Rethink Your Health. Rebuild Your Bones.
This is one my favorite parts of the Save Our Bones website. The stories on this page are from real people just like you from all around the world. They prove just how effective the Save Our Bones Program is and hopefully these results inspire you to get started. A vast majority of the real life results below were posted unsolicited on the Save Our Bones community blog or emailed to me. I look forward to receiving your success story soon. Enjoy!
Dr. Robert B. Salter, MD, CC, OOnt, FRSC, FRCSC, FACS, Canada
Dr. Salter (December 15, 1924 to May 10, 2010) was a world renowned Orthopedic Surgeon, professor, author, scientist and was named one of the 10 most outstanding scientists of the past 80 years by the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.
It’s impossible to thank you enough for all you give to all of us. You’ve changed my life, literally turning fear of a doctor’s prediction I’d wind up in a wheelchair, to the joy of facing each new day knowing my bones are not just OK but getting stronger through diet, exercise, the right supplements, and meditation – all the hands-on wisdom you have bestowed on us.
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 19 years ago, and am just fine, thanks to you.
Abundant joy to you in the coming year. You’ve certainly given that to me.
Helen, submitted on 1/1/2013
I live in South Africa and was diagnosed in March 2011, used prescribed drugs for 8 months, then discovered the information you supply via e-mail and stopped using the drugs. I have made changes according to your information and went for a bone density test in October 2012. My AP Spine (L1-L4) g/cm2 changed from 0.774 to 0.810, T-Score -2.5 to -2.2, Z-Score -1.2 to -.08. Femoral Neck (left) changed from g/cm2 0.722 to 0.739, T-Score from -1.1 to -1.0. The diagnosis is now Osteopenic and I know if I carry on applying these principles, the result will be normal when I have to go for a test again in 3 years’ time. Thank you so much for all the valuable information I receive regularly. Kind Regards, Minnie
Minnie Brummer, submitted on 1/2/2013
Thanks, Vivian, for giving us all the healthy tips and advice this past year to help us keep our bones strong. You are to be commended for all the research and hard work you do for us. If it weren’t for the your informative and bone saving info, I would be taking drugs for my osteoporosis. After following your program in 2010, my bone density greatly improved in 2011, and I’m sure I’ll have even more encouraging scores, when I have my next bone density exam in 2012.
May you and your family have a healthy, happy New Year!
Evelyn Slusky, submitted on 1/1/2013
2012 was the year I reclaimed my bones thanks to the Save our Bones program. I didn’t follow it strictly. But it gave me the information I needed. I went from having severe osteoporosis of the spine in Sept 2011 …to osteopenia in Sept 2012. The program helped me to learn about the bad drugs the Dr wanted me to take. I will continue to follow the program the rest of my life. I am a 78 year old lady. I feel better then I did a year ago, and will always be thankful that I had the information to heal my bones.
Ann C., submitted on 12/31/2012
I took osteoporosis drugs for 5 years and my Dexa scan worsened anyway and I officially had osteoporosis according to the numbers. Two and a half years ago I found your site and ordered your book. I quit Boniva against doctor’s orders and followed all your advice. I also saw a naturopathic
doctor who gave me the same nutrition advice and put me on whole-food calcium and other whole-food bone building supplements. Of course I also did, and do, bone-building exercises.
Just had my scan results. The doctor called and said: “I don’t know what magic potion you are taking, but this is amazing!” All my numbers have improved and I no longer have osteoporosis. He was totally bowled over. I told him: check out saveourbones.com !
Thank you, thank you!
Wenda Zeevander, submitted on 11/12/2012
Recently I noticed a commercial on Television regarding Foxamax, Actonel, and Boniva. It was a commercial sponsored by a local law office. They were notifying the public regarding the three above osteporosis drugs. It stated “if you have experienced a fracture or broken bone while taking Foxamx, Actonel or Boniva you could be entitled to financial commensation.”
This tells me that we are beginning to identify these drugs as harmful…finally!!
I am soooo glad I steered clear of these drugs. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis when I was 45. I am 55 now. I eat properly, exercise,
etc…however no improvement occurred for the first 3 or 4 years after being diagnosed. Then I went to a Dr. that practices more nontraditional therapies. She tested my parathyroid and found that it was completely out of control. She mentioned that until the parathyroid was within the normal healthy range, nothing I did would help my bones. She tested me thoroughly through blood tests, etc. She then prescribed a thyroid pill, whole food vitamins, and told me to stick with my exercise and healthy eating lifestyle.
Last year, age 54, she tested my bone density…..what an amazing change! I now not only do not have osteoporosis but my bones are in better shape than the average woman my age.
I have used your exercise and nutrition advise.
I am one of the people that “believed” the information about distilled water suggesting we needed minerals. After reading your information and feeling that it was well researched I am changing to distilled water. I have not gone through menopause yet and I am a small boned woman so I must stay consistent and continue to learn through your wonderful website. Thank you for all your help.
I can’t wait to purchase the ankle, wrist, and waist weights.
Linda Brunisholz, submitted on 11/15/2012
I have been following the advice in your programme for about 9 – 12 months, having been on drugs for about three years previously for osteoporosis. I recently had a scan result, and my doctor was delighted to tell me yesterday that I am now osteopenic and my bones are improving. She told me to carry on in the same way, and did not try to persuade me to take drugs. I’m now 78 and am thrilled to find that your programme works for someone of my age.
June Ross, submitted on 10/6/2011
I had a bone density in 2009 and HAD osteoporosis, with Vivan’s help I improved my bone density by 16 percent. Now I finally did a saliva test and I have adrenal fatigue which is lots of stress for long periods of time. I am working with a wonderful Dr. and hopes to get me well in about 6 months without drugs, just supplements and the right diet. I believe if my adrenal was normal I wouldn’t have osteoporosis. Vivian is so right about getting your stress under control. My blood test never showed that the the adrenal was abnormal, saliva test is the most concise.
Pat, submitted on 10/15/2012
I followed your save the bone program and just had my yearly bone density test……Yea!!!!!!I no longer have osteo. Thanks again for your inspiration.. Your book is most helpful…..I was determined not to take biophosphates…..I have been smiling ever since I got my report……My Dr. was really surprised. He was shocked….Thank u
Gloria Kelsey, submitted on 10/11/2012
I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your Save Our Bones program. I had been on it for about 6 months when I had my bone density exam. For the first time in ten years, instead of the continuing downward trend that has taken me into the severe osteoporosis category, my graph stayed even! That may not be earthshaking but I was absolutely thrilled. I am faithfully adhering to the supplements and exercises in you program and expect even more progress! Your weekly emails are timely and helpful and filled with the spirit of sharing. Thanks for making a difference in my life!
Leanne Hoole, submitted on 11/10/2012
Hello, I just turned 59. I have your book and exercise plan. After following the plan in your book for the last 6 months (just started the exercise plan), my bone density test last month showed NORMAL from having had osteopenia for the last 6 years. Thank you. Your advise just makes sense to me. Thank you for shining the light on this subject. I plan to continue with the plan and taking the suggested supplements.
Linda Schultz, submitted on 11/10/2012
Follow this program and you WILL repair your bones. I was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago with osteopenia and had two bone scans with worse and worse results. Then I found Vivian online and bought her book. I followed her plan and just had a bone scan…all my numbers are within normal range. You can do it, too!
Robin, submitted on 11/10/2012
I’m so happy I found your information on the web. I have already been diagnosed with osteopenia, and am nervous about my next bone scan. It’s so great that you provide us with the knowledge and information to help ourselves without resorting to dangerous drugs.
You provide a wonderful resource for those of us who want to educate ourselves and not have to resort to what mainstream medicine is telling us to do.
Wishing you all the best in fighting the “good fight”.
Rivka Leah Goldman, submitted on 11/10/2012
Approximately two years ago, my bone density scan showed problems at L1,L2, L3, and L4. Three were at osteopenia level and one at osteoporosis level (just slightly into each, but nevertheless, there). My doctor suggested I go on Boniva. I researched all osteoporosis medications and decided I did not want bisphosphonates in my body: I simply said “No” – at least until I tried every other way to improve my bones.
I purchased Save Our Bones and chose the parts of it that I felt I could comfortably do. Recently I had another bone density scan. I was somewhat concerned because one year into my personal efforts to save my bones an autoimmune disorder struck and I was on prednisone almost a year. As you know, prednisone is detrimental to our bones. My best hope was that I had held the bone density at the level of two years before. When I got my report, it showed no osteoporosis. L4 had improved. L 1-4 are still in range of osteopenia. Because of the usage of prednisone, I consider this to be a huge success. I fully expect to see improvement in two years – provided I don’t have to go back on prednisone.
Vivan, thank you for sharing your ways to improve our bone density.
Syble, submitted on 11/26/2012
Thanks in large part to you and your program, today I have perfect bone health. But that was the case three years ago, when my bone scan showed -3.86 in my spine. I was shocked as I am a fitness trainer and was walking daily and working out with light weights every day, teaching classes. I am, however, the perfect osteoporosis candidate: white, thin, 5′ tall, and post-menopausal.
I researched Fosomax, which my doctor recommended and rejected it. Then I started researching natural ways to strengthen my bones. I followed your plan, and others, combining your diet, wearing a weighted vest, working up to 10 lbs (10% of my body weight), and changing my weight-training program to heavier weights and fewer reps leading to muscle fatigue. I also started jogging or using a mini trampoline to create more bone stimulation in my workouts through impact, and began taking B-12, D3, and calcium.
