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Beware! These Two Supplements Can Hurt More Than Help Your Bones

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Could you be taking two supplements that are harming your bones? You might think there’s no way; but think again. Shockingly, these two supplements are considered to be essential for bone health – even by the Medical Establishment – and doctors routinely recommend and prescribe them to their osteoporosis and osteopenia patients.

Today, you’ll find out if you’ve been taking them, and if so, what you should take instead.

Formula Matters

The supplements in question are actually crucial to the health of your bones. However, the difference is in their formulas. These two superstars of the osteoporosis world work synergistically with each other, so it’s vital that both of them are taken in a form your body can use. And while they may need no introduction in name, we do need to introduce the formulaic differences among supplements of…

Vitamin D and Calcium

If you were prescribed Vitamin D and/or calcium by your doctor, then chances are you were given the wrong formula. Here’s why:

Mainstream Medicine’s Blunder #1: Vitamin D

When doctors prescribe Vitamin D – usually after blood tests show a deficiency – it’s almost invariably D2, also called ergocalciferol. And when Vitamin D is added to foods to “fortify” them (such as cow’s milk, for example), it’s always D2. But all Vitamin D is not the same.

Vitamin D2 is far less effective than Vitamin D3. It’s not absorbed well by the body, but Mainstream Medicine continues to treat Vitamins D2 and D3 interchangeably. This study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition couldn’t be more clear in its conclusion about the inferiority of Vitamin D2:

“Despite an emerging body of evidence suggesting several plausible explanations for the greater bioefficacy of vitamin D3, the form of vitamin D used in major preparations of prescriptions in North America is vitamin D2. … Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, should not be regarded as a nutrient suitable for supplementation or fortification.”1

In the above study, it was revealed that D2 and D3 do not follow the same metabolic pathway as previously thought. In addition, D2 was shown to be quite unstable, and prone to toxic contamination due to the way it’s manufactured. “Vitamin D2 is synthetically produced from irradiation of ergosterol derived from the mold ergot”1 the authors state in the study. (Yuck.) In contrast, “vitamin D3 is manufactured in a similar manner to that which occurs naturally in human and animal skin.”1

How Vitamin D is Supposed to Work

Interestingly, Vitamin D is also a hormone. So it has some interesting regulatory roles in the body as well. It regulates the calcium and phosphorous in bone remodeling, and helps maintain blood calcium levels. In addition, Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption in the intestine.

In the liver, your body forms a precursor to Vitamin D. This precursor reacts to sunlight to form Vitamin D3 in the skin. The D3 is then further processed in the liver and kidneys to form a hormone.

This is yet another reason why it makes sense that Vitamin D3, derived from natural sources, is the supplement of choice.

Mainstream Medicine’s Blunder #2: Calcium

Typically, doctors will tell those with low bone density to “take calcium” or “drink milk.” But they make no distinction between the organic forms of this mineral and the inorganic. And chances are, prescribed calcium is inorganic. Now, don’t get me wrong. The body can effectively utilize small doses of inorganic calcium, but when doctors prescribe or recommend calcium, the dosage is typically around 1,000 mg a day.

The most common calcium supplements are made of carbonate, citrate (which is easier to digest than carbonate), dolomite, di-calcium phosphate, tri-calcium phosphate, coral, oyster shell or bone meal, and all variations of amino-acid chelated calcium (which are the most bioavailable of all the above forms of calcium). While they may have different names, they all have one thing in common: they are all inorganic.

This kind of calcium is not easily bioavailable, especially in large quantities, which most likely explains it’s association with increased risk of heart attack.

Calcium Carbonate is an Industrial Mineral

Calcium carbonate is also widely used as an industrial mineral. Some interesting information from the Industrial Minerals Association of North America shows just how “industrial” calcium carbonate really is. It’s produced from marble, quarry rocks, or by mixing carbon dioxide with a solution of calcium hydroxide. It’s more compact than chalk, making it even harder for your body to break down and use. In fact, here are some of the ways calcium carbonate used in industry:

  • To make the rough surface on sandpaper
  • It’s pressed into chalk (in school, you were writing on the chalkboard with the same stuff in the average calcium supplement!)
  • Used as a filler in paper, plastics, paints – it’s particularly effective as a coating pigment.
  • Used as a filler in adhesives and sealants
  • It’s an ingredient in cement and mortar
  • Calcium carbonate is used to make steel and glass

Needless to say, this is not something we should put into our bodies!

A note about eggshells – they are not an organic form of calcium; they are 95% calcium carbonate.

In the Save Our Bones Program, I only recommend…

Organic Calcium

This means calcium derived from living plant sources. Our bodies are designed to consume plant foods like fruits and vegetables; they’re not designed to digest rocks. That’s why our bodies can only effectively process organic forms of calcium derived from foods we eat. That’s why organic calcium is more bioavailable. It’s that simple.

In fact, this is the case with all minerals, not just Vitamin D and calcium. An organic source is always more bioavailable than an inorganic one. Think about it – would you rather get your iron from a metal nail or from eating spinach?

