Jimmy Carter made an astonishing recovery a few years ago from advanced melanoma that had spread to his brain. He beat terminal cancer by using a new cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment.
But we got the news this week that the ex-president is facing a new health crisis…one for which there is no high-tech solution.
Carter suffered a broken hip. And while that might not seem nearly as serious as cancer that has spread to the brain, the survival statistics are grim.
One in three adults over 50 dies within a year after suffering a hip fracture. And at age 94, the odds may be even more dire for Carter.
Hip fractures usually occur as the result of a fall, which is what happened to Carter. The older you get, the higher your risk for a fracture-causing fall. That’s partly because bones often weaken with age due to osteoporosis.
Also, poor vision and balance, taking multiple medications, weaker muscles…all of these factors tend to worsen as you get older. And they contribute to falls.[i]
Mainstream medicine has no good solutions for avoiding hip fractures. The most common medication used to prevent and treat osteoporosis is Fosamax (alendronate). It belongs to a class of drugs called bisphosphonates.
But these medications have serious side effects. Studies show they can cause cancer and atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). And there is evidence they cause the very problem they are supposed to prevent—broken bones.[ii]
4 Natural Ways to Prevent a Broken Hip
Forget the treatments offered by Big Pharma. There are drug-free, safe ways to lower your risk of a hip fracture…
- Red Sage. This herb has played an important role in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. A recent study found red sage fights osteoporosis. It’s available in health food stores and online. It can be taken in capsules, tincture, or tea.
- Red sage is generally safe. But it may interact with the heart drug Lanoxin (digoxin). Red sage slows blood clotting. So it also may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding in people who take anti-clotting medications such as aspirin, Plavix (clopidogrel), or Coumadin (warfarin).[iii]
- Probiotics. These “good” bacteria are a crucial part of your intestinal health. And recent research has found that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) can stimulate bone formation.[iv]
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is often included in probiotic supplement formulas.
- Magnesium. Doctors often advise patients to take calcium supplements for stronger bones. But studies show that taking calcium doesn’t help. Even worse, it raises heart attack risk by 30%. The mineral that does prevent bone fractures is magnesium. And there are no side effects.
- Get magnesium in your diet by eating dark, leafy vegetables like spinach. Avocados, almonds, shrimp, and dark chocolate are also good sources. Magnesium supplements are another option. Look for one that gives you at least 200 mg per serving in the magnesium citrate form.
- Two types of exercise. Do weight-bearing and strength workouts.[v]
- Weight-bearing activities include anything that jars your bones, even slightly. This stimulates bone-building. These exercises include jumping rope, stair climbing, tennis, fast walking, running, and aerobics.
- Strength exercises help build the muscles around your bones, making you more able to keep your balance and avoid falls. Lift weights, use weight machines, or lift your own weight by doing push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and pull-ups.[vi]
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