Learning the meaning of osteoporosis

by Gill Randall, Physiotherapist Grad Dip Phys, Banbury, UK

A few years ago, the local gym I attended did a simple heel prick test and I was diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects bone density and strength, so the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. In osteopenia, the protein and mineral content of bone tissue is reduced, but less severely than in osteoporosis.

Bone is alive and constantly changing. A healthy diet and lifestyle from an early age help us to maximize bone strength by ‘banking’ bone when we are young. A poor diet as children, eating disorders, and erratic diets can all affect the laying down of healthy bone. And as we age, particularly after menopause in women, there is a tendency to bone loss. Osteoporosis can tend to run in families, but whether this is due to dietary and lifestyle factors or ‘genetic’ tendencies is open to question.

I was surprised at my diagnosis, as I had had a healthy diet as a child. I did a bit of yo-yo dieting through my teenage years, but I’ve had a tendency to be overweight, not underweight, and have always been relatively active. Upon diagnosis I was prescribed calcium tablets with Vitamin D and told to do more weight bearing exercise, so I did some line dancing and an exercise class in the gym. I do have a family connection, as my mother had severe osteoporosis and had a lot of pain from it in her later years. It’s not a life threatening condition, but it can be life changing. When she lost bone density and 5 inches in height, she had constant pain, easily broke bones when she fell, and postural changes caused digestive problems.

Having witnessed my mother go through these progressive changes, I do not want this for my future, and so I want to learn what I can do to support the health of my bones.

In my sixties now, the condition is not affecting me with pain or physical changes, and I am eager to prevent this. I work and am active but my view of osteoporosis is changing. Being a student of Universal Medicine and the teachings of the Way of the Livingness, I have learnt a deeper understanding from Serge Benhayon that energetically, osteoporosis is caused by lack of self-love and deep disregard for myself. Initially my reaction was: ‘Of course I look after myself!’ But on reflection, I realized I did this after looking after everyone else. I paid lip service to looking after myself. This felt like a really old pattern of putting myself last for a very long time. I can fully appreciate this understanding: If I’m not nurturing my physical body, why should it be strong and solid to provide me with a sound bony foundation?

So I looked at my diet and felt into what types of food supported me, and noticed how my body felt after certain foods. I stopped drinking alcohol and felt immediately clearer in my head and my body. I knew that caffeine didn’t feel good for me, but did you know that we excrete calcium in our urine when we drink caffeine? I always knew I felt bloated and tired after eating bread and food with gluten, so experimented with reducing them, and found I had so much more energy. By changing my diet, my body feels more nurtured. I am giving myself more care, and I’ve started putting me first. I used to think that would be selfish, but now I can feel how self-loving this is. I’m living now by expressing myself more honestly when in conversation, feeling what needs to be said rather than pleasing people.

Living truly and supporting myself is also helping my bones.

I know as a physiotherapist that exercise is an important factor for health and bone density. Weight bearing exercise, specific resistance exercises and a healthy balanced calcium rich diet can all help bone density. But over exercising is not recommended, and it can be deleterious to people with anorexia nervosa to do extreme exercise. It can contribute to further weight loss, which could also be detrimental to bone density. High impact running, jogging or skipping can increase susceptibility to stress fractures in the feet or lower limbs. Or if people do horse riding or skiing and increase their risk of falling, this could increase their risk of breaking a bone. So the balance of exercise is important, as the present day thoughts of exercising to extreme is quite popular at the moment. My exercise changed from the gym using heavier weights to exercising gently on a regular basis with light weights and walking outside most days, loving the sunshine for the vitamin D absorption.

With this new understanding, I can feel the impact of a deeper healing from the conventional understanding of medical treatment for illness. I am learning to care for myself on a daily basis that is, in turn, supporting my physical body. This is a huge learning that I can bring into practice in other areas of my life, knowing how I can heal mental and emotional as well as physical issues I thought was going to carry with me throughout my whole life.

