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Boniva: What If Sally Field Told The Truth?

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An 800 pound gorilla recommends investments; talking babies discuss online stock trading; a gecko works for a car insurance company; a duck wants you to buy disability coverage… What will they think of next?

How about a “retired” flying nun, Sally Field, touting the benefits of Boniva (ibandronate), the first once-a-month bisphosphonate? Take a look at one of the ads for Boniva below:

Partial Transcript

“I always thought that calcium, vitamin D, and exercise would be enough to keep my bones healthy. Boniva works with your body to help stop and reverse bone loss… I was able to stop and reverse my bone loss, and studies show that after one year on Boniva, nine out of 10 women did too. I’ve got this one body and this one life, so I wanted to stop my bone loss. Ask your doctor if Boniva is right for you.”

So I decided to create my own ad for Boniva… but with a big twist

You see, my Boniva ad actually tells the truth. So now, without further ado, here is my new and accurate Boniva advertisement starring Sally Field:

Sally Field is sitting on her patio couch wearing white jogging pants and a blue t-shirt, her legs curled up on the seat. On top of a small coffee table in front of her, there is a thick and dried-up tree branch and a thin twig. As Enya’s inspiring “Only If” plays softly in the background, she says:

“I always thought that osteoporosis was a disease, and when I was diagnosed with it, my doctor told me that ONLY once-a-month Boniva could reverse my bone loss. At first I believed my doctor, but soon after – fortunately before filling my prescription – I discovered that he was wrong. I read on the internet that osteoporosis is not a disease and that there is a natural and drug-free way to reverse it. I was surprised to learn that Boniva can actually do more harm than good…”

Now there is silence, except for the music crescendo, as Enya sings “If you really want to, you can hear me say; only if you want to will you find a way.” Sally sits up straight and crosses her legs. The music volume is lowered and Sally goes on:

“Taking Boniva makes your bones more prone to fracture, and here’s why this happens. Exactly like its main competitors, Fosamax, Actonel, and Reclast, Boniva works against natural bone metabolism.

You see, Boniva binds to the bone matrix and stops normal bone resorption by inhibiting bone cells known as osteoclasts. Bone resorption is a necessary process to have strong and healthy bones because osteoclasts remove old bone to make space for new healthy, and more resilient bone tissue to be deposited in its place.

As a result of taking Boniva, new bone formation is greatly depressed, and your bones become old and dried-up with long-term accumulation.”

Sally picks up the thick branch and holds it in front of her with outstretched arms

“If you really want to you can seize the day”, Enya sings… Sally smiles and cracks the branch in half and holds the broken pieces in her hands:

“Take a look at this old and dried-up branch and notice how easily I split it in half. That’s exactly what happens to your bones: because Boniva stops your bones from renewing themselves naturally, they look thicker but become brittle.

This detrimental process takes a couple of years, and that’s why scientific studies showing density improvement when taking Boniva focus mainly on short-term results. Even though bone volume does not increase, bone is more densely packed and looks denser. But this stops after a while.

Like you, I want to reverse osteoporosis, but I don’t want to get fooled by a synthetic drug that offers short-sighted help. And what’s more, unlike my doctor, I believe that bone quality is more important than quantity. After all, my goal is to prevent fractures…”

Sally places the broken branch on the table and takes the thin twig in her hands. She tries to crack it, but it is flexible and instead of breaking, it gracefully bends. She continues:

“Now watch how this thinner but young and healthy twig resists breakage. Of course, you want your bones to be like it. So next time your doctor recommends Boniva, feel free to ignore him like I did, and opt for a natural and drug-free way to strengthen your bones.”

The music stops.

Sally gets up and walks away

The screen becomes black and a large Poison warning sign appears with a disclosure that reads:

“Even though this drug has been approved by the appropriate government agency to treat, cure, and prevent osteoporosis, you are basically on your own. Neither the agency nor healthcare practitioners, the latter with very few exceptions, care if you will suffer side effects when taking Boniva. After all, it’s a numbers game.

Moreover, the agencies involved can ignore new research showing detrimental effects of this drug, and even if those are confirmed, may simply issue a warning. Also, you must remember that the makers of Boniva have a lot more money than you, by the billions, and can therefore successfully fight any lawsuit by hiring the best lawyers.”

This remains visible on the screen while a woman’s voice is heard saying:

“If you are looking for a short-term osteoporosis ‘quick-fix’ and still want to take a chance with Boniva, please note that you are risking the following side effects, many of which may be irreversible: nausea, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea, severe constipation, inflammation and ulceration of the esophagus, chest pain, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, skin rash, eye problems including vision loss and blurred vision, generalized pain of the muscles, joints, and/or bones, decreased mobility of joints, blood clotting disorders, anemia, dental problems, numbness, tight muscles in the face, seizures, irritability and unusual thoughts and behaviors, altered taste, atrial fibrillation, jaw pain, osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Additionally, as is the case with all bisphosphonate drugs, Boniva interferes with Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) production, an essential antioxidant that performs many important functions in the body. To find out more about how Boniva can ruin your life, please call the toll-free information line at 1-800-4NO-LIES.”

The screen fades to black.

Now that would be truthful advertising. As always, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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  1. Jerrie June 1, 2014, 11:38 pm

    My sister took Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast for years. Seven years ago she broke both femurs and an arm. Now, seven years later she tripped last week and shattered the right ankle, right elbow and left femur below where her metal rod which helped support that leg is still in place. She is 71. Do not take those drugs. I did and will never take them again. Strange thing, they called her after a bone density scan a few weeks ago and told her that she didn’t have osteoporosis any more. She is now recovering in a nursing home.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA June 2, 2014, 10:16 am

      Here’s to a speedy recovery for your sister, Jerrie! It’s great to hear that her bones are in better shape after stopping the drugs. :)

  2. Lisa Speagle March 25, 2014, 6:50 pm

    My story is this….my mother, a 67 year old, fit and active woman…super young in many ways, had her 3rd Prolia shot in November of last year. By Christmas Eve, she was in SEVERE pain…all over. Burning pain everywhere. At that point there was no connection between the Prolia and the pain. She went to several doctors to find out what the heck could it be. To make a LoNg story short, mom called an out-of-town doctor friend to see what she could recommend for the pain. After some research Dr. Linda concluded it’s the Prolia. There’s no relief for the pain….NONE. And it will be 1 full year before it’s out of her system. The good news is she has some “good” days with just aches…but when the pain is bad she can’t do anything or go anywhere. Mom and I have warned everyone we know to avoid this poisonous shot at all costs. Mom has concluded a broken hip/hip replacement would have been easier than any of what she’s been going through these past few months. BTW, she has contacted the FDA to implore them to take Prolia off the market. Sadly it won’t happen anytime soon.
    Sincerely,
    Lisa Speagle

  3. Ba March 19, 2014, 7:16 pm

    My mom took bonviva for almost 18 months , now she has cancer of an aggressive type, this is the only medication she took, with a very healthy food and way of living and no family history in cancer, I can’t think of any other cause,, god knows!!!

    • Silvia September 22, 2014, 1:20 pm

      What type of cancer did she had?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 20, 2014, 8:26 am

      I am so sorry to hear about your mother, Ba. :( I wish your family well at this difficult time.

      • Ba March 21, 2014, 7:40 pm

        Thank you Vivian for your good feelings

  4. Gina March 5, 2014, 6:22 pm

    My mother took Boniva for many years and it caused a severe ulcer, so severe that she had 5 blood transfusions. I had her stop it immediately and told her to take natural progesterone cream, after her next bone density scan she had a significant improvement in the density of her bones which she never had with Boniva. Just take transdermal progesterone cream (you rub it on) and it is all natural. I even use it and my husband uses it for any swelling of the prostrate.

  5. Paula February 27, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I’m not promoting Boniva or any other drug/supplement, I just want to clarify misinformation is some of the comments.
    Our body needs calcium in our bloodstream for all kinds of reasons, but too detailed for this forum. When our BLOOD calcium level is low, osteoclasts are told to break down our bones to release calcium into our bloodstream. If Boniva is meant to stop the osteoclasts, then it is stopping them from breaking down our bones. It’s not helping to build our bones, but preventing further deterioration. The body still needs more calcium, therefore, calcium supplements or a calcium rich diet are needed.
    After a certain age, about 30, we can only maintain our bones (no more growth/building). To do this, we need weight bearing exercise (walk 30 min. 5 days/week), and plenty of calcium and vit. D in our diets, naturally or through supplements, to get into our bloodstream and keep our body from sending those osteoclasts after our bone calcium.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 28, 2014, 3:51 pm

      Thank you for that information, Paula!

      • Adrenalin1 April 1, 2014, 11:55 am

        It would be nice if someone knowledgeable could talk about how Americans, who take the most calcium supps and eat the most meat and dairy in their diet, still have the greatest calcium deficiencies. Other countries, that eat more vegetables and less meat and dairy, seem to have less osteoporosis.

        • Diane July 10, 2014, 4:25 pm

          Maybe, women in other countries are not being diagnosed. My problem with the drug is I cannot afford the price. Do you know when a generic may be on the market? These drug companies are making a killing. It should not be cost prohibitive to be healthy.

