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January Health Show: Nature's Answer to Osteoporosis

from Jana Mitcham
January 15, 2006

The following dialogue between Diamond Affiliate, Meme Groseth (MG), and Vitamark Vice President, Tom Mitcham (TM), focuses on nutritional relief for osteoporosis. It discusses the impact of calcium, magnesium and D3 on this important cause of poor health among men and women. It also discusses important potentially life-changing information about Vitamin D 3. Now let's join the conversation:

MG: Tom, are you there?

TM: I surely am and I am ready to give that free product. Tonight's free product is Sunjing, our fabulous pain reliever and respiratory support product (it's like having a vaporizer at your fingertips).

MG: That is wonderful ? more support for Cold and Flu season and relief from those many nagging causes of pain like arthritis and headaches ? yes, you can make the arthritis claim with Sunjing due to its inclusion of camphor. Great product ? "Roll the pain away!" That is possible with the neat roll on applicator. And remember, it is free tonight just for answering a question or giving a testimonial. I encourage all of you to try this outstanding product.

TM: Let's give that free product!

Question 1: What skin concern does RandiSusan Mallory credit the amazing "colloidal floatation" process of the Colloidal Cleanser with providing relief from?

Answer: Sebaceous Cysts

Question 2: What does RandiSusan do to combat the effects of cold weather days on her skin?

Answer: She applies the Night Essential Complex as a final step to the Natique 4 step system during her morning application.

Question 3: Who credits Natique with giving her younger looking skin and getting rid of the need for foundation? Lots of systems on the market can give you younger looking skin when you can follow-up with a foundation cover-up; but, how many can do it without the need for foundation ? and on the mother of a 17-year-old?

Answer: Stephanie Reimer

Question 4: What make's Stephanie a happy mother?

Answer: The fact that her 17-year-old daughter has had a very quick and visible response to Natique.

Question 5: Some of you might think this is a trick question; but, those who read the Natique Marketing Tips in the E-News will have no problem. What is the question ? ?When is a facial not a facial??

Answer: When it is a hand facial ? read the article for the details.

MG: Congratulations to all our winners. Don't forget to share the free product with potential customers ? this is really a highly demonstratable product for its aromatic benefit and "roll on pain relief" (remember to clean the applicator with alcohol after use on different people ? your customers will appreciate this sanitary measure).

MG: Now, Tommy, is going to share some enlightening information on calcium, magnesium and D3 as they impact osteoporosis. He will also be sharing some potentially new life-changing information about Vitamin D3. Although most of the research deals with postmenopausal women, it is important to realize that building preventive reserves of nutrients is something that should begin in childhood. This is really important when building strong bones and teeth. Calcium and D3 and magnesium are found in our Blitz Children's Chewable, our Vita One, Vita-Che and of course, Coral Calcium+.

TM: Before sharing I'd like to hear from our affiliates! Does anyone have a testimony about what one of our fabulous Vitamark products has done for you?

MG: Yes, let's share. Remember to shout out your name first. Remember Vitamark does not claim that its products treat, cure or prevent disease. Our goal is to provide the various systems of the body with needed nutritional support so that it can heal itself.

TESTIMONIALS (Join us on the call to hear these amazing success stories.)

MG: Thanks for sharing! Now for the information on calcium and its impact on osteoporosis.

TM: Tonight we are going to talk about osteoporosis ? some treatment ideas involving calcium and other necessary nutrients. In fact, I've got two important tips for anyone (male or female) who's at risk of developing osteoporosis: One is a dietary factor to avoid, and one is a key nutrient that most of us need more of.

MG: Tommy before you address osteoporosis treatments, I understand that there is a new study that reveals how osteoporosis is related to coronary artery disease (CAD). This is especially important to women's health. Could you tell us about that first?

TM: Be happy to, Meme. Previous research has already shown common risk factors between coronary artery disease (CAD) and low bone mineral density: an indicator of osteoporosis (BMD). The new question is: ?Should low BMD be considered a significant warning for CAD development?? Researchers at the Ministrelli Women's Heart Center and the William Beaumont Hospital; both in Royal Oak, Michigan; recently raised that question. They examined the test results of more than 200 subjects (mostly women, who within the same 12 month period, had catheterization and x-ray bone testing. (Catheterization provides a highly effective way to examine coronary arteries for blockage.)

MG: I understand that more than 100 subjects had CAD.

TM: Yes, and when the two tests were compared, those with CAD were much more likely to have low BMD and to be diagnosed with osteoporosis. It was discovered that osteoporosis is a stronger predictor of CAD than traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure and family history of CAD.

TM: The study concluded that: "Low BMD appears to independently predict significant CAD in women." In a Reuters Health interview, lead author of the study Pamela A. Marcovitz, M.D suggested that women with brittle bones should be screened for heart disease. She added that CAD should be monitored for improvement in those being treated for low BMD ? to see if it improves..

MG: This is significant, since most all women who screen for BMD (Bone Mineral Density) are aware that they have osteoporosis. But, most (even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in women) don't screen regularly for CAD (Coronary Artery Disease). This should make women more aware of their risks.

TM: I hope so, Meme. I encourage all of the women on this call with low BMD and/or osteoporosis to screen for CAD ? your life may depend on it. If you have circulatory or heart issues, I suggest that you refer to the "Heart, Circulatory, Cardiovascular" AutoShip regimen. The AutoShip regimens are found in the "Create a new AutoShip" section. Now for the tips on nutritional support for osteoporosis:

MG: I know the obvious one: Calcium, the mineral that's the first line of defense for osteoporosis prevention.

