The Body Breathes Us

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Friday, Oct 11, 2019 - 6:05pm
Breathing

There are times throughout the day when my Skelly holds her breath out of fear, fatigue or stress and that’s not good for bone health. There are many ways that we manipulate breath, from holding it or allowing it in/out on a shallow level to taking in tiny gulps when stressed.

“It’s amazing how many folks do not breathe into their lower lungs and belly,” said Dr. Thomas J. Francescott, ND, a naturopath who practices in New York’s upper Hudson Valley. “Breathing has the ability to help stress hormones, vagus nerve (runs from the brain through the face and thorax down to the abdomen, containing parasympathetic fibres) and general relaxation.  In terms of bone health, stress plays a big role in bone breakdown.  So simple techniques to oxygenate the tissues can help to build bones” 

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Bone Turnover Markers – Their Role in Bone Health

By: | Posted in: Blog | Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 - 5:10pm
Bone Turnover Lecture.

This interview offered by Dr. Richard Eastell Director, The Mellanby Centre for Bone Research, Department of Oncology and Metabolism Faculity of Medicine, Dentistry and Health University of Sheffield, UK was presented by the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

Bone turnover markers.  What are they and who needs them?

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Bone Quality – Trabecular Bone Score

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 - 5:47pm

Bone Quality:

Since I started working in the field of bone health there is a common thread that drives a bigger question. 

Is the DXA test (which measures bone density) the only way to determine the overall health of your bones?

But what about bone quality?

OSTEOPOROSIS AND BONE QUALITY

Dr. Lani Simpson interviewed the researcher and developer of the Trabecular Bones Score TBS software, Dr. Didier Hans.

They discussed bone density testing, with a special focus on the TBS score.

The recording and notes are now available.

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Berries and Bones

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:05am
Berries for your Bones

My bones love berries because that means summer.  Do you adore the summer as I do?    Spending time with friends at the beach and getting lots of bone-building sunshine.  And eating plenty of brilliant fresh summer berries.

Even though berries are tiny, they pack a powerful punch when it comes to your bones.  Their beautiful reds, blues, blacks, and purples tell you that they are full of natural antioxidants.  Yet they have such a short shelf-life.

There is a trick keeping your berries mold free.

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Almonds Love Your Bones

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 - 8:08pm

Calcium-rich sprouted organic almonds are a good food choice for your bones.

Adding sesame and hemp seeds with Plantation blackstrap molasses make this a bone-loving snack.

A version of this recipe was served at my event:

The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis with Keith McCormick, DC. 

It was met with a “yum” and an “ah” and……

“Can I please have that recipe?”

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OPTIMAL VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019 - 7:14pm
The sun and your bones

Guest blog post by Keith McCormick, DC

Vitamin D: It’s not just about Osteoporosis and Bone Health

There are numerous reasons why I chose the title, The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, for my book. Not only should we look at the whole body when searching for causes of bone loss, but the fact that there are so many pieces of the “bone puzzle” that fit into other parts of the body, we really can’t separate skeletal physiology from the other organs and tissues during the diagnostic process.

Take vitamin D for instance. We all know that vitamin D is important for bones because it helps us absorb more calcium from the gut. But did you know that vitamin D is also important for the immune system to effectively ward off disease?

And, it does so much more!

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Irma’s Bones

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Friday, Jan 11, 2019 - 6:51pm

When I was diagnosed with osteopenia in 2005 after my first DXA report,  I knew I wasn’t interested in the script my doctor handed me. It was packaged with a ton of fear… “if you don’t take the meds your life is doomed.”   Instead I approached my diagnosis with the first-step solution: food as my medicine.

That moment catapulted me into the marrow of my own bones. It forced me to look into the inner workings of my life and make changes. I left my Wall Street career, brought a close to my 20-year marriage, and moved out of NYC after 37 years. Most importantly I became mindful of my life choices.

I returned to school to study “food as medicine” at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, studied with the best teachers, and traveled to the far corners of the world to explore how bone health is treated in places such as Bali, Indonesia and Chiang Mai, Thailand.

My life’s focus shifted to organic nutrient-dense food, mindful living, movement, joy, laughter and my work as a Holistic Bone Coach.

How are my bones now?

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Bone-Building Calcium-Rich Vinegar

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 - 4:16pm
Calcium and Mineral-Rich Vinegar

I love my bones and I love finding new ways to feed my bones.

My bones were jumping for joy having found The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook – Medicine Through Food Guide by Dr. Laura Kelly and Helen Bryman Kelly.  Inside the book offers a recipe for Bone-Building Calcium-Rich Vinegar.

“Just one tablespoon of Bone-Building Vinegar equals 350-400 mg of calcium (1,000-1,200 recommended for menopausal and post menopausal women)”.[1]

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Bone-Loving Brussels Sprouts Slaw

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 - 5:03pm

 

Join Irma and Skelly (the skeleton that lives in us all) for fun time in the kitchen.

 

Brusells Sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable. These veggies were originally named for the way their flowers seemed to form a cross or crucifix shape. But they are also known as “brassica” vegetables. That comes from their botanical name which translates to “cabbage.” Some people just call them the cabbage family of vegetables.

Eating three servings a day of cruciferous veggies is my personal goal.

Here’s a list of the most common ones you’ll find:

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Bone-loving Tandoori Cashews

By: | Posted in: Blog, Featured | Friday, Aug 10, 2018 - 11:05pm
Cashews growing on the tree

Who knew the bone-loving qualities of cashews?

From Dr. Mercola:

“Cashews are the number one crop in the world (after almonds), cultivated in more than 30 countries. They require a hot, humid climate to proliferate, which is why India, Brazil, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Nigeria are the largest raw cashew producers. (more…)