Press for progress. I am not a number. I am not osteoporosis
Today is International Women’s Day. A day to join with your sisters to celebrate how far we have come and what we have achieved. A day to consider our values and the impact we want to make in the world. My call is for more awareness for natural treatments for osteoporosis.
What and how do your values enable you to create an impact? What does that impact look like?
Your voice carries a lot of power and so today, and every day it is essential to share your inspirational message, in some way.
In some countries, International Women’s Day is about women in the working world, mainly corporate and often around leadership issues, equality and diversity and in others countries, it is a celebration of women.
It’s 2018, and by now, you would think that we wouldn’t need to keep reminding the world that women need to be heard. That every one of us needs our voice to be heard, no matter where. However, we do and International Women’s Day is an excellent time to grab your journal and reflect. What does it mean to be a woman in 2018? What does it mean to have your voice heard?
What I like is that every year, this is a day to celebrate how much has been achieved by women for women. It is also a day to remind everyone to keep up the pressure. This year’s International Women’s Day message is #pressforprogress.
What does press for progress mean to you? Where would you like to see progress?
Women want equality, diversity, respect and for our voices and message to be heard. All around the world, we want our sisters (and brothers) to live well. We desire and demand to live in a world where everyone regardless of many discriminating factors lives in love, peace and harmony. I may not see that in my lifetime, but none the less, I want with all of my heart for every living being and Mother Earth to be respected, loved and cared for. I am sure you do too?
Regardless of this one day, there are many things we can do for each other, but before we do that we need to respect other peoples personal choices
I am not a number. I am not osteoporosis
We know that to be the change we want to see in the world is often easier said than done. Life is rarely easy, and if and when we are diagnosed with something, we end up being a number or a statistic, and we get labelled.
Right at this moment, I’d like to press for progress in the way that we are treated and heard in our doctor’s surgeries. Recently my spine fractured. If this has ever happened, you will know that this is painful. Not only that it probably heralds the start of a journey that you were not expecting – the discovery of osteoporosis.
Until this happened to me, I had an understanding of it, but what I didn’t appreciate was how set in their ways some doctors are. I wanted six months to try a natural naturopathic approach. So that my doctor would understand I prepared two documents, which she ignored as she swiftly wrote out my prescription for drugs.
I hasten to add that my doctor is a charming woman, who has expressed her desire to provide natural remedies where she can. For example, because she tells me I also have arthritis, she suggests a supplement which is not a pharmaceutical drug. However, she questions how I eat and has not been trained in nutrition, so how could she understand that natural works.
What I desire is for my voice to be heard and to be supported. However, we shall work together so that I can get the best that science has to offer, which I implement the best that nature has to offer.
Back in 2016, I turned around an overactive thyroid with a natural approach. To this day it is still normal. I know that a natural approach works.
Then and now my decision is to do whatever I can to do to heal without the drugs but utilising medical services, such as blood tests and bone density tests. The problem is I do not yet fully understand if bone density tests actually show me anything valuable. The debate is open as to whether these show anything to support a natural approach.
Currently, I am in the camp that says I would like to be able to measure something so that I can see how I am progressing. Tests are one way. Other ways include how my body feels, my ability to move, the condition of my spine (it is currently curved), energy levels, ability to exercise, the level of pain, the efficiency of my digestive system (this has to work for the nutrition to work)
However, why should I have to work within a system that seems to me to be brainwashed and not open to other approaches?
It’s a little like the cannabis debate. A drug which has shown tremendous efficacy in many treatments, which however is classed as dangerous. Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, eating rubbish food are all fatal and create many problems within our society. Yet they are all legal. It doesn’t make sense to me.
We live in a society that pushes svelte slim models. It’s not all about weight loss, what about focusing on gaining great health?
We need to start looking at each of us as a whole person and not made up of parts that don’t work. Let’s work on getting the fundamentals right and then like a domino the rest of the systems will work more efficiently.
Am I against drugs in the treatment of osteoporosis?
This is interesting. No, I am not. However, I am against them being used as the first approach. I absolutely respect anyone who wants to take them. We have to make the right choice for us. And the natural path is not easy until it becomes a part of who you are. People will always comment on what you can or can’t eat and how you live your life.
In her early 70’s my mum discovered five fractures in her spine. We went into action and got books on natural approaches and mum looked at the drug options. She tried many things until her doctor prescribed a drug called Proteus. After five years her bone density (my mum and her doctor’s measure of success) showed an improvement. She was delighted. But after five years she couldn’t have the drug anymore and was given something else which has left her feeling many months later very unwell. She wishes that she had never agreed to this one. But it is too late. It is an annual injection, and it is now in her body.
My mum, however, has also changed her diet. As a mother, she feels guilty that I have this thing, but she also supports and honours my decisions about how I will treat it. This is not her fault. No one is to blame. This is as a result of life. I have this wake-up call because there are imbalances in my body and soul. Imbalances that I believe that drugs at this point cannot rebalance.
If after six months the way that I do it does not work, I’ll explore my options again.
Ok. I’ll get off my soapbox, but I will not give up my right to a healthy drug-free life.
What do I want for osteoporosis?
- I want doctors to understand better the role that nutrition and lifestyle plays
- To work in conjunction with both a nutritionist and a coach. Changing to a naturopathic natural diet requires a mindset change
- I’d like natural to be the first approach where relevant and possible
- Women to be given routine blood tests as they approach menopause
- Women to undertake a routine risk assessment which looks at them as a whole being and not just in parts
- For anyone with contributory factors such as in my case an overactive thyroid to be sent for a bone density test – as this is the only test we have available – we can only currently use this as a measure
- For bone density tests to be given again after the first six months to check if the natural approach is working
- For other blood tests to be available – you can see a comprehensive list here. Again if we have a baseline, we can measure what is happening, rather than leaving it to chance
- For women who are offered drugs, to be tested as above and for intolerances so that they are given the right drug and nutritional support
- Specialist exercise programs to be offered. It seems pointless to me to tell people to swim and do weight training unless they know how to create a program that will support their injuries
Before I close, osteoporosis is a threat for men too. It is a threat for young people. We all need better educating. We must not exclude anyone.
And finally, although I will probably think of many more things to add, for this to be taught alongside natural fertility planning and nutrition in schools.
I’m working on my book Osteoporosis and Me. You can register to find out about when it is ready. Alongside the book, I will be making available other things that I learn.
I’d like to leave you with this. This is not a disease or a disorder; this means that your body is not at ease and is not in harmony. You are a whole human, and there is never one thing that causes imbalance, it is as a result of many things. What I do to solve my problems may not be what you do – this is because we are all individuals and have to look at ourselves to find root causes and work to rectify them in a way that is right for us. I cannot offer you advice, but I can tell you what I do.
Please share this post and the memes so that we can work together to create change.
Yes, please let me know when your book - Osteoporosis and Me is available
Sign up to know when this book is available to buy.
Thank you and I look forward to sharing my story with you. Dale