Like you say, I didn’t follow all aspects perfectly everyday, but I did do some things every day. Last week I got my results from my latest test: Below 2.5 is considered osteoporosis. In my first test, I was -3.86. Now, I’m perfect 1.0! Am I stopping my program because I succeeded? No, I’m so excited I’m working it harder than ever, now 100% fully confident that it works! Thank you, Vivian for all that you do!
Alexandra Eyle, submitted on 7/2/2012
Just want to make sure everyone knows how great this program is. I was diagnosed with osteopenia two years ago. When my doctor started talking about drugs, I started doing research and found Vivian and her program. I have been a faithful follower and just had a new bone density done…spine is normal and hips are low normal My new doctor (I have moved) said everything is fine!!! I was a believer and now even more so. Thanks for sharing your research with us, Vivian.
Robin Gray, submitted on 8/2/2012
Despite living on a regime of drugs for my kidney transplant my bone density has not deteriorated since the surgery in 2010. I have followed Vivian’s 80-20 balance alkaline food diet and defied my doctors with the figures from bone density tests. My doctors have to admit that, allowing for different test machinery and the vagaries of the test, my bone density has not got worse, which is what they predicted. I walk 6 days a week, up hill, and try to do weights three days a week. I put 7kg of weights into a back pack and wear it on the front of my body – not the back – which I find much easier. I then do 100 sit ups, 25 at a time, with a small break between. I know my bones have improved just from the strength in my finger nails. Apart from these successes I feel really well. My renal doctors say they would be out of a job if all their patients were like me!!
Susan Broman, submitted on 7/2/2012
I quit taking Boniva after 8 years and starting taking high doses of vitamin D3 (6000 IU) per day. I am on Synthroid, so that is a risk factor for bone loss because you don’t absorb calcium for 4 hours after you take it so I wait before I take my calcium sup. I also cut back on caffene which also hinders absorbtion. I take a calcium and magnesium supplement called Cal-Mag Fizz. It is a powder you mix with water and drink, so it is already desolved when you drink it. In just a 18 months my bone scan only showed osteopenia in the hip and none in the spine, 2 years before I was close to being osteoporosis. I was very happy about this.
Winnie, submitted on 5/14/2012
I have been on this program for two years and gave up milk and most dairy products. I stay as close to the program as I can, eating organic foods, and including lots of fruits and veggies in my meals. I find breakfast the hardest to alkaline. Anyway, my bone scan improved and I am delighted that I do not have to hear it from my doctor to take those meds. I truly appreciate all your great work.
Many, Many thanks,
Allison, submitted on 5/4/2012
I am 50 years old and was first diagnosed with osteoporosis when I was 46 years old. I began menopause at 39 (that I know of). I was put on Boniva, which I took for almost 2 years apprehensively. I did everything the way I was supposed to. Sally and I were best friends.:( I began having side effects of this drug and decided it was time to go off. I had a bone scan in the middle of taking this medicine and my numbers were great. After I stopped taking the drug about 6 months I had another bone scan done and my levels dropped severely. I was terrified. I thought, here I am only 50 and my body is going to break into little pieces and I will die if I do not find something to help build my bones back. My doctor recommended more drugs. I went home and cried. She gave me samples of another brand until I decided if I wanted to take pills or have a shot. I didn’t touch the samples. I threw them away. I was so depressed. I didn’t know what to do. I am a vegetarian and eat right. I knew there had to be a way I could do this without drugs. that’s when I came across your program. Now of course I was skeptical at first, but the more research I did, the more information I received that I knew was correct. I have had many biology classes to know much of the material you were saying was true as well as the examples you have given from the effects of the drugs were right on spot. I had found other woman taking other name drugs other than boniva and found your descriptions of these side effects was all too correct. And with the forum you have here from real people, I knew this was the answer. I ordered your book and have been following the program for about 7 months now. Once in a while I slip up, but I do follow the program about 90% of the time. I have just had another bone scan and I am so HAPPY. My scores, while not by a large margin at all, have moved in a positive direction. I know it is very slight, but it has only been 7 months and I am so happy that they haven’t move to the negative that I had to share this news. It is the best news I have heard in a long time. I am going to be a first-time Grandma this June and I now know that I will be able to run and play with my grandchild and my bones aren’t going to crumble. I can’t thank you enough Vivian for a new chance in life. Anyone who has any doubts, please just follow this program -including Vivian’s articles on the water, toothpaste, proper calcium pills and vitamins, exercise and more. She really knows what she is talking about. I am living proof of this miracle. I am so looking forward to taking another scan in 6 months and getting more positive results. I even have the ladies at the health center monitoring my progress. Thank you Vivian for saving my life!!!!! Just a real person with a real success story
Darlene, submitted on 5/21/2012
I was actually given a year’s worth of Boniva samples but something inside me told me not to just blindly take them. I never took one of them, especially after reading the warnings regarding gastric disturbance if you cannot stand up for an hour after taking it! So a year or more later when I had another bone density test, he actually sent over a prescription to my drug store of Fosamax and told me I had to take it because I had gotten worse. It was then that I discovered the “Save Our Bones” program & I am so amazed & happy to finally have the truth! A friend of mine was on it and developed jaw problems & suffered major pain & tooth removal. I now know it was probably from the Fosamax, I am so grateful to Vivian for the enlightenment. THANK YOU!
Charlotte Parrilli, submitted on 10/31/2011
I WAS TAKING Fosamax for more than 8years however the sbone scan did not show improvements. I had car accident and had fractures,Idid not think it was a cause of Fosamax side effects.When i eat I hear crackling in my left jaw,sometimes i have a slight pain,In year 2010,I fell,not a hard hit but I broke my femur,had surgery and therapy.also sometimes had difficulty swallowing asif I am choking. I was alarmed what is happening with me.I read about Fosamax side effects and told the Doctor.He did not seemed to be alarmed about the side effects of this drug.In later part of theyear 2011,I decided to stop the Fosamax and i also told the doc of which he did not approve my discontinuing of the drug. I began searching informations about Osteoporosis and found Save the Bones Program/Vivian Smith. Thanksfor her efforts. I bought the book.My bone scan this month showed a minimal improvement per my doctors info.I might not be following the program right. The calcium and Vitamin levels are okey. I am taking raw calcuim in capsule form 750mg and Caltrate(calcium) 100mg per day. Is there any suggestion for other supplements to take to improve the bone mass?. Thanks Vivian for any information.
Grace, submitted on 5/14/2012
One year ago, my hip t-score was -3.1. Now, a year later, it is -1.7. I no longer have Osteoporosis. Save our Bones got me started!!It gave me hope to not need to go on Forteo and live in fear. I started her program, PLUS went on a 100% gluten-free diet. You must do both in order to have success. The GF diet enabled my body to absorb the calcium and vitamin D. As a plus, I am absorbing so well now, my Synthroid doseage went from 175 mg to 100mg!!
Marcia, submitted on 5/14/2012
Vivian, Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!!! I hope your day is as special as you are! Sharing this information has made a huge difference in my life and I couldn’t have been happier than the day I found your site on the internet. I now have osteopenia in my spine and my wrists are back to normal. God bless you!
Linda, submitted on 5/11/2012
Hi Vivian, Thanks so much for your program. I have just received a great report from my doctor. I’ve shown improvement in the hip area in my recent bone density test. My doctor wants me to take one of the meds, but I have refused and continue my calcium and other vitamins you have suggested. And I love walking and gardening. The doctor WILL become a believer. And thanks for your “PROGRAM” and the free gifts. Happy Mother’s Day.
Judy, submitted on 5/11/2012
Vivian, thank you so much for these gifts as well as all the information you give us to have a healthy and active life. From the first day I was diagnosed with Osteo I have never taken one of those prescription pills and never will! I have reversed my wrists back to normal and my back is now osteopenia. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! You are such a blessing and have been a very large part of my success. I wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Linda, submitted on 5/10/2012
I’ll certainly try these two simple challenges! This is good advice, Vivian, and something we can all do. After following your acid/alkaline balance advice, I’m delighted to tell you that my last blood test showed I had no inflammation at all in my body and that my bone profile (not sure what that is in blood test terms) and cholesterol levels were also healthy. At last!
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis 14 months ago at age 52. I refused to take medication for it and instead purchased and started following the Save Our Bones program about two weeks after the bone scan. I live a relatively healthy lifestyle but I do have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. So the only other change I made was to eliminate gluten seven months ago to see if it made a difference to my thyroid levels. My blood test this month showed a significant increase in free T3, which led my endocrinologist to lower my supplemental thyroid hormone. And even more exciting to me, was my DEXA result which showed a bone density increase of 2.5% in my lumbar spine and 14% in my hip, with a new diagnosis of osteopenia. I now know for sure I am headed in the right direction.
I couldn’t be happier. I am telling everyone about your program and just ordered my 83-year-old mother her own copy of your book.
Thanks for all of your research and sharing it with the world.
Mary A., submitted on 5/2/2012
Over the last couple of years I have been modifying my diet according to your Save Our Bones program…nothing too drastic…just a better acid-alkaline balance, i.e. more vegetables and a lot less meat…also no milk..switched to Blue Diamond original unsweetened almond milk. I was on Actonel for about 6 years, then Fosamax for 2 – during which time I acquired 2 or 3 compression fracture in my thoracic spine (from lifting heavy stuff while working in the garden). I stopped Fosamax in February 2010 after discovering your program. First bone scan after that was a very modest improvement -2.6 after being as low as -3.l. However a very recent scan shows me now in the osteopenia range – -2.2 and -l.9. I am 81 so don’t think you have to be young to take these steps to healthier bones! Thanks for all your work providing us with important information.
