What you need to know about bone health



  • Revealed, the future of hip replacements
  • The nutrient that’s so important for protecting your bones as you age
  • 15 foods that strengthen your skeleton
  • A lesser-known cause of bone problems…

I love this job…

Not only because I get to indulge my health science geekiness and read all kinds of weird and wonderful journals…

But because of YOU.

Well, maybe not you personally. But all the readers of The People’s Doctor – particularly those who write in with their tips, stories and experiences.

For instance, in my last email I mentioned that my Dad fell and broke his hip recently.

Fortunately, they were able to staple the top of his femur together, meaning he didn’t need a hip replacement.

However, after that issue went out, a kindly reader sent me a link to this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36855705 from the BBC website.

It’s about a new revolutionary alloy… “the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissues”…. And how it could be the way forward for hip and knee replacements.

Currently, you’ve got around a decade with your new hip or knee before the wear and tear causes carnage.

But this super-strong new alloy could carry people through the rest of their lives. (Heck, maybe we’ll ALL want one).

Anyway, I’m glad to get links and tip-offs to stories like this – so if you have something you’d like to share, please do email us and I’ll try and get it into a future issue.

Also… if you have any personal stories of how you’ve triumphed over injury, illness and medical problems, then I’d love to hear those too.

After all, this service is called The People’s Doctor.

It’s about ways ordinary people can empower themselves through knowledge and take little steps to improving their health. We don’t discriminate between official medical orthodoxy and complementary medicine… it’s whatever helps people feel better, happier, less in pain, and more energetic.

In my view, you can read medical journals until you’re blue in the face…(and I do!)…  but there’s nothing like personal experience and testimony from real people. We can all offer each other something in the way of insight and advice, even if we don’t have white coats and stethoscopes.

Oh, and if you do send something in, please note that I’m happy to keep you anonymous, use only your initials, or protect your privacy in any way you like. Just let me know!

Talking of hips and knees….

A vital ingredient for good bone health

It’s important as we age that we protect our bones as best as we can. My Dad is pretty fit and health for a guy in his early 70s, but a minor fall while walking the dog put him in hospital.

This is because, as the years pass, you have fewer bone-building hormones in your body like progesterone, testosterone and DHEA …and at the same time you have more of a struggle to get the bone building nutrients into your system, including calcium, magnesium and boron.

As you know, I’m passionate about more people understanding the problem of magnesium deficiency. Over 1 in 10 of us don’t have enough of it in our diet, and for older people this can contribute greatly to bone loss and frailty.

I know sometimes these things are hard to believe – after all, what can a little nutrient really do? Can it cause so much mayhem in your daily health.

Well yes! We have evolved alongside a particular kind of diet and lifestyle for hundreds of thousands of years – but modern life is stripping us of the nutrients our bodies need.

Rather than me bang on about it again, take a look at this free article which I’ve posted on The People’s Doctor website and see for yourself how important magnesium is. https://www.peoplesdoctor.co.uk/natural-magnesium-supplement/

Also, you can put this idea to the test in real life. There’s a fantastic 60-day challenge to see (and feel) the effects of a magnesium supplement. Click here to find out more. https://www.peoplesdoctor.co.uk/info/natural-magnesium/

As well as a supplement, you can try these…

Foods that help strengthen your bones

One thing to be aware of is that high amounts of dairy and animal protein in your diet can increase tissue acidity and bone loss.

Meanwhile plant proteins have over 10 times the calcium and magnesium content of animal proteins, and can also reduce acidity.

Good sources include:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • kidney beans
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Honey (also bee pollen and propolis)
  • Chick peas
  • Green Beans
  • Sardines
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Coconut

And here’s something you might not know…

A lesser-known cause of bone problems…

As I’ve mentioned, there are bone-building hormones in our bodies including progesterone, testosterone and DHEA.

These aren’t in unlimited amounts – and they’re not available at all times in all conditions.

For instance, when you’re stressed, anxious and tired, your nervous system releases and uses up progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. Stress also eats up B vitamins, magnesium and vitamin C.

These things should be building your bones, but they’re going elsewhere.

So one of the things you need to do is find space to relax, meditate, read, sleep – whatever it is that switches off stress. Take time every evening to organise the next day, work through problems and avoid waking up in a panic.

Do exercise during the day to release your natural endorphins, even if it’s just a brisk walk or a swim. But make sure you leave three hours after exercise before you go to bed as exercise releases a hormone called cortisol that keeps your brain awake!

You should also rebalance your alkaline levels. Green vegetables help provide an alkaline balance that makes you feel more restful.

And magnesium comes into play here again, because it’s not just good for bones, it can stimulate serotonin which helps put your body into a sleepy state. Try a supplement like this one. https://www.peoplesdoctor.co.uk/info/natural-magnesium/

I hope this all helps. Remember, do send in your stories and thoughts, I’d love to read them!

Until next time, stay healthy


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