In/Osteoporosis & Osteopenia: Vitamin Therapy for Stronger Bones, Bryant Lusk, a Safety Inspector and Quality Control Specialist with the United States Government, writes to inform the public of ways to naturally treat osteoporosis and osteopenia – musculoskeletal diseases that cause bones to lose their density, affecting men and women worldwide.
The book begins with an introduction of how modern medicine has advanced through the years – life expectancy rose from the 1900s from forty-nine years, to that of 2008, in which white and Hispanic females can live to an average of eighty years. Having healthy bone structure is a necessity for an easier life later in time. A healthy person’s bones are constantly in a state of releasing calcium into our bloodstream, a process that is vital for our survival. Throughout each chapter, other key vitamins and minerals are discussed (e.g., Magnesium, Vitamin K2, Zinc), and the author gives charts to know what foods contain the special ingredient, as well as how much and how often to take depending on the source (food or supplement). Also included in the chapters are information about the vitamin or mineral, how it might affect specific groups (e.g., vegetarians), and how it will react with other inhibitors.
Reading this source of information by Lusk has expanded my knowledge of common vitamins and minerals, and for that, I am very thankful. It seems like too often those who aren’t involved in the medical field will believe that they are incapable of understanding key areas of their bodies – when, in fact, they just need the information and will probably be able to figure it out themselves or with minimal help. It is also evident by the amount of diet and cookbooks purchased by the average person that they care about their bodies and would benefit from extra work by medical professionals to get all of the information in this book pushed to the people who can benefit from it. At the end of the book is extra information on added habits to prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia and habits that will promote the onset of the diseases; I found all of this informative because it speaks of other means to help yourself besides just through nutrition, such as exercise, sleep, and proper footwear. Everything written was very clear to understand, leaving no room for misinterpretation (and, if so, maybe this could be an opening to getting to know your doctor better), and I recommend it to anyone and everyone, but especially to those who have an interest in how to better their lives physically and mentally.
Star Rating: 5 / 5