Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bone health – clarification of supplements vs. drugs

Traditional medical approaches to fostering bone health is to reduce the activity of the osteoclasts. Osteoclasts are the cells that resorb, or break down and absorb, bone tissue back into the body.  Osteoclasts are highly specialized cells that must work in perfect synchronization with osteoblasts to maintain the skeletal system. Unfortunately allopathic drugs in reducing the osteoclast activity has the unfortunate effect of not ony preventing bone loss, but also does not foster the renewal of bone. Therefore, the body will be subjected to the increased possibility of microfactures and other factors that weaken bones.

We have found that calcium (particularly eggschell calcium) can improve bone marrow density, but it must be used in conjunction with other co-factors like collagen protein (silicon supplements support this), vitamin K-2 menaquinone-7 and magnesium.  The K2 will activate osteocalcin (bone gla protein) a non-collagen protein abundant in bone. Magnesium has been shown to keep calcium in the bones and must be balanced with calcium intake in a 1:1 ratio.  In addition a good electrolyte-forming trace-mineral supplement, (  that includes boron, manganese, copper, and silica is needed to help remineralize the bone. Vitamin D is well-known as a hormone involved in mineral metabolism and bone growth.  It facilitates intestinal absorption of calcium, although it also stimulates absorption of phosphate and magnesium ions.  In the absence of vitamin D, dietary calcium is not absorbed at all efficiently. Therefore, vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) supplmentation should be added to your diet if you do not get enough sun nor eat fish. D3 is the natural form of D. D2 is synthetic so we advise going natural.

Information extracted from: K.M. Rynder; “Magnesium, etc.” Jnl of the Am. Geriatrics Soc. 53(11), 1875-80 (2005); K.J. Ruff, “Eggshell, etc.” Clin. Interv. in Aging 4, 235-240 (2009)