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Latest Osteoporosis News: Merck To Settle Fosamax Lawsuits, Bisphosphonates Deplete Antioxidants, Good News On Water Fluoridation, And More!

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There’s a great deal of news to share with you this week. The legal “bullet” is finally catching up with Merck after years of dodging responsibility for Fosamax’s terrible side effects. Also, the latest research confirms bisphosphonates deplete your body of crucial antioxidants. And (finally!) there’s good news about water fluoridation.

Let’s start with the latest news about Merck…

Merck Agrees to Settle Fosamax ONJ Lawsuits

Savers are familiar with the horrible side-effect of bisphosphonates known as ONJ, or osteonecrosis of the jaw, which causes bones in the jaw to decay leading to loss of teeth and disfiguration. ONJ is caused by bisphosphonates, and Merck, maker of the popular bisphosphonate Fosamax, has been inundated with lawsuits from unsuspecting patients who have taken the drug and paid the high price of ONJ.

News Excerpt:

“Merck & Co Inc said on Monday that it was prepared to pay $27.7 million to settle lawsuits by hundreds of people who sued the company over allegations that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused bones in the jaw to deteriorate.

Merck, which confirmed the agreement later on Monday, said the accord requires a 100 percent participation rate and evidence that the claimants satisfy eligibility requirements. The deal covers about 1,200 people, the company said.” 1

ONJ is not the only disorder that’s been connected to Fosamax; the article goes on to point out that “…the settlement does not cover the 4,115 lawsuits the company continues to face by people claiming to have sustained femur fractures or other bone injuries due to taking Fosamax.” 1

It’s tragic to think of all the lives that have been negatively affected by this popular osteoporosis drug.

Of course, $27 million is a drop in the bucket for a pharmaceutical giant such as Merck; but even if this closes the chapter on ONJ lawsuits, Merck still faces multiple femur fracture lawsuits.

News Excerpt:

“Court documents, updated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reveal that on December 16 (2013), there were 899 cases pending in the Fosamax Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1789), and 1,107 cases pending in the Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II) (MDL 2243).” 2

How ironic that Fosamax, which is marketed as a drug that makes your bones stronger, actually has the opposite effect. Atypical femur fractures are a devastating side effect of this dangerous drug.

But it’s not surprising that Merck has agreed to settle; it has already racked in billions with sales of Fosamax and its patent has already expired. So now the search is on for new osteoporosis drugs. As was the case with bisphosphonates, new osteoporosis drugs will be approved by government regulators, and it will take years for all the terrible side-effects to show up and to be linked to the drug. This, unfortunately, is the nefarious cycle of osteoporosis drugs…

More Bad News about Bisphosphonates

The Save Our Bones philosophy is rooted in the concept of the body’s ability to repair, heal, and build itself when it’s given what it needs. Drugs are never part of the Save Our Bones equation, and it is always a mix of positive affirmation and a sense of tragedy when mainstream sources finally line up with aspects of this philosophy.

For example, recent research reveals that bisphosphonates are associated with decreased levels of the crucial antioxidants Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone and Vitamin E – something already revealed and discussed in the Save Our Bones Program from the get-go

News Excerpt:

“In postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, treatment with nitro-bisphosphonates appears to be associated with diminished coenzyme Q10 status and vitamin E levels, according to recent study findings.

Besides its anti-bone resorption mechanism, N-BP [nitro-bisphosphonates] may block a pathway that is involved in the cellular synthesis of coenzyme Q10, which in turn may place a greater antioxidant burden on vitamin E, according to the researchers.

They added that based on these findings, adjunctive supplementation may be warranted.

‘Investigations are now needed to determine whether coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E gamma-tocopherol deficiency are contributing factors for some serious N-BP-associated adverse effects,’ the researchers wrote.” 3

Nitro-bisphosphonates are the most widely prescribed type of bisphosphonate, such as Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Reclast and their generic versions. The ability of these drugs to inhibit crucial metabolic pathways is discussed extensively in the Save Our Bones Program:

“In short, nitrogenous bisphosphonates interfere with the production of coenzyme Q10 resulting in a potential deficiency that could be damaging. …That’s because CoQ10 is an essential vitamin-like fat-soluble antioxidant that is present in practically all cell membranes (thus its name ubiquinone). … Once converted into ubiquinol (QH2), which is the reduced form of ubiquinone (meaning that it lost one oxygen molecule), it operates as an antioxidant on its own and in synergy with the important antioxidant Vitamin E.”

You see, the Save Our Bones Program is well ahead of its time. Over and over, there’s “new” research confirming what was written in the Program all along!

