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ALERT: Strontium Blood Clot Risk Confirmed By New Study

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It made big news abroad, especially in Europe. But chances are that if you live in the United States, you didn’t hear about this at all. And it might make you wonder about the well-known saying, that “bad news travels fast”.

The latest osteoporosis drug fiasco is about the drug Protelos, the trademarked name for strontium ranelate, which is not sold in the U.S. and is also marketed under the names Bivalos, Osseor, Ossum, Protos, and Protaxos.

According to an article published this week in The Telegraph,

“Doctors ‘should not prescribe’ strontium ranelate – sold in Britain under the brand name Protelos – to patients who either have venous thromboembolism (VTE), or have a history of the condition, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has warned. Physicians should also refrain from prescribing it to patients ‘who are temporarily or permanently immobilized’”.1

One Study, Many Surprises

At least until now, strontium ranelate was considered by the medical establishment as one of the most innocuous osteoporosis drugs, often prescribed to patients who could not tolerate bisphosphonates. Fortunately, Save Our Bones community members know better, because from the get-go, the Save Our Bones Program prominently lists blood clots as one of strontium ranelate’s most dangerous side effects. What’s more, in the Save Our Bones Program I wrote that,

“We must remember that long-term safety and efficacy of any form of strontium (except for Servier’s studies) have never been evaluated on humans using large scale medical trials.”

Still, the EMA recommends the drug to treat osteoporosis because of its thickening effect on bones.

Don’t be a Guinea Pig!

The warning about blood clots stems from a French study published in October of 2011.2 Researchers analyzed almost 200 severe adverse reactions to Protelos reported in France during a three year period.

Of the total 844 side effects reported to French authorities during that period, VTE or blood clots were the most frequent severe cardiovascular side effect. The study also breaks down other commonly reported side effects, including severe skin rashes and blisters.

Let’s keep in mind that strontium ranelate is a combination of strontium with synthetic ranelic acid, a “necessary evil”, so to speak, to make the product patentable, since strontium is a naturally occurring element. While I don’t recommend taking any form of strontium in large supplemental doses, small amounts of strontium that may be naturally present in certain organic supplements do not pose a problem.

But the main lesson learned from this news is that you are better-off not taking any chances with osteoporosis drugs. That you can follow the safe and 100% natural Save Our Bones Program so you’ll never have to deal with bad surprises.

You Deserve Better Than a Synthetic Wannabe

What good will it do to you to take drugs that strengthen bones while taking a chance on the way you feel? How does that many any sense? Because if you’re doing what’s right for your bones, it also has to be right for your general health and for you life.

And you’ll know that you’re doing the right thing when you feel better than ever, full of radiant energy and a sense of well-being that no drug in this world can give you. Read some of the real life results from community members, and you’ll understand what I mean.

With this in mind, I’ve created the Save Our Bones Program. So you can stop worrying about the dangerous side effects of drugs and improve your bone health and your general wellness. Indeed, you deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are not doing anything that could ultimately harm your body and that you’ll never have to face the awful burden of treating an osteoporosis drug side effect.

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  • The Save Our Bones Program is a whopping 336 pages thick. Each chapter ends with a ‘Let’s Summarize’ and ‘What This Means To You’ section to make it even easier to follow.
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  • It’s full of simple and sensible nutritional and lifestyle “Action Steps” you can take that are all backed by over 100 scientific sources.
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So if you haven’t yet, get on the Save Our Bones Program and don’t worry, be happy!

Till next time,

References

1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9148586/Blood-clot-warning-over-osteoporosis-drug.html
2 Jonville-Bera AP, Autret-Leca E. “Adverse drug reactions of strontium ranelate Protelos(®) in France.” Presse Med 2011. Oct; 40(10):e453-62.

