NUMBERS OF FRACTURES SEEN IN CHILDREN IS GOING THROUGH THE CEILING
Today, despite childhoods that are far less physically demanding than ours, what do we see as far as bones are concerned? The newest issue of the medical journal Pediatrics spells it out in a study called Bone Densitometry in Children and Adolescents. Off the get-go we learn that, "Children with forearm fractures have been shown to have lower bone mass, a greater percentage of body fat, and less calcium intake than their peers without a history of fracture. The documented increase of 35% to 65% in childhood fractures over the past four decades has raised concern that current lifestyles are compromising early bone health." In other words, in the years since my childhood, the incidence of fractures in children has nearly doubled. This is because according to Wolff's Law, the only way to strengthen bones is by stressing them in a mechanical fashion.
Back in the mid 1800's, Dr. Julian Wolff figured out that in order to stimulate OSTEOBLASTIC ACTIVITY (bone growth and strengthening), a person has to "stress" their bones. According to that bastion of truth and wisdom Wikipedia, "The internal architecture of the bone undergoes adaptive changes, followed by secondary changes to the external portion of the bone, perhaps becoming thicker as a result. The inverse is true as well: if the loading on a bone decreases, the bone will become less dense and weaker due to the lack of the stimulus required for continued remodeling." This is why the number one thing you can do (I'm talking to you J.O.) is to make sure you are regularly working your bones against some sort of resistance (aka "STRENGTH TRAINING").
All this is great to know, but the question posed via this post's title remains unanswered. What in the world are we as a society going to do about this, particularly when it comes to our children? Even though dozens of studies show how harmful --- even deadly --- this practice can be (HERE), the study's authors firstly recommended taking more calcium --- lots more calcium --- with Vitamin D. While this might sound logical on the surface, it is poor advice in most cases (HERE). Some of their advice, however, was actually good; or at least could potentially be good. They suggested controlling INFLAMMATION (although, unfortunately, drugs were touted instead of DIET). They also discussed WHOLE BODY VIBRATION. Of course, they mentioned bispnoshphonate drugs as well.
BIS PHOS DRUGS (Fosomax, Evista, Boniva, Reclast, Zometa, Actonel, etc) are particularly scary because of the fraudulent way they work. While it's true that these drugs unquestionably cause bone to increase in density, the mechanism used to do it is so pathetically devious that, just as I warned nearly two decades ago would eventually happen, people are now being told that these drugs actually cause osteoporosis if they are on them very long (HERE). What does this mean in terms of your children? "None of the drugs used to treat bone fragility in the elderly have yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pediatric use. Nevertheless, therapy with bisphosphonates is considered reasonable for children with moderate to severe osteogenesis imperfecta." OI is a rare and serious problem that causes weak bones and fractures. However, mark my words, it's just a matter of time before these drugs are being regularly prescribed for children without OI --- sort of like they've done with PPI'S, ANTIDEPRESSANTS, STATINS, and any number of others (HERE).
Because osteoporosis is one of the myriad of problems caused by inflammation (HERE), you already know how to solve it --- that is, you know how to solve it if you have regularly been following my blog. Although I do not recommend tons of supplements on my site, CALCIFOOD, along with synergists, can be indispensable (HERE IS INFORMATION on the best calcium supplement ever). Beyond that, HERE is the solution for most of you.
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