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How To Test Your Bone Health At Home

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The human body is equipped with a remarkable alert system. When something is not quite right inside your body, it will manifest itself externally. It’s the body’s equivalent of a fire alarm.

This is especially true when it comes to the health of your fingernails. The appearance and quality of your nails are important indicators of your bone health. And when you know what to look for, they can give you clues to help you determine the state of your bone health.

Now this is hardly a scientific test, so it’s obviously not 100% reliable.

The funny thing is that the official bone density tests are unreliable too. It’s just that no one mentions that to you.

There are so many factors that play into the bone density test that you really have to take your results with a grain of salt.

But that’s not what you’re told.

Instead, you end up scared to death when you go in to get your results. No one gives you the information you need to meet the fear, see it for what it is (usually a lack of information), and get on with your life.

The Nail Test

My own nails have improved tremendously when I tested the Save Our Bones Program on myself (yes, I was my own guinea pig). It was just one of the many fringe benefits of the program, besides getting rid of osteoporosis.

They’re so strong that I have a difficult time cutting them! I prefer to keep my nails short because long nails interfere with my computer use.

Now let me show you how your nails are a “window” into your bone health and how you also can have strong and healthy looking nails.

What Your Nails Say about Your Bones

This technique isn’t new. For many years, long before equipment was used for medical diagnosis, it was known that fingernails could provide good clues to a person’s overall health.

As I write in the Save Our Bones Program, there are two direct indicators of possible bone loss that can be observed in fingernails.

1. White Vertical Lines

These appear on one or more of the fingernails, and the nails begin to split along the white lines. Vertical white lines on the nails are commonly associated with a shortage of calcium within the body.

2. Brittle Fingernails

The fingernails become brittle. They split or break easily, and their color turns to a pale white.

If your nails show either one of these characteristics, and especially if you have both, I recommend you get started on a natural osteoporosis treatment protocol right away.

Besides increasing your bone density and tensile strength, the Save Our Bones Program will help you retain the maximum amount of calcium in your bones. And your nails will become healthy, strong and beautiful fast – amazingly, you’ll notice your nails getting stronger within 48 hours of starting the Save Our Bones Program.

What Else Are Your Nails Saying?

Your nails have a lot more to say about your health.

  • Fragile nails with horizontal and vertical ridges can indicate a Vitamin B deficiency.
  • Rounded or curved nail ends, or excessively dry nails, can indicate a deficiency of Vitamin B12.
  • Fungus under or around the nails can indicate a lack of the “friendly” bacteria in the gut our systems need.
  • Spoon-shaped nails (where the nail end curves up) can indicate a lack of iron.
  • White spots can indicate a zinc deficiency (but if they’re just on a nail or two, it’s more likely to be the result of minor trauma – it could be a minor blow that you don’t even remember).
  • Dry, brittle nails can be an indication of lack of calcium. They can also indicate a lack of proper hydration.
  • Pale, very white nails are a potential indicator of anemia.
  • Frequent hangnails could mean a lack of sufficient Vitamin C, folic acid and/or protein.

It is of course important not to jump to conclusions based simply on the appearance of your nails. Nail issues, including all of those listed above, can have many causes and should be checked out by a health practitioner.

Nails: The Future of an Osteoporosis Diagnosis?

Here’s some news about a discovery that could change the way osteoporosis is diagnosed, making DEXA scans obsolete.

It would also be quicker, safer, and potentially much less expensive. Dr. Mark Towler, a researcher at the University of Limerick in Ireland, found that disulphide bond levels (which are instrumental in binding protein molecules to each other) are lower in people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.

He discovered that testing the disulphide bonds in fingernails could be an accurate way to assess bone health. Crescent Diagnostics, which was set up by Dr. Towler, conducted further clinical studies using the Bone Quality Test device (BQT), which assesses disulphide bond levels through a simple fingernail scan. So far, it appears that the results are at least as accurate as DEXA technology.

This method could even be used with fingernail clippings, so it would be possible to send your nails into a lab for testing and avoid the radiation exposure of DEXA scans.

The BQT device is not yet available. Patents are in the works, indicating that there are helpful and exciting developments on the horizon. For now, pay special attention to brittle nails and/or white vertical lines I mentioned earlier.

Fear of The Unknown is Terrible

Fear from a lack of understanding is no better. Both are unnecessary.

The Save Our Bones Program can help you end that fear. Because it spells out, in plain English, what you’ll never hear from your doctor about dealing with bone health the safe way.

As Your Bone Health Improves, So Will Your Nails

Your fingernails are a reflection of your bone health because they give you visible warning signs about the condition of your bones. It also means that you’ll have equally visible proof of your progress.

If you’re scared about the future of your bone health, get started with the program today.

Relief is available right now.

I look forward to hearing about your newly regained bone health reflected in your strong and beautiful nails, as you follow the Save Our Bones Program.

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  1. Lizzie August 31, 2014, 1:38 pm

    My last bone density scan – and several before that, indicated osteopenia, with density going either up or down a little bit between scans. The problem is that my last scan was well over 4-5 years ago. Now that I’ve had a bilateral hip replacement and have titanium hips, I’m told I can’t be scanned anymore. This is a heck of a thing! How in the world can people like me ever know what their density is? Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 31, 2014, 6:00 pm

      I wouldn’t worry, Lizzie. :) Bone density scans are an inexact science, and if you’re following the Program, you can be assured that your bones are likely in much better condition than the mainstream, who eats a very acidic diet. :)

  2. Pat May 6, 2014, 7:21 am

    I am so confused on what vitamins to take, my counts are terrible, I have a long life ahead of me, & my back hurts. I do have osteopenia. My nails are brittle, what nails I have, they are so soft. I was on fosamax since 2007, doctor took me off it yesterday. Please help.

