Archive for May, 2013

Take Control Naturally with Dietary Protein

May 31, 2013 @ 5:02 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

What do bones, muscles, strength, and balance all have in common?  Protein!  Where can you get protein?  In your diet.

I recently saw a patient who has severe osteoporosis with stress fracture.  She has thin, weak muscles.  Consequently, she moves very slowly, has difficulty getting out of a chair or climbing stairs, or even walking fast enough to keep up with her friends.  And her diet has virtually no protein.

Butterfly Blue Zones

May 27, 2013 @ 10:55 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

I took a few minutes out of my Friday mid-day to visit Kingsley Elementary.  Butterfly Release Day!  As I arrived mid festival, a butterfly fluttered by.

Each first grade class had raised Painted Lady caterpillars in a mesh butterfly house for the last 3 weeks.  The Butterfly Lady had taught them the life cycle of these amazing creatures – from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.  And now the butterflies were going out into the wide world.  The first graders and kindergardeners were agog at the wonder of nature.

Sarcopenia

May 22, 2013 @ 9:30 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Sarcopenia (sar-co-pee-nee-uh) is decreased muscle mass and strength. Sarcopenia plays a major role in falls and fractures.  Sarcopenia weakens bones.

Sarcopenia, a relatively new concept, was discussed at the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) last month.  Understanding and treating sarcopenia helps prevent osteoporosis and fractures.

Frequent Fallers Benefit from Vit D3

May 18, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Falls cause Fractures.  Preventing falls, or decreasing the number of falls, decreases fractures.  How can you do that?  Twice daily physical therapy exercises help improve muscle strength, balance and endurance.  Eliminating throw rugs and steps helps.

The big news at National Osteoporosis Foundation last month was about fall prevention with Vitamin D3.  Lots of new information.