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Latest Osteoporosis News: Outrageous DEXA Scan Manufacturer And Big Pharma Link Revealed, Merck (Finally!) Loses Fosamax Lawsuit, Harvard Doctor Questions Milk, And More!

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There have been some fascinating developments regarding osteoporosis recently. Important new technology in DEXA scan machines reveals some shady connections, and Merck actually loses a lawsuit. Milk is in the news once again as one of the most recommended – and least necessary – beverages for kids and adults.

Let’s get started with the latest news.

Leading DEXA Scan Manufacturer Accommodates Big Pharma’s Agenda with Redesigned Bone Scan Machine

Hologic has launched “Horizon,” a totally redesigned DEXA machine that does far more than provide bone scans. Horizon also takes on obesity and heart disease. Plus it fine-tunes bone scanning capabilities in an attempt to help the Medical Establishment continue to prescribe bisphosphonates, the popular osteoporosis drugs that are riddled with devastating side effects.

News Excerpt:

“Built on Hologic proprietary technologies, the Horizon platform offers expanded technical capabilities, workflow efficiencies and improved design components to meet clinician needs now and into the future. … The global impact of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and obesity-related problems is serious and costly. …

The Hologic Horizon DXA platform offers:

  • A Single Energy Femur Exam that allows clinicians to visualize potential atypical femur fractures, an unusual form of femur fracture which can occur as the result of bisphosphonate use
  • A FRAX 10-year Fracture Risk Report which can aid in the early detection of osteoporosis by taking into account risk factors in addition to bone density
  • High Definition Instant Vertebral Assessment (IVA-HD) capability for significantly improved detection of vertebral fractures
  • An Abdominal Aortic Calcification feature through Hologic’s IVA-HD technology which enables clinicians to visualize abdominal aortic calcifications, a significant predictor of cardiovascular disease
  • Advanced Body Composition assessment with visceral fat estimation to assist in the evaluation of metabolic health”1

Isn’t it interesting that Hologic adjusted its technology to reflect the inescapable issue of atypical femur fractures caused by bisphosphonates? Apparently, Mainstream Medicine isn’t even trying to hide this connection between osteoporosis drugs and weakened bones anymore. They continue to ignore how ludicrous it is for a drug to cause fractures when it’s supposed to prevent and treat osteoporosis, which leads to fractures.

This is just further proof of the collusion between Big Pharma, Mainstream Medicine, and the manufacturers of DEXA scan machines. Yes, the new Horizon is very revealing indeed…

Merck (Finally) Loses Fosamax Lawsuit; Osteonecrosis Victim to Receive Compensation

When Rhoda Scheinberg took Fosamax between October 2000 and September 2006, she had no idea that the drug was implicated in the sinister infection of the jaw known as osteonecrosis. When complications from a tooth extraction turned into this dreaded disease, Scheinberg filed a lawsuit against Merck, the manufacturer of Fosamax. The 8-person jury determined that Merck was at fault for not providing adequate warning about the connection between Fosamax and osteonecrosis, and therefore, Merck was to blame for Scheinberg’s injury.

Amazingly, Scheinberg’s doctor also claimed ignorance about the serious side effects of Fosamax.

News Excerpt:

“‘A warning is not automatically sufficient simply because it includes certain “magic words,”’ ruled Judge John Keenan, noting that Merck’s inadequate safety label for Fosamax also failed to mention the drug’s limited efficacy. ‘The court does not accept that simply because the Fosamax label mentions the malady “osteonecrosis of the jaw,” it is sufficient as a matter of law,’ explained Judge Keenan. ‘Rather, whether the name of the malady incurred by plaintiff was included is but one consideration in evaluating the Fosamax label “as a whole.”’



Numerous key witnesses, including Scheinberg’s physician, reportedly testified at length about the inherent deception in the Fosamax label. Dr. Suzanne Parisian told the court that, if she had known about the serious nature of Fosamax, she would never have prescribed it to her patient. …

‘This is a victory for those injured by Fosamax,’ says Rochelle Rottenstein, Principal of the Rottenstein Law Group, which is also involved in Fosamax litigation. ‘It’s a good sign for those who might have been unsure if pursuing a Fosamax lawsuit was a good idea. Those people should now be further encouraged to contact a lawyer to determine if they have a case.’”2

Merck has been ordered to pay Scheinberg $285,000 in compensation. While $285,000 is a “drop in the bucket” to a pharmaceutical giant like Merck, this victory will set the precedent for others who have been injured by this dangerous drug.

