A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Osteomalacia
I had a question the other day about osteomalacia.
Osteomalacia is a disorder caused by vitamin D deficiency.
In children, this disease is called rickets, and is caused from not enough vitamin D or from too little exposure to sunlight (sunlight causes vitamin D to be synthesized in your skin).
The lack of vitamin D in turn affects your body’s ability to absorb calcium and phosphorus.
Early signs include nervousness, painful muscle spasms, leg cramps, and numbness in your extremities.
Bone malformations may develop due to softening of the bones – bowed legs, knock-knees, scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine), a narrow rib cage, a protruding breastbone, and/or beading at the ends of the ribs – as well as decaying teeth, delayed walking, irritability, restlessness, and profuse sweating.
Rickets is now virtually eliminated in the United States.
It was usually seen in children aged 6-24 months old.
In adults, vitamin D deficiency disease is called osteomalacia and is usually related to your body’s inability to absorb phosphorus and calcium properly.
It’s most likely to occur in pregnant women and nursing mothers, whose nutritional requirements are higher than normal, or in people with malabsorption problems.
It may also affect people who don’t get enough exposure to sunshine or those whose diets are so low in fat that adequate bile can’t be manufactured and vitamin D can’t be absorbed.
This condition can be caused by chronic renal failure.
Osteomalacia is difficult to diagnose and is often misdiagnosed as osteoporosis.
To deal with osteomalacia, it’s important to:
*Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water daily.
*Dandelion root, nettle, and oat straw promote bone building and are all good sources of calcium and magnesium.
*Change your diet. The best sources of calcium and vitamin D are milk and some other dairy products. All dairy products have calcium, but not all have vitamin D. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, yogurt and cottage cheese, and sardines. A diet high in calcium is essential.
*Sunlight exposure is important as well, if a guaranteed source of vitamin D isn’t available from foods.
*Don’t consume sugar, junk foods, or carbonated beverages.
*Have a hair analysis done to check for mineral deficiencies.
*Food allergy testing may be beneficial.
*Do weight-bearing exercises
*Eliminate smoking and/or secondhand smoke exposure.
*Eat fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya because they contain enzymes that reduce inflammation.
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