Osteoporosis: Beyond Diet and Lifestyle

In the first volume of Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide, I extensively discussed multiple dietary and lifestyle factors that impact the disease and how to modify these factors accordingly to significantly help prevent or reverse the condition. For most, this would be sufficient, but for many others, this will not be enough.

The body must be viewed as an interconnected unit. In other words, treating a bone disease does not stop at supporting the bones in isolation. Several other organs such as, but not limited to, the thyroid gland,  parathyroid glands, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract majorly impact the state of the skeleton. Dysfunction in any of the aforementioned organs, which can even be asymptomatic, needs to be carefully managed in order to support bone health.

An excerpt from the second volume, titled Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide: The Organ Function:

“As the second volume of Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide, this book focuses on organ function as it relates to bone health. If not already done so, it is imperative that the first volume, titled “Lifestyle and Nutrition”, is thoroughly read as necessary diet and lifestyle practices are still fundamental to achieving optimal bone health irrespective of any other secondary issue. In fact, in such instances, it will be even more important to maximize the bone-promoting benefits from diet and a healthy lifestyle.

A malfunctioning of even one or multiple major organ systems will in turn negatively affect bone metabolism, regardless of adequate dietary and lifestyle support, and the effects can be quite dramatic. For example, if the intestinal permeability barrier of the small intestine is compromised, nutrient absorption is obstructed and severe osteoporosis will result. Organ dysfunction is not always obvious; often, it can be asymptomatic, and therefore it is advised that even those who think they are completely healthy familiarize themselves with the contents of this book in the event that they may be affected. It will always be pertinent to pay attention to your own symptoms and get frequent blood tests and “check-ups” to look for anything abnormal. Worsening bone density results and continuous fractures after making multiple “pro-bone” lifestyle adjustments will be another suggestive sign that organ dysfunction is a possibility.

Treating organ dysfunction and/or adding specialized management regimes beyond that of a good diet and supportive lifestyle is needed to combat secondary osteoporosis resulting from impaired organ function. Some organ systems with a prominent role in skeletal health discussed here are the gut (small intestine), parathyroid glands, the thyroid, the kidneys, and the liver, to name a few.”

The new book is available on Amazon here.

Anti-Aging Supplements for Skin (“Internal Skincare”) Part II

Since the interest in improving skin appearance and preserving youth is increasing exponentially, and in line with the creation of new cosmetic treatments and topical formulations, it is as good a time as ever to highlight the internal means by which this can be achieved.Internal agents are woefully underwritten in skincare when in fact, unlike nearly all of topical agents, these agents are capable of acting on skin through the dermis after they are digested and taken into the bloodstream. Topical skin creams and such do not Continue reading

Before Money, Invest in your Bones

What is money without health? At present, even an unlimited supply of money cannot cure osteoporosis as there is no single and instant cure for the condition. Then, what good is wealth when you cannot live life to the fullest because you’re too fragile and constantly in pain? Then there is the chance that your life may be tragically cut short due to complications following fractures. Sure, there can be a cure in the future, but osteoporosis is a complex condition, and it also doesn’t just describe one condition. Osteoporosis may occur Continue reading

What are the Best Sunscreens to Protect Against Skin Aging?

First and foremost, forget about SPF when it comes to UV-induced skin aging. SPF, or sun protection factor, is simply a measure of how well a sunscreen can protect against UVB-induced sunburn. (1) While UVB does play a role in skin damage, it is not what is primarily responsible for the aging of skin. In other words, high SPF is not synonymous with high protection from photodamage. If a sunscreen prevents a sunburn yet allows for a “nice tan” (like many high SPF sunscreens), then said sunscreen is still allowing Continue reading

Common Myths about Osteoporosis

*As the first volume of the Osteoporosis book series (Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis: The Complete Guide Volume I: Lifestyle and Nutrition) is nearing release, I thought it might be appropriate to provide a free sample chapter: Chapter 1 – “Common Myths about Osteoporosis”.

**Hopefully, readers see that this condition is far from exclusive to old women, and more over, that prevention in both males and females should begin in youth. In the series, it will become evident that prevention and care of osteoporosis must be done holistically and below the surface, this book is also a prevention tool against Continue reading

Do Self-Tanners Age Skin?

Self-Tanners and Potential Aging Effects

Self-tanning agents work by producing an artificial “tanning” process from the reaction between the proteins on the surface of skin and the reducing sugars (such as dihydroxyacetone (DHA)) of the self-tanner. DHA has been known for awhile to be a color additive, but it was only until recently that DHA formulations  can act gradually and emulate a natural bronze-y tan without appearing too orange on most skintones. Their sweeping popularity is a testament to them being the obvious “no-brainer” choice for a substitute “tan” when it is now commonly known that real tans achieved by UVB and UVA exposure lead to skin wrinkling, sagging, and discoloration.

But what if self-tanners also age skin? How would that be possible? A keen eye and a Continue reading

Anti-Aging Supplements for Skin (“Internal Skincare”)

Since the interest in improving skin appearance and preserving youth is increasing exponentially, and in line with the creation of new cosmetic treatments and topical formulations, it is as good a time as ever to highlight the internal means by which this can achieved.Internal agents are woefully underwritten in skincare when in fact, unlike nearly all of topical agents, these agents are capable of acting on skin through the dermis after they are digested and taken into bloodstream. Topical skin creams and such do not permeate past the epidermis. If the face can be thought of as a house, internal skincare helps to improve skin appearance by repairing the foundation and improving the look of the exterior by re-structuring the interior.

The presented oral anti-skin aging supplements and compounds detailed below can be used alone or used as additives to topical skincare for possible synergistic benefits.

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