The Causes of Osteoporosis

The true causes of osteoporosis have been unknown until now. It has been assumed that it has something to do with diet, and the researchers keep looking and not finding.

However, in the United States, the occurrence of this disease is much higher than in nations that consume as little as one-third the calcium and vitamin D that are consumed in the United States.

Most often, it hits menopausal women, but it can happen to anybody. Sometimes it attacks the entire skeleton. Other times, just a specific location is effected.

You may not even know you have it because there are no symptoms of osteoporosis until you fracture a bone.

The causes of osteoporosis is a general feeling of self devaluation or depression . It is a conflict active phase disease.

Often the children have grown up and left home. Their mother may have felt her life's purpose was to raise the children. Now they are grown up and out of the house, so she no longer feels needed or useful.

Psychologists call this Empty Nest Syndrome. You may feel lost, disempowered, isolated or ashamed.

In many cultures the grandmother helps care for the grandchildren. She still feels useful, and her wisdom is respected and sought after.

The incidences of osteoporosis in these cultures are much lower than they are in the industrialized nations.

Estrogen therapy seems to help because the woman begins to look younger and she starts feeling better about herself.

The resolution phase, , or healing phase, can be unpleasant. Bones that are healing are painful. Swelling occurs under the periosteum (the skin that covers the bones).

Your body is telling you to rest for a reason. During this healing phase, your bones become more brittle and are in danger of breaking easily.

Bone scans are a nuclear scanning test that identifies new areas of bone growth or breakdown. A radioactive tracer is injected into a vein.

Areas of new rapid cell growth show up in these scans. The problem is that the scan does not distinguish between healing bones, infections, or tumors. A dangerous misdiagnosis is possible.

So beware; a misdiagnosis is possible, as most physicians have not seen a case of osteoporosis heal.

Typical case:

An elderly gentleman, eighty years old was diagnosed with osteoporosis in the hip bones. I worked with him in dealing with his feelings of uselessness and anger. Later, bone scans showed new growth diagnosed by his physician as osteosarcoma.

He chose to forgo treatment. Four years later, the osteosarcoma has not spread. He says he feels good and has since become president of a senior citizen's club.

Your best natural treatment for osteoporosis is to be physically, socially and mentally active to help maintain good self esteem. And don't be so hard on yourself.

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