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  • in reply to: Osteoporosis and more! #16164
    Kirkie
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    Nah, questions are good! You never know when someone’s “silly” question might spark something you haven’t thought about before.

    2013 was the year we did GAPS. Prior to that, we were eating as clean as we could, in preparation for launching into GAPS. With the heavy focus on bone broth, and generally good nutritious food, I thought 2013 would see even more improvement than 2012. GAPS was brilliant for my husband, really made a difference for him. Not so much for me :/

    My calc supplement has mag in it, and I use mag oil transdermally when I remember. Must try to get into the habit of using it more often again. There’s Vit K in the butter oil, and I also take Skate Liver Oil which is supposed to have K as well. Pretty sure it’s K2 in both, naturally occuring.

    I could probably up the Vit C in my diet a bit more, though I eat lots of yummy veg & also berries.

    My sleep is crap. I’ve had insomnia for over 9 years now. That’s one of the adrenal connections that I’m looking at. I’ve tried almost every remedy under the sun for it, or at least it feels like I have – I’m sure there are more I haven’t discovered yet. I’m a bit resistant to Matt’s sugar & salt mix, mostly because I’ve barely touched sugar cane products for the past couple of years & it feels weird to contemplate using it again. Stress is through the roof – mostly about money (that old story) and also about my health, which is complicated by the money issue. Ugh.

    The exercise thing could use more work, certainly. I’ll look into those suggestions, though. Thank you.

    Thanks for all your responses so far. A fresh perspective from a stranger is useful, and helps me to think through stuff when normally it feels as though I’m just going round in circles. I appreciate it.

    in reply to: Osteoporosis and more! #16162
    Kirkie
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    At the moment, working on my adrenals seems to make the most sense to me. Might get some pH test strips at some point, though, just out of interest.

    I’ve been working at this for a few years now – it’s been 5.5 years since discovering the osteoporosis. I have seen significant improvement during that time – for example, my spine has gone from a t-score of -5.1, to -2.5 in that time, without drugs, and with no new fractures (since the 4 original ones). But now that it seems to have plateaued, is where I’m really concerned about working out how to kick it along. In 2012 I had a huge leap in improvement…and then virtually no movement at all in 2013. Big shock & disappointment, there, as I had been working really hard in 2013 to do everything that I knew, to keep the improvement happening.

    I’ll have a look into those tests & see what they say. No private health insurance here (can’t afford it), just the govt health scheme (much better than what you have in the US, from what I hear – lots of free & subsidised health care, though not a perfect system either). It depends which hospital you go to, in which state, though. When we lived in another state, they would just do as many as they wanted and somehow got around the govt rules (for DEXA’s, that is), but in the state we live in now, they are a lot more finicky about sticking to the rules, so one a year it is, unless I want to pay for extra ones (money issues, again).

    My Vit D is good. I take fermented cod liver oil & butter oil daily, and spend a good amount of time in the garden etc. I haven’t tested low for Vit D in years. My calcium intake is also pretty high – raw cow milk (often fermented also), lots of bone broth, leafy greens, etc – plus the calcium supplement from the naturopath.

    Dietary overhaul sounds like a nightmare, to be honest. I already cook/prepare 3 meals a day most days; having to prepare different meals for myself on top of that would just be awful. Right now, I’m flat out coping with my suddenly crazy metabolism that has me eating just about everything in sight ;) I’m hoping that whatever is going on with my metabolism is going to result in some healing *somewhere* in my body. I don’t really have much choice but to go with it…or starve, I suppose. I’ll take the first option!

    in reply to: Osteoporosis and more! #16160
    Kirkie
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    Hi Leighton,

    That’s interesting about how you feel when your urine pH is in a “good” range. My naturopath tested mine on two seperate occasions – first was quite acidic, apparently. The second, a couple of weeks later, with no change in diet (only the addition of a calc supplement, and a probiotic), was much better. Both samples taken same time of day, etc. So I don’t really know what to make of that, apart from that maybe the probiotics had cleaned up my gut a bit. I am resistant, too, I think, to the whole idea, because I naturally feel drawn to a WAPF style diet, and so much of that stuff is out on the alkalising diet! Intuitively it doesn’t make sense, to me. Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and try it, I don’t know. Do you have any ideas on how to tie it in with Matt Stone’s metabolism stuff?

    You are right, Dr Brown’s website does cover more than the acid/alkaline balance. But that topic always raises a red flag for me, so to speak. I’m sure she has plenty of good stuff to say that I would trust. I just wish her phone consults weren’t so expensive – my health is already costing us a packet :/ Not good for the stress levels! I’d love to know the root cause of my bone loss, as it’s been a mystery for some time. I think there’s adrenal issues involved, probably stemming from having taken The Pill for 3 years, and I am trying to get that sorted, but it’s so hard to know if that is actually the issue. Here in Australia, I can get one free DEXA scan per year to check my bone density, but as you say, it only gives us so much information. Plus it’s a long time to have to wait to see if something is working in terms of rebuilding my bones. I could fork out money (that we don’t have => debt) to a naturopath for a whole year, only to discover that it hasn’t made any difference at all, you know?

    Anyway…sorry for the whinge!

    Thanks,

    K

    in reply to: Osteoporosis and more! #16151
    Kirkie
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    Hi Leighton,

    Thanks for your response. I have had a look at Dr Brown’s website, but I am unconvinced about the alkaline diet stuff which seems to be a big part of her focus. Do you know of any hard scientific research which specifically supports the idea that the food we eat causes changes to the pH of our blood, resulting in the body using calcium etc from bones as a buffer? Lots of people claim that it does, but all the science I have been able to find on the topic supports the opposite idea – that blood pH is maintained by other mechanisms & is not affected by food intake (and that pulling minerals from bones is not one of the mechanisms used by the body to control blood pH). I’d be very interested to read any such research if it exists, because none of the proponents of this view that I have come across have actually provided proof of this being the case.

    Thanks :)

    in reply to: Osteoporosis and more! #16150
    Kirkie
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    Hi Amy,

    Yes, I have started to gradually reintroduce carbs recently. That could be part of the puzzle. Thanks :)

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