Rickets

Overview

A condition which affects bone development in children, rickets can cause the bones to become soft and malformed, even leading to bone deformities. Rickets in adults is known as osteomalacia or soft bones.

The most common cause of rickets comes as a result of a lack of vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D comes from foods such as oily fish and eggs, and from sunlight on our skin. The vitamin is essential for a child to form strong and healthy bones.

Common during Victorian times, but mostly disappeared in the Western world during the 1940s thanks to the fortification with vitamin D of foods such as margarine and cereal, rickets still affects thousands of children each year.

Children of Asian, African-Caribbean and Middle Eastern origin have a higher risk because their skin is darker and they need more sunlight to get enough vitamin D.

Other groups who are at risk include children born prematurely and children taking medication that interferes with vitamin D. However, any child whose diet does not contain enough vitamin D or calcium can develop rickets

Rickets causes the bones to become painful, soft and weak. This leads to deformities of the skeleton, such as bowed legs, curvature of the spine and thickening of the ankles, wrists and knees. Here’s a list of the main symptoms of rickets:

  • Pain – The bones affected by rickets are often sore and painful, which may mean the child is reluctant to walk, or may tire easily.
  • Skeletal deformities– These can include soft skull bones, bowed legs, curvature of the spine, and thickening of the ankles, wrists and knees. The breastbone can also stick out, which is sometimes called “pigeon chest”.
  • Fragile bones– The bones become weaker and are therefore more prone to fractures.
  • Poor growth and development– The skeleton does not grow and develop properly so the child will be shorter than average.
  • Dental problems– These include weak tooth enamel, delay in teeth coming through and increased risk of cavities.

As the child gets older, symptoms may also include:

  • Waddling when walking
  • Bent bones
  • Muscle weakness and pain

These symptoms can also affect adults who have soft bones (osteomalacia).

The main cause of rickets is a lack of vitamin D; not having enough calcium in one’s diet may also be a cause of rickets, as may vomiting and diarrhea. Some childhood kidney and liver diseases can also cause rickets, as can digestive disorder complications that affect calcium and phosphorous absorption.

In rare cases, children can be born with a genetic form of rickets. It can also develop if another condition affects how vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the body.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.

Is your child experiencing bone pain, delayed growth, muscle weakness or skeletal problems? If so, take them to your local health practitioner for a check-up. 

As rickets is caused by a deficiency in at least one of three essential nutrients: vitamin D, calcium or phosphorous, your child’s diet needs to include foods rich in at least one of these nutrients.

Foods Rich in Vitamin D – Getting enough vitamin D supports strong bones and can help prevent rickets. When ultraviolet rays from the sun hit the skin, the result is synthesis of vitamin D, but it is worth noting that children with very dark skin or those who do not get enough sun exposure are susceptible to a vitamin D deficiency and therefore rickets. Eating foods rich in vitamin D can supply all the vitamin D to support strong bones and good dietary sources of the vitamin include cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, eggs and yogurt. Many foods have also been fortified with vitamin D, such as orange juice, milk, margarine and breakfast cereals.

Calcium-rich Foods – Foods rich in this essential mineral calcium should be added to the diet of rickets sufferers. More than 99 percent of calcium in the body accumulates in the bones, and this mineral is necessary in conjunction with vitamin D and phosphorous to prevent the condition. Try calcium-rich foods like dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese, as well as leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach.

Foods Rich in PhosphorousPhosphorous is necessary for strong bones, so a rickets diet should also contain foods that provide essential mineral. Good dietary sources of phosphorous include some of the same foods that are rich in calcium: diary-based foods like milk, cheese and yogurt; eggs; and salmon. Other foods that contain phosphorous are whole-wheat and enriched bread; halibut, beef, chicken and turkey; and cola.

Milk – Fortified milk is a beneficial addition to a rickets diet because it contains vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous. However, some people do not drink milk for one or more reasons, such as not liking milk, avoiding animal-based foods in general or being lactose intolerant. For these children, it is important that their rickets diet contain several of the other foods rich in vitamin D, calcium and/or phosphorous.

Vegetarian Diets – A vegetarian diet may lack the essential nutrients necessary to support strong bones and may lead to rickets, so fortified foods or vitamin supplements may help in the prevention of nutrient deficiencies to which vegetarians are susceptible.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef, www.grasslandbeef.com. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Supplements:

As aforementioned, calcium, vitamin D and phosphorous should be taken to help relieve the symptoms of rickets.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

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  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Here are some great tips from ayurvedaways.com:

Rickets is a disease caused by a deficiency of Vitamin D and calcium in the sufferer. It affects the bone structure as the inner system can no longer produce the Vitamin D needed to add minerals to the bones, thus softening the surrounding tissues and weakening the bones, with obvious serious effects.