Ann Chambers, submitted on 4/27/2012
I have a copy of your Save Our Bones Program and I have taken your advice about stopping the Fosamax. I have not taken it for almost three years now and I feel much better. My last bone density was in November 2011 and I am happy to say there has been an improvement. I have been watching my diet, I do some exercise with weights and I square dance which is great for the bones and the brain as well.
I am so glad that I received your email about your program and that I have your book. Thank you so very much. I also want to thank you for your continued emails and all the valuable information that you send my way.
June Tripp, submitted on 4/21/2012
My diagnosis was sudden. One day bent over to wipe the floor and suddenly knew I had done something. Did not fall. Really painful but as I had not fallen was not diagnosed for another 4 months when I mentioned my difficulties to my specialist for another condition that I have -Ulcerative Colitis.( That wasn’t diagnosed for 46 years but that is another story) The resultant X-rays showed 3 compression fractures. I believe the U.C. had much to do with the Severe Osteoporosis with a – 4.2 t score of the spine. I started with the usual Fosamax but was depressed about it and started searching for something ,anything that would help me and not be on what I believed would be a terrible life with those drugs. Within minutes found Vivian and the answer. I also took myself off my Ulcerative Colitis drugs during this last 3 years but couldn’t complete the extensive course of the expensive alternatives and recently returned to those drugs for that. However when I was ordered to do another Bone Density scan, I had improved 12.3 % . I am thrilled and now have I think enough money to get off the UC drugs (acidic) again. Yes, I still have Osteoporosis with a way to go but shall continue and see what I can do in the next couple of years with the alkaline diet and more exercise. I am 76 years old with a chronic condition but its worth it and never too late. Thank you Vivian for being there when I needed you.
Shirley Blundell, submitted on 4/11/2012
Thanks for your article on Yoga, I have been trying to get into a Yoga class in my town since we travel so much its hard to stay with a class, now I can just order the DVD and take it with me wherever.
Just returned from my doctor with excellent results from my DEXA scan. 2010 right hip was -3.36 today it was -2.93 and 2010 spine was -2.15, today it was -1.59. I have been on the Save Our Bones program since Feb. 2010 and not only lost some weight, but getting great results and feeling good too.
This is really exciting to me since its been an uphill battle with my husband and the diet changes.
Thank you, thank you, thank you…I will spread the good word.
Carolyn, submitted on 4/19/2012
Hip Hip hooray! I had my bone density scan done today and the results were beyond my wildest expectations. Just a year ago my oncologist wanted me to go on Reclast. I made a deal with him and we agreed that I would try to reverse my high numbers by eating differently and getting on some very good supplements. I bought Vivan’s book and went to work. The technician was so pleased, she could hardly contain herself. My guess is that she doesn’t see too many 80 year old women who can reverse their bone density numbers in a natural way! I’m beyond grateful!!!
Bev Smiley, submitted on 4/12/2012
Yesterday, I had a follow up appointment at a reknown college University Medical CenterOsteoporosis Clinic. I had gone a year ago, with a hip t score of -3.1. A local doctor had wanted me to go on Forteo, and I didnt want to because it caused bone cancer in rats. I fouind Save Our Bones, which gave me the courage I needed to say no. I went to see a local Natural Medical Doctor who put me on a gluten-free diet. My doctor at the Medical clinic and my own primary care doctor were supportive of the change. I went gluten free and changed my weight work out. I have gluten sensitivity and not celiac disease.
Within 3 months, my nxtelepeptide test went from a high of 52 to a 23! They said my bone loss was suppressed. recently, my Synthroid level for my hypothyroid went from .175 micrograms to .100, and the best of all-my t scan reduced as well. According to the tests, my doctor at the Med Center told me that my results were WONDERFUL. I no longer have Osteoporosis, I have Osteopenia, and that my results are more in the normal range. She said to keep doing what I’m doing and to see her in two years. I can’t tell you how important it is to have doctors who are open to natural remedies. I take Osteoprime Ultra by Therapeutic Therapies(3 twice daily) along with 2000 units of vitamin D twice daily. I would run to your local bookstore and gluten free area. I also did a complete blood allergy test to see what else I was allergic to. I am still off eggs and dairy. I have seen other improvements as well-no more sinus infections, back and shoulder inflammation is gone, etc. It isn’t difficult at all. Just be steadfast to be healthy. More people are gluten free now.
Maria, submitted on 4/5/2012
I have had osteoporosis for 5 years. I started on Boniva per my doctor. Two years ago my doctor took me off of Boniva and wanted me to take Actonel because my scores kept going down. So, I started doing my own research. I took myself off of Boniva and never started Actonel. That is when I ordered your book. I began the habit of walking every day and eating more and more vegetables. My osteoporosis has improved to osteopenia, even though my doctor only gives credit to the previously taken Boniva. Thanks for improving my health with your recommendations. I am a firm believer in this program.
Neita D., submitted on 3/15/2012
I was diagnosed w/ osteopenia 4 years ago. For the first 2 years my bone density decreased but then I read your book made many of your recommended lifestyle changes. This years result show an increased bone density! I gave up cokes, dramatically increased fruits/vegetables, decreased sodium, added more exercise, cut back on meats and transitioned to plant based calcium and it paid off without using any drugs. I feel great. Thanks so much!
Ramona, submitted on 3/22/2012
All of your information is so good. I have and am still saving all your emails and articles. I still need to get my blood platelets up to normal so that the Dr. will slowly take me off Prednisone, but my posture is very good and my bones must be strong now, because I missed a small step in our garage and fell full weight on the cement floor landing on my left hip and elbow and did not break a bone. I do have a huge black and blue spot on my hip, but I presume that is because of my diagnosed ITP. Thanks for all your wonderful research. Quite a while ago I did purchase your Save Our Bones program and enjoy it very much. Thanks again,
Pat, submitted on 3/22/2012
I’m bursting with excitement. Just had my one year Osteoporosis Checkup. To refresh memories; Last year I was diagnosed with “Severe Osteoporosis”. Hence, I’ve been following “Vivian Goldschmidt’s”outstanding “Osteoporosis Diet,and reading her SaveOurBones Book. As well as following everything else she has suggested. Over this last year we have shared diets, recipes, books, exercises, friendships,and Osteoporosis.
Before going out the door to my Dr. appointment this morning I listened once again to The “SaveOurBones” presentation by Vivian. Which I might add I’ve listened to many, many, many times before. At first I wondered “why am I listening to this AGAIN?”. The nice part is I always seem to catch something new that I didn’t catch the last time I listened. So I looked at my watch and thought “I’ve got a little time…. And I did HAVE A LITTLE TIME and I did LISTEN”. I had a ten o’clock doctor appointment and it was 9AM.
First thing the Dr. asked me when I got in the exam room was, “what drug did you decide on for your Osteoporosis???”
I said “I didn’t.I decided on a “Nutritionist”..and she has been a God Sent for me. “Doctor, I have seen and heard so many negative things about all the Osteoporosis Drugs on the market. You know, the ones you wanted me to take”! He raised his eyebrows and said well O.K. I asked him if he was going to do the Dexa Scan today and he replied yes, I must repeat the test due to the severity of the Osteoporosis Diagnosis last year. I’m also concerned that you have not taken any of the suggested drugs. We must check and see where you stand with this problem.
Well it was good news. I have gained 0.+7 in my left Femur. I have gained 1.1+ in my AP Spine. The doctor shakes my hand and says “Your are gaining bone density where people your age are beginning to lose density, in the hip joint”. Good for you and your Nutritionist. He was sincere about that.
You no longer have Osteoporosis, it’s Osteopenia now, much less threatening. Please keep up whatever you are doing because it is working.
I am sincere in telling each of you women, that when I was diagnosed I was sure I was a goner. My sister died two years ago with Severe Osteoporosis, her back collapsed. The very day I was diagnosed, I sat down at the computer in complete depression and within five minutes a screen popped up and a Nutritionist asked me some very pertinent questions about my bones?????. I called that encounter “A God Thing”. I also called it a “Good Thing”.
Thanks to Vivian Goldschmidt, I’m going in the right direction.
Vivian’s book and exercise do make the difference, they worked. “Yeah Vivian”. I am living proof that her suggestions worked., and to think I was given something that really worked to increase my bone density. A diet, and exercise. Not a pill, not a shot, a diet that builds bones, and uses vegetables and fruits to gain Calcium WOW. Vivian turned me toward Good Bone Health! Thanks for listening, Best regards for “Your Good Bone Health. I think we are all Blessed because we were given Vivian. She has given us what we need to gain bone density without drugs. Onward and upward with this program and lets all look forward to good bone health.
Joyce Hall, submitted on 2/8/2012
After taking Actonal for seven years and going from osteopenia to osteoporosis with a spinal T-score of -2.62 in October, 2008, I was very happy to come across the Save Our Bones Program.
By doing away with Actonal and eating the 80 / 20 Bone Revolution way, my latest bone densitomrtry study in November, 2010 showed an improvement in my T-score to -1.40, mild osteopenia.