Harvard Doctor Questions Conventional Wisdom About Drinking Milk

As many of you know, I do not advocate drinking milk. The issue causes lively discussions whenever it’s brought up, which tends to happen when someone questions conventional nutrition advice. But finally a medical professional has dared to remove the blinders and is speaking out about the mainstream recommendation to drink 3 cups of milk a day.

News Excerpt:

“…a Harvard pediatrician is arguing that the current U.S. recommendation of three servings of dairy a day isn’t necessarily one-size-fits-all. …

‘This recommendation to drink three cups a day of milk – it’s perhaps the most prevailing advice given to the American public about diet in the last half century,’ says David Ludwig, …the director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. ‘As a result, Americans are consuming billions of gallons of milk a year, presumably under the assumption that their bones would crumble without them.’ …

People with a high-quality diet — those who get adequate protein, vitamin D and calcium from things like leafy greens, legumes, nuts and seeds — may get little or no added nutritional benefit from consuming three servings of dairy a day, Ludwig argues.

‘The point is, we can get plenty of calcium from a whole range of foods,’ says Ludwig, who’s also a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. ‘On a gram for gram basis, cooked kale has more calcium than milk. Sardines, nuts seeds beans [sic], green leafy vegetables are all sources of calcium.’”3 (emphasis mine)

You don’t need to drink milk to get the calcium your bones need. In fact, drinking milk can actually harm your bones, because it has an acidifying effect on the body. With the exception of sardines, all of the foods Dr. Ludwig mentions are alkalizing (or have alkalizing varieties). They are also Foundation Foods in the Save Our Bones Program. The bottom line is, you just don’t need to drink milk to have healthy bones.

I applaud the courage of this Harvard doctor, who is not afraid to address the milk issue candidly.

Two Unlikely Best Friends

And now let’s look at something that is the opposite of controversial. Here is a lesson in friendship from which we can all benefit. I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy this amazing video. I know I did:

Till next time,

References

1 Hologic. “Hologic Launches New Bone Densitometer Platform for Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Disease, and Obesity Assessment.” PR Newswire. August 18, 2013. Web. http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/08/5633595/hologic-launches-new-bone-densitometer.html

2 Huff, Ethan A. “Merck slapped with $285,000 verdict over faulty Fosamax osteoporosis drug.” Natural News. August 8, 2013. Web. http://www.naturalnews.com/041543_Fosamax_osteoporosis_drug_Merck.html

3 Dahl, Melissa. “Milk does a body good? Maybe not always, Harvard doc argues.” Today. July 1, 2013. Web. http://www.today.com/health/milk-does-body-good-maybe-not-always-harvard-doc-argues-6C10505414

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  1. Barbara Biermann September 5, 2013, 3:44 pm

    What does Vivian think about Priola injections?

  2. jjanet liedeker September 3, 2013, 4:14 am

    I did not join any group bringing charges against Merck. My daughter in law…a lawyer felt the steess was not worth it.she was correect.
    My dental bills have been unbelievable but I can live with this.
    we all have a story……
    please repeat the veggie drink…..celery etc.lovelightlife..janet