With a medical diagnosis and an esoteric understanding of osteoporosis, I am combining the treatment of conventional and esoteric medicine together to live in better health.

 

Read more:

  1. Osteoporosis and a lifetime of dairy consumption 
  2. The Chilling Facts about Dairy

 

 

 

768 thoughts on “Learning the meaning of osteoporosis

  1. I was not aware that drinking caffeine caused calcium to be excreted. Frequently there are newspaper articles praising this quality or that quality about coffee generally claiming great health benefits from drinking the stuff but such articles never include the negatives such as the one you mention or the fact that by drinking it one is causing their whole physiology to be raced which is like running a car engine at full revs and so will wear out the body much faster than it would otherwise without the caffeine.

  2. Choosing how to deeply support ourselves and our health by taking responsibility and being more tender and caring with our body allows the opportunity for true nurturing.

  3. Having Osteoporosis it was great to re-read your article Gill and get a better understanding. Even though having being diagnosed with it several years ago I have not been giving it the self loving attention I could be, and at a recent visit to the doctor’s while looking over my notes, he asked me if I was taking the medication offered to me. I said I wasn’t as I wasn’t sure it would agree with me and he told me that I was harming my body far more by not taking it. He made it very clear to me that I could not dismiss the medication. I then realised that it was taken once weekly so I am taking a much more self loving approach and giving the medicine a chance. If I find over the next months it doesn’t agree with me then I can look for alternatives but at least I am now giving it myself an opportunity to heal

  4. ‘I can fully appreciate this understanding: If I’m not nurturing my physical body, why should it be strong and solid to provide me with a sound bony foundation?’ True Gill, we are the ones that have abandoned the body and ourselves by not being present, not caring or even self loving. I am developing a much more honouring relationship with my body but I can still feel how easy I go into ‘ I just have to get this done’ and force my body to perform a certain task that is way too heavy and do not ask for support. Having osteoporosis myself I have been given the opportunity to heal this ingrained abusive patterns and that’s what esoteric medicine combined with conventional medicine is offering us.

  5. “Living truly and supporting myself is also helping my bones.” Combining western medicine with esoteric therapies gives the best of both worlds. When we change from the inside, the outside changes too – but this can take a while, depending on the level of disregard we have been living with. Taking responsibility for our own health and well-being makes a huge difference.

  6. It is beautiful to hear that you have embraced a more loving lifestyle at this stage of your life and you are obviously seeing the results considering your condition has not had a massive impact on your overall well-being yet. When we know both the physical and energetic diagnosis, it means that we are able to heal from both the inside out. The best way to address all our ills and should be standard practice, maybe one day, it will be.

  7. Currently there may not be enough evidence to make conventional medicine consider that the esoteric is the missing part of the puzzle when it comes to peoples ailments and general health, however it is countless stories such as yours that together paint a clear picture of the power of these combined.

  8. Wow this was super cool to read because I don’t think I ever consider my bones, and how my choices may be impacting them. I know the way I eat affects my stomach and the way I feel, but now I need to consider if the way I eat is really nourishing my bones too. I love the idea of “bone bank” and that we can build a great supply now.

    1. I had this too Meg, did I ever considered my bones? I don’t think so. I took the foundation of my body, my bones for granted until I got the diagnoses of osteoporosis and started to deal with how I have been in disregard towards my body. But even now I wonder how is the relationship I have with my bones something to feel into and to connect with the quality our bones give to the body.

  9. Great read Gill, it really made me realise how every single choice we make affects our body, and how important it is to self care and treat our body with the utmost love and tenderness which means making more loving choices.

  10. Thank you Gill, I’ve read this before but always get so much from it. I realised I am like you were, self caring yes, but often last in the line! That is a great discernment to make so I must look at that. Also this was a great line for me to read “I’m living now by expressing myself more honestly when in conversation, feeling what needs to be said rather than pleasing people.” This is also a topic that may not be considered self care but it is.

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