I have continued with the program and can’t wait to see where my score will be on my November 2012 study.
Thank you so much Vivian.
Arlene, submitted on 7/21/2011
I have just had the best news ever.
My bone density has improved. I don’t know by how much, as I got the news over the phone.
I was told that with medication, my bones had improved.
After taking medication for 13 years and never ever hearing the word “improved” it came as music to my ears.
I went off the medication in December and had my test in August. Before this, I would always hear: “it’s the same or it’s worse”.
I’m still working on my diet and do a lot of tai chi every day. I will now take your advise and chew a little longer as well as take deep breaths throughout the day. I’m at fault on both counts.
Thank you for your wonderful advice.
Renata, submitted on 9/29/2011
Don’t know if you answer these emails, but thought i’d tell you that my density improved….slightly…since i started with you last year.
Flame S., submitted on 10/1/2011
Many thanks for keeping me up to date with all the latest information. I look foward to receiving your e-mails.
I do not take any medication for my oesteoporosis, as I prefer to treat my bones the natural way, and your tips make this very easy and simple to follow. My bone density has changed from -2.9 to -2.6!! I am very pleased.
Once again thank you so much for keeping me so well informed.
Denise, submitted on 8/3/2011
Thank you for the work you are doing to inform women about the serious side effects of drugs. I am 78 years old and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I have been fighting off doctors’ insistence that I take drugs for years. I have been following your advice as well as other things.
My last DEXA scan showed improvement of 16%. Maybe this will get the doctors off my back. They threaten that I will fall and break my hip. So I have been fearful of that. I encourage other women to take your advice.
Myra W., submitted on 11/6/2011
First of all, I wish you a very happy New Year full of joy and continued good health throughout 2012.
We don’t have Facebook hence my non-replies to your suggestions and exercises. This does not mean I have not appreciated all your correspondance, on the contarary your new suggestions have either been
most helpful, or confirmed what I already suspected, or sometimes knew.
I’m delighted to report that my recent Bone Density checkup discovered a just under 12% increase in the vertebrae and a little under 6% increase in the hip. This occured in the past 12 months. I intend to keep up with your programme till I’m out of the Osteoporosis zone, and always to keep a weather eye out for the acid/alkaline balance. I take plenty of exercise, only keeping in mind a mildish case of Fibromyalgia so sometimes cut down on the repeats.
I’m a fine boned Caucasian aged 72 1/2. and have passed on your website to 2 similarly built women in our village who have Osteoporosis too.
My G.P. is delighted. She is a wonderfuil open-minded Practiciioner. Thanks a million for the help you have given me and for the many people you have saved from the destructive drugs.
Sue S., submitted on 1/1/2012
Thank you so much for looking out information like this for us. I watched that news too. Luckily I have been following your program last 1 1/2 year without taking those horrible drugs, and my osteoporosis has shown improvement gradually, the recent bone density test results is just little bit osteopenia. Thank you again for your help.
Mary H. submitted on 1/18/2012
Hi Vivian,I stopped taking my Osteoporosis Drugs when I received your book. I try to follow it and seem to be doing OK without the drugs. The book is easy to follow. I haven’t had a bone test since I started following the program. I just seem to notice it, my dentist comments on how my gums and teeth have improved. My arthritis doesn’t bother me as much and my fingernails are much better. Thank you so much.
Phyllis T., submitted on 2/4/2012
Two years ago you gave me the courage to quit Actonel. I am 76 and happy to tell you that my bone density has actually increased with your help in creating greater consciousness about food and exercise. THANK YOU!!!
And big best wishes to you,
Claire D., submitted on 3/20/2012
Thank you very much..
I want to tell you that since I bought your book and followed it to watch my diet, and took a one hour walk everyday although I did not adhere exactly when I was traveling, but my last two bone density scans ( scanned six months after I followed the program and scanned again after another six months ) both have shown improvements, the recent scan result about my osteoporosis has improved to osteopenia -0.8 and -0.9 for left hip and right hip.
I have told many of my friends to stop taking those horrible drugs and to follow your book to save our bones.
Thank you again.
Mary, submitted on 8/16/2011
I have bought and read your “Save Our Bones Program” book.
My wife have followed some of your recommendations in this book for about one year. Her DEXA scan results have improved to osteopenia from osteoporosis.
Kirk C., submitted on 10/11/2011
When I bought your book, I stopped being afraid as you made so much sense, subsequently I ditched the awful Fosamax against my Doctors advice and found a personal trainer who gave me a very good price for 3 weight sessions a week.
My Dexter scan last September showed that I had gone from “high risk” to “mild” to the amazement of my Consultant.
Thank you so much, I would not have had the courage without you, I look forward to seeing your video.
Susan B., submitted on 8/18/2011
Hello and thank you for keeping me in the loop.. My last two bone scans, were osteopina.. yeaaa because 4 years ago, it was osteoporosis..
Holly., submitted on 8/18/2011
Dear Vivian, I am so pleased that yu have written the truth about these gold-digging doctors that are doing us such harm. Since I have been using your advise my bone density has improved twice in a row. and it .. is not the medication that the doctors have tried to get me to use, all they ever did was to begin rotting my jaw bone. I am forever thankful for your advise and intend to continue using it as my bone bible. Again thank you so very much for your honesty and straightforwardness. I thank God every day that there are honest people like yourself.
My most sincere thanks,
Linda F., submitted on 10/29/2011
Hi Vivian thanks for all the updates etc. Thought you mau be interested to hear that recent Bone Scan proves I no longer have Osteoporosis. Now reduced to Osteopoenia. This is has changed in the 14 Months, since I stopped taking Bisophenates, and followed your way of eating. I feel very well. Love,
Jean S., submitted on 11/20/2011
I am very excited to report, following a recent Dexa Scan, I no longer have Osteoporosis. I have been upgraded Osteopenia and this was achieved without medication!
Two years ago, when they wanted to put me on Fosamax and given my other issues, I opted to seek natural treatment. I found your web site: Vivian Goldschmidt, MA and followed the information provided.
Yes, I cannot state for a fact that eating tomatoes has reversed this disease, as I also quit smoking and started power walking, in reality it does not matter because I feel great and love the upgrade!!!
Thanks for all the information you share!
Janice F., submitted on 11/30/2011
I had a bone density scan done 2 years ago and was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I ordered your book and started following your advice for supplements and food.
I just had a bone density scan done a week ago and the diagnosis is now ostepena – not osteoporosis . The supplements and food changes have definitely made a difference. I decided not to take Boniva as recommended by the Doctor and I am so glad that I made that decision.
My sister took the injection and has the jaw disease now. It is horrible. On top of all of that, her osteoporosis remained the same after taking the “Bone Density” drugs.
The Doctor was surprised by the change and I told her what I was doing. She told me to continue what I am doing – since it obviously works.
Thank you again,
Mary M., submitted on 11/29/2011
I have managed to evade drugs although my osteo specialist tells me I should, especially because my over-all excellent health, be on any of various shots/infusions/pills in order to avoid fractures or finding myself bed-ridden. I have gone to Curves for 7 years and find myself getting stronger with muscle development and can do many things, painlessly, previously impossible – like vacuuming my entire house, raking, shovelling snow, getting out of bed, in and out of a car etc with no pain and no difficulty, unlike 7 years ago. HOWEVER, since being on the alkaline/acid foods program, 18 months or so now, I have an actual stabilization re my T- Score in my hips at -1.7 and an improvement in my spinal T-Score at -3 from -3.1. It doesn’t sound like much but till now there has always been an INcrease in negativity in both, so I am happy. Sometimes it’s difficult to access or afford certain foods, but I manage. Thanks for all the research and sharing!
Miriam S., submitted on 4/21/2012
I LOVE getting your e-mails – they are always so informative! I wanted to share my good news with you – I just had another bone density test and was thrilled to learn that my bone density has stabilized in some areas and INCREASED in many areas! I had a bone density test in 2009 which showed osteopenia and they wanted to put me on their so-called bone building drugs which I declined – so I went online and started doing research. That’s when I discovered your website! I began your program and started taking pilates classes from my beautiful daughter and I do a lot of power walking. Lo and behold it has all paid off! Thank you SO MUCH Vivian!
Marilyn, submitted on 3/12/2012
Vivian – I recently went for a Dexascan (it’s been about a year and a half since my last one) and my bone mass in my spine has increased by 12%! The technician asked “What have you been doing!?!” and my doctor was very excited and wanted to know if it was the exercises that you have on your website that made the difference. No, it wasn’t but you’ll see.
About a year and a half ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and given Boniva. I didn’t want to take this medication and fortunately I found your website. After buying your book and reading your articles I decided this makes sense and adopted your plan, not the Boniva. I informed my doctor what I was doing, gave her your website address and she looked into it a bit and that’s where she discovered your exercises. But I have to tell you it’s not the exercises I’ve been doing, although I want to and I will. It’s your diet I’ve been following and for me it was radical because up to then I was eating a diet of animal protein and not many vegetables. Animal protein is lean, low calorie, low fat, less calories BUT, highly acidic! This fact really struck a chord with me so now I eat very little animal protein and eat lots and lots of fruit and vegetables. [So much so that in my last blood test and urinalysis, the pH is 8.0(high)]. But I no longer have osteoporosis! I am just below normal range, so I have a little osteopinea. I wanted to let you know of the impressive results of my bone scan and how amazed and pleased the ‘professionals’ were. Thank you and I am telling everyone about you. Keep up the good work, Vivian!