  3. Diana August 28, 2013, 4:08 pm

    Vivian, I went for my Bone Density Test a couple of months ago and for the first time I saw they did a Vertebral Assessment and it showed I had two bioconcave vertebral deviations. I asked about them and she said they were fractures. That’s absolutely all she said. This was a Rheumatologist. Next I went to my spine surgeon’s office (they had just done a fusion on my lumbar spine) and wanted an answer immediately about what these fractures were and what should be done. The ‘office mgr’ I think told me they can treat them there but I need an MRI to see if they are acute or chronic and if they are chronic it means they are too old and nothing can be done. So off I go to the Primary doctor to get a script and then I go for the MRI. I told the technician I wanted to know if they were acute or chronic and it was T10 and T12 as indicated on the bone density.
    So I get the pictures and the girl told me that the radiologist indicated they were old and not acute. They told me because they knew it was important to get them fixed immediately had they been acute. So I see the value of the Vertebral Assessment but since we can only have a Bone Density every two years or if we’re lucky enough to get them every year it still doesn’t help because the fractures have to be very recent to be fixed. Next I went back to my spine doctor and took my MRI with me (this was a checkup appt. for my surgery)and he just came in the room after apparently having looked at the films outside and said there is nothing to be done for these. He didn’t call them fractures and he didn’t say they could have been fixed earlier and he didn’t tell me what they were. I went and got a 2nd opinion from an Orthopedic surgeon and he had exactly the same response. Nothing to be done for these. No explanation at all of what they are and what causes them and if they were actually fractures or just really deviations in the shape of the vertebra. So I look at all the money spent by Medicare and all the wasted time when one doctor could have spent 5 minutes longer tell me how they got to be that way and etc etc. I have to say, for those who are wondering, I did not have any pain that I’m aware of years ago in the thoracic spine. I understand a fracture causes severe pain and when that happens the spine surgeon can go in and do Kyphoplasty which is what I was wanting. So the new DEXA scans really are another way to waste money if their results are no help to us in that regard.
    By the way, the nurse at the Bone Density place would always give me ‘my results’ in color. Two pieces of paper. I thought I had it all. They are not supposed to give it to you until the doctor sees it so now there is a new girl and she won’t give the results. And that is why this year I had to wait until I saw the doctor in a 2nd appt. and then the girls in the office gave me the results on 4 pieces of paper. The Vertebral Assessment being one of them. No other year was I ever given the vertebral assessment so I assumed it was something they did once you were over 70. But I went back to the desk and asked them for a copy of my bone density from two years ago and she gave me several pages and Vertebral Assessment was one of them. So by getting the ‘results’ from the technician/nurse (in this particular practice)I was cheating myself out of all the pages. I did note there were no vertebral deformities on that previous test so whenever they happened was in the past two years. They must be contributing to the curvature I have and I’d think it important to know when we have a deviation or fracture immediately so it can be treated and 2-year bone densities are not going to do it.
    Sorry this was so long but hopefully there is something in there which will help some more of you.
    Diana

    • Jay August 6, 2014, 6:58 pm

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      Diana, Listen to Vivian. Bone Density Tests only mislead patients and doctors into thinking something is wrong when there isn’t. My own doctor will not refer patients for them. And Diana, you say you want bone density tests done more often than once every 1-2 years? All you would be doing is increasing your exposure to radiation for no useful reason. Personally, if I ever saw a physician who recommended I have a bone density study? I would drop that physician like a rock for his incompetence.
      The truth is that studies have shown that 2/3 of the adult population have spinal ‘abnormalities’ of some kind, like yours, and they do not cause pain. They are really ‘normal abnormalities.’
      That’s the downside to the use of xrays and MRIs–it’s that doctors and patients see ‘abnormalities’ on the imaging and assume that these ‘abnormalities’ are causing their pain when in truth these fractures are a normal part of the aging process and have nothing to do with pain at all. Nothing needs to be done about them. The pain, in fact, is due to mild oxygen deprivation to the muscles and has nothing to do with bone. Back surgery which is commonly performed by surgeons in spite of the absence of clinical evidence to suggest that spinal abnormalities are CAUSING the pain is, in the opinion of many, almost criminal. Did our grandparents die or develop debilitating conditions from osteoporosis in their spines? NO. You and I won’t either.
      There’s an excellent book, “The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice is Making Us Worse” by a man named Steven Ozanich who was told at the age of 14 that ‘xrays’ showed he had a severe spine problem which would require surgery later in his life (why later in his life? If the ‘deformity’ were causing pain in his back ‘right now’ at the age of 14, why didn’t he need surgery ‘right now’? Why later in his life? It doesn’t make sense. But doctors feel they have to say sump’n, so in the absence of knowing the right answer, the doctors point to the deformity in the spine that shows up on the xray.
      The doctors were wrong about him needing surgery in the first place–he didn’t. And they were wrong to tell him that he would ultimately need surgery because by doing so, this 14 yo was now forever in fear of being active. He stopped participating in sports, etc., for the next 20 years or so.
      Regarding your “bioconcave vertebral deviations”? If they were ‘acute’ and you felt no pain at the time that they occurred (did you crumple into a heap onto the floor when they ‘broke’? Doesn’t sound like it) then why ‘fix’ them now? How would ‘fixing’ these fractured vertebrae change your life? You didn’t even notice when they broke!. Acute or chronic, they did not change your life in any way–
      –that is, not until you learned that the fractures existed in the first place as a result of xrays or MRI. Now, all of a sudden, you are fearful, same as many of us would be if we saw a fracture on an xray.
      But you’re human like the rest of us, Diana, and it’s human nature for all of us to react to a ‘photo’ like an xray. “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” People believe pictures. But here’s the truth: there is NO evidence that vertebral abnormalities cause pain or dysfunction. Remember that xrays and MRIs might show bone problems but NO xrays today can show muscle problems, or ‘deprivation of oxygen to the muscles.’ So what you’re looking at,regarding xrays and pain, is ‘wrong pictures.’ Imagine if xrays showed oxygen-deprived muscles instead of bones! Too bad they don’t. But unfortunately since today’s imaging like xrays do not show oxygen-deprived muscles, a lot of needless surgeries are performed every year on ‘bones.’ Because that’s what doctors can point their fingers at–”normal abnormalities of the bone.”
      I personally have never had a Bone Density Test and I never will. My doctor is right– Bone Machines and tests are Great at Making Money for manufacturers and drug companies but that’s all they do. But they harm rather than help the patient. I will NEVER have a Bone Density Test because they serve no purpose except to exploit people who are seeking to be healthy.

