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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Enhanced Bone Health in Conjunction with Homeoblock™ Appliance Therapy Treatment

The Homeoblock™ treatment results in maxillary morphogenesis which is the growth and remodeling of the maxilla, which in turn requires healthy osteoblast and osteoclast function. To maximize these results, we must consider what keeps our bones healthy and strong.

Consumption of refined sugars, such as high fructose corn syrup, now added to virtually every packaged food and beverage, promotes acidic body chemistry and calcium excretion in the urine. Whenever the body becomes excessively acidic, it makes a withdrawal of calcium from the bones, which the body uses to maintain acid alkaline balance. Under these circumstanes, hydrogen bumps sodium and potassium off the bone surface to buffer the systems acidity as well, suppressing the capacity for additional bone formation. 99.9% of our genetic profile is still paleolithic, 70% of our average caloric intake of Americans comes from foods that did not even exist for our paleolithic ancestors, for example, cookies, French fries, corn chips or soft drinks. Soft drinks hit your bones with a double whammy since they dose you with not only refined sugars, but large amounts of phosphates and no calcium. When phosphate levels are high calcium is pulled out of your bones to restore balance.

Lack of estrogen and progesterone in menopausal woman directly affect bone strength.
Are you sure you are getting enough calcium?  In addition to calcium the vitamins D, K, B6 and B12 and folate are necessary as are the minerals boron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, silicon and phosphorous.

Greens Give the Go-Ahead for Great Bones; Their Absence Slams the Brakes on Bone Building

Leafy green vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals necessary for bone health, including calcium, vitamin K, Boron and Magnesium.

In addition vitamin C stimulates the activity of alkaline phosphatase, an enzyme that is a marker for the formation of bone building osteoblasts.

Are your bones getting enough sunshine?

Sunlight on exposed skin changes 7-dehydrocolesterol into vitamin D3. All you need is 20-30 minutes of sun exposure and 10,000 IU of vitamin D can be produced in your skin.
Aerobics, weight bearing, and resistance exercises have all been shown to be effective in increasing bone mineral density. Just walking briskly for 15-20 minutes a day can be a deciding factor as to whether you gain or lose bone mass.

What can you do?

Start with:
  1. Vitamin D3   800 mg 2000 IU – 5000 IU daily
  2. Calcium 1200 mg daily
  3. Take a walk in the sunshine
  4. Don’t have teeth extracted.

Many commonly prescribed patent medicines should be avoided. If you are taking medication for epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, restless leg syndrome, type 2 diabetes, chronic pain, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disease consult your physician to determine the risk for osteoporosis.

You particularly do not want to be prescribed a bisphosphonate e.g. Fosomax , Boniva, Reclast, they are a contraindication for Homeoblock™ appliance therapy since the interfere with osteoclast activity and hence bone remodeling.

Before                                        After

Note enhanced facial symmetry. The pattern of bone development is shown in red, increased bone volume in the left cheekbone and right mandible.

Bone Growth is generated by Homeoblock™ Appliance Therapy

 “Strain induces osteoblasts in the alveolus and fibroblasts in the periodontal ligament to upregulate growth factors such as IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) and TGF-B (transforming growth factor beta) that can stimulate in the region affected by strain to differentiate, proliferate, and excrete bone tissue.” Yang and Karsenty, 2002