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Osteoporosis

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is the most common bone disease occurring in 1 in 5 women and about half as many men.  There are two types. Primary osteoporosis occurs as aging causes an insufficient quantity of calcium and phosphate to be delivered throughout the body.  Secondary osteoporosis occurs at any age (equally in men and women) as these minerals are lost as a side effect of medications or some diseases. 

In either case, if calcium and phosphate are not delivered in sufficient quantity bone tissue is not produced and, in fact, the body will reabsorb these minerals from existing bone tissue for other needs.  This in turn weakens the bones and they become more susceptible to fractures such as the common hip fracture among the elderly.  Another common evidence is dowager’s hump (kyphosis) or the stooped posture in the elderly.  As the disease progresses the weight bearing vertebrae in the back sustain minute fractures usually going unnoticed until the cumulative effect begins to show with this common evidence of growing older.

A major cause of primary osteoporosis is hormonal imbalance in later years.  The drop in estrogen in women after menopause and the drop in testosterone among men alters the way the body assimilates calcium and phosphates.  Additional risks factors are being thin and short, heavy use of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and a family history of osteoporosis. These, coupled with a lack of exercise, increase the risk after age 50 for women and age 70 for men.

Secondary osteoporosis may come with long term use of steroids, the anticoagulant heparin, alcohol, or tobacco.  Being confined or bedridden, lactose intolerance, or hyperthyroidism can also be causes.

The most common test to determine the degree of bone degeneration or the risk of fracture is the DEXA scan or DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. This is a relatively simple x-ray procedure that analyzes the density of the bone (BMD or bone mineral density) and the most common result is the T score that shows a comparison with the average young woman at age 30. This is chosen since this is the age of peak bone density in females. This number can range from a best of 1.0 to a worst of –4.0. Here is what this number means:

   1.0  to – 1.0    Normal. This indicates your bone density is in the normal range of a 30 year old

– 1.0 to – 2.5    Osteopenia. This is considered osteopenia or an increased risk of fracture but not considered osteoporosis

– 2.5 to – 4.0   Osteoporosis. This is considered osteoporosis with a definite risk of fracture.

Another result that may be given is the Z score. This compares someone to the average of their own age group rather than a 30 year old. Some point out this is helpful but may be misleading because you may be good compared to your age group average but that average may have a high percentage of bone loss and fractures. They suggest for this reason it is better to set a goal based on the T score and the absolute risk of problems.

 

[search helps: thin bones, bone mineral density, BMD,  ostheoporosis, osteoprosis, osteoporosous, postmenopausal, glucocorticoids, steroid, SIOP, GIOP, Sudeck’s atrophy,

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Balance, Cypress, Deep BlueC, Helichrysum, Oregano, WintergreenC

Essential oils based products: Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex, Life Long Vitality supplements

Also consider: CloveC, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, GeraniumC, LemonC, PeppermintC, RosemaryC, ThymeC, White FirC

 

Suggested protocols:

Life Long Vitality supplements coupled with Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex provides vitamins and minerals essential for bone health.  As much exercise as possible is suggested as foundational support.  Also the Microplex VMz in the Life Long Vitality supplements includes 500 mg of calcium per capsule and can be augmented by doubling the number of capsules per day or adding another source. Also consider the Women's Phytoestrogen Complex.

For painful areas use topical application of Deep Blue (rub), White Fir or Wintergreen.

The following protocol is used for healing broken bones but can be used at any time for strengthening the bones by applying 2-5 drops on the bottoms of the feet as described below:

  Apply Wintergreen (Eucalyptus or Deep Blue) and Cypress at night before bed

  Apply Helichrysum (or Frankincense), Oregano and Balance in the morning (use a carrier oil)

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Yoshihami - I know a lady who has osteoporosis and lives with her care-giver as she needs help with everything in her life. I understand essential oils help with pain management but is there anything else besides LLV and Bone Nutrient to help with the cause of this disease?

Pat - The best helps are, as you mentioned, the LLV and bone nutrient and then using whatever oils for help with pain.

 

Heather - I have a friend that has osteoporosis and does not want to use medication necessarily.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what may work for her?

Pat - The Life Long Vitality supplements are know to be very effective in strengthening the bones.

 

 Marti - Any suggestions on osteoporosis?

Pat - I would suggest the Life Long Vitality supplements used on a very consistent basis. This malady is caused by a nutritional deficiency. Also there are blends that I have for broken bones that could be applied to the feet which could only help along with the supplements. If it helps to knit bones it would help to strengthen them.

Blend 1:

  10 drops Wintergreen (substitute Birch or Deep Blue or Eucalyptus)

  4 drops Helichrysum (substitute Frankincense)

  2 drops Lemongrass

  3 drops Cypress

  4 drops Ginger

  4 drops Vetiver

 

Blend 2:

  Apply Wintergreen (or Eucalyptus or Deep Blue) and Cypress at night before bed

  Apply Helichrysum (or Frankincense), Oregano and Balance in the morning (use a carrier oil)

Blend 3:

  Combine equal parts of Lemongrass, Clove, Eucalyptus and Melaleuca. Apply on location.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

 

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