  6. Steve October 25, 2013, 6:08 pm

    Listen to what Dr. Peter Glidden ND has to say about Boniva.

    Start video around the 3 min mark.

    http://youtu.be/_FgUHmoR2DM

    If you are interested in what he is talking about ask me.

  7. Wenjea October 8, 2013, 8:02 am

    I took Boniva once. Within a few minutes, I felt like I had bronchitis. I was coughing and trying to clear my lungs of fluid. I got nauseated and weak. After sitting up for 3-4 hours, I went to bed and had the “flu like symptoms”. I obviously never had the flu because I was sicker than I’ve ever been. That lasted roughly 48 hrs. When I finally started feeling better, I swore I would never take that again. I didn’t know it wasn’t over. Within a week I started trying to relieve constipation. Not ever having to deal with this before, I ended up sick and impacted, rolling around on the floor while on vacation. NEVER will Boniva pass my lips again,

  8. Forma L. Gonzales September 26, 2013, 1:08 am

    I think and I confirm that Sally Field is true in all her experiences and observations about Bonviva that IT IS VERY HARMFUL TO THE BONES. My doctor prescribed me with Bonviva, I took it three days ago and now I am experiencing bad feelings, my heart seemingly less functions and that I experience chest pain, heartburn and worst as if I stumble everytime I stand and walk. Only 1 tablet I took three days ago and the next take would be next month and I WILL TELL MY DOCTOR THAT I SHALL NEVER TAKE IT ANYMORE. I FEEL VERY SICK NOW. PLEASE BEWARE OF THIS DRUG. IT DESTROYS THE BODY, THE BONES instead of rebuilding it. Again, please beware!

  9. ANA MARIA August 3, 2013, 10:59 pm

    I read all your comments about this Save our Bones program but no one have said that after this program the bones are better. Have anyone probed this works? Sorry Vivian, I really want your program to be good, I need it! i am 49 years old and been recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. I had my first Boniva IV last week and I am with tachicardia all day. I recently read this can be a side effect of Boniva. And after reading about femur fractures and jaw problems I really do not want to have another IV. But How can you assure me that your program will work? What if I left tht Boniva and do your program and in one year when I have my new tests they show that my bones are worst?? I am really worried. I need to do the best for my bones. (Sorry for my english, I speak Spanish)

  10. Esther Hebert January 9, 2013, 7:15 pm

    I was alarmed when I first looked at the e-mail as it looked as if you were endorsing Boniva and Sally Field’s ad. I was already aware of the undesirable effects of using Boniva and stopped taking it shortly after having it prescribed. Instead I have been taking a natural supplement, which I hope is having the desired results, though I have not had recent testing.
    Your altered ad is good . . . providing one goes that far and actually reads it.

  11. Julie Kniffen December 5, 2012, 4:13 pm

    I am 56 and have osteoporosis. I have taken fosomax for three years but have not taken it now for 4 months because of everything I am hearing about it. I run, lift weights and take many different exercise classes now and aways have so I was so surprised when I was diagnosed. So I am not sure what to do now. I go to my Dr for my yearly check in January, what should I do?

  12. Josephine Raj December 5, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Well I read the article,I rather prefer to listen to people in the know sp. Vivian because she cured herself & did research & one we all can count on.I can never wholly trust GPs as they prefer you to take them blindly & always have high praises for the drugs claiming’all drugs got side affects you will be ok with this’. I rather have natural remedies that are good for me & family.
    I was at a diabetic clinic last week, & nurse tells me that doctors need to be educated,quite right too.We have only one body,one life it’s time we take matters into our own hands when it’s come to dangerous drugs.

  13. jim November 21, 2012, 3:43 pm

    after 30, you stop building bones.
    you just maintain excising bone strenght by excersizing and supplements.
    taking boniva does not build new bones, it just stops the loss of bones.
    your existing bones become more denser .

    • jim November 21, 2012, 3:48 pm

      sally fieds is incorrect when saying asteoblast cell are building new bones after osteoclast cells remove old bones.
      my ddoctor told me, after 30 men stops building new bones

  14. magalas girl November 1, 2012, 3:57 pm

    What are your scientific qualifications that would lead me to put any credibility into what you say? My husband, a dentist, has concerns about long-term use of bisphosphenates but I’m sure you know that. The physician at Northwestern who treats me for osteoporosis will not allow me to be on more than 5 years (I think). Since I’ve already broken a wrist and since I live in an area in which snow and black ice make me fear another fall, I take Reclast. Again, I would be curious to know the scientific basis of your opinion.

  15. Kathy October 17, 2012, 7:39 pm

    Thank you for the commercial. I refused to use a drug for osteoporosis, too. More people should see this.

  16. Jane Johnson October 13, 2012, 9:53 pm

    If only those of us who know the truth had enough money to get this information out to all those people taking Boniva. And wow, just think they are paying for Boniva to do damage to their bones and to make the makers of Boniva rich. That sure seems wrong!

  17. Jacqueline Fields October 12, 2012, 1:23 am

    Ten years ago I was taken off of my Premarin that I had taken for a number of years after a total Hysterectomy, and put on Fosamax. I obediently took this drug for a year, before moving too another state, and changed Doctors. I told my new Doctor that either she put me back on Premarin, or I was going to kill myself, because I couldn’t stand the symptoms anymore.(joint pain, mind fog, bloating, emotional problems, and more) She took me off of Fosamax, and gave me a hormone patch. However, even after being off of this drug for all this time, I still have terrible joint pain. Do you think that it will ever get better, or will I be doomed to live in pain forever?

  18. Noreen September 30, 2012, 3:29 pm

    I was pretty excited to read Sally’s remarks, but not so when I got further down her column. When are the Drs going to smarten up and stop giving us stuff that will hurt us. I am really trying hard to follow your program Vivian.I see my Dr. in 2 weeks.

    Noreen

  19. myrtlebarker@shaw.ca August 15, 2012, 6:59 pm

    VERY INTERESTING VIVIAN. SALLY FIELD WILL BE SORRY SHE IS ON THAT DRUG.

    SO MANY SIDE EFFECTS. MOST PEOPLE DO NOT AGREE TO TAKING ANY DRUGS FOR

    OSTEO. ENJOY YOUR INFORMATION AND E-MAILS.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    ALL THE BEST,

    M.B.

  20. Olivia August 1, 2012, 11:38 pm

    I just bought the book “save our bones” and also started a few months ago doing weight bearing exercises. I was diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis in my L4 (-2.8). Can you share the score you had when you were just diagnosed with osteoporosis and your score now?

  21. Maria Nielsen July 30, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Sally Field, just like she sais, has just one body and one life so she is free to destroy it if that is her choice, but it is a shame that while she is unknowingly doing that, she doesn´t realize that she is doing de-service to many others by promoting it. How stupid or greedy? can one get!!

  22. Teri July 24, 2012, 11:45 pm

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 2 year and a fitness instructor for 14 years. I recently was diagnosed with osteoporosis with a t score of 4.5 in my spine and 2.8 in my hip. I’m just 50 years old. My doctor sent me a prescription- i’m not going to take it. She didn’t have a conversation with me either- just sent it through the mail. I called and requested a blood test to see if I have hyperthroidism, because my grandmothers and sister had O and a hyperthyroid- but no one called me back. I’m in the process of switching to a more natural doctor. I teach Yoga and have found that I have grown 1/2 inch in the last two years. I attribute it to Yoga- but aren’t people with Osteoporosis suppose to shrink??????

    • Randal Coon February 9, 2013, 9:38 pm

      I think they do, in various amounts related to the severity and time of onset of osteoporosis. I was 5′ 8 1/2″ when I was married 35 years ago. Now with a -3.5 T score, I have shortened to 5’5″, part of which is due to the scoliosis, I think, which makes my spine curve and bend. It’s a pain, I know that.

  23. Cindy Kostaken July 2, 2012, 11:04 am

    My mother-in-law took osteoporosis drugs for over 15 years and has now been diagnosed with throat cancer. She had many side effects which the Dr always solved with more prescription drugs or consultations with other “specialists”. Acid reflux, trouble swallowing, cough, sore throat, insomnia, neuropathy, migraines, etc……Drs need to stop prescribing and take a step back and look into what they are doing.

  24. ev June 27, 2012, 2:48 pm

    My dr prescribed Fosomax after my dexa scan showed signs of osteopenia. I was angered that he never discussed it with me or bothered to have an intelligent conversation. I filled the script, investigated the drug and side effects, threw it in the garbage and the following year when I had my appt and he asked, I told him that I was not taking the drug, and would not take the drug and why. He was not happy and had a few sarcastic remarks about my “medical degree”. I am an educated, intelligent woman who does her own research for EVERYTHING. Its’s MY health, my body and MY decision. Period. I won’t be bullied into going against my gut.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 10, 2012, 8:56 pm

      Amen!

    • Janet August 12, 2012, 5:42 pm

      Good for you, girl! My Doctor fired me as a patient. Said If I didn’t do things her way, don’t come back. So I don’t.