      [I apologize for multiple postings–it was an accident, and I don’t know how to undo them].

    • Jay August 6, 2014, 6:55 pm

      .
      Diana, Listen to Vivian. Bone Density Tests only mislead patients and doctors into thinking something is wrong when there isn’t. My own doctor will not refer patients for them. And Diana, you say you want bone density tests done more often than once every 1-2 years? All you would be doing is increasing your exposure to radiation for no useful reason. Personally, if I ever saw a physician who recommended I have a bone density study? I would drop that physician like a rock for his incompetence.
      The truth is that studies have shown that 2/3 of the adult population have spinal ‘abnormalities’ of some kind, like yours, and they do not cause pain. They are really ‘normal abnormalities.’
      That’s the downside to the use of xrays and MRIs–it’s that doctors and patients see ‘abnormalities’ on the imaging and assume that these ‘abnormalities’ are causing their pain when in truth these fractures are a normal part of the aging process and have nothing to do with pain at all. Nothing needs to be done about them. The pain, in fact, is due to mild oxygen deprivation to the muscles and has nothing to do with bone. Back surgery which is commonly performed by surgeons in spite of the absence of clinical evidence to suggest that spinal abnormalities are CAUSING the pain is, in the opinion of many, almost criminal. Did our grandparents die or develop debilitating conditions from osteoporosis in their spines? NO. You and I won’t either.
      There’s an excellent book, “The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice is Making Us Worse” by a man named Steven Ozanich who was told at the age of 14 that ‘xrays’ showed he had a severe spine problem which would require surgery later in his life (why later in his life? If the ‘deformity’ were causing pain in his back ‘right now’ at the age of 14, why didn’t he need surgery ‘right now’? Why later in his life? It doesn’t make sense. But doctors feel they have to say sump’n, so in the absence of knowing the right answer, the doctors point to the deformity in the spine that shows up on the xray.
      The doctors were wrong about him needing surgery in the first place–he didn’t. And they were wrong to tell him that he would ultimately need surgery because by doing so, this 14 yo was now forever in fear of being active. He stopped participating in sports, etc., for the next 20 years or so.
      Regarding your “bioconcave vertebral deviations”? If they were ‘acute’ and you felt no pain at the time that they occurred (did you crumple into a heap onto the floor when they ‘broke’? Doesn’t sound like it) then why ‘fix’ them now? How would ‘fixing’ these fractured vertebrae change your life? You didn’t even notice when they broke!. Acute or chronic, they did not change your life in any way–
      –that is, not until you learned that the fractures existed in the first place as a result of xrays or MRI. Now, all of a sudden, you are fearful, same as many of us would be if we saw a fracture on an xray.
      But you’re human like the rest of us, Diana, and it’s human nature for all of us to react to a ‘photo’ like an xray. “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” People believe pictures. But here’s the truth: there is NO evidence that vertebral abnormalities cause pain or dysfunction. Remember that xrays and MRIs might show bone problems but NO xrays today can show muscle problems, or ‘deprivation of oxygen to the muscles.’ So what you’re looking at,regarding xrays and pain, is ‘wrong pictures.’ Imagine if xrays showed oxygen-deprived muscles instead of bones! Too bad they don’t. But unfortunately since today’s imaging like xrays do not show oxygen-deprived muscles, a lot of needless surgeries are performed every year on ‘bones.’ Because that’s what doctors can point their fingers at–”normal abnormalities of the bone.”
      I personally have never had a Bone Density Test and I never will. My doctor is right– Bone Machines and tests are Great at Making Money for manufacturers and drug companies but that’s all they do. But they harm rather than help the patient. I will NEVER have a Bone Density Test because they serve no purpose except to exploit people who are seeking to be healthy.

