Total Health Packs for Strong Bones


Plus Important Facts That Can Make or “Break” Your Bones 

All anyone ever hears about is calcium, calcium, calcium. BUT, is loading up with dairy products and calcium supplements doing anything to strengthen your bones?

I don’t think so.  In fact, I think the more calcium and dairy products you consume, the more brittle your bones will get. Yes, you heard me right.  Let me explain.

If I was to teach the world just one nutrition lesson, this would be it.

Taking calcium to make your bones strong DOES NOT WORK.  In fact, I guarantee that the more calcium you ingest, the more health issues you will have.

I am not saying that you don’t need calcium. You absolutely do. What you don’t need is calcium that isn’t properly balanced with other vital nutrients:


Have a look at the statistics. How are we doing so far?

More than 10 million North Americans have osteoporosis. There are more than 1.5 million osteoporosis-related fractures in North America each year.  As life expectancy increases, these numbers will only increase.

These statistics alone should tell you that what you have been told to do to promote bone health is not working.

SECOND FACT: Calcium Contracts and Magnesium Releases

Too much calcium (not balanced with magnesium) will give you contracted states in your body. Such as:

THIRD FACT: Calcium Is Directed By Magnesium

One of my mentors used to say to me, “calcium is the sheep, magnesium is the shepherd.”

If you only take calcium you will not be getting enough magnesium.  Without the magnesium directing the calcium then the calcium will not go where it should go (like to your bones) and it will end up in places in your body that it should not.

Where can calcium go?

Calcium can go to your aortic valve. It is called calcification of the aortic valve and the medical treatment for this is surgery to replace the valve.

Calcium can form deposits in your joints, which is extremely painful.  The medical solution to this is pain killers.

Calcium deposits can cause bone spurs and kidney stones. There is no medical treatment for these.

Calcium can combine with cholesterol and stick to the lining of your arteries causing plaque build-up that leads to heart attacks.  The medical solution to this is by-pass surgery.

All of these facts have been confirmed.  Here is some data that I found from independent studies, in other words, ones that were not being backed by pharmaceutical companies or vitamin manufacturers.

1.  Supplementation of calcium increased the risk of calcium oxalate kidney stones by 20%.

2.  Calcium supplementation increases the risk of



Obviously the first step is to ensure that any calcium you do consume is balanced with equal amounts of magnesium.

The recommended forms of magnesium are citrate and amino acid chelate.  Do not supplement with magnesium oxide as it is poorly absorbed.

Make sure you take a one to one ratio of magnesium citrate to calcium citrate (preferred), or magnesium amino acid chelate to calcium amino acid chelate.

Note: Each Total Health Pack provides properly balanced calcium and magnesium in the citrate form.

Vitamin C: This is one of the MOST important nutrients for strong bones

Vitamin C produces collagen which is important because it gives all your tissues — especially bone tissue — form, strength, and resiliency. Unfortunately, the need for vitamin C increases with age because collagen is destroyed faster than you can build it.

Stress burns up vitamin C.

You need way more vitamin C than can be provided through a nutritious diet (no matter how many oranges you eat!).

My recommendation is calcium ascorbate (this is buffered vitamin C – not a calcium supplement).  It will go into your blood faster and stay there longer.  Due to the amount of daily stresses, I think that you need AT LEAST 1,000 mg of calcium ascorbate twice a day.

Note: There is 900 mg of calcium ascorbate (buffered vitamin C) and 180 mg of bioflavanoids (part of the Vitamin C complex) in each Total Health Pack.

Vitamin D3

Transports calcium and phosphorus from the intestine into the blood and it decreases excretion of calcium. It also helps mineralize your bones.

Inadequacy of Vitamin D3 is pandemic in adults. Vitamin D deficiency causes osteopenia, precipitates and exacerbates osteoporosis, causes the painful bone disease osteomalacia, and increases muscle weakness, which worsens the risk of falls and fractures.

Vitamin D3 is also known as the sunshine vitamin, which means your body can make its own when you’re out in the sun WITHOUT sunscreen.  Sunscreen prevents your body from getting the sun it needs to make vitamin D.

Vitamin D deficiency can be prevented by sensible sun exposure but that isn’t always easy.  You would need at least 15 minutes of sun exposure three times a week — winter and summer — to get enough Vitamin D. That’s difficult to do if you live in a cold or rainy climate.

Also as you get older, the less efficient your body is at making vitamin D3.

Because we are learning about so many other benefits of vitamin D3 as well, I think it is wise to supplement with D3.

My recommendation: is that you do not use the synthetic vitamin D2 as it only has 1.2% of the potency of the natural D-3.

