Archive for November, 2012
How do you know when an Antiresorptive medication is best? ¬†First, the situation needs to be beyond the capability to Take Control Naturally with Calcium Citrate and Vitamin D3 alone. ¬†A dropping Bone Mineral Density (BMD) or a worsening Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA)¬†despite adequate Calcium and Vit D3¬†indicates the need for medication.
Second, the bone needs to be Good Enough that preserving it at current levels will prevent fractures. ¬†Good enough means no Fragility Fractures and no Vertebral Compression Fractures detectable on the VFA by DXA machine or by lateral spine x-ray.
Aunt Henrietta has beaten Severe Osteoporosis with high dose Vitamin D, Adora Calcium¬†Premium Chocolates, Forteo, and now Prolia. ¬†I have written about her adventures with a throw rug, her bifocals, unexpected¬†black ice, and her¬†attic stairs. ¬†Recently she tangled with Superstorm Sandy.
Aunt Henrietta lives in the steeply hilly part of New Jersey, far from the ocean. ¬†No ocean storm surge there. ¬†However, heavy rain, high winds, shallow soils, older trees, and narrow, twisting roads strung with power lines combined to almost do her in. ¬†All she had was candles, layers of sweaters, and her stubborness (of which she has quite a lot).
Vitamin D3 has become a key part of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) treatment. ¬†MS is a disease more common in persons with low Vitamin D levels. ¬†MS sufferers treated with Vitamin D3 supplements maintain function longer. ¬†Now British researchers have confirmed evidence that MS is more common in those whose mothers had low Vitamin D levels while pregnant.
The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has published a meta-analysis of over 150,000 births in the UK looking for MS decades later. ¬†MS was significantly more common in individuals born in April and May, than in persons born in October and November. ¬†Looking at only those born further north increases the difference.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA. ¬†Originally, Thanksgiving was a day of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. ¬†As I was growing up, it was a day to eat yourself into a near coma and to watch college football on TV. ¬†Now it has become the day to begin the shopping frenzy ¬†of “black Friday” and beyond.
We should pause to consider how blessed we are. ¬†Adequate food and medical care are available to over half of the world’s population. ¬†The technology so many will acquire this season is beyond the wildest dreams of the world’s wealthiest few of only a generation ago. ¬†Sure, the world is far from perfect, but we have come a long way.