How dense are you?
Okay, what I really mean is how dense are your bones? Do you
know? Probably not. Yet it is important for you to know if
you are osteoporotic or osteopenic so you can do something about
it. You have likely heard of osteoporosis, but here's a
Osteoporosis is a
loss of the normal density of bone, leading to abnormally porous bone
(osteo=bone; porosis=porous). This "sponge-like" bone is weaker
than denser "brick-like" bone and increases the risk of bone
penia=poverty) is a mild thinning of the bone mass--less severe than
osteoporosis--but genereally considered the first step on the road to
The tricky thing about both osteoporosis and osteopenia is that you may
not know that you have either. In fact, you may not know until
you suffer from a bone fracture.
Step 1--Find out your bone density
AND, and the same time help Holly (a patient of mine) reach her fundraising goal of $2000 for The Weekend to End Breast Cancer!
Date: Monday, August 14th
Time: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. -- appointments will be taken at 10 minute intervals
My clinic at #410-2184 West Broadway, Vancouver, in the Regent Medical
Building on the south side of the street between Arbutus and Yew
for a radius (arm bone) and tibia (leg bone) scan; $20 of this is to
pay the company to do the testing and the remaining $10 is to go to the
breast cancer walk
How: Make sure that you contact us at 604-783-2846 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your time as it is going to be very popular and times will fill quickly!
What is it?: Bone density is determined using a machine by Bone Wave Diagnostics
Feel free to come early to learn more about bone health--how to prevent
and treat osteoporosis and osteopenia; breast cancer and breast cancer
prevention; and other health matters of interest to you. Dr.
Melissa Carr, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, will be present
as will Holly MacPhee (she's the legs behind this walk). Help
yourself to some healthy tea and snacks, and even if you don't get your
bone density tested, you are welcome to come in to ask questions.
Step 2--Take care of your bones
Whether you are 5, 15, 50, or 100, you need to take care of the
structure that supports your body. As we age, we do tend to lose
bone density; however, there is much that we can do to build our bone
structure to as high a peak as possible and to slow the downward
trend. The first thing most people think about is calcium, but
did you know that there are different forms of calcium, some with
better absorption than others? And did you know that magnesium is
at least as important as calcium in bone health? And that vitamin
D is important for calcium absorption and many of us do not have enough
vitamin D? And that there are a multitude of other trace minerals
that while small in quantity are truly essential for optimal bone
Active Life Health Clinic
Dr. Melissa Carr, B.Sc., Dr.TCM, R.Ac.
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Regent Medical Building
#410-2184 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C., V6K 2E1
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family, colleagues, and acquaintances to give us your name when they
book an appointment.