Sally Field and Kathy Kaehler: Tips for Fighting Osteoporosis on SIRIUS XM Doctor Radio

October 14, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Doctor Radio host Dr. Jonathan Whiteson interviews Oscar winner Sally Field and fitness expert Kathy Kaehler on SiriusXM. Sally Field was diagnosed with osteoporosis — a disease in which bones become brittle and more likely to break — shortly before her 60th birthday. She teamed with Kathy Kaehler to introduce The Bone Healthy Workout to help women with osteoporosis estimated 8 million in the US or bone loss build and maintain strong bones. For more info on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM 81, and a free trial go to

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Milk: the ideal drink for the bone and the heart

July 27, 2010 by  

Milk is man’s first food, whether in the form of breast milk or substitutes like cow’s milk. But milk is not only for babies. Everybody needs the vitamins and minerals found in milk.

Milk is good for the bones.

How much milk do we need?

How much milk we need actually depends on the amount of calcium and potassium we need in order to maintain our bone health. The US Department of Agriculture (US DA) recommends the following:

  • The recommended daily allowance for calcium is 1000 milligrams for young adults and 1200 for adults aged 50 and older.
  • The recommended daily allowance for potassium is a whopping 4700 milligrams.

A cup of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium and 360 mg of potassium, plus lots of vitamins (A & D).

The US DA recommends daily intake of3 cups of milk of equivalent for those older than 8.

It is obvious that a large number of people do not meet the daily allowance. It is clear that milk is not only for the young but for the elderly as well.

Some experts believe that the RDAs for calcium and potassium are unrealistic. We need to drink about 13 cups of milk to meet our potassium RDA alone.

Luckily, there are other products which are rich in these minerals, including orange juice and other dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt. According to the US DA, one cup of yogurt, one and a half ounces of hard cheese, one-third cup of shredded cheese or two cups of cottage cheese counts as a cup of dairy and is equivalent to 1 cup of milk.

Milk is good for the heart.

A glass of milk per day can already provide lots of benefit to our heart. But not just any milk.

Even though milk and other dairy products may help meet our RDAs for these essential minerals, they also come with calories and fat. Thus, intake of low-fat dairy products is recommended.

According to Dr. Theresa Nicklas, a dairy researcher and professor of pediatrics with the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine:

“Low-fat dairy is a way to meet these nutrient needs without a lot of fat and calories. It’s a unique nutritional package.”

Researchers report that “adults who had at least one serving of low-fat milk or milk products each day had 37 percent lower odds of poor kidney function linked to heart disease compared to those who drank little or no low-fat milk.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend drinking three glasses of low-fat or fat free milk each day.

Grapefruit Pulp For Bone Health

July 23, 2008 by  
Filed under ARTHRITIS

The bone health ‘industry’ is dominated by Calcium and Vitamin D, as many people already know. I know this is an arthritis blog but for now I want to talk about our bone health. For somebody who has never been a religious milk drinker, I wanna take this opportunity to remind myself of the importance of starting early on milk. While I cannot take back  or even make up for the years lost of not drinking milk (I’m a true-blue coffeeholic!), I remain a work in progress in putting milk into my diet. (The time I was pregnant and breastfeeding and of course when I was a kid was the only times in my life I was on milk!)

There is always the option of taking the supplemental Calcium with Vitamin D. I was on this too when I got pregnant and even afterwards. However, I have always believed that taking the dietary sources are a lot better than taking the supplements. That’s why I have always resorted to other dairy products ( and other food sources rich in calcium) such as cheese and fruit yoghurt (yikes, i never thought the day would come I’d be brave enough to try yoghurt!). Just think non-fat dairy folks, that’s arthritis-friendly.

Speaking of grapefruit. Who likes it? It isn’t one of the nicest citrus fruits to eat but it has become popular in lose-weight fad diets. One time I bought grapefruit juice and was repulsed by the taste. Really. That time I thought maybe that’s why people lose weight with grapefruit because after eating (or drinking the juice) you feel horrible in the stomach and the mouth and then you can’t eat anything else anymore.

Now results of  Texas AMU research showed that red grapefruit pulp may compete with Calcium and Vitamin D for bone health, at least in their study using male rats:

The pulp of grapefruit may improve bone health and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, according to a new study with male rats.

Consumption of the red grapefruit pulp led to a slow down in bone resorption, and an increase in bone mineral build-up and calcium absorption, according to researchers from Texas A&M University.

If the results can be repeated in humans, grapefruit pulp may offer a new ingredient to the growing bone health market dominated by calcium and vitamin D.

Well…if grapefruit pulp later becomes a supplement, I guess I can take it better than eating fresh grapefruits! But then that’s just me. Other people may disagree and find grapefruit appealing to their taste buds.

So there, I’m just saying there goes maybe another option in the future for people who can’t drink milk. There are always substitute, even for people with cow’s milk allergy and even for the lactose-intolerant. Really I should be thankful because I only cannot take the smell and taste of fresh milk that’s why I have turned creative and put them in my fruit shake. Yum!

What about you, I want to here how you take care of your bones. And joints too!

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