Gluten Free

July 15, 2013 @ 7:17 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Some of my patients have an icky tummy.  They are thin, anemic, and have osteoporosis.  They have been evaluated for Lactose Intolerance, Crohn’s, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Celiac Disease.  What do they have?

I recommend that they try a Gluten Free Diet.  Half a dozen are now cured of their chronic icky tummy.  Many more are feeling somewhat better.  Most are now able to digest their calcium well enough to improve their osteoporosis!  Amazing!  What do they have?

Fracture Risk is much more than Bone Mineral Density and t-score.  Bone Health is affected by many medical conditions.  That is why we check blood tests.

Alkaline Phosphatase (alk phos) is the most interesting serum (blood) enzyme because it is produced in liver, bone, intestine and placenta.  High alk phos can mean rapid bone formation.  If Bone Alk Phos is high, we need to determine why.  Most commonly bone alk phos is high in bone healing after a fracture or orthopedic surgery, and will return to normal within 6 months.

CMP is Complete Metabolic Profile – Part 1

July 8, 2013 @ 10:55 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

CMP is “Complete Metabolic Profile”.  The tests in a CMP can be key to bone health.    We’ll start with Serum Calcium (calcium in the blood).

Bones store Calcium for later use by the rest of the body.  The serum Calcium level is very important for heart, nerve, and muscle function.  Too litttle calcium and your heart could stop.

A NORMAL serum calcium value does not mean that your are getting enough daily calcium.  You could be stealing calcium from your bones in order to keep your heart going.


July 4, 2013 @ 7:53 am
posted by Dr Ginther

July 4th is more than cook-outs and fireworks.  It is a time to reflect on who we are and how we got here.  “How can you know where you are, or hope to understand where you are going, if you do not remember where you have been.”