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Latest Osteoporosis News: Approval Of New GMO Soy, Israel To Stop Water Fluoridation, Milk’s Slow Death, And More!

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Today we have bad news and good news for the osteoporosis community. There’s bad news about genetically-modified soy, but good news about municipal water fluoridation in Israel. And milk makes news again – this time because it appears to be slowly dying out.

On to the news! Let’s start with the soy…

USDA Approves Bayer’s New GMO Soy

Bayer has come out with a new type of genetically-modified soy that can withstand the highly toxic herbicide, isoxaflutole (IFT). And the USDA has actually approved it.

News Excerpt:

“‘Bayer’s new GE soybeans represent the next wave in agricultural biotechnology—crops that dramatically increase farmers’ use of and dependence on toxic herbicides,’ said Bill Freese, science policy analyst at Center for Food Safety.

Dubbed FG72, these GE soybeans were developed by Bayer CropScience, the second-largest agrichemicals firm in the world.

The EPA has designated IFT as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ based on animal tests in which it triggered liver and thyroid tumors in rats. IFT and its major breakdown product persist in surface waters, and despite its limited use, at present is frequently detected in tests. … IFT is so toxic that three states—Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota—rejected the Bayer-EPA label for this herbicide as insufficiently protective of human health, the environment and neighboring crops.”1

Of course, the carcinogenic nature of IFT is of great concern; but herbicides like IFT also cause significant damage to your bones, because IFT and herbicides in general are acidifying toxins. Like pesticides, they should be avoided by anyone on a bone-healthy diet.

That’s not the only concern here. The GMO soybeans themselves can, like all genetically-modified foods, cause kidney and liver damage.2 When the kidneys and liver are overloaded with toxins they can’t perform their all-important tasks of maintaing the pH balance and detoxifying the body.Your whole system suffers under this poisonous overload, including your bones.

Israel to Stop Municipal Water Fluoridation in 2014

Here’s some of the good news I mentioned earlier. Israel is forging ahead with total cessation of fluoride in their public water supplies.

News Excerpt:

“The popularity of water fluoridation continues to plummet, with an entire country pulling the plug on the practice in one fell swoop in recent weeks.

On July 29, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel noted in its ruling on a 2012 petition the State’s intention to cease compulsory fluoridation of public water supplies in 2014.

The November 12, 2012 petition from Yaacov Gurman and the Izun Hozer Association for Dissemination of Health Education demanded that the Ministry of Health order the cessation of fluoridation due to health dangers and the fact that its benefits are no longer widely accepted.”3

If you live in the US and you’re concerned about municipal water fluoridation where you live, take heart – the trend seems to be spreading:


“Despite the United States being in the minority around the world with most communities stubbornly backing water fluoridation, support has continued to slowly erode with an increasing number of localities deciding to end the practice.”3

Savers are familiar with the damage that fluoride does to your bones. Let’s hope that other countries will catch on after Israel’s decision, and remove toxic fluoride from municipal water once and for all.

However, there’s a cautionary point to be made here. If Israel stops adding fluoride to its public water supply, will they add anything else instead? It may pave the way for some other toxic substance to be added to water.

Or maybe Israel may add fluoride to table salt, as is the case in many European countries. Seven countries in the European Union currently produce and market fluoridated table salt: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Slovakia.4

While consumers have the choice between fluoridated or non-fluoridated salt, the prevalence of this toxin in table salt will make it even harder to avoid. Many people won’t read the label, for instance, and others aren’t aware that fluoride is a poison and will buy and use the salt without realizing what they’re ingesting.

Let’s hope that if people around the world are beginning to see the useless and dangerous nature of adding fluoride to drinking water, they will also wake up to its dangers in salt.

Will We Witness the “Slow Death” of Milk?

Government officials have apparently been a little too busy to address the Farm Bill this year. If they don’t get to it, an antiquated law from 1949 will take effect, requiring the Agriculture Department to price milk in such a way as to roughly double its cost at today’s rates.

News Excerpt:

“Dairy farmers warn that there could be a jump in price at the grocery store by year’s end.

Ken Nobis is with the Michigan Milk Producers Association and notes that Congress has its plate full of very pressing issues and fears the Farm Bill may be on the back burner…

He says without congressional action – an old law would kick in – and you could end up paying a lot more.

“‘Probably, talking in the neighborhood of $5-6 a gallon for milk,’ said Nobis. ‘The consequences are consumers aren’t going to buy the product at that cost.’”5

I consider this in the “good news” category. After all, even the Medical Establishment (which has been touting milk as essential for health for decades) is beginning to question milk’s “benefits”. And Savers are well aware of the fact that milk is an acidifying animal protein, and therefore unnecessary – and harmful – to bone health.

