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I’m always on the look out for the latest osteoporosis news. Today, I’ll do more than just share the most recent news with you. I’ll also decode them. Why would I decode news you might wonder?

The answer is a lot simpler than you might think. By “decoding”, I mean that I have dug deeper into the news content, and will explain their real meaning to you.

So let’s get started.

1. Prolia’s Maker Amgen Exceeds Profit Estimates

Amgen, the largest biotech company in the world and maker of the osteoporosis drug Prolia, has topped Wall Street’s expectations for their second quarter earnings.1 With $1.27 billion for the second quarter, and total revenue up by double digits, at $4.48 billion, the company’s CEO has pledged to focus on expanding its international market and to increase bone drugs sales.2

Decoded

The osteoporosis drug market is hugely profitable, with just about every post-menopausal woman diagnosed and therefore, prescribed an osteoporosis drug. Both Prolia and its stronger-dosed twin Xgeva (the latter used in cancer patients) contributed to the company’s bottom line by more than $500 million in 2011.

While Amgen’s best-selling immune-suppressing drug Enbrel, prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, has brought in no less than $3.5 billion in 2010, the bone health arena is viewed as having more potential for increasing sales. Plus who’s to say that in the not-so distant future, new and more horrific side effects linked to Prolia won’t be discovered? This might explain the rush to increase Amgen’s bone drug sales.

If you don’t have the Save Our Bones Program, I urge you to read my review of Prolia. If you have the Save Our Bones Program, you already know in great detail its mechanism of action, side effects, and numerous scientifically backed reasons why you should never use it.

2. Moderate Alcohol Consumption Has a Positive Effect on Bones

Daily intake of alcohol, equivalent to one or two glasses of wine a day, helps to maintain bone strength, according to the latest study published in the journal Menopause.3

Scientists from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research have observed that just 19 grams of alcohol a day decreased old bone loss, helping maintain bone strength.

Further confirming the beneficial action of alcohol, bone turnover markers increased with no alcohol supplementation. This observation has led to the conclusion that moderate alcohol consumption has a similar effect on bone turnover as bisphophonate drugs.3

Decoded

The study is flawed from its very inception. I’ll explain. Titled “Moderate alcohol intake lowers biochemical markers of bone turnover in postmenopausal women”, the 40 study participants had their bone formation marker osteocalcin (s-OC) and their resorption marker C-terminal telopeptide (CTx) measured daily and 14 days after stopping the alcohol.4

Osteocalcin is secreted by osteoblasts – cells that are responsible for replacing old bone with new bone. It is involved in bone-building, bone mineralization, and in maintaining calcium levels. High osteocalcin levels can therefore be linked to increases in bone density.

C-terminal telopeptide (CTx) is an indicator of bone turnover, as it measures the presence of collagenous tissue found in bone, specifically the portion cleaved by osteoclasts as they remove old bone.

Since mainstream science views osteoporosis as a disease that causes excessive bone turnover and insufficient bone deposition – without understanding why this happens – they conclude that an increase in both osteocalcin and C-terminal telopeptide reflect accelerated bone loss. For that reason, the latest observation that alcohol reduced levels of both, has lead to the conclusion that alcohol can help “build bones”.

As I wrote in the Save Our Bones Program, the correct equilibrium of bone resorption and deposition is crucial. But what if reduced osteocalcin and C-terminal telopeptide levels could actually be detrimental?

For the answer, let’s take a look at another study conducted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Their retrospective study also measured osteocalcin and C-terminal telopeptide to establish if these markers could help predict bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ).5

They found that study subjects who had been diagnosed with BRONJ had lower levels of both markers than those in the control group (also on bisphosphonate therapy but without BRONJ). Can we still believe that low levels of these markers are necessarily good for bones? Not according to this study, whose authors conclude that:

“As a result of the s-CTX and s-OC testings at the diagnosis of BRONJ, the values of the two markers were decreased.The decrease of the s-OC values implies a problem during the bone-formation process… This result may imply that, during bisphosphonate therapy, simultaneous consideration of s-CTX showing inhibition of bone resorption and s-OC indicating the degree of bone formation might be a set of risk markers assessing risk prediction for BRONJ before invasive dental surgery.”