Finding a good source of organic calcium can be tricky, I’ve found…

A Highly Bioavailable Organic Calcium Supplement

Not too long ago, I received a product sample of an organic, whole-food calcium supplement made with Algaecal®, which is calcium derived from a marine algae, and it’s called TrueOsteo™. And soon after, I wrote a post about it.

In case you missed it, you’ll be glad to know that TrueOsteo™ also includes crucial Foundation Supplements such as magnesium, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, and other bone-smart trace minerals.

And what makes TrueOsteo™ different from other organic calcium supplements is that it contains valuable extracts from fruits and plants:

  • Amla fruit extract: also known as Indian gooseberry, this is a rich source of organic Vitamin C, which is a Foundation Supplement that helps build collagen – one of its many bone-related functions. Amla fruit extract is also a potent anti-inflammatory and can help with digestion, aiding the proper digestion and absorption of bone-healthy nutrients.
  • Cilantro leaf extract and Chlorella algae: together, these two botanicals can help you detoxify your body and protect you from the buildup of unwanted heavy metals like mercury.
  • Ashwagandha: studies have shown that the ashwaganda plant extract Sensoril® reduces the levels of cortisol in the body by double digits, helping protect your bones from the damaging effects of the stress hormone cortisol.2 And since the extract balances cortisol levels, if your cortisol levels are normal, Sensoril® won’t cause them to drop.

You may already know this from previous posts, but it bears repeating. Because I was so impressed with TrueOsteo’s ingredient combination, I contacted the manufacturer and arranged for an exclusive 20% off coupon just for Save Our Bones community members.

In addition, TrueOsteo offers a one-year, money-back guarantee. So you can return any remaining bottles of the supplement any time over the next year, and you’ll receive a full refund.

Please note that TrueOsteo only ships to the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. My apologies to you if you live in other areas of the world.

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Till next time,

References

1 Houghton, Lisa A. and Vieth, Reinhold. “The case against ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) as a vitamin supplement.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. October 2006. vol. 84 no. 4, 694-697. Web. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/84/4/694.full

2 Biswajit A, PhD et al. “A Standardized Whitania Somnifera Extract Significantly Reduces Stress-Related Parameters in Chronically Stressed Humans: A Double-blind Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association. (JANA) Vol. 11, No 1, 2008.

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  1. Abigail October 4, 2014, 7:33 pm

    Dear V, I read all your mail. I am truly blessed and satisfied with you, such a wonderful person and friend to all of us here, and for such a great task you have, and the sacrifices you make to give us so much help that we all need. Thank you again. In time, I will get your exercise program, and your recipe book. I am vegan, so I will know how to substitue for the meat kine. God bless you and family daily is my prayer. Hugs. Abigail

  2. LaLoni July 31, 2014, 3:56 pm

    I have also reviewed a product called AlgaeCal Plus that recommends a Strontium Boost supplement also. The ingredients are close to this TrueOsteo. What are the feelings onthe strontium boost being needed??

  3. Louise May 26, 2014, 8:04 pm

    A scientist said that we should not eat chore lla because of the polluted oceans!

    What is your take on this? I hope you write Bout it!

    Do you know of a supplement that has aquamin ,vit k2,
    Vit d3 and other minerals???

    Thank you for the info!

  4. Sherry Mccartney May 19, 2014, 11:13 pm

    I am actually enquiring if there is any corn, dairy or soy in this product?

  5. Debbie August 10, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Dear Vivian, After reading your article about cow’s milk having added vitamin D, you stated that it has vitamin D2. I checked several brands in the stores, and every one had vitamin D3 added. Thanks, just wonderin!

  6. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel) June 30, 2013, 7:34 am

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You Very Much For Answering The Question About Cilantro And TrueOsteo! It’s Helped Me A Lot.
    You Are A Life-Saver!

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L. CARMEL)

  7. Carolyn Taylor June 19, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I am disappointed that customer service fails to respond to my e-mails concerning my order A1A-201305272236-144840.

    The material was ordered on May 27 nearly three weeks ago. Help!

    • Customer Support June 20, 2013, 7:43 pm

      I am sorry you didn’t receive our reply to you, Carolyn! Customer Service will be glad to contact you again about your order.

  8. Lynn O'B May 23, 2013, 4:30 pm

    I just started your program last month. I went to a health food store in my area to buy one of your recommended deodorants listed on your web site. They had none, but they recommended, Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone. The only ingredient is mineral salts and contains no aluminum chlorhydrate. Do you recommend this? Or should I stay away from salt?

  9. Ruth May 18, 2013, 10:19 pm

    I have fortunately been eating like this most of my life, except for loving desserts also. But I can’t feel full on this diet, and I need to gain a little weight. What will help with weight gain?

  10. Robert Reilly May 15, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Hi Vivian, My Dr has just put me on Protos 2g 28 (Strontium Ranelate)Sachets which I have to take with water at night time. Would you please advise me about this product and is it advisable to ingest. Love your programme and keep up this fine work. Best Regards, Bob

  11. Carol Davis May 9, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Vivian,Are you familiar with the product”Angioprim”? What do you know about it? Also they say that calcium bicarbonate is the one to take? What do you think? Please respond as I trust your judgement and research .Thank you Carol

  12. alice April 29, 2013, 10:53 pm

    I am so sad. I bought your book, “Save Our Bones” and was so impressed I gave up the foteo and followed an alkalizing diet, ordered True Osteo and Waterwise so I could have distilled water. My husband agreed to take me back to our former city of residence so I could get a bone density test at the very same place I got my previous one so it would be a true comparison. This was all very expensive: two days in a hotel, three days of meals plus gas. We will probably have to pay for the bone density test as well because medicare will only cover the cost every two years.