      • joseph g August 18, 2012, 12:51 am

        Good for you. I hope all goes well for you. There is definitely a need for a doctor. However, many are just trained to treat with drugs and dangerous ones at that. Rest assured the lord our God has given us everything we need for a long healthy life. Pray to God for his help in restoring your health. Also to help show you the way to take advantage of all of the great health giving foods that he has provided for us.

  25. pearl June 18, 2012, 2:14 pm

    Sometimes I wonder , how can a person who doesn’t know me at all will find ways to connect and share important info like this one on osteo…….. as I think more about this , the only answer would be passion , passion to care about others ….thanks Vivian , you are awesome .

  26. grace May 14, 2012, 4:40 pm

    I WAS TAKING Fosamax for more than 8years however the sbone scan did not show improvements. I had car accident and had fractures,Idid not think it was a cause of Fosamax side effects.When i eat I hear crackling in my left jaw,sometimes i have a slight pain,In year 2010,I fell,not a hard hit but I broke my femur,had surgery and therapy.also sometimes had difficulty swallowing asif I am choking. I was alarmed what is happening with me.I read about Fosamax side effects and told the Doctor.He did not seemed to be alarmed about the side effects of this drug.In later part of theyear 2011,I decided to stop the Fosamax and i also told the doc of which he did not approve my discontinuing of the drug. I began searching informations about Osteoporosis and found Save the Bones Program/Vivian Smith. Thanksfor her efforts. I bought the book.My bone scan this month showed a minimal improvement per my doctors info.I might not be following the program right. The calcium and Vitamin levels are okey. I am taking raw calcuim in capsule form 750mg and Caltrate(calcium) 100mg per day. Is there any suggestion for other supplements to take to improve the bone mass?. Thanks Vivian for any information.

  27. Nancy May 7, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Go girl, you make a good ad writer!

    • Jill June 23, 2012, 5:28 pm

      I would appreciate some new research findings instead of the re-hashed, emotive articles. Are you still reading research papers, Vivian?

  28. EARLENE JAMES April 19, 2012, 2:23 am

    Hi Vivian ! What do you think of the Zometa IV ? every two months for osteporosis, been on it since 2008 and am 66yrs old. Thanks.

    • Eve December 22, 2012, 5:19 am

      I don’t know about these types of medications, so this is JUST a guess, but Maybe this type of mciedine has really nasty side effects that make you too sick to function for a short period of time? So, maybe, if you only have to go through it once a month it is actually liberating?Just a guess.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 10, 2012, 8:55 pm

      Earlene, Zometa is a stronger dosage of Reclast, and it’s typically not prescribed for osteoporosis… In fact, the first cases of ONJ were reported from the IV bisphosphonates. Check out this, in case you haven’t yet:
      http://saveourbones.com/?s=reclast

  29. Chitralekha Shalom April 3, 2012, 6:44 am

    Vivian,
    That was seriously hilarious. On a more sober not,I never heard of Boniva. Yes I have osteoporosis, arthritis diagnosed years back, sincerely followed doctor’s advice. One day good sense prevailed, reverted back to yoga, healthy diet, positive thinking and walking (irregularly). If you ask me it is all in the mind. And this platform of yours has more than enough positive information to delve into and use our intelligence. Cheers to Save Our Bones and you.
    Thank you.

  30. Marc April 1, 2012, 11:02 pm

    We were born with minds..hopefully we have kept sanity and still can reason and study. If you have done so, hopefully you have seen that we have industrial powers who seek profits at any cost wo rule the FDA and more. I urge all to use your mind, say no to canned goods, many drugs and vaccines and vote with your wallet. Small steps but some are happening. Write your Congreemen and Representatives and demand truth in labeling and true unbaiased reports on drugs and food additives and more. Do watch and listen to such as Vivian who have done the work and have your best interest at heart.

  31. Gloria Jones March 30, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Gee, Vivian. I agree with you wholeheartedly! I had to laugh when I read your version of the Boniva ad. Very seldom are truths considered funny, but this was uproariously so! My only caveat is publishing derogatory comments by a celebrity without her knowledge or consent. That’s not to say that it wasn’t true and funny as heck, but she and/or her advertisers could sue you for misrepresentation or libel, even though it was all in fun. As a writer, I learned the hard way not to put words in anyone’s mouth (even a non-public figure) without their authorization. Hopefully, she is forgiving and sees the humor in the situation.) That being said, you are amazingly gutsy, and someone I truly admire. Yeah, my doctor wanted me to take Boniva at one time, and in fact, gave me samples of that poison. It seemed very innocuous at the time, but something warned me against it, and that was before the truth was known about bisphosphonates. I don’t know what that “something” was, but it totally turned me off, and I threw that sample in the trash where it belonged. I had the same reaction about statins, long before its deadly side-effects were made public, along with the fact that they do nothing at all for women, other than cause a lot of irreversible miseries. I’m even leery now of calcium supplements since reading your columns. Seems calcium ends up in the blood vessels and kidneys instead of the bones. And even it some does manage to reach our skeletal structure, it has little or no beneficial effects on it. Yay! We need more Vivians in this world, but I am so thankful we have you. Keep up the good work and we will eventually have generations of women with invincible bones, and hopefully what hasn’t worked so far will be ancient history along with witch doctors and wringer washing machines.

  32. Jan March 27, 2012, 9:53 pm

    Can anyone tell me about Fosteum? it claims it’s not a drug, approved by the FDA. A blend of three things..Genistein, Chelazome and Cholecalciferol? My Dr. tells me because it’s a plant based product it can be damaging to my heart. Any thoughts on this? I was thinking about going on it. I have tried many Bisphosphantes and they make me feel terrible. And put me in more danger or breaking bones. I need to do something, I am so confused, please give me some suggestions.

  33. Fran Lundy March 11, 2012, 8:54 pm

    It’s too bad I’m stuck with bottles of the dry Boniva!! The new pill sounds so much simpler to take!

  34. marie b March 7, 2012, 3:24 pm

    good to know of a great doctor for this, except he is very far away.. I have “acid reflux” so bad that I am losing my teeth, have continuous open sores at the corners of my mouth. I sleep on 8 pillows, so I can remain in an upright position when sleeping. I can find NO doctor in Orlando Florida willing to help. Just Rx more prilosec and zantac. I am 75 years old and have little faith that this problem can be resolve itself in my lifetime.

    • randa October 15, 2012, 9:41 pm

      Try eating an apple every night before you lay down. My husband had reflux and took meds for it but the apple works better. Try it, can’t hurt, no more prilosec or tums or omeprozole for him!

    • Lola October 11, 2012, 7:25 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles! If it is that severe, you may need surgery. Try Florida Hospital Digestive Health Services (http://www.floridahospitaldigestive.com/services/heartburn.asp). I also found this site of home remedies which may help ease your symptoms: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/home-remedies-for-acid-reflux/ Good luck!

    • Jenny September 24, 2012, 9:30 pm

      I have heard naturapathic doctors recomment Aloe Juice, make sure it is a high quality, certified, for acid reflux. Also, take probiotics with meals.

    • Cheryl May 22, 2012, 12:31 am

      Kombucha Tea is 100% natural & healthy & is k.own to take away acid reflux. Purchase it at many natural food markets & some grocery stores. Google “benefits of kombucha tea” & you will be pleasantly amazed.

    • Monty April 2, 2012, 8:21 am

      marie b…please visit greattastenopain.com for the solution to your acid reflux problem. When you start eating right, your reflux will go away, right away!

    • Deb March 24, 2012, 4:03 pm

      Have you ever been tested for celiac disease? One of the many complaints is acid relux. A simple blood test may give you the results. A gluten-free diet will help heal the intestines and the resulting complication. Good luck!

    • Douglas Erickson March 13, 2012, 2:43 pm

      Go to http://www.greattastenopain for the solution to acid reflux

  35. Chris March 1, 2012, 9:29 am

    On advice of Dr. I took Fosamax for about 1 yr. I argued at first as I don’t like taking Rx drugs. He intimidated me into taking it feeding me stats on hip fractures etc. I dreaded the day each week that I had to take it, feeling it upset my esophagus. I did my own research on the Internet and discovered how it ‘works’..Immediately stopped taking it! Also spoke to an osteopath who was against the drug. Upon reporting back to my Dr. my findings, he said “I think you’ve taken it long enough”. You think? I have not trusted his word since. Every time he pulls out the Rx pad, I remind him of my conviction about not taking Rx drugs. When I changed doctors however, I got the same reaction. They all want me to take it. I am Nordic and small and fair. I naturally am pre-disposed to ‘thinner’ bones. My 95 year old mom is also. Neither of us has ever broken or fractured a bone. This medicine is poisoning women. I tell everyone who takes it to stop but they are all too afraid because of what their doctors are telling them. This is a crime that goes unpunished.

  36. Barbara Margolis January 25, 2012, 7:56 pm

    What do you know about the suppliment OsteoValin? Worth while?

  37. Ellen January 24, 2012, 10:47 am

    I like your advertisement. My husband and I always laugh at the commercials for “drugs”. The side effects always seem to be worse than the cure.

    Thanks for keeping it “real”. All of us must be careful of the “appropriate” agencys – the new legistlation to monitor the internet for inappropriate conversations … whom ever has the money will win – and the truth be will be lost.

