Interference Can Occur Without Pain
Prevent Abnormal Nerve Signals Resulting From Stress
5. Improve Flexibility
6. Improve Athletic
7. Improve Organ Function
Clinic Rochester, Minn
I read with interest the informative and thorough review by Dr
on secondary causes of osteoporosis. An additional possible cause
of bone mineralization reduction and fractures in children is the
consumption of cola beverages.
cola beverages, which contain phosphoric acid and often caffeine,
may increase the fragility of bones in children and adolescents
through interactions with the bone mineral content2
and has been found by several investigators to be associated with
an increased risk of bone fractures. Consumption of cola beverages
was positively associated with bone fractures in girls in 9th and
10th grade, 3
in girls aged 8 to 16 years, 2
and in children aged 7 to 14 years.4
The amount of cola beverages involved is minimal: consumption of
0.7 or more cans or bottles of cola beverages per day resulted in a
statistically significant increase in bone fractures in girls
younger than 17 years.2
Phosphoric acid is associated with altered calcium
homeostasis and development of hypocalcemia.5,6
Consumption of approximately 0.6 or more cans or bottles of cola
beverages per day is a risk factor for the development of
hypocalcaemia in children 14 years of age or younger.6
Similarly, the consumption of 1 or more bottles of cola beverages
per day is associated with hypocalcaemia in postmenopausal women.5
Garcia-Contreras et al7
showed that rats that drank cola beverages developed hypocalcaemia
and lower femoral mineral density compared with control rats that
drank water. Maximizing peak bone mass during childhood and
adolescence may be important in preventing osteoporosis.9
Even more troubling is that no current pharmacological
treatment is able to completely revert the damages caused to bone
mass and bone architecture.14
1. Fitzpatrick LA. Secondary
causes of osteoporosis. Mayo Clin Proc. 2002;77:453-468.
2. Wyshak G, Frisch RE.
Carbonated beverages, dietary calcium, the dietary
calcium/phosphorus ratio, and bone fractures in girls and boys. J
Adolesc Health. 1994;15:210-215.
3. Wyshak G. Teenaged girls,
carbonated beverage consumption, and bone fractures. Arch
Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154:610-613.
4. Petridou E, Karpathios T,
Dessypris N, Simou E, Trichopoulos D. The role of dairy products
and non alcoholic beverages in bone fractures among school age
children. Scand J Soc Med. 1997;25:119-125.
5. Guerrero-Romero F,
Rodriguez-Moran M, Reyes E. Consumption of soft drinks with
phosphoric acid as a risk factor for the development of
hypocalcaemia in postmenopausal women. J Clin Epidemiol.
6. Mazariegos-Ramos E,
Guerrero-Romero F, Rodriguez-Moran M, Lazcano-Burciaga G, Paniagua
R, Amato D. Consumption of soft drinks with phosphoric acid as a
risk factor for the development of hypocalcemia in children: a
case-control study. J Pediatr. 1995;126:940-942.
7. Garcia-Contreras F, Paniagua
R, Avila-Diaz M, et al. Cola beverage consumption induces bone
mineralization reduction in ovariectomized rats. Arch Med Res.
8. Ohta M, Cheuk G, Thomas KA,
et al. Effects of caffeine on the bones of aged, ovariectomized
rats. Ann Nutr Metab. 1999;43:52-59.
9. Heaney RP, Matkovic V.
Inadequate peak bone mass. In: Riggs BL, Melton LJ III, eds. Osteoporosis:
Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa:
Lippincott-Raven Publishers; 1995:115-131.
10. Cavadini C, Siega-Riz AM,
Popkin BM. US adolescent food intake trends from 1965 to 1996. Arch
Dis Child. 2000;83:18-24.
11. Harnack L, Stang J, Story M.
Soft drink consumption among US children and adolescents:
nutritional consequences. J Am Diet Assoc. 1999;99:436-441.
12. Whiting SJ, Healey A, Psiuk
S, Mirwald R, Kowalski K, Bailey DA. Relationship between
carbonated and other low nutrient dense beverages and bone mineral
content of adolescents. Nutr Res. 2001;21:1107-1115.
13. Bailey DA, Martin AD, McKay
HA, Whiting S, Mirwald R. Calcium accretion in girls and boys
during puberty: a longitudinal analysis. J Bone Miner Res.
14. Ben Sedrine W, Reginster J-Y.
Risk indices and osteoporosis screening: scope and limits [editorial].
Mayo Clin Proc. 2002;77:622-623.
Fructose Corn Syrup,
now used in preference to sugar, is associated with poor development
of collagen in growing animals, especially in the context of copper
deficiency. All fructose must be metabolized by the liver. Animals
on high-fructose diets develop liver problems similar to those of
Aspartame, used in diet sodas, is a
potent neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter. See article on page 25.
Caffeine stimulates the adrenal gland
without providing nourishment. In large amounts, caffeine can lead
to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children.
to give soft drinks "bite," is associated with calcium
contains traces of MSG, a neurotoxin.
also contain traces of MSG.
Water may contain high amounts of
fluoride and other contaminants.
Carbonated Beverage Consumption, and Bone Fractures," Pediatrics
& Adolescent Medicine, June 2000. 154(6).
beverages, dietary calcium, the dietary calcium/phosphorus ratio,
and bone fractures in girls and boys," Journal of
Adolescent Health, May 1994. 15(3): 210-5.
Nerve Interference Can Occur
Nerve damage may occur
to nerve fibers other than the tiny pain nerve fibers. The
tiny pain fibers are
small and less liable to mechanically cause irritation. Therefore
harmful nerve damage
can occur without pain. Gunn. Spine 1980;5:185-192
Chiropractic Adjustments Positively
Influence the Immune System. Brennan JMPT
Stress and muscle
tension traumatize the proprioceptors (position sensors) causing
impulses. Parkjurst, Bennett JOSPT 1994;19(5)282-295
Asymptomatic patients increase
their ranges of motion and symmetry with
chiropractic care. Nansel
Chiropractic care led to
improved agility, balance, speed of reaction time, power and
Lauro J. Chiro Res. & Clin. Inv. 1991;6(4):84-87
biomechanical abnormalities result in a significant amount of
Johnson. Sports Med. 1985;2:326-333.
Specific Adjustments to
the thoracic spine were found to decrease blood pressure
Function of visceral organs
such as the heart, bladder, and digestive organs are
influenced by nerve
impulses from the spine. Sato. The Research Status of
Patients with duodenal
ulcers responded better to chiropractic care than to traditional
medical care. Pikalov,
PhD, Kharin, MD JMPT 1994;17(5):310-313
Spinal and postural
reeducation occurs with rehabilitative techniques since the body’s
proprioceptors have the
ability to learn. Revel. Archives Phys. Med.
helps to improve postural and kinesthetic awareness. Nyberg
Rational Manual Therapy 1993;451-467.
reported after specific adjustments to the cervical spine. Journal
adjustment relieved infantile colic within 2 weeks in 94% of the
The effects of
chiropractic adjustments on HIV positive patients.
Over a 6 month period
of the study the control group experienced a 7.96%
DECREASE in CD4 counts,
while the adjusted group experienced a 48% INCREASE in
CD4 cell counts over
the same period. Chiropractic Research Journal 1994;3(1):32
of Chiropractic Care on the Elderly.
suffered fewer symptoms of arthritis
less time in nursing homes
less time in hospitals
reported fewer chronic conditions.