Archive for the ‘Take Control Naturally’ Category
I was out at high noon (about 1:12 CDT) today, and may have made some Vitamin D in my exposed skin. We had beautifully clear skies with cool, dry air and lots of sunshine. I did not use sun-block for the few minutes of skin cancer risk. Unfortunately, it was also only a few minutes of Vitamin D opportunity.
Ultraviolet light is attenuated and eventually blocked by the atmosphere. The lower the sun is on the horizon, the less UV light gets through. In Waterloo, IA we are entering the 7 months of the year when the sun is too low on the horizon. We do not get enough UV to produce any Vitamin D.
Less than half of Iowans, who do not take substantial Vitamin D3 supplements, have sufficient Vitamin D levels in September. By early April, that is less than 15%.
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”.
If you have a Heart Attack or a Stroke (Brain Attack), you don’t say it was an accident. You check out your heart or blood pressure to see what is wrong that can be corrected. In this way, you decrease the risk of another heart attack or stroke.
If you have a Fracture after a fall, don’t say it was an accident. Check out your Bone Health to see what can be improved or corrected. In this way, you won’t have increased Fracture Risk the next time you fall. Anyone can fall, but not everyone fractures. A fall can be an accident, but a fracture is a Bone Attack – a warning to check your bone health.
In 7 years, I have never evaluated someone for bone health without finding at least one issue that can be improved. That included myself, when I was honest and actually evaluated my own situation.
Most people know that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke (brain attack). Very few people realize that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for Osteoporosis and Fracture (Bone Attack). How can this be?
The exact same molecule controls both Sodium and Calcium in the kidney. This means that you cannot pee out excess Sodium without also peeing out needed Calcium. If you take in more Sodium than the 1500 mg you need daily, you need to take in extra Calcium to make up for the Calcium you pee out along with the extra Sodium. Or you could cut down on Sodium. That is not easy.