According to research published in 2011 in the British Medical Journal, there is a 30% increased risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) in those who take 500 mg  or more of calcium per day. WOW! But we’ve always heard that calcium builds strong bones. Well, the thinking has changed and its not just from this one study. There are many more.

Why aren’t you hearing about these studies?

(Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2010) – this study concludes that there is a total lack of support or research supporting the contention that calcium supplements reduces the risk of fracture.

(Am J Clin Nutr 2007) – this study says calcium from dietary sources has more favorable effects on bone health than those from supplements.

(BMJ 2010) – this study shows calcium supplements without co-administered Vitamin D are associated with increased risk for heart attack

These a just a few of the studies involving the heart and bone dangers of calcium supplementation. This calcium supplement mistake can also negatively affect prostate health and longevity in men. Don’t get me wrong, calcium from whole food can extend your lifespan. It is however, not true for calcium supplements. Be informed and read the literature. Tune in later this week for a follow up blog.

If you have wondered if chiropractic neurology and functional medicine can help you, see a chiropractor. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown, DC DABCN FACFN.

How are we different? We specialize in neurological, immunological, and endocrine rehabilitation without the use of drugs or surgery. Conditions treated include: sleep disorders, cognitive disorders, mood disorders, balance disorders (Vertigo, Dizziness, etc.), Headaches, Migraines, Peripheral Neuropathy, movement disorders (Tics, Tremors, Tourette’s, etc.), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ADHD, ADD, OCD, CDD, PDD, Asperger’s, etc), Fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, thyroid disorders, hormone disorders, adrenal disorders, and blood sugar disorders (Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Hypoglycemia).

Call us today at (303) 986-7600 for a free consultation. We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, and Evergreen.

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Men are notorious for not paying attention to their health until it jumps up and bites them. That is why the majority (90%) of retirement age men do not have optimum prostate health. It is now thought that most men who live to be 80 will have prostate cancer and not even know it. A pecan sized gland, the prostate can grow to be the size on a golf ball or larger. An enlarged prostate can put pressure on the urethra which carries the stream of urine and sperm and most people know that this is why men with enlarged prostates have to get up multiple times per night to dribble small amounts of urine; and, they also have sexual problems as well. What most people don’t know is that the prostate is involved in the immune system as well.

Dr. Brown’s fine tips on prostate health:
(1) Eat organic, eat healthy
(2) Get quality supplemental support with products containing Saw palmetto berry, Pygeum bar, Stinging Nettle leaf, Swedish flower pollen extract, L-Alanine, L-Glutamic Acid, and Glycine.
(3) Make sure you have at least 5,000 I.U. of Vitamin D3 per day along with healthy doses of Vitamin K2, Selenium, Vitamin E, with 1-2,000 mg of calcium with 600 mg of magnesium

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown

Call us today (303) 986-7600 at Brown Chiropractic Neurology for a free consultation! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen Colorado (CO).

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Thyroid hormones and bone metabolism are intimately connected. Most people still think that bone density and strength are determined by calcium levels and that calcium supplementation and calcium rich foods are the answer. Wrong. Bone metabolism has more to do with vitamin D levels, autoimmunity, and thyroid function. There are two things to understand: the impact of thyroid states on bone DENSITY and the impacts of thyroid HORMONES on bone QUALITY. New research reveals that denser bone does not equate to stronger bone. Bone strength or resistance to fracture is not easily measured by bone densitometry which is what the typical medical doctor uses to “assess” bone strength.  Bone density and bone strength are not same thing. In traditional medicine, doctors are taught that bone density is the measure of bone strength and the response to pharmaceutical osteoporosis treatment. In recent years this concept has changed to include a number of characteristics that make up bone quality. BONE QUALITY  is a composite of properties that make the bone resist fractures which includes bone structure, bone damage, collagen quality, mineral crystal size, and bone turnover. So denser bone is not always stronger bone, younger bone density is stronger than older bone density, and changes in density account for only part of the risk factors.

Lack of thyroid hormones will alter normal growth during childhood. Hyperthyroidism is associated with an increased risk of for fractures. Adult hypothyroid patients exhibit higher than normal bone density (not strength) so hypothyroidism is associated with increased risk fractures before and after diagnosis. Those with suppressed levels of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) will lose bone and have higher fracture rates. Those with nomal TSH levels will have no increase in fracture risk.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, we perform blood, saliva, stool, analysis to determine where the cause of an individuals problems are. Only by looking at a complete functional analysis can we determine the proper course of treatment. Simply increasing bone density by use of pharmaceuticals will not decrease risk of fracture and falls (#1 cause of death over 65).

If you have wondered if chiropractic natural nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself Dr. Scott Brown.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in functional medicine, we look at your cholesterol (lipid) panels thoroughly (not just total cholesterol) to determine the best diet and supplement regimen for you. Call us today at (303) 986-7600.

We proudly serve Denver, Lakewood, Arvada, Golden, Morrison, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge Colorado (CO).

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You might ask ,”Isn’t bone loss just due to a lack of calcium like we have always heard? No. Not if you understand the mechanisms of how the immune system works. The human body has first line defense mechanisms which include the intestinal mucosa, respiratory system, skin, and blood brain barrier which are the first protections against foreign invaders. When the invaders (viruses and bacteria) get past the first defense, the T-Helper Cell systems (TH-1 and TH-2) kick in. In the first stage, (TH-1) the inflammatory immune system mobilizes to fight the foreign invaders. Once the invaders have been conquered, the second stage (Th-2) produces B cells to carry away the conquered invaders and signal the inflammatory army to return to the barracks. This is the scenario in a good immune system. When either the TH-1 or TH-2 system becomes dominant, there is a runaway of the dominant system resulting in autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s, Graves, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Addison’s Disease, Lupus, etc.. Osteoporosis, although not “classified” as an immune disease, follows this trajectory. In Osteoporosis, one of the TH-2 lymphocytes called Interleukin 6 will stimulate bone destruction (osteoclastic activity) resulting in a slight degree of decreased bone mineral density (BMD) called OSTEOPENIA, before it advances into full blown OSTEOPOROSIS. The standard medical treatment does not address the immune system one iota,but instead promotes the use of the drug FOSAMEX (side effects include osteonecrosis or loss of blood supply to the bone, GI dysfunction, anxiety, social avoidance, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, hypertension, inflammation, and the list goes on).

BROWN CHIROPRACTIC NEUROLOGY: How we are different is that we do not look at Osteoporosis as merely a loss of bone but as an immune failure. Without addressing the immune system, the osteoporosis can continue to progress resulting in more bone loss. Since the Fosamex drug therapy robs the blood supply to the bone and creates an inflammatory condition, my bet is on building up the immune system which will decrease inflammation and increase osteoblastic (bone building) activity.

Our treatment consists of supporting regulatory T cell systems with Vitamin D, Glutathione, Superoxide Dismutase, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. We must also make sure the body is producing enough Hydrochloric Acid (HCL). In Chiropractic Neurology, we focus on 3 things: brain, metabolism (blood sugar, thyroid, liver, etc.) and structure. Ours is a drug free surgery free approach to wellness. We’d like to help!

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