And one more inconsistency: osteoporosis treatment with Forteo (teriparatide) increases osteocalcin serum levels, which is seen as a benefit, since its presence indicates bone formation.6 Go figure!

Conclusion

These are yet more examples of the confusing “double speak”, typical of Mainstream Medicine. It is quite obvious that relying on their skewed scientific findings can lead to disaster. Fortunately, with the Save Our Bones Program by your side, you don’t have to…

Till next time!

References

1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/biotech-giant-amgen-reports-2q-profit-up-8-pct-on-higher-sales-trounces-analyst-expectations/2012/07/26/gJQAGS52BX_story.html
2 http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/amgen-aims-growth-bone-drugs-overseas-markets/2012-01-10
3 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2182978/Wine-good-drugs-bones.html#ixzz22bjfjHYP
4 Marrone JA, et al. “Moderate alcohol intake lowers biochemical markers of bone turnover in postmenopausal women.” Menopause 2012.
5 Kwon YD, et al. “Retrospective study of two biochemical markers for the risk assessment of oral bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws: can they be utilized as risk markers? Clin. Oral Implants Res. 2011 Jan;22(1):100-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0501.2010.01965.x. Epub 2010 Oct 13.
6 Cosman F et al. Retreatment with teriparatide one year after the first teriparatide course in patients on continued long-term alendronate. J Bone Miner Res. 2009 Jun;24(6):1110-5.

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  1. Claire October 30, 2012, 10:35 am

    I found this article ver confusing. What is your conclusion? Does moderate alcohol intake help or hinder bone loss?
    I am not clear on the answer.

    Thank you.

  2. deb mathern October 13, 2012, 5:26 am

    Vivian, So, is a glass of wine a day good or bad for you as far as building your bones?

    • Betty George October 29, 2012, 1:04 pm

      My heritage is Lebanese – my mother and father, respectively, died at the ages of 102 and 98. Wine had always been in our home – more of a celebration (every day) for good health, etc.. I have osteoporosis and a curvature of the spine – as my mother, grandmother and aunts had. I drink 2 glasses of wine(white) a day and exercise daily – yoga and pilates. I have lost a couple inches of height – which I hate, but otherwise I am considered healthy by my doctor.

  3. Marti Bush August 16, 2012, 11:07 pm

    I’ve been exploring the Zaaz studios’ machines and the Biodensity machines and they both seem to have positive results with osteoporosis. Am I missing something?

  4. sandy August 16, 2012, 8:51 am

    Recovering from knee replacement in june so what do you feel i would need to take now have osteoporosis i take grow bones by garden of life

  5. Nu Ly August 9, 2012, 8:15 am

    Thanh you for your article “Decoded”. I am not supprised the drug Co. earns much money, but it is no good, the drugs get the osteoperosis worse
    and lose health.

    I am very interested in the quesrion——sometimes calcium supplyment is not
    in our bones but in our blood stream, where I can take this test?

    Can I buy your books, I pay in Australia, send to USA. Ca. Sf. to my
    friend as a gift? is it ok or not? I connect with her first, let you know
    later, thank you.

  6. Leslie (Ms. L.) August 8, 2012, 6:49 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Did You Say In One Of Your Recent Articles, That We Should Not Take Calcium Unless It Has Magnesium In It? Is That Correct?

    And As Always, Thank You VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR RESEARCH INTO SAVING OUR BONES!

    LOVE, MS. L. (LESLIE)

  7. Jean Fendt August 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    Vivan- Thanks for your studies on bone loss subjects, I read them all.
    I no longer have osteoporosis, but have reversed mine to osteopenia at this time. I do not take any of the treatments availabel, but use the vitamins and the strontium, plus excersise. Thanks again, Jean

    • Linda August 19, 2012, 8:38 am

      i AM SO HAPPY FOR YOUR REVERSAL OF OSTEOPOROSIS AND AM ALSO VERY ENCOURAGED! How long did it take for you to reverse to healthy bone? I went from -2.9 to -2.8 and the Dr said it was so insignificant that it was most likely just a machine error. I am considering it the beginning of my reversal.
      Once again, Congrats
      Linda

    • Linda August 19, 2012, 8:31 am

      I am so happy for you and very encouraged to hear about your reversal! I have gone from -2.9 to -2.8 and my Dr said it is so insignificant that it was most likely just the dexa machine being inconsistent. I am holding to the fact that I too will now be beginning the way back to healthy bones. How long did it take you to reverse your osteoporosis? Once again CONGRATS!

