Diving Into the True Science of Skeletal Nutrition
I bet some of you would have been most baffled if I told you how most of us have an EXCESS calcium problem today. Just by studying the advertisements and popularity of products on the market, it comes as no surprise that bones and joints are one of the main concerns of people in their PRIME. Well who wouldn’t be?
There’s a common saying that “most people spend the first half of their lives exchanging health for money, and then spend the next half of their lives exchanging money for health.” Somehow, this resonates with many and hence there is a constantly growing desire for people to get educated on preventive care, and taking control of one’s own well being. When it comes to bones and joints, we are talking about mobility and the freedom to do as one wishes with no restraint, worry and agony.
The problem today is that we have allowed mainstream media to define hard science; we have allowed giant corporations and industry efforts to “program” our rights and wrongs and influence our cognitive inclinations; and we have let our experiences from young create our truths. It is no one’s fault but ours alone that we didn’t do our homework like we would if we were, say, looking to buy a car or a house.
After all, whose responsibility is it when it comes to our own body? Many of us are becoming increasingly internet-savvy and turn to the World Wide Web for information, yet we still adopt the same mindset, “choosing” to believe sources which resonate with our fundamental programming or individuals who have the charisma and image that matches with our ideals. And it is easy to get lost in the “cesspool” section of the internet as there is really “hell alotta crap out there!” Many are either trying to sell you something or worse still, you’ll be surprised to learn that individuals or organisations with personal interests hire ghostwriters or create websites to publish content that serve themselves – and you wouldn’t ever know!
Today, you can get a video testimonial with a good looking person done for your product and company for just US$5! Many well-known doctors get paid handsomely by companies to make “undeclared endorsements.” You need to understand that not everything that exists on the internet is posted by a well-intentioned expert.
Based on my own experiences searching for answers on my chronic health problems back then, I’ll have to tell you that you have to drop all forms of mental filters and really dig deep – and once you do that, thankfully, you will start discovering some “truths”.
The Calcium for Strong Bones Myth
It is often stated that large amounts of calcium are required for strong bones, to calm nerves and for other characteristics of good health. Some nutritionists recommend up to three grams of calcium a day to prevent calcium deficiency. If you were “normal”, you would have definitely heard that “milk contains calcium and builds strong bones.”
Over the past 6000 years or more man evolved in a magnesium and potassium-rich, but calcium and sodium-poor, environment. For survival, the human body had to develop efficient conserving mechanisms for sodium and calcium.
To conserve sodium, the zona glomerulosa of the Adrenal Cortex secretes a very potent mineralocorticoid, Aldosterone, which increases sodium retention via the kidneys.
To conserve calcium, the skin developed a synthetic process that manufactures Vitamin D3 from a cholesterol derivative, under the influence of solar ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin D3 is then hydroxylated by the liver before the most important step takes place in the kidneys where Calcitriol is produced. Calcitriol is the hormonally active form of Vitamin D, one of the most potent calcium-conserving substances.
Now that we understand that the body has innate mechanisms to conserve our calcium stores, why then are we so fixated on the “I need calcium for strong bones” paradigm?
Well, it’s not what’s inside that matters, but how it behaves inside the body that matters. All too often, we think that we can literally “eat hair to grow hair” in the way that we look at nutrition. So we go, “if there’s calcium in milk, milk will give us strong bones!”
No article on calcium is complete without a detailed mention of milk and dairy. We need to first note that the milk that we know today is not a health food. If you can find fresh, whole, raw, unprocessed milk hygienically collected from grass-fed, healthy cows which were not subject to inhumane farming conditions and injected hormones, antibiotics and so on – there will be a group of people who will find raw milk very acceptable and nourishing to them – though not because of its calcium content, but for its vast array of nutrients. This has long been proven through rigorous, altruistic research, with the most high-profile being spearheaded by Dr. Weston A. Price which most people make references to.
Despite what the dairy industry has led you to believe till today, other than certain raw cheeses, yoghurt, kefir, butter and ghee, all the commercial, ultra heat-treated (UHT) and pasteurised milk and dairy products of today are very toxic foods to ingest.