    During the time I was on the Save Our bones program, I lost 12% in bone density!

    • Joyce May 1, 2013, 4:22 pm

      Were you also on active exercise program such as YOGA??
      See YOGA for Reversal of OsteoPenia/-Porosis on Website: Sciatica.org Studies by Loren Fishman,MD

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 30, 2013, 10:01 pm

      Alice, I do understand that you are disappointed with the results since you are following the program and expected a rapid improvement. Unfortunately, the one to be blamed is not you but rather, your doctor who put you on Forteo!

      But the main thing is to have strong and resilient bones to prevent fractures. So stay positive and know that you’re nourishing your bones rather than depleting them. Of course, it’ll be nice to see a bone density increase, and it’s likely that you will.

      So be patient, follow your own bone health “philosophy,” don’t let brainwashed doctors interfere with your own decisions, and know that had you continued with the drugs, not only would you have been at even greater risk of large bone fractures, you would have probably worsened even more.

      Believe in your bones and believe in yourself!

  13. Janet Dardano April 26, 2013, 11:34 am

    Is D3 Cholecalciferol inorganic? On one bottle it states, 1,000 IU or 250% of daily value.
    The other bottle states Cholecalciferol 800 IU as 100% daily value.
    I really seek your help with calcium. Would you please interpret this for me? I am coming very close to ordering from you so I don’t have to deal with this advertising craziness-at my body’s expense. Thank you for all your information. Your knowledge is passed along whenever possible! This is just the start of me scrutinizing all my vitamins. Thank you. Janet

  14. Mary April 26, 2013, 4:52 am

    Several days ago I was on reading to see what I could learn and saw where you had the 3 types of order o your save Our Bones Program and I ordered the 67$ one which might have been in Lisa’s (my daughter’s name) but something happened on my computer and I didn’t get it completed enough for it to be mailed to me, Can’t remember if I had given you my credit card # or not. It was to be sent to my address@ Humboldt, TN 38343—903 Clark ST. I can either wait and see or if it can be checked out and if not complete or I will just reorder.I seldon get on to see where they are for sale so I could call it in if I have the phone number,if this cannot be arranged I will just start all ove again, thanks, Mary Morse

    • Customer Support April 26, 2013, 9:37 pm

      Mary, please pay us a visit at customer support so we can help you with this issue! Just click on the smiley face icon at the top of the page.

  15. Hildegard April 25, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Dear Vivian, I just ordered EZorb but would like to know your opinion about this product. I was diagnosed a few years ago with “severe osteoporosis – 2.5″and due to last stage osteoarthritis I had a hip replacement in my right hip, now the left side is starting to cause problems – however, I would like to avoid another operation. I am 78 years old. After a total hysterectomy for endometrial cancer stage 1, seven years ago, I changed my diet radically and don’t take any medicine but would need some help for my bones. I would appreciate if you could let me know your opinion about E-Zorb or if you could recommend something better. What about Ultimate Bone Support with Strontium? I would appreciate your response not through this web page (I might not find it again!) but through my e-mail. Thank you so much! Hildegard

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 26, 2013, 9:41 pm

      Hildegard, Ezorb calcium (aspartate anhydrous) is a combination of a calcium atom and l-aspartic molecules bound by chelation. The makers of Ezorb don’t say where they get the calcium molecules from; it could be inorganic, but we can’t find out for sure. Ezorb basically is a highly absorbable (which is good) laboratory-made calcium in chelated form (with l-aspartic molecules). The makers of Ezorb call it an “organic compound,” perhaps because the body processes it as though it would be organic.

      While I am not recommending Ezorb specifically, since it’s so absorbable, chances are it would not cause any damage.:)

  16. Jenifer Vinell April 25, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Here in the UK it’s difficult to find any vitamin D fortified products that do NOT use D3. As a vegan, and therefore trying to follow a plant-based diet, I cannot use D3 as it is produced from animal sources.
    After blood tests which showed my vitamin D levels to be very low I started to look at UVB light sources but cannot find much info on these.
    There hasn’t been much useful sunlight in the last 3 years so that’s not an option.

  17. Rita April 25, 2013, 12:04 am

    Hi Vivian,

    I am on a low oxalate diet. Since organic calcium supplements are plant based, I wonder if they would be a good fit for me. I’m concerned about the amount of oxalate in the supplements and how it would affect me.
    I currently take calcium citrate before meals without D so the calcium can bind with the oxalate. I also take calcium citrate with D after meals for my bones. I’m also concerned about heart health and the calcium connection.
    I welcome your opinion.
    Rita

    Thanks, Rita

  18. Margie April 23, 2013, 10:39 pm

    What home remedy can I use for yeast infection?