      • Linda August 19, 2012, 8:39 am

        OOPS.. GUESS I WAS SO HAPPY I HAD TO SAY IT TWICE!!

  8. irene August 7, 2012, 3:47 pm

    It does not suprise me the monetary gain was so high. They are giving it on every nursing home patient with osteo problems as long as they can bill for it in the USA,Canada, and Europe. In Fl , you have to go to a diagnostic clinic to get it the doctors do not give it in their office. Will that change? I do not know. I have serious concerns about how the FDA requires doctors to report adverse effects. They seem to not do the follow-up with any of the osteo drugs the way they should do it. Have not seen Blythe Danner lately on t.v., maybe,Amgen does not need her anymore. My endo doctor mentioned my age,64, as being against me for improving my condition without drugs. Right now, I am not on any drug. It takes 3,500 I.U.’s of D to get my PTh down to 68. I get a DEXA scan the end of OCt including forearm. I have severe osteopenia across the board. I need a second opinion but I find doctors in FL take the easy way out it is a drug.

  9. wendy August 7, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Thanks, Vivian for keeping on top of these things for us.

  10. Lynn (from England) August 7, 2012, 1:47 am

    Hi Vivian, Hi everyone,

    I was diagnosed with Severe Osteopenia 3 1/2 years ago and was very upset to say the least. ( I already had Ulcerated Colitis of many years) I have always believed in good nutrition and exercise but somewhere along the way I must have been doing something wrong. In retrospect I had lots of outside stress – divorce, my baby daughter dying, lost my lovely home to subsidence, in my new home I had a burglary, then 2 wks later lost everything in a fire, parents dying, and the list goes on. I am a happy person although my situation is sometimes unhappy. I do believe this has contributed to my being extremely de-hydrated from an early age I am 59 yrs. (de-hydration is where it all starts to go wrong) I class myself as extremely fit but with one or two problems. As I was diagnosed with Osteopenia just after the burglary and fire, and in the 3 years after both I was unable to follow your program due to living in 3 different households. I am home now for the last six months but have followed your program and am feeling so much better even with the U.Colitis. (Symptoms aleviated) I have always refused to take medication even though my Colitis Consultant shouted at me. I have just completed 3 years in Advanced Nutrition and it has been wonderful along with Your Save our Bones Program, (which is exactly as you advocate) IT WAS A MIRACLE WHEN I STUMBLED ONTO YOUR SITE, AND HAVE BEEN GATHERING ALL OF YOUR ADVICE THROUGH ALL THE ADVERSITY FOR THE PAST 4 YRS. I BELIEVE THAT EVEN THOUGH EVERYDAY LIFE MAY GET IN THE WAY, PERSEVERE, BE PATIENT AND BELIEVE THE PROGRAM WILL WORK AND THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER HA HA, BEST WISHES VIVIAN AND THANK YOU SO SO VERY MUCH LYNN :-)

  11. val mckenna August 7, 2012, 1:00 am

    What does your MA stand for —is it MASTER ARTS which is not a medical qualification .However I am interested in natural remedies as drugs have not helped my painful joints .Thank you Val

    • Customer Support August 7, 2012, 11:33 am

      Val,
      Vivian has never claimed to have medical qualifications. Her degrees are in Biology and Nutrition, with an extensive background in Biochemistry. And yes, the M.A. stands for Master of Arts (in Nutritional Sciences).

  12. vincent bossley August 6, 2012, 9:54 pm

    p.s. my email is as above – not spelled correctly before – sorry

  13. vincent bossley August 6, 2012, 9:52 pm

    Re your post on cleaning teeth one legged, I have been doing that for some years now whilst shaving! a man thing – certainly helps to maintain ones balance.