Firstly, pasteurisation in itself was never a wise thing. Even the man, Louis Pasteur himself, admitted in his dying years that he was wrong, and that the “germ is nothing, the terrain is everything” in his own words.
If you had healthy cows bred in a humane way, the milk produced would contain beneficial bacteria and immune-enhancing substances. Today’s cows are fed artificial growth hormones which unnaturally causes them to produce much more milk (which is of course less nutrient-dense) – and because of this, they get “over-milked” and their udders get swollen. This leaves them very prone to infections and hence requires antibiotics, especially in their extremely crowded and abject farming conditions.
With excess antibiotic use, some of the bad bacteria develop resistance, but all the good bacteria is gone, thereby requiring pasteurisation in the first place – which denatures all the beneficial nutrients and proteins, by now indigestible, unidentifiable by the body and often recognised as “threats”, of hardly any benefit, and lacking in all the enzymes which have been destroyed by heat. It is no wonder that so many people are lactose intolerant – as most humans do not manufacture enough or any at all of the lactase enzyme found naturally in raw milk – which helps break down lactose. Through pasteurisation, all enzymes including lactase are destroyed.
When you pay a visit to ANY of these commercial farms, you will notice A LOT of pus from the cow’s udders getting into the milk. This of course justifies pasteurisation, but sterilised pus is still a form of pus, and you’ll be surprised to find extremely high levels of such “sterile pus” in your milk, which is why it gives you phlegm and mucous very easily. Such milk and dairy products are one of the most damp-forming foods and damaging to the spleen and digestive function in the body, creating conditions of gas, bloatedness, yeast infections, skin problems, sinus and allergies. This is of course contributed by the 60 odd hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, dioxins etc. found in milk.
So, in the first place, cows should not be bred in such abominable ways and raised with all the genetically modified feeds like corn which causes them to be very diseased and sick as they were not meant to process corn and grain, much less the genetically modified versions! That is how our foods get contaminated with “mad cow disease” or the “bird flu” in our poultry in the first place. Your milk can only be as healthy as your cows – and if your cows are not healthy, there isn’t any point consuming their milk, much less pasteurise it.
Now, you might ask, “What about my calcium?” Well, the milk today is a very acidic food. When we say acidic, we really mean its effects on the body after ingesting it. Lemons are some of the most alkalizing foods you can find even though it contains high citric acid. This is because it produces an alkaline ash in the body after ingesting it. Similarly, milk produces an acidic ash, which signals to the body to release calcium from the bone matrix into the bloodstream to neutralise it – losing calcium FROM the bone in the process!
Osteoporosis is not more common in those parts of Asia and Africa where diets are relatively low in calcium (300-500 mg/day) than in Europe and North America where consumption of dairy products contributes to more than 1000 mg of calcium/day.
Calcium Supplements Do More Harm than Good
Now that you are beginning to understand that milk is not really your friend, what about calcium then? That’s the whole point of this topic. Are calcium supplements good for strong bones?
Well, not quite.
I know. This will surprise you. I bet you have been told and have read too many times that you need calcium for strong bones. You have probably done a bone density scan, with people telling you to purchase calcium supplements to increase bone density. I’m sorry to say that we have been hugely misinformed.
Most calcium supplements on the market today are just not absorbable in the bone matrix. Calcium carbonate? We are talking about calcium extracted from limestone, chalk and corals with bad, calcified calcium. Calcium citrate? Also very poorly absorbed.
This is bad news as bad calcium deposits will form on your soft tissue other than in your bone matrix. This is where your heart arteries get calcified and blocked, which is why your doctors often have to prescribe calcium blockers for your heart problems. This is where your kidney stones, liver and gallstones come about. This is where you have “hardening of tissue”, causing arthritis. This is where you begin to get “hard” of hearing. This is where your floaters and cataracts may take shape. This is where nanobacteria can form calcium “shells” or “coating” to shield itself from the immune system, causing all kinds of degenerative disease and even preventing cancer from being dealt with effectively. Accumulation of bad calcium is causing a lot of the stiffness and hardness in our bodies where it hurts.
