Blue Zones – Balloons !!!

June 14, 2015 @ 9:50 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

A wonderfull Blue Zones Saturday evening.

We had just finished eating when we heard the whoooosh of a hot-air balloon directly overhead.  There it was, just clearing the trees.  And another behind it, higher up.  And then 2 more drifted by, competing in the My Waterloo Days precision landing event.

21 balloons all together drifted over our house and neighbors.  Many cleared the tall oaks by mere feet as they steered for Byrnes Park.  Nearly an hour of enjoyment.  Light clouds, light breezes, mid-70s, family and friends together.  Blue Zones!

That was evening, and then morning, shortly after sunrise….

Yardwork in the cool of early morning was accompanied by the entire fleet lifting off barely half a mile away.  One by one the balloons rose above the trees.  Some soared high, others skimmed the treetops as they drifted away.

Scattered clouds, a gentle breeze, upper 60s, birdsong, and the distant whoosh of balloons rising.  Tough to be grumpy while transplanting and weeding before showering and starting the day.

Look around you and find your Blue Zones.

Jay Ginther, MD

National Fracture Prevention Foundation

June 12, 2015 @ 9:26 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Fracture Prevention was the theme at NOF (National Osteoporosis Foundation) this year.  This has always been their goal, but it has not been well communicated.

Fractures are bad.  Fractures are painful.  They keep you from doing things you want to do.  For weeks.  Or months.  Or even forever.

Fractures ruin your finances.  They cost a lot to treat.  They cost even more if you cannot work.

Fractures can disable you temporarily, or even permanently.  You can lose your Independence.  You could spend the rest of your life in a Nursing Home.

Clinical Osteoporosis is an Increased Risk of Fracture.

One fracture doubles your risk of a second.  Two fractures increases the risk 5 times.  Fracture Risk is multiplied 9 times by 3 fractures.

You can decrease Fracture Risk.  A Complete Bone Health Evaluation will identify nutrition and lifestyle details that you can improve for better Bone Health.

Many Fractures can be prevented by simple non-medication measures.  You can start with proper Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, Balance and Strengthening Exercises, Multiple Vitamins & Minerals.  These measures are necessary even if you also take osteoporosis medications.  Often they are enough, at least for a few years.

Take Control of your Future.  Prevent Fractures and all the misery they can bring.

Jay Ginther, MD

Wisconsin “Bare Bones” 2015

June 7, 2015 @ 9:36 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Friday, the University of Wisconsin “The Bare Bones of Osteoporosis Care” Symposium had a lot of practical information.  This included:

John Belizekian, MD summarized the latest research on  HyperParathyroidism.  While most of what we see is Secondary HyperParathyroidism, long term Secondary can morph into traditional Tertiary, or into a newly defined type of Primary HyperParathyroidism.

Joseph Shaker, MD explored new insights into Secondary Osteoporosis.  These are separate medical conditions which cause osteoporosis and must be addressed if we are to succeed in treating the resulting osteoporosis.

Fergus McKiernan discussed the success of Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty – if you choose patients with the right Vertebral Fracture problems to operate on.

Niel Binkley, MD explored Medication Risks in comparison to the Fracture Risks for women and men when NOT taking medications.

Dr Belizekian discussed new therapies which avoid the problems of current medications.  Odanocatib, Abaloparatide, and Rososumab are all in FDA phase 3 trials and could be available within 5 years.  FRAX can now incorporate TBS (Trabecular Bone Score).

I will cover these topics, along with those discussed at NOF, over the next few weeks.

Jay Ginther, MD

Kids Learn About Bone Health

June 4, 2015 @ 9:45 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

The Imaginarium (Children’s Science Museum) at the Grout Museum in Waterloo, IA is teaching bone health this summer.  Good choices for bone health during growing years are the best way to avoid future problems and osteoporosis.

“The Bone Zone” is a special exhibit from Purdue University Department of Nutrition now through 5 September.  Interactive exhibits teach interesting facts about bone, and guide participants to healthy choices for bone health.  The target audience is K-8, but adults learn a few things too.

You can learn about Calcium content of foods.  Fortuneteller “Madame Ulna” will tell your bone future based on activity choices.  You can compare the strength of a human femur to equally strong wood, concrete and steel.

Cedar Valley Bone Health, Cedar Valley Orthopedics, and Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, PC sponsored the exhibit.  As sponsors we brought our kids and grandkids to a special opening.  “The Bone Zone” is really cool.

Take your kids and grandkids to the Grout Imaginarium this summer.  They’ll have a great time, and great bones.

Jay Ginther, MD