hope you didn't miss this lorie undiagnosed-f54/topic24419-15.html#p223021
also, there's a fair bit of research out there on nutrition and scoliosis.
Biochemistry of adolescent idiopathic scoliosishttp://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/21874761
"Measurement of trace elements in serum revealed impaired zinc and selenium metabolism..."
Idiopathic scoliosis and concentrations of zinc, copper, and selenium in blood plasmahttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1385/BTER:89:2:105
"A significant decrease of selenium concentration (0.50±0.16 µmol/L) was found when compared with a control group (0.69±0.07 µmol/L) (p<0.01)."
Changes of selenium, copper, and zinc content in hair and serum of patients with idiopathic scoliosishttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... ated=false
"The serum selenium concentration in a group of patients with scoliosis versus controls was signiﬁcantly decreased (0.74 ± 0.13 µmol/L and 0.98 ± 0.12 µmol/L). The serum concentrations of zinc (15.2 ± 2.69 µmol/L) and of copper (16.2 ± 4.18 µmol/L) were without signiﬁcant differences in comparison with controls (14.3 ± 2.2 µmol/L and 16.6 ± 4.8 µmol/L).
In comparison with controls, the serum selenium concentration in the group of scoliotic patients was significantly decreased p < 0.05 (0.74 ± 0.13 µmol/L and 0.98 ± 0.12 µmol/L)"
for that last one, looks like the controls and the patients are both in less than great shape.. copper shouldn't be higher than zinc. if copper levels are 16 you want zinc levels more like 17...
Congenital Malformations Resulting from Zinc Deficiency in Ratshttp://ebm.sagepub.com/content/123/3/692.short
Almost all of the full-term fetuses produced under such conditions showed gross congenital malformations encompassing a wide variety of organ systems, including skeletal, brain, eye, heart, lung, and urogenital defects. ... A variety of skeletal defects, including missing vertebrae, fused ribs, scoliosis, micrognathia and agnathia, syndactyly (fused or missing digits ..."
Vitamin D levels and signs of metabolic bone disease in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosishttp://www.bone-abstracts.org/ba/0002/ba0002P171.htm
"The mean level was 51 nmol/l (S.D.=28). 21 patients (17%) were vitamin D deficient, 47 patients (39%) were vitamin D insufficient..."
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com