This week we had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dr. Lani Simpson, a chiropractic doctor, Certified Clinical (bone) Densitometrist (CCD) and author of No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide: The Truth About Density Testing, Osteoporosis Drugs And Building Bone Quality At Any Age (Hunter House, August 2014, paperback)
Dr. Lani has practiced in women’s health care for 30 years, treating thousands of patients with a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. An expert in bone density analysis, osteoporosis and hormone balancing, she co-founded the East Bay Menopause and PMS Center and the Osteoporosis Diagnostic Center in Oakland, CA. Dr. Lani has a private practice in Berkeley, CA, where she consults with both women and men on bone health and hormone related issues. Dr. Lani’s personal experience with osteoporosis began in 1994, when, at the age of 45, she was diagnosed with borderline osteoporosis. That diagnosis compelled her to learn everything she could about the disease, and about cultivating optimal bone health.
We were particularly interested in talking to Dr. Lani about primary hyperparathyroid disease (pHPT) as it relates to osteoporosis. Two of us were diagnosed with osteopenia years before we were finally diagnosed with primary hyperparathyroid disease. From our own experience and hearing other patient stories, it seems pHPT is often not thoroughly and/or correctly investigated as a possible root cause in patients who have been diagnosed with osteopenia/osteoporosis. Though pHPT is not the root cause of her own bone disease, Dr. Lani is astutely aware of pHPT and the havoc it wreaks on bones. She diligently assesses her patients in order to obtain a correct diagnosis; works to find the root cause of their osteoporosis and assists those who have been failed by the system.
One of the many symptoms of primary hyperparathyroid disease is bone pain. Patients who have pHPT who do not have their adenoma(s) surgically removed will, over time, develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when the loss of calcium causes bones to become porous and thin, and thus susceptible to fractures and breaks. The parathyroid glands are intricate players that regulate calcium in our bodies.
When a person has primary hyperparathyroid disease, one or more of the 4 parathyroids becomes a non-cancerous adenoma and disrupts the amount of parathyroid hormone (PTH) being produced. These parathyroid glands, each of which is the size of a grain of rice normally located right behind the thyroid, regulate how much calcium is absorbed from our diet, how much is released into the urine by our kidneys, how much is contained within our nervous system and muscles, and how much is stored in our bones. When one (or more) of the parathyroid glands becomes overactive, due to the gland becoming a non-cancerous adenoma, excess PTH is produced. This excess PTH causes calcium to be leached constantly from the bones into the blood stream and as a result, actively destroys the bone. IF primary hyperparathyroid disease is determined as being the root cause of a patient’s osteoporosis, then surgery is the cure for the pHPT. The next crucial step is to rebuild bone quality.
In her newly released book, Dr. Lani Simpson guides you through the confusion and misinformation surrounding osteoporosis. Part whistle-blower book, part bone-health bible, and the first consumer book to expose the shocking difficulty of getting accurate bone density test results. It also reveals the serious risks of long-term use of commonly prescribed medications.
The first part of the book clears up a lot of confusion about osteoporosis. Readers learn:
- How to rate their personal risk for fractures and osteoporosis.
- How to obtain accurate bone density test results.
- The risks and benefits of osteoporosis drugs and alternative treatments.
In the second half of the book, Dr. Simpson explains what readers can do now to build healthy bones for life and lays out a whole-body or “integrative” approach to bone health:
- How gastrointestinal health impacts bone health.
- How hormones affect our bones throughout our lifespan.
- What foods and exercises can help to build strong bones.
We believe Dr. Lani’s book is an excellent source of information for those who have had their adenoma(s) surgically removed and need to rebuild their bone health from years of stress the bones endured as a result of primary hyperparathryoid disease going undiagnosed for far too many years.
PARAthyroid PEEPS is now looking forward to working collaboratively with Dr. Lani on an upcoming project to share more information about the diagnosis and treatment of primary hyperparathyroid disease and how patients can improve their bone health after surgery.
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