Thank you so much,
Richelle Sommer, submitted on 1/22/2012
Thanks for all that you do! With proper nutrition and exercise I have gone from Osteoporosis to Osteopenia according to my latest bone scan! I think your program is great!
I wanted to know- is there a Densercise hard copy book and CD I can get i nstead of a digital download? I usually prefer something I can “get my hands on”.
Sue, submitted on 2/28/2012
I love receiving all your tips Vivian. It makes me feel so much more in control of my own health. My bone density increased by 4% last year and I am hoping that will improve more this year. More importantly all the things that you mention are good…..I absolutely love so I trust my body to do the right thing!!
Many many thanks for all your wonderful help.
Sandra, submitted on 2/23/2012
I joined your programme two years ago after a diagnosis of Osteopenia and a progressive decline after taken prescription calcium carbonate.
Two years later my latest bone scan shows no further bone loss in my hips (which in itself is an increase) and an 8% increase in my spine. Are my doctors interested at a top London teaching hospital? No, they just laughed at what they called my ” concoction of tablets”. More fool them.
Christine. London UK, submitted on 2/20/2012
Vivian,two weeks ago I had a tumble on a sidewalk and had severe injury with subsequent massive bruising to my left temple area, eye, face – also left hip area. ER the next day with numerous x-rays, CT scan of head, showed NO fractures; only a sprain of the right wrist! I had ordered your book probably two years ago and had been following most of your suggestions on diet and the refusal of the suggested drugs for osteopenia. BTW – I’m 83 years old and on Coumadin.
I seldom eat red meat, use only almond milk, eat mainly fruits and vegs. as per your acid/alkalin guidelines. I’m now convinced that NOT taking the drugs saved me from broken bones. Everyone is amazed that I didn’t have a broken bone.
Just wanted you to know that your plan seems to have worked well in my case. Incidentally, I had to cancel an appt. for a bone density test. I told them I had already taken the test! Just wish mine hadn’t been so painful.
My e-mail address is above if you want to contact me. Keep up the good work.
Marie Pinschmidt, submitted on 2/7/2012
Thanks for your information on chamomile, exercises, and your book. I had been on Fosamax for 10 years and was worsening. I followed your plan and in 18 months I no longer had osteoporosis. I’ve been sharing your information on acid/alkaline foods. Thanks again, and keep on researching and sharing. God bless!
Gloria Josiah, submitted on 1/23/2012
You are truly a force to deal with. I am also very impressed that in you article on chamomile on the web, there is no apparent attempt to merchandise chamomile (or anything else, for that matter.)
I followed The Save Our Bones Program got rid of my osteoporosis very quickly.
Lloyd Clayton, ND – Founder, Clayton College of Natural Health (the largest school of natural health and healing), submitted on 1/23/2012
Dear Vivian: This is yet again to express my appreciation for the courtesy extended for being such most effective inspiration to me.
l have never had such experience, inspiration etc. from other sources in my lifetime.
Thanking you so much and wishing you the very best.
Dr John Dzineku, submitted on 1/16/2012
Tap dancing can certainly help if you have osteoporosis. I joined a class about 3 years ago , and I go 2 x a week. I gradually went from beginner to intermediate/advanced to be safe.(They told me I had severe osteoporosis.)
Well,I just had a DEXA scan, and I was told my bone density had greatly improved. I have one thing to say. Be careful, but keep moving. By the way, I am 70 years old.
Thank you Vivian for all the information you have provided, and I also have your book.
Gerri D., submitted on 1/16/2012
“I was on Actonel for 4 1/2 years and had Osteopenia but when my doctor took me off Actonel I got Osteoporosis. She prescribed 1 a day Actonel in the spring of 2009 but I never took it. I went to the nutrition store and bought a bone builder formula containing calcium magnesium, vitamin d, and vitamin k.
I had a bone scan in November 2011 recently and I do not have any osteoporosis and my condition has reverted to osteopeniaI also bought your book Vivian and follow the diet and healthy eating.
Thank you so much.
Elizabeth, submitted on 1/5/2012
“First of all, I wish you a very happy New Year full of joy and continued good health throughout 2012. We don’t have Facebook hence my non-replies to your suggestions and exercises. This does not mean I have not appreciated all your correspondence. On the contrary, your new suggestions have either been most helpful, confirmed what I already suspected or sometimes knew. I’m delighted to report that my recent Bone Density checkup discovered a just under 12% increase in the vertebrae and a little under 6% increase in the hip. This occurred in the past 12 months. I intend to keep up with your program till I’m out of the Osteoporosis zone, and always to keep a weather eye out for the acid/alkaline balance. I take plenty of exercise, only keeping in mind a mild case of Fibromyalgia, so sometimes cut down on the repeats. I’m a fine boned Caucasian aged 72 1/2. and have passed on your website to 2 similarly built women in our village who have Osteoporosis too. My G.P. is delighted. She is a wonderfuil open-minded Practicioner. Thanks a million for the help you have given me and for the many people you have saved from the destructive drugs, Vivian.
Sue S., submitted on 1/2/2012
My name is Vickie Willbrand. I’ve been on your Save Our Bones Program for almost two years.
I had my DEXA on December 19, 2011, for the first time since being on your program.
My doctor weas real happy, saying that my bone density had increased since my last DEXA two years ago. She said to continue on with what I have been already doing for my bones (which is to remain on your Save Our Bones Program).
Thanks again so much for giving me (and many others!) a bone-saving and bone-building program we can use all of our lives!
I appreciate you so much! Thanks again!
Lots of love and best wishes,
Vickie W., subitted on 12/27/2011
I stopped Forteo after 2 times and the prescribing doctor told me I was going to die!!!!! She is the idiot and I never went back to her, and I never will take any meds for my bones.. Following your advice, I changed my diet, I have eliminated meat, but I eat chicken and fish,and veggies. Surprise my cholestol was fine and all blood work showed up just fine( for the first time ever) at almost 83 I am delighted with eating well, enjoy the apple and cucumber for lunch. Got barley (hulled) flakes. Thank you so very much for your help. After breaking my back twice in a year I am doubly grateful for your good advice…”
Maxine Hirschel, submitted on 11/23/2011
Hi Vivian, After a year on your program my dexascan showed a 3.5 % increase in bone density which was called substantial by my doc. She has stopped insisting that I take that annual shot for my osteopenia that was bordering on the osteoporosis Now I can incorporate this exercise during the cold winter months. I live in the midAtlantic and don’t have your Florida luxury of year round good weather to exercise. Thanks for all you do. You saved my bones!!!!”
Paula Blake, submitted on 11/14/2011
A few years ago I was diagnosed with full blown osteoporosis. I was on Fosomax and Boniva and suffered terribly while taking them.Nothing changed the numbers.Osteoporosis was getting worse. I found Vivian and abandoned all medications and followed her advise in her book. Just had another bone scan and although bones are thin, bone strength has increased.I give the credit to Vivians treasure of info concerning bone health ,and E-zorb calcium.
Thank You Vivian .I could never have done it without you.”
Gerri D. submitted on 11/10/2011
I read your books and have been taking your excellent advice.
In May I fell and suffered a compound fracture of my right ulnar and wrist. Since I am 81 yrs of age my recovery was considered to be guarded at the best.
However I had complete healing of the bones in my fractured wrist and ulnar within 6 WEEKS!!
Consider this confusing fact- My diagnosis is still severe osteoporosis- even after such a rapid bone healing.
I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, that your advice has caused me to heal from a serious fracture in less time than most teenagers would have taken.”
Doreen Hamilton, submitted on 11/4/2011
Good morning Vivian
I hope you don’t mind me using your first name but over the last couple of years you have been “in my home” every day and I feel I know you.
I have just returned from the doctors where I received the results of my latest bone density scan and the first thing I wanted to do is to send you an email and give you the good news, as thanks to you, my bone scan is normal!!!!
Five years ago I was diagnosed with cancer which resulted in me having a full hysterectomy, after which the Doctors advised having yearly bone scans. After the first scan I was given the devastating news, I had osteoporosis! Having survived cancer why was this news so much more upsetting? I couldn’t understand my complete and utter devastation, apart from the usual feelings of having some incurable disease again, I felt that my young life was over – I was now officially and old woman. I must have cried for a whole week.
I had also recently purchased a beautiful horse. I had wanted one for over 40 years as they have been my passion since I was a child and as I had just turned 50 and felt this would be my last chance of having a horse of my own but the thought of riding knowing I had brittle bones was terrifying! Needless to say I had to sell the horse.
I was given a prescription for Evista but in my heart I knew I didn’t want to take it because of all the side effects. When I told the Doctor her reply was horrifying the things that were going to happen to me if I didn’t take it! I never did take that prescription to the Chemist. Instead I miserably trawled the internet and was lucky enough to find your website and the words written started to give me hope. I read with encouragement, all the advice available on your site and then ordered your book.
To start with, I found it very difficult worrying whether I was eating the correct division of 80 alkaline – 20 acid and whether I was taking enough supplements but by continuing to read your articles and dipping back into your book, in no time it all became less daunting, now it is almost second nature. Not a day went by when I didn’t “check-in” to see if there was any new articles. Then you started sending me emails all the time with fantastic little tips which I can honestly say really helped and encouraged me to keep going. I find myself looking for your emails when I log onto my computer at work in the mornings.