  3. Jean April 1, 2014, 4:05 pm

    My recent conversation with regard to my right ankle giving out, going to the chiropractor and finding out about inflammation in my right leg, etc. has nothing to do with nails. But I must add that I too have vertical ridges on my fingernails since this page is about reading your nails. I also have fungus on my right foot toes- the last 3 toes and about 5 years ago I had the nails removed in hopes of curing the fungus. The nails grew back and were rough and became thick. After this last 5 days of diarrhea and while writing this I am noticing that three of my fingernails on my right hand are almost smooth again. I am now wonder if my diarrhea has something to do with my nails improving.

    • sima parr September 11, 2014, 10:05 am

      why can’t I bring up the replies?? this is the screen that comes up when clicking on REPLY to all the comments. i would like to read your replies to the comments before i make a comment. thank you.

  4. Jean Summitt April 1, 2014, 3:07 pm

    I have the NEW EXPANDED EDITION of Save our bones PROGRAM. I have not read all of this book but what I’ve read sounds like it has very valuable information. Must start over and read it through to the end. I am on bio-identicals estrodial 1 MG and progesterone 100 MG hormones. I am also on Nature Throid 2 Grain(130 mg). My reason for the hormones is to avoid osteoporosis. My alternative doctor prescribed the natural thyroid supplement. My regular doctor would like me to take Armour Thyroid prescription. Vivian , I would like your opinion or thoughts.

    • pam stratton April 23, 2014, 7:20 pm

      I have been told I have osteoporosis in the “fracture zone” and have been given a prescription for Actonel (which is still in the bottom of my purse. I try to maintain a dairy free diet and have been taking calcium with vit D supplements. I exercise more than most people I know and still my osteoporosis is worse than 2 yrs ago. The note from Jean S re Nature Thyroid got my attention as I have Graves Disease and am required to take synthroid daily. I am wondering if the synthroid is leeching the calcium from my bones or possible preventing the absorption of the supplements. I would be very interested in any feedback and would also like to know where to find Nature Thyroid.
      Thanks very much

  5. sheryl fletcher March 30, 2014, 10:07 pm

    Drinking Distilled water does not cause mineral depletion. That is an erroneous assumption based on one bad small study done decades ago that has since been disproven. People keep quoting this without realizing that the study was proven incorrect. It is amazing how bad information continues unquestioned for decades. Just because there are no minerals in distilled water doesn’t mean that minerals will be leeched from your bones. That is bad science.

    • Malcolm April 19, 2014, 5:49 pm

      Sheryl:

      Could you please provide the author or source of the study on distilled water not causing mineral depletion?

  6. Laura March 28, 2014, 7:20 pm

    I had a bone density test at the age of 55 years. The
    result was osteoporosis in my hip. I have been told I need to have another test to detect fracture risk and because my doctor is aware that I am not taking the Fosomax as prescribed. Although not perfect, I have been following your program for several years. Thank you for this program.

    I am still very nervous about having another bone
    density test and I have canceled several appointments for this reason. How often do you feel bone density
    tests should be taken especially after an osteoporosis
    diagnosis?

    Thank you.

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  8. SUSAAR J KRIGE January 11, 2014, 10:13 am

    In your answers of day 26 you have a link to Natures City and they have a long and very interesting article on AloeVera. I am interested in their product True Aloe MT. but when I tried To order their Special of 6 bottles I could not because their order form allows only orders to a few countries not to South Africa. Is it possible for you to help us in this matter as we would really like to try the True Aloe product.
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  9. Jane Graydon November 25, 2013, 6:59 am

    Recently diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine with a T Score of -2.8 and Z Score of -1.3
    I am a very slim 58 year old with small bones, and yet my fingernails look extremely healthy – strong, pink and no white lines – definitely not brittle. I was told I have a 5% chance of fracture within 10 years.
    I wonder if I actually have osteoporosis at all?!
    However, I intend to follow the Save Our Bones program just in case…

  10. Jan November 22, 2013, 7:36 pm

    This website is really interesting. I am interested in going on the Save our Bones diet (I always thought that my diet was pretty good but never really thought about the alkaline/acid balance). I need to do something because my scan shows -3.1.
    My worry is that my bmi is only 19, I am naturally a slim person. Somebody did ask about weight and not wanting to lose any (a lot of people have talked about the ‘bonus’ of losing weight and it wouldn’t be a bonus to me). Nobody seems to talk about how you can avoid losing weight on the programme and I would be grateful if I could be reassured that you needn’t lose weight on the programme.

  11. Janet November 1, 2013, 5:16 am

    Just stopped letrozole drug post breast cancer which is known to deplete calcium . I have osteopenia and have lost weight very petite slim . What is best calcium to take ?!

  12. Nancy October 17, 2013, 1:35 am

    Vivian,

    First of all I want to thank you so much for all the information I have received from you. I am scheduled to do a bone denisty test soon. I believe that my test will show improvement in my bones. I received your book, and I have been use the information.l My doctor is looking at Prolia, he said if my bones have not improved. I do not think I will be doing Prolia. What do you think about this new Prolia?

    I will continue to do your regime.

    Thank you again
    Nancy

    • annie December 14, 2013, 2:44 pm

      Nancy,
      I have not seen anything that has proven after all these years, that Prolia( is newer) Boniva, fosamax, reclast (which is deadly), etc. has help rebuild bones.. After using Fosamax for 5 yrs , there is now proof your femur bone can snap while just standing at your kitchen sink..
      Those drugs only wraps your bones (so to speak), and do not let your bones, rebuild new bone..
      You might want to take a look at Strontium for your bones..that said, there are allot of vitamins to take for your bones. We cannot eat all the vits that we need..And calcium alone is Not the answer ..

      Drs. only know what the Drug companies tell them..
      In med school , they might get 4 hours of alternative to drugs..

      Before you take any Osteo drugs, check them out, and not what your Dr. has to say..

      Food is medicine.
      Be proactive about your health.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 17, 2013, 6:16 pm

      Nancy, good luck with your bone density scan! Please don’t think, though, that lower scores mean you have to take Prolia, or any drug. The choice is yours! Have you searched for Prolia on this site? I have written about it in several posts. Here’s a good place to start:

      http://saveourbones.com/prolia-denosumab-review/

  13. Dorothy October 1, 2013, 2:42 am

    I’m another one with soft nails, so I look forward to y our comments about them. They break really easily – like, just tucking in the bed sheets – and I seem to have a perpetual small split in my thumbnails as they are always catching on things.

