Osteoporosis

For the bones to get stronger, they need many vitamin and minerals, but if capillary density through the bone (yes there is a capillary bed-the Haversian canals) is restricted by poor vascular health, these nutrients won’t make it into the bone.  At the joints, where there is a better blood supply, excess calcium is taken up, mis-forming the joint(see arthritis), but in other areas, the bone is left weak and thin, despite calcium being present.  The main concern should be to increase blood supply to the bones, not increasing just one of the building blocks of bone(calcium).  In fact, I recommend decreasing calcium intake for healthier bones, including less fat, more exercise, more water, more magnesium, etc.

But really, less Calcium for healthier bone?  Healthy bone is in a constant remodeling process.  Their are cells on the bone that are contantly breaking up old bone and building new bone in it’s place.  Osteoblast cells takes calcium out of the cells and destroys them, Osteoclast cells lay down new, stronger bone in its place. This remodeling affects the shape and density of the bone.  If remodeling does not occur, the old bone thins(osteopenia) or becomes porous (osteoporosis).  More calcium is not necessary for this to occur.  The remodeling is a constant process in healthy bone, that means healthy blood supply, as well as healthy capillary density.  The capillaries in the bone are always dealing with calcium, in and out as bone is remodeled.  Adding excess calcium to the equation does not build stronger bone, it stops up the permeability and eventually the flow of blood through the bone capillaries.  It is important to have the right balance of magnesium to calcium, not only for the health of the bodies vascular system (to prevent Monckenberg’s arteriosclerosis), but to keep calcium depositing only where it should be (in bone and a small amount free in the blood stream for muscle contractions).  The recommendation of 700 mg a day is about right (a little more if you are sweating alot while exercising).  It is much more important to have healthy, dense, well shaped bone.  Big bones are not necessarily healthier.  If the bones of the spine (or knee, or jaw) grow too much, (or vice versa, not grow enough) they don’t fit properly with the bones next to them (like puzzle pieces, they are made for each other).  If the bones that allow blood vessels and nerves to pass through them grow too much, then blood and nerves are pressed on.  Healthy muscles, tendons, and periosteum (the tissue covering bone) affects the underlying bone greatly.

So, cut back on calcium (from dairy, supplements, fortified milks, energy bars, and protein supplements)to about 700 mg a day.  Add magnesium from natural sources (such as halibut, green vegetables, and small amounts of nuts) as well as a chelated supplement (magnesium malate is great).  Stay hydrated, keep all of the muscles in shape and loose especially around the spine. Get some sun, not just for vitamin D, but to crenate old red blood cells that accumulate in the tissues(bilirubin).  Keep protein and some good fat in the diet, as this promotes healthy hormone levels.  Add loads to the bone with running, weight lifting, etc. as bone responds to loads by building denser, thicker bone.

Anemia

Anemia is known to be caused by three situations.   First is the loss of blood through either a major accidents, or from continual bleeding, such as nosebleed, ulcers, or polyps in the intestines.  The second situation is when inadequate amounts of red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow.  This is commonly caused by vitamin deficiency.  The third is hemolytic anemia, which is when red blood cells are destroyed quicker than they can be created.

Chronic bleeding is one type of anemia that is greatly influenced by capillary density.  Tissues that should be intact is thin and easily ruptured when there is inadequate blood flow.  By staying better hydrated and working on creating a stronger cardio-vascular system, tissues can get stronger, essentially eliminating this type of blood loss.

When inadequate amounts of red blood cells are produced, it is usually as a result of vitamin and mineral deficiency.  Certainly the poor diet that is usually consumed today won’t provide all of the nutrients, but more important is getting those nutrients absorbed though a healthy digestive tract, and then carrying those nutrients though a healthy vascular system though the capillaries in the bone to the marrow.  Even with genetic disorders such as thalassemias and sickle-cell anemia, a healthier diet and exercise are important to allow the body to stay as healthy as possible despite the disease.  This means that instead of having 97 octane blood, you may be at 85, so you want to keep the engine and pipes clean for maximum power.  Having a double pumper holley under the hood creates more power than higher octane anyways.  The body does a great job of regulating itself if given the chance.