    I wish to contact you on another matter and wonder if you would be good enough to email me your email address as I cannot find it on your site

    Many thanks
    Vincent Bossley

    • Customer Support August 7, 2012, 11:31 am

      Hi Vince,

      You can contact us by clicking Customer Support at the top right of this page.

  14. Joan Kuchta August 6, 2012, 7:35 pm

    I found the whole thing confusing. You never really concluded if it was good or bad. Just guessing from previous readings from you that alcohol is not good for osteoporosis, depletes the bone. Right or wrong?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 6, 2012, 7:50 pm

      Alcohol is acidifying, and it doesn’t help build bones, as the study falsely claims.

  15. Shula August 6, 2012, 7:25 pm

    Thanks :) Shula

  16. Linda August 6, 2012, 7:25 pm

    OH MAN! NOW i CANT HAVE A GLASS OF RED WINE!! WE MAY NOT LIVE ANY LONGER BUT IT WILL FEEL THAT WAY!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 6, 2012, 7:49 pm

      Of course you can! Just balance it with an alkaline snack :)

      Here’s to your healthy bones!

  17. Joan August 6, 2012, 4:31 pm

    Had a dexa scan in May of this year and my scores were no better.My Doctor wants me to go on an injecting every 6 months but i declined, have been doing everything right so disapointing feeling very well other wise.It’s so annoying when i see people drinking@smoking and eating what they like and don’t have Osteoporsis just wondering whats it all about anyway i will keep up the program and hopefully it will be a better score next time.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 6, 2012, 7:46 pm

      Joan, bone density is only ONE indicator of bone health. Mainstream Medicine focuses so much on it because it is measurable. Remember that the goal of bone health is to NOT fracture bones… and you haven’t fractured any :)

      • Joan August 7, 2012, 11:35 am

        Thanks for that Vivian,keep up the good work.

  18. LynnCS August 6, 2012, 2:29 pm

    One more point abt. my new doc. He does emphasize the use of D3 and K2. Didn’t say abt the K2-7 so when I went to order some, I saw all kinds of discussion about the K7 causing irregular heart beats and not the K2-4 which is MK-7, as I understand it. I ordered the liquid K2-4. I am sensitive to supplements effecting my heart beat. Now I have to find the boron, and silica. I will study what foods are high in boron. I know about cucumbers and zucchinis. Just need to be sure I get enough. I can get silica in liquid form which I have done before. I welcome any input. Thanks again, Lynn

  19. Nancy Johnson August 6, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Hello Vivian,
    More than one year ago, I purchased the Manual. I see now there are several additional supporting books that come with the newly packaged “Power Package.” Since I already have the manual, is there a way to purchase those other materials at a reasonable cost? The manual is great but I feel certain the supporting materials would greatly assist me.
    Thank you for your efforts in “decoding” the information we receive from doctors, thank you for your research and most of all, thank you for helping us work with our bodies in a natural way.
    I’m so grateful!! Nancy Johnson

    • LynnCS August 6, 2012, 2:34 pm

      Hi Nancy. Hope she gets back to you, but in the meantime, I wanted to say that mine came with the additional publications added to the back of the book. I think that she added them some time ago. Check it out. Also there are some great downloads available. The rest is accessible by using the SEARCH box at the top right of her blog site. I get so involved in reading that I forget to get on with life, sometimes..LOL! I love all her info. So much to read. Hope you get what you need. Enjoy

  20. DAVE WILBER August 6, 2012, 2:24 pm

    MY FAVORITE DRINK IS GRAPE JUICE
    AND IT IS A CRIME TO LET IT FERMENT.

    AS FOR CUCUMBERS, GREAT IF THEY ARE
    PICKLED.