    Peace,
    Ellen

  38. LynnCS January 10, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Thank you Vivian for all the work you do to bring all this good information to us. It has to take some time to put together informative and creative posts to keep us coming back to learn more. I learn from each post. Please keep up the good work. From one 73 yr old who may not have to spend her later years in pain from a broken hip or other bones. I have had a lot of broken bones over the years and I took Actonel for years. I can only hope that changing my way of dealing with this will turn it around. I also have jaw damage. It seems like it has stopped. Keep your fingers crossed for me to “get it” before it is too late. I am hopeful. Lovingly, Lynn

  39. roz January 5, 2012, 7:53 pm

    I met a lady today who until a few months ago was active. Running everyday and enjoying life. She was taking Boniva for op. Whilst out running she felt an extreme pain in her upper leg and fell. She had suffered a spontaneous fracture of her femur. She was hospitalised and now has a metal rod in the bone. She also experienced a crack in her other femur and now has a rod in that also. It has changed her life. She didnt know about the dangers of bisphosphanates.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 10, 2012, 8:52 pm

      What a sad story, Roz! But thanks for reminding everyone of the real dangers of bisphosphonates…

  40. Bebe January 5, 2012, 12:17 pm

    The things that Dr. Vivian warns about are true. I work in a clinic and another staff person in her 60’s said she took Actonel (don’t know for how long) but stopped taking it seven years ago and still has not recovered from the damage to her digestion.

  41. jean January 5, 2012, 5:47 am

    didronal pmo, fosamax, Actonel then BONIVA injection once every three months, none of them improved my bone density but just constantly made me worse completely, just getting more and more lethargic and unsteady, virtually walking like a drunken person. When I rang the hospital I was advised by the speccialist nurse to stop the injection and that it didn’t suit me also the osteoporosis society told me the same thing and was told it would take upto 5 or eight years to get out of my body, all that started about 20 years ago and since 2008 when I was prescribed the injection now at the beginning of 2012 I am almost 90% better, cant wait to feel like I used to before these drugs. I eat and drink as normal fdoing all the right stuff and exercise every day for two hours, also I swim. Good wishes to everyone for 2012 lots of love jean

    • Gloria Jones March 30, 2012, 1:29 pm

      The once-a-month Boniva shot wasn’t available (thank goodness) when it was prescribed for me. At that time, it was only in pill form and had to be taken every morning, with the caution not to lie down for 30 minutes. That alone sent up red flags, plus the fear of the unknown. I imagine a shot that lasts a month would be much more volatile than a daily pill, but actually, the result would be the same.

      • Silvia September 22, 2014, 1:44 pm

        What did you do? Are you still taking the pill and how you feel? I am taking Bonita once a month I have just start it, but I don’t know what to do since I heart about the possible damages

  42. Rhonda December 18, 2011, 12:16 am

    What are your thoughts and experiences with Prolia?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 10, 2012, 8:50 pm

      Rhonda, fortunately, I have no experience with Prolia (nor any other osteoporosis drug!). But I certainly do have an opinion: it’s a definite “no-no”… If you haven’t yet, you can read my blog posts about it:

      http://saveourbones.com/?s=prolia

    • Barbara Margolis January 25, 2012, 7:44 pm

      I, also, would like to know your thoughts on Prolia. My doctor has recommended it for me, after taking me off Fosamax. She said it affects the bones differently than all other osteoporosis drugs. What is your opinion?

      • folsbaby September 3, 2012, 6:29 am

        I think it almost killed my wife..first injection May 25th…3 weeks later, perfectly healthy before…gets extremely tired and out of breath at least 3 times..still works at the USO…took her to emergency…hemaglobin was 6..should be 12 !! gave her three transfusions to get her red blood cells back up to par..they said she was lucky she didn’t have a heart attack..last week, same thing happened…this time hemaglobin dropped to 10.4..still anemic condition..still van’t function properly..next week I’m taking her to a hematologist to see if we can get rid of this “posion” in her systemm..Oh, yea, they did all kinds og GI tests, too to see if she was bleeding somehow.colonoscopy, endoscopy, even a little bideo pill that tracks you small intestine..all negative..Guess what ? The only thing different that entered her body was that Prolia shot on May 25th..Coincidence? I don’t think so.DON’T TAKE IT !!

  43. irene karas December 12, 2011, 5:46 am

    I thought I found the cause of my osteoporosis. I have an elevated PTH of 100. When I visited the endocrinologist, she told me one I did not a history of elevated PTH because I was tested only once and my calcium and D3 levelswere normal. ( not entirely true they were on the low side of normal.The operation for hyperparathyroidism was a no-go. She agreed to get a history but kept pushing Forteo. I told her my severe osteopenia was at 2.5 so I was not inclined to go on Forteo. She was persistent and started to annoy me. I know she was annoyed too.
    I did check the Forteo site and what did I find out …you should tell your doctor if you have Paget’s disease.I had genetic testing done many years ago and I do have genetic link to Paget’s disease. I do plan to write her a letter because she is at least willing to establish a history for PTH. Vivian, have you had any experience with PTH and osteo problems.
    Irene

  44. Charlotte November 17, 2011, 10:50 am

    Hello,
    I already had my bad experience with Fosomax & Boniva. I am now off of any osteoporosis drugs and take calcium, lots of vitamin D and fish oil and eat tuna, salmon, sardines and other calcium high foods. My Naturopath, all those years ago, was the first one to recommend these drugs. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis around 1992. My ob/gyn in those days, before these drugs, put me on a very low grade of natural hormones for my osteoporosis. A few years later, my naturopath said based on my bone density scan, I must take one of these new drugs because my bones were very subject to breakage. At the time, she could not prescribe so I turned to my MD who prescribed Fosomax. She truly did it in good faith as did the Naturopath I believe. They truly believed at that time that this was a good thing. I switched to Boniva couple of years later but in 2001 I fell and broke my arm in about 8 places. At the time I fuzzily though – “how can this be such a terrible multiple fracture when I am taking Boniva?” The arm healed up fine but in 2008, my physician told me she was taking me off the medication because studies had shown that after 5 years the drug does no more and just stays in your body and no one knows for how long! She did not mention what types of damage it could do – in all fairness she may not have known. She is still my doctor to this day and has long since stopped recommending these drugs. In 2009, I developed a bad toothache and when I visited the dentist, the first thing I was asked was if I took these drugs and I told her my story stating that no, now I am off of them. She said it is a major cause of dental problems. That tooth was extracted and 2 months later a front tooth fell out while I was eating lunch. This past August, another tooth fell out so now I have 2 bridges and have paid out a fortune in dental bills. I had always had really good strong teeth until this time. I am 69 years old so age is a factor as well, but based on what my dentist said we feel my situation is largely due to the osteoporosis drugs I took for so long. Vivian’s program is wonderful and thank God she is getting the word out before more women experience these damaging and expensive side effects.

  45. Charlotte Parrilli October 31, 2011, 2:38 pm

    That is a great commercial. I wish you could buy some air time & put it on TV and in magazines so that the general public could be enlightened. People want to believe in their doctors, and because they are ignorant of the bone-building & remodeling process, go ahead & do what their physicians tell them to do. I was actually given a year’s worth of Boniva samples but something inside me told me not to just blindly take them. I never took one of them, especially after reading the warnings regarding gastric disturbance if you cannot stand up for an hour after taking it! So a year or more later when I had another bone density test, he actually sent over a prescription to my drug store of Fosamax and told me I had to take it because I had gotten worse. It was then that I discovered the “Save Our Bones” program & I am so amazed & happy to finally have the truth! A friend of mine was on it and developed jaw problems & suffered major pain & tooth removal. I now know it was probably from the Fosamax, I am so grateful to Vivian for the enlightenment. THANK YOU!

  46. Carol October 19, 2011, 7:43 am

    Hi Vivian,
    This is the third time I’ve written to you, and I don’t want to believe that the reason you haven’t responded is because it’s something you can’t negate. I mentioned an article that appeared 2 weeks ago in the NJ “Newark Star Ledger” that a study showed Vitamin D has been linked to prostate cancer in men. I am so alarmed by this as I take 2000 mg. per day, and so do many women. Have you heard about this, and if it causes any cancer, should we be concerned? Thank you. Carol

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 19, 2011, 11:32 pm

      Carol, the opposite is actually true — vitamin D can prolong the life of prostate cancer patients and even help fight the cancer. Here’s one example of a study by the Harvard School of Public Health:

      http://vitamind3blog.com/2011/05/vitamin-d-prostate-cancer/

  47. Pam Castor October 15, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I believe you regarding the biphosphenates. But what about Evista? That is what my gynecologist prescribed for me. Where does it stand amongst all the others?

  48. Walt Rozett September 25, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Has any attempt been made to communicate with the FDA on the problems with bisphosphinates?

    • Gloria Jones March 30, 2012, 1:38 pm

      Of course the FDA knows. They would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to. The question is, do they care? The answer: Of course not. As long as they make billions of dollars, they are going to keep producing and promulgating their deadly poison. Therefore, it’s essential that we follow Vivian’s bone program and never rely on the FDA, because they frankly don’t care how women suffer on bisphosphonates, as long as their bankrolls keep getting bigger and bigger. It’s a pathetic situation, but money talks and the population walks (mostly with crutches and walkers, except the for the unfortunate ones who have no mobility and rely on wheelchairs.)