After the first year I was a little disappointed because my T score hadn’t improved, it was -2.8. I still had hope and faith that your advice would work, so I persevered and the following year my T score had improved – 2.6, the second year it improved even more, the third year (last year) was very exciting when my result was “Osteopenia – primary stage” I really felt as though I was achieving something.
I started having riding lessons again, feeling much more secure in the knowledge that my bones were not as bad as they had been in previous years! I am convinced that the exercise I did twice a week, every week on that horse helped my bones. We ride slightly different here and we do what we call “rising trot” which means we have to sit and rise from the hip in pace with the horse! What excellent exercise it was, the pains in my hips although at first seem to get worse eventually they disappeared completely!
Today my bone scan says in big bold writing “NORMAL” I cannot begin to thank you for all the help and advice that you have given me over the last few years! I do not intend to stop – I am going to keep it up, I will be checking-in with you every day watching and waiting for all the fantastic advice. I have and will continue to sing your praises and recommend you to everyone I know!
I no longer feel like an old woman in fact I feel 10 years younger!
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK AND ALSO FOR ALLOWING ME TO REALISE A CHILDHOOD DREAM. As you will see I have taken the liberty of attaching a picture of me and my “passion”, my new horse Americano!!!! I have finally achieved that dream!
Lorraine Lockert, submitted on 10/27/2011
Vivian -I am so excited I have just had my new DEXA scan and the results are amazing – I have a 10.3% bone mineral increase on my spine and 9% on my hip. My doctor is amazed.”
Sandra, submitted on 10/6/2011
THANK YOU VIVIAN!!! I just received the good news that my T-scores have made a “significant improvement”. Although I am still in the “Osteopenia” category I am heading in the right direction thanks to your Save Our Bones Program and the information and encouragement on your website. May God continue to bless you and your work.
Louisa, submitted on 11/30/2011
I can’t thank you enough for your good advice (your book & emails!).
I got off Actonel 2 years ago (taking it for 5 years without any improvement)after doing extensive research on the internet & becoming aware of the shocking side effects. I bought your book & followed your advice re alkaline diet, organic calcium etc.
I went for my DEXA scan again yesterday after three years & my results were the best ever (in 11 years!)- from -2.49 in my hip/spine to -1.9 & from 1.94 in my fem.neck to -1.4. I went from moderate/high fracture risk to mild fracture risk. Your method/advice really works!
Everybody should follow your recommendations.
It is really easy & only requires minor changes in your life style.
Thank you so much!!!
Cheers from Australia,
Trudy, submitted on 11/22/2011
Dear Vivian: It is important I share with you how much you have helped me with my bone situation. After being on Fosamax and calcium for many years and having the problem of my calcium being absorbed severly into my blood; having my doctor thinking I should have the parathyroid removed because of the calcium situation (until I went through a special test to find the parathyroid was fine), I am very relieved to hear things have been corrected. I can truthfully say it is because of you and your advice regarding my diet, etc. that I am on the road to recovery. Yesterday the doctor gave me the good news and the only medication I am to take is Vitamin D. I am very grateful and give you the credit. Thank you.
Mary Anderson, submitted on 9/10/2011
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis two years ago and unfortunately took Fosamax for 10 months. By that time my left leg had become very weak and my left hip was almost immobilized. I ceased Fosamax, bought your book and I think everything you have said makes perfect sense to me. My symptoms have improved, but are not completely better. Last week I had my two year DEXA scan, and was so happy with my results. Bone density in both hips had improved by 20.4%, now osteopaenia. My spine bone density improved 6.6% and now within the normal range. The radiographer was amazed at this result, she had never seen such an increase before within the first two years. I was happy to tell her how I achieved this result. I really love your program Vivian and will continue it as a way of life. Thank you so much for your fantastic advice, I hate to think how I would be if I had continued with Fosamax.
Jan, submitted on 11/7/2011
I’ve had your book for a couple of years and since following your programme (with particular emphasis on exercise) my first year, my bone scan showed no bone loss and my second year showed an increase of 4.1%.
My consultant initially thought there was something wrong with the scanner!!! I believe I can reverse it, but my consultant said I will need to be on drugs by the time I’m 60. I’m 55 and have no intention of killing myself with drugs.
I have an allotment and do many hours of heavy digging etc. and purchased a treadmill. I make sure I do over 5000 steps a day and that way I can monitor if I’ve done enough exercise throughout the week.
I don’t eat meat (only fish), butter, milk, or cheese. I have plenty of fresh vegetables, take an osteoporosis supplement, kelp and fish oil.
I feel so lucky to receive all this wonderful advice that you kindly send out regularly.
Many many thanks Vivian for taking my fear away.
Sandra, submitted on 11/62011
I will be 92 years old in November and cannot believe what has happened since I discovered you and your book. In 2008 my bone density was -4.3; in 2010 it was -4.1 difference. This was from taking Fosamax.
When I discovered you about 6 or 7 months ago, I told my doctor I was through with Fosamax and going with your program.
On June 6 I asked for another test to see if it was working and I am so hapy to tell you that my one number went from -4.1 to -3.7 and the T(?)number went from -3.0 to -2.1. This is only a few months time which I think is great. I am also walking my dog about 40 minutes a day and go to the gym with a personal trainer twice a week. However, I was doing that before I discovered you!
So THANK YOU VERY MUCH for my improvement.
Ellen Law, submitted on 8/2/2011
Thank you, Thank You Vivian,
I got on your program 2 years ago after finding out about my bone density. I just got my bone density and I have improved 16% in my hips and 2% in my spine total. I feel if I can do it, anyone can. I admit I cheated some on the weekends. I like the way I eat so much, I will never go back to eating processed foods.I feel so much better health wise, now it is part of my life. Vivian you are a life savior. I hope everyone will do the program and I know you will get great results.
Pat Boyd, submitted on 9/12/2011
I got the best news!
I have a hip t-score of -3.1. On April 6th, my n-telepeptide test was 52. This urine test measures bone loss. Normal is 4 to 64, and you want it to be as low as possible. I started the Save our Bones program, a gluten-free diet, and an intense weight workout. I took another test on July 14h, and my tesgt results were a 23!! My doctor said my bone loss is suppressed. When I spoke to an Osteoporosis specialist, she said it was due to my diet!!! So, the gluten-free diet and the changes with Save Our Bones made the difference!!!
Lucy, submitted on 7/28/2011
Wow! Great news for me. 12 years ago I was diagnosed with “severe” osteoporosis after I had radiation for uterine cancer. I even had a couple of small fractures in my hips and a pretty severe groin fracture which caused me to be on crutches for 6 weeks. I vowed then to start exercising to help prevent more fractures. I was still drinking carbonated beverages and eating all wrong even though I am at a good weight. I was also taking Fosamax and later, Boniva because I didn’t know better. Thank God and thank the Save Our Bones Program from Vivian, I changed my eating and drinking habits to conform with the advice in the book and stopped all drugs. I just had a bone density and thanks to all the changes I’ve made I have now reversed my “osteoporosis” to “osteopenia”. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and my healthy bones Vivian, for your part in the changes I’ve experienced.
Jackie W., submitted on 7/7/2011
My second dexa scan came back with an improvement of 10% in bone density. The doctor thinks I take Evista but although they are prescribed for me I throw them away, I do this to avoid being bullied into taking them. So why the increase in bone density? I can only assume that it is due to my daily walking with the dog for an hour and a half and my dancing which is a major part of my life. I have adjusted my diet since reading Save our Bones and have a well balanced diet and a Gold Standard Multi Vitamin supplement. What else can it be? I am so glad I read your book and decided to avoid the nasty drug remedies.
Jayne P., 7/16/2011
Hello Vivian – I have had good news! My bone density has significantly improved.
Lumbar spine from -1.9 to %change +17.84
Hip from -2.0 to %change +1.08
I attribute this improvement to my alkaline diet, and to calcium, Vit D, Magnesium, and exercise. Dr comment: “continue present regimen”
I like your recepie and I am very excited to read your e mails,my mothers bone density test is already better, With thanks Slavica.
Slavica, submitted on 4/7/2011
Dear Vivian….of all the places I’ve looked you are the only one I’ve seen telling the truth about the cause of bone loss. You were right on about the foods that cause so much damage. I even know how your treatment works, and again your right on target. Thanks again for being truthful and honest and not trying to rip people off.
Gary L. A., submitted on 6/23/2011
Vivian. I can’t thank you enough. In the last four months I put in a reverse osmosis water system, and have been following your counsel about eating. I am 63 and have had osteoporosis for about 15 years. My last bone density was in December. I went to the doctor last week and blew her mind. I have lost an average of five pounds a month (and I’m never hungry), my “bad” cholestrol dropped 50 points and my good cholestrol stayed the same (it has always been very high). My finger nails are strong and healthy–that’s really new. I feel great. Am off all anti-inflamatories, anti-histamines and am weaning myself off anti-depressives. My endocronolgist is amazed and neither of us can wait for my bone density test. My friends are telling their doctors about your eating plan. They are all waiting for my bone scan with great anticipation.
Ann, submitted on 6/20/2011
I wanted to say that my bone density test came back Great, compared to what it used to be.
My readings were previously -3.6, but now are -1.6
I have been trying hard to follow the Bone guide for several months, I took myself off of the Forteo injections after 18 months last August & I am very happy about the new readings.