Hemolytic anemia is less common, but usually associated with an auto-immune condition.  Auto-immune conditions find great relief with adoption of the Flow Diet, creating less inflammation in the body, leading to less destruction of the red blood cells as balance returns to the body.

So, again, work on overall vascular health, especially the muscles of the legs and hips, which cover the bones where the most marrow is contained.  Pick up iron bi-glycinate, a chelated iron supplement that is absorbed and transported more easily, instead of being stored in the tissues.  A big cause of  sluggish digestive tract motility.

Leukemia

In medical circles, the cause for Leukemia is not know.  Heart disease and vascular disease account for Leukemia too, and here is how:  The normal development and progression of the stem cells in the bone marrow depends on adequate blood flow to bring nutrients and remove toxins.  As blood flow is impeded from a modern poor diet and lack of exercise, the chromosomes in the cells are given a chance to mutate and cause unimpeded growth.  The resulting anemia, combined with possible vascular disease in other areas of the body, causes weakness, fatigue, paleness, enlarged liver and spleen.  What we know about leukemia, like most diseases, is not what I am debating, it is the unknown cause that no medical circle seems to be searching for.

Arthritis

Arthritis comes is several forms,including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, etc.  In osteoarthritis, the degeneration of the joint is not simply wear and tear, as doctors already know, but a change in the cartilage cells themselves.  They don’t know what causes the cells to change in the first place.  But you would have to say that if capillary density was not sufficient (and cartilage already has a tendency for low capillary density), the change to the cells would be inevitable.  Rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disorder that often affects not only affects the joints, but the blood vessels and lungs as well.  Again, the cart is before the horse.  Arthritis doesn’t cause blood vessel damage,  the modern diet and lack of exercise cause blood vessel damage, which in turn leads to arthritis.

Autoimmune disorders

The malfunctioning of the bodies own immune system is in a way not a malfunctioning at all.  As we lose vascularity because of dehydration, calcium buildup, too much carbs, not enough exercise, etc.  we also lose tissue health.  As cells and tissue loses this vital blood flow(bringing nutrients and removing toxins), then the cells no longer have their integrity.  Just like dead cells are sloughed off our skin and alimentary tract, the white blood cells and immune system try to remove these weak or dead cells from the tissues.  Not only are their too many weak or dead cells that shouldn’t be their in the first place, but the weakened blood flow to the area also slows or stops the removal, creating an intermittent but never-ending process.  By slowly adopting better eating habits and health habits, though, this effects is greatly lessened and eventually back to healthy level.

Keep in mind that the first sign of blood flow returning to an area is some redness, tenderness and inflammation.  Some of these symptoms are normal and to be expected.  As blood flow stays from a healthy diet, low carbs, more water, good fish oils and some exercise and sun, then the tissue moves beyond inflamed to healthier over time.

Hormone Disorders

The endocrine glands are also largely influenced and controlled by proper blood flow.  When the nerves or regulation of the release of hormones is disrupted, then you will most definitely have improper release of hormones.  Many times when a gland isn’t getting enough blood flow, the gland most of the time will simply produce less of the hormone.  But if blood flow is intermittent(such as when dehydrated), the gland may simply stockpile the hormone and release it in large amounts when given a chance.  Constant overproduction of a hormone will result if the hpothalmic-pituitary axis is disrupted (a feedback loop of master hormones that regulate many other glands).  The nerves and by creating healthy capillarization and keeping a steady flow with proper hydration, the hormones fall back into healthy regulation and release.

In many cases the underlying symptoms associated  with a hormonal imbalance are also influenced or caused by vascular disease as well.  In addition, the complex signals carried in the bloodstream by hormones simply won’t get their message across if the bloodstream is reaching its intended cells in sufficient quantity.  Again, remember that even though their maybe many blood vessels surrounding a hormonal gland, it is the thousands of capillaries that ultimately get blood flow to an organ.  In many ways, the overeating that ultimately causes vascular disease can also cause many cases of over-production of hormones.  The glands simply have too much building blocks of a hormone, and responds by producing more.

Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to deal with rising blood sugar levels.  Type 1 diabetes starts in childhood, usually thought to be the result of a virus or nutritional factor that causes the immune system to attack the insulin producing cells of the pancreas.  Type 2 diabetes usually involves a fairly normal amount of insulin being produced, sometimes even more than normal.  But the body develops a resistance to insulin.  Leaving blood sugar levels too high.  80-90% of people who have this type are obese.  Chief complication of diabetes are said to be atherosclerosis, damaged blood vessels of the eyes, blood vessel damage to the kidneys, nerve damage from improper glucose uptake as well as inadequate blood supply, damaged nerves of autonomic nervous system, impaired white blood cell function and so on.

So how can atherosclerosis be the cause.  Maybe I am dense, but most of the symptoms of diabetes seems to be vascular impairment.   Maybe, just maybe, the atherosclerosis that is said to be a symptom of diabetes is actually the cause.  The virus or nutritional factor that is thought to be the cause of type 1 diabetes is true.  The combination of poor childhood nutrition combined with the formative immune systems (especially digestive tract irritations and vascular development) makes it almost certain that viruses can easily take hold.  The body’s response to a virus causes massive inflammation.  If the pancreas is damaged, it can easily shut down temporarily.  But the poor diet often persists throughout life, never letting the pancreas regain proper blood flow.  Think about it, when we are not feeling good, we go for the comfort foods(ice cream, milk and cookies, basically excess sugar, fat, and calcium), shutting things out also means shutting vital organs down.  If your kid is getting sick, give them lot’s of fluids,  protein, vegetables, not comfort foods.

Type 2 diabetes, the resistance of the cells to insulin, is almost certain as atherosclerosis takes hold.  The capillaries are where the cells get their nutrition.  If the 8000 miles of vascular system (composed primarily of capillaries) in your body aren’t open, the insulin can’t be used.  The larger arteries and arterioles of the body are the freeways of the blood transport system.  The freeways(arteries) take the trucks to the boulevards and avenues(arterioles).  You pull off a smaller, slower exit, into the driveway, and pull up to the factory to load and unload necessary substances.  Same for the vascular system, those small driveways are where things happen.  Sure if there is a crash on the freeway, the driveways can’t get filled, but both are important for the transportation system to work.  The same ideas come into play to get healthier and prevent diabetes.  Sugar and carbs are OK, but you need water to balance it, and drastically less than is typically consumed in 1st world countries.  Say you drink a soda, sure it is fluids, but it is typically around 20% concentration.  You actually need to drink a glass of water with that soda to keep the blood-fluid balance correct.  Compounding the blood fluid level problem, is the fact that any of the excess carbs you eat are turned into triglycerides, causing the buildup of fatty deposits on the arteries.  Excess sugar and carb intake causes the driveways to close(dehydration closing capillaries) and landslides covering the freeways(buildup of triglycerides on arteries and artioles).

Start some good long cardio exercise (90 minutes 3 times a week).  Exercise opens up the capillaries, and makes the factories (mitochondria of the cells) use up their stores of glucose (carbs).  This makes them open and receptive to any carbs they get.  They need some, but not huge amounts.   A 15 mile (at 6 minute mile pace) run will consume your bodies reserves of carbohydrates(about 1500 kcal worth).  Slower exercise starts to pull more energy from fat, but less calories per hour burned than more intense exercise.  Any exercise is beneficial, just increase the amount and intensity as you get stronger while eating less carbs, more magnesium, etc. We all have an athlete hidden in all of us, channel you inner Bruce Lee, Lance Armstrong, Prefontaine, whoever gets you motivated.  For me it is simply trying to keep up with Neil Pert’s drumming as I pedal along to work.