  14. Elizabeth O'Dea October 1, 2013, 1:59 am

    Hi Vivian,

    I have your Books and very much value your informative research and information that you send out to the Osteoporosis Community. Letters from your readers are also interesting and confirm exactly the terrible effects of taking prescription medication. It is indeed a confronting diagnosis for many and naturally patients seek genuine assistance in treatment. Your research provides the opportunity to make an informed decision and I thank you for your committment, care and dedication from which we all benefit.

  15. Sue September 30, 2013, 5:06 pm

    Why are fingernails, and not toenails, subjected to this home test? My toe nails have issues but my fingernails are fine.

  16. Luis September 30, 2013, 8:25 am

    Another good article Vivian. However, why no mention about dark streaks in the nails sometimes being an indicator of developing liver dysfunction?

  17. Kay February 22, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Hi Vivian,four months ago I had a thoracic spinal rupture(Spontaneous intracranial hypotension-cfl).I did 2 blood patches with the second procedure improved the CFL.My concern is how will the bones can repaired.I’m still having severe chest and back pains.At my age 55 yrs ,what are my chances of this happening?

  18. Marge February 18, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Is there a way to get email notifications of activity in this conversation?

  19. shirley February 18, 2013, 6:37 pm

    I am using a Senior Muscle Retention protein powder. 20g. daily in a shake
    with half of a banana, some ground almonds and flax seed. I usually put it
    in whole milk and a little fruit juice. Can this flush the calcium out of my bones?

  20. stella kogl February 4, 2013, 12:19 am

    I like to know more on the Save our Bones Program can I get help

  21. Mist December 3, 2012, 9:09 am

    Parasites are another cause of bone density decreases. I had undiagnosed tapeworm and my bone density tests went from very good for my age to osteopenia levels in 12 months.

  22. jean September 16, 2012, 4:54 am

    Ah the nails .I have suffered for years with soft nails and dry hard cutles .bring tested next month for celiac disease …I stopped gluten food for 1month annails improved a 100%…have had to restart gluten foods so to confirm if I am celiac and my nails really bad again .split skin soft nails .if I am celiac I realise my body had not been absorbingvitiams and minerals…very interesting .also my nails are so soft I don’t to cug I can just break them off myself .as always Vivian thank for your most informative article .

  23. Sharon August 30, 2011, 12:58 pm

    My fingernails tend to be soft. I take BioSil drops for silica which does make them harder.

    I would appreciate learning why fingernails can be soft? Does this correlate to weak bone strength or poor density?

  24. Linda June 20, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Thank you for all your interesting articles. They are very helpful and it is comforting to know that I am not alone in the uphill process of building new bone.

    I too have brittle nails which seem to be taking forever to repair. So will try changing my brand of calcium to an algae based one, I should have done this when I read the first article on calcium. I’m taking B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, omega 3, boron and K but have just realized no longer take Primrose oil which I used to do – maybe I should re-introduce Primrose oil?

  25. Sharron Morabito June 13, 2011, 1:04 pm

    My nail are peeling from tip to nail bed and some are splittling from tip to nail bed. Is there a vitamin to repair this problem. I have your program but do not find any information on this problem. Thank you
    sharron@charter.net

  26. Giovanna, UK April 9, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Dear Vivian
    I had been diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of 47 and I had a terrible doctor who did not tell me what I should do. I am now 52, with a new doctor who send me for a second bone scan and found that my osteoporosis has become worse, to -3.6 which she said is very high. She gave me a prescription of Alendroni Acid which I took only twice and don’t want to take anymore as I am scared and I felt terrible. I just oredered your programme and I am very hopeful that you are telling the truth and that you are a real person and not a marketing company, that would be devasting as I am desperate to find a cure for osteoporosis. My doctor said if I don’t take Alendronic Acid I will for sure have a fracture, in the hip or spine. I am terrified and I look forward to follow your programme with hope that you are real and you offer a real solution. I thank you and I will let you know my progress on this web site which I find intersting but a bit too agressive on the sale aspect! Thank you very much for giving me hope, I hope I will not be disappointed. God bless. Giovanna.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 9, 2011, 8:59 pm

      I can assure you that I’m a very real person, Giovanna! :) About your doctor’s scare tactics, this blog post should bolster your courage and your spirits: http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-doctor-scare-tactics/

      • Giovanna April 12, 2011, 7:20 am

        Many thanks Vivian.
        I look forward to do your programme.
        I guess my doctor had no choice because I did not do
        any treatment since I was diagnosed 5 years ago
        and now my osteoporosis has deteriorated of 8%, as
        resulted from the bone scan I have just done.
        I will do the programme as soon as possible as I am
        terrified that my condition is already very serious.
        Thank you very much for giving me hope!
        Regards, Giovanna UK

  27. katie March 27, 2011, 10:10 am

    Wanted to share a bone-friendly recipe I have started preparing and drinking each day. Very simple to make in a blender: 1/8 cup hulled sesame seeds, a handful of pumpkin seeds, a handful of almonds, cinnamon to taste, add water and blend. Serve over oatmeal or just drink! Yummy!! katie, San Diego

  28. jane March 25, 2011, 8:36 pm

    I have had a DXA scan recently and the bone mass density in my spine had not got worse – minus 2.l so I was delighted. I take chewable calcium tablets, Adcal-D3 calcium carbonate plus D3,(on prescription), once daily; liquid glucosamine l,500mg Activjuice for Joints and fish oil or linseed oil. Although the Adcal contains additives (sucrose and soya oil as well as artificial flavouring) it has helped as explained and the other supplements have helped control osteoarthritis in my knees and ankles, etc. I have also found Osteocare tablets good although expensive and difficult to swallow, although it is possible to get a chewable variety.

  29. Freeda Finn March 24, 2011, 8:49 am

    I recently was told by an osteopathic doctor that the best exercise to increase bone density was jumping on a trampoline. Is this true?