I would suggest a minimum of 1,000 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.

Note: There is 500 IU of vitamin D3 in each Total Health Pack.


Osteoporosis will occur when the osteoblasts (cells that stimulate bone growth) cannot replace lost bone tissue as fast as the osteoclasts (cells that eat up old bone) break it down. Osteoclasts appear to deplete bone at a faster rate after menopause, leaving women at a greater risk of bone degradation. Boron appears to have a moderating effect on this process.

Note: There is 25 mcg of boron citrate in each Total Health Pack.

Vitamin B6

B6 works with magnesium to facilitate the production of progesterone (which stimulates bone building osteoblasts cells) and reduces inflammatory reactions in connective tissue and collagen repair.

But not just any B6 will do.  You should be supplementing with some pyridoxal-5-phosphate which is the active form of B6 (the other form must be converted first by the liver for use).  You should never take B6 without the other members of the B complex family: Choline, Inositol, PABA (Paraminobenzoic Acid), Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin or niacinamide) and B5 (Pantothenic Acid).

My recommendation is to take 25 to 50 mg of B6 (at least some in the form of pyridoxal-5-phosphate) twice a day along with the other members of the B complex family.

Note: Each Total Health Pack provides the complete B complex as listed above.  As part of the B complex, it provides 25 mg of Vitamin B6 in the Pyridoxine Hydrochloride form as well as 5 mg of B6 in the Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate form.

MSM (methyl-sufonyl-methane)

MSM helps form new cells.

My recommendation is 1,000 mg twice a day.

Note: There is 1,000 mg of MSM in each Total Health Pack.

Vitamin A and Omega 3

Vitamin A and essential fatty acids make it possible for vitamin D to do its important work in the intestinal tract. Vitamin A also helps increase the rate of bone growth.

My recommendation is to take a minimum of 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily along with omega 3 containing anywhere from EPA 180 mg/DHA 120 mg to EPA 660/DHA 330 daily.

Note: Each Total Health Pack provides 5,000 IU of vitamin A and omega 3 from salmon oil that contains EPA 180 mg/DHA 120 mg.


Potassium is required for cell formation.

My recommendation is to take 25 mg to 50 mg daily.  Make sure it is potassium citrate to ensure maximum absorption.

Note: Each Total Health Pack contains 25 mg of potassium citrate.


Adequate levels of zinc are necessary to form collagen tissue, unite bone fractures, heal wounds and prevent osteoporosis. To build (rebuild) strong bone, you need collagen or the calcium has nowhere to go. To make collagen, you need zinc and vitamin C.

My recommendation: To maintain healthy bones you need to consume 12 to 15 mg of zinc daily.  Don’t trust your diet to provide all of your zinc; get at least 5-10 mg a day through supplementation.  Choose zinc citrate over any other form.

Note: Each Total Health Pack contains 5 mg of zinc citrate.


Research has uncovered the unique role manganese plays as a co-factor in the formation of bone cartilage and bone collagen, as well as in bone mineralization. Osteoporotic changes in bone can be brought about by manganese deficiency, which appears to increase bone breakdown while decreasing new bone mineralization.

In a Belgian study, blood levels of manganese of severely osteoporotic women were found to be just one-fourth those of non-osteoporotic women their same age. What’s more, of the 25 variables studied, only manganese was significantly different between the two groups.

My recommendation: supplement with 1 mg to 5 mg of manganese citrate daily.

Note: Each Total Health Pack contains 1 mg of manganese citrate.

Brenda’s Top Ten Tips for Maintaining Strong Bones

1. Pay Attention To Your pH Balance

Purchase a pH testing kit and regularly monitor your pH balance. The pH level is a measure of acidity or alkalinity. (pH kits are available in the online store at )

If you are acidic, your body will use up your supply of minerals to buffer the acidity in attempt to create a balanced pH.  You will use up potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium to name just a few. Once your mineral reserves are depleted; your body begins to rob them from other organs and systems to preserve the pH level of your blood.

If you do not supply ample minerals to your body, where does it get them from?   The first source is your bones!!  This leads to the development of osteoporosis.

Isn’t it interesting that we have been brainwashed into believing that the way to eliminate brittle bones is by increasing consumption of milk and dairy products, yet the more dairy you consume, the more acidic you become and the more at risk of osteoporosis you become.

2. Stop Drinking ANY Kind of Pop or Soda

Phosphorus is essential for laying down bone, but in excess it binds with calcium and other vital minerals such as magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper, making them unavailable to the body.

