Copper Toxicity and Osteoporosis
“Mineral deficiencies are responsible for a host of health problems,
which are incorrectly treated by drugs.”
Dr. Robert Thompson
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by a decrease in bone density. Bones become weak and brittle. A common result of osteoporosis is fractures. Osteoporosis rarely causes signs or symptoms until it’s advanced. It affects women more than men because they have less bone mass and because they produce less estrogen after menopause which reduces the body’s ability to keep calcium in the bones. It is common in older adult. It leads to degeneration of the spine, a humpback, and fragile bones which are more easily fractured. This condition results in adults that are fragile, weak and more breakable.
Osteoporosis also results in shorter elderly people whose vertebrae are compressing against each other due to the loss of calcium from the bone. Most women consume too many foods that leech the calcium out of their bones. Osteoporosis reduces bone mass per unit bone volume resulting in reduced strength and increased risk of fracture often with even a minor trauma. The bone mass decreases with increasing age and osteoporosis is common in post-menopausal women as estrogen prevents bone resorption. This group is more prone to fractures. As people are living longer and more sedentary lives, incidence of osteoporosis is expected to continue rising.
High Copper Levels in Osteoporosis
There is a often strong correlation to those high in copper with other altered minerals and heavy metals relationships than can trigger symptoms of Osteoporosis. Doing a hair test will inform you of your exact mineral status and help you determine the actual level of unbound copper as well as other nutrient imbalances. Once these imbalances are corrected with nutritional rebalancing, the symptoms of Osteoporosis can be reduced.
Osteoporosis can be classified as follows:
- Primary osteoporosis: is more common form and is due to age related loss of bone.
- Secondary osteoporosis: has an equal sex distribution and can occur at any age.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
- bones become prone to fractures
- back pain
- curved back bone
- joints pain
- muscle pain
The Best Ways To Avoid Osteoporosis
- Avoid Phosphorus-rich foods and drinks
These will greatly also impair calcium absorption. The worse offenders are soda drinks, milk and milk products and many processed foods.
- Do Weight Bearing Exercise Regularly: weight-bearing exercise such as walking, tennis, dancing, rope-jumping, basketball, and backpacking, helps build strong bones. Swimming is not considered a weight-bearing exercise because of the zero-gravity environment of water.
- Do Other Gentle Exercises Regularly
Yoga and other gentle exercises help make you limber and stronger.
- Support Stomach Acid
An inadequate amount of stomach acid can lead to poor absorption of calcium. To increase stomach acid, eat charcoal-barbequed foods or charcoal supplements, eat more slowly, and don’t wash your food down too quickly with a drink.
- Take Recommended Supplements Based on Hair Testing
Zinc, copper and manganese are essential for bone integrity. They are all in a diet rich in green leafy vegetables.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C which helps to create collagenous fibers to which the calcium of the bone is attached.