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Insulin Resistance and Osteoporosis

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Dr. James Chestnut in his book Innate Fitness and Spinal Hygiene discusses how hyperinsulinemia causes large amounts of magnesium and calcium to be excreted in the urine. 

One of the major causes of osteoporosis is a high carbohydrate diet which causes insulin resistance. People walking around with insulin resistance can take all the calcium they want by mouth but virtually all of it is going out in their urine. Why, because it is insulin that regulates the effect of growth hormone. How does growth hormone work? Growth hormone is produced by the hypothalamus and secreted by the anterior pituitary. However, it is the insulin- like growth factors (IgF’s) or somatomedins from the liver that have the greatest effect. In other words growth hormone has some effects on its own, but the major growth factors are the IgF’s that then circulate to the bone and stimulate osteogenesis. When the liver cells become resistant to insulin, the production of Igf’s is interfered with and there is less stimulation of osteogenesis – Osteoporosis! Osteoporosis is largely a hormone issue and a pH issue NOT a calcium deficiency issue! The medical profession and everybody else just assumes that if you take a bunch of calcium that it somehow miraculously has a homing device and it knows to go into your bone.

What happens if you have high levels of insulin and you take a bunch of calcium? Number one, most of it is just going to go out in your urine because IgF’s are not working properly so osteogenesis is not taking place! It may also be used to buffer the acidity in your body caused by your acidic diet! Grains also contain phytic acid which blocks the absorption of calcium and grains are acidic which causes calcium to be taken out of bone in order to buffer the acid.

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