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There is a generalised concept that osteoporosis is due to deficiency in calcium, vitamin D, and/ or low oestrogen levels especially in menopausal and perimenopausal women. Evidence has emerged in recent years to suggest that the cause can also be found in deficiencies of other nutrients associated with bone chemistry and connective tissue. One of the most common deficiencies or imbalances is to be found in Copper and Zinc. Results from a study carried out by the University of Northern Ireland found copper deficiency to be a major cause of osteoporosis. However copper deficiency may be due to an excess of Zinc and vice versa. Copper levels are also very much influenced by hormone treatment.

Other nutrient deficiencies associated with connective tissue diseases are Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. It is interesting that deficiencies in these nutrients can also be associated with aches and pains in connective tissue, tendons muscles and ligaments, causing these tissues to be more susceptible to injury and inflammation

Osteoporosis and Connective Tissue Screen from Blood and Urine

Blood Syrum


  • Alkaline Phosphatase: Total and from bone.
  • Tartrate resistant Acid Phosphatase


  • Inorganic Phosphorus
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc


  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A (retinol)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin D3 (25-hydroxy D3)
  • Vitamin D2 (25-hydroxy D2)
  • Total Vitamin D (25-hydroxy)

From the Urine:

  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Calcium
  • Zinc

Rebalancing the body chemistry following connective tissue screening

Following the test results a balanced treatment program will be developed to correct the abnormalities found in the patient’s results. This will have the effect of correcting bone and connective imbalances and also have a beneficial effect on systemic imbalances found in hormonal, neurochemistry, and the cardiovascular system.

Examples of Patterns of Excess and Deficiency:

Calcium deficiency: Irritability, Depression, Hyperactivity, Insomnia, High blood pressure, Palpitations, Numbness and Muscle cramps, Neuromuscular excitability,

Calcium Excess: Anorexia, Depression, Memory impairment, Muscle weakness.

Zinc Deficiency: Acne, Hair loss, Loss of taste, Depression, Memory loss, Eczema,

Zinc Excess: Anaemia, Copper deficiency, Lowered Immunity,

Copper Deficiency: Hair Loss, Anaemia, Depression, Fatigue, High Cholesterol.

Copper Excess: Muscle and Joint Pain, Depression, Irritability and Nervousness

Magnesium Deficiency: PMS, Neuromuscular irritability, Low blood pressure, Insomnia, ME.

Manganese Deficiency: Muscle weakness, Glucose Intolerance, High Cholesterol, Hearing loss,

Vitamin D Deficiency: Fatigue, Muscle pain and weakness, Joint pain, HBP, Restless sleep, Poor Concentration, Headaches.

Vitamin A: Acne, Loss of Smell, Fatigue, Insomnia, Weight Loss, more prone to Infections

Vitamin C: Joint pain, Easy Bruising, Tiredness, Depression, Anaemia


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