Recently, I was asked by a client to read a book, Dr. Bob’s Drugless Guide to Balancing Female Hormones, by Dr. Robert DeMaria. Those of you who know me well, know that I almost always have my nose in one book or another. I must confess, that the book did not look at all that interesting. I deal with women all the time who have hormonal issues, and female hormones are quite a riddle. The flowchart of different hormones it is quite daunting to decipher. At the same time, all of us women know that there must be a way to balance the complexities of hormones; and as a woman myself, I decided to take the plunge and see what Dr. Bob had to say.
I must say I found the book intriguing and easy to read. Dr. Bob relates in his introduction that he is convinced that women’s hormones can be balanced, and he is committed to doing so in language that is easy to understand and execute.
Not only does he talk about the different hormones and how to balance them naturally, but he also talks about other issues that women face, and one of those issues is osteoporosis. Below is an excerpt from this book:
“The medications that women are being told they need once every thirty days works by preventing a bone cell called an osteoclast from doing its job. You see an osteoclast’s job description is to vacuum up bone cells that need to be recycled. It is something like the Pac-Man creature going around eating everything in sight. The whole mechanism is very controlled by the innate intelligence that controls the way the structural system maintains itself. Your body is in a constant state of transition of breakdown and repair. This occurs at the cellular level. It happens gradually over time.
The real issue with these medications is they are not getting to the cause of the problem. The medications are giving the user a false sense of security, just like other medications that treat symptoms verses cause. Over time, using medications that interfere with the osteoclast’s work results in old, fragile bone being present where there should be new, strong bones with vitality.
When someone currently on osteoporosis medication has bone density scans performed on various areas, it appears that there is structure, giving the false sense of security I was telling you about, but it is not normal for old bone to be present. Vertebrae can fracture when on osteoporosis medication.”
I read another publication this week that also talked about osteoporosis. This study said that women who had osteoporosis usually also had hardening of the arteries. I thought at the time that was an odd combination of symptoms: fragile bones/hard arteries. The article went on to say that the osteoblasts (bone cells that create new bones) were migrating into the arteries. After reading Dr. Bob’s explanation, I can connect the dots and question: Do the retained osteoclasts in the skeleton (remember, this is how the osteoporosis medicine works) prevent the osteoblasts from creating new cells in the bone? The body is smart. The body has the innate ability to recover and repair itself, if it is given the correct nutrition.
I would urge every holistic practitioner and every woman worried about her hormones to take a serious look at this book. It is informative, practical and easy to implement.
Until next time,