Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis’

May: Mother Nature’s Magic: Flowers, Trees, Healthy Bones and Mind and more!

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Despite the social distancing, the masks, and all the other “inconveniences” of COVID, when May comes along, I cannot help but feel optimistic. The flowers, the fresh air, the rain and sun are all part of May and Mother Nature’s Magic. While October is my favorite month, May is a very close second. I love how the flowers blossom in rotation: first the crocuses, forsythia and daffodils, then the tulips and new green leaves on trees, and now the amazing azaleas. Let’s be optimistic while dealing with climate change and all the other issues that seem to be related.



May is also the time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo,  which many consider a Mexican Holiday. But this is what the Internet reveals:

“… Cinco de Mayo is not an official Mexican holiday. It is celebrated more actively in some parts of the U.S. than in many parts of Mexico. The U.S. celebration of the holiday began in California in 1863 as an expression of solidarity with Mexico against the French.”

For me, this is an opportunity to share ideas for tortillas or tacos and to add color to your kitchen table. So in the next day or two I will post my ideas for this year’s Cinco de Mayo.

May is also National Osteoporosis Month and Mental Health Month, and I will be doing my ZOOM cooking class on these two topics on Friday, May 21st at 10:30 am est. I will post a link soon so you can join if you wish and will also post information from Save our Bones excellent website ( and food & mental health information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (

I am also adding a new category: P.I.C.: Product Information Corner, where I will introduce items that I use that I consider sustainable (like those I have posted on Back to the Future), including foods, cleaning products, personal body products, etc.

So May is a busy month, a transition from the winds of winter to the balmier days of spring into summer. I will still be wearing my mask and being careful to keep my body boosted with good foods, good sleep, and good connections. Make your May healthy & magical in your own way.  ellensue


Healthy Bytes from Well-Being Journal #1

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

This is an excerpt on “Dental Health, Nutrition and Phytic Acid” from the March/April 2015 issue of Well-Being Journal, one of my favorite health magazines and also info from the Internet. I chose this “byte” because of the relationship between phytic acid and sprouted grains, beans, etc. (Pages 13-14) and the relationship between phytic acid and osteoporosis, especially after menopause.  And September is Menopause Awareness Month, so everything is connected!


As the piece explains, there are four main items that contribute to tooth decay, taken from the insights of Mellanby and Weston Price, DDS.

  1. Lack of minerals in the diet, especially calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
  2. Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K with an emphasis on D.)
  3. Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods.*
  4. Too much consumption of processed sugar.* Phytic acid is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in (unsprouted) grains, beans, and seeds. Sprouting or grain fermentation nullifies the phytic acid.Additionally, the article in Well Being Journal states even more strongly: According to research published in The Lancet, a diet high in phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and cause osteoporosis.Now, consider the fact that we are told to eat more whole grains and beans, without realizing  the phytic acid coating these “health foods” blocks the absorption of the minerals found in  all   these foods.So sprouting, which I have been writing about since I started blogging in 2003, is  an important step to consider before stocking up on grains and beans.Incidentally, I have found sprouted red rice, sprouted quinoa, sprouted oats,  and sprouted almond butter at the health food store, a rather recent phenomenon and not available when I co-owned a sprouting operation.

    From another source: September is Menopause Awareness Month  ( and on the website for healthy women is very important information, including this:”It’s during this time, and continuing on to and beyond menopause, that our health changes, and many of these changes are silent ones. Declining estrogen levels cause a loss of bone, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. These declining levels may also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.”




I have many postings on sprouting (Put sprouting in the Search box or click on this link, “Sprout Heaven!” (  I also wrote a book called The Johnny Alfalfa Handbook, available from me. You can  order it through my email:  The price is about $10.00.

More importantly, look for sprouted grains and beans in your health food store and also consider buying dry beans, sprouting them and then putting them in the freezer until you need a handful. (Tru Roots is one of the brands I buy.)

A few days ago, I posted a dish that my grandson Max created, called Beanoa (rhymes with quinoa, pronounced keen-wha.) He made sprouted pinto beans with quinoa and here is the link:

So, what started as a dental tip ends up being information on the link between menopause,  osteoporosis, and phytic acid, nullified by sprouting. More “bytes” coming while I am away in Nova Scotia.

Happy Sprouting!