Osteoporosis and PEMF – Good News!

In researching for this posting, I did learn a few facts published by the NIH (National Institutes of Health). Some of the highlights are a little frightening for all of us and especially the older folks. Being seventy myself, my interest was piqued. Perhaps there is a silver lining because we have seen measured bone growth in users of the Curatron 2000 System.

Frequency of Bone Disease (Osteoporosis)

  • The biggest problem created by bone disease, especially osteoporosis, is fractures.
  • The risk of a fracture increases with age and is greatest in women. Roughly 4 in 10 White women age 50 or older in the United States will experience a hip, spine, or wrist fracture sometime during the remainder of their lives.
  • Osteoporosis is the most common cause of fractures. Roughly 10 million individuals over age 50 in the United States have osteoporosis of the hip.
  • Due primarily to the aging of the population, the prevalence of osteoporosis and low bone mass is expected to increase.
  • Osteoporosis does not affect everyone to the same degree. Women, especially older women, are more likely to get the disease than are men.

Explore more at the NIH Website – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK45515/ 

I did write a posting on Osteoporosis a while ago titled Osteoporosis Dem Bones, Dem Bones.

Here’s a link to an article written by Ben Philipson, my guru and the creator of the Curatron (CLICK HERE)

Let’s chat a little about PEMF and its effect on bone.

Selected low-energy time-varying electromagnetic fields have been used during the past 15 years to treat un-united fractures (non-unions). More than 100,000 patients, mainly in the USA, have been treated. Retrospective studies have substantiated their biological effectiveness in large numbers.

Bone is responsive to the mechanical demands placed on it. When loading diminishes, as it does during bed rest, immobilization and weightlessness, bone mass is lost. On the other hand when loading is increased correctly, bone mass increases.

Results of biomechanical and histologic investigations prove that electromagnetic fields not only prevent bone loss but also restore bone mass, once lost. A program was set up at The McGill University of Montreal, where was found that electromagnetic fields damp bone resorption activity. Furthermore prove was found that selected electromagnetic fields increase bone formation.

The resorption of bone is lowest and formation of new bone greatest when the energy of the imposed fields is concentrated in the lower frequency components. These results are consistent with other studies showing, that cells respond to a broad spectrum of frequencies. They appear to be most sensitive to frequencies in the range of those produced endogenously, that is in the range of 1000 Hz or less. Tissue dosimetry studies show that the frequency response of cortical bone over a range of 100 Hz to 20 kHz show a steep roll off between 100 and 200 Hz.

Electromagnetic fields at specific frequencies have been proven to produce osteogenic effects in a turkey ulna model. Furthermore, low-amplitude signals decrease bone resorption in a canine fibular model.

Lifestyle factors like malnutrition, smoking, excessive use of alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to and worsen, osteoporosis.

It is not known whether this response derives from decreased osteoblastic activity, increased osteoclastic resorption, or both.

Elderly persons can heal fractures in normal intervals, showing that osteoblasts can be activated by appropriate stimuli.

A pilot study at the Pacific Health Research Institute in Honolulu was designed to provide concrete data on the restoration of bone mass in post-menopausal females. A total of 20 subjects between 57 and 75 years, all with decreased bone mineral density as defined by a bone densitometer, were treated over a 12 week period. After six weeks, the bone density rose in those patients with an average of 5.6%.

Electromagnetic fields do modify biological behavior by inducing electrical changes around and within the cell. The key to the rational use of electromagnetic fields lies in the ability to define the specific treatment parameters (amplitude, frequency, orientation, and timing).

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