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Supplements Help Heal Fractures

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Q: Can you suggest anything to speed the healing of a finger fracture?
— Reece B., Henderson, Nev.
A: Vitamin D-3 in a dose of 10,000 international units a day for one month, followed by 5,000 international units a day thereafter when combined with calcium citrate 1,500 mg a day, will speed the healing of fractures.
In the long run, it will also reduce osteoporosis, a major cause of fractures. Vitamin K, zinc, curcumin, quercetin, and a high vegetable diet will also speed bone healing.
Q: At my recent physical, I requested that my Vitamin D level be tested. It came back deficient.My doctor then did a test to check my parathyroid hormone level, and it came back as elevated. Can you tell me what that means? What are the possible treatments?
— Patty D., Seattle, Wash.
A: When vitamin D levels are deficient, it interferes with calcium metabolism, leading to low calcium levels in the blood. The body reacts by secreting more parathyroid hormone, which attempts to improve calcium absorption from the gut. The answer, in most cases, is to improve vitamin D-3 intake (the active form of vitamin D).
Most authorities recommend a minimum dose of 2,000 international units a day, but recent studies have shown that only doses of 5,000 international units to 10,000 international units a day increase blood vitamin D-3 levels. I would start at 5,000 international units for a month and then recheck the parathyroid and calcium levels.
I would also suggest adding 1,000 to 1,500 mg of calcium citrate a day to your supplements.
Q: Do you have any recommendations for treating trigeminal neuralgia (pain in the nerves
that carry sensation from the face)?
— Lisa K., Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
A: As a neurosurgeon, I have treated a number of cases of trigeminal neuralgia. I was trained and did research for one of the leading neurosurgical experts on this very painful problem, Dr. Peter
He demonstrated that the problem was caused by compression of the trigeminal nerve (which carries sensation from the face) by an artery or occasionally a vein. This compression causes the protective fatty sheath (the myelin) of the nerve to erode away, resulting in a “shorting out” of the nerve.
This “shorting-out” process causes the jolting and very excruciating pain associated with this disorder. After treating trigeminal neuralgia with the Jannetta surgical technique, with a major
modification by my mentor, Dr. Ludwig Kempe, I decided to try a more conservative approach — that is, through the use of nutritional nerve repair.
I had great success in using a combination of lipids found in myelin, such as phosphotidyl-choline, phosphotidylserine and phosphotidylino-sitol. These can be taken as a combined supplement containing 1,000 mg of each.
I use this mix three times a day to repair the damaged myelin. Because inflammation plays such an important role in the process, I used a combination of bromelain, pycnogenol and silymarin in the recommended doses. Omega-3 oils, high in DHA, also reduce the inflammation and repaired the damage.
Finally, and most importantly, magnesium as magnesium citrate/malate, in a dose of 500 mg twice a day was used. This reduced the inflammation, reduced the “shorting-out” process and blocked excitotoxicity, also a major player in the disorder.
Later, I added methylcobalamin, 5,000 mcga day, along with a multi-B vitamin. This also promotes healing of the damaged nerve and reduces excitotoxicity.
There is growing evidence that a number of other nutraceuticals can also help, such as alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnotine and vitamin D-3 in a dose of 5,000 international units a day. I suspect that L-carnosine (not to be confused with L-carnotine) will also prove to be of major benefit, because it has been shown to reduce nerve excitability, prevent seizures (trigeminal neuralgia is similar to a seizure) and block excototoxicity.
Of great importance is to avoid all food additive excitotoxins, such as aspartame, MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, and caseinate.

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