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Private Patient Advocates Help Navigate the Medical Maze, Chicago Tribune, May 2015 * This article spotlights an iRNPA Graduate.
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“In a year’s time after taking the RNPA Learning Intensive, my career, my health, my family, my very life has been transformed. I am forever grateful” — Karen DiMarco, RN, iRNPA
“The way of the future of nursing...an absolute must if you want to make and be the difference in righting the wrongs of healthcare. Kare is a wonderful mentor who has put her soul into this program. Passion, Vision, Perseverance.” — Lana Benton, RN, iRNPA
“The forethought, experience, openness, philosophy and preparation provides all the tools, thought process, and confidence to begin and succeed as an iRNPA.” — Leta Gill, RN, iRNPA
“My experience attending the iRNPA program was a refreshing one, to say the least. This program was packed with life changing information that is not readily taught or available to RN's. This program equipped me with the tools I need to be an iRNPA! If you are ready for a change after working for many years in the clinical setting, and are driven to help patients and families, this is the program for you! Karen is a wealth of knowledge that is unmatched in the advocacy process.” — Jamie Long
“Thank you so much for putting together such an incredible RN PA intensive course! It is truly intensive but so worth it! I learned a lot and will be using the Medical Time Line and lab spreadsheet with as many clients as i can. All great information and can’t wait to get my speaking engagements lined up now that I have your fantastic power points!” — Nan Wetherhorn, Health Care Advisor, www.healthcareadvisornan.com
Susan Brown, PhD, a bone health nutritionist and educator, explains myths surrounding osteoporosis. We’ll look at the most common ones here and you can read further to protect yourself.
Myth #1: Osteoporosis is a function of aging
“Most individuals do lose bone mass as they age. But simply losing bone does not equal osteoporosis. The remaining bone of a healthy aging woman is strong and capable of constant self-repair. This bone, though lower in mass, should be able to withstand the stresses and strains of daily activity.
In osteoporosis, bone loss goes beyond that of normal aging. It is a condition in which bone becomes excessively fragile due to a loss of both mineral and protein matrix. . . when the body attempts to compensate for factors interfering with its normal biochemical balance. Some of these factors include poor nutrition, lack of sunlight exposure and low vitamin D levels, high caffeine intake, lack of exercise, inflammation, an acid-forming diet, the use of various prescription medications, and chronic stress.
Myth #2: Osteoporosis is caused by low calcium intake
Living mature bone is about 60 percent calcium compounds and about 40 percent collagen (a fibrous protein). Notice that the calcium is in combination with many other minerals and needs specific co-actors to be healthy. These include magnesium (malate form), Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, zinc, copper, manganese, boron, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and strontium. Calcium alone is not the answer.
Myth #3: Once bone loss occurs, it is impossible to rebuild bone.
Bone is dynamic, living tissue that constantly repairs itself. Similar to the cells of our skin, bits of old, worn-out bone are replaced by fresh new bone regularly. Tiny microfractures occur daily and are healed through a several-week process of bone repair. When full fractures occur, our bones spontaneously heal and generate new bone. Equally, we have a capacity to rebuild lost bone mass. Bone can be rebuilt with the normalization of proper nutrition and supplementation plus regular physical activity.