  49. Tania September 3, 2011, 2:41 pm

    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=148974
    Reclast causes kidney failure in todays’ headlines September 3, 2o11

    Good news for me. I have been eating a lot of tuna, eggs and salmon. Had my yearly bone density test last week and my physician who put me on Fosamax said that at this particular time, “You don’t need to take fosamax because your bone density tests came out pretty well.”
    Hip hip hooray of course he said that it is the Vitamin D pills he ordered me that are doing the job. Perhaps but I still think it is because I am listening to Vivian’s advice. Kudos to vivian.

  50. Tania August 28, 2011, 12:56 am

    I’ts just too sad that Sally Field isn’t being enlightened by the truth as we here are. I like her and I wish that she could have good bone health as well. she’s not only doing her self a disfavor but all those who admire her.
    I will be going to my physician soon and he will ask me how I am doing on the Fosamax he ordered for me. He will be furious when i tell him I stopped it and why but I’m furious that I am being sold a lie.

  51. Kathleen Bourneuf August 17, 2011, 8:10 am

    It would be nice if the “truth” could be aired on TV. Sally Field is a good choice to influence people to take the drugs…easy to look past the lies.

  52. Maureen fernandes August 15, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Searching desperately for a solution to my osteoporosis does a weight belt help?I take calcium and vitamin D.

    • Fleeta Taylor September 13, 2011, 9:01 am

      There is a product called Osteodenx sold by the company Nikken. This product is published in the medical journal for prevention of osteoporsis. It promotes new bone formation naturally within 15 days of taking this along with the Caldenx and Lactoferin. Nikken is a Health and Research company that started in Japan 36 years ago. Great results and no medication.

    • Ken Shonk August 27, 2011, 5:00 pm

      If you are just taking calcium and Vitamin D, you are increasing your risk of calcium being deposited in your arteries = athlerschlosis and 30% greater heart attack risk. You should add Vitamin K2 to your supplement regimen and follow Vivian Goldshmidts Save Our Bones program. Vitamin K2 directs calcium to your bones. Vitamin K2 occurs in fermented foods like cultured hard cheeses (gouda and emmenthal are examples), fermented soy products (natto, miso, tempeh),naturally fermented kim chee and saurkraut. Dr. Oz recommends 150 to 300 mcg/day; however, I have seen recommendations as high as 5 mg/day. Mr. Vivian Goldschmidt’s program has recommended levels. B, Si, and Mn are also important trace elements to bone health, but you have to take the correct form.

  53. Nancy August 3, 2011, 8:34 am

    How much longer can Fosamax, Boniva, Actenol, Reclast, and all the rest of the drugs that are supposed to “help” build stronger bones remain on the market as FDA approved? Shame on Sally Fields…I also wonder if she has actually ever taken Boniva. Thank you, Vivian, for helping all of us to get on the right track concerning the health of our bones.

  54. Patricia Valiquette, Quebec canada July 23, 2011, 11:01 am

    Hi Vivian

    The Pharmasutical companies , Food co’s and the FDA should all be arrested put in jail for producing and allowing all this poison to be brainwashed into the innocent, volnerable minds of the now ill people on this earth, all caused by them ,the responsible culprits that are rulling this world, KILLERS and that is what they are ” KILLERS ”
    I’m sure that there is someone out there in this grande airwave unniverse, with the knowledge, and capability of creating a worldwide petition that can bring down and make changes concerning all this garbage
    it would be a God sends to Mankind
    Patricia

  55. Tanya July 15, 2011, 12:04 am

    Saw my gynecologist the other day. He had an ad for Evista on the wall whic claimed that it hels to stall breasr cancer. However he told me that the trouble with biphospenates one has to not stop a dose for any reason or it doesn’t do a thing. Another reason to give up this crazy substance!

  56. Mercy July 13, 2011, 3:34 am

    I took fosamax for about 2 years about 5 years ago after being diagnosed with osteopina…stopped for 2 years; then Actonel for 6 months and now I have been taking Boniva for the past 2 months. I now realize that since I have been taking all these medications, I have had so much backaches and pains; depression; insomnia; and most of all the symptons expressed by many, all of which I was blaming on the fact that I am getting older (I will be 63 in September). I don’t like taking any medication and after reading all of this information which is very scary, I am going to stop taking it and I am going to try your SaveourBones Program… I am so glad I ran into your website!!!Thank you so much for keeping us informed!!

  57. maureen absten July 6, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Outstanding. Bravo! Put you on facebook with lauds. God bless you and your efforts to share the truth.

  58. Maria July 6, 2011, 10:43 am

    I had a bisphosphanate infusion (Reclast) 11
    months ago. How long would you estimate that
    the drug will remain in my body? By the way,
    my T score is even lower now than before the
    Reclast. My dr. has recommended I now try
    Forteo which I am choosing not to do.

  59. Valerie July 3, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Dear Vivian and Osteoporosis comrades
    Two years ago I was sent in for a bone density test, not too good. AP spine T-score was -3.4 and duel femur -2.2. My Dc. put me on Fosomax, told me not to read the side effects, but to follow the instructions about not eating or drinking or laying down for 30 mins. I was sick to my stomach for days. I kept on taking it but started to feel sick all the time, almost like had the flu, plus other problems, the worst one was my mouth starting hurting really bad and everything tasted of metal. But like the idiot I am I kept on taking it for 6 months until the pharmacist told me to quit taking it and call my Dc. Immediately.She never said a word about the possibility of jaw lose, and shrugged her shoulders when I told her about the metal taste. She put me on Evista which I only took for 2 months, got really tired of feeling lousy all the time, still couldn’t eat much and found it hard to even brush my teeth. I just wanted to curl up in a ball. I didn’t call my Dc. to tell her Ihad quit taking the drug. Started taking more calcium and D-3. had to go to the Dc. this April, turns out she was no longer there. My new Dc. sent me in for another test. Not good, spine now -4.1 and femurs -2.4 She tried to talk me into taking the Forteo shots everyday even gave me a free months supply. oh by the way they cost almost $1,200.00 a month. Anyway I came home in tears, my hubby said we can find a better way, so I got on my I-pad and did some research, thank God we found Vivian’s web site, what a blessing. Bought her book and I am working on all her advice. Hope to God it works for me so I can tell my Dc. See there is a better way.
    So anyone out there thinking about taking any of the drugs for osteoporosis DON’T !! I’m still having jaw and teeth problems. I need to have my teeth pulled, but even if I can find a dentist that will do it I’ll end up with jaw rot.
    Bless you Vivian for all your research and caring. Wish I had found you 2 years ago. Best Regards Valerie

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 4, 2011, 12:21 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’re yet another victim of these drugs, Valerie. Following The Save Our Bones Program should put you back on the right track.

      • Valerie July 4, 2011, 1:16 pm

        Thank you Vivian for your encouragement. I will do my best. Happy 4th of July to you and your family.
        Sincerely Valerie

  60. pierrette calder June 30, 2011, 10:56 am

    I try to cancell the reminder because I do not take boniva and i get rejected with my street can you help me

  61. karen June 21, 2011, 3:58 pm

    well you certainly got to the bottom of the barrel where the truth lies. I hope you don’t get into any trouble for doing this. Like always I forgot to take my fosomax 4 three days now . I’m going to try to go your way , just give me all the exercises I must do .

  62. rena June 12, 2011, 12:33 am

    i really doubt that sally fields took boniva !
    case sceranio back in the 1950’s pat boone and his daugthers advertised they used a certain acne drug and showed there smooth faces and they later amitted they never used it how can it be proven if sally fields really took boniva?

  63. Sue David May 28, 2011, 10:47 am

    People need to get a grip. We live in a capitalistic society. By and large we are not about people and their health we are about making money. We need to take care of ourselves. Read Read Read. Don’t get me started. LOL I am 81, take no meds, no over the counter stuff either. When I was in my 20’s I read that we would become a nation of pill poppers. I decided then and there not to become a pill popper. After my first baby I decided I wasn’t going to have another one the way medicine wanted me to, Going to a Dr. and participating in what they thought was the right way to have a baby. Back then Drs were all men. You get the picture , right? What could they possibly know about having a baby. So I read books on natural childbirth. I learned self-hypnosis. Had 3 more babies and yes I did go to a Dr. and the experience went my way and it was great, the births were easy. I have been told 4 times throughout my life that I had cancer. Never did have it. Didn’t go through with any meds or operations and believe me, they wanted me to do both. When menopause time came I got a hot flash. Of course the Dr. suggested I go on a hormone. Did not take them. I Did my self hypnosis. Never had another problem. When I was 72 my Dr. ask me to have a bone scan. I did. She suggested a drug. Don’t remember what is was. Didn’t take it. Thanks to all of the info that is available on the Internet and all of you have the best of the best with Vivian. By and large there is no need for drugs. Today it is all about statins. The Drs. want me to take statins. Wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole. They don’t like it, but I say I am responsible for my life and my death and I will die my way not theirs. If you are taking statins get off of them. The miracle of life is within you. Start reading. I have been reading about nutrition very seriously. Check it out. There is a reason we are having more heart attacks and diabetes and bone problems. It is our food supply. Start reading. Change is hard but it can be done. I write things down and keep track of the supplements I take and yes I take a lot of them. And yes, I forget some of them every day even though I write it down. We are humans. Don’t be so hard on yourselves. And yes supplements are far more expensive than drugs, but I am worth it. I am not rich so get that out of your head. Try your hardest not to make excuses for you behavior. You are the best thing that ever happened to you.