    • jane March 25, 2011, 6:32 pm

      I had already learnt that white flecks on fingernails also vertical ridges indicated a lack of calcium but have found my own fingernails have become more ‘ridgy’ as I aged.
      Perhaps this is inevitable? I do not have the white flecks.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2011, 2:21 pm

        Hi Jane,

        Your fingernails are just a window into your health, and ridges or other appearance issues can have many possible causes. If you’re concerned, have a health practitioner take a look.

  30. Erlinda Siaton March 21, 2011, 1:36 pm

    Thank you very much for the information. I used your book as my reference when I am in doubt. My family doctor never recommend me a bone density test. Five years ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I started eating vegetables rich in calcium and avoided red meat. I exercised daily too. I think I am okay cause I did not have any fractures inspite of my falls. I boiled water for drinking. Thank you for your research.

  31. Patricia VanReenan March 20, 2011, 6:01 pm

    Still anxious to find out your idea on “ganoderma”, used in coffee to balance the ph. Have you heard of this?

    • George March 28, 2011, 7:58 am

      Hmm… A trampoline? Probably not the best although fun. Impact is the thing, but do not go for English rugby or American football. Sitting on your washing machine if it vibrates a lot in spin mode is good! Hard soles that clatter as you walk is another, although this may annoy everyone else. Weight bearing in short bursts is another. In short brief stressing is the order of the day. But Vivian knows more about this than me for people who are at the ‘chicken bone’ stage and are now engaged in getting to the ‘turkey bone’ stage.
      Best
      George

  32. beverly kendall March 20, 2011, 5:31 pm

    my dtr wants me to take 1,000 mg of vitamin D. I have side effects to the D. The dtr said there was no side effects but for me that was not true. I had bone pain and frequent urination and headache. im now osteporises stage. they also gave me actonel but i ended up in the emergency room from severe bone pain. could not straighten up. bad pain. what can i take to improve my bones. i am 4ft 11 inches and weigh 98 lbs. i very worried. my fingernails split crack and peel . pls help me save my bones. i also try to put stress on my bones by walking everyday for 45 min to 1hr a day. any advice would be very much appreciated. thank you again. Beverly

  33. bea March 20, 2011, 5:13 pm

    vivian every morning i have myself a smoothie it hah fruit and yogurtand a little organic honey in it and then i have a piece of toast with peanut butter on it am i doing this right or is it to much fruit your answer would really be appreciated i also have a poached egg on toast some mornings i will be so glad when your cook book comes out i hope it is soon .thank you bea

  34. Carol Reed March 20, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I have a dark line on my big toe nail. I wonder what that means?

    • Kay Ellen June 18, 2012, 8:05 am

      Check this quickly.A friend with lots of moles was having them checked and this was noticed on his toe and the toenail was removed as it can “maybe” be a melanoma sign. Thankfully his was clear but needs to be checked. Cheers

  35. Anne Logan March 19, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Wow! I have seen an improvement in my formerly brittle nails since I have been on the program and I was wondering if the improvement had to do with my changes in diet and supplements. They rarely break or chip any more and are generally stronger and better looking! I am not a tee-totaler on the diet, but I am probably at 50% compliance and I have switched calcium supplements. I used to take calcium carbonate and now I take an algae-based calcium. Thank you, Vivian!

  36. Genevieve Smith March 19, 2011, 6:32 pm

    HI Vivian,
    Thank you for this information. It made me feel good. My nails are probably the strongest thing on my body, so that makes me have
    hope. I am exercising more, and that helps, too. I just had a bone density test, and the results are encouraging. No changes in the last year.
    Thank you for your dedication to the Save Our Bones Program.

  37. Shelley March 19, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Vivian,I have acrylic nails; could this same method work on toenails?

  38. Janet Hillier March 19, 2011, 10:02 am

    Vivian, I thoroughly enjoy reading all your comments on health and exercise and what is best for us all. It was very interesting to hear about what we can see is wrong with us, just by looking at our nails. You really are a ‘star’ giving us all so much of your time.It is very much appreciated.
    Jan Hillier.

  39. alene March 18, 2011, 3:33 pm

    my nails are very soft and brake easily……

  40. Marilyn March 18, 2011, 10:03 am

    Although the article on fingernail health is a good general nail health article it fails to mention that those people with Graves Disease, after iodene radiation and normal thyroid hormone levels, will not regain normal strong healthy nails in all cases. The eye disease which accompanies Graves Disease and the nail condition can continue on even when Graves Disease has been diagnosed and treated. So do not be discouraged if you are following a healthy alkaline diet and you do not see improvements in you finger nail health if you have or have had Graves Diesease.

  41. Nu Ly March 18, 2011, 6:46 am

    Last year, I had brittle fingernails. This year, it seems much improvement. But I am still
    not sure, my diet can increase my bones density. Thank you.

  42. linda March 18, 2011, 12:33 am

    Hi Vivian, Thanks for the article on Nails. My nails are the best they have ever been but still have a way to go with the length-wise (vertical) ridges Not bad since I turn 65 at the end of thid year! There is always hope.
    Thanks again.

  43. Sashenka March 17, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Ohmigosh! Fingernail lines! Yes. I just spent two hours doing an internet search on longitudinal lines on my nails. I’m 70 and this is a new problem. I know I sometimes forget to take my calcium and slow to get back to active life after an illness but this is going the wrong way. I’m taking the three of the CostCo oyster shell Ca ++ 500 MG with 400 IU of Vitamin D. Should I change the type? I know you went over this in the “kit” but I can’t put my hand on my materials right now. I also take fish oil, Vit E, glucosamine, and a “drugstore” multivitamin.
    oh yeah, another thing about my bones: I’m getting bone spurs lots of them — hands, elbows, feet,spine — so how do I re – direct my calcium to go back to the right place (into me bones!)
    thank you for your research

    • connie March 18, 2011, 12:24 am

      For almost 10 years I used every product on the market. My blood calcium was ok, but I could not get my Vitamin D any higher than 23. It should be over 30 at least to get the calcium into your bones.
      Nothing worked for me until I found Natures Bounty Vitamin D in a liquid softgel that comes in 1,000; 2,000; or 5,000 IU’s. They also have liquid filled absorbable calcium softgels. 2 gels have 1200 mg’s of calcium and 1,000 IU’s of Vitamin D.
      I take 5000 IU”S of Vitamin D every day. My vitamin D level finally came up to the 50’s.

