill. This is the first I’ve heard in relation to the GoM spill. Thanks for sending this reminder that God created our planet with the same self-healing properties He instilled in us. It’s encouraging. I will continue to pray for the people, animals, and their habitats, but now I will do so greatly encouraged.
Louise

Sunshine, tans and skin cancer

  

Sunshine is only dangerous to people deficient in “Vitamin F”

       Skin cancer appears to be on the increase among sun-bathers and tanning bed users, the latter being singled out as the prime culprit for the increase due to year-round use by a vast number of young “looks-conscious” adults.  It seems that tanning beds are the latest addiction, fed by soaking up skin-burning (and that’s what it smells like inside these tanning chambers) UV rays that produces feel-good endorphins.  So, I thought an article on the subject would be helpful as people head to the beaches for summer fun and natural skin tanning.

      Sunshine is only dangerous to people deficient in “Vitamin F.”   Yes, I said “Vitamin F”, which is what Dr. Royal Lee, founder of Standard Process Labs, first named Essential Fatty Acids (EFA).  EFA’s are  linolenic, linoleic and arachidonic acids.  Flaxseed oil is a very excellent source of EFA’s.  Flaxseed oil is a very unstable and fragile oil that goes rancid when exposed to light or air, so it is best to take it encapsulated in a pearl. Standard Process’ Linum B6 is probably the safest Flaxseed oil product available (go to www.standardprocess.com and search for Linum B6). 

Flaxseed oil should be packaged in dark bottles and kept refrigerated.  Don’t buy flaxseed oil in a clear bottle as it’s likely already rancid. Foods that are rich in EFA’s are cold water fish and shellfish, soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, hemp oil, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.  All of these are best eaten fresh and oils should be cold-processed and non-hydrogenated.  Our bodies need at least 3 tablespoons of EFA oils daily just for maintenance.   If you know you’ve not been consuming that much oil and butter, then supplementation with Linum B6 (3-6 daily) for 90 days is recommended in order to fill the deficiency.  

 How it works

      Vitamin F (EFA) is what transports calcium from the blood into the tissues, such as the skin.  Sunshine converts EFA in the skin (basically cholesterol, or fat)  into Vitamin D.  It is very likely that those who get skin cancer from too much exposure to UV rays (from the sun or from tanning beds) are also avoiding fats, such as butter, in their diet just for shapely looks, although cardiovascular patients may be avoiding fats to keep cholesterol numbers down.  Not wise.  You need fat, only the right kind of fat. Polyunsaturated fat is what the body needs.

       Actually, the body can only use fat in the form of Arachidonic Acid, which is made from Linoleic Acid in the liver.  Arachidonic acid is not found in vegetable oil, but only in fat meat and butter.  (Margarine is a “phony” product produced by hooking two hydrogen atoms to the double-bond of linoleic acid, making it a saturated fat (stearic acid) that cannot latch onto fat in order to metabolize and burn it for energy).

       Vitamin D takes calcium from the gut and puts it into the blood stream.  Vitamin F takes calcium from the blood stream and puts it into the tissues.   Calcium obviously plays an important role throughout the body, and especially in the health and integrity of the skin.

Thick, itchy skin and Vitamins D & F deficiencies

      People who are deficient in Vitamin F (EFA) will get thick skin from too much exposure to UV rays.  In a deficiency of Vitamin F, Vitamin D will not only pick up calcium from the gut and put it in the blood, but will also bring calcium out of the skin and put it into the blood.  Your blood calcium will increase at the expense of your tissue calcium.

       Tissue calcium deficiency results in itching skin and hives with too much sun – the big whelps that form around tender parts of the body.  These are symptoms of tissue calcium deficiency.  If you have these symptoms, you can be sure you are not getting enough EFA’s and/or calcium in your diet. You need calcium lactate, a readily available form of calcium, and flaxseed oil.

      Drop me an email at tpal70@gmail.com for more information about supplementation.  In the meantime, enjoy the sun in the late afternoon, and only for 15 minutes, or until the skin begins to be pink.  And eat your fresh seeds and nuts, which are rich in essential fatty acids. And remember, margarine’s a phony.  “Butter’s better!”

Reference: John Courtney of Standard Process Labs, Palmyra, Wisconsin, Clinical Reference Guide.

COMMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE WORTH SHARING WITH ALL

I receive emails with some very good questions.  Some of them, along with my answers, are worth sharing with all.  So here are some:

 
Q: Thank you for your info on the article that you wrote on EFA ..on the importance of butter ..
What about olive oil, oil palm etc.. are they suitable oil for Liver..
Where can I get the necessary info on all that you have written about..
Many people seem to blame the sun ..maybe it is our EFA that we should be concerned about.
Please provide more info if you have any.
 
