by Sonja Uhlig, Paracelsus Klinik, Switzerland
We frequently encounter this subject when we hear of elderly people who suffer from bone pain, femoral neck or other kinds of fractures as a consequence of rather ordinary injuries. However, these conditions are advanced stages of bone resorption, which everybody can prevent.
Osteoporosis is the systemic deterioration of bone firmness (i.e. bone density and quality), caused by bone‐resorbing activities (osteoclasts, de‐mineralization) prevailing over bone‐forming activities (osteoblasts, absorption of minerals, formation of elastic fibrotic fibers).
In the course of advanced bone loss, patients suffer from uncharacteristic skeletal pain, spinal curvature, and cervical and spinal stiffening. Even minor injuries easily result in fractures.
Osteoporosis risk factors include:
- Genetic disposition: women are at a significantly higher risk; genetic predisposition for bone decalcification
- Lack of physical activity
- Drugs: corticosteroids, thyroid hormones, chemotherapeutics, heparin
- Smoking: no removal of metabolic waste products plus over‐acidification
- Alcohol consumed on a daily base increases the body’s over‐acidification.
- Diet: a diet extremely rich in proteins also over‐acidifies the body by producing non‐ convertible amino acids which the body strives to neutralize by bonding them to calcium. For this purpose, calcium is diverted from the bones and stored in form of calcium oxide complexes in parts of the body that are not exposed to high metabolic activities (articular cartilage, connective tissue, sinews).
- Condition of the intestinal flora
- Endocrine factors: hyperthyreosis, hyperprolactinemia, Cushing’s syndrome, sex hormone deficiencies caused by early menopause, anorexia, ovari‐ and hysterectomy.
The drugs most frequently used are analgesics (90%), calcium/vitamin D, bisphosphonates and hormone therapies.
Already due to epidemiological considerations and based on increasing expenditures for treatment and after‐care, the orthodox approach also points out on prophylactic measures. However, it fails to incorporate metabolic processes and the awareness for a vegetarian diet. It completely ignores the flow of energies that contribute to the occurrence of sickness. Possible preventive measures are thus reduced to improving the lifestyle. However, for the most part osteoporosis is treated with drugs at a comparatively advanced stage, i.e. when the goal is to prevent fractures.
It starts by reducing risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity or reducing the amount of coffee consumed.
- De‐acidification, nutrition: we recommend a diet that is low in animal proteins and includes only small amounts of dairy products. Instead, an alkaline diet containing vegetables and fruits plus the daily consumption of alkalizing powders should be preferred. In order to promote the intestinal flora, we also recommend uncooked vegetarian food that is rich in cellulose, vitamin K and nutritional supplements that promote the health of the intestinal flora.
- Stimulating the metabolism: Paracelsus Klinik’s main treatment approach (besides strict de‐ acidification and diet) is to encourage the bone metabolism by cupping, spinal massages and metabolism stimulating drugs to strengthen and increase bone elasticity. This approach furthermore effectively eases possible pain.
- Natural hormones: at Paracelsus‐Klinik, we use bio‐identical hormones ‐ i.e. hormones, which feature the same structure as those inherent in our body ‐ that are easily metabolized and digested. The osseous incorporation of calcium is thus improved, the connective tissue’s firmness is increased and menopausal complaints are clearly eased.
- Calcium ‐ also derived from organic structures ‐ is furthermore administered. However, in order to improve the physical structure it is also necessary to consume silicea, the organic structural agent in mineral therapy and homeopathy.
- In terms of ayurvedic considerations I would like to mention that stress is seen as a significant factor in the occurrence of osteoporosis. Biochemically, we can observe the increased release of cortisol through the hypothalamo‐pituitary‐adrenal axis, which triggers bone resorption. The ayurvedic treatment approach recommends a diet that consists of rather hot and creamy soups, heat and metabolic stimulation while soothing the mind at the same time. Quite popular are ayurvedic massages deploying purifying herbs and hot oil. Preparations of pearls, corals and other organic minerals serve as mineral supplements.
I believe my task at the clinic is to harmonically complete the treatment mainly applied by my personal knowledge. I look forward to caring for our patients in cooperation with all staff members.
Sonja Uhlig, MD, Paracelsus Klinik, Switzerland