      I also take 1200 mg’s of Calcium daily. The Nature’s Bounty works really well.

      • Sue March 19, 2011, 8:59 pm

        Where do you find Nature’s Bounty supplements?

        Thanks,
        Sue

        • Flo May 27, 2011, 1:37 pm

          Try Vitacost.com.
          A wonderful company that sells many brands of vitamins plus many organic nuts and seeds.

        • barbgarrison March 20, 2011, 3:07 pm

          I to want to know where to bet Naure Bounty Vitamins.

      • Sashenka March 18, 2011, 4:17 am

        Thanks, Connie. I’ll check it out

    • linda March 18, 2011, 12:12 am

      Hi Sashenka, The latest research suggests way more vitamin D3 than that, something in the order of 5,000 units! We also need more magnesium. I take Mag Chloride which is easily absorbed. They say chelated Mag and Calcium is also good and absorbed well but more expensive

      • Sashenka March 18, 2011, 4:18 am

        Thanks, Linda
        I guess I’m worth the extra bucks

  44. Kathleen March 17, 2011, 8:52 pm

    Many thanks Vivian for all your informtive articles and especially for drawing our atteniton to our nails.

    Several writers asked about horizontal lines in nails. These lines are not white. Kindly explain the emaning of this condition in one of your caring letters.
    Kathleen

  45. St.John de Zilva March 17, 2011, 8:43 pm

    A friend of mine suffered a condition called RSD and one of the early symptoms he evidently had was that his finger nails acquired lines from cuticle to the tip of his nails they were not white etc but just streaks on both sets of digits. He does not suferr any calcium deficiency or any such vitamin deficiency in any way his diet comprises of eating fish etc at the very least once a week, if not usually twice. What is your diagnosis on such a symptom

  46. Linda F. March 17, 2011, 8:04 pm

    Thanks so much, Vivian, for posting the article about the connection with our nails and Osteoporosis. I used to have nice nails, but for the past few years, I have noticed them getting very weak, and curving or some bending under at the end. Now I know why, and what to do about it. Thanks so much, for all of your valuble information!

  47. Mary Casey March 17, 2011, 7:15 pm

    Hi Vivian,
    I have been on to you before you may remember I am a hemipelvectomy amputee living in Ireland.I have just had my swcond Dexa Scan and am pleased to report a big improvement my hip gone from -2.60 to -2.00 and my spine from -1.5 to-1.3 without the drugs.I am also pleased to read your artical about the nails as I live in Ireland.
    Thanks for your help
    Mary Casey

  48. Maurine Stevens March 17, 2011, 7:07 pm

    Thanks Vivian, Your articles are always interesting and informative.

  49. Shula March 17, 2011, 5:17 pm

    Thank you for this great informative article on nails. I have lots and lots of ridges along my nails, however they’re not white, and the nails themselves aren’t brittle and don’t split. So in spite of the detailed information – I can’t tell what’s my bone situation.
    Shula

    • patty March 17, 2011, 7:16 pm

      i have the same question as shula, interested in the reply, also have u got this programme in spanish languagesince i have many sisters interested but do not read the english lang.

    • bev March 17, 2011, 6:10 pm

      Hi Yeh I have the same thing my nails seems really hard & thick & I only have vertical ridges on a few of them, I take Caltrate Plus & ostevit-D, Daily. I still worry every day about my osteo as I was told I had it at 40 yrs old.

  50. Beatrice March 17, 2011, 4:56 pm

    i keep reading that milk is not good for our bones. i drink 1% every morning with my cereal which i really enjoy,so now i’ve tried soy milk which isn’t bad especially the flavored ones,i even tried almond and rice milk which i don’t like,so now i’m back to 1% milk..What do you recommend?

    • George March 28, 2011, 8:08 am

      Stay away from the Soya – not good at all. To be honest a bit of milk is ok but not a lot. For instance in tea, although the anti oxidant efficacy is reduced. Strong tea has loads so not too much to worry about there. Some Greek physician whose name esacpes me said it all “The poison is in the dose” meaning that many ‘bad for you’ things are only bad for you at certain levels. For instance a bit of salt is good. A lot is not. However, Soya products are less healthy than some think as are vegetable oils. Olive oil is fine for instance but many vegetable margarines are much less healthy than butter.
      Best
      George

    • KAREN March 19, 2011, 12:55 am

      NO MILK AT ALL – TRY CLOUDY APPLE JUICE ON YOUR CERIAL (MUSELI (NOT TOASTED) THE BEST ONE TOO) WITH LOTS OF FRESH CUT UP FRUIT YUM YUM – JUST CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS AND LOTS OF GREEN LEAFY VEGIES AND ALL THE OTHER GOODIES THAT VIVIAN RECOMMENDS IN THE SAVE OUT BONES PROGRAM

  51. Carole March 17, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Thank you for this helpful information. How does hypothyroidism fit into this equation? I take Armour Thyroid and I cannot seem to get off it and my doctor told me that if we increase the dosage, it will rob my bones. I am in your save bones program, but still do not have restored nails. Any advice? Thank you for giving us hope.
    Four years ago, I dropped the actonel after taking it three years. Blessings,

  52. Marlene March 17, 2011, 4:27 pm

    I’ll start here: Lumbar spine: T score is -2.1. Someone please tell me – where do I begin with the program?? It all seems so overwhelming!

    • Kay March 18, 2011, 12:04 pm

      Marlene,
      Don’t be overwhelmed. You can do it. Get the book, read and study it, read the website and do the best you can.
      For the others who are still drinking cows milk or taking any of those inorganic calcium supplements, etc., your questions are all answered all ready.