DrP: Thanks for your email.  Olive oil is an excellent oil, particularly Extra Virgin or Virgin. Don’t bother with the “Pure” or “Refined” oils.  Palm oil is not recommended, nor cottonseed oil, as too many chemicals are used both in growing cotton and in extracting the oils from the seeds and palm kernels.  Best to use oils that are food-sourced, organically grown and cold processed.  Here’s a good website for organic palm oil: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm
  
I obtained all of my nutritional information for this post on my blog from professional manuals that are not readily available to the layman.  You can obtain information about products online at www.standardprocess.com  then type in the name of their product you want info on.  You might call SPand ask for information/books/papers they may have to send you. There’s a very excellent book, “Know Your Fats” by Mary Enig if you want accurate info about EFA’s.  You can order it online through Amazon.
  
Understand, sunshine is good for us, essential to make Vitamin D, but too much of anything good always seems to do us harm.  For that reason, late afternoon sunbathing (4:30) is advised, especially at high altitudes, like here in mile-high Denver.  We should be concerned about our EFA levels. You’re so right.  Sounds like you’re doing your own thinking for yourself.  
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Q.  When I get out of the shower I cut a piece of alovera off and apply it to my face for all the reasons aloe is good for us (healing, cooling, moisturizing, etc). Later, when the aloe has had a good chance to absorb I add moisturizer to my face too (aloe feels tight and it’s shiny and I just like to use moisturizer). IF flax seed is good on the inside do you think it would be good on the outside too? I could pinch a flax seed capsule open and add it to the aloe so it would rub in smoothly and maybe, just maybe that would be a good idea to prevent sun damage on my face directly. I was thinking of adding flax seed to the aloe because maybe the flax seed is too thick like vitamin E. What do you think??? You have me thinking in this flax seed direction now.
 
 

DrP:  Ha ha!  So it seems I do!  Yes, in fact Standard Process Labs makes a tube of flaxseed ointment, USF Ointment, for application to skin, especially dry skin.  Any oil applied to the skin will sort of make your skin cook, so I would only use it after being in the sun.  I’ll be happy to send some to you ($17 + postage). Good question.  Thanks for asking.
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Q:   If I take more, more more flax seed will I reduce, reduce, reduce my chances of skin cancer?? What are you a doctor of?
  
DrP:  All things in moderation is my motto when it comes to foods and sunbathing.  Of course we need sunshine, and our bodies need about 3 tablespons of oils daily just for maintenance.  If you are consuming oils, such as olive oil in salads, eating butter and cold water fish, walnuts and seeds, then you could take 1 – 2 tblspns of Flaxseed oil, or three Linum B6 pearls from Standard Process daily and feel safe out in the sun.  If you are EFA deficient because you have not been consuming enough oils daily, then you would need to take at least 3 tblspns of Flaxseed oil for 90 days, or 6 Linum B6 pearls, daily on top of increasing your consumption of EFA’s in your diet. It takes about that long to fill a deficiency of nutrients.  Yes, you would decrease your chances of getting skin cancer from sunshine by increasing your consumption of EFA’s.  Of course there are other causes of skin cancer, from genetic factors to free radial DNA damage due to environmental pollutants. 
My profession is chiropractic and clinical nuitrition. I have 45 years of experience.  I am currently retired doing one-on-one health coaching.
 
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Q:  I read through your comment concerning the LiveScience publication on ‘You and the Sun:10 Burning Questions’.  I would need to know more on possibly fruits/food contents of these vitamins that helps protect the skin or that refreshes the skin generally.
  
DrP:  Foods rich in essential fatty acids, or Vitamin F, are seeds and walnuts and any foods that have oils in them, such as olives, avocadoes, fish.  Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, are rich in calcium, as are carrots.  Wheat germ (Vitamion E) helps protect the skin from oxydation because it is such a great anti-oxydant. The skin, as an organ of elimination, tends to reflect the other organs of elimination, such as the liver, kidneys and colon.  So it is good to support these systems as well.  Eating plenty of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables guarantees an healthful intake of nutrients.  If you want to supplement your diet with whole-food nutritional proucts, I will be happy to assist you in acquiring them.  Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
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Q: The letter asked about eczema and Vitamins F & D.
 
DrP:  What you describe does indeed sound like eczema, in which case it certainly would help to support your skin nutritionally.  Eczema is a condition that reflects a deeper issue relating to liver toxicity or congestion.  I do have a protocol (nutritional program) for eczema that addresses the underlying cause.  If you wish to engage my services, I would be happy to guide you through a purification and healing process. 
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Q:  Just seen your article on vitiman f and skin cancer, would like more info on the supplements.
 
DrP:  The supplements I mention in my recent post on my blog are manufactured by Standard Process Labs www.standardprocess.com . You can go to this website and type in the product you wish information about in the small window up top that says SEARCH.  Linum B6, Cataplex F, Calcium Lactate are the names of products you can type in there.  If you want to purchase any of these products, you will have to do so  through a licensed practitioner such as myself.  I will be happy to help you obtain them.  I also do health coaching for a fee.  Let me know how I might be able to help you further.