  21. anne melnychuk August 6, 2012, 2:21 pm

    I put in an order for your book Save Our Bones Program and it appears that My order went in twice. I ONLY want one order for for $68.98 plus shipping. Please do not send me 2 books because that will require the nuisance of refund practices
    My name and etc
    Anne Melnychuk
    4120 109 street
    Edmonton AB
    T6J 2S8
    Please respond to this confusion.
    Anne

  22. LynnCS August 6, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Dear Vivian. Thanks again for all the research you do. I get very confused with all the scientific jargon, so glad you are able to decifer it and give us the nutshell version. I have your book and get a lot from it. I wonder what people mean when they talk about “joining the program.” Let me know, so I can be part of that. I appreciate getting your emails so I can keep up on the latest.

    I finally have a new doctor that keeps up on this kind of thing. He is a DO. He doesn’t want me to take the calcium supplement at all. He says that the vegan/raw diet gives us enough and also is anti protein. Also says we get enough in the vegan diet to satisfy the human body’s needs. He says it has been know for 40 years that with a high protein diet, we pee our bones out. I have been getting closer to this understanding for some time, and am glad to finally be convinced. I am feeling better than ever. I DO think it takes a concerted effort to eat the right things and to be active, walk and do weight bearing exercises etc.

    Thank you, as always for being such a great advocate for all of us out here who would be suffering so much more without all this information. I would love to hear your take on my doctor’s views. Best to you. Lynn

    • Marianne August 6, 2012, 7:45 pm

      Lynn, you have a very smart doctor! I just completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. I recommend that you read The China Study. Too much animal-based protein increases the loss of calcium from the bones due to the high acidic nature of these kinds of foods. They call that metabolic acidosis. Too much acid causes the body to want to neutralize the acid, so it pulls calcium from the bones to do that. A whole-food, plant-based diet provides all the nutrients you will need, just like your doctor said. A plant-based diet will prevent and reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia, but it will also do the same for heart disease and diabetes, and it can do wonders for multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases, and kidney disease. It is the fountain of youth! This is all covered in Vivian’s book and articles but you can find more about it in The China Study and books by Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Too much supplemental calcium has been shown to increase heart issues. I am glad you are feeling better. A whole-food plant-based diet is amazing!

      • LynnCS August 7, 2012, 1:50 am

        Hi Marianne. Thanks for the post. Are you working with Vivian? Good post. I do follow those Drs on the Internet and will be reading The China Study eventually. Thanks again!

        • Marianne August 7, 2012, 4:28 pm

          Hi Lynn,

          Thank you! No, I am not working with Vivian, but I have learned a lot from her. I have “osteoporosis” after having taken bisphosphonates for 7 years and found her in my search to get healthy again. I also took NSAIDS for too long based on my PCP and physical therapists telling me to do that. I used to think doctors knew what they were talking about. (My father was a doctor.) Later, I found out that NSAIDS destroy cartilage, stop the body from healing, and I went from no signs of arthritis to moderately severe arthritis in two years. Instead of having the joint replacement surgery they all recommended, I am doing prolotherapy, and my hip is about 75-80% improved without prescription drugs or surgery. Please do read The China Study or get Forks Over Knives. I have been passing out copies of Mike Anderson’s DVD “Eating.” My mission, like Vivian, is to help people get healthy and avoid the dangers of conventional allopathic medicine and the Standard American Diet. One of the goals of the Plant-Based Nutrition Course is to form a network so as to educate people how to avoid the diseases of affluence and reverse them if necessary. I think we all have the same goals. I love what Vivian is doing and wish more people knew about her website. I see far too many people taking these dangerous drugs and drinking way too much milk thinking to get calcium. Thanks for your nice comments.

  23. Charlotte August 6, 2012, 12:41 pm

    How do we know who to believe you or the drug companies…

  24. William S Maxfield, MD August 6, 2012, 12:07 pm

    HI Vivian: Thanks for your input on osterporosis. I have used a vitamin and mineral treatment of osteoporosis given to me by Allan Inglis, MD who was then professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Cornell Medical School with excellent results for 40 years. This natural treatment has taken patients with severe osteoporosis to normal bone density in 1 year. As a Radiologist I read bone density studies and my experience is that with Fosamax and other meds if there is an increase in bone density of 15% at 3 years the patient is lucky. Also men put on this program have significant decrease in prostate problems. For examlpe clearing of nocturia and 300 cc residual urine in 6 months on my program. Let me know if you would like more details of my program. WSM MD

    • Linda August 17, 2012, 9:31 am

      I called Dr. allan Inglis office and his receptionist said he is not at all involved in any osteoporosis reversal and never has. Whats up with that??

