We have great success in preventing and reversing osteoporosis. Most women and many men are at risk for osteoporotic bone fractures as they get older. Osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, occurs with the hormonal deficiency of menopause, lack of exercise, weight loss, cigarette smoking, alcohol use, steroid therapy, high protein diets and vitamin D deficiency. Certain medications increase bone loss, including cortisone-like drugs and antidepressants. Osteoporosis is more common in tall, light-complexioned women. Fractures occur most often in the hip or lower back, can be very painful and cause permanent loss of mobility. In older people, hip fractures often lead to mortality.

A DXA bone density study is the easiest and most accurate way to evaluate for osteoporosis. The test is performed in our office, takes only minutes and involves negligible x-ray exposure, approximately 100 times less than a chest x-ray. The test should be performed in any woman approaching menopause, since menopause is the time of greatest bone loss. We routinely test for vitamin D levels, since the majority of men and women are deficient.

Treatment and prevention of osteoporosis includes:
1.Calcium and magnesium supplementation
2.Vitamin D supplementation
3.Strontium supplementation
4.Vitamin K supplementation
5.Hormone replacement therapy to include natural estrogen and testosterone, DHEA and occasionally growth hormone. Hormone pellets have shown the greatest protection for patients at risk for osteoporosis, or those who have it.
6.Weight-bearing exercise, at least 30 minutes every day
7.Drinking green tea, or supplementing with green tea extract.
8.Prescription pharmaceuticals when osteoporosis is severe, when the above measures cannot be employed, or when bone density declines despite these therapies. It is unusual for pharmaceuticals to be needed when intervention occurs early.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints causing deformity, bone
spurs, pain and limitation of joint mobility. Conventional treatment includes aspirin, Tylenol, and most often non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil and Naprosyn. NSAIDs cause a variety of serious problems, including liver and kidney damage, gastrointestinal bleeding, fluid retention, high blood pressure and heart failure. Cortisone injections are often employed, with temporary benefit. Eventually joint replacement surgery, generally of the hip or knee, is recommended.

We have found osteoarthritis to respond to dietary restrictions, especially of sugar, wheat and dairy products. An anti-inflammatory diet comprised of fruits, vegetables, and fish, is helpful. Sometimes eliminating the nightshade vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant, is helpful.

Nutritional supplements for arthritis include:

1.fish oil
2.greens- extracts of sprouted grains, algae, fruits and green vegetables
3.herbs such as quercetin, curcumin and bromelain.
4.MSM- methyl sulfonyl methane

Acupuncture and prolotherapy may be effective even in advanced disease involving any joints. Prolotherapy involves injection into joint tissues of materials that stimulate the growth of supporting ligaments and tendons. It is performed repetitively, with treatments 2-4 weeks apart. We offer both prolotherapy and acupuncture in our clinic.

Fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis are complicated conditions that are difficult to treat with conventional therapies. Traditionally, fibromyalgia patients are treated with painkillers and antidepressants, rheumatoid patients with steroids and other potent and dangerous immune-modulating drugs. We test for food allergies, also abnormalities in the intestines, such as leaky gut (increased permeability allowing bacterial toxins to be absorbed), and dysbiosis (growth of parasites, yeast, and abnormal bacteria.) Dysbiosis is treated with probiotics, the addition of helpful bacteria, and sometimes with specific drug or herbal antibiotics. The nutritional supplements noted above, especially fish oil, are important. D-ribose, malic acid and magnesium should be taken for fibromyalgia.

-Allan Sosin, MD

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Author's Bio: 

Allan Sosin is the founder and medical director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology, the study of kidney disease.

For thirteen years Dr. Sosin ran a private internal medicine practice in Philadelphia. During that time he became increasingly interested in alternative approaches to medical problems including nutrition, vitamin and mineral therapies, chelation therapy, acupuncture, natural hormone replacement therapy, exercise and stress management. He also held the position of Assistant Medical Director at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, a world-renowned facility for the treatment of brain injured children.

Dr. Sosin is an expert in the use of natural approaches to replace drugs and surgery. He has over 40 years of clinical experience in treating patients with traditional therapies and 15 years experience using alternative methods in combination with conventional medicine. He is a member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and is a certified Defeat Autism Now!® physician. Dr. Sosin has also worked extensively with IV therapy, acupuncture and natural hormone replacement therapy. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with serious medical conditions. Dr. Sosin is the author of two books, Alpha Lipoic Acid: Nature's Ultimate Antioxidant, and The Doctor's Guide to Diabetes and Your Child, and has appeared on both radio and television.