Good News! Nine US States Propose to Stop Fluoridation

The poisonous nature of fluoride is becoming more and more recognized. As it relates to bone health, fluoride has been found to actually increase the risk of fractures. Not surprisingly, a movement is afoot nationwide to reconsider adding fluoride to municipal water supplies.

News Excerpt:

“According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), some 16 pieces of legislation across nine states were introduced or passed just within the past year to protect the public against this pervasive poison.


“‘In years past the dental lobby has been successful in getting pro-fluoridation bills introduced in state legislatures across the United States, including legislation that would mandate statewide fluoridation — a law 13 states presently have. But the tables are turning,’ explains FAN. ‘In 2013… instead of the introduction of pro-fluoride bills, we saw the exact opposite, with the introduction of 16 anti-fluoridation bills in 9 states.’” 4

This is wonderful news – fluoride is a toxin that should not be ingested by anyone. (This is why fluoridated toothpaste carries a warning against ingestion.) In the Missing Link, a free report included with the Save Our Bones Program, the dangers of fluoride are discussed extensively. As mentioned earlier, countless studies have shown that fluoride damages your bones and actually increases fracture rates, especially the dreaded hip fractures.

Let’s hope the tide continues in the anti-fluoride direction!


Till next time,

References

1 Raymond, Nate and Dye, Jessica. “Merck agrees to proposed $27.7 million settlement over Fosamax lawsuits.” Reuters. Dec. 9 2013. Web. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/09/us-merck-fosamax-idUSBRE9B811S20131209
“Fosamax Multidistrict Litigation Moves Forward: AttorneyOne Can Provide Advice.” Digital Journal. January 15, 2014. Web. http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1682174

2 Kalyan S. “Nitro-bisphosphonates may inhibit antioxidant vitamin E levels in women with osteoporosis.” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014; doi:10.1210/hc.2013-3648. http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/bone-mineral-metabolism/news/online/%7Be65bf119-db19-4757-b501-2ade79c8f2f5%7D/nitro-bisphosphonates-may-inhibit-antioxidant-vitamin-e-levels-in-women-with-osteoporosis
3 Huff, Ethan A. “Nine states propose 16 anti-fluoridation bills in 2013 to protect public against poison.” Natural News. December 19, 2013. Web. http://www.naturalnews.com/043294_water_fluoridation_anti-fluoridation_bills_public_poisoning.html

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  1. Nu Ly February 12, 2014, 5:03 am

    I have many health problems and can’t do anything. Many thanks
    for the past, you gave me valued information and e-mail’s. I will never forget your
    generosity and kindness, Thank you very much.

  2. Maureen grant February 10, 2014, 8:48 pm

    Borax: I occasionally dip my finger in the borax jar and take a glass of water with it It is reportedly good for arthritis (The naturally occurring one is better I presume). I have just started this. I stopped the Prolia after the first injection, thanks to the info from Vivian. Suggested by a doctor/homepath to take instead “Edible Earth” (magneticclay.com (ca1mg in proper ratio) Plus 4-6 gms sodium ascorbate daily and Vit K 2.)

  3. Kathy Siuda February 9, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Please enlighten us on Exgeva and Prolia. They say they are different from the bisfosphonates. Is this true????

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 10, 2014, 8:03 am

      Hi Kathy,
      Exgeva and Prolia (both names for denosumab) are definitely different from bisphosphonates, but they are not good for your bones. :) I reviewed denosumab in a blog post – you might find it enlightening! Here is the link:

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

  4. JESSICA February 9, 2014, 5:43 am

    CONGRATULATIONS Prophet Vivian! I thank God foremost for giving me wisdom in getting your Save Our Bones Program book, reading it and internalizing everything that you discussed there. I am a chemist and the biochemistry discussion which you used to explain to our SaveOurBones Community was simple and clear to follow.

    I wrote to you about the possibility that I might have to take Actonel or Reclast. You gave me more info about the side effects but left the decision to me. I realize that I was the one resposible for anything that I take for my Body and I stood firm, and did not take any of these drugs. I am so happy that I did. I will have nightmares after the good News that you shared with us today!

    Kudos Vivian!

    I am very happy also to share with you that since I am still a working Mom, I found in our place a flourideless toothpaste and had been using it since 2 months ago.

    Warmest regards and God’s Blessings multiply MORE & MORE to you Vivian and your loved ones.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 10, 2014, 8:08 am

      Jessica, I thank you for your kind words, and I am so very glad to hear that you were unafraid to stand firm in your health decisions! You are the one who deserves the kudos. :)

  5. Roxanne February 8, 2014, 8:23 am

    Walter Last has written an article about the benefits of taking borax for arthritis and notes it helps build bones. Vivian, please comment as I’m considering this for my arthritis and osteopenia.