    • Jay August 6, 2014, 6:34 pm

      Diana, Listen to Vivian. Bone Density Tests only mislead patients and doctors into thinking something is wrong when there isn’t. My own doctor will not refer patients for them. And Diana, you say you want bone density tests done more often than once every 1-2 years? All you would be doing is increasing your exposure to radiation for no useful reason. Personally, if I ever saw a physician who recommended I have a bone density study? I would drop that physician like a rock for his incompetence.

      The truth is that studies have shown that 2/3 of the adult population have spinal ‘abnormalities’ of some kind, like yours, and they do not cause pain. They are really ‘normal abnormalities.’

      That’s the downside to the use of xrays and MRIs–it’s that doctors and patients see ‘abnormalities’ on the imaging and assume that these ‘abnormalities’ are causing their pain when in truth these fractures are a normal part of the aging process and have nothing to do with pain at all. Nothing needs to be done about them. The pain, in fact, is due to mild oxygen deprivation to the muscles and has nothing to do with bone. Back surgery which is commonly performed by surgeons in spite of the absence of clinical evidence to suggest that spinal abnormalities are CAUSING the pain is, in the opinion of many, almost criminal. Did our grandparents die or develop debilitating conditions from osteoporosis in their spines? NO. You and I won’t either.

      There’s an excellent book, “The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice is Making Us Worse” by a man named Steven Ozanich who was told at the age of 14 that ‘xrays’ showed he had a severe spine problem which would require surgery later in his life (why later in his life? If the ‘deformity’ were causing pain in his back ‘right now’ at the age of 14, why didn’t he need surgery ‘right now’? Why later in his life? It doesn’t make sense. But doctors feel they have to say sump’n, so in the absence of knowing the right answer, the doctors point to the deformity in the spine that shows up on the xray.

      The doctors were wrong about him needing surgery in the first place–he didn’t. And they were wrong to tell him that he would ultimately need surgery because by doing so, this 14 yo was now forever in fear of being active. He stopped participating in sports, etc., for the next 20 years or so.

      Regarding your “bioconcave vertebral deviations”? If they were ‘acute’ and you felt no pain at the time that they occurred (did you crumple into a heap in the grocery store when they ‘broke’? Doesn’t sound like it) then why ‘fix’ them now? How would ‘fixing’ these fractured vertebrae change your life? You didn’t even notice when they broke!. Acute or chronic, they did not change your life in any way–that is, not until you learned that the fractures existed in the first place as a result of xrays or MRI. Now, all of a sudden, you are fearful.

      But you’re human like the rest of us, Diana, and it’s human nature for all of us to react to a ‘photo’ like an xray. “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” People believe pictures. But here’s the truth: there is NO evidence that vertebral abnormalities cause pain or dysfunction. Remember that xrays and MRIs might show bone problems but NO xrays today can show muscle problems, or ‘deprivation of oxygen to the muscles.’ So what you’re looking at, regarding xrays and pain, is ‘wrong pictures.’ Imagine if xrays showed oxygen-deprived muscles instead of bones! Too bad they don’t. But unfortunately since today’s imaging like xrays do not show oxygen-deprived muscles, a lot of needless surgeries are performed every year on ‘bones.’ Because that’s what doctors can point their fingers at–“normal abnormalities of the bone.”

      I personally have never had a Bone Density Test and I never will. My doctor is right– Bone Density Machines and tests are Great at Making Money for manufacturers and drug companies but that’s all they do. But they harm rather than help the patient.

    • Jay August 6, 2014, 4:31 pm

      Diana, Listen to Vivian. Bone Density Tests only mislead patients and doctors into thinking something is wrong when there isn’t. My own doctor will not refer patients for them. And to want them twice a year? All you would be doing is increasing your exposure to radiation for no useful reason. Personally, if I ever saw a physician who recommended I have a bone density study? I would drop that physician like a rock for his incompetence.

      The truth is that studies have shown that 2/3 of the adult population have spinal ‘abnormalities’ of some kind and they do not cause pain. They are really ‘normal abnormalities.’ That’s the downside to the high use of xrays and MRIs–it’s that doctors and patients see ‘abnormalities’ on the imaging and assume that these ‘abnormalities’ are causing their pain when in truth these fractures are a normal part of the aging process and nothing needs to be done about them. Did our grandparents die or develop debilitating pain from osteoporosis in their spines? NO. You and I won’t either.

      There’s an excellent book, “The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice is Making Us Worse” by a man named Steven Ozanich who was told at the age of 14 that ‘xrays’ showed he had a severe spine problem and he ultimately would have to have surgery. The doctors were wrong about him needing surgery in the first place–he didn’t. And they were wrong to tell him that he would ultimately need surgery because by doing so, this 14 yo was now forever in fear of being active. He stopped participating in sports, etc., for the next 20 years or so.

