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You Want to Be Smarter, Happier and Sexier—Feed Your Bones

The Bone Award, for throwing somebody a bone.

New research is showing us that our bones do much more than just hold up our skin. They nourish us, and communicate to other parts of our body. Bones are part of the connective tissue system that includes the blood, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Jim Oshman, an old friend of mine and a scientist for NIH, proved decades ago that the acupuncture points are connected to specific organs through the fascia system. Now Gerard Karsenty, chair of the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center is showing that our bones are more than just the framework for our muscles.

In a recent New Yorker article , Karsenty explains:

The finding represents new ground in how researchers view the skeleton: not only do bones provide structural support and serve as a repository for calcium and phosphate, they issue commands to far-flung cells. In mice at least, they talk directly to the brain. “This is a biggie,” said Eric Kandel, the neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate. “Who thinks of the bone as being an endocrine organ? You think of the adrenal gland, you think of the pituitary, you don’t think of bone.[1]

It seems that the protein osteocalcin is a messenger, like a hormone sent by bones to regulate essential processes all over the body. Ostecalcin has been proven to have “effects on mice’s fat stores, livers, muscles, pancreases, testes, and even, as new evidence suggests, their brains.”[2]

The article goes on to explain how our bones can be linked to memory loss, anxiety, depression and male reproduction for mice. As we age, we need to keep our bones strong, and not just to  prevent osteoporosis; our bones  need to be strong if we are to remain vital.

The research done with Super Slow training shows how just fifteen minutes of slow resistance per week can dramatically turn around osteoporosis. The anecdotal evidence supports that this form of resistance training can improve an older client’s general well-being.

Our bones need more than calcium to function. They need animal protein to help rebuild. The popularity of shark fin soup in China for just that purpose is a huge reason sharks have become an endangered species. You can get the same benefit from making bone broth soup. As with all connective tissue, bones grow according to the stress placed on them; without regular resistance they will deteriorate. So, suck on your soup bones and get out and exercise.

Owen Marcus, MA Certified Advanced Rolfer, www.align.org, with 34 yrs experience – call if you have questions: 265.8440.

The Bone Award, for throwing somebody a bone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


[1] (“Do Our Bones Influence Our Minds??: The New Yorker,” November 4, 2013.)

[2] Ibid.


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