Save Our Bones Bulletin: Just Discovered Stem Cells Grow Bone, Non-GMO Verified Food Sales Surge, Brand-New Study Shows Happiness Affects Bone Density, And More!
In this week’s Bulletin, you’ll discover brand-new research on a specific stem cell that actually regenerates bone.
You’ll also be very encouraged about the huge jump in sales of non-GMO verified foods.
And last but not least, you’ll be amazed to learn that the level of happiness and satisfaction with your life has an impact on your bone density.
Let’s get started with today’s bulletin!
Brand New Study: Stem Cells Actually Regenerate Bone
In an intriguing new study, scientists have found a stem cell that regenerates bone cells in mice. The implications for human bone cells are promising.
“According to recent research, a stem cell with the ability to regenerate both bone and cartilage has been pinpointed in the bone marrow of mice. The cells, known as osteochondroreticular (OCR) stem cells, were discovered by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) by tracking a protein expressed by the cells. A CUMC news release states that using this marker, researchers found that OCR cells self-renew and generate key bone and cartilage cells, including osteoblasts and chondrocytes.
The release notes that the researchers believe OCR stem cells will be found in human bone tissue, as mice and humans have similar bone biology. Further study, they say, could offer greater insight into how to prevent and treat osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, or bone fractures.” 1
Predictably, the study leader, Timothy C. Wang, is hopeful that “drugs or other therapies can be developed to stimulate the production of OCR stem cells and improve the body’s ability to repair bone injury—a process that declines significantly in old age.” 1
It truly saddens me when I see such promising research being immediately considered for developing new osteoporosis drugs. If OCR cells are found in human bone tissue, I would love to see research conducted on what nutrients boost OCR production, or what toxins and substances inhibit OCR activity.
There’s a world of fascinating discoveries that could be built on the foundation of this research, but sadly, I don’t imagine we’ll see many studies that take such an approach.
Sales Of Non-GMO Verified Foods Double In Just One Year
GMO stands for genetically-modified organism, and is generally used in reference to foods that have been altered at the genetic level. Serious health concerns over GMO foods has grown significantly over the last few years, resulting in quite a boost in non-GMO verified food sales.
“Verified GMO-free food sales were $3 billion in 2013 and were $8.5 billion in 2014! Not only that, organic food sales overall are projected to grow another 14% by 2018, and this is a modest estimate according to The United States Organic Food Market Forecast & Opportunities.
This is no surprise, as the term ‘non-GMO’ was expected to surpass even ‘organic’ as a buzz word in 2014 when it came to food sales. One study published by Progressive Grocer showed that consumers want Non-GMO now even more than ‘organic.’ This ought to give Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and the huge food corporations a run for their suicide-seed money: A staggering 80% of consumers sought out non-GMO products in their survey. The non-GMO issue has emerged as a consumer hot-button.” 2
The modern definition of genetic modification goes much farther than simply selective breeding, which has been done for centuries. Today’s meaning of the term denotes something much more disturbing: the direct, artificial manipulation of a plant’s genetic material that bypasses the normal methods of natural genetic material exchange (such as pollination).
Today, plant genes can be modified to resist certain herbicides so farmers can spray their fields to kill weeds without killing their GMO crops; or plants are genetically modified to contain “built-in pesticides” to resist insect pests.
The consequences of such modifications are only beginning to be discovered, and the picture is not a pretty one. For starters, GMO foods have been shown to affect bone density and harm internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys.
This is all the more reason to detoxify your liver and kidneys periodically, especially if you’ve eaten GMO foods in the past.
Clearly, consumers are learning quickly, and knowledge has the power to change things. As more and more people get informed about the true nature of GMO foods, they are “speaking” with their wallets, changing for the better the way our food is produced.
Brand-New Study: Life Satisfaction Improves Bone Health
Savers are aware of the importance of personal happiness when it comes to bone health. This is why the Save Our Bones Program addresses the whole person. And now, cutting-edge research confirms this – the more satisfied you are with your life, the better your bone density.
“The study participants responded to mail surveys and took part in bone density measurements. The present sub-study included 2,167 women who underwent bone density measurements in 1999, and out of these women, 1,147 took part in follow-up measurements ten years later, in 2009.
Life satisfaction was assessed by four questions relating to the study participants’ interest in and easiness of life, happiness, and loneliness. Based on the answers, the study participants were divided into three groups: the satisfied, the middle group, and the unsatisfied.
During the 10-year follow-up, the bone density of all study participants weakened by an average of 4%; however, the difference between the satisfied and the unsatisfied was as much as 52%.” 3
The study falls short of explaining why, exactly, this correlation between bone health and satisfaction exists. But as Savers know, it has to do with the effect of cortisol on bone density.
Cortisol is the “stress hormone,” which your body produces when you’re under chronic stress (depression, anxiety, general unhappiness, etc. all fit into the category of “stress”). Cortisol is acidifying, and damages bone by reducing intestinal absorption of calcium and by robbing bone cells of potassium.
The Save Our Bones Program devotes an entire chapter to achieving personal happiness, and exercise is an important component of that. The Program tackles bone density from all angles, leaving no stone unturned on the quest to stop and reverse bone loss.
Exercise Overcomes Depression
According to a study published in the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, regular exercise relieved depression as effectively as medication. 4
One group exercised only, another group exercised and took medication, and a third group took medication only.
Not only did the exercise-only group fare just as well as the other two groups, but amazingly, when participants were evaluated 6 months after the study was over, the exercise-only group had the lowest rate of relapse – only 8% (compared to 38% relapse among the medication group, and 31% of the exercise + medication group). 4
Exercise Addresses The Whole Person
As I mentioned above, the Save Our Bones Program leaves no stone unturned, giving you nutritional and lifestyle guidelines for strong, youthful bones.
And when I created the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System, I recognized the multifaceted benefits that exercise provides when you’re reversing osteoporosis without drugs.
Save Our Bones is much more than just about your bones – it’s about you!
Till next time,
1“Stem Cells’ Ability to Regenerate Bone, Cartilage in Mice May Offer Insight into OA, Osteoporosis.” Physical Therapy Products. January 19, 2015. Web. http://www.ptproductsonline.com/2015/01/stem-cells-ability-regenerate-bone-cartilage-mice-may-offer-insight-oa-osteoporosis/
2Sarich, Christina. “GMO-Free Food Sales Explode Amid Public Awareness.” Natural Society. January 5, 2015. Web. http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-free-food-sales-explode-amid-public-awareness/
3“Senior women happy with life less likely to suffer osteoporosis.” Senior Journal. January 13, 2015. Web. http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Health/2015/20150113_Senior-women-happy-with-life-less-likely-to-suffer-osteoporosis.htm
4Babyak, Michael, et al. “Exercise Treatment for Major Depression: Maintenance of Therapeutic Benefit at 10 Months.” Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine. 2000. 62: 633-638. Web. http://www.madinamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Exercise%20treatment%20for%20major%20depression.pdf