    • Isabel Alonso August 8, 2012, 2:23 pm

      Hi Dr. Maxfield: I would very much like to know what the compound or mixture of vitamins and minerals you were given by Dr. Inglis. My mother was a long-time patient of his and we had the highest respect for him. Too bad he retired but I hear his son has taken over the reins and is a super surgeon and doctor. Any idea what might have been in the compound? Thanks! Isabel

    • Leonard Green August 7, 2012, 11:00 pm

      Dear Dr. Maxfield,
      Could you please help me with my bad osteopenia?
      Doctors have already offered regular drugs but I declined them. Please put me on your program.
      Now I try to follow Vivian’s recommendations though I have some problems with it.
      My email lgreen17@verizon.net
      How to contact you?
      Thanks
      Leonard Green

    • irene August 7, 2012, 3:57 pm

      Yes, this would be great to have more info on this treatment.

    • Luc Chene August 6, 2012, 3:30 pm

      Dear Dr Maxfield,

      It is quite outstanding to come from severe osteoporosis to normal BMD. I am a man, at 56 I broke an ankle because of a very low trauma, in fact I should have had a sprained ankle, but my bone broke instead of my ligaments being torn! The trauma was the equivalent of missing the last step of a stair, and my foot landed side ways, and my bone broke, I heard a significant crack, then fell. BMD was -2.9 at the hip and -3.9 in the back. After one year of taking natural vitamins and supplement with exercises, I increased my BMD by 8%, but the following year, it remained the same.
      Would you be so kind as to let me know your vitamin and mineral formula. I am rather worried, because my testosterone levels are near the maximum limit, and when it will decrease with age, so will most likely my BMD.

      Thank you so much !

  25. Sheila Mulhall August 6, 2012, 10:54 am

    I was put on Prolia 5 months ago, I will soon be due second shot am considering stopping. Dr says I will be in a nursing home if my bones get worse,also says excercise and diet alone are rubbish. Osteoporosis Society are in full agreement with her-(she is their President). I am nervous about it. Is taking calcium a good idea?

    • Robert Mohon August 7, 2012, 4:41 pm

      I still don’t know how to (if possible) keep calcium supplements in your bones without getting in your blood to “calcify” & block your blood flow. I don’t know enough about this to understand it but there must be a good reason doctors advise us to take calcium to strengthen our bones & not worry about it going into our bloodstream.

      • Marianne August 8, 2012, 5:51 pm

        A mineral hair analysis can tell you where the calcium is going in your body. Naturopaths and other natural doctors like chiropractors use these tests routinely. I had one when I first started with a naturopath, and my calcium level was extremely high-off the charts. I took calcium supplements as recommended by my PCP, etc. Turns out- the calcium was going into my hair and joints and not in my bones, as I went from osteopenia to osteoporosis in seven years with bisphosphonates. Naturopaths can help balance all the minerals, as well a hair analysis can check for heavy metals which are quite prevalent due to toxins and amalgam (mercury) fillings some dentists still use. It is also true that we absorb calcium from foods like dark green leafy vegetables (kale, collards, turnip greens, and broccoli) better than from supplements, unless one has a problem with their absorption and/or digestion, and a naturopath can evaluate that as well. Calcium is not the big deal some advertisers would have us believe. The countries with the highest calcium consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Also, some things pull calcium out of the bones like alcohol, caffeine, and a diet rich in animal proteins. You can also obtain calcium from watercress, artichokes, cabbage, carrots, celery, celery root, chickpeas, onions, parsley, parsnips, and spinach. The list goes on and on…

        Based on my studies, I think some allopathic or conventional doctors recommend calcium supplements to strengthen our bones and not worry about it going into our bloodstream or blood vessels because they are NOT trained in nutrition.