Since phosphorus is used to keep nearly all soft drinks bubbly, the worst drink imaginable for someone trying to prevent or reverse osteoporosis is pop.

3. Limit Your Black Coffee/Tea Intake to 8-16 oz Per Day 

Coffee and tea make you acidic.  Also, caffeine causes the body to excrete excessive amounts of calcium through the urine, potentially causing significant loss of bone mass

4. Reduce Your Intake of Acid Forming Foods 

•White flour products such as pastas and breads

•Refined sugar products such as cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream and muffins

•Dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and milk

*Note: dairy is high in calcium BUT excessively low in magnesium

5. Quit Smoking

It makes your blood too acidic and depletes you of bone building vitamin C.

6. Exercise Appropriately

Weight bearing activities such as walking, running, or tennis, which put pressure on bones, especially the legs and spine, stimulate the formation of new bone tissue. Swimming on the other hand, which puts no pressure on bones, doesn’t help prevent osteoporosis.

7. Ensure Adequate Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) Secretion

If you don’t have enough HCL (stomach acid) you could end up with iron deficiency anemia or osteoporosis because you need good levels of stomach acid to make your minerals available for absorption.   Decreased HCL may also show up as gas, bloating, and discomfort after rich meals.

Most people with indigestion/heartburn are actually LACKING in HCL.

Other signs of a possible HCL deficiency are food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, vitiligo, and tooth/ periodontal disease. Also if you are prone to intestinal bacteria, yeasts, and parasites you may be low in HCL.

The older you get the less HCL you are likely producing, but no matter what your age chronic stress causes HCL production to decrease.

If you suspect that you are low in HCL, try a taking Betaine Hydrochloric Acid supplement after a meal. If you don’t need it, you will get a warming sensation in your stomach. (Betaine HCL is available in the online store at )

8. Eat At Least 2 Cups of Vegetables Daily

You can eat the following vegetables but they do not count as part of your two cup quota: lettuce, potato, peas, corn and mushrooms.  Vegetables are loaded with healthy bone strengthening nutrients. AND, the more veggies you eat the more alkaline you will be.

9. Pay Attention to Your Vitamin K2

Vitamin K1 is normally found in green, leafy vegetables and helps mainly with blood clotting.

Vitamin K2, on the other hand, is responsible for regulating calcium.  It’s in charge of telling your body when to fuse the calcium into your bones.

Where can you get vitamin K2?

1. Egg Yolks – I have been telling my clients for 30 years that eggs are healthy for you and that they won’t raise your cholesterol.  Well, here is another reason not to fear them.  Not only will they provide you with a good dose of K2, but you’ll also get plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Whenever possible, choose free-run, organic eggs.

2. Organ Meats – If you’ve got a taste for it, liver is an excellent choice. Make sure you get your organ meats from grass-fed, free-range cattle.

3. Traditionally Fermented Cheese – Two cheeses in particular have moderately high amounts of K2: Swiss Emmental and Norwegian Jarlsberg.

4. If you have the right balance of 85% healthy intestinal bacteria to 15% bad bacteria, you can produce your own K2.

Enemies of Vitamin K2

1. Your colon bacteria can synthesize some of the K2 that you need for strong bones.  However, if you have taken antibiotics, estrogen, birth control pills, progestin or cortisone you will have depleted your good bacteria and you will be deficient in K2.  To repopulate your good bacteria, I recommend an intestinal tune up using Silver Biotics Liquid or GSE(Grapefruit Seed Extract) to eliminate bad bacteria and HIT (Healthy Intestinal Tract) to reimplant your good bacteria. (These products are available in the online store at )

2. Eating foods high in hydrogenated or trans fats — such as baked goods, cookies and many fast foods — may decrease the amount of vitamin K2 that is available to your bones.

10. Take at Least One Total Health Pack Per Day

They are loaded with all the recommended nutrients and dosages, in highly absorbable forms.  If you are at risk of osteoporosis, I recommend one Total Health Pack twice a day.

For a full list of the nutrients contained in each Total Health Pack please view the Ingredients Here

NOTE FROM BRENDA EASTWOOD: The above advice is intended to help prevent osteoporosis.  If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you will need all the above protocol and along with a few other key bone building strategies which need to be personalized to suit your unique biochemical requirements.  Coaching on these and other health issues are provided through my Inner Circle coaching program. For details visit


The information made available in this article is provided for educational or reference purposes only. Nutritional Therapy and/or Coaching is not intended as a diagnosis, treatment, prescription, or cure for any disease, mental or physical, and is not intended as a substitute for regular medical care.

Copyright Brenda Eastwood 2012 – “Total Health Packs for Strong Bones”

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