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Causes And Natural Treatments For Osteoporosis

In this article, I’m going to discuss with you the physiology of osteoporosis, and some things you can do naturally to treat it.

For those of you that do not know, osteoporosis literally means “porous bones.” It is a medical condition where the bones lose calcium and become brittle, weak and ultimately, results in bone loss. There are many speculations as to what causes osteoporosis, but as we’ll learn in a moment, osteoporosis or bone loss is one of the many symptoms of impaired energy metabolism, and is one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

There are specific hormones that lead to the decalcification of the bones or inverted calcium metabolism where instead of your bones and teeth, your heart tissues are properly calcified. Those lose calcium and it is deposited into the soft tissues like your arteries, skin, scalp and other soft tissue in the body.

When your metabolism is working efficiently, under good thyroid function, your body produces carbon dioxide and bicarbonate, which are responsible for the outward flow of calcium from the mitochondria in the cell into the bones, instead of into the cell or the soft tissues. In other words, it is a healthy metabolism, which is responsible for the production of carbon dioxide in ensuring that calcium stays outside of the cell and the soft tissue, and is deposited into the bones.

In fact, there are even studies that have been done on hyperthyroid mice. These are mice with a very strong thyroid and a high metabolic rate that actually experienced no bone loss whatsoever, and it was even found that the accelerated production of carbon dioxide accelerated bone formation, not to mention that carbonate, which is a salt form of carbonic acid, happens to be highly present in newly formed bones, which brings us to the conclusion that a high functioning metabolism thyroid and the extreme production of carbon dioxide is not only protective against osteoporosis, but is also essential for the production of new bones or bone development, not to mention that, in addition to carbon dioxide, ATP or adenosine triphosphate is considered to be one of the most important substances for protein formation. That includes things like your hair, nails, teeth and of course, your bones.

It just so happens that both ATP and carbon dioxide are produced most abundantly under oxidative phosphorylation, which is driven by your thyroid gland. What we’ve come to realize so far is that osteoporosis is really just a symptom of impaired calcium or bone metabolism, which is really a symptom or something that tends to occur when your thyroid is not working efficiently and when oxidative metabolism or energy metabolism is impaired. This tends to occur again under hypothyroidism.

To explain this in a little bit more detail, what tends to happen hormonally under hypothyroidism, and when your metabolism is impaired, is that there’s an elevation of certain hormones and a deficiency of other hormones. Obviously, under hypothyroidism and in impaired metabolism, there is insufficient levels of thyroid hormone, most usually, progesterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and other protective hormones and an increased functioning of stress hormones like estrogen, prolactin and cortisol. Normally, when your thyroid is working efficiently, thyroid hormone tends to oppose the production of all these stress hormones.

Thyroid keeps estrogen, prolactin and cortisol all in check, but when your thyroid is not working efficiently and it’s down regulated, all these hormones tend to become unopposed and increase chronically. Estrogen then increases and stimulates the production of cortisol and prolactin. Prolactin stimulates the functioning of the parathyroid.

So both prolactin and parathyroid, which are stimulated by excess estrogen and cortisol, which increase under hypothyroidism, is that they in the short term, will mobilize calcium from your bones to stimulate or shock the bones to produce new stem cells, capillaries and energy.

But over a long period of time, although is helpful in the short term, as prolactin and parathyroid are increasingly functioning in the body, they are going to continuously rob the bones of calcium, mobilize the calcium and try to use it as energy in a sort of stress state or in a life or death situation.

Over the long-term, as your thyroid is not working and prolactin and parathyroid are increased in their functioning, this is going to cause calcium to be deprived from the bones and teeth chronically, which over time, will decalcify the bones and lead to bone loss. So basically, this is really how hypothyroidism and impaired metabolism can lead to osteoporosis.

It results in the increased functioning of prolactin and parathyroid, which more or less rob your bones of calcium to try to use it as energy or a sort of stress state. In addition to elevated levels of estrogen, cortisol and prolactin and the increased functioning of the parathyroid hormone, serotonin, happens to be another key player in the pathology of osteoporosis or bone loss.

In fact, studies have found that the use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs or SSRIs led to excessive and irreversible bone loss in mice. The way serotonin probably leads to bone loss is due to its effect on cortisol and all the pathways of hormones involved in bone loss. Serotonin stimulates cortisol, cortisol has a feedback loop with estrogen, stimulating estrogen, and estrogen increases the production of prolactin, which further suppresses thyroid, increases the parathyroid, and prolactin and parathyroid, as we learn, rob the bones of calcium.

With all these in mind, the things that you’re going to want to do the correct osteoporosis on a cellular or hormonal level, is to increase the functioning of your thyroid gland obviously, because you’re going to want to increase production of carbon dioxide to ensure proper bone growth in the proper calcification of your bones.

You can also supplement your diet with herbs such as mucunapruriens and supplemental zinc, which is most abundant in black ant, beef liver and oysters. Both mucuna, or specifically, L-dopa or dopamine and zinc can inhibit the production of prolactin upwards to 50%, which is going to be very beneficial for correcting bone loss.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatment For Tonsillitis

Very few people have ever heard of a Chinese medicinal formula known as Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko. It’s made up of nine herbs (ginger rhizome, root of Glycyrrhiza,ginseng radix, jujube fruit, root of Platycodon , Scutellaria root, pinella tuber, root of Bupleurumand gypsum) and in Asian cultures, it has been utilized for more than a millennia.

Tonsillectomy, based on statistics provided by the National Institute of Health, is the second most common performed surgery on children; sometimes however, it can also be doneon adults. More often than not, tonsillectomy is done because of repeated tonsillitis. This condition is a throat infection that crisis in the tonsils. Usually, it causes severe fever and sore throat and this wandering can become more painful and difficult.

While tonsillectomy is a very common surgical procedure, it does involve certain risks. According to the Pediatric OtorhinolaryngolInternational Journal , bleeding or hemorrhagehas been observed to be as high as 20%. Due to the risks of surgery, some people turn to alternative treatments such as herbal medicine.

A study involving seven patients was done to assess the efficacy of this herbal remedy. All patients need to have suffered from acute tonsillitis twice a year for more than two years sauce to qualify for this study. There are patients who have already made up their mind to go for surgical treatment. The patients in the study were givenShu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekkofor two months at least. The outcomes were posted in the Complimentary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

The rate of acute tonsillitis was reduced in the seven patients suffering from chronic tonsillitis who were Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko. The sauerkraut was reduced or even disappeared in all the patients after taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko. Some people who were not responding to conventional treatment (e.g. NSAIDS, cephem derivative antibiotics, antibiotics and penicillin derivative) got better with the herbal treatment. No negative side effects were seen in any of the patients taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekko.”

The herbal combination’s effects are known to be due to its immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory actions. A number of immunomodulatory effects have been shown as “B cell activation or promote the production of antibodies, macrophage activations to boost phagocytosis function, increased production of monocyte and enhanced effectiveness of IL-1 and IL-6 production, and increased monoxide production.”

According to the authors, “The open-label outcomes indicate that the herbal remedy known as taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekkois safe and effective for treating chronic tonsillitis, which usually involves surgery to manage. Reducing the rate of acute tonsillitis can prevent patients from getting tonsillectomy. The herbal medicine Sho-saiko-to-ka-kikyo-sekko is effective for the treatment of chronic tonsillitis and for decreasing the rate of acute tonsillitis. In certain instances, patients taking Shu-saiko-to-ca-kikio-sekkocan successfully avoid planned surgery to extract their tonsils.”

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.