      Regarding your “bioconcave vertebral deviations”? If they were ‘acute’ and you felt no pain at the time that they occurred (did you crumple into a heap in the grocery store when they ‘broke’? Doesn’t sound like it) then why ‘fix’ them? How would ‘fixing’ these fractured vertebrae change your life? You didn’t even notice when they broke!. Acute or chronic, they did not change your life in any way–that is, not until you learned that the fractures existed in the first place as a result of xrays or MRI. Now, all of a sudden, you are fearful.

      It’s human nature. “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” People believe pictures. But in truth, there is NO evidence that vertebral abnormalities cause pain or dysfunction.

      I personally have never had a Bone Density Test and I never will. My doctor is right– Bone Density Machines and tests are Great at Making Money for manufacturers and drug companies but that’s all they do. But they harm rather than help the patient.

  4. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel) August 20, 2013, 7:31 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    I Think I’ve Told You Before That I’ve Been Drinking Almond Milk, From BLUE DIAMOND. I Drink Both The Vanilla And Chocolate. I Love Them Both.

    And I Really LOVED The Video! It Was VERY HEARTWARMING!

    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU GREAT ARTICLES.

    LOVE, LESLIE (MS. L. CARMEL)

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 21, 2013, 7:36 am

      Leslie, you are very welcome! I am glad you liked the video – and I agree that almond milk is very delicious. :)

  5. Helen August 20, 2013, 8:56 am

    is homemade almond milk made simply by soaking 2 cups almonds with skins on overnight and then putting in blender until finely chopped and adding 4 cups of water and squeezing through cheesecloth as nutricious as the purchased almond milk. I tried purchased and hated it but wonder if the homemade is as good.

  6. Pearl August 20, 2013, 7:44 am

    I wish there where scientists doing some serious study & research into preventing osteoporosis naturally like your doing here Vivian, so that all the next generations didn’t have to go through all this.
    But it doesn’t make any money for the big drug companys, as they want people to suffer so they make more money.
    & Docs will only listen to the research announced by drug companys.
    The doctors just have a bandaid approach now, they don’t give any advice on prevention of anything, or even why, just write out a script when you go to see them, no looking into anything to see if you are doing something that could of caused it & could be changed to help improve.
    They just write a script & say, don’t worry about side effects, if they get too uncomfortable we can give you something for it, so you have another drug for the side effects, which has side effects, so you have another drug for the side effects of the drug you have for the first side effects, & so it goes on untill your taking a cocktail of drugs & life isn’t worth living.
    I have been shocked & dissapointed with doctors lately, just one example, I went to a Doc with a uti, said that was what i had, & she just wrote out a script for antibiotics, no questions, no asking about symptems to be sure, nothing, that was it.
    Keep informing us vivian, it is very much appreciated. :)

  7. romy madrid August 20, 2013, 5:49 am

    the video clip on the crow and the cat added variety to your famous website. Aside from the crow, there are other birds that I saw several years ago that likes to play with cats here in the Philippines. But I would like to thank you so much for the flowing information that you provide for the benefit of every one who open their mind on the natural food that is provided by our creator Jehovah God. He knows what our body needs. Along with this I also congratulate all your subscribers who were freed from slavery to the greedy pharmaceutical companies who does not care for our health (only with our money).

  8. Betty August 19, 2013, 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the latest news, I appreciate these updates very much!

  9. irene August 19, 2013, 7:48 pm

    Vivian , I recently wrote you that I went on Actonel and now I am off it.
    I went to a new uro/gyn last week and said stop with the Fosamax and Actonel. They are not good for you. He knows I have an elevated PTH and is encouraging me to go ahead with the surgery but he wants to see my results. I have never heard a doctor say stop with those drugs. IRene

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 20, 2013, 7:47 am

      That’s quite a breakthrough, Irene – may more doctors follow suit!

  10. Lucy August 19, 2013, 7:25 pm

    As always, thank you for your good information. I enjoyed the video, too. It is amazing to see such different creatures who would seem to be mortal enemies bond–how adorable!

    I have been drinking unsweetened almond milk for quite a while now and it is really good.

