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Osteoporosis literally means 'porous bones'. Porous bones are also brittle bones which can break even after minor trauma. Osteoporosis is a common problem which is likely to increase in the years to come because of a rapidly aging population. This disease is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually. Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which the amount and quality of the bone is reduced, leading to fractures (broken bones). Osteoporosis is called "the silent thief" because it can progress without symptoms until a broken bone occurs. Calcium deficiency is perceived to be the major cause of Calcium deficiency.

Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as the Moringa tree, is considered to be most nutritious plant available on the earth. Moringa leaves have 4 times more Beta-Carotene than that of carrots, 17 times more calcium than that of milk and 25 times more iron than that of Spinach. Moringa Leaves and pods contain 90+ nutrients and 46 antioxidants. Moringa leaves have more antioxidants than the green leaves.

Moringa Leaves are one of the richest sources of natural Calcium. That’s why people view Moringa leaves as the natural cure for Osteoporosis. For the middle aged men and women the body requires large amount of calcium to perform the normal metabolic activities. When the amount of Calcium in the regular diet is low, which is common always, the body will absorb the calcium stored in the bones, rendering the bones weak and susceptible for Osteoporosis.

Though many synthetic calcium supplements are available in the market, Moringa leaf powder is different from them in that it provides the natural calcium. Human body always recognizes the difference between the natural supplements and the synthetic and they tend to readily absorb the natural minerals. This way Moringa leaves offer calcium that is more bio-available and gives immediate effect.

Another fact about calcium is that it needs iron along with it for the maximum effect. Moringa leaves, with 25 times more iron than that of Spinach, provide both the iron and calcium together and help to cure osteoporosis. Regular intake of Moringa Leaves either in the form of dried green leaves, powder or in the capsule form will provide the necessary amount of Iron and calcium to the body. The middle aged women and senior citizens are the ones who reap the maximum benefits by the regular intake of Moringa leaves. Moringa capsules and Moringa powder can be purchased online.

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replied September 9th, 2008
Gentle weight bearing exercises really help strengthen the bones. Tai chi or yoga or qi gong all help treatm osteoporosis, as does 15-20 minutes of daily walking.
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replied May 31st, 2010
Osteoporosis is NOT a 'disease.'
I started doing a lot of research on this topic after my best friend, Jan, was diagnosed as having osteoporosis about 3 months ago. Jan had never been sick a day in her life and she's been concerned at the way her family members have been taking 'pills for this and pills for that'for several years now--so Jan was horrified when her physician casually told her she had a "disease called osteoporosis" and then casually wrote a prescription for Fosamax for her without even mentioning the risks and side effects of bisphosphonates to her.

I studied science in college myself, and I began doing research on Jan's behalf. Here's what I've learned:

Osteoporosis is a natural process of aging. It is NOT a disease, as it is currently defined. In fact osteoporosis was not defined as a disease until 1998. This inaccurate redefinition of osteoporosis into a 'disease' benefits one group of people only--the drug manufacturers.

Given our large population of aging baby boomers, this re-definition of osteoporosis makes it the Golden Goose diagnosis for drug companies, who spend more money marketing their drugs than they spend on researching them. Just imagine the size of the market for drugs for osteoporosis, since more than half of all aging Americans who are tested for osteoporosis will be diagnosed with it! What a windfall for the drug companies!

Have you seen Sally Fields smiling as she power walks across your TV screen with weights in her hands in her ads for Boniva? We all trust Sally Fields, right? Well, maybe we shouldn't because studies are now showing that bisphosphonates like Boniva and Fosamax actually INCREASE the likelihood of breaking a hip. Breaking a hip is the most debilitating consequence of osteoporosis as one ages.

HOWEVER, hip surgeries are among the most successful surgeries performed in the US. Does one really want to take drugs with serious side effects, starting at age 60, to prevent a 5% likelihood of a hip fracture 25 years down the road?

You would be wise to question your physician about the risks of taking bisphosphonates, AND the fact that studies are now showing that bisphosphonates don't make the bone stronger but instead make the bone more brittle. I wonder if Sally Fields knows the truth.
Sally Fields, if you're reading this then PLEASE do your research because you aren't helping people, you're placing them more at risk of getting fractures!

It's ALSO inaccurate to say that the 'Dowager's hump' is a result of osteoporosis. It IS NOT. The Dowager's Hump is a result of bad posture and movement habits. Think of Morgan Freeman, who is tall and upright in his 80s. We can all be tall and upright if we choose to--some of us just need to take Feldenkrais or Somatics classes to learn to keep our posture flexible and our movement optimal.

And it is ALSO inaccurate to say that we lose height as we age "because" of osteoporosis. That's flat out wrong. We lose height as we age because we all have an S-shaped curve in our backs and because our ligaments and muscles tend to shorten as we age. An S-shaped curve is collapsible; that's how we lose height. Gravity pulls us down. Osteoporosis may be present as we age but it is NOT the cause of kyphosis, the Dowager's hump in the upper-shoulder/neck region that you often see in the elderly. Hey, you see kyphosis in computer geeks too. You see kyphosis all the time, in those who habitually slump forward at the computer.

There's no doubt in my mind that bisphosphonates for the treatment of osteoporosis will ultimately be removed from the market because of the harm that they cause to the body. But physicians will keep on prescribing bisphosphonates until this happens.
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