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‘Vivian Answers Day’ #7

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I take a calcified seaweed supplement. Now I am wondering – is this organic calcium or is it calcium adhering to the seaweed?

Calcified seaweed is plant-derived from the seaweed called Lithothamnium Calcareum, and is therefore organic. However, certain brands combine it with ... Click to continue →

Osteoporosis Exercises: Build Your Bones While You Sit

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'Tis the season… to celebrate with friends and family, to dash to the mall, and often, to over-indulge in foods that you normally wouldn't eat. Rather than stressing out about occasional holiday indulgences, how about adding some bone-building exercises to the mix? The easy and fun exercises I describe here target areas that are most susceptible to fractures: the spine, … Click to continue →

‘Vivian Answers Day’ #6

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What are the natural sources like vegetables, etc. from which one can get calcium and vitamin D? Does yogurt and buttermilk have calcium besides milk?

Thank you for your help ... Click to continue →

Cook With This Delicious Bone Building Spice

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With the holidays around the corner, we all start thinking about the wonderful flavors and scents that accompany the season. One of my favorites is hot mulled cider, which fills the house with the cozy scent of apples, cinnamon, and cloves. Who would have ever thought that in addition to their delicious fragrance, nature has packed cloves with bone-healthy nutrients? … Click to continue →

‘Vivian Answers Day’ #5

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My back feels as though I have muscle strain upper, middle and lower. Is this typical of osteoperosis or is it possible I am over working my back muscles with exercise, painting rooms in the house, lifting grand children, etc? Click to continue →

Drink This, Not That For Better Bone Health

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Does your family know better than to try talking to you before you've had your first cup of coffee? If that’s the case, you are not alone. Millions of coffee drinkers worldwide need that cup of java to get going in the morning. But coffee is acidifying, so it accelerates bone loss, especially if consumed in excess or even in … Click to continue →

‘Vivian Answers Day’ #4

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What is the best calcium to take and amount for a person 5′ tall and weighs 108 pounds?

-Susan

Dear Susan,

Calcium is required by volume and weight more than any other mineral in the body. As I write in the Save Our Bones Program, 800 to 1200 mg a day can meet the requirements of an adult person. Click to continue →

Onions: Are They Good For Your Bones?

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They say light colored eyes are very sensitive and mine are no exception. Every time I peel an onion, I shed tears to no end. But they may as well be tears of joy. Here's why: Swiss researchers conducted an experiment at the University of Basel and found that the onion peptide GPCS (γ-glutamyl-propenyl-cysteine sulfoxide) reduced bone breakdown in rats.1 … Click to continue →

‘Vivian Answers Day’ #3

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I am a 77 year old female. Have been on Fosamax for 5+ years and have shown no improvement in bone density (I’m now at -3.5).

Doctor has recommended Reclast but I’m reluctant to substitute one drug for another.

Saw your Save Our Bones Program and am interested in starting it. Are there cases in which even that won’t work? Click to continue →

Eat This Nut, Build Your Bones

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If you have the Save Our Bones Program, you may have noticed that I list walnuts (along with most other nuts) as an acidifying food. So why am I recommending walnuts? While it's true that walnuts are acidifying, it's also true that they contain many bone-healthy nutrients. And here's another surprise; so do many other acidifying foods. When you embark … Click to continue →

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