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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

New Facts on Osteoporosis

Contributing Author: Grisanti, Ronald D.C.

Dr. GrisantiRonald Grisanti, DC, DABCO, MS, is a board-certified chiropractic orthopedist with a master's degree in nutritional science. He and his partner, Dr. Dicken Weatherby presently teach an innovative seven month online Functional Medicine program. The program is co-sponsored by Southern California University of Health Sciences (formerly LACC) and has been approved for up to 21 CEU hours for most states 

» Website: www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com

If you are like most people, I bet you have accepted the calcium/osteoporosis theory "hook, line and sinker".

Have you accepted as fact that 1500mgs of calcium is one of main ingredients for strong bones?

Unfortunately, until recently, a few small studies revealed an increase in bone density with increased calcium intake.

But a massive study of 36,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79 conducted by the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) found that calcium has just a small effect on bone density and no significant effect on the rate of fractures. This contradicts what we've been told for decades.

What Harvard and Cornell Have to Say

Two high-profile doubters about the relevance of calcium intake to hip fracture are Walter Willett, MD, Harvard School of Public Health, and T. Colin Campbell, PhD, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell.

Both argue that there is too much focus on calcium and too little focus on exercise and vitamin D.

For the last 25 years, Dr. Willett has been one of the principle investigators of the Nurses’ Health Study and found the highest rates of hip fracture were among women with the highest calcium intake.

In addition, Dr. Campbell directed the Cornell-China-Oxford Project, the most comprehensive project on diet and disease ever conducted.

He has observed: “Most of the world's peoples do not consume cow's milk, and yet most of the world does not experience the high rates of osteoporosis found in the West. In Asian countries, for example, where consumption of dairy foods is low (and where women tend to be thin and small-boned, universally accepted risk factors for osteoporosis), fracture rates are much lower than they are in the United States and in Scandinavian countries, where consumption of dairy products is considerably higher.”

So What are the Facts?

"The modern epidemic of osteoporosis isn't caused by a lack of calcium. Hormones, not calcium, regulate bone strength. In fact, too much calcium (above 1,500 milligrams per day) will actually make the problem worse. For women, progesterone and testosterone control how much calcium stays in the bone. In the West, these hormones are out of balance (mostly because of estrogens we put in our food).