What about other so-called superior forms of calcium, say, an amino acid chelate version? Well, they are still very large, inorganic particles and still poorly absorbed into the bone in general. Only healthy plants contain the organic, naturally chelated, and small particle forms of calcium that can still be absorbed relatively well in the body. The microbes, humic and fulvic acid compounds in the soil help to chelate and break down inorganic minerals into smaller particles with the right charge and properties. The plants then absorb them through their root systems and convert the inorganic, metallic minerals like calcium into organic colloids for easy absorption.
All the natural forces at work from the conditions to the environment are impossible to replicate in a lab. It is thus actually much easier, economical and effective to get calcium from plant-based foods. And, the best part is, whilst most of our food supply is facing huge insufficiencies of certain minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, calcium is not one of them.
So many packaged foods and beverages, meal replacement powders and products these days are “fortified” with calcium – so it is inevitable that we need to get these “bad calcium” deposits out of the body. Even soy and soy-based products in unfermented forms cause osteoporosis despite its purported calcium content. Checking for blood calcium levels might yield normal results – yet calcifications and bad calcium deposits still accumulate at soft tissue sites.
When patients with severe osteoporosis were given massive doses of calcium they went into positive calcium balance, but radiographic studies revealed no changes in the osteoporotic process. Where did that calcium go? Obviously into the soft tissues where it does not belong.
True Solutions for Bone Health
In our talks and programmes, we dive into comprehensive protocols and share more in-depth methods to optimise bone health and joint health. We also reveal all the scientific literature, research and explain how everything works. On a one-to-one basis, we also share how to individualise regimes. Whilst it is impossible to go through all that here and elaborate in full detail, let’s get a good insight to what one should look at for optimal bone and joint health.
It is not easy to get silica, much less sufficient levels of silica. This is also why when someone has low silica stores and deplete them due to many factors such as lifestyle and gene expression, you find that they are quite doomed and have to struggle with poor bone strength and joint health for the rest of their lives.
You can find usable silica in certain young botanicals especially in horsetail, stinging nettles, oat straw, comfrey and alfalfa. These are great for maintaining bone and joint health as silica is transmuted into calcium in the bone matrix and is also a major component of the collagen matrix which maintains the joints, skin, hair and nails.
To get a supplemental or therapeutic dose of silica would be difficult as most forms of silica are in fact crystallised silicon, ionic silica which crystallises easily, exist as diatomaceous earth which is used for short bouts of parasite cleansing, and in a synthetically bound form (this being the most popular on the market but is not nearly as effective and has yielded some negative side effects in some cases).
Thankfully, we have exclusively procured the only organic and maximum bioavailability silica liquid formula through a scientist’s patented discovery. His life work over decades led to the perfection of this silica liquid which involves bacterial fermentation of silica sand and extraction before binding it molecularly to water molecules for maximum absorption. It has been helping to restore and rejuvenate people across Europe for a long time, offering immense and noticeable anti-ageing benefits as well. It is even used by chiropractors topically on sites of injury, by dermatologists on sites of skin inflammation and infection to miraculous effect. Taking herbal baths with the abovementioned botanicals would also be great for the skin and body, especially if your bath water has been structured.
One has to mention Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and Calcitonin (CT) when considering Magnesium and its effects on our bone health and calcium levels. The major skeletal effect of PTH is to increase bone resorption by stimulating osteoclasts, thereby increasing mobilization of calcium from bone. PTH also favors cellular uptake of calcium by soft tissues and phosphate excretion by the kidney. CT has the opposite effect, that is, it increases deposition of calcium in the bone matrix and blocks cellular uptake of calcium by soft tissues.
Magnesium suppresses Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and stimulates Calcitonin (CT) secretion, therefore favouring deposition of calcium in the bone matrix where it belongs and removal of bad calcium from soft tissues. This is exactly what we want! Furthermore, a high magnesium intake would enhance calcium absorption through calcitonin (hormonally active Vitamin D3) mechanisms and increase serum ionised calcium.