    • Patricia Valiquette, Quebec canada July 23, 2011, 9:59 am

      Hello Sue

      BRAVO to you

      Patricia age 68,

    • Linda July 9, 2011, 10:32 pm

      Sue David,

      What an inspiring woman you are. I am 52 and was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 50. (Other than that, all my numbers are fine, had many bad falls in my lifetime and never broke anything). Took Actonel for about one year then started having severe joint pain, confusion, and depression…I blamed it on menopause at first, but then I started analysing how everyone my age seems to be on some kind of prescription drug or another, and knowing how big pharma operates through our well meaning Doctors, (for the most part), I decided I will not be part of this game, cause it`s MY life, not theirs. So I stopped the drug about 7 months ago, saw a chiropractor for a hip which had loss a lot of its mobility. My hip, back, knees are fine now…Go figure…Mother nature Wins… LOL

      • viola ford October 25, 2011, 7:08 am

        Good for you, Sue David. What a welcome
        response to the idea of NO DRUGS. I am 78 years old and I do not take any drugs
        either. It is interesting that when you are asked what meds you take and your response is NONE, the reaction is surprise! And sometimes disbelief. I read ,read ,take supplements and have learn to apply Reflexology to my body.
        This is a remarkable technique to keep the body healthy. So you continue
        what you are doing by encouraging women to take responsibility for their health. Pushing drugs is a crime and it’s all about the money.

  64. Brenda Poole May 23, 2011, 7:11 am

    All bisphosphevnate drugs for osteoporosis are at best left alone l have at least nine fractures while being on the drug, gum and throat problems was being ill all the time while on the drugs, now l take natural vitamins and eat healthy, walk my dog keep active l am better than l have been for years, l was diagnosed with the osteoporosis 6years ago l am 72 years old, BRENDA .

  65. Ellen Schamberger May 21, 2011, 10:59 am

    Vivin thank you for this great info.

  66. suzie May 21, 2011, 10:30 am

    I have severe osteoporosis. I have had several very hard fall’s and not broken anything which is hard to understand. I took Atonel for several year’s then quit for a year then I took Foximax for a few months and switched back to Atonel and now nothing. I am 64 and clean houses so I have to carry alot of heavy stuff around everyday. I quit taking the pills mostly due to this site. I was taking alot of calcium also and then I read calcium leaves you 20% more likely to have a heart attack. Lots of heart problems in my family so I dropped the calcium tablets. I drank ton’s of milk and read on here milk is bad for your bone’s. I also eat tons of yogurt and cheese. It seems every thing I try to help just bites me in the butt. I am raiseing my 13 year old adopted son and if something happens to me he is screwed as we have no other family. I am just panicked here about my health. I barely pay my bills and can’t order this book but I do keep checking the website often

  67. Joyce E Hall April 18, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Yeah Vivian, I loved your rebuttle. I too opted for a better way. With you help and the group sharing, I think I can get improved bones the natural way, your way. I was thinking about the times over my life when I went to a doctor to get help with This or That. I was always given a perscription to battle the problem with. I must say many times I didn’t get the perscription filled because I didn’t think the perscription description matched the systoms of my problem. I am so glad I did research for my diagnoses of Ostoporosis. That’s when I met the “SaveOurBones” program online. Without taking bad medications, I am learning to treat my bones better with diet and exercise. I believe my bones are responding! I am happy I found the “Program.”

  68. Michael April 11, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Vivian,
    As I’ve said before (but you never seem to publish anything that disagrees with your “theories”) you are a fear monger and are making money off of these threats to vulnerable individuals about science you know nothing about so it seems from your comments…you should ask for the newly available time Beck slot on Fox News Channels…you would fit right in!
    Most sincerely,
    Michael DiMuzio, Ph.D.

    • Gloria Jones March 30, 2012, 1:51 pm

      Your comment is typical, and what unsuspecting women believe. I gave up the idea long ago that doctors are gods and that prescription drugs were panaceas for every disease known to mankind. Well, I’m a lot smarter now, thank goodness, and I only go to naturopathic doctors that use supplements to cure diseases, the way God intended. If you think you’re so much more intelligent than God, you need help.

    • LynnCS January 10, 2012, 5:06 pm

      Michael..I can see you are really afraid that someone is going to pull the wool over your eyes. As I study this issue, I see so many people who agree with Vivian’s program. As I am one who took all the advise of my doctors and got worse, then started a Raw Vegan diet 6 months ago, and include the suggested supplemts, I have got better. I am experiencing a big turn around in my general health. Heart,digestion,strength,etc…have all improved. I have a way to go, but now I know I will keep getting better. I still work with a medical doctor and we are all working toward one goal. Health. Don’t be afraid. Jump on the health train and come along. It is amazing to feel the new resurgence of good health and vigor. Lynn

    • Rosalie Dann September 12, 2011, 10:20 pm

      FIRST DO NO HARM. Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath ??? I believe MANY Doctors, not all fortunately, have forgotten this oath and are purely out to make money. Many, many drugs are actually worse than the disease they are supposed to cure. It also seems that few doctors are even willing to consider a more natural cure which would not be so hard on the body, because they don’t get any kick-backs for it from a drug company. Doctors need to stop treating their patients like fools and start treating them again with respect. Start earning the trust we are obliged to put in you and your qualifications .

    • Alexis May 14, 2011, 7:55 am

      Michael, have you checked any of the real unbiased research showing how bad and USELESS those drugs are? Just another money making scheme for doctors that don’t want to look for real answers, greedy drug companies and the corrupt FDA that is killing people or destroying their lives with garbage! I wouldn’t touch those drugs if they paid me! OLD bone needs to be replaced with new bone, not left to create bone that looks good on Xray but is brittle – not to mention the idea of going blind or having the esophagus erode. There is plenty of information showing how bad these drugs are besides this site! But I guess you follow the dollar signs like the rest of the greedy ones!

      • Patricia Valiquette, Quebec canada July 23, 2011, 10:06 am

        Bravo
        for telling off these greedy cold hearted sopposed to be helping Human kind Dr’s
        Patricia

    • Kat April 16, 2011, 6:25 pm

      Michael you sound like the typical greedy doctors who are more concern with how much money they have in their bank accounts vs the safety of their patients. I took a bisphoshonate and experience many of the side effects that Vivian mentions. The worst side effects that I experience were difficulty swallowing, inflammation & ulceration of my esophagus, jaw pain, muscle and joint pain. The pain was by far the worst of the side effects because it kept me bedridden. I suggest you take this medication yourself and then you can see if Vivian is telling the truth! If you aren’t willing to do this than keep you vile and misleading opinions to yourself!

      • Patricia Valiquette, Quebec canada July 23, 2011, 10:08 am

        Good for you Kate

  69. Teresa March 14, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I have followed the advice in here, especially the exercise, and found that with my special vitamin supplement and strontium, my bone mass has increased by nearly 20% in 2 years. I was -3.0 T score in 2009 in the spine but increased bone mass until I am -1.8 T taken March 10, 2011. My doctor is amazed, and I am so happy to share this information with you all. Use the exercise bands, but a little stress on your spine and core with some exercise everyday, and walk everyday, either inside or outside. Also, within that period, I began babysitting my granddaughter and pick her up everyday for diaper changes, etc, and we have a daily dance session. I have done other things like moderate yoga, but I believe the vitamins supplements and strontium were the core benefit which helped me get the upper strength and move into healthier and stronger bones.

  70. Deb K. March 10, 2011, 10:26 pm

    Loved the “new” Sally Field ad! She should be ashamed of herself, touting dangerous lies about Boniva. Also, thanks, Vivian, for the info on the new Atelvia…………..I was wondering about this “new” drug, and shocked to find out it is just the same old book with a brand new cover………….No Thanks!

  71. Charles D. Bunner (Doc Bunner), LPN and Medically retired USN Hospital Corpsman March 1, 2011, 11:28 am

    My wife broke her right femur Oct. 7 2010 merely by stepping down one step. She had to have three surgeries. A week after her first surgery Oct. 13 there abouts the FDA came out with it’s recent statement about More increased risk of Femur and Femoral neck fractures. Yet they won’t pull it. Doctors today are more interested in pushing drugs ($$$$) instead of taking care of their patients. Every single one of them ought to be sued for breaking their Hipoccratic Oath of “Doing no harm to their Patients”!

    • Rosalie Dann September 12, 2011, 10:27 pm

      Thank you sir. That is exactly my thoughts. I was so glad to scroll down the page a bit further and find your message. We could do with a return of the ethics of some of the Doctors in the past. I’m sure they had their fair share of charlatans too but I believe the money hungry issue is rife these days. There are such big payoffs for promoting the drug companies. In my mind many of them are no better than the drug lords who sell cocaine, heroin, ‘P’ and the rest of that garbage.