Joyce S., submitted on 5/9/2011
Thank you for your common sense wisdom and well-researched information. I send many of my patients to your site, and realize that I will be opening a second practice counseling women in South Florida, close to Hollywood. I hope some time that we may meet, and enlarge our circle of beneficiaries– folks that can thrive with a healthy lifestyle and relinquish the fear of invented diseases.
Keep up the good work. Hugs,
Helene B. L., MD
Vivian, you gave me the courage to be bold & to stay away from all forms of drugs. I had a 1 yr later repeat DEXA scan a wk ago & the improve ment in my bone density is remarkable. I’m encouraged to keep on doing what I’m doing only more consistently. There’s hope for everyone & I’m 72. Thank you!
Brigid G., submitted on 3/3/2011
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis two years ago this January with T scores of -2.5 (Spine) and -2.9 (femur) and Z scores, -1.9 and -2.2 respectively. My family doctor freaked out and said I must take Fosomax even though he knew I had acid reflux which prescribed medication was not completely taking care of. I was sure there had to be a better way so I did research and found your website. I purchased your first book and started the diet. I have emailed you over time but I don’t know if you remember me talking with you about coming off Prevacid. I was able to do it much faster than you thought I would. I have been on the Saveourbones diet for two years. Not long after going on the diet, my toenail that had the white line and was split in half, came back together. I must confess that I have cheated on this diet some since I went back to school and won’t be having another bone mineral density scan until next month. So I don’t know what my present T
I am almost 55 years old but still physically active – as active as chronic pain will let me. I walk, climb stairs, ride my bike, hike. I have been riding my bicycle to run my dog as many days a week as possible for his sake. A week ago I was doing just that when a stray dog and her charge aggressively and noisily rushed us. I had been traveling at about 20 MPH when this happened. My dog mistook my OK (I was telling myself , apparently out loud, it will be ok because we are almost to our turn) for a “go get them.”
I do not attach his leash to my bike but rather lay a portion across my handle bars with light hand pressure so it doesn’t fall off but if he pulls, the leash will not affect me or my bike. However, when he took off in front of me after the aggressive dogs, somehow the leash handle caught onto the end of the handle bar on my bike. He and my bike crossed the road sending me airborne and landing on pavement. I landed on my right arm just below the elbow and right hip then the side and of one knee and the knee cap of the other knee. What I want to tell you is that I did NOT break any bones. I have large contusions and a sore pelvis but the doctor says I’m okay. I still have to take an anti-inflammatory for another week. I’m reluctant to take anything due to how it affects the pH balance and thus the bones but in this case I need to do it.
I know you have talked about flexibility of bones being important just like building bone. I believe that being on the Save Our Bones diet has contributed to my lack of broken bones in this accident. Apparently they had enough flexibility to survive crashing to the ground when riding at 20 MPH was interrupted and I flew through the air down to the pavement. I did have on a warm jacket which may have helped my arm to some degree but not my hip as my jacket rode up with my outstretched arm. I am thankful to have been on this diet for two years before this accident.
Well am I a happy bunny today.I have just had the results of my Dexa scan. AMAZING.
DECEMBER 2008. TOTAL SPINE -3.0
L 4 -3.6
DECEMBER 2009 TOTAL SPINE -1.1
DECEMBER 2010. TOTAL SPINE -1.0
I refused to take the medication that I was first prescribed, a yearly infusion or tablets. I stopped these six months ago and followed Save Our Bones Program. What a result. Thank you so much.”
June G., submitted on 12/18/10
I was in touch with you and purchased Save Our Bones in Dec. 2009 after I had bad bone density scores. I went on the war path!!!! I stopped taking Fosamax and started using your 80-20 success sheets( really, to be honest, I ate most of the things on the alkaline side and only meats on the acidic side).
I was not going to be bent over like my paternal grandmother. I started drinking distilled water, cut the caffeine and most of the alcohol.
All this said, the good news is that my recent DEXA( one year later) showed improvement of my spine bone density. It went from -3.0 to -2.2. I’m so happy about this.
My femoral neck of my left hip went from -1.7 to -2.0. Don’t understand this loss, but I am no longer osteoporodic, only severely osteopenic. I am very encouraged overall and will continue to work on my bone density. It is a new lifestyle for me. I share your program with everyone who will listen!!!!!!
Thank you so much!!!!!!!!
I have been on your program for one and a half yrs. I had my bone scan 2 weeks ago. Great news. I know have osteopenia instead of Osteoporosis and my scans were better than they were in 2005. I want to tell you thank you so much. I’m glad I searched instead of going on Boniva! My doctor said I made great progress and how did I do it? I told him it was thanks to Vivian.
Dear Vivian Thank you for the E-mail about CoQ10. I have been taking it for about 10 years.I have been off Boniva for close to 4 months.I can’t tell you how wonderful I feel. No more gastric problems and a general malaise that I couldn’t put my finger on.Only now that I am off Boniva that I realize that the meds were the problem. I owe it all to you Vivian , because if I hadn’t found your website I would have continued to be intimidated by the blatant lies of my doctor! I have your book and I am so encouraged that I can take care of my health in a natural way. Thank you again Vivian.
A good news posting and compliments to Save our Bones. I have managed to not only maintain but to actually increase my bone density (spine) by following your Save Our Bones Program! About 18 months ago as a result of a bone density test I was told I had osteopena and the doctor gave me a choice of prescriptions to choose from. I was horrified to read of all the side effects of each of these and therefore refused to start taking any of them. While searching the Web I found your site and decided to try your program. I have followed it quite closely, changed my diet to incorporate more alkaline foods, taken the requisite supplements and tried to exercise 3 times/week. I had been drinking lemon water for over 20 years but coffee is non-negotiable. I have to have my cappuccino twice daily! At best I had hoped to keep my bone density at the same level but to increase it in my spine was more than I had anticipated.
The doctor told me I can no longer go back to her (rheumatologist) as I am no longer in the “at risk” category. I shall have to go to my GP to be monitored every 5 years.
Thank you for all your research and a great program Vivian. I am most grateful to you. I shall keep to this way of eating for life.
Caroline, submitted on 12/20/2010
I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I can’t thank you enough for your fantastic programme.
Three years ago I was diagnosed with Osteopenia, two years ago with Osteoporosis with a T score of -2.6, last year I had a T score of -2.7.
After following your plan for just over a year now, I received my latest results today and I now have Osteopenia Primary Level! I am so happy I could cry! Next year I feel sure I will no longer have either and will continue with your programme forever, thank you.
Have just had a fall but thank goodness no broken bones, very sore hand, bet it will be black and blue soon but thats better than a broken bone. Thank you Vivian and Vit B 12 my bones are stronger now. Speaking as someone who has had in the past a broken ankle broken wrist and broken elbow Oh yes and a broken thumb and was taking medication Need I say any more. Thank you again.
I just wanted to share with you that I read your book, cover to cover, this evening and absolutely LOVED It. As a medical professional, it makes SO MUCH sense to me and clearly confirms the work of other substantial researchers such as Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Your research and principles are clear, easy to follow and remarkably powerful! I am eager to alkalinize my diet and use exercise and the supplements recommended to increase my osteoblasts! Thank you.
The Save Our Bones Program has been great for me. I only took 4 weeks of the Fosamax cound not take it I broke out in a rash was always sick to my stomach for most of the day (the day I took it)had a head ache every day. Then I found the Save Our Bones Program, ordered it that day (5-26-11) My life has been so much better. I am learning to eat right and I know I can reverse my osteoporosis. Thank you Vivian Goldschmidt.
Marilyn B., submitted on 6/26/2011
Two years ago I had a bone density test with a -4 T score in my spine, made with Dexa. Now I had a test with a sonogram for bone density, I had to put my feet in to a machine and the result -0.1for bone mineral density and saying that I am a low risk for osteoporosis. How is this possible?
Two years ago I start to fallow your diet. It is possible that I recovered in 2 years?
I turned to sonogram test because Dextra work with radiation which I try to avoid.
What would you think it happened?
Martha, submitted on 6/21/2011
My second dexa scan came back with an improvement of 10% in bone density. The doctor thinks i take evista but although they are prescribed for me I throw them away, I do this to avoid being bullied into taking them. So why the increase in bone density? I can only assume that it is due to my daily walking with the dog for an hour and a half and my dancing which is a major part of my life. I have adjusted my diet since reading Save our Bones and have a well balanced diet and a Gold Standard Multi Vitamin supplement. What else can it be? I am so glad I read your book and decided to avoid the nasty drug rememdies.
Jayne P., submitted on 6/6/2011
as a medical doctor I thank you for your publication Save our Bones. After 30 years of my clinical practice I have turned on natural medicine.
Many thanks for your work, that is helpful and useful for others. You have spent your time to bring this knowledge to many peoples and thas will be appreciated.
Ass Prof Jaroslava W., MD, PhD., submitted on 7/5/2011
Just a quick note to let you know that your program is working for me. The doctor wanted to place me on prescription meds but the side effects scared me so I never took any. Heard from the doctor’s office yesterday that my scheduled repeat bone scan results show improvements in my bone density and to keep up the good work. They were excited and so was I.
Thanks so much!