As I write in the Save Our Bones Program, milk does contain calcium (300mg per cup), but it’s so acidifying that it actually causes you to lose bone.

So higher milk prices may be a blessing in disguise for everyone’s bones!

Till next time,

References

1 “New Generation of Genetically Engineered Crops Found to Drastically Increase Use of Toxic Pesticides.” EcoWatch. August 30, 2013. Web. http://ecowatch.com/2013/new-generation-genetically-engineered-crops-increase-toxic-pesticides/
2 Derbyshire, David. “Fears grow as study shows genetically modified crops ‘can cause liver and kidney damage.’ Daily Mail Online. January 1, 2010. Web. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1244824/Fears-grow-study-shows-genetically-modified-crops-cause-liver-kidney-damage.html
3 “Israel Suspends Water Fluoridation Citing Health Concerns.” The Healthy Home Economist. August 14, 2013. Web. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/israel-bans-all-water-fluoridation-citing-health-concerns/
4 Gotzfried, Franz. “Legal aspects of fluoride in salt, particularly within the EU.” 21 January 2006. Pdf
5 “Ready To Pay $6 For A Gallon Of Milk?” CBSLocal. September 10, 2013. Web. http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/09/10/ready-to-pay-6-for-a-gallon-of-milk/

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  1. sue October 12, 2013, 6:19 pm

    vivian, I wrote the other day but somehow I didn’t get a reply. I wondered about the drug Zomeda. The doctor suggested it for my husband to prevent the formation of tumors in his bones. He is presenty undergoing chemo. I have osterporosis myself and have refused all drugs. Zomeda sounds like a nasty drug with terrible side effects

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 14, 2013, 1:40 am

      Sue, Zometa is an IV drug identical to Reclast (a bisphosphonate) but containing a larger dose of the active ingredient, zoledronic acid. You can read more about it here: http://saveourbones.com/negative-side-effects-of-reclast/. I hope your husband will experience a full recovery!

  2. Blueangel October 10, 2013, 3:35 am

    Sorry that I had misspelled some words in the first comment / corrections are (two vitamins) & ( experience)

  3. Blueangel October 10, 2013, 3:27 am

    I have taken Actonel and Bonevia before which neither one of them had helped, I also found out that I had a facture in my back while I was on one of those medicines. I have been off of them for a few years because they were starting to cause problems with my jaw and muscles. So after that expeirence, I have found out about these to vitamins Bone Maximizer III and Ostera and have been taking them, now I am on my way to not having osteoporsis anymore according to the bone densety test that was just done last month. Guess if I would take them everyday, I would be cure from it totally. You can tell others to try both of these vitamins together, that is how I take them. May God Bless Everyone always. Sincerely, Blueangel

  4. Jonathan Lowe October 9, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Vivian, I have diabetes and I’ve just given up eating modern Wheat products including any cereals made with wheat. Instead I have oat meal in the morning and use Coconut Oil in it rather than pollute it with Milk. The only problem with Goats milk is the cost, it’s double cows milk. Since giving up Wheat, other than Spelt & Einkorn, the growing pains in my joints have almost gone and now my blood glucose readings are nearly normal with less meds than I was on before.
    However, I plan to give up the cows milk completely as I think they used to make Plastic out of it back in the 40′s/50′s, I don’t like the sound of that. I may try Coconut Milk in my Coffee but think I’ll just drink Tea and Water instead.

    I’m guessing that what’s good for joints could be good for bones as well.
    Jonathan.

  5. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel) October 9, 2013, 12:50 am

    Hi! Vivian,

    I’ve Been Drinking Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond, And The Vanilla Almond. Are They Good Choices? And If Not, What Do You Suggest?

    Thank You Very Much For All You Do.

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L. CARMEL)

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 9, 2013, 12:57 pm

      If it’s available, Leslie, unsweetened almond milk is best. :) Many of the flavored varieties have a lot of added sugar.