  72. mary kilby February 26, 2011, 12:41 pm

    if all your comments are true about the bones why don’t the media take it up on TV like Sally Field. She talks why don’t you?

    • Linda July 9, 2011, 10:36 pm

      You need to find out who Owns the Media…

  73. Linda F. February 21, 2011, 5:23 am

    I want to thak you for telling the truth! I was diagnosed back in 2006, wasn’t to bad then. But now, I have gotten worse. I’ve tried just about every Osteo medicine, but all of it upset my stomach. So, I stoped taking it, and am so greatfull to have found your site. Last year I had Laser Spine Surgery for other back prblems, it has not helped. I have a hard time walking, and loose my balance alot. I feel and broke my arm, and am in pain 24/7. My son cooks dinner every night, which I am greatfull for, but still, I’m depressed because I use to do everything. Does Osteo cause pain? Or d you think that my pain is from my Scoliosis, Degenerative Disks, Herniated Disks? I’m 60 years old, and never thought that I’d end up this way. I am going to order your book, but I think it’s to late for me, because my T score is about as low as it can go.
    Once again, thank you for telling the truth, and helping people!

    • Patricia Valiquette, Quebec canada July 23, 2011, 10:15 am

      Dear Linda
      It is never too late to make a fresh start on your health
      there is a reason that you have come across Vivian’s site,
      God works in mysterious ways, and this is one of them, hurry up and get Vivians’s book, and start healling your body
      God bless you and listen to him
      Patricia

  74. Cheryl Loggins February 16, 2011, 2:28 pm

    I have been diagnosed with osteo with a-3.3 t score at the age of 45 now diagnosed at age 40 have not taken anything because I can’t afford it had a complete hysterectomy when I was 23 due to endemeterosis which is why they say I have osteo so bad lack of hormones is there any natural cure for this I had a fracture in T12 in 2007.

    • Patricia Valiquette, Quebec canada July 23, 2011, 10:16 am

      there is a natural cure for everything

  75. Lin February 12, 2011, 7:18 am

    I love your take on the advertisement. As you say,once diagnosed “you are on your own ” especially when you turn down the prescription that the consultant hands you. However I have found that your Save our Bones programme to be the most informative and helpful book and I am using the guidance in it to help me with the osteoporosis. As regards to this and everything else , the natural way is ALWAYS best .

  76. Karen Detweiler February 10, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I wish we could get Sally off the air, or even better, come on with truth/retractions! I am so angry. I have only osteopenia in my WRIST. The lying “diagnosis” is made based on your lowest score. I looked up some research reports, and bisphosphonates were not recommended for osteopenia or prevention. I told my doctor osteopenia was not uncomfortable, but the results of taking bisphosphonates are torture–severe general achiness; sharp pains in hands, thumbs, and shoulders; reflux; heart “fluttering”. My quality of life is greatly diminished, and now I am much weaker with poorer balance, thus more likely to fall. We are hearing more about the unusual fractures, but we do not hear much about these “lesser” [ha] side effects. We must get these drugs stopped.

  77. Doris February 8, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I have bad pain in my right hip. I had a scan and was told it is bersitis. The pain is so bad, I can’t roll over on bed. I have to sit up to change my position. I also have arthritis. I take calcium with magnesium and CQ10 and on protonix. I am in pain daily and hope this program can help my pain, I am 68 years old.
    Doris

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 15, 2011, 11:27 pm

      Hi Doris,

      Osteoporosis doesn’t hurt — unless there are fractures, of course. Although the program is not designed for pain, a pH balanced diet may help reduce inflammation, and the high levels of antioxidants inherent in the program (thanks to the alkaline veggies and fruits) may help as well.

  78. Denise February 3, 2011, 1:56 am

    I have been told I have ostopenia in my hips,I am a 57yr old flight attendant.with very littel pain or discomfort.What can I take to help?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 15, 2011, 11:29 pm

      Hi Denise,

      A natural program like Save Our Bones is your best bet! :)

  79. pat lavin February 1, 2011, 3:15 pm

    I broke my pelvis in an accident 2 years ago. I was tested after it healed and told I had the precursors to osteoporosis. I healed over a year but had hip pain and was told I had arthritis and needed a hip replacement. Had hip replaced and felt fine for about 6 months and then started having severe pain in my thigh where the stem fit into the femur. I’m still on crutches as it feels like it’s moving. Doctor says I need hip re-re-placement and they will glue the stem into the bone because the bone is not growing around the stem. Is there anything I can do to make this bone grow and keep from having to undergo another year of recovery and possible further complications or fractures. I take calcium citrate, K2, magnesium, D3, All the B’s, C, A, CQ10,veggies and fruits. What else can I do, or should I just go ahead and get re-replaced? It’s supposed to be a very complicated risky surgery. I’m a young 70 years and very active.

    • Tania September 3, 2011, 3:01 pm

      Hi Pat,
      Two years ago (I was 59)I had my third hip replacement and when they went in they found out that my pelvis was crushed as well. It was a very serious operation of course. I am glad that I went to Pittsburgh, Pa because there are only two surgeons in the US with the caliber of high care; one in California and one on the East coast. Of course i wish that i had never ever had to have one hip operation but I just wanted to encourage you. My surgeon is one of the best in the entire world and he has the credentials to prove it. If you want his address please let me know.

      • Carla Oswalt November 14, 2011, 5:59 pm

        Yes – I would like you to provide the East Coast Dr’s name. Thank you in advance.

  80. kathy shopa January 31, 2011, 10:04 am

    I love this article, every time sally fields still comes on tv spouting her lies, i would like to reach in and drag her out and make her tell the truth. my mother is 87, very smart, alert and still lives alone, with my and my sisters help. She faithfully has followed her doctors instructions on meds, takes her vitamins daily and eats very well. In other words tries to be as healthy as she can. Unfortuately she also took Fosamax for 10 years because she was told if she didn’t she would fall apart from osteoporosis. She was standing in her pantry, alone, when she heard a loud pop and fell to the floor when upper femur just broke off!! Fortunately we had her get a life alert wrist band or she could have laid there for a long time. She has never fully recovered, it has changed her end of life years(and ours) drastically. I am so angry about this, I feel like someone should pay for this. We have gotten on the class action lawsuit against Fosamax, but I figure the lawyers will be the ones to benefit on this not the woman who are suffering and will continue to suffer. Do you have any ideas how to get these companies that deserve to put in jail and pay for damages done?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 31, 2011, 11:16 am

      I’m so sorry to hear about your mother! I’ll let the lawyers deal with the class action suits; I’m doing what I can to help by focusing on my research into bone health and providing truthful information to those who want to hear it.

  81. Elaine Badnarik January 25, 2011, 12:52 am

    Hi Vivian:

    Thank you so much for sharing all the messages from people who have tried Fosomax, Boniva and others dangerous drugs. My family doctor prescribed Fosomax and it ruined my esophogas. I had to have my throat stretched and have trouble swallowing. Since then I have had acid reflux, indigestion and pain in my stomach. I have had terrible pain in my thighs, and excruciating pain in my spine with many fractures. They have made an invalid out of me and I used to exercise before going to work every morning, did Yoga and meditation for years.

    Let us share our stories and put Big Pharma on notice. Everytime I go to a doctor’s office I see at least three drug reps there. They bring large trays of cold cuts and cheese or cut up fruit and are taught how to shine up to the doctors. Mine told me that I either have sore thighs or I die! I could write a book about what the doctors have put me through. I used to be strong and healthy but listened to them and have damaged this body.

    Don’t get me started on statin drugs and Premarin and the side effects they cause. Now they want 2 yr. olds to take statins so they would avoid heart problems.

    My family doctor insisted I needed pneumonia vaccine and I have had pneumonia four times since then.

    Thank you for all you are doing. Reading about other’s problems I see I am not alone. We were told we had to have dairy products and meat at every meal. Countries where people don’t use dairy products have stronger bones.

    I thought doctors took an oath to help people get well but they are only interested in making more money.

    God Bless you and all those who have these health issues. Keep up the good work!

  82. Gwen Johnson January 24, 2011, 7:42 pm

    This was most enlightening. I am going to give this web site to two of my doctors, one is a chiropractor who believes in natural cures and the other is my family physician.

    Three times I have been scheduled for Reclast by my endocrinologist and 3 times I cancelled, the third time was after I found your website. Thank you so much for your continuing efforts to educate women on this subject.

  83. Shelley January 19, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Thumbs up on this commercial you have written! I know that because of the Sally Fields endorsement, having Reclast IV sounded like a supplement, not a drug! What was I thinking? I believe I was disarmed by the commercial for Boniva; then my trusted Gynocologist resommended it…why else would I let this drug enter into my body after a lifetime of avoiding drugs? I tell everyone to research into the drugs and give them your website…however, you are the one who has the knowledge and the background to get this out into the public. I wish I had seen a commercial such as yours before I found out I had Osteoporosis…I NEVER would have given in. More power to you!

