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Iowa Bone Club 2020 Postponed

March 13, 2020 @ 9:43 am
posted by Dr Ginther

We are cancelling Iowa Bone Club for 24 April

We plan to reschedule for September, assuming that COVID-19 will have receded by then

Jay Ginther, MD

Iowa Bone Club 2020 – Friday 24 April

March 2, 2020 @ 1:09 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Iowa Bone Club 2020 will meet at Allen College in Waterloo, IA on Friday 24 April.  This is the only meeting in Iowa each year which is dedicated solely to optimizing Bone Health.  We prefer to prevent unnecessary fractures.

We aim primarily at teaching healthcare professionals of all types about the latest advances in caring for bone health.  NPs, PAs, DNPs, RNs, LPNs, CMAs, Meds, DOs are all included.  Often the lecturers learn as much as the students.  CME and CEU credits will be available.

This year’s meeting will include a presentation about using anabolic medications to grow bones first, then preserve the gains.  We will discuss how optimizing bone quality before total joint replacement or spinal fusion results in faster healing and better results.  We will learn how to minimize the ill effects of common diseases like diabetes on bone health.

As always, we will have a roundtable for staff dealing with insurance companies about medication pre-authorizations.  Also our roundtable among providers sharing thoughts about difficult cases.

Full details will follow

Jay Ginther, MD

 

Calcium in Foods 2020

January 26, 2020 @ 6:25 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Take Control Naturally. 

Get your calcium in foods!

Chart of common foods high in Calcium in mg (adapted from the USDA website):

Bone Mineral Density is Calcium in Bone

January 11, 2020 @ 11:20 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Why do some patients, who are already on good osteoporosis preventing or treating medications, still have a falling Bone Mineral Density?  Are the medications not working?  Not as well as they should!  Why?  Even the best medications cannot work without enough CALCIUM intake and absorption.

If you want to improve your bones you must ABSORB enough calcium.  This can be a bit tricky.  You need the right kind of calcium, taken in food or with food, and spread out over 3 meals or snacks.  “Calcium” is Calcium Carbonate which requires lots of acid to dissolve.  This often is a problem if you take antacids, have heartburn or GERD, have digestive issues like lactose sensitivity, celiac or IBS, or are just “too old”, which begins at 50.

Calcium in foods is easy to absorb.  Calcium Citrate tablets or Tricalcium Phosphate Gummies require 2 tablets or gummies to total the 400 or 500 or 600 mg on the label.  Adora Chocolates are 500 mg each.  We recommend taking in 1200-1500 mg calcium daily.  That means 400-500mg at each of 3 meals.

DXA does not show bones.  DXA shows calcium.  Calcium stiffens and strengthens bones.  You cannot have good BMD or good bones without enough calcium!  Take control of your bone health with adequate calcium in diet and supplements.

Next time a listing of Calcium in Foods

Jay Ginther, MD