  6. LynnCS February 7, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Hi Vivian. On Dec 9th last year, I broke my ankle and have in rehab ever since. The surgeon said, I have very, very, very, soft bones. Now, of course, my regular doctor, wants to give me Strontium and get a new Dexa Scan. I told him that I’ve heard negative things about Strontium and wasn’t sure about the efficacy of the Dexa. He said he’s willing to look at any info on Strontium. I’m still trying to find your posts on it. I found what you wrote in your book, but need some more info. Thanks in advance.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 10, 2014, 8:11 am

      Hi Lynn,
      I have definitely written quite a bit on strontium! In fact, if you use the Search feature at the top of the blog page, you can access a list of all the posts I’ve written on a given topic. :) Here are the results from a strontium search:

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

      I hope you find the information helpful!

  7. Pat February 7, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Thank you Vivian for keeping us all informed. Much appreciated.

  8. Ralph February 7, 2014, 3:42 pm

    Vivian
    Do recommend taking Enzyme and Probiotics supplements?
    Thanks
    Ralph

  9. Margaret Hawthorne February 7, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Do you have any comments for those dealing with bone cancer in regard to taking bisphosfonates to harden bones with cancer. I’m taking estrogen blockers which depletes bones of important nutrients but inhibits the growth of bone cancer.

  10. Jane February 7, 2014, 11:39 am

    I am no longer on Fosamax but took it for 8 years. I discontinued it about 7 years ago. I have deep and unrelenting pain throughout my body which has not stopped even after stopping the drug. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia shortly after starting the drug and I also have Arthritis throughout my body. Do you know of others who have had this deep pain even after discontinuing the drug?

    • Maire February 9, 2014, 10:57 am

      I have discontinued Fosamax for reasons which are horrific, I collected my prescription in November 2012 and developed acute breathing problems, I was concerened that the packaging had changed so contacted the supplier to ask why. They said the package was changed but the tablets were not, so I continued to take themThen in December I went to North Wales to attend my Son’s wedding and two days before, I collapsed in Wrexham, it was as though my lungs were held in a grip and I could not breathe, fortunately I recovered ,but when I returned home My doctor sent me to the Chest clinic in case my heart was not pumping enough oxygen to the lungs. the report was good my heart was ok, then two weeks later I felt as if I had something crawling under my skin on the back of my neck and shoulders, and dreadful pain in the tops of my arms, a deep throbbing. then I broke out in sores on my shoulders arms legs and stomach, on my chest and neck was such itching I felt I could tear my throat out the itching was so bad, then the sores started breaking out on my face.That was when I knew enough was enough I stopped the fosamax right away , contacted the MHRA and spoke to a lady who was most concerned and said she would look into it. A week later she sent me a email to say she had contacted Fosamax who informed her the leaflet in the box say’s the side effects are breathing problems and a rash. I now have Fybromalgia and scars left from the sores. Any body out there on this drug do yourself a favour and stop or don’t take it.

      • Felicita Deavis March 11, 2014, 6:03 pm

        Your information convinced me once more on my determination not to use Fosamax. Thank you.

  11. Crete Sham February 7, 2014, 10:45 am

    Thanks again Vivian for all the enlightening info. Thanks for caring about us helpless individuals!

  12. Kathy Siuda February 6, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I follow your wisdom like a hawk. Thank you for being there for us. Can you tell me if the denosumab, Xgeva, is as horrible as Fozamex. They tell me it is different but I can not believe it is. Thank you soooo much. Kathy

  13. Jaqueline Murdoch February 6, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Would you kindly indicate if there is any difference between natural fluoride and artificially added fluoride. I grew up in an area where the water is very hard, loads of minerals from artesian wells. My dentists have always remarked how strong my teeth are because of my early exposure to fluoride. Many thanks!

    • Jeni February 6, 2014, 5:34 pm

      Early exposure to Artificial fluoride is not indication of healthy teeth. (More like your liver dealt with the poison when you are younger.)

      Natural fluoride does not have the level of toxicity in the body BUT when it gets over/around 5.0 in the body then it does cause growth deformities, I did read somewhere of a village in the East Mediterranean area, where everyone had big hands and short necks because the fluoride was around 5.0 .( cant remember the name of it but will still google it etc)
      Artificial Fluoride is definitely worse! I was always told that I had good teeth as they were VERY white. Now I know that was the first signs of fluorosis, and now I have osteoporosis to contend with. I have lived in 2 fluoridated areas prior to this. NONE of my family have osteoporosis.