    • Bill May 19, 2014, 6:09 am

      Garlic is antifungal

  19. Jeanne Rozman April 23, 2013, 11:47 am

    The last time my nurse practitioner wanted me to have a bone density test I refused. I have what they say is “severe osteoporosis”. Yet I have had six severe falls, including a fall on right wrist, and on knees. Yet I have never broken a bone! I drink almond milk, eat broccoli (often organic) , and even almond cream (like ice cream but is non-dairy made with almonds and is delicious. Too much calcium can cause problems. Two years ago I was taking way too much calcium and developed lumps in my breasts. I do not worry so much about all this now.

    I try to stay active, and take an exercise class and keep moving, Sea vegetables like nori are full of wonderful minerals, naturally. Check up on these. They are so good for you, Doctors have not heard of,them but they are natural and full of good things. Just google words like “nori”. Or Sea vegetables”

    Jeanne

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 23, 2013, 3:11 pm

      What a simple, inspiring outlook, Jeanne! I admire your level-headed approach. :)

  20. Lilia Mladenova April 23, 2013, 5:03 am

    Dear Vivian,thanks for the important information.I would like to know what is your opinion about AdvaCAL

    Best regards,Lilia

  21. Lani Byers April 23, 2013, 1:43 am

    found your information on using D3 as opposed to D2 very informative -thankyou

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 23, 2013, 5:09 pm

      You are most welcome, Lani!

  22. Elaine April 22, 2013, 11:16 pm

    The question was raised above about soy in True Osteo by Adele Zelenka. I also had a concern & a question about the soy, since most of the worlds’ soy is now GMO. My concern is that the text says that it has Soy, but the ingredients does not list soy. Is True Osteo a Non-GMO product? Many thanks, Elaine

  23. shula April 22, 2013, 7:17 pm

    Thanks for the information, It’s so confusing when it comes to what supplement to take, at what time of the day, how much, what’s their real effect…
    Shula

  24. Dorothy Openshaw April 22, 2013, 4:50 pm

    I was just wondering about Dr. Cutler’s Ultimate Bone GRO Formula. I have been taking it for almost 2 years now and am about ready for a new bone scan. I also take 1000 IU of Vitamin D-3 and 1000 mg of Vitamin C, plus Centrum Silver which has 220 mg of Calcium Carbonate in it. Is this too much calcium or the wrong kind? I was on Actonel for about 6 years and had some improvement at the beginning, but then dropped to my original level after a few years of -3.5 so stopped taking it. Is this a good regimin?

  25. Pat April 22, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Diagnosed with Osteopenia, 2 spinal fractures 2 years ago-while recovering did research and decided I did not wish to take Osteo meds-doctor was appalled! told no point seeing a specialist if I would not take the drugs-also admonished for believing what I’ve read on the Internet. Have always had issues trying to take any calcium supplements-and I’ve tried them all over the years(am allergic to fish/seafood/shellfish)anyone with same issues? Any suggestions? Started the program a few weeks ago, hoping for good things!!

  26. toby z. liederman April 22, 2013, 3:20 pm

    first, i appreciate your information in general…..so thank you.

    2 things here: 1) do you receive any remuneration for recommending any or all those that you recommend? and

    2)with this coupon or any other you offer, before clicking i want to know what the price is!

    • Trudy Soneson April 24, 2013, 5:00 pm

      price please….

    • lisa caplan April 22, 2013, 4:08 pm

      what is the price of True Osteo?

      • ruby walker April 22, 2013, 10:53 pm

        i want to know about trueosteo, how much it cost and does it take the place of v-d

  27. Janet April 22, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I had taken Actonel for 10 years, I quit taking it for 3 years now and my bone density tests keep getting worse. I have 2 doctors that are insisting I take the prolia shot twice a year. What to do? I take 3 Bonehealth capsules and 2,000 D3 a day. The bonehealth tabs are egshell calcium with magnesiusm and vit D3. 4 of bonehelath caps are 600 Vit, 1,000 mg calcium and 500 magnesium.

  28. Ada April 22, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Dear vivian, although you are not recommending Ocean Greens Calcium Plus, could you tell if this is organic calcium or not? thanks.

  29. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel) April 22, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Please E-Mail Me Back About This Question I Brought Up To You Before About TrueOsteo. What If You Are Allergic To Some Of The Ingredients In TrueOsteo? Because I’m Highly Allergic To Cilantro. Cilantro Will Close My Throat Up And I Get Awful Pains In My Chest And Throat. Can You Get TrueOsteo Without Cilantro In It. Because I Have Found Something In The Healthfood Store I Shop At, That Has All The Ingredients That TrueOsteo Has, Except Cilantro. Would That Be A Good Substitute For TrueOsteo? Please Let Me Know! My E-Mail Address Is Just Above My Comments! And I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, IN ADVANCE, FOR GETTING BACK WITH ME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. TAKE CARE, STAY WELL, AND MAY G-D BLESS YOU!

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L. CARMEL)

    • Customer Support April 22, 2013, 5:12 pm

      Leslie, there are other calcium supplements that do not have cilantro. Feel free to e-mail customer support by clicking on the smiley face icon at the top of the page, and we can help answer your questions about calcium supplements in greater detail. :)

  30. Susie April 22, 2013, 2:04 pm

    I have gone back to taking calcium orotate and Magnesium orotate, which I have read is the most easily absorbed of all organic forms of these minerals. Does anyone have any more information about these forms?

