Vivian Answers Day #24: Emotional Barriers, Calcium And Nutrition, Supplements And Longevity, Whey Protein, Osteoporosis Decisions, And More!
Question & Answer #1
I read in the Save Our Bones Program that stress releases cortisol, which hurts bones as much as an acid pH. I’m following the program, but lately I’m experiencing a lot of stress in my personal life and at work. I’m afraid that stress will slow down or even stop my bones from improving. I know that if I want to heal my bones and to stay healthy in general I need to solve this, but I don’t know how. I don’t want to take drugs, so please help me!
It’s true that the “fight or flight” hormone cortisol negatively affects your bone health and your overall health. The bad news is that the “quick fixes” offered by mainstream medicine don’t get to the root of the problem. And you’re right in not wanting to take the anti-anxiety drugs prescribed by doctors; they are highly addictive and have many undesirable side effects.
Question & Answer #2
I heard this morning that doctors are now saying that calcium supplements are not effective. I had bone scan two years ago and was diagnosed with osteopenia. I read your book and adopted some diet changes (including a plant based calcium supplement) one year later my bone scan came back “normal”. My question is, are my improved scans due to diet and supplements or diet alone? Thanks!
First I’d like to congratulate you on your perfect DEXA results! Now to answer your question, the Medical Establishment is constantly trying to belittle natural health solutions and to glorify synthetic drugs. Flawed studies are often published in prestigious mainstream journals, in a desperate attempt to prove that natural supplements don’t work. For example, a recent study has shown that those who took calcium supplements had an 86% greater chance of a myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack than those who didn’t. But the study is full of errors and misconceptions, as I explain in my blog post titled ‘Confused About Calcium? Read This’. I urge you to read it, if you haven’t yet.
Those of us who don’t fall for this propaganda know that easy nutritional changes and the right dietary supplements can make a world of difference. Our biology is designed to thrive in the right environment. So when you give your bones what they need, such as nutrient-rich and pH balanced foods along with targeted micronutrients, you’ll experience an improvement that will amaze you and your doctor.
To your bone health!
Question & Answer #3
My doctor told me to stop taking multivitamin capsules as research reported in the British Lancet had established that they shortened your life span. What is your opinion?
As I’ve answered Mike in the previous Q&A, Big Pharma, aided by the Medical Establishment, is working hard to push away their main competitors: natural supplements. Fortunately, their methods are quite transparent, because the studies are flawed. The British Lancet study you mentioned compared the incidence of gastrointestinal cancers among study subjects who took the antioxidant supplements against placebo. And the researchers concluded that those who took the antioxidant supplements beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and E and selenium died prematurely.
But the study is flawed from the get-go because it included smokers, who are obviously at greater risk of dying of cancer anyways. This is only one example of many.
My opinion is that just taking supplements will not help improve health and longevity. If someone has bad nutritional and lifestyle habits, no dietary supplement in any dosage will have a clear positive effect. Attaining and maintaining good health is best achieved by applying an integrative approach that combines sound nutritional and lifestyle habits.
Keep asking questions!
Question & Answer #4
Just wanted to know if taking whey protein powder would make my osteoporosis worse since it is a milk product? I am trying to build body mass since we loose a lot as we age.
Even though whey protein powder is made from the dehydrated liquid that’s left after milk curdles, it is an alkalizing beverage and a rich source of lactoferrin, a natural and powerful bone-building factor at the cellular level. In fact, I recommend drinking a whey protein shake daily, and especially after exercising. If you haven’t yet, you can read more about it here.
Till next time,
Question & Answer #5
Do you think that an osteoporosis with T-score more than 4,0 (about 4,2-4,4) can be treated only with your program? Now I am 60 years old and have pain in my back and legs. I would like not to use any drugs for osteoporosis, but I am afraid it won’t be enough and later I could face much more problems?! I am in a very difficult situation. Please let me have your advise!
As I wrote in the Save Our Bones Program, bones are constantly renewing themselves… if you give them what they need. And if you think that NOT taking the osteoporosis drugs could cause you problems later on, think again! Drugs ARE the cause of problems, not the solution. They alter bone metabolism and have a long list of side-effects, some that may never go away. It’s not worth taking a chance, especially when you can treat osteoporosis naturally.
Take a look at what happened to Ellen Law. She sent me her success story on August 2nd of last year:
I will be 92 years old in November and cannot believe what has happened since I discovered you and your book. In 2008 my bone density was -4.3; in 2010 it was -4.1 difference. This was from taking Fosamax.
When I discovered you about 6 or 7 months ago, I told my doctor I was through with Fosamax and going with your program.
On June 6 I asked for another test to see if it was working and I am so happy to tell you that my one number went from -4.1 to -3.7 and the T-number went from -3.0 to -2.1. This is only a few months time which I think is great. I am also walking my dog about 40 minutes a day and go to the gym with a personal trainer twice a week. However, I was doing that before I discovered you!
So THANK YOU VERY MUCH for my improvement.
You can read many other truly inspiring real life success stories here.
Stay healthy naturally!