The other day my son’s teammate broke two bones on top of his hand when he slipped making a lay-up. It wasn’t an out of the ordinary trip and fall. Back in the day, it would mean a couple of days of ice and aspirin. Nowadays, a simple trip and fall for a child means a trip to the emergency room followed by visits to an Orthopedic Doctor which will be followed by several weeks of physical therapy.
I know this only too well as my daughter had a spiral break of her humerus bone in her upper arm. Granted she did do a swan dive off of a bar stool while she and her best friend were practicing cheerleading moves, but I still think that back in the old days, it would have resulted in a sprain.
The number of broken bones our kids have as a result of a simple trip or fall is disheartening.
Broken Bones: Why is it happening so frequently?
Here’s my theory. As the saying goes, we are what we eat. If we continue to drink soft drinks, eat nutrient deficient processed foods and consume growth hormone infested meats at the alarming rate that we do, what else can we expect?
I’m not a scientist or a nutritionist. I’m just an ordinary person who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. I believe it all goes back to balance. When I say balance I mean it in several areas:
pH balance: Our bodies function optimally at a certain pH level (somewhere between 7.3 and 7.4). Unfortunately, the current Standard American Diet (SAD) is doing everything in its power to move our bodies from our optimal pH. Our blood must maintain its optimal level, or else we’re a goner. As a result, our bodies will take whatever it can from wherever it can to ensure that our blood maintains the right pH level.
Guess where the blood pulls the nutrients to maintain its proper pH. (Hint: Calcium has a high pH).
Nutritional balance: I’m not going to get technical because I’m not equipped to do so, but here’s what I’ve found (please do your own research).
Everything we eat eventually breaks down into either an alkaline ash (high pH) or acidic ash (low pH). The ash is pretty much what is left over after our bodies are done with what we’ve eaten. Sort of like a fireplace and burning wood.
Having an alkaline ash produces health and an acidic ash, well, promotes non-health. The trick is to have a proper balance between alkaline ash and acidic ash. Following the SAD will produce an unhealthy amount of acidic ash. Too much acid lowers the body’s pH. The blood won’t stand for that so it pulls whatever it can to keep us alive…yep, the wonderful calcium content from our bones.
Feeding our kids candy bars, soft drinks and tons of processed foods, in my opinion, only contributes to the broken bone epidemic (this is one person’s opinion).
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I don’t think kids get enough sunshine & resulting Vitamin D nowadays. In the house too much. When I was a child in the 50’s, kids weren’t allowed in the house on weekends or on summer days.
I have never broken a bone in my life. Also, zero cavities in permanent teeth.
I agree with you, Mike.
Kids spend too much time indoors looking at electronic devices.