  31. ELSIE April 22, 2013, 1:28 pm

    WHAT about Marine D3 , I ordered 4 bottles and now I am on my 4th bottle, lookg good to me, feel much better, you can take a look if it is worth introducing to the Saveourbones community.

  32. Lori April 22, 2013, 12:58 pm

    I purchased True Osteo from your site and showed it to my doctor. He said that Algae Cal is considered calcium carbonate, the least absorbable form of calcium and could case kidney stones and plaque build-up in the heart.
    I’m confused!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 5:09 pm

      In my experience, Lori, doctors are not always the most informed about supplements…their focus is usually on drugs, unfortunately. :(

  33. rita April 22, 2013, 12:42 pm

    I have a question for Vivian. What do you know of a product called “Optimal Greens” or similar green drink products? Would you recommend taking additional vit/min? Would I still need to take Calcium/K2 in additonal to greens?
    I do not take any bone drugs nor any drugs and just take vit/min. thank you

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA December 31, 2013, 1:03 pm

      I like the idea of eating fresh greens to get all their bone-healthy nutrients instead. :) But I still recommend supplements to augment a bone-building diet, because it’s just about impossible to get all the nutrients you need to reverse osteoporosis from foods alone. :)

  34. Ada Ng April 22, 2013, 11:57 am

    I totally agree Miss Vivian’s advice to take organic calcium supplement. However, feel uncertain after reading AlgaeCal’s website on its AlgaeCal Plus, it said “This wild-harvested, plant-sourced calcium is derived from a South American marine algae called Algas Calcareas. The entire kiwi-fruit size algae ball is hand harvested, sun dried, then milled into a powder. There is no extraction process or additives used – just pure whole food.” Wondering if AlgaeCal has owndership of the seabed to harvest the said Algas Calcareas or anyone can have access to the harvest? And the quality control?

    Don’t mind to pay more for a quality product but feel uncertained. I suppose TrueOsteo is another tradename by AlgaeCal made for NatureCity, am I correct? Can anyone help to advise other establised sources of organic calcium supplier? Feel so desparate.

  35. Marie April 22, 2013, 11:37 am

    Vivian, thanks for the TrueOsteo information. It sounds like an excellent choice, but I’m wondering how big the pills are. I already have a cupboard full of nutrients that are too big for me to swallow and really don’t need more. Are these ‘horse’ pills or smaller size? And if they are large, do you know of a good liquid source of calcium?

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Micky April 22, 2013, 1:41 pm

      I take a calcium supplement that is food based calcified seaweed. The company is called CYTOPLAN. As I too have a problem taking tablets, I chew this one up with my breakfast. You can find all about them on line.

      Regards Micky

    • sandy April 22, 2013, 12:35 pm

      These come in capsule form and are very easily swallowed.

  36. Irma Gonzalez April 22, 2013, 11:32 am

    What do you use as far as calcium – Algecal or Trueosteo?

  37. Jean April 22, 2013, 11:04 am

    From reading some comments from other members, I find I’m not the only one who finds Algaecal a little beyond what I can afford. I’ve tried Bone Blast and New Chapter Bone Strength, both of which were about half the price of Algaecal, and seem to be have pretty similar ingredients. I don’t have a bone density test coming up until November, so I’ll be interested to see if they’ve done anything good for my bones. Though I’ve been on the program for about 5 years now, nothing seems to have improved my bone density scores. But I’ve never broken a bone, either, so my bones may not be as fragile as I’ve been led to believe, even though I’m definitely in the osteoporosis range.

  38. Donna April 22, 2013, 10:58 am

    Hi Vivian, I read that OsteoCal had high levels of lead. There were some reviews that were disturbing. What is your opinion and have you taken these supplements???

    Thank you,
    Donna

  39. diana slemko April 22, 2013, 10:43 am

    regarding your comment of calcium carbonate today, you did not elaborate on calcium citrate…is the citrate form also harmful?

  40. Diane April 22, 2013, 10:24 am

    I’m taking Fembody Advanced Bone Activator, it has the same calcium, D3, K2, boron and magnesium as in TrueOsteo but in only 3 tablets and it’s cheaper. Is the extra cost and number of pills worth the extra ingredients TrueOsteo has?

  41. Susan April 22, 2013, 10:10 am

    I had an osteopenia diagnosis over two years ago. I began taking Calcium Citrate instead of carbonate, as it has a little better absorption. Also, the D3, and I, quite frankly, can’t afford the Algeacal. You’re talking close to $45, $50 a month for starters. Well, I’m here to tell you that in my case I reversed my osteopenia into the normal range within two years, and I cheated A LOT, but my diet was still full of the foundation foods and very little processed foods, almond milk, gave up Cokes and had reverse osmosis water installed in my house. I’m sure I was not alkaline all the time. I do take a little strontium, which Vivian doesn’t approve of. I’m here to tell ya you don’t always have to take the fancy calcium, especially those that are allergic to algae. There’s a lot of changes I haven’t made with the toothpaste, lotions, etc. It can be overwhelming, but just a few changes can work wonders. I will never stray too far from this eating plan. Thanks, Vivian, for all your work. I believe it saved me.