    • Marlene March 17, 2011, 4:29 pm

      Oops! Meant to say that my T-score is -2.1 (Lumbar spine t-score is -1.9)

  53. alana demers March 17, 2011, 4:19 pm

    Vivian, I too have wondered about your emphasis on distilled water. I have your soft bound book but, when I have discussed your reasoning for distilled water with homeopathic practitioners, they have strongly disagreed. This has kept me in limbo as I do NOT want to lose more mineral density. Please clarify for us your research on this very unique approach to the water type we drink. Thanks!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2011, 3:56 pm

      Hi Alana – Please see my reply to Jacqueline.

    • KAREN March 19, 2011, 12:57 am

      reverse osmosis filters have just been put on our drinking water tap and i have been led to believe this is the way to go with water – my naturopath recommended it to me…..

      • Paula March 22, 2011, 3:15 pm

        Our naturopath also said reverse osmosis drinking water was the way to go & suggested a portable countertop type of reverse osmosis filter if we didn’t want to go to all the trouble & expense of the under sink installation. (It cost approx $220 from the U.S. We also boughta fairly large glass container at the water depot & fill up with their reverse osmosis water each week (which our naturopath tested in their LAB to make sure the source was legit – you should be able to see how & where their water is coming from (otherwise it may be just plain tap water) so ask to see their source first before you pay to fill up! The distilling water machines are both expensive (over $700) and not practical because they can hardly keep up with your water demand!

        • Jean Summitt April 1, 2014, 3:42 pm

          I have the NEW EXPANDED EDITION of Save our bones PROGRAM. I have not read all of this book but what I’ve read sounds like it has very valuable information. Must start over and read it through to the end. I am on bio-identicals estrodial 1 MG and progesterone 100 MG hormones. I am also on Nature Throid 2 Grain(130 mg). My reason for the hormones is to avoid osteoporosis. My alternative doctor prescribed the natural thyroid supplement. My regular doctor would like me to take Armour Thyroid prescription. Vivian , I would like your opinion or thoughts.I must say, I’ve been on many supplements as well and now I have a weak right ankle,have fallen and now am going to a chiropractor and she is treating me for inflammation on each side of my right leg all the way up to my right dimple of my backside. I believe the inflammation is in the soft tissue. I have felt soreness when I would push the outside area of right knee and upward but never imagined it could be related to the area on my right side just above my buttocks at the right dimple. I also have diarrhea and had a packaged salad mix the night before going to chiropractor five days ago, and have not been able to stop the watery diarrhea. Was eating saltine crackers and drinking Gatorade . Am now on ginger ale, black tea, and saltine crackers after speaking with a pharmacist. Today I had some plain Oiko yogurt, 0% fat. I don’t know if I have a virus or not. I don’t get flu shots. And I don’t feel sick.

        • George March 28, 2011, 8:12 am

          I have reverse osmosis fitted – what a boon. No more being stuffed to the gills with all manner of garbage. Keeps my cooking utensils free from scale as a side benefit as well. Much better than distilling for cost.

  54. Linda Andrews March 17, 2011, 4:10 pm

    That would be really great about fingernail testing. For now the jury’s still out for me. I’m scheduled to have a DEXA in the next month. I’ve been trying to stay on a healthy bone-diet for the last three years. Took Fasomax for about two or three years and then stopped — been off it for about two years. Hoping for a dexa with improved numbers because of the diet. Keep us posted.

  55. Jacqueline March 17, 2011, 2:31 pm

    What is the rationale for drinking distilled water for the Save Our Bones program? I have been told repeatedly by holistic care practitioners that distilled water strips away minerals our bodies need. Thanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2011, 3:54 pm

      Hi Jacqueline,

      One of the main functions of water is hydration. But water is also a great cleanser of toxins. Like rainwater, distilled water is pure – two hydrogens for each oxygen (H2O). Distilled water helps the body get rid of the minerals that your cells cannot use. In other words, it only collects minerals that have already been rejected or excreted by the cells. Once you add a few drops of fresh lemon juice before drinking it, distilled water becomes negatively charged. Toxic acidic residue is positively charged, and since opposites attract, distilled water with lemon juice is a powerful detox and alkalizing drink.

    • linda March 18, 2011, 12:24 am

      Hi Jacqueline, I use only distilled water ( or rainwater from out in the country) mainly because I do not want to take in all the inorganic stuff as well as chlorine and fluoride that is in our tap water! The body has to get rid of it and could be ‘damaged’in the process. Now there are organic minerals you can buy and mix into the distilled water.

  56. Carol March 17, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Today I got the results of my BMD test. I have made progress but the progress is only +.1 and +.2 on both my spine and femur from where it had been (-2.4 – Spine, -2.7 Femur currently up from -2.5 and -2.9 respectively). I am still well in the negative ranges and would like to improve.

    I’ve been on the Saveourbones diet for 2 years balancing Acidifying and Alkalinizing foods according to this diet plan. I drink distilled water. I do confess that at times I eat other things because this diet leaves me so hungry. When I get too hungry I crash from low blood sugar levels – a diagnosed condition. I do my best to stick with it but there are times when I can’t.

    I have made sure I eat the high glycemic items listed in the Alkalanizing column to balance the Acidifying foods but I still get hungry as I am a very active person. I’m not sure what to do to avoid eating somthing Acidifying that keeps the weight and sugar levels up. I am not skinny but I am no where near overweight and people think I am much younger looking at my physique. I do not have a medical condition that makes me lose weight but stiking strictly with this diet makes me lose weight. Also, I have trouble getting access to many foods on the list where I live. I get bored eating the same old but I do it any way. Then to not have better results than I was hoping for is a bummer. I spend a lot of time on food prep in order to each according to this diet – means packing lunches and dinners – and have a crazy schedule as I am a parent, a wife, and a full time student at the age of 56.

    Any fresh ideas out there as to a remedy to this situation?

    • Dorothy Lutz February 18, 2013, 6:34 pm

      I need to gain weight. How can I do that on this diet? Thanks.