  11. Jackie August 19, 2013, 7:02 pm

    Polynesians of the islands of the South Pacific have inhabited these islands for nearly 4000 years. During that time these people never ate grain foods or milk and they have one of the largest bone structures in the world. Admittedly there is probably a genetic component, but the point is that they got calcium to maintain their large bone structure from their diet rich in vegetables, fruits and seafoods. These include a dark green leafy vegetable called PELE (hibiscus manihot)which is very high in calcium and protein. These islanders were only exposed to grains, milk, sugar and other processed foods with the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century who brought these foods with them on their journeys of exploration. Today these Polynesian peoples still do not drink milk in large amounts but rather have a bit of milk in their tea (tea-drinking adopted from the British/NZ/OZ colonizers). Unfortunately white bread and sugar impact greatly on their dental health and in most places dental problems are solved only with tooth extraction.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 20, 2013, 7:48 am

      White bread and sugar cause problems every time they are introduced. :(

  12. Mardi August 19, 2013, 4:23 pm

    Excellent news!! I tell all my friends about your website and program! Loved watching Mo and Cassie too! Precious story!

  13. Sue August 19, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Love being informed of all the latest bone news. Thanks, Vivian!

  14. George August 19, 2013, 1:03 pm

    Thanks Vivian for always sending us the new updates on bone health.
    Glad you are so faithful.
    Shalom.

  15. Jackie Waite August 19, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Ever hear of hyperparathyroidism? I have had it for several years and didn’t know it until my doctor noticed by blood work that my “blood calcium level” was elevated. There are little hormones next to the thyroid and if even one of the four are not working correctly, the calcium in my bones has been leaking out through my blood and urine. Scary. There are lots of different symptoms and sometimes none at all. Suddenly you can have a fracture because you aren’t retaining calcium in your bones. Only cure is a minor surgery to remove the “bad seed”. It’s minor and I’m being scheduled for it. Everyone should have a blood calcium” test.

    • Dee August 21, 2013, 4:23 pm

      Hi, Ive had hyperparathyroidism for years. I went to an alternative Dr and he had me go on a gluten free diet. He also suggested supplements with kelp and other iodine. My serum calcium and PTH are now normal.

      • irene August 24, 2013, 11:53 am

        Dee,Thank you for your history. Some people have a tumor and others have an overactive parathyroid gland. I found it interesting that you were able to control it with kelp and iodine.I do eat gluten free.I will have to explore this alternative . I live in the Tampa, Clearwater area of Fl and you never know who is good because our consumer protection laws are not good.

    • irene August 19, 2013, 7:43 pm

      Jackie, you are on your way to better bone health.
      I do not know what your PTH was but you just reversed your osteo problems. Good Luck!!!

  16. cassie August 19, 2013, 10:30 am

    Milk doesn’t just contain calcium it has other nutrients that are essential for good health. It sure beats drinking the
    ‘empty’ calorie drinks: ie: sodas which have devastated the girth of millions of Americans.
    So please don’t be so down on a nutrient food……

    • George August 19, 2013, 7:44 pm

      Please remember, humans are the only ‘animals’ that drink milk after they are one year old (or less). Does that tell you anything? Have you heard of animals with osteoporosis?

    • Joy Lindberg August 19, 2013, 2:39 pm

      If only we could go back to having the option of drinking raw whle milk,with the enzymes and nutrients and fats to feed out brians, as was for thousands of years Our ancestors did not have the diseases that wehave today. There is much to say about this, and many web sites and research to support it. My litle neice and nephew have had it for 5 years and are well little children, and they eat a lot of organic meats and vegetables too.

  17. Sharon August 19, 2013, 9:57 am

    The story of Moses and Cassie is so delightful…it really makes my day!

    And, thanks for your news stories. As always, they are most enlightening.

  18. Terry August 19, 2013, 9:43 am

    Finally, a win. It does bring me hope for others who have been so badly injured by these drugs. I still pray that we are all able to recover from the misguided information our doctors are giving us. I do know, without a doubt, that if my doctor “would” look to other sources for information, he would never even suggest these harmful products. He’s doing what he was taught….that is why we must keep looking for the truth. Thank you, Vivian, you’re always right there when we need you! Interesting that the doctor that made the milk review was a Pediatrician. Our kids are everything to us and if the notion that cow’s milk isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for our kids, there just might be a new movement about to start. Wouldn’t that be something!!! Well, I ramble on…..have an awesome day my friend, and thanks for everything!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 4:33 pm

      Yes, Terry, that is interesting! I hope you clicked on the link and read the whole article. Dr. Ludwig discusses the issue of milk and children’s nutrition, and how adding flavors and sweeteners (as grown-ups like to do!) is a bad idea.

