I spend 1 full workday every week going through research and I also religiously travel to participate in conferences and ongoing education worldwide approx. every 4 months. I do this because we need to keep learning, otherwise our treatment models become outdated. This has also led me to being the first practitioner in Denmark offering testing and treatment for environmental toxins (heavy metals aside), starting with this as soon as labs were available back in late 2015/2016. Now more doctors are also offering these types of tests, yet it is not widespread, and that is a shame as many people still go undiagnosed with weird chronic diseases without explanation of why and no thorough testing done related to causes of symptoms.
The worst part of being a practitioner today is that too many of us think, that just because we left school, we are finished learning.
What we learnt in medical or nutrition school - most of that stuff is too basic or outdated today.
If we do not continue learning, we give outdated advice which leads to terrible healthcare and the results go to show. Many of us in the healthcare field are too busy filling out paperstuff than keeping up with new research and ongoing education - and that might be fine if we had an office job licking stamps and stuff, but it is very bad when we are supposed to treat people and keep on top of developing science. That’s why we still have practitioners talking about nonsense stuff, like cholesterol scare levels and eggs and drinking milk to get calcium for bones - when we have more than enough evidence these days that these rumours should be completely killed.
You don’t get elevated cholesterol from eating eggs .- cholesterol is the body’s defense mechanism against inflammation as proven by Uffe Ravnskov back in the 80ies. You solve inflammation by figuring out what is causing it - i.e. toxins, chronic infections, severe nutrient imbalances etc.
When we look at brittle bones, it almost never has to do with lack of calcium, yet that is what people are told when they go for a bone scan (Dexa scan).
You cannot scan people’s bones and tell from an image that their bones are weak because they lack dietary calcium.
It’s like saying the house is empty cos the wife left.
Dude, no - the house is not empty cos the wife left. That is not the real underlying reason. The house is empty cos the wife took the furniture with her and then left. And she did that cos maybe you were a jerk, or maybe she was a jerk, maybe you were both jerks. You never know with that stuff. Anyway, not all houses are empty just cos the wife leaves, it depends whether she takes the furniture with her. Lesson learned: only have old uglyass furniture. Naah, I am just kidding.
What I am trying to say here is that calcium needs several other minerals and vitamins to be integrated in the bone-structure.
If we are lacking in one of those other departments, then calcium will not be integrated, but rather lead to plaque buildup in the arteries and we then deal with an increased risk of stroke. I.e. when i test people for their intracellular mineral balance I rarely see calcium deficiency but I often find magnesium (1), silica (2) and phosphorus (3) deficiencies along with zinc (4), vitamin K (5) and vitamin D (6). These are core minerals involved in strong bone formation - not to forget that our fatty acid balance (7) along with gut bacteria also affects bones (8). And as toxins affect gut health, we are beginning to see how everything is tied together. So you will get a weak bone scan if you are lacking these minerals or suffering from toxic burden.
You treat weak bones by figuring out:
1) WHY these minerals are lacking. Sometimes these minerals get drained cos of toxic burden, stress factors, medications, chemotherapy etc.
2) Identifying toxic burden. Many heavy metals will affect bones - i.e. if silica is low, then the body will be like a sponge to aluminium which is placed next to silica in the periodic table. This means they have similar weight and thus very easily can replace one another in the body, leading to disastrous health effects.
3) Pin-pointing whether we are eating the right diet for our body type, Different body types requires different nutrients to keep balanced and healthy. A way to do this is by measuring neurotransmitter balance and read about about Ayurveda and take it from there.
4) Detecting hormone imbalances. If our hormones are out of whack, this will affect our bones. The next question is WHY our hormones are out of whack - never treat hormones without having identified the underlying reason for imbalance and also treating that.