Treat osteoporosis with horsetail, a potent medicinal plant

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Many Men Risk Their Health by Taking Testosterone When They Don’t Need It

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Testosterone plays many roles in men’s health. Besides affecting your sex drive, it also helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, red blood cells, and a general sense of well-being

Direct-to-consumer drug advertising is driving men to use testosterone when they’re really not good candidates for it Continue reading

Dried Plums Slow Bone Loss in Aging

Several recent studies have confirmed what traditional oriental medicine has known for centuries – that dried plums have the capacity to prevent and even reverse bone loss that can occur in our later years.  Continue reading

Why Having ‘Normal’ or ‘High’ Bone Density is bad for Your Health

A new study published in The Breast Journal, authored by researchers at the Department of Surgery, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY confirms numerous past studies showing low bone mineral density lowers the risk of breast cancer,[i], [ii], [iii], [iv], [v], [vi], [vii], [viii], [ix], [x], [xi], [xii], [xiii]  and validates the hypothesis that women with breast cancer and low bone mineral density will have lower breast cancer recurrence rates than women with so-called ‘normal’ bone density. Continue reading

These Five Foods Can Help Build Bone

New research has shown probiotics can benefit bone density, according to a study from Michigan State University.

Probiotics, the “good” bacteria found in yogurt and a long list of supplements, have already been shown to have a number of health benefits. Previous research has shown that certain strains of probiotics can lower Continue reading

Are Steroid Injections Safe?

After receiving steroid injections for back pain, 34 people died and nearly 500 were injured due to a terrifying outbreak of fungal meningitis. The outbreak was traced to the pharmacy that made the tainted products. Continue reading

High Doses of ‘Load’ Slows Loss of Bone in Spinal Cord Injury

At the end of a 3-year study, participant’s thighbones that received either a low dose of load or no load had a density that was almost 40 percent lower than thighbones that received a high dose of load Continue reading

Breast Cancer and Heart Attacks: A Deadly Side Effect of Calcium Supplements?

Calcium is one of the most popular dietary supplements on the market, largely because of the widely circulated mantra that mega-doses of this mineral are essential for building and maintaining healthy bones. Continue reading

Prunes May Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Most people know that they should get adequate levels of calcium every day in order to maintain strong bones, but researchers at Florida State University have conducted a study which suggests that prunes may also contribute to higher bone density.

In a year-long trial, the scientists instructed 55 of the participants to eat 100 grams of dried plums each day and 45 volunteers to consume the same amount of dried apples. All volunteers were female and took 500-milligram calcium supplements and 400 international units of vitamin D.

At the end of the study, researchers said that the women who ate prunes daily had significantly higher bone mineral density than their counterparts who ate apples. The scientists noted that this may be due to the fruit’s ability to prevent resorption, or bone loss.

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Natural Approach Builds Strong Bones Safely According to Scientists

For countless years, natural health advocates, who suggested caution at the near hysterical and highly advertised push to put women on anti-osteoporosis prescription drugs, were looked at as unscientific health “nuts”. But now some mainstream scientists are in total agreement and are even sounding the alarm about those medications. Instead of popping side effect loaded pills, say University of Illinois (U of I) researchers, an effective first course of action to keep bones strong should be to simply increase calcium in your diet and vitamin D or take calcium and vitamin D supplements.

But, you may say, you just had a bone density scan and your doctor claims your score shows you are at high risk for the bone-robbing condition known as osteoporosis. Shouldn’t you follow your physician’s dictate to start taking a widely advertised bone-building prescription medication? Continue reading

Efforts to Promote Breast Feeding Urged

LOS ANGELES — The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has called for greater efforts to promote breastfeeding, which offers health benefits for both infants and mothers.

    Nursing exclusively for six months, then with food until at least 12 months is ideal, the ADA said in a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the ADA.

    “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that exclusive breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first six months of life, and breastfeeding with complementary food from six months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants,” the ADA said.

    “Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality and improving maternal morbidity and helping to control health care costs.”

    “Research is especially needed on the effectiveness of breastfeeding promotion campaigns,” said the association.

    Having conducted an evidence-based review of breastfeeding’s history, practices and health benefits in the United States and other countries, the ADA concluded that breast milk features optimal nutrient composition for infants and reduces the risk for many acute and chronic conditions.

    According to the study, breastfeeding offers the following benefits for infants:

    — A stronger immune system;

    — Decreased risk of asthma, lower respiratory tract infections and gastroenteritis;

    — Improved protection against allergies and intolerances;

    — Proper development of jaw and teeth;

    — Association with higher IQ and better grades in school; and

    — Reduced risk for sudden infant death syndrome, as well as chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, highblood pressure, high cholesterol and childhood leukemia.

    The benefits of breastfeeding for mothers include:

    — Quality time spent bonding with baby;

    — Quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight due to increased calorie expenditure;

    — Less postpartum bleeding, faster shrinking of the uterus and return to menstrual cycle;

    — Lowered risks for breast and ovarian cancer, as well as type II diabetes;

    — Better bone density with less risk of hip fracture;

    — Improved self-esteem and less risk of postpartum depression; and

    — Cost savings from not buying formula.