  6. Deb October 8, 2013, 11:50 pm

    Vivian,

    Great website! Can you please tell me if Coral Calcium is a good supplement for severe osteoporosis? I’ve been developing calcium deposits in shoulders and hips and was wondering if that could be causing it. Thank you

  7. Pam October 8, 2013, 8:22 pm

    Not sure if this is okay, but I make my own kefir using 2% organic cow’s milk. It usually ferments for 24 hrs, or 48. I don’t have any problems since the kefir grains bacteria use the lactose as their food source. I don’t add any sweetener except for berries. I add a little organic flax seed meal, sliced raw almonds, and sprouted grain cereal. I hope this is alkalizing. What do you think? It’s my breakfast almost everyday. Thanks!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 9, 2013, 12:52 pm

      Because kefir is a fermented dairy product, Pam, it’s alkalizing. :)

  8. Rosetta Hodge October 8, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Vivien I cannot get my e book everything comes up,but will not print. I had a bone scan which they did on my ankle is this ok? It was low risk.

    • Customer Support October 9, 2013, 12:54 pm

      Rosetta, thanks for your order, and I am sorry you’re having trouble! Please send us an e-mail at support@saveourbones.com so we can look into this for you.

  9. Addy October 8, 2013, 3:30 am

    Is it true that ‘raw’ milk is better than pasteurized milk?
    I’m concerned ‘raw’ milk leaves the consumer open to tuberculosis all over again, especially children.

    Some people here also say the raw variety doesn’t contain allergens, so those with milk allergies can drink it. Is there any truth in this?

  10. Betty October 7, 2013, 11:38 pm

    Thank you to you and your staff for all the information you are able to bring to us. At times it seems there is so little we can do to counter it. I’m glad I found your program.
    I had bone problems when I started and hope my efforts will make some impact but with diagnosed severe osteoporosis I hope it is not too late.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 9, 2013, 12:56 pm

      Betty, it’s never too late – your body is designed for health, not disease! Your bones are just waiting for you to give them what they need: an alkaline environment and bone-building nutrients. :)

  11. Judith Robinson October 7, 2013, 7:06 pm

    Your book and the information you supply almost on a daily basis has saved me from the drug world. I appreciate your ongoing lists of side-effects of the osteo drugs.
    I have full-blown osteoporosis and took Fosamax for 4 years. Then ended up in the hospital needing a blood transfusion and stomach surgery. This was an emergency situation and life threatening. My point is… I always read about the jaw bone problems etc., but have not read mention of the severe bleeding caused by these drugs. My only symptom until it was almost too late was heartburn, which of course I did not relate to the drug. No drugs for me thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 7, 2013, 8:45 pm

      Judith, I am so very sorry you experienced that drastic medical situation! But I am so glad to hear you have done your research and are taking matters into your own hands. It’s truly a delight to hear from people such as you who have benefited from the Save Our Bones information. Best wishes as you embark on your drug-free lifestyle!

  12. Dora October 7, 2013, 3:55 pm

    If you do not like the taste of plain almond milk or are not used to it yet, try the one with vanilla, unsweetened.

    To get used to almond milk, mix it with regular milk and little by little add more almond milk. In a few days, you will enjoy almond milk.

    Dora

  13. shula October 7, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Valuable news, thank you Vivian
    Shula

  14. Carol October 7, 2013, 3:01 pm

    Is fresh-milked raw goat milk safe and beneficial…also yogurt made from goat milk?

  15. ron posladek October 7, 2013, 2:58 pm

    Dear Dr.G, My wife, Linda, has been diagnosed with early stage Osteo in her left hip. Her Dr. started talking about Bisphosphonates, and I was bristling inside. He then gave her some samples of Evista. What is your opinion of this one? She is currently taking plant based Calcium, and vita D daily.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Ron

  16. Skippy October 7, 2013, 2:27 pm

    The “side effects” of the rising cost of milk is this: Low income parents who can’t afford milk WILL opt for SODA POP. While milk may have some problems for some older people, having low income children drink POP because it’s CHEAP doesn’t sound good to me. But I guess that it’s OK with the US government. Milk here in Canada is already about $6-7 a gallon. The “Milk Fridge” is at the back of the store with a few boxes, while the “POP AISLE” is approximately 15 times larger. Well, this is “Food for Thought” or maybe it’s “Drink for Thought”.

  17. cassie October 7, 2013, 2:25 pm

    Although milk is acidifying, eating alkalizing foods neutralizes its effects. I have consumed milk my entire life in addition to alkalizing foods and do not have osteoporosis. Milk is important for its additional nutrients: Protein, potassium calcium etc.
    I am small boned, and at the appropriate weight for my age and size.
    I’d rather get calcium from milk then calcium pills which cause calcifications in the coronary arteries….. Milk is essential for ‘all’ its nutrients.
    One of the problems causing ‘bone loss’ is drinking ‘empty calorie’ foods such as sodas which have no nutrients whatsoever. I think people need to be made aware of what one puts in his body.

