The thickness and size of your bones are, most probably, gentically determined. We know that larged boned people will have a higher bone density then those who are small-boned. We also know large boned people won’t be as affected by bone loss cause they have more to spare!
Other factors in the cause of Osteoporosis could be diet, lack of minerals, vitamin D and adequate exercise. If you’ve had the flu and been stuck in bed, for a week, you’re going to loose bone…..it does grow back though when you get back to ‘normal’ if normal has to do with standing and walking a lot.
Bones ‘need’ gravity to grow. And the ones who would know more about this are the space scientists who are worried about the astronauts and their bone loss due to weightlessness in space.
This website is a Science Cafe with very interesting interviews you can download, read and follow on twitter. http://www.ucsf.edu/science-cafe/conversations/gravity-free-cell-growth-space-scientist-millie-hughes-fulford/ This particular conversation is on bones and weightlessnes in space. The whole article is fascinating….especially if you’re a science ‘nut’ like me!
“Hughes-Fulford, who was the first woman scientist to ride in the space shuttle in 1991, has long been a world leader in exploring what happens to our immune system and our bone cells when suddenly thrust into a gravity-free environment. It’s not a pretty picture. From bone loss to infections, humans in space seem fragile creatures. And indeed, extended space travel to distant planets – let alone the creation of a moon base – seems far too risky without “doing our homework,” as Hughes-Fulford continually insists.
“……….I got very interested in looking at the diseases associated with space flight, and they’re mainly in the areas of osteoporosis and Immunosuppression.
So that’s how I got started on my road to looking at the body systems that seem to depend on gravity for normal function.
………So basically the bone cells need gravity to perform properly, and in some cases you can do a lot of resistance exercise and cut down the bone loss. On Apollo, they lost in two weeks an average of 2 percent, on Skylab in 30 days one guy lost, I think, seven and a half percent of his bone, and then on space station Mir, we had people who were up for six months, and one individual lost 24 percent of his bone and he did not recover it.”
Your probably wondering what my purpose was to include this science article in my blog. I did it because I have seen an alarming number of people developing osteoporosis who are extremely creative and spiritual. They are literally ‘up there’….so much so, they’ve denied their body’s basic needs. The body’s support (bones) weakens, crumbles. We don’t think much about our bones, but we should. If we could seem them under a microscope we’d see a lacy network of living fiber. Bones are continually renewing and replacing blood cells from deep within the marrow! They not only protect and support us, bones are live tissue.
When we ‘avoid Life’ and continually divert our soul/spirit UP, our lower chakras are no longer available to hold us. The vitality and energy needed in the abdominal and hip location is forced up and into the head region, depleting the blood-flow in the pelvic area. Not only are our bones affected, our muscles, organs and cells will be too. To maintain or regain our balance, we need to keep our House Structure (bones) healthy and strong. When we can do this, we align the body with Spirit and Mind. (We’ll discuss this more in the next chapter)
CAUSES OF OSTEOPOROSIS
Coming back to the causes of Osteoporosis, we know too much caffeine can contribute to bone loss. Other factors are….
Genetics (family history of osteoporosis)
Absence of menstrual periods
Abnormal menstrual periods
Diet low in calcium
Medications such as corticosteriods and anticonvulsants
Energetically top heavy
Did you know steriods such as prednisone and cortisone can decrease bone’s mass? Steriods have been used to treat asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. Diabetes can lower bone mass and some heart condition meditations can cause calcium to be excreted in the urine. Some antacids can decrease calcium aborption, except for calcium based anatacids, eg., Tum’s. Also thyroid meditation given in too high a dose can cause depletion of the bones. And we mustn’t forget bone mass can drop after menopause and the lack of estrogen and/or progesterone.
Interestingly, being overweight has actually been shown to enhance bone strength, probably because of the stress put on the bones., Another advantage to weighing more, is that fat converts androgens to estrogen, which is ‘said’ to contribute to higher bone density. Weight bearing exercises (jogging, walking, lifting weights) also helps to increase bone. (We will dive into all this including diet later).
I’ve also read that standing less than 4 hours a day on our feet, may result in lower bone mass, which could lead to the risk of bone fractures (hip, wrist, vertebral) in our later years….especially if we accidentally fall.
If you don’t spend time on your feet, you’re not getting the weight-bearing pressure (gravity)your bones need. Without gravity our bones and joints would buckle, under the numerous stresses, jars and shocks of daily living.
“The laws of gravitation and of motion were derived through the observation of falling bodies. Without a working knowledge of these laws the high steel skyscrapers and great bridges of today would be impossible.” Mabel E. Todd
Informative Links on Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis & Diabetes http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/16/3/176.full
Asthma & Osteoporosis http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/asthma-and-osteoporosis
Osteoporosis Prevention Strategies http://www.vitalitymagazine.com/node/2045
Osteopenia exercises done at home http://www.osteopenia3.com/osteopenia-exercise.html
A collection of links on Osteoporosis http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/researchOsteoporosis.shtml
The Osteoporosis Center http://www.endocrineweb.com/osteoporosis
Cultivating Good Posture http://www.kundaliniyoga.org/kyt19.html