A bad fall, a hard blow, an automobile collision, a sports injury, or an
underlying medical condition such as osteoporosis can result in a broken
When a bone breaks, it triggers not only pain, swelling, bruising and
immobility, but also trauma and shock throughout the entire body. Fractures
located near joints are sometimes misidentified as simply bad sprains.
There are varying degrees of fractures. Here are definitions and causes for
the main types of fractures:
- Partial (incomplete): The break across the bone is incomplete.
- Complete: The bone is broken in two pieces.
- Closed (simple): The broken bone does not protrude through the
- Open (compound): The broken bone protrudes through the skin.
- Comminuted: The bone is splintered at the broken area and many
smaller fragments of bone are found between the two main pieces.
- Greenstick: This occurs on in children and is defined by having
one side of the bone break and the other side just bend, often seen on the
radius (forearm bone).
- Spiral: A breaking force twisted the bone apart.
- Transverse: This occurs at right angles to the bone.
- Impacted: One fragment is forcibly driven into the other.
- Colles': This is a fracture of the distal end of the radius
(wrist), and the fragment is displaced posteriorly (behind).
- Pott's: This is a fracture of the distal (lower portion of leg)
end of the fibula, with serious injury of the distal tibia articulation.
- Nondisplaced: The correct anatomical alignment of the bone is
- Displaced: The correct anatomical alignment of the none is not
- Stress: This is a partial fracture, resulting from the inability
of the bone to withstand repeated stresses (such as doing aerobics on hard
surfaces or running long distances for prolonged periods of time). Almost
one-fourth of stress fractures occur in the fibula.
- Pathologic: This fracture is a result of normal stress on a
weakened bone. It occurs in such diseases as osteoporosis, neoplasia,
osteomyelitis and osteomalacia.
If you have had an accident where you may have broken a bone, it is
important to get immediate medical attention. For a more serious injury and
if you have someone to help you, try to stay immobilized until medical
personnel assess and move you. Otherwise, if you must move, it is important
to have the fracture site immobilized with splinting materials. Even
magazines or a towel can be used.
Once your fracture has been assessed and immobilized by medical personnel,
it is very helpful to utilize the natural therapies in this chapter. They
can help to speed healing of the fracture and can reduce pain and swelling.
Remember, our bones are living tissues that have the ability to repair
themselves when damaged. They must be given the correct nutrients to do so.
Many vitamins and minerals are required for healthy bones. Calcium is the
obvious one, but magnesium; boron; silicon; strontium; vitamins D, C and K;
and others play important roles in bone metabolism.
Prescription for Natural Cures
James F. Balch
Super Prescription #1
Take a 30C potency four times daily for two weeks.
Symphytum is a specific remedy for healing bones and
reducing fracture pain more quickly. Make sure to use
Symphytum only after the fracture has been set, as it
rapidly speeds knitting of the bone.
Super Prescription #2
Calcium / Magnesium
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Take 500 to 600 mg twice daily in divided doses of
well-absorbed calcium complexes such as citrate,
citrate malate, chelate, or hydroxyappatite. Calcium is
the main mineral that bone is composed of.
Super Prescription #3
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Take 250 to 350 mg twice daily in divided doses.
Magnesium is required for proper calcium metabolism and
bone formation. Some researchers feel that it is as
important as calcium. Note: Reduce the dosage
if loose stools occur.
Super Prescription #4
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Vitamin D Products.
Take 800 IU daily for one month and then 400 IU daily.
This vitamin improves intestinal calcium absorption and
reduces the urinary excretion of calcium.
Super Prescription #5
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Take 5 mg daily for one month and then 100 to 500 mcg
daily to finish bone healing. Vitamin K is needed to
form the protein osteocalcin, a substance that attracts
calcium into the bone matrix. Low levels of vitamin K
are associated with osteoporosis and fractures. Note: Do not use if you are taking
Super Prescription # 6
Multivitamin – High Potency
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This provides a base of the nutrients required for
healthy bones. Take as directed on the container.
Super Prescription #7
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Take 4 grams of fish oil daily, along with 3,000 mg of
evening primrose oil. Studies show that these essential
fatty acids improve calcium absorption and deposition
into the bone.
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- Bone pain
- Fall or injury
Eat foods that are high in calcium and the other nutrients needed for
calcium's assimilation. Sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables (except
spinach), soybeans, nuts, molasses, salmon, oysters, sardines (with the
bones), broccoli and unsweetened cultured yogurt are all good sources.
Green vegetables, such as collard greens, kale, romaine lettuce, and
others, are important for their vitamin K content, which helps with bone
Fermented soy products, such as tofu and miso, are good for the bones.
Essential fatty acids found in walnuts, almonds, flaxseeds and fish are
important for healthy bones.
Food to Avoid
Eliminate sugar, refined grains and soda pop drinks from your diet, as they
contribute to bone loss.
The following tests help assess possible reasons for people whose bones
- Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen,
progesterone) -saliva, blood or urine
- Vitamin and mineral analysis(especially magnesium, calcium, vitamin K,
vitamin D) -blood, hair
- Toxic metals -urine or hair
- Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing -stool analysis
- Food and environmental allergies/sensitives -blood, eletrodermal
- Bone resorption (pyridinium and deoxypyridinium) -urine
High salt intake is linked to bone loss. Do not eat processed foods, which
are usually loaded with salt, and never add conventional table salt to your
Moderate your use of caffeine and alcohol, as they contribute to bone loss.
Soy protein powder has been shown to protect against bone loss. Strontium
is a nutrient that was shown to be helpful in increasing bone density when
combined with calcium.
Start doing a regular weight-bearing exercise once you have been instructed
to by your doctor, as it stimulates bone healing.
Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke. Smoking makes bones
brittle and weak.
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