  84. Cindy January 18, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a year ago and prescribed Boniva. After reading your book and experiecing some of the side effects of this drug, I told my doctor I was stopping the pills. I have been on your program for about a month. I understand the drug stays in my body for some time but how long? A year from now I will have to go back for another bone density test. If I stay on your program, will there will improvement within a year?

    • clara smith May 19, 2011, 7:33 am

      Several years ago my Dr. recomended Fosamax. I have not recovered since! She changed me to other kinds when I started to have symthoms listed on all the warning lists. I’ve started supplements and I’m doing better. The pain is not so severe now. My life is much more happer! I look forward to daily activities. I am convinced if I had continued with the different drugs, I would be in a Nursing Home or In the cemetary!!!! God helps those who help themselves! Clara

  85. Nellie Donaldson January 7, 2011, 10:55 pm

    Thank you for your truth. I tried Fosomax and developed trouble with my esphogus. I did Forteo injections but had to stop because of the sudden and intense pains in my legs.

  86. Mary January 1, 2011, 3:41 am

    I stopped taking Actonel after taking it for 10 years with little change in my bone density with taking it. My DEXA scan essentially was unchanged from taking the Actonel. With stopping the Actonel, I started my own plan, getting a blood test to determine my blood calcium level. I started taking 5,000 IU of D-3 per day for 3 months and little change was noted with the next blood test. Everyone is different and their ability to absorb nutrients is different. I am now taking 9,000-10,000 IU of D-3 per day and the doctor finds my bones to resemble bones of a 21 year old. Despite this huge change for me over only a one year period, no doctor seems to be interested in sharing this information and my success with his/her other patients. They only want to push the dangerous drugs. The pharmaceutical companies are not making anything off D-3. It’s so cheap. I pay only $5.99 for 100 – 2,400IU gel caps. When taking high does of vitamin D-3 it is important to do blood calcium level tests and D-3 tests every 3 months as well as to not take calcium supplements, and to restrict dairy products to avoid hyper-calcemia (too much calcium in the blood). I wish everyone who has osteopinea or osteoporosis could know my story. I am wondering if osteoporosis even existed when women spent much of their day outdoors in the sunshine. It is also being speculated that low levels of D-3 in pregnant mothers may be part of the problem with the huge rise in autism. I suspect, however, that this is only one factor and electromagnetic field exposure may be even a bigger contributor.

    • Kate June 20, 2011, 11:30 pm

      Mary, I have had very low vitamin D levels. It seems like I’m on RX Vitamin D for three months and off for three months, then on again, then off again. I have had Vitamin D levels ranging from a low of 8 to 35 which was my highest reading. I have just gotten off of another Vitamin D prescription and my Vitamin D blood test was at 57 which for me is unheard of. I am planning on continuing non prescription Vitamin D3 and am taking 4000 IU per day. My first and last Dexa scan was a -2.8 in the left hip and everything else was normal (whatever normal is). I also had a multitude of steroid injections in my lower back for pain and am thinking this could be part of the problem. When my doctor prescribed Boniva three years ago I refused the prescription, saying No thanks. She wants me to have another DEXA done but my feeling is why bother as it won’t change my mind about taking the drug anyway so why submit to all that radiation. What was your DEXA scan reading before taking the 5000IU of Vitamin D3 and what were the readings after. I just may have to up my dosage another 1000 IU. Also, if you don’t mind my asking, what is your Vitamin D level at. I have my vitamin D levels checked every three months on a regular basis. I think it is remarkable what you have done and hope to mimic your results. Thank you.

  87. Kathy D December 27, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Vivian,
    You did let me know about the calcium that I asked about Advacal but you
    did not let me know your thoughts on it Iam taking 1000milagrams 1000vitamin
    D3 600 magnesium 50milagrams ofK2 Iam69 years old with Osteoprosis in
    hip and spine eating fruits and fish and nuts and yogart

    • Maureen January 21, 2011, 5:35 pm

      I am taking the same Advacal supplement and would be interested in knowing what Vivian thinks of it as well.

  88. Louise Stewart December 3, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Hi Vivian;

    I thank you again for this email. Will be

    reading others that you send. I have many

    friends taking these drugs and am concerned

    over them. Louise

  89. Carol Ann Coish November 28, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Are Tylenol and Mitran ok to take for relief of pain? My knee joints get very swollen and I don’t take any drugs but do take tylenol and Mitran occasionally for pain relief and to reduce swelling when the cold pack isn’t effective. Would appreciate your comment. Carol Ann

    • Mary January 1, 2011, 3:45 am

      I use curcumin (tumeric), MSM and boswellia (an Ayurdic herb available from Whole Food or Banyan in Berkely, CA. These all seem to help a great deal with inflammation causing pain.

  90. Anna November 19, 2010, 12:05 am

    My doctor wants me to take Alendronate for my Osteoporosis in my hips (T 2.5 and 2.1) What is your opinion of this drug and what are the side effects–he never did mention any of these other than “some difficulty in swallowing”. Thanks!

  91. Rita November 6, 2010, 10:05 pm

    I just started taking Novo-Risedronate for recently diagnosed osteopina. Have no complaint. Any comments ?

  92. Bonnie November 2, 2010, 8:56 pm

    If Ms. Fields told the truth she would be out of a job – as you say, it’s all about the money.

  93. B November 1, 2010, 6:34 pm

    I liked this piece that you did vivian. I did see that commercial many times and have changed my mind about these drugs that do more damage than good. I am so looking forward to receiving your save our bones book which I have ordered but yet to receive. I have been waiting for 2 weeks now but this seems like a lifetime cause I want to start the program. Betty Scott

  94. David C. Dickson, Jr. October 22, 2010, 11:50 am

    I talked to an M.D. yesterday who said there was new information that not only Boniva, but all of the companies, that make prescripteion drugs classified as bisphonates, are subject to frax and some of the other bad things that youhave mentioned in this article.

    Do you know where that new and recent informanation can be found?

  95. Darlene Isom October 13, 2010, 11:23 am

    I was prescribed Bonavia after a bone density test, and at the time my doctor used the “scare tatic” to get me to take it, by telling me that I was subject to break a hip and become disabled or die as a result, if I did not take the drug(I was 57 at the time). I succumbed to the terrible fear of a fracture and took Bonavia for only 2 months, and ended up with terrible gastric problems, dental problems and severe aches and pains throughout my body which I had never before experienced. In short, I quickly realized I was worse off with the Bonavia. My doctor never admitted to the Bonavia being the cause of my discomfort however, after finding blood in my urine (which I had never had before) he agreed that I should stop taking it…(I viewed that as an admittance of sort…) I am now doing Vitamin D 1,000m daily and adding more of the right fruits and vegetables to my diet, and as well have purchased the Save our Bones program and am just very greatful for all of the information coming forth, that proves my initial instincts about not taking the synthetic drugs were right!

    • Mary January 1, 2011, 3:51 am

      You may want to get a blood test to find out how much D-3 is in your blood. Get the initial test to find out current blood/calcium level and D-3 level, start taking D-3 at a lower dose and then in 3 months get another test to see if you need more D-3 in your daily dose. After a few months more you will learn how much your body may need of daily D-3 and be prepared for a wonderful change in your bones.

    • kathe October 20, 2010, 10:13 pm

      Hi Darlene,

      May I suggest an increase in the Vitamin D. At least to4,000. Also I hope this Vitamin D3

  96. Nima October 7, 2010, 11:29 am

    I was on Bonviva but since i have read your artical i wish ti stop.But ifI will do my GP/Doctor would not give any medication or any direction.I really believe in natural/herbal medicine.I use wallnuts,Brazil nuts and Almonds with seeds and extra vitamine D,I go to GYM and keep my joints flexible.
    Only thing is that at present I cannot afford to buy your programe.If you have any information in the form of booklet or any other book published by you on this subject.
    I would be thankful if you let me know.

    You are one wonderful person andkeep up your good work.

    Nima

  97. Billie Sherwood October 5, 2010, 8:56 am

    What do you do if on Boniva and did not know this and now Dr says he can’t help me and neither can anyone else but sends me to a surgeon that suggest surgery and tells me when I change my mind come back..The surgery could kill me or paralize me or if I go on with the fractured T9 disc it could do the same I will be 77 in Dec. Now what Billie

    • Barbara Klein-Robuck November 11, 2010, 1:03 pm

      As Vivian reports, it is NEVER too late to stop the bisphosphonates. Note in my previous comment that there are safe clinically proven options to support bone/joint challenges. BarbaraKR

  98. elizabeth field September 28, 2010, 2:22 pm

    sorry i cant order your book at the present time but i would like to in the near future,iam verythankful for your emails because iam not taking any meds for my bonesthat my doctor prescribed, iam afraid of them,iam69 years of ageand enjoy hearing from you god bless you elizabeth

  99. Christine Farrell September 27, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I love the “spoof” advert. It’s far better than the real one!
    It is so good to read some hard-hitting truth and facts instead of just being spoon-fed on big business self-interest.
    I’ll be extremely interested also to read answers to the various questions in the other comments.

  100. Helga September 27, 2010, 11:12 am

    I got the yearly injection Zoledronate in July can I still take nature medicine? On the 5 off october the Dentist has to extract a tooth,do i have to worry???

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