bone fractures

  1. Study proves that fluoride lowers IQ levels

    How fluoride can harm intelligence

    If you're on the fence about fluoride, I have a study that'll pull you right off it -- because it confirms some of our worst fears about this dangerous chemical.

    Researchers from Harvard University -- yes, Harvard -- looked at 27 studies on fluoride and children, and all but one of them confirmed that fluoridated water literally makes kids dumber.

    In fact, 26 of the 27 studies they reviewed all reached the same conclusion -- showing that fluoride harms intelligence, lowers IQs, and has a distinct negative effect on overall cognition.

    It's everything you don't want for your kids and grandkids.

    The researchers also confirmed that fluoride can cross into the placenta during pregnancy and permanently damage baby's brain at the most critical points of development.

    What's even more disturbing about this new study is that the Harvard team had to rely on research from China instead of studies from right here in the United States.

    Why, you ask? Because we've never actually conducted a human study on the health effects of water fluoridation in this country.

    That's right -- we launched full-steam ahead with water fluoridation decades ago and have continued the practice without ever actually trying to sit down and figure out what effect it has on the human body.

    If that doesn't scare you, maybe reading the label on your toothpaste and mouthwash will. Ever see the warnings? They include phrases such as "DO NOT SWALLOW" and "CONTACT POISON CONTROL RIGHT AWAY."

    This is something you're supposed to put in your mouth... and the label reads like something you'd see on a bottle of bleach.

    Unfortunately, there's no such warning label on your faucet -- but maybe there should be one, because this stuff won't just hurt your kids and grandkids.

    It can hurt you, too.

    Fluoride has been shown to harm bone and increase the risk of fracture in seniors. In some cases, it can even lead to a debilitating condition called skeletal fluorosis. It can also cause hormonal problems and even damage the heart, not to mention brain damage in adults as well as children.

    Drink only fluoride-free spring water, or use reverse osmosis to filter your water at home.

  2. Disturbing rise in osteoporosis fractures

    For older folks fighting osteoporosis, few things are as frightening as a bone fracture.

    If all those osteoporosis meds you see on TV were doing their job, you'd think this would be a shrinking problem.

    But a new study shows that bone fractures in osteoporosis patients aren't just up – they've skyrocketed. These fractures increased 55 percent between 1995 and 2006, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

    Meanwhile, between 1999 and 2005, the use of prescription meds by osteoporosis patients rose to 77 percent from 71 percent, according to a study published in June in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. Yet the rate of fractures requiring hospitalization somehow shot upward anyway.

    It looks to me like we've done a pretty good job of getting folks to take some expensive drugs that have some nasty side effects. We just haven't done a very good job of actually healing the condition itself.

    This isn't just cause for concern – it's time to sound the alarm. It's clear the approach we're taking now isn't worth a lick.

    Osteoporosis-related fractures are painful and notoriously slow to heal. For many older Americans, fractures of any kind represent a threat to their independence and quality of life. In some cases, these fractures can even lead to death.

    The meds commonly used to treat osteoporosis have been linked to severe and even incapacitating bone, joint and muscle pain. Even more frightening, there have been reports of the death of bone tissue in the jaws in patients on these meds. There have also been allergic reactions, and stomach problems are not uncommon.

    Hormone treatments for osteoporosis have fallen out of favor in recent years as these new drugs are thrown onto the market with little regard to the safety of the millions who end up taking them.

    The problem with hormone treatments is that few doctors truly understand the safest and most effective way to use them. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and in the case of hormones, too many physicians have too little knowledge.

    If you're fighting osteoporosis, find yourself a holistic physician who truly understands hormones. You'll need someone who not only knows what you should be taking – often DHEA and/or progesterone – but when and how you should use them, and is willing to walk you through the process.

    In addition, let's not forget that it is very important to undergo thorough hormone testing so as to diagnose the cause of your bone loss. You see, sometimes a less common cause for your bone loss is the true culprit. By performing more complete testing, I am less likely to miss the other causes of bone loss.

    Make sure your doctor also takes the time to order regular bone-density scans to ensure your body is responding correctly to the treatment.

    If it sounds like a lot of work, it's really not. But there's a little more to it than simply swallowing a pill.

    The trade-off is good health free from side effects and a lower risk of those dangerous bone fractures.

    I'd call that a pretty square deal.

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