Osteoporosis: The Toxic Metal Effect

By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Continuing our series of articles on common diseases and complaints, I want to stress that our theme is to look for underlying causes, getting to the root of a problem, as opposed to treating diseases or looking for cures. At the root of every diagnosis there is a nutrient or oil deficiency, or a toxin that has not been released from the system or all of the above. Also everybody is different, so we cannot always give the same solution. Treat the PERSON not the disease.

Millions of Americans have been led to believe that osteoporosis is simply a deficiency of the common drugs, Boniva, Evista, Actonel, or Fosamax. Many are prescribed the “knee-jerk” recommendation of 1500 mgs of calcium a day to prevent osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

It is important to know that you can take these drugs like an ideal patient and will not gain the benefit of a “real” improvement for osteoporosis.

In fact, many have “not” been told that these drugs only improve bone by about 2% a year for a couple of years and then the benefit dwindles or ceases.  The best you can expect is a “temporary” improvement in bone density but this will be short-lived because the underlying root cause of the problem has been overlooked or ignored.

As a quick reminder, normal bone breaks down and repairs itself every day, just as all tissues do. But these drugs have the unique ability to “artificially manipulate” this normal process of bone repair leaving unnatural bone build-up. Once  manipulated the body tends to shut down the normal process, which is why we become dependent on a medication.

This bone build-up is not the same as a healthy bone. It comes with a laundry list of side effects and long-term problems.

One concern I have with this lack of bone turn-over and repair is the fact that it encourages the accumulation of heavy toxic metals.

One toxic heavy metal of great concern is cadmium.

Without normal bone turn-over, this metal has an affinity for bone. Basically the metal will accumulate in the bone.  But cadmium also frequently ends up in the kidneys causing high blood pressure and kidney disease, or it ends up in coronary blood vessels causing coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathy, or in the lungs causing emphysema.

Once cadmium gets in the bone, it will kick out zinc.  Zinc the great healer of the body. Of special interest, zinc is a mineral not only needed for bone strength, but for over 200 other enzymes in the body.

Once cadmium displaces enough zinc, the bones lose its strength and you have a greater potential of developing osteopenia, osteomalacia, easy fractures and osteoporosis.  Cadmium actually makes the bone matrix, which is mostly collagen, abnormally weak.

To make matters worse, physicians not schooled in nutritional biochemistry or functional medicine will make the common mistake of prescribing 1000-1500 mg of calcium a day.  This increased calcium has the ability to kick out even more zinc and makes room for more cadmium and further complicates the osteoporosis scenario.

Not only does this extra calcium make people age faster by calcifying or hardening their brain and heart arteries, but this unbalanced high dose of calcium has never been proven to be the end-all answer for osteoporosis. Also excess calcium may increase blood pressure, cause cataracts, stones and deposit in tendons and joints. Remember the saying “too much of a good thing”. The body does not work this way but requires balance.

One important clue that you may have a zinc deficiency is an alkaline phosphatase blood test below 70.

Remember a zinc deficiency can come from cadmium, plasticizers,  unbalanced high calcium doses, and more.

So, can you see how the sick may in fact get sicker when the underlying root cause(s) is not identified and fixed?

I recommend you demand that your doctor order a RBC intracellular nutrient and toxic heavy metal profile. This will be the first step in helping in your quest to beat osteoporosis.

Oil Protocols

  • Heavy metal detox: 2 month supply

–      Heavy metal: 3 to 4 drops twice a day

–      Cardamom + anise star  good to remove acidity of the coffee 1 drop/day internally

  • for Bone/mineral health:

–      Knee Ease 30 ml 2 drops on each knee/2/day

–      Arthritix  4 drops on areas of suffering

–      Arborvitae, 2 drops on each knee or problematic bone 2xday

–      Wintergreen or Birch excellent for bone pain: massage the area

–      Helicrysum would be good but as it is expensive, use Arbrovitae which has a similar effect.

  • Thyrobalance: 3 drops on neck area 2/day

–      Lymph Nodes: massage 3 drops on ankles 2/day

  • Adrenals would also bring strength or force to the immune system

Mikael also suggests  no bread or milk during that period.

–      Blue Spruce massage it (for bones)

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 Disclaimer: The information in this handout is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.