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The Douglass Report November 2009

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DEFEAT OSTEOPOROSIS
With the one mineral proven to blow calcium out of the water

It’s no wonder osteoporosis affects more than 10 million people in the U.S. Everything we’ve been told about how to treat or prevent it is an outright lie.

Think your bones will wither without hormone replacement therapy? Wrong. Think calcium is the key to maintaining strong bones? Wrong again.

If you want to defeat this debilitating bone disease, here’s the first thing you need to d Take everything you thought you knew about osteoporosis and throw it out the window.

Then focus on loading up on the one mineral that’s been proven to increase bone mineral density and prevent osteoporosis. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute, but first you need to know about…

The osteoporosis “solution” that increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer

All of this bad advice and misdirection started back in 1984 when the National Institutes of Health declared that osteoporosis was a serious health threat, and told women they needed to load up on estrogen and calcium in order to reduce bone loss.

What a disaster. It’s been 25 years, and the number of osteoporosis sufferers is higher than it’s ever been. To make matters worse, decades of loading up on hormones made of horse urine has left a mass of victims that would make Joseph Stalin blush.

Many women have suffered the consequences of taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Two of the worst offenders are Premarin and Prempro. If there’s an upside to either of these drugs, I haven’t found it. There’s no solid proof that they help improve bone density one iota. Even the drug’s own website warns that they increase the risk of uterine cancer, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and breast cancer.

I’d rather take my chances with osteoporosis.

Loading up on calcium isn’t much better. Overdosing on this mineral can lead to osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, cancer, and—the most shocking of all—osteoporosis.

That’s right. This boon to bone health can have the opposite effect if you’re not careful.

Contrary to what you’ve been led to believe, not many people are deficient in calcium. What most people don’t understand about calcium is that it can’t work alone. In fact, without one other vital nutrient…

Calcium is virtually useless for building strong bones

This isn’t a new discovery. Back in 1950, Dr. Lewis B. Barnett conducted his own investigations to determine why two Texas towns only 400 miles apart could have very different rates of osteoporosis. In Hereford, Texas, the average age of people experiencing a break of the cervical neck of the femur was 82 years old. In Dallas, on the other hand, the average age was at 63 years old—that’s a 19-year age gap.

So much for age being the primary factor in developing osteoporosis. This little study completely blew that theory out of the water.

When Barnett checked the mineral content of the water in each town, he found that Dallas had six times more calcium in its water supply than Hereford. So a calcium deficiency didn’t explain the discrepancy, either.

After a little more digging, Barnett discovered…

The most overlooked cause of osteoporosis

It turned out to be a deficiency in magnesium.

The key difference between the two towns was found in the magnesium content of the water supply. A water analysis showed that the Hereford water contained twice as much magnesium as the Dallas water (16 ppm vs. 8 ppm).

To follow up on his findings, Barnett analyzed the bone content of 500 women from both cities. It was just as he suspected: In Dallas, where there was a higher number of osteoporosis cases, the magnesium content of the bone was only .05 percent. In Hereford, on the other hand, the magnesium content was 1.76 percent.

More recently, in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, authors Guy E. Abraham, M.D. and Harinder Grewal, M.D. agreed that calcium alone is not the answer to treating or preventing osteoporosis. They wrote, “A review of the published data does not support calcium megadosing during postmenopause. Controlled studies showed no significant effect of calcium intake on mineral density on…bones.”

They concluded that “there is no justification for calcium megadosing in postmenopausal women.”

Instead, they found that by increasing magnesium intake…

You can increase bone mineral density in as little as one year

Abraham and Grewal conducted a study in which they put patients on a low-magnesium diet and then loaded them up on calcium and vitamin D supplements. As you can imagine, all the participants became deficient in magnesium, but here’s the shocking part: They became deficient in calcium as well.

But when the patients were given magnesium, not only did their magnesium levels rise, but their calcium levels did too… even though they weren’t taking any additional calcium supplements.

There’s a simple explanation for this phenomenon: Your bones can’t absorb the calcium they need without adequate amounts of magnesium. That’s why taking a calcium supplement alone just doesn’t work. To make matters worse, taking too much calcium prevents your body from absorbing the magnesium it needs to utilize the calcium. That’s why overdosing on calcium can actually cause osteoporosis.

Most Americans are extremely deficient in magnesium, and it’s not hard to figure out why. For starters, fertilizers greatly decrease the amount of this mineral in the soil. But even what’s left in the grains ends up getting removed through the refining process. So if your diet consists of a lot of processed foods (as is the case for the majority of Americans), it’s impossible for you to get the amount of magnesium your body needs. To make matters worse, carbonated drinks can make the magnesium unabsorbable, and refined sugar helps eliminate it from your body.

In other words, the typical American diet is to blame for osteo­porosis—and no amount of calcium will change that.

Here’s what to do:

You can start by adding more magnesium-rich foods to your diet. The best sources of magnesium include seafood, nuts (especially almonds and cashews), whole grains, whole wheat, legumes, and green vegetables. Celtic sea salt is also extremely high in this mineral. (You can order some by going online to www.celticseasalt.com, or by calling (800) 867-7258.)

Even with the best of intentions, you’re still probably not going to get as much magnesium as you need. That’s why you should add a magnesium supplement to your regimen.

The study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine found that the women who took 500mg of calcium and 600mg of magnesium experienced results that were 16 times greater than those women who relied on diet alone when it came to reversing postmenopausal bone loss.

I think those numbers are fairly conservative. Since the typical American diet is high in calcium and low in magnesium, the best thing to do is to boost your magnesium supplementation to 1,000mg per day, and your calcium to 500mg per day.

Do that for a little while and then have your bone mineral density retested. I guarantee you’ll see results.

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