It is a childhood disease principally because children’s’ bones have yet to fully grow and are not strong enough to fight back against the disease.It can also affect the kidneys, though this is less common. It also may be a hereditary disease. Those who are prone to it or have a family history of suffering from should take immediate steps in preventative medicine to stop taking hold.

Pineapples are rich in manganese a mineral which is needed for building bones and tissues. Pineapples can affect the growth of bones in young people and strengthen bones in older people.Ayurvedic Remedies for Rickets

The main task for an Ayurvedic remedy for rickets is to add vital calcium and Vitamin D supplements to strengthen the afflicted areas or in the first place to be used as a preventive agent.

These herbal supplements are found in capsule form and should be taken orally. To understand the dosage levels required you should either read the instructions on the packaging or if you want a more personal consultation you should ask a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner:

  • Mebol Liv
  • Rasyana
  • Shatpatrandi

When digested into the system they aid the elimination of harmful matter, modify undesirable elements and convert some of the negative characteristics and matter into positive ones.

Also Moti Bhasma is essential calcium giving Ayurvedic remedy. It is a pearl that can be bought in powder form and drunk when added to water twice daily.

Ayurvedic Cure of Rickets:

A very useful, cheap and very easily available foodstuff to both prevent and help cure rickets is a banana.

It is rich in the necessary minerals, potassium and carbo-hydrates needed to keep the body functioning and in the case of a rickets sufferer it has the nutrients and vitamin D supplements needed for the body to start re-producing the needed fats.

Also fruit, vegetables and grains are encouraged. Whilst animal fats should be eaten but only in moderation.

General Debility in Ayurvedic:

General debility is a general weakness in the body, which can either make you prone to infection or has been already been caused by one. Rickets is one such complaint.

In Ayurvedic teachings balam means strength when your balam is compromised by other beings you become prone to infection.

Ayurvedic Herbs to Restore Balam:

Aminaki (Emblica officnalis), this herb is particularly rich in Vitamin C, indeed it is said that a single dose of Aminaki is worth 30 oranges when it comes to Vitamin C intake.

Satawain (Asparagus racematrsus)

Ashwagandha (Withania Samnifera). This has particular relevance as it boosts strength in children and improves their immune system. As Rickets is predominately a childhood disease then any child in danger of developing it should immediately be prescribed Ashwagandha.

Additional Ayurvedic Supplements to Restore General Bebility:

These should be taken as well as the herbal remedies above as they add strength to them, but are not strong enough on their own to provide sufficient goodness to combat disease.

Keshri Kelp

Stress Guard

Amlaki Rasayan

Chyawanprash special

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

The following was taken from tcmdiscovery.com – a site which offers some detailed information on Traditional Chinese Medicine and rickets:

Rickets is usually divided into two syndromes of asthenia of the spleen and asthenia of the liver, as well as asthenia of both the spleen and kidney according to the symptoms and the course of the disease in syndrome differentiation.

The commonly-seen symptoms of asthenia of the spleen and sthenia of the liver include dysphoria, restlessness, night cry, poor appetite, profuse sweat, hypodynamia, susceptibility to fright, muscular flaccidity, taut and thready pulse; the commonly-encountered symptoms of asthenia of both the spleen and kidney are thin and weak body, lusterless complexion, retardation of dentition, sitting, standing and walking, or skeleton deformity like square skull, pigeon breast, beading of ribs, eversion of ribs and curved lower limbs, pale tongue with a little fur, thready and weak pulse.

The therapeutic principles of rickets are strengthening the spleen, supplementing qi, tonifying the kidney and replenishing nephric essence.

Asthenia of the Spleen and Sthenia of the Liver:

Main symptoms and signs Dysphoria, restlessness, night cry, susceptibility to fright, poor appetite profuse sweat, hypodynamia, sparse hair, occipital baldness, late closure of fontanel, delayed dentition or with less teeth, muscular flaccidity, light red tongue with thin whitish fur, taut and thready pulse.

Therapeutic methods Strengthening the spleen and soothing the liver.
Prescription and Drugs – The prescription used is the modified Yipi Zhenjing Powder (Spleen-benefiting and Convulsion-relieving Powder) composed of 10 g of Dangshen (Radix Codonopsis Pitosulae), 10 g of Fuling (Peria), 10 g of Cangzhu (Rhizoma Atractytodis), 10 g of Bazhu ( Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae ) 10 g ofGouteng (Bamulus Uncariae cure Uncis), 20 g of Muli (Concha Ostreae ) (to be decocted first), 12 g of Baishaoyao (Radix Paeoniae Alba ) and 3 g of Gancao (Radix Gtycyrrhizae ) .

