If you want to learn a lot about bone health, there is a book for you: “The Complete Book of Bone Health”.
Diane L Schneider, MD is a former associate professor specializing in bone health and osteoporosis prevention. She is unusual among doctors. She addresses all aspects of bone health in language that regular people can understand.
Katie Bries, ARNP, taught the Bone Health section for the Nurse Practitioner students at Allen College this year. She did a great job covering the basics. Unfortunately, she had time only for the basics. This is true in teaching NPs everywhere. It is true of all aspects of medicine when teaching MDs, DOs, PAs, and all others. There is only time for the basics.
Any Healthcare Provider who wants to fully master a subject must take “Electives” for additional training in the field they plan to focus on in practice. With MDs and DOs there are formal “Residencies” lasting 3 or more years after graduation. NP and PA students take “Clinicals” in various fields before, and sometimes after, graduation. Cedar Valley Bone Health has hosted clinicals for local and out-of-state Providers.
Last week a patient lamented that according to TV and Radio, “just about everything is bad for me”. So we discussed that reporters are paid to get people to watch and listen. Nobody wants to hear that their mother was right when she said “Drink your Milk”. But everyone will listen to a report that “Calcium is Bad for you if you take Daily Supplements “. This is true ONLY IF you take enough daily supplements and enough additional Calcium in your food to total way over 1500 mg in a day, but that ruins the story.
We miss Paul Harvey. He always told “The Rest of the Story”.
Most cities in North-East Iowa tied or set records for the most days with Below Zero temperatures this winter. We are really ready for spring! Even yardwork picking up fallen sticks and branches is a Blue Zone experience.
Not all of the ice and snow drifts are gone yet. But the male birds are on solar time, and they are singing up a storm as they stake their claim to enough territory to sustain a family this summer.
My staff is watching the Decorah, IA, eagle-cam which shows the first chick has hatched. This is smart pair of birds. They built their nest a short flight from the Iowa Trout Hatchery. This is their seventh year of easy fishing.
Connecting with the natural world is always a Blue Zone. Spring is “green things springing from the dead earth”. Enjoy.
Jay Ginther, MD