Happy Birthday Aunt Henrietta

September 2, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Aunt Henrietta is celebrating her 89th birthday, and 4 1/2 years without a fracture!  This is a major victory for her.  She is one of our many stars!

Despite starting on enough calcium and enough vitamin D over 6 years ago, Henrietta broke one wrist, then the other wrist, and finally a shoulder.  Finally she added osteoporosis medications.  Despite falling all the way down the attic stairs, she has not broken anything since.

I love the natural world.  I have reveled in the progression of different native flowers from the bloodroots in March through the Queen Anne’s lace now fading.  I look forward to the New England asters which will herald the Monarch butterfly migration.

Goldenrod is beautiful, and important to many species of bees, butterflies, and other insects.  But Goldenrod blooms at the same time as Ragweed, and I am lying on a bed of thorns.

PTH is ParaThyroid Hormone

August 22, 2013 @ 4:10 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

PTH is ParaThyroid Hormone.  This is not Thyroid.  The Parathyroid glands live next to the thyroid gland.  They are like 4 spots on the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland’s wings.  But their function is totally different

High PTH warns us that not enough Calcium is being absorbed from diet and/or supplements.  When not enough calcium is being absorbed, the blood calcium level drops. If the blood calcium drops too low, you will die.  The Parathyroid glands prevent that.  The Parathyroid glands’ job is to steal calcium from your bones.

BMD Measures Calcium in Bone

August 17, 2013 @ 10:42 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

A patient was very disappointed recently, that his Bone Mineral Density (BMD) had NOT IMPROVED, despite anabolic medication for his Osteoporosis.  The reason for failure became obvious as soon as we reviewed his diet and supplements.

His total Calcium intake is 500 mg daily in diet, with NO supplements.  He prefers to avoid supplements as “unnatural”.   This is OK.  Natural Calcium in Foods is actually better than supplements.  But you have to consume it.  And you need to take it properly spaced throughout the day.