In short, magnesium intake enhances calcium absorption and retention, whereas calcium intake suppresses magnesium absorption and results in calcification problems outside the bone. Together with silica, magnesium is transmutable into calcium in the bone, so with sufficient silica and magnesium, one never has to worry about bone health and strength.
3. Vitamin D3
If you haven’t already guessed by now, Vitamin D3 is critical for bone health and a whole lot more. Intelligent sun exposure can increase your Vitamin D3 levels but another thing to look at is also the liver and gallbladder function of an individual. This is because fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K which all work together synergistically to improve bone health are broken down with the aid of the liver and gallbladder and the bile they produce.
It is not easy to fully absorb supplemental Vitamin D3 if there isn’t an appropriate delivery system or absorption enhancement mechanism.
4. Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
A recent study showed that DHA enhances bone mineral content and increases bone strength and density. EPA was also found by a NASA-sponsored study to protect against bone loss. Take note that vegetable sources of Omega 3 normally exist in the ALA form and not the long-chain DHA or EPA form that you normally find with animal-based Omega 3s. Our bodies does not easily convert ALA into the human active and usable forms of DHA and EPA.
5. Hormones and Growth Factors
Hormones and growth hormones are the ultimate signalling molecules in the body. When they are out of balance or deficient, they lead to all forms of challenges imaginable from insomnia to weight gain and accelerated ageing, to even major diseases including cancer and osteoporosis.
Progesterone and testosterone are crucial bone strength preservers, although females need more progesterone and men more testosterone. Then there is also DHEA which improves and preserves bone health.
HGH is the premier hormone of which IGF-1 is probably the most well-documented growth factor and end product of HGH synthesis. They are very expensive to obtain as isolates in good quality and form and also very difficult to deliver appropriately into the body where it can be optimally utilised. What’s more, it is expensive to test and monitor as supplementing HGH and IGF-1 has its fair share of side effects and contraindications. It took us intense efforts to research and test natural and more affordable solutions to increase these hormones, growth factors, and keep them in balance.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding dietary protein consumption. Many people are turning to one or two major studies on dietary protein and their conclusion of dietary protein being less than ideal for optimal health and longevity. What they do not realise is that due to our poor diets, lifestyle, and environment, most people no longer have a fully efficient digestive system.
Let’s not forget we are eating highly toxic and processed foods, rancid oils, and many people overeat foods that require a lot of digestive effort. Nobody chews their food 20-30 times until it’s completely mashed up as well so lots of work has to be done in the stomach and intestines. As a result, we are lacking stomach acid (HCL), pepsin, digestive/pancreatic enzymes, bile, and many more digestive factors. So, when we consume dietary protein, you need to understand most of this protein tends to be from animal-based protein which no longer has the wild or free-range purity, robustness, and genetic superiority.
What’s worse, these proteins are fed with toxic feeds, are raised in abject conditions, are dis-eased, ill, stressed up and hence have unfavourable chemical expression in the structure of their meats e.g. adrenaline. So what is happening is that we are consuming dietary peptides, acidic food sources not balanced out with alkaline food sources, high-temperature cooked foods with denatured proteins that tax our enzymatic systems – and expecting to absorb the crucial amino acids that our bodies are crying out for.
Why are amino acids so crucial? Well, they are building blocks of hormones (including calcitonin and parathyroid hormone), neurotransmitters, enzymes, crucial peptides, gene materials and very important proteins in the body. Proteins that are important for bone health include the following: tumour necrosis factor receptor proteins, calmodulin, osteocalcin, bone morphogenetic protein, transcription factor proteins, transport proteins and many more!
Can you imagine the detriment to bone health if all these are lacking because in the first place the raw materials are lacking? Only specific kinds of amino acids in the right forms and proportions can quickly restore the body’s protein systems, digestion and enzyme production so that bone health can be restored.
Whilst there are even more things to look at for bone health, the pointers we have mentioned are a great starting point. More importantly, if we start to drop the concept that we need to ingest large amounts of calcium to maintain bone health, then we can genuinely get jumpstarted on our road to ultimate bone health.