  14. Cherie February 6, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Can’t imagine how things would have turned out if not for your tenacious research. I took Boniva for almost a year, suffered enough after 9 months and just quit. Started your program about 2 years ago and never looked back! Thanks! It is my understanding the topical fluoride is good for teeth, is that true? I realize that ingesting it is very bad but what about topical use?

  15. Mary February 6, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Besides the danger to bones from fluoride, it replaces iodine that the thyroid need for proper functioning.

    With fluoride, chlorine & chloramine in our water & toothpastes, bromine in most flours it is no wonder thyroid disease is rampant.

    That makes them at least a triple whammy.

  16. Joyce February 6, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Vivian, I have been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis, arthritis and Paget’s disease of the right hip. My alkaline phosphatase level was twice the amount it should be. After a great deal of pain, (keeping me awake at night), I was given Atelvia. It relieved my pain and my alkaline phosphatase level has come down dramatically. I keep thinking the Atelvia is like poison I’m putting into my body. The doctor keeps telling me “don’t fall.” What am I to do?

  17. Linda February 6, 2014, 1:54 pm

    I got your book a few weeks ago and have already seen a huge change. I started drinking distilled water and I know this sounds crazy but from the first day of drinking it I stopped getting up at night to use the bathroom. I always got up twice a night for the last 20 years. I am shocked! Has anyone ever had this response to no fluoride??

  18. Estelle February 6, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Vivian, you are the greatest. Thanks for informing us. You will always be the first with me.

  19. Barbara Biermann February 6, 2014, 1:04 pm

    What about prolia is it bad too

  20. meg February 6, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Funny about fluoride….just had my teeth cleaned yesterday and the hygienist asked if I wanted a “floride treatment”. I politely declined. Perhaps I should try educating her. I am sure this was not covered in her schooling.

    About Fosamax….I hear about the lawsuits but I am waiting for someone to sue for Boniva. At the insistence of my doctor, I took Boniva, followed the directions explicitly, and ended up with a hole in my esophagus!! My gastro doctor, who discovered the hole, told me to discontinue Boniva immediately. It took about a year for this “hole” to heal.

  21. agnes gordon February 6, 2014, 11:50 am

    Finally a pharmaceutical is listening to us and paying us for having tremendous pain while on osteoporosis medication.

    After I told my physician what the meds are doing to me, he finally realized that I was not being difficult regarding his prescriptions about osteoporosis. When my JAW LOCKED he told me that indeed I should stop taking any medication re bone loss. Thanks for all the articles. You are the best!!!

  22. Pat February 6, 2014, 11:03 am

    Glad to hear the news about fluoride. I won’t drink anything but spring water as our city water is nasty. No government should be able to force people to ingest something that is not good for them.

  23. JsdR February 6, 2014, 11:01 am

    Have you heard anything about Ocean’s Bounty by
    Dr. Derrick DeSilva. Says it is made from seaweed and builds bones of steel along with a lot of other things.

  24. Terrell Wexler February 6, 2014, 10:56 am

    And now Albuquerque is considering putting fluoride BACK in the water after 3 years of not doing so! Talk about going backwards!

  25. Sheila February 6, 2014, 8:50 am

    Is there a way to post this on FB?

    • Customer Support February 6, 2014, 2:14 pm

      Sheila, simply hover your mouse to the left of the article, and a menu will appear with a Facebook sharing option. :)

  26. Shar Longworth February 6, 2014, 8:07 am

    Your feelings on K2please

  27. Betty February 6, 2014, 7:05 am

    Thanks again for your great research. We wouldn’t hear this information without the resources you have to share it.

  28. Edna LeBlanc February 6, 2014, 6:11 am

    Would it be possible for you to tell us the names of the States that will stop the Fluoridation of water?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA February 6, 2014, 7:36 am

      Edna, the states are Utah, Tennessee, New Jersey, S. Dakota, Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois, Arkansas, and Kansas. If you’ll take a look at the bottom of the post, you’ll see the link in the reference section :)

      • mary February 6, 2014, 2:09 pm

        I worked in an Ohio school for years where they served the
        “Rinse and spit” fluoride that some of us called poison. Educational staff need educated on how to fight properly for the kids on this matter.

  29. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel) February 6, 2014, 5:50 am

    Hi Vivian,

    Is Florida One Of The Nine States To Stop Fluoridation? I Sure Hope So. Fluoride Also Needs To Be Taken Out Of Toothpaste And Other Products That Have Fluoride In Them.

    Thank You Very Much, As Always, For All The Research You Do For Us.

    LOVE, LESLIE

  30. Clinton Bashore February 6, 2014, 4:38 am

    Thanks for the information on fluoride, but why do you not list the most obvious result of fluoridation…(knock knees)

  31. Nicky February 6, 2014, 3:44 am

    Wonderful news Vivian x

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