        Check out the August 2012 issue of the Life Extension magazine. (www.lef.org) There are several articles about calcium supplements causing arterial calcification and heart attacks.

      • Luc Chene August 8, 2012, 4:53 pm

        Mr Mohon,

        You are right in worrying this is quite an issue. On top of calcium, it is necessary to take many other minerals, magnesium, zinc, manganese, etc. The best way to prevent calcium from going where it should and not where it should not is to take vitamin K2. I personally take Thorne’s vitamin K2 MK4 in liquid form (drops) together with Mercola’s Vitamin K2 MK7.
        If you buy Thorne’s vitamin K2, iHerb.com seems to be the best way to get it. You can use code ENE247 to get a 5$ discount. (True, it gives me some point rewards, but you get to save 5$. Yet I am not in business really)

  26. marianne August 6, 2012, 10:00 am

    She answered this question a while back. Don’t know the exact words but do remember she does not like strontium!

  27. Rica bolling August 6, 2012, 9:44 am

    my sister took actonel about 15 years…some stayed at top of stomach…[hiatal hernia very bad]may have made an ulcer…she almoost died to death in jan 2012 in Carmel In.

    my husband is alcoholic..eats meat more than I…has never broken anything but the coccyx.
    I would like bronchial thermoplasty so I can go off my 2 asthma inhalers.one is a steroid type. I am age 72 and would prefer not to break any more bones from falling on concrete etc.

  28. Jean August 6, 2012, 9:31 am

    I’ve just finished reading “Wheat Belly” by Dr William Davis. Many of his ideas correspond to yours, especially the acid/alkaline balance. He believes the total removal of wheat from the diet will help alleviate many of our health problems, including osteopenia. The book is well researched and quite convincing. I’d like your take on this.

  29. lorenznancy@comcast.net August 6, 2012, 9:21 am

    I am beginning to wonder about some bone loss in my front tooth. I was
    on forteo for two years a while back before I joined your program. I
    cherish all your updated info and I’m happy to say I have not been on
    osteoporosis drugs in several years. My doctor is not happy about this
    but it only made sense to me. Thank you for your dedicated study.

    Nancy

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 6, 2012, 10:45 am

      You’re welcome!

  30. Sharlie Ushioda August 6, 2012, 9:18 am

    I have been following your Save Our Bones Program for over two years. I am feeling MUCH better and doing well after I stopped taking actonel (after 7 years) and forteo (after 2 weeks!). Unfortunately, however, I still have dexa scan scores lower than -4 (spinal -4.5). Because of my diagnosis of “severe” osteoporosis I have recently been turned down for Long Term Health Care insurance. I am 67 years old and recently retired from high school teaching to take care of my 92 year old dad. I had a hard fall 10 years ago resulting in a T-8 fracture in my back. The osteoporosis was discovered 2 years after that. I am wondering if others have had trouble getting Long Term Health Care insurance because of osteoporosis scores, and if you have any suggestions on how to convince the insurance people that I am not “sick.” Thank you! Sharlie

    • Lynda August 8, 2012, 4:00 am

      I find it sad to hear that you should have such worries at your age.How grateful I am to live in the U.K. where our National Health Service ensures that no one young or old is at the mercy of insurance companies.

  31. vicky yurich August 6, 2012, 8:48 am

    Iam going to study what vibration will increase bone growth! It all works together!

  32. Feona August 6, 2012, 4:28 am

    It’s interesting how our society thinks that ever-increasing profits must be a good thing and something for a company to trumpet about. Thank goodness there are people like you, Vivian, to point out why the profits are increasing – i.e. at the cost of our bones and good health generally! I can’t believe that there are still people who believe that holding on to old bone is better than developing new and getting rid of the old brittle stuff.

  33. Mary B August 6, 2012, 3:15 am

    What can you tell me about Strontium – goody or bad guy?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 6, 2012, 10:44 am

      Mary, you can read about strontium here:

      http://saveourbones.com/strontium-demistyfied/

      And to find any other osteoporosis-related topic of interest to you, use the “Search” box at the top right of this page :)

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