    • linda March 18, 2011, 12:47 am

      Hi Carol , I found a very interesting web site re a ‘Salad box’ The site is by Paul and Ann Malkmus:
      ampm.hacres.com
      They have a very helpful utube video. It involves preparing a lot of food for the week. It is well worth a look. My working daughter found it very helpful too.

    • Irma March 17, 2011, 7:04 pm

      In my opinion, taking the time for food preparation is paying it off; you will not lose more weght and also you will not be overweight, you are fine; keep doing the hard work, not matter what.

  57. Barb March 17, 2011, 12:59 pm

    WOW! I have had a white line on my big toe for last few years. Have been filing it down, didn’t relate it to my bones. Was diagnosed in Nov. 2010, have been taking supplements, eating better and the new nail growth no longer has the white line, I just took my shoe off and checked after reading your article. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  58. Karen Swart March 17, 2011, 12:28 pm

    How safe is the Reclast Infusion Treatment for strengthening your bones?
    Do you recommend it?

  59. Kay March 17, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Vivian,
    I appreciate your help and advice. I have your book and have been following your advice for two years. My foot cramping (a sign of calcium deficiency) has improved, but I have failed to acheive an alkaline ph and I still have vertical ridges in all finger nails, although they are not white, but some are a darker color, and the tips peel. I take a multiple vitamin, 5-6 Garden of Life Raw calcium, a fish oil and a gloucosimine chondroitin MSM, drink distilled water (8 glasses a day) and hike 6-8 miles in the local mountains Although a Jones fracture (5th metatarsil) two years ago put me out of regular strenuous martial arts 4 nights a week, I have been a pro athelete in several sports and have a dance background. I am fit and adgile, but petite and very small boned.
    Should I swithch to Algae Cal?
    What more can I do?
    I would never have taken bisphosponates and am appauled at how little my dentists know, after having had two teeth removed in recent years and jaw bone loss. My bone doctor threw up his hands and walked out of the office during what I thought was a civilized discussion on diet versus bisphosphonates.

    • Marge February 18, 2013, 9:14 pm

      I have your book and get your emails, Vivian, and am very happy to be acquainted with you. Really appreciate your work. I have osteoporosis but have good teeth & nails (and am doing all I can to keep them that way). Have had 2 infusions of Reclast. I know I know. I’m thinking of adding “AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost Now” to my regimen. Would like to hear any comments from anyone about this.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2011, 4:00 pm

      Hi Kay,

      pH values fluctuate throughout the day, so it is quite possible that you reach ideal pH levels (6.3 roughly for saliva and urine) throughout the day and aren’t aware of it. If you’re checking first morning saliva or urine, you might want to have a 100% alkalizing snack before bedtime and drink plenty of water w/ lemon juice to cleanse throughout the day.

      I’m sorry (but not entirely surprised) that your doctor walked out of the office — perhaps he skipped the elective nutrition course in Med School… ;)

      As far as your nails, you can try some whey protein isolate or concentrate (around 15 to 20 grams/ day). It is highly alkalizing and nails are made of protein.

  60. Debra Grollman March 17, 2011, 11:53 am

    I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis but do not take any medication for it, but adhere to a healthy diet and exercise. I do however have vertical ridges on my nails, as did my mother who was diagnosed with ostelpororsis, but my nails do not split along those ridges.
    Any comment on what that might be?

  61. Amale Yacoub March 17, 2011, 11:02 am

    Hi!Vivian,

    I was diagnosed with osteoporosis early last year but didn’t take any medicine,I’m just taking some calcium & vitamin d,I’m sure this is not enough with my poor diet.I’m so worried about my health and not sure where to start.Is your book available here in Australia?I asked in some book shops but they never heard of it.I really admire your strength and determination, I Hope I would have the courage and the ability to make a complete change of my life style that accompanied me my whole life.
    Thank you so much for all your effort

  62. Barbara Marks March 17, 2011, 10:43 am

    Re nail problems, ie. vertical ridges, do you
    think this might be due to my recent high TSH
    level of 9.43 or is it definitely due to a lack
    of calcium? I have recently been prescribed a
    low dose of Thyroxin by my GP and am wondering
    whether this will help the nail problem as well. I would appreciate your advice please.

    • Emily Fieger March 17, 2011, 3:25 pm

      What is the TSH test?

      • alana demers March 17, 2011, 4:11 pm

        It determines how well your thyroid is functioning. Numbers outside the “normal” range indicate hypothyroidism

  63. Brigitte March 17, 2011, 10:41 am

    Hi Vivian:
    I too had nail problems, vertical line, splitting and brittle. I was advised to take Silcea and have found my nails are really getting strong and hard. My question is, if it does that for my nails, is it also good for increasing my bone density, along with, of course the 80 – 20 ratio of alkaline vs. acidic foods. I do not do well with calcium suplements but do take magnesium.
    Thanks for your input.
    Brigitte

  64. Brigitte March 17, 2011, 10:39 am

    Hi Vivian:
    I too had nail problems, vertical line, splitting and brittle. I was advised to take Silcea and have found my nails are really getting strong and hard. My question is, if it does that for my nails, is it also good for increasing my bone density, along with, of course the 80 – 20 ratio of alkaline vs.

  65. Barbara Marks March 17, 2011, 10:33 am

    I was very interested to read about nails as I am quite worried about mine having vertical ridges of late. I thought it might be caused
    by my TSH level being a worrying 9.43 (for which my GP has prescribed a low dose of Thyroxin to start with). Do you think this
    might be the cause of my nail problem or is it
    just down to inadequate calcium intake? Your
    opinion would be appreciated please.

  66. PAT March 17, 2011, 10:25 am

    i HAVE BEEN ON ALL KINDS OF oSTEPORIS MEDS AND NOTHING SEEMS TO HELP…THE LATEST IS bONEVA….WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME ?????? pAT

    • KAREN March 19, 2011, 1:01 am

      buy and read the save our bones program it has all the answers and the back up from vivian vai email is just what we need to keep on track….. i began 2 years ago after diagnosis refused all the drugs offered and am due for another bone density test next month – i am sure all will be better
      and for no other reason that i feel healthier and a bonus of weight loss was fantastic.

