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Anything that'll help heal a broken bone faster?

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Created June 26, 2011 at 11:47 PM

So, I just broke my arm, and was wondering, is there anything that I should eat more of specifically that would help it heal faster? I was just planning on eating a bunch of marrow, organs, and bone broth for the next few weeks.

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1623 · July 01, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Barb, I don't give out my email in open forums, but you can find me on facebook under helene lohr and message me! :)

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I was also drinking comfrey infusions and using the leftover leaves as poultices on the toe. It's hard to ice an injury like this so every now and then dipping in a bowl of cold water did the trick, but instead of plain water, I used chilled boneset infusion (I'd have drank that too if I could handle that bitter). I healed up pretty well and I feel quickly- a couple weeks sooner than predeicted by the doc anyway.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Oh! Also, naturally fermented cucumber pickles. I broke my toe (a spiral fracture down the shaft of my fourth toe :/) and I really craved these pickles. Luckily I had recently made several gallons of various veggie ferments and had these fabulous 8" cukes, I ate about 4 a day.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I love your food recommendations! Can I get your email? I'd love to share my input :)

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Poultices are great as well. I used the laftover comfrey leaves from my infusions on my broken toe a few years back. Healed up right quick! Taking comfrey internally is controversial but I think without a whole lot of merit.

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15976 · June 27, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Pizza I think, not totally sure though.

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725 · June 27, 2011 at 2:27 AM

cissus works, id recommend it

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395 · June 27, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Comfrey is also known as knit-bone.

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15226 · June 27, 2011 at 12:47 AM

what a great read!

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2640 · June 27, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Your idea to eat bone broth, marrow, etc. sounds like an excellent one.

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1623 · June 27, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor.

I've been working with my severely osteoporotic mom to help rebuild her bone and heal some bruising/skin issues. Even though this is not exactly the same thing, I think that since both processes involve encouraging bone remodeling, healing and growth it could be useful to you......

Supplements:
-Vitamin K2 (make sure to get the the mk-4 form- clinical trials have shown most improvement, Thorne has a form in oil combined with D3)
-Vitamin D3 10,00 iu (if you are very low you may want to go higher)
-Calcium Citrate - most absorbable form.
-Vitamin C - in my reading it showed up as important to form the collagen protein matrix in bones as well as skin. without collagen bone would be as brittle as chalk.
-Whole foods multi-vitamin/mineral
Magnesium- at least 400 iu every night
-collagen- type 1&3 for encouraging that good ol' protein matrix.

Foods
-100% gluten free (of course!)
-Bone Broth- 1 cup every night and morning
-Cod Liver oil- need those omega 3's- one teaspoon every morning
-digestive enzymes with HCL at every meal to increase Calcium and other mineral absorption
-Eat your leafy greens for K1- your body can convert to k2
-Butter or ghee has K2
-eggs for cholesterol and k2

This is not a comprehensive list (don't have my notes with me), but hopefully it'll prove helpful... :)

NOTE: After 3 months my mom is already showing great improvements in skin, bruising, etc, but we won't know about the bone building until her next DEXA. Her pain level in her spine has dropped from a constant 5-7 to a 0, so that's a good sign!

BTW, If anyone has any input on or recommendations for improving this program I'm open! I just want to help my mom get better asap.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I love your food recommendations! Can I get your email? I'd love to share my input :)

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1623 · July 01, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Barb, I don't give out my email in open forums, but you can find me on facebook under helene lohr and message me! :)

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24523 · June 27, 2011 at 12:04 AM

There is a supplement that some people take to (supposedly) heal broken bones faster. It is called cissus quadrangularis. The wiki article has a few references...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cissus_quadrangularis

I've tried it in the past for soft tissue stuff, and it didn't do anything. But I think the evidence is stronger for bone.

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725 · June 27, 2011 at 2:27 AM

cissus works, id recommend it

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580 · June 27, 2011 at 2:48 AM

Watch the comfrey infusions...use them as poltices. If you drink it it can be too much. I picked a grocery bag for my cousin who had a crushed cheek bone and broken jaw from an accident. It healed three weeks faster than expected using poltices of comfrey on it.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Poultices are great as well. I used the laftover comfrey leaves from my infusions on my broken toe a few years back. Healed up right quick! Taking comfrey internally is controversial but I think without a whole lot of merit.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Comfrey infusions :) Hope you have a speedy recovery!

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395 · June 27, 2011 at 2:14 AM

Comfrey is also known as knit-bone.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I was also drinking comfrey infusions and using the leftover leaves as poultices on the toe. It's hard to ice an injury like this so every now and then dipping in a bowl of cold water did the trick, but instead of plain water, I used chilled boneset infusion (I'd have drank that too if I could handle that bitter). I healed up pretty well and I feel quickly- a couple weeks sooner than predeicted by the doc anyway.

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729 · June 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Oh! Also, naturally fermented cucumber pickles. I broke my toe (a spiral fracture down the shaft of my fourth toe :/) and I really craved these pickles. Luckily I had recently made several gallons of various veggie ferments and had these fabulous 8" cukes, I ate about 4 a day.

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17949 · June 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Whatever the case is, there are plenty of nutrients which we absolutely must have to heal bones quickly and properly. They are summarized in this article http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=718

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15226 · June 27, 2011 at 12:47 AM

what a great read!

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10 · January 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

cissus quadrangularis with balanced diet is best for faster healing ..i got my tibia and fiabula both not just fractured but broken it workrd

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78422 · June 27, 2011 at 2:10 AM

Milk and dairy products, I think. I had a tendonitis problem from a weightlifting mistake and it wouldn't go away until I recently added back in ice-cream and milk. Another thing you can do is boil egg shells and use them as a sort of calcium supplement.

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0 · September 02, 2014 at 4:14 PM

I recently broke my ankle in two places.  I also restarted magnesium (glycinate) supplementation and ended up at 600 mg being optimal (800 mg to starting messing with toilet habits).  My last pre-break optimum was 400 mg, so maybe there's something in that.

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1523 · July 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Avoid milk products and meats. They create an acidic environment in your body which will rob essential calcium in order to neutralise the acids. Go with dark leafy greens for calcium and Vitamin K.

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