Bone disease, like osteopenia or osteoporosis, is not a calcium issue.
In the medical community, people focus on taking calcium and vitamin D for example to help with bone issues. But this approach is wrong.
As a matter of fact, I have never seen someone suffering from osteoporosis and reserve this condition by simply taking calcium and other vitamins.
The missing link is sugar.
The consumption of sugar depletes overall nutrient intake. This means that a person who consumes 20 percent of his total daily calories in sugar will have an equivalent reduction of vitamins and minerals of around 20 percent and so on. These vitamins and minerals—calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, magnesium, and zinc—are essential to the human body for maintaining strong bones. Without them, nutrient deficiencies occur, and disease ensues.
Medical studies have demonstrated that administering sugar to healthy volunteers causes a significant increase in the urinary excretion of calcium, proving that sugar depletes the bones of calcium.
Aside from calcium depletion, refined sugar also strips the body’s stores of magnesium, which seriously impacts bone health. You see, magnesium is needed for bone-remineralization, the process by which bones are restored of lost minerals. Without magnesium, the body cannot:
- Adequately absorb calcium
- Stimulate calcitonin, a hormone that draws calcium from the blood and tissues back into the bones
- Suppress parathyroid, another hormone that breaks down bone
- Convert vitamin D into its active form for calcium absorption
- Activate an enzyme required for new bone to form
- Regulate calcium transport
Finally, ingesting large amounts of sugar causes a significant increase in the levels of cortisol in the blood. Cortisol is the primary corticosteroid (hormone) secreted by the adrenal gland. Although corticosteroids have important biological functions, an excess of these hormones can cause osteoporosis. In fact, many doctors are reluctant to prescribe corticosteroid drugs precisely because they can cause severe bone loss. Eating too much sugar is in a way analogous to taking a small amount of cortisone, which causes your bones to become thinner.
In this picture below, we can see an example of this phenomenon. This patient was diagnosed in October 2017 with osteoporosis by her medical doctor (picture on the left). After 2 months on my program, her risk factor decreased 0.3% (picture on the right)!
The interesting fact is she was not taking any calcium, vitamin D or vitamins to help her bones. We simply cut out sugar and optimized her diet with lots of greens, grass-fed meats, and pastured eggs.
In brief, the key to reverse bone disease is to simply eliminate sugar!