Building healthy strong bones
Conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriasis arthritis, Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
Treatment goal: improving joints function and reducing pain through naturopathic anti inflammatory intervention to reduce the usage and dependence to pain killers.
Approaches: Bone therapy with nutritional therapy and European therapy with phytonutrients, Biotherapeutic Drainage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Light therapy.
Reducing pain and increasing mobility of the joints can be achieved through a combination of phytonutrients, micronuntrients, plant based anti-inflammatory, acupuncture and light therapy stimulation.
Light Therapy stimulate healing process.Researchers working with NASA have found that light therapy using near-infrared LEDs stimulating the process in a cell’s mitochondria. Light wavelengths from 680 nm to 880 nm have been found to travel through skin and muscle tissue, to prompt tissue and deep wound healing. Benefits of red light therapy:
- Promotes wound healing and tissue repair
- Supports collagen production
- Reduces swelling and inflammation (pain)
- Improves joint health
- Improves physical performance, muscle recovery and energy level
The bone & joints health depends on the age, hormones, activity, stress, gut health, allergies, toxic load, medication and medical condition. As a simple dietary guideline would be best to avoid soft drinks (phosphoric acid) and caffeine as depletes calcium. The best exercise for building bones is light weight lifting and moderate intensity exercise according to age and medical conditions. The right combination of minerals, micronutrients, collagen and anti-inflammatory are best when taken together to support the matrix of the bone & joints. Bones need a matrix of mineral nutrients not just Calcium and Mg, diet supplementation and right nutrition is essential in addition to exercise.
Osteoporosis is major risk for broken bones among elderly. Osteopenia is the precursor to osteoporosis that starts with thinning and weakening of the bones which could start as early as age 30s. The risk of osteoporosis increases with age, certain medical conditions such as kidney disease, removal of ovaries, hyperthyroidism, anorexia, alcoholism and genetics.
* Osteroporosis medication such as Bisphophonate may increase risk of atrial fibrillation.
Medications that increases the risk of osteoporosis are: proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole), Lithium, anti-seizure, chemotherapy, SSRI, and Glucorticosteroids, etc
Hormonal Imbalance and low level of hormones lead to weak bones and increased inflammation. Hormonal plant based therapy helps build healthy bones
Why is needed to check for vitamin D levels?
Vitamin D plays a major role in: mental health, bone health, autoimmune, cancer. It is correlated with fatigue, weakness, muscle pain. Optimal level of vitamin D and periodic testing is recommended.
What factors contributed to low vit D levels?
- Genetic mutations in VDR gene.
- Medications can cause low level of vitamin D. Examples: phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, Rifampin, Isoniazid, Oxacarbazepine, HIV/AIDS meds
- Vitamin D absorption decreases with aging
- Medical Conditions: liver and kidney dysfunction (hinders absorption)
Holistic and scientific testing for bone health:
- Vitamin D testing
- Nutrigenetic testing
- Homocysteine testing (associated with osteoporosis and inflammation)
- Inflammatory markers: CRP and ESR
- Micronutrients analysis and gut bacteria
- Hormones profile
Cardio risk prevention