  18. Pearl October 7, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Good news for Israel, now if only we can get Australia to follow, though as you say, they are quite likey to add something else just as bad or worse. Thankfully I’m using rainwater still at the moment, & I’m not having any soy, & will make sure I double check everything so I don’t.
    Vivian, could you please clarify on pumpkins for me please, I have searched online & everyone seems just as confused as i am, here in Australia everything is called a pumpkin except for a couple of squash, one if which is the little yellow button squash that I like, we don’t have anything called “winter squash” the pumpkin i love & allways have is called a J.A.P. pumpkin, green with yellow spots, they grow in my garden every year, so i am not sure of what is alkaline & what isn’t. ?? Otherwise I am doing pretty good on my new diet.

    • Julie Woodman October 9, 2013, 11:03 am

      Pearl, winter squash is ( I think) any squash with a hard skin that will keep over winter. So the pumpkins we are familiar with are a type of winter squash. The softer skinned ones won’t keep. Hope that helps!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 7, 2013, 6:07 pm

      Hello Pearl,
      I can understand your confusion! I don’t have the resources to test foods myself, though, and I am unfamiliar with Australian squashes. The pumpkins that are listed as alkalizing in the Save Our Bones Program are the “traditional” orange pumpkin like you see in this area around Halloween. You can also get it canned.

      Perhaps you can find an acid/alkaline chart online that gets specific about the varieties of squash in your area. Good luck!

      • Pearl October 8, 2013, 3:43 am

        Thanks Vivian, I will keep searching.

  19. Julie Woodman October 7, 2013, 11:34 am

    Milk up to $6 a gallon? That doesn’t sound expensive to me – it must be very cheap at today’s prices. We pay around $13 gallon in Australia. Usually sold by the 2 litre at around $3.

    • Jennifer October 7, 2013, 9:24 pm

      Yes, I thought the same, Julie. And I buy A2 milk which is $5. a 2 litre bottle.

      Vivian, I was wondering what you think about A2 milk? I don’t have much milk myself but my kids do. When I did have it, I found that A2 milk was definitely easier on my guts but I’ve pretty well eliminated it now. No more wheat products, not much milk and NO MORE ALLERGIES!!!! Which was my goal, but a side benefit is no more painful knees so I really am happy. :)

  20. Rosemary44 October 7, 2013, 11:23 am

    90% of all soy grown is a GM product. Only the organic farmers grow it untainted. I hate to read about people thinking this is a health product of some kind. It isn’t. It even ruins thyroids.

    Between soy and high fructose corn syrup in every thing canned, bottled or boxed, we’re doomed to enjoy bad health. Yesterday, I went to buy apple sauce. It too went over to the dark side. In our apple sauce? Is nothing sacred anymore?

    Mayo? First ingredient: Soybean oil. Julia Childs had a delicious recipe for mayo. We might have to find it. She sure wasn’t using soybean oil in her preparation.

  21. Trudy October 7, 2013, 9:29 am

    I have been drinking milk since I was a baby; even later in life I was a milk ‘addict’. Little did I/we know at the time of the detrimental effect milk causes to our bones. Despite all my milk consumption I developed osteopenia later in life, which I reversed thanks to Vivian’s ‘lifeline’/book. This is proof that drinking milk ‘does not work’ for our bones, as we were led to believe all our life! However, I like my coffee milky in taste, can’t drink it black. What is a good substitute? I don’t like soy milk in coffee, which is often genetically modified anyway and not advisable to consume.
    Any suggestions,please?

    • Linda October 7, 2013, 5:03 pm

      Coconut milk is a great substitute. I drink half coconut milk and half rice milk (made from brown rice) with dinner. I am lactose intolerant and everything about the cow I am allergic to.

    • Terri Bradley October 7, 2013, 10:06 am

      I would suggest you try almond milk, I have turned to that since I started with Vivien. You can either make it yourself or I guess you can buy it where you live, I can get it in Australia.

      • Rosemary44 October 7, 2013, 11:40 am

        Good idea about the almond milk in coffee. I gave up coffee because I couldn’t think of a way to lighten it. I learned to enjoy green tea instead because I could drink it without any additives, except lemon.

        I get the real tea leaves (organic) nothing from our store shelves. That stuff doesn’t even taste like real green tea nor does it look like it.

        Anyway, I really look forward to my morning brew. The latest recommendations on green tea is at least 5 cups a day.

        • Susan October 7, 2013, 1:15 pm

          I loved green tea, but for all the years I’ve read the posts in this community, it was deemed to have fluoride in it so don’t drink. I think SOB says go with the herbal teas. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

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