Healthy Living Osteoporosis
Sandra Ben-Joseph a hard-working, energetic vegetarian
who owns and operates Natural Solutions, Etc., a health
food store in El Paso, Texas. But her lifestyle wasnt
healthy, and like many others who find themselves turning
to supplements and to alternative and complementary
medicine, Sandra faced an acute health crisisat
a very young age. At 25 she became what she calls an
IUD statistic. She had a complete hysterectomy
and overnight she became, biologically speaking, an
older woman. Her loss of estrogen meant that Sandra,
most women who have been through menopause, was at far
greater risk of developing osteopenia, which could lead
to osteoporosis, and eventually bone fractures.
A reporter for Healthy Living interviewed Sandra a
few weeks ago. Although I started taking supplements,
including calcium, when I was 30, I was diagnosed with
osteopenia at 37. At the time, I was taking a number
of things, including calcium and magnesium. We became
distributors of [a well-known brand of supplements]
in 1994, so I started taking their calcium products
at 2,200 milligrams a day, but I still had pain in my
bones, and my bone density wasnt improving,
she says. But at 37, Sandra was already eating healthy
and getting plenty of exercise. She just felt she wasnt
getting enough bone-building benefits from her supplements.
She told HL, So when my husband, Eliezer Ben-Joseph,
N.D., introduced me to Coral Complex,
I went on therapeutic values, taking 9 to 12 capsules
a day. In ten months I had a 4 percent improvement in
my bone density. My allopathic doctor couldnt
believe it. Without taking Fosomax!
Stephen Page, Ph.D., director of research at the University
of Cincinnati College of Medicine, is
currently studying bone density loss and its effects
on stroke patients. According to Dr. Page, the good
news is that osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis,
can be reversedusually through a combination of
weight-bearing exercise, a calcium-rich diet, and supplements.
Experts recommend bone density testing. A reading of
0 on the T-scale means you are within the
normal range for people of your gender in your age group.
The positive or negative measurement number (-2, +1,
etc.) is a measurement of your deviation from the standard.
No matter where you are on the scale, most bone health
experts agree that if you take 1,000 to 1,500 mg of
calcium a day, plus vitamin D, you can reduce your fracture
risk between 20 to 40 percent. There is a healthy
debate in the medical community about which calcium
is best absorbed, according to Dr. Marc Drezner,
M.D., of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Studies show that fossilized stony coral, or above
sea coral, such as that found in Coral Complex,
is more easily absorbed because coral calcium becomes
ionic in water. Sandra Ben-Joseph says, We dont
jump on every bandwagon there is. For instance, we dont
have 20 kinds of vitamin C. We only carry Coral Inc.
[coral calcium]. We dont carry the marine (below
sea) coral products because they upset the ecosystem.
Like many companies in the world, all their interested
in is turn a profit. It is our responsibility
As individuals to find the good and reputable
products and pass the word along to our fellow man.
In the Brainerd/Baxter Lakes Area you find all your
coral calcium needs at Spirit
Spas & Cabana Hair Salon.