This article centers on the very core of our bodies – our bones. We have language that describes how profoundly we can feel things to the deepest part of us such as ‘it cut me deep to my core’, ‘frozen to the bone’ and ‘I can feel it in my bones’. And so when our very core physical foundations, our bones, break down – medically known as osteopenia and osteoporosis – it most certainly is worthy of pondering on ‘Why?’
Dr Amelia Stephens, General Practitioner, breaks down in simple terms what is happening to the physiology of the body when our bones become affected.
“Understanding what’s led to the condition of osteoporosis lets you make a fully informed decision on your treatment plan.” - Dr Amelia Stephens
Very simply, cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts live inside our bones, the first building up and creating bone and the second breaking down bone. In harmony or in balance, together they ceaselessly do the job of making bone – our bones are very alive and constantly moving.
When we have an imbalance of these cells, i.e. more osteoclasts (the bits that break down bone) than osteoblasts (the bits that make bone), we have the makings of an osteo condition.
In 2017, we have a situation where 1.1 million adults in Queensland, Australia, which is 66% of the population aged 50 years and older, have osteoporosis or osteopenia (poor bone health). Most certainly this begs the question, ‘Why?
Medically, this situation can often be explained, referring to the cell structures of bones, and the delicate hormones, nutrients and signaling molecules that all contribute to the physical structure that we have.
But going deeper, we want to be asking why the imbalance of any of these parts occurs in the first place? What causes our own bodies to produce more cells that want to break bone down than build it up?
Why does our body erode itself at its very core
Esoteric practitioner and Naturopath Jenny Ellis adds further understanding to the picture of osteoporosis, presenting the answer to the huge ‘Why?’ question.
Jenny shares that whilst many guidelines recommend dairy as a key source of calcium for healthy bones, there is also research that has found countries with the highest cow’s milk consumption also have the highest incidence of hip fractures, exposing the myth that dairy consumption is the key to healthy bones. And so perhaps there is more to uncover, it cannot simply be about how much or how little dairy we eat, as we may be often led to believe.
So ... “Let’s talk disregard”
Energetically speaking, our bones are being affected when we disregard, ignore, neglect, mistreat or abuse our body and or our being.
It includes anything from not sleeping enough, eating the wrong things, not caring for our body in a way that is deeply loving, to not loving ourselves enough (or at all), not feeling good enough, over-riding what we truly feel in order to appease others and everything in between. What it looks like for each of us will be very unique.
Interestingly, the majority of women do not give any true, genuine attention to bone health until there is a diagnosis of an osteo condition. Understanding the energetic root cause, it becomes easy to understand why this might be so.
Esoterically, we can say that any activity, attitude, choice, thought, movement, even breath, that is not done with and from an absolute honouring of who you are is disregarding behaviour.
“Our movements, our attitudes and our choices build our physiology. There are no quick fixes, but we can choose not to be entrenched in such levels of disregard.” - Jenny Ellis
And therefore we can also say we have more control than we think over whether we get osteoporosis or not. Understanding the energetic side gives us something to work with; we can ask ourselves, what is the foundation we stand on?
While osteoporosis is a condition that may be turned around on a physical level with a solid treatment plan of nutrition, medications and exercises, it is through addressing the underlying disregard of the whole self where true healing can occur.
"The marriage of Western Medicine and Esoteric Medicine will be the greatest union that will serve humanity." Serge Benhayon, founder of Universal Medicine.
Western Medicine gives us the understanding of the processes occurring within our bones and Esoteric Medicine gives us the know-how and the empowerment for us to make choices.
The process of bone formation and breakdown is very symbolic of our internal relationship with our self – we can either build our self up, respecting and deeply caring for our self (symbolized by the work of the osteoblasts), or we can degrade our self (symbolized by the work of the osteoclasts). On another level, osteoclasts can also represent letting go of the old, allowing for the osteoblasts to rebuild the new, a beautifully repeating cycle of life.
It all comes down to our relationships with our self and our body.
 Osteoporosis costing Queensland: A burden of disease analysis – 2012 to 2022 Burden of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia and Associated Fractures in Queensland. Kerrie M Sanders, Jennifer J Watts, Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Ghulam Murtaza 2017
S. Anderssen, Australia
Further reading ...
Learning the meaning of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis – How could this happen to me?
The chilling facts about dairy