  67. Lauren March 17, 2011, 9:54 am

    I am confused. I have switched over to distilled water. Previously I was drinking 8 glasses of tap water daily. My naturopath doctor has told me that distilled water will hasten mineral depletion in my body.Your book has not yet arrived and I’m hoping that it will help me to understand the distilled water component of your program.

  68. Marion March 17, 2011, 9:18 am

    Hi Vivian,
    The indicators of nail health is interesting but doesn’t cover my problem. My nails have a tendency to split (a few mm.)horizontally below the level at which they can be cut. Any idea what that indicates please?
    Marion (UK)

    • Gloria Bott March 17, 2011, 10:12 am

      No, but if you find out please let me know.
      Thanks
      Gloria

  69. Joyce E Hall March 17, 2011, 8:11 am

    Vivian,
    To say “I Knew That” really makes me a dunce… I did know this and have often commented to my friend Tina, the nurse about nails telling a story about overall body health. Two years ago, I had my nails replaced with false ones. After about eight months I couldn’t stand it and had them removed. It took over one year for my nails to begin to return. I went to two or three Nails specialist and asked for help. They just wanted to replace my nails with Fakes ones again. I knew something was wrong with my nails not growing. I can’t understand why I never went to a doctor, because I knew about Nail Health and that they are an indicators of many health problems which you mentioned and some I headed, like I knew about lack of B12 and poor nail quality. I new about Anemia and poor nail coloring.

    The short time I have been doing Vivian’s “Save Our Bones Program” I am seeing my nails start to grow. I see pink coloring under my nails and an eighth of an inch of white crest growth on the end of each finger. Thank you for your newsy article on Nail Health..I was glad to hear that if we pay attention to our outside health,we can learn something important about our inside health.

    Thanks again and you bet I’ll be rating my nail health on a daily bases!It will be my indicator of “Calcium Absorption” in this program I’m learning so much more about my physical health.

    I found another great way to “Save My Bones” and restore my bone health through “Vivian Goldschmidt’s Save Our Bones Program”. It really works, and I am seeing a visible difference on a daily basis. Thanks again Vivian, Joyce

  70. Margarita March 17, 2011, 7:24 am

    Yes, Vivian, we could not forget about Japan even we wanted to – and we all feel for them and pray for them (and mankind).
    Thank you for the new information (and the exciting news of a new method to test bone density)! That would be great – hope it will be “in operation” soon.
    Margarita

  71. Mary Jane Grande March 17, 2011, 7:13 am

    Is a supplement such as “Osteo Bi-Flex” worth taking? It is 1500mg of Glucosomine, 1350mg of “Joint Shield” and 1250mg of Chondrotin/MSM Complex. I have been taking it for several years and I think it helps flexability. Any feedback on this product?

    • Suzanne Law March 17, 2011, 1:17 pm

      Whether these supplements work varies by person. I understand that the molecules are rather large and that not everyone can absorb them.

      European studies have gotten different test results on glucosamine supplements than US studies. The supplements were considered effective in the European studies and inconclusive on the US studies. I think this is because the Europeans studied glucosamine sulfate and the US studied glucosamine HCL.

      I take glucosamine sulfate 750 mg twice a day. I take it to help my knee joints. Without it my knees ache and make a clunking sound as I go up stairs. After taking glucosamine sulfate version for a couple years, I switched to glucosamine HCL for ease of availability and cost. It did not work for me! My symptoms returned. After switching back to glucosamine sulfate, it worked again. Unfortunately for me, most of my area (Maryland) grocery stores have stopped carrying the sulfate version. The supplement you reference includes glucosamine HCL, so it would not be effective for me.

  72. Merilyn Inman March 17, 2011, 7:07 am

    Thanks Vivian:
    Once again valuable information you have provided. It is very much appreciated.
    Thanks for all the hard work you do.

  73. Shashi March 17, 2011, 7:03 am

    A very useful information for laymen and women.i would convey this to all I know

  74. Hertha Koettner-Smith March 17, 2011, 6:44 am

    Hi Vivien, thank you so much for the wonderful work that you’re doing; have been watching my nails whilst on your program. I’ll keep you informed re continuous good progress. Best wishes Hertha

  75. Ann March 17, 2011, 6:28 am

    For 5 years, I was told that my brittle nails were the result of washing my hands and handling paper frequently i.e., the occupational hazard of being a preschool teacher. Since beginning your program, my nails have improved dramatically. The most consistent change I have made is drinking distilled water, but I also try to maintain an 80/20 ratio of alkaline/acidic foods in my diet. Your website has been valuable beyond belief. I’m anxious to see the results of my next bone density scan in January 2012! Thanks so very much Vivian!

    • Marlene March 18, 2011, 3:55 pm

      I also was having the problem of brittle nails and thought it was due to washing hands too much and using strong detergents. I began taking evening Primrose oil and within 3-4 weeks saw a marked improvement. It also depends on the brand. One time I switched to another brand because it was cheaper and within another 3-4 weeks the nails began getting brittle.

  76. LESLIE March 17, 2011, 6:25 am

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You VERY MUCH For Telling Us How We Can Test Our Bones At Home!

    LOVE, MS. L.

    • Patricia Hamilton March 17, 2011, 9:05 am

      So very very true. For the past two or three years, I had one nail that a white line in it and it kept splitting so that I could not keep it anywhere above the finger. I know that I have low bone density, and I have been advised to go on drugs to increase it.

      I have read extensively abut all of this, and then I came upon your programme, and probably, at the same time Algae-Cal. Before that I was taking Calcium Supplements which (of course)did not help at all. I take Vitamin D, K etc. etc., but the most appreciated thing that has happened is that I no longer have a white line in my fingernail, and it does not split.

      Keep up the excellent work. You are definitely a valuable resource for all females who are advised by ill-informed Doctors to go on Bisphosphonates (chemical toxins).

      Thank you so much, and I thoroughly enjoy every bit of advice that I get from this Website.

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