  42. Willowdean Schleining April 22, 2013, 9:53 am

    Vivian, I’m 83 and so I dom’t everything about the conputer and when I want to order something I usally look for a phone number. But I have a question. Earlier you said thar Dr. Michael Cutler’s Ultimate Bone Gro Foemula was the best bone supplement to take. Now you recommend True Osto so I’m not sure what I should be taking. I use to just take Calcium Citrate +Dtis vit 3 is 400IU and thecalcium citrate is 630mg. But when you suggested Dr. Cutler’s I quit my calcium citrate because I did’nt want to get to much calcium in my arteries(plague). But my Dr had told me that I was osteropenia and she wanted me to take that Panoleo I V at the hostpital. I said no I don’t want to. Because there’s to many side effect. She had me on Actonel before I started Dr. Cutler’s Ultimate Bone Gro Formula when you said that was so good. So I’m confused but I feel you’ve done moe research that what Doctors do. They are always pushing prescritions drugs and I don’t like that. If you have time drop me an e-mail. willie1@maplenet.net or send me a note at Willowdean Schleining 1420 Greencroft Drive Goshen, Iniana 46526 Thanks for all your good advice. I always read my e-mail you send out. Have a good day.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 5:07 pm

      Willowdean, there are several good calcium supplements out there! If you are already taking a bioavailable, organic calcium supplement, there is no need to switch to TrueOsteo unless you want to. :)

  43. rosa April 22, 2013, 9:39 am

    My sister had very weak bones, and broke some when she was in her early fifties. Then the doctor started her on 50,000 Units of Vitamin D2 twice a week. After 10 years her bone scan score has gone from minus something to PLUS FOUR. She is in excellent health and at age 60 started a new career with long work hours. I wish that my bone scan was PLUS FOUR instead of minus one. I bet lots of others wish they had a bone scan score of PLUS FOUR.

  44. Catherine landry April 22, 2013, 9:27 am

    Why is a serving of trueosteo only 360 mg of calcium.i would have to take it three times a day which would be very expensive
    Do you need less if this product?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 5:04 pm

      You certainly can – just supplement with calcium-rich foods. :) You can also take it on alternate days with your multivitamin.

  45. Lynda Brunais April 22, 2013, 8:26 am

    I TAKE OCEANS GREENS CALCIUM PLUS a whole food algae calcium with vitamins D3 and K2. The product is made by SUNNY GREEN. I bought this product at a whole food store or you can get this product at a store sells organic foods. This product is a whole food calcium complex in a highly bioavailable form with naturally occurring minerals. I also take TRUE ALOE. Made with organic aloe vera By Natural City. It improves better absorption, comforts joint muscles, promotes better skin, normalizes blood sugar levels. I like it. It works for me.

    • Ada April 22, 2013, 2:31 pm

      Hi there, can you tell me the compositions of Ocean Green Calcium Plus, tried to check on site but no detail description. Many thanks.

  46. Linda April 22, 2013, 7:52 am

    Hi Vivian, Please research Osteo Calm. It is a liquid supplement. Not all people can swallow pills. You are limiting your audience to folk who can. Please do the rest of us a favor and broaden your research to include a good supplement for us liquid users. I can’t be the only person who is turned off by your pushing a product that does not come in liquid form. Many thanks, Linda

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 5:03 pm

      Linda, have you considered tossing a supplement tablet into a smoothie? Once it’s ground and incorporated into the smoothie, you won’t even know it’s there. :)

  47. Cathy April 22, 2013, 7:35 am

    I tried True Osteo and DO NOT like it. It gave me diarrhea – took a couple of weeks to figure out what was causing it. Meantime, had a series of cultures to see what “infection” I had – nothing. After eliminating all supplements for a few days, the diarrhea disappeared, then after slowly adding back one supplement at a time, True Osteo emerged as the culprit. I tried it a second time after being off it for a few weeks but the same thing happened. Based on my experience, I cannot recommend it.

  48. Karen R. Rude April 22, 2013, 7:04 am

    It appears the calcium you are discussing in this e-mail is in pill form. I’ve been taking Liquid Calcium Magnesium for my osteopenia. I was surprised that you don’t recommend the liquid form, which is easier for your body to digest than the gel capsules and even the hard pill form.