Lo, submitted on 6/2/2011
Just thought I’d let you know. Got my DexaScan results back from my latest test a few weeks ago. My previous DexaScan taken a year ago produced an average of -3.1. The doctor wanted to put me on Forteo but I declined, electing to go with the natural approach instead. Everyone thought I was crazy but I believed in your work. It made sense to me. My latest Dexascan averaged -2.2. Wow! To be honest, it was a different machine but the tech said that might account for a point or two but not this big a difference. I have actually built my bones back up to where I am no longer in the osteoporosis category. Hoping I can continue to improve. Thank you so much for everything you do. You’ve made a big difference in my life.
Sandra A.-D., submitted on 5/23/2011
Dear Vivian, You keep sending me repeat reports , but have never responded to an individual email I sent you.
On 16th April I slipped running on a wet floor in Pittsburgh and cracked my pelvis. Nothing displaced. I have 4 days in hospital, then 6 in a motel before flying home to Australia. I could not put weight on my left leg, and was advised not to do so for four weeks.
I returned wheelchairs on Friday, and take a walking stick with me, and am back to walking short distances (1/2 km or so each time). My friends are astonished how it has healed up and how well I look. I attribute it in large part to your diet. After six months on it my spine reading had improved 5%
We’ll see what the readings are next year.
Margaret S., submitted on 5/23/2011
I have your book too and am getting better and better. My recent scan says my T score is 0.3% better so I am back to where I was 2 years ago. A way to go but I am so confident I will improve even more.
Thanks so much
Veronica H., submitted 4/13/2011
The last time I received an email from you was March 24. I mentioned this to my sister a couple of days ago. She was puzzled because she has continued to get them. I don’t know the reason why, but I’m hoping you’ll put me back on your email list. I have enjoyed receiving them and have learned a lot. Would it be possible for you to send the ones I’ve missed out on? I’d really appreciate it.
I have a question regarding the use of Stevia. My daughter has used it for several years. She said it is kind of hard to know how much to use — if you add too much, there is a bitter taste. I’ve seen Stevia with maltodextrin added as a filler, and is much more convenient to use. I’m wondering how bad it is to use this product?
I started your Save Our Bones Program in January. After only a few days on the 80/20 alkaline/acid diet, I was able to quit taking Omeprozole after many years! Such an easy solution for heartburn and GERD, yet the conventional advice is exactly the opposite of your program. Also, I quit taking Evista after many years, and I am confident that my next DEXA scan will show improvement in the health of my bones. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! =D
Jeanette, submitted on 4/12/2011
I have really enjoyed reading your book – it is very inspiring and uplifting – every sentence is full of important information. Thank you so very much for your book and for your help.”
Another ‘thanks’ to you, I am feeling much better, finding that following your tips and recipes is a pleasure and I know my bones are better for it.
To You Health and Happiness also.
Jean France, Selah, WA
Thank you. I just received the results for my bone density test. My previous diagnosis of osteoporosis has improved. I owe it to you. Thank You.”
Thank you Vivian. I just want to say how much I appreciated the wealth of information in your book, Save Our Bones!
It is truly an eye opener. Thank you for writing it and sharing with others.”
Donna Aal, San Rafael, CA
Thanks for you wise advice….and i really am learning alot thamks to you. i have just got my bone density test back and have gained 4% with out any drugs. tg my osteoporosis is not high risk any more. so now i have to work on the hip.
Barbara, submitted on 3/28/2011
“Last week I was given the good news that my bone density has increased by 16.4% and I’m absolutely thrilled with that. In August 2008 I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and was put on Fosamax which I took for 6 weeks. I felt so ill and uncomfortable taking it that I went back to my GP and she then prescribed Strontium for me. That didn’t make me feel any better or agree with me. And one afternoon I was searching the internet looking to see if I could find anything that would tell me what would happen if I gave up the medication in regard to my bones and came across your website. I decided to buy the program, found it very easy. If anybody’s out there wondering whether they should ditch their medication or wondering whether they should start on this program, all I want to say is go for it, because it really works! I’m absolutely delighted and I’m so grateful to Vivian for all her research and for making this available.”
Submitted on 07/16/2009
“After a year of following the guidelines in your program, I have successfully raised my t-scores without taking any drugs. My spine was -1.0 and raised to 0.8 which is normal. My left hip was -2.1 and raised to -1.7 My right hip was -2. and raised to -1.5. I am very grateful to you for trying to help all of us with bone density problems. Thank you.”
Submitted on 02/18/2009
“When I visited my new internist last week and told him about my 8.8% increase in bone density, he said it was incredible. I am ecstatic. Your book is amazing and I share it with everyone who will allow your research to trickle in. So many are skeptical! Thank you for your good common sense research, and thank you for sharing it with all of us!”
Submitted on 11/05/2009
“I wanted you to know since i have stopped the Fosamax and using the info in the book my T Score has gone from -6.2 to -5.1. It’s going up. Thank you Jesus and thank you too.”
Submitted on 10/09/2009
“I have been following your eating plan since last March and have just had a follow-up bone density test. Guess what! It has increased, not a lot, but, it has increased. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We must remember, this is a very slow process. Any increase at all is to be celebrated. Congratulations on two very successful years of helping people all over the world with their bone health in a natural way.”
Submitted on 04/10/2010
“Prior to having access to your bone saving research information, I had taken Fosamax for very low bone density. However, my jaw started clinking and I had read the description of potential side effects, that accompanies the Fosamax. So, I Googled “osteoporosis” and your name and “SaveOurBones” came up. I printed and read the information. I am now exercising daily and eating the recommended foods. Thanks to you my bone density has increased and I have little or no aches in my bones when walking and exercising.”
Submitted on 04/08/2010
“I feel wonderful! I have stopped all medications the Drs. recommended for my supposed severe osteoporosis. I am following the advice in Vivians book. I have a spring to my step and lots of energy. I am also 68 years young, and I owe it all to Vivian. Thank you so much.”
Submitted on 01/13/2010
“After being diagnosed with osteoporosis, being on Fosamax for 2 years, and suffering side effects such as heart palpitations, pain in my joints and muscles, I decided to cease the Fosamax. My doctor was not happy with me and used the scare tactic of saying I could have a broken hip. I followed your program and guess what? I went from osteoporosis to osteopenia in less than a year! Both doctors, endocrinologist and gynecologist were amazed. Thank you, Vivian, for your helpful information and research that you provide your readers. I only hope I will continue to improve in my bone health.”
Submitted on 04/10/2010
“I love Vivian’s diet and recommendations. It’s the best medical advice I’ve received in 20 years.”
Submitted on 05/05/2010
“As a doctor with many years of experience in the field of osteoporosis and bone health, I’ve seen how dangerous and ineffective standard osteoporosis treatments can be. Having read the Save Our Bones Program, I am impressed with how comprehensive and well researched it is. There is no hype – just factual information that anyone can apply to naturally improve their bone density. I have used the approach explained in the program with my patients and I give it my full endorsement. I recommend Vivian Goldschmidt’s fantastic work to anyone seeking a safe and effective alternative to osteoporosis drugs.”
Submitted on 12/10/2008
The Save Our Bones Program has changed my life! I was almost “paralized with fear” about having osteoperosis. When I first found out that I was loosing bone, many years ago, my doctor prescribed Fosamax and after just one dose, my previously healthy digestive system developed unrelenting heartburn! Of course I was told to discontinue taking Fosamax, but no doctor believes that I could still (15 years later) still be taking Nexium due to that one pill. Thankfully, I know I’m not alone. Following your instructions has improved my overall good health, including my last dexa, which has improved to osteopenia! Yeah! So, thank you Vivian. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Submitted on 04/08/2010
“Hi Vivian, This past September, my doctor was strongly urging me to take an annual infusion of Reclast. I had been following the recommendations in the Save Our Bones Program for the past year and not taking any Fosamax or Actonel as I had over the past 15 years. I agreed to take the Reclast, but only if we did another bone scan to see how I was doing. To his amazement and total shock, I had increased my density by 10% following your recommendations. He wanted to know what I was doing to have this much improvement. I now have osteopenia in my spine and no small fractures and the density in my hips has improved. I am thrilled. Thanks, Vivian!”
Submitted on 01/13/2010
“I am 62 years old and was diagnosed with osteoporosis last June. I too was advised to take the “bad” drugs. I thought there had to be an alternative way. Then I found you Vivian, who relieved my mind that I was doing the right thing by not taking the perscribed “drugs” and doing it my way by researching and living life healthier. Thanks to you Vivian and my self determination I have shown a vast improvement and I am hoping the next bone density test will reflect the same. Vivian you are a godsend to all women please keep up the work you are doing to help us!”
Submitted on 04/09/2010
“I have an 11 year old daughter that has ostopenia. Her last bone density showes a 6% improvement. I am so grateful for all your information.”
Submitted on 04/08/2010
“I just received my latest bone density results and I am so happy to tell you that there has been a significant positive change since my test in 2008. Thank you for your program helping all of us. God Bless you.”
Submitted on 03/29/2010
“I’m a middle-aged male that was diagnosed with osteoporosis. My latest scan shows that I reversed it without the use of dangerous Rx drugs. All I did was follow Vivian’s recommendations.”
Submitted on 03/29/2010
“Thank you for all of your helpful info on Save Our Bones. I am so happy I found your website. You have been such an inspiration for woman’s health issues. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis four years ago and now things have improved somewhat. My recent bone density test came back “osteopenia”. I am telling my friends and family about your program. I am a health care professional by profession, but you are a Godsend. Thank you for being you!”
Submitted on 03/29/2010
“Your book is the best investment I have made. I really enjoy taking care of my body. I feel great.”
Submitted on 05/05/2010