TM: Right you are, Meme. But what's not so well known is that calcium is often poorly absorbed ? that problem can be solved by adding magnesium which helps with calcium absorption. Absorption can be further improved with the addition of Vitamin D3 and phosphrous. I might mention that you find calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, D3 and other helping nutrients in our Coral Calcium+ product.

TM: Now for that second tip involving dietary guidelines:

Another factor that plays a role in osteoporosis risk is celiac disease (CD). I might point out that this would apply to other health conditions that interfere with nutrient absorption of those specific nutrients important to bone development.

More than 1.5 million people in the U.S. may have celiac disease, a condition in which gluten (a component of grains) reduces the small intestine's ability to absorb essential nutrients, such as calcium.

A study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine earlier this year investigated the link between celiac disease and osteoporosis in 840 subjects (260 had osteoporosis). Blood tests revealed that CD was much more common among subjects with osteoporosis. In addition, subjects with the most severe cases of celiac disease tended to have the most severe cases of osteoporosis.

Further research showed that when a one-year gluten free diet was followed BMD (measured before and after the follow up year) was considerably improved.

MG: Thanks for that interesting tip on something that might be interfering with our attempts to get the necessary nutrients to have strong bones ? most of us, I would assume, try to get enough calcium, at least.

TM: Well you would think that with all the publicity about calcium that would be so; but if I were a betting man I'd wager that most women would have to answer "no." I have to admit ? it wouldn't be a fair bet due to recent news items about bone health that seem to verify my "no" (all reported within six weeks of each other).

MG: Tell us more.

TM: Be happy to Meme. Article #1 was entitled "Women Need More Calcium." Like I said this should be a no-brainer. And yet, according to the Osteoporosis Research Center (ORC) in Omaha, Nebraska, older women generally realize the importance of calcium intake, but most still don't get enough. This study assessed calcium intake in more than 11,000 women. Results showed that only 15 percent of postmenopausal women get more than 727 mg of calcium daily. The recommended intake for women over age 50 is 1,200 mg per day.

MG: That said, I understand that study #2 entitled "Adequate Vitamin D Could Lower Calcium Requirement" tells us how a properly formulated calcium supplement could lower your calcium requirement.

TM: That's right Meme, study #2 (published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association) actually just confirms what Vitamark and other responsible companies have known for some time that calcium is better metabolized when vitamin D is abundant. The study was conducted by researchers at a university hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland. Working with food frequency questionnaires and blood samples of 944 subjects showed that "sufficient" amounts of vitamin D may be more important than high doses of calcium.

MG: Well then, are we at least getting enough Vitamin D?

TM: Not according to news item #3 (Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread") which refers to a study that appeared in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. Boston University Medical Center researchers analyzed dietary and supplement use data from more than 8,200 subjects across the US, they found that less than five percent of adults over the age of 50 were getting an adequate amount of vitamin D. And then there is news item #4 (Most Older Women Deficient in Vitamin D). An Amsterdam medical center used blood samples, hormone levels and questionnaires from almost 2,600 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in 18 countries to find that more than 60 percent of the subjects were vitamin D deficient. And this number rose by several percentage points among women who were tested during winter months.

MG: Well, that answers my question ? we aren't getting enough Vitamin D. It really becomes important to have Vitamin D as a component of your Calcium formulation. First for the benefits it offers and for its assistance with the absorption of calcium.

TM: And, Meme, a recent report (based on extensive systematic review of scientific papers spanning January 1966 - December 2004) from Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, has just given another reason to supplement with Vitamin D ? specifically D3: the conclusion, according to Nancy Stringer in an article, "Researchers State Vitamin D Needed to Cut Cancer Risk", on Jan 3, 2005, stated: "The high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency, combined with the discovery of increased risks of certain types of cancer in those who are deficient, suggest that vitamin D deficiency may account for several thousand premature deaths from colon, breast, ovarian and other cancers annually." You can read the entire article at http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/health/Vit_D.asp.

MG: I understand that these studies reveal that the best source of vitamin D is sun exposure. Dietary sources include eggs, liver, fish liver oils and oily fish such as salmon, sardines, trout and tuna. And, of course supplementation with formulas that include vitamin D3 .

TM: This seems like a good time to remind everyone that we are not making claims that any products cure, treat or prevent any diseases; we just want to educate you that these potentially impactful and important studies exist. Now to get back to calcium.

TM: The important factors to remember are: 1)get enough to help prevent osteoporosis and 2) get a form that is bioavailable to the body and which contains vitamin D3 (to increase absorbancy) and Magnesium (calcium is not found in nature without it) and Phosphorous (another helping nutrient) and 3) be aware of any health challenges you might have which interfere with your absorption of calcium so that you can address the amounts you may need.

MG: Thank you for this important information. Why don't you close out the call Tom?

TM: I would like to remind everyone: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

References:

"Usefulness of Bone Mineral Density to Predict Significant Coronary Artery Disease" American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 96, No. 8, 10/15/05, elsevier.com

"Osteoporosis Linked to Heart Disease" Karla Gale, Reuters Health, 11/24/05, reutershealth.com

"Women Need More Calcium" WebMD, 9/28/05 cbsnews.com

"Adequate Vitamin D Could Lower Calcium Requirement" D. Dye, Life Extension Foundation, 11/9/05, lef.org

"Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread" D. Dye, Life Extension Foundation, 10/7/05, lef.org

"Most Older Women Deficient in Vitamin D" NutraIngredients, 9/30/05, nutraingredients.com

 

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