  19. N.. Kinerk August 19, 2013, 8:41 am

    I switched to soy milk a year ago after breaking 5th metatarsal foot bone. Bone healed fine and no subsequent problems. I recently read that soy products interact negatively with thyroid medication which I have been taking for years. It suggested loss of energy and weight gain were likely. This has been a problem more or less for years and more so recently as I age. Overall, I am in very good physical condition at 81. Please advise on thyroid, soy products, bone density, energy and weight gain.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 4:31 pm

      If you have any concerns about soy interacting with your thyroid medication, I suggest you discuss that issue with your doctor. He or she will be familiar with your medical history, and should know what, if any, interactions may occur with soy and thyroid medication.

      While my area of expertise is osteoporosis and managing it without drugs, I can tell you that I do not recommend soy to anyone, since most soy crops are genetically modified. Soy also contains phytoestrogen, which can alter hormonal balance (and why it is recommended that those who have had breast cancer avoid soy).

      Here’s a suggestion: unsweetened almond milk! :)

      • Rosemary August 19, 2013, 10:06 pm

        Unsweetened Organic almond milk is my favorite. Soy is out because of the way we process and grow it here. The Western Foundation discusses how soy is grown and then processed. Disgusting techniques are used to make it palatable. Soy lecithin is even worse.

        • Rosemary August 19, 2013, 10:12 pm

          Sorry, it’s the Weston Price Foundation. My IPad likes to spell for me.

  20. Nancy Hughes August 19, 2013, 6:46 am

    Thanks Vivian for sending all the updating on drugs and milk.I am so delighted to see my bone health improving from -3.9 to 2.4.due to my intake of calcium and exercising.Now using almond milk or rice milk.
    So grateful!
    Nancy

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 7:32 am

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful news, Nancy!

      • Terry August 19, 2013, 9:44 am

        You give me great hope Nancy, Thanks!

  21. Daphna August 19, 2013, 6:05 am

    I enjoy eating, cooking and baking with goat cheese and yogurt.
    Are there any negative effects of these products? Any reliable answer? Thanks!

    • Joyce August 19, 2013, 5:01 pm

      Was sad to hear that goat cheese is acidifying. I absolutely love it and thought that it was like yogurt. It has the same taste as yogurt, so I thought it was OK.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 7:35 am

      Daphna, plain, unsweetened, organic yogurt has many health benefits. It’s a fermented dairy product, which means it is chock-full of important healthful bacteria, so it is not the same as processed cow’s milk.

      You can read more about yogurt here:
      http://saveourbones.com/a-powerful-natural-way-to-prevent-the-flu/

      Goat cheese, like cow’s milk cheese, is an acidifying animal protein, so I recommend it be eaten in moderation. :)

  22. David August 19, 2013, 5:51 am

    When it comes to milk being bad for bones, how does powdered milk square up in the debate.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 7:31 am

      Powdered milk is still milk; it’s just had the water removed. It’s basically infant formula for calves! ;)

  23. abimanu August 19, 2013, 5:33 am

    We not only learn about ” Save our bones” but we also learn from your fantastic videos, especially this one I found very amusing.

  24. abimanu August 19, 2013, 5:30 am

    It made my day as I could not help laughing.
    Vivian, You know how to make people happy. I understand laughing is good for health. Thank you so much.

  25. ita August 19, 2013, 5:13 am

    thank you,Ita .

  26. annabelle August 19, 2013, 4:48 am

    Always great to learn the latest news re “bones” – thank you so much.

  27. Kate Hackney August 19, 2013, 4:40 am

    I never cease to be amazed and delighted at the way different animals seem to bond. If only their human counterparts could learn to be the same.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 7:26 am

      Amen!

  28. Ghassan August 19, 2013, 4:17 am

    This unlikely cat-bird friendship in the video seems spreading in a different manner: we live in south east England, an area where a lot of foxes find their way into our gardens; the other day, one pigeon, its size no more than 10th of the fox which was wandering in our garden, started following the fox and the big fox just moving away, then the bold pigeon went on to more ‘teasing’, ending up in attacking the fox’s tail, but all the fox could do was to run away quickly and jump over the fence to our neighbours’! I’ve seen these foxes steal (obviously to kill and eat) chickens, which are twice the size of that pigeon, from our other neighbour, what went wrong – or right – with that ‘courageous’ fox?!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 19, 2013, 7:26 am

      That’s interesting, Ghassan – hopefully, others are watching and learning from the fox-and-pigeon relationship!

  29. Aurora August 19, 2013, 3:45 am

    I am so glad to be part of this group. I love your news
    This piece on Mo and friend is priceless. Thanks again

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