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Q: My son was sadly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when he was 26 years old – he is now 40. Every time he has had a severe attack the neurosurgeons have given him cortisone, which destroys your bones. In the last number of years he has broken and cracked bones whenever he has fallen. The doctor has said that he now has osteoporosis and has prescribed Protos. A couple of weeks ago he got severe pain in his jaw bone; his dentist said that he probably has neuralgia in his jaw. But, after having read about the side effects of bisphosphonates I have become extremely concerned. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this. Also, do you have a product he could use instead of Protos?I have read about the importance of vitamin D in your publication. This got me wondering if the lack of vitamin D had any relevance to MS. I know that with MS the myelin sheath around the nerve endings in the brain is destroyed and has nothing to do with bones but was just wondering. D.G.
ANDREW THOMAS REPLIES: My belief for many years has been fundamentally founded in countering the calcium distraction, that the increased intake of calcium alone held the key to increased bone density. The reality could not be further from this. The fact is that our calcium intake in the Western world is rarely low, in fact we consume directly and indirectly around three times the level of a traditional Asian or African diet. The fact is that it is a combination of nutrients that are required to allow calcium to be dissolved in the first place, remain in suspension, and finally enter the skeletal structure rather than being allowed to settle in soft tissue as calcium plaque. Here it is magnesium that ensures calcium dissolves and vitamin D keeps calcium in suspension. Vitamin K plays a support role here too, to direct the calcium into the bone, but without sufficient magnesium and vitamin D any other recommendation is academic.At a cellular level calcium is also essential for the chemical functioning of all our cells (it enters the cell to stimulate activity and then must be expelled to allow rest and repair), but without the presence of sufficient magnesium, the cell is unable to expel 100% of the calcium and so never be fully at rest and importantly fails to fully repair itself. Along with calcium a growing number of toxins flood the cell which also must be expelled if the cell is to function effectively. Cellular toxicity due to lowering magnesium levels is increasingly seen as a primary cause of a number of health issues including comorbid conditions as well as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).Regarding your son’s situation, strontium works by slowing the thinning of the bones and, theoretically, by allowing new bone to rebuild and strengthen. It is imperative therefore to allow the rebuilding of new bone and for this GPs rarely think longer term. I would strongly recommend a permanent course of good quality vitamin D and magnesium. A simple blood test can accurately measure your son’s vitamin D level (though I would assume it would be low from his condition).A vitamin D oral spray, magnesium oil for body massages, and magnesium flakes for a body bath three times a week will help with the absorption of calcium.
He is the founder and MD of BetterYou, a natural health company in the UK. His accolades include the ‘Micro-entrepreneur of the Year’ award and ‘Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2014’ in Britain. His passion for innovative health supplements stems from personal experience and his knowledge of the health industry is vast. Andrew is regularly asked to contribute to expert panels and work with external agencies to promote awareness of specific health areas.
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