    Currently, I take “Bluebonnet Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate Plus Vitamin D3 (1 ounce in the morning). (2 TBlsps = 30 mL)It has Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 800 IU 200% of daily value, Calcium (citrate) 1200 mgt 120% of daily value, Magnesium (cirate aspartate) 600 mgt 150% of daily value and other ingredients : filtered water, fructose, citric acid, natural orange flavor, xanthan gum, and vegetable extract. It is free of milk, egg, fish,crustacean shellfish, tree nut, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans, yeast, gluten, barley, rice and sodium.
    In addition my Purity Products Advanced Vitamin D is in a gel capsule and contains Vit D (Cholecalciferol 5,000 i.u. 1, 250% of daily value, Vit K-2 (Menaquinonr) 80 mcg 100% of daily value, Biotin 2000 mcg 67% of daily value, Magnesium (Magnesium Citrate) 125 mcg 31% of daily value, zinc as monomemethionine 10 mg 67% of daily value, a some L-Tuarine, Quercetin, Boran, (Fruite X-B),Leutin (FloraGLO,
    I also take two gel capsules of H.A. Joint & Skin formula and two ea gel capsules of Pefect Multi Essentials from Purity Products, N.Y.
    I TAKE ONE ADVANCED D FIVE DAYS A WEEK AND MY DOCTOR HAS REQUESTED I DON’T TAKE IT FOR THE OTHER TWO DAYS OF THE WEEK. I TAKE ONLY ONE OUNCE IN THE MORNING OF THE LIQUID CALCIUM MENTIONED ABOVE, BUT I ALSO DRINK MILK AT LUNCH AND HAVE MILK AND YOPLAIT YOUGART OVER MY MUESLI IN THE A.M. OR AN EGG OVER EASY. It is difficult for me to fit in taking additional supplements in the evening and so I only am able to take them in the a.m.
    I’ve had a partial knee replacement (2005)and I have osteopenia an I’m checked by my hormone specailist once a year. I look younger than the 71 years of age that I am. (In the past for 15 years up to 2010 I was on various bad for you hormone replacements . . . Boniva 2005 to 2010, fosamx, celebrex, etc. but I took myself off of them when I leanred they were not good for us. I take nothing now and no estrogen, because I’ve been told if I do I will have cancer.) I eat a dark leafy green salad every day and generally have steamed brocolli each evening.

    I became acquainted with Purity Products through Pacific Health of Bellevue, Washington in 2002 when they tested their products and said that they were as pure as their and since they were cheaper than what I could get through them that I should continue taking them. I just thought you might like to check out their products and their story of the H.A. Collagen.

    Karen42642@aol.com

  49. Judy Brown April 22, 2013, 6:59 am

    Hello,
    If I take True Osteo, do I also need a separate Vit. D3?
    Thank you,
    Judy

  50. Jay V April 22, 2013, 6:43 am

    THE QUESTIONS IS :
    DOES MS. GOLDSCHMIDT KNOW HER AMLA FRUIT FROM HER ASHWAGANDHA?

    It is disappointing to see that Ms. Goldschmidt is quite willing to accept that TrueOsteo contains useful amounts of Amla fruit extract and Ashwagandha, even though she has no way of verifying this. I doubt she would be able to distinguish between these two items if she saw them displayed side by side. This is what results when a person receives revenue for promoting a product.

    As for AlgaeCal, Dean Neuls is the CEO He accesses various forums on the internet related to bone health/osteoporosis, and posts comments in these forums, promoting AlgaeCal. The fact is, AlgaeCal is not properly researched. Users of the product would be better served if Mr. Neuls spent more time and effort on research.

    I purchased several bottles of AlgaeCal Plus. After using it for a while, I was not impressed. I no longer wish to use the product. Anyone want 10 FREE bottles? (Each bottle contains 90 capsules – expiry March 2014). Reply to this post with your FULL address, and I will send them to you.

    There is no doubt an organically-sourced, bioavailable calcium supplement is best. The problem is, manufacturers who claim to offer such products, don’t do enough research to obtain an optimum product. They prefer to spend money on promotion. One such promoter is Ms. Goldschmidt. Promotion proves to be more lucrative for manufacturers in the long run.

    • Judy Groce May 13, 2013, 11:35 am

      Judy Groce
      5 Cane Creek Court
      Taylors, SC 29687

      Thank You!!

    • Anonymous April 22, 2013, 1:57 pm

      I would be happy to receive 10 FREE bottles of your AlgaeCal Plus. Please e-mail ucci@bellsouth.net with instructions. Thank you.

    • k dahl April 22, 2013, 1:17 pm

      still available?

      • Jay V April 22, 2013, 7:01 pm

        Only one address received, so will send to person at Battery Street. If you want a few bottles, post full address asap.

    • Jan Musgrove April 22, 2013, 12:44 pm

      I would like to try true osteo but you don’t have to send me all 10 bottles. Thanks

    • Elvie R. April 22, 2013, 8:08 am

      Thank you for offering your free bottles of AlgaeCal Plus I have advanced osteoporosis for more than 10 years now. I want to try it. Thank you very much. 550 Battery Street, SF, CA 94111

      • Jay V April 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

        Would the package get to you at Bettery Street without a last name?

  51. Meena Patel April 22, 2013, 6:25 am

    Dear Vivian,
    Thank you for all the osteoprosis information. I am interested in taking
    trueosteo but i am afraid of the allergic reaction to algae and ashwagandha.
    I would like to know which fruits and vegetables can provide more calcium.
    I am vegetarian.I walk 4 miles a day.I am going to start working with weights.
    thank you again for all the information.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 4:57 pm

      Meena, I definitely suggest you see an allergist before trying any supplement you think has the potential to cause a reaction! As for foods that are high in calcium – there are many! The Save Our Bones Program has a thorough list of high-calcium foods, and you can also search this site for ideas. :)

  52. Adele Zelenka April 22, 2013, 6:01 am

    Hi Vivian – I’ve ordered Tru-Osteo and find that one of the ingredients is soy. I have noduels on my thyroid and avoid soy at all cost because it slows down my thyroid and I do not want that.