Modification For the patients with weak physique and profuse sweat, 6 g of Wuweizi (Fructus Schisandrae) and 2 g of Longgu (Os Draconis Fossilia) ( to be decocted first) are added; for the patients with susceptibility to fright, 6 g of Chantui (Periostracum Cicadae) is included; for the patients with nighty cry and dysphoria, 8 g of Zhuye ( Folium Phyllostachydis Nigrae) and 2 g of Dengxincao (Medulla Junci) are added.

Asthenia of both the Spleen and Kidney:

Main symptoms and signs Thin and weak body, lustreless complexion, apathy, profuse sweat, flaccid limbs, retardation of dentition, sitting, standing and walking, skeleton deformity like square skull, pigeon breast, beading of ribs, eversion of ribs and curved lower limbs, pale tongue with a little fur, thready and weak pulse.

Therapeutic methods Tonifying the kidney and nourishing nephric essence. Prescription and drugs The prescription used is the modified Heche Dazao Pill composed of 10 g of Ziheche (Placenta Hominis ), 8 g of Danggui (Radix AngelicaeSinensis ), 10 g of Shudihuang (Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata ) , 6 g of Huainiuxi (Radix Achyranthis Bidentatae), 10 g of Guiban ( Plastrum Testudinis) (to be de- cocted first), 8 g of Renshen (Radix Ginseng), 8 g of Lujiaopian (slices ofConus Cervi) (to be decocted first), 6 g of Cangzhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis), 12 g of Fuling( Poria ), 15 g of Shanyao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) and 8 g of Duzhong ( Cortex Eucommiae).

Modification For the patients with profuse sweat, 20 g of Longgu ( Os Draconis Fossilia) ( to be decocted first) and 20 g of Muli (Concha Ostreae) (to be decoctedfirst) are added; for the patients with restlessness due to deficiency, 8 g of Suanzaoren ( Semen Ziziphi spinosae) and 8 g of Yuanzhi (Radix Polygalae) are included.

Please note:  It’s important to visit your local Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist to decide upon a relevant, tailored treatment.

Aromatherapy

According to Dr. James Geiger in an article on empowher.com, countless hours of research and study has been dedicated to essential oils and how they can play a pivotal role in our overall health.

He tells the website “Various oils from trees and kitchen spices have been shown to decrease the activity of the cells called osteoclasts that break down and remodel bone,” before continuwing: “The various drugs sold to treat osteoporosis have many harmful side effects, when you consider the risk/benefit ratio.”

Among the many oils, Geiger says he has developed an oil which can be taken by people who cannot take the typically-prescribed biphosphonate medications.

“In reality,” noted Geiger, “I have been advised by a spine surgeon with whom I work that those women who take such medications actually have brittle spine bones. There are studies and evidence that those groups of women taking those medications are for more likely to sustain certain types of hip fractures than those who do not.” The full article can be viewed here: www.empowher.com/bones-amp-joints/content/aromatherapy-and-improved-bone-health.

The essential oil of lavender can also be used for relaxation to help ease the emotional turmoil which may come as a result of having this condition.

Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

The author of the blog susunweed.com, says herhomeopathic ally of choice for bone support is the mineral chalcancite, however this may not be safe for toddlers so do check with your health practitioner for a tailored treatment option.

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here.

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Herbs

According to livestrong.com,. the most commonly prescribed non-herbal supplementsfor rickets are calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. Certain herbs, however, may also be helpful in treating this childhood disorder. The article states, according to Phyllis A. Balch, a certified nutritional consultant and author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” dandelion root, nettle and oat straw are often used to help treat rickets, due to their ability to help build bone. These herbs are also good sources of calcium and magnesium.

Nettle is another herb that is commonly used to treat rickets, as stated in the piece (see link in Further Information section). Balch notes that nettle has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including malabsorption syndrome, benign prostatic hyperplasia, anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, hay fever, allergic disorders and kidney problems. Nettle has diuretic action and serves as an expectorant and pain-relieving agent. Nettle is indigenous to Africa, Asia, North America and elsewhere. The flowers, leaves and roots of the nettle plant are used in herbal preparations.

Other

Exercise:

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Colloidal Silver NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Nutrition for strong bones www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctgtEu5qIw4

Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Further Information (links and books)

Herbal remedies for rickets www.livestrong.com/article/363930-herbal-treatment-for-rickets

The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach  (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series) by Annemarie Colbin

Diet for rickets www.livestrong.com/article/417024-diet-for-rickets

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy – www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277

E3 Live, Green Superfoods – www.awakenedshoppe.com

Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil – www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701

St. John’s Wort – www.sourcenaturals.com

Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing – www.solarhealing.com

EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link – www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887

Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811

Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy – www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008

Dianetics, Dianetics Technology – www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788

Neuro Emotional Technique – www.netmindbody.com (800) 888-4638

Bowen, Find Practitioner – www.bowendirectory.com

Rebounder, Evolution Health – www.evolutionhealth.com (888) 896-7790

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

judith hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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