    So, what to do now since I like the Tru-Osteo but DO NOT want to ingest ANY soy? Thanks, Adele

    • Judys April 22, 2013, 8:29 pm

      Hi Adele,
      Do you mind to tell me or explain a little more detail why it will slowing down the thyroid by ingesting of soy.Is it because the soy is a plant estrogen and will affect the nodule? Your answer will be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • Kelly April 22, 2013, 6:35 am

      I am taking Advacal and it has already improved my bone density scores. It does not contain soy. I take 3 of the 1000’s formula and 3 of the Ultra formula at two different times during the day making sure I take it at least 3 hours from my thyroid medication. I also take magnesium with each Advacal dose. I quit buying cow’s milk and instead use almond milk for drinking, cooking and in my coffee. It keeps a long time and is much healthier.

  53. Irena Nicholas April 22, 2013, 4:36 am

    Dear Vivian
    I am very attracted to the idea of organic, easily absorbed Algae Cal but have seen some slightly scare stories about it possibly containing lead, because it is from plants from the seabed. Are you able to give any reassurances about this? I have seen some forums that say we all eat a certain amount of lead anyway, and our bodies can deal with small amounts? Can you enighten us a little more please?
    Kind regards
    Irena

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

      Excellent question, Irena! I have researched this issue, and I have been led to conclude that the small amount of lead found in calcium supplements is naturally there from the earth’s crust.

      Calcium supplements typically have lead in them, because lead a naturally occurring chemical element; it’s naturally found in combination with other elements as lead compounds in rocks and soils.

      If you are concerned about lead in TrueOsteo, here are some suggestions:

      1. Take less than the recommended dose and supplement with food.

      2. Do the same as above, but alternate one day with chelated minerals.

      3. Take organic chlorella, since it naturally binds all heavy metals. This could be especially beneficial if you have amalgam fillings that leach mercury. You should check with your doctor before taking chlorella.

      I hope this helps, and that you won’t let a fear of lead dissuade you from a healthful calcium supplement. :)

  54. ada ng April 22, 2013, 4:16 am

    The company AlgaeCal Inc. markets AlgaeCal Plus, does it mean that AlgaeCal is making another trade name TrueOsteo for Nature City? So is TrueOsteo idential to AlgaeCal Plus?

    • Corrie April 22, 2013, 7:13 am

      How many pills are in 1 bottle of TrueOsteo.

      • sandy April 22, 2013, 12:48 pm

        TrueOsteo contains 120 capsules per bottle.

        • Suzy April 22, 2013, 1:13 pm

          Yes, TrueOsteo has 120 pills per bottle, but they say you have to take 4 per day, so that means one bottle only lasts 30 days.

          I tried it, and the 4 per day lead to severe constipation. I cut back to two, then to one, now I’m at one capsule every other day, and my internal “plumbing” is back to normal. I have no idea if one capsule every other day is helping me at all because it’s “too low” a dose to do any good? But I can’t take more than that or it upsets my “balance.”

          Just my experience.

  55. Clare Lincoln April 22, 2013, 3:55 am

    Hi I have decided to not take any drugs for my osteoporosis. Is it true that probiotics are helpful? Even bone building? What other things can I eat to build bone? I am trying to increase the alkalinity of my diet. I am walking with a back-pack on my back with weights in it!? Is this a helpful thing to do. One Ayurveda practitioner recommended a broth of asparagus, lentils and sardines…I have tried it..it tastes pretty awful..is it worth me continuing with it? Thank you

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 4:29 pm

      Clare, the Save Our Bones Program answers all your questions and more! There’s an extensive chart of foods that are listed as alkaline and acidic, so you can plan balanced meals. And a Recipe Sampler is included. :) I hope you’ll check it out!

  56. George April 22, 2013, 3:29 am

    Dear Vivian,

    I quote : “Please note that TrueOsteo only ships to the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand”.

    Any sensible reason why they do not want to make more money? Obviously I will get somebody from US to buy it and send it to me, but it just seems odd to limit sale of apparently good product.

    Best Regards,
    George

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2013, 4:27 pm

      George, my hope is that they will expand their shipping area! That would be wonderful. :)

  57. Marie Stanners April 22, 2013, 3:17 am

    I have been prescribed calcichew-d3, will they help.
    I had also been given alondronic acid then changed to actonell. Both of these had really bad side effects. So I refused to take them. Am I taking the right medication

    • Evelyn April 22, 2013, 1:39 pm

      If you took Actonel, don’t have a tooth pulled. It made me sick so I didn’t take it for long, but if you have taken ONE (or the others in that genre of drugs) and you have a tooth pulled, you stand a good chance of your jaw bone deteriorating, and your having to have it removed and have bone grafting and either pulling your other teeth and getting dentures or getting implants in the part of the jaw which was removed. I went to have a tooth pulled and would have had to sign a waiver that I would not hold that Dr. responsible, so instead I had a root canal and got a crown put on that tooth. I have no idea why Drs. don’t tell patients of this risk when they prescribe this stuff.

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