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  1. vin June 18, 2014, 8:21 am

    hi..is there any alternative for strontium in IHD patients? need urgent reply..thanx..pharmacist

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA June 19, 2014, 7:59 am

      Vin, in my opinion, you don’t need an alternative to a strontium supplement, because strontium supplements are not necessary anyway. :)

  2. marjorie wilcox May 15, 2014, 4:44 pm

    I really appreciate your website. Thank You. I have a question. I am allergic to dairy products, plus a number of other foods. My doctor wants to put me on an injectable drug called PROLIA. Do you have info on it? Thank you

  3. Colette March 25, 2014, 1:03 am

    Hi!
    My Doctor took me off Evista, a drug for osteoporosis, because of the blood clot danger. I do have osteoporosis, so I decided to take Ultimate Bone Support made by Advanced Bionutririonals after reading of the strontium benefits. The supplement has Strotium citrate and other natural ingredients.
    After a few days of taking this supplement, I started aching all over. I stopped a few days, and the pain stopped. Just in case it was a coincidence, I started taking the supplement again two or three days ago. Now my body aches all over again.
    I just read that strontium should be taken in small quantity. The supplement from Advanced Bionutritionals has 250mg of strontium. Could it be the reason I ache like if I had the flu?
    I wonder if anyone has this problem with this supplement
    Thank you for any information on this matter!
    Colette

  4. janis hearn August 19, 2013, 3:30 am

    Hi Vivian, I have been taking protos for six months now with no side effects yet but I am worried about not taking any medication as I had a really bad shoulder injury and really couldn’t deal with another fracture at sixty three. I have lost weight and doing bone strenthening exercises at my gym and have a pretty good diet. Is it safe for me not to take any medication, I would hate to get worse. I have also been told not to take calcium tablets, is this right?

  5. Kate Hackney March 11, 2013, 5:32 am

    Vivian
    I am a breast cancer survivor (1998/9) and it was oestrogen sensitive. I have been using progesterone 4% with DHEA 4% cream for many years since then and do not appear to have any bad side effects. It certainly helped with menopausal symptoms – I am now 71 yrs old. My bone density test said no osteoporosis, so am I doing the right thing with the cream? Are there any negatives to this treatment? I stopped taking calcium several weeks ago,but have had awful leg cramps and am now on magnesium glycinate – no more leg cramps. What do you think?

  6. Marcia H. April 21, 2012, 5:08 pm

    What do you call a small amount of strontium?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 22, 2012, 9:13 pm

      Hi Marcia,

      The small amounts of naturally-occurring strontium found in most algae-based calcium supplements are not a problem.

      For more info about this, please read my blog post about strontium: http://saveourbones.com/strontium-demistyfied/ – it will tell you what I mean by a small amount of strontium.

  7. DEB CORBETT April 2, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I HAVE BEEN TAKING ATELVIA FOR 7 WEEKS FOR MY OSTEOPOROSIS NOW AND I FEEL LIKE EVERY BONE IN MY BODY HURTS. ANY INFORMATION ON THIS DRUG AND SHOULD I STOP TAKING IT. JUST FOUND OUT THAT I HAD OSTEOPOROSIS IN MY SPINE IN JANUARY

  8. Edie Murray March 27, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Hi;
    Several years ago I was on Evista for 3 months at the insistance of my family doctor. The side effect were taking away the quality of life and after a serious discussion with the doctor we both agreed that I should discontinue taking the drug. After a few months the side effects disappeared with the exception of constant cramps in the lower legs. About two years ago my lower legs began to swell and felt very hard as if they were made of wood and I could not walk very well. I was sent to a hospital clinic for investigation which revealed the following: damage to the valves in the veins of the lower legs, they were no longer able to close. I was asked to remain for the rest of the day for intensive and extensive examination of the legs (ankle to top of thigh) and the neck area for possible blood clods. So far all is well; however, I am certain that these problems date back to the days that I took the medication and although the term was extremely short the permanent damage has been done. I am afraid to contemplate of damage that may be done to people who take Evista for years.

  9. Leslie (Ms. L.) March 27, 2012, 9:08 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You VERY MUCH For Letting Us Know About The Strontium Blood Clot Risk, And Keeping Us Up-To-Date On The SAVE OUR BONES PROGRAM!

    LOVE, MS. L. (LESLIE)

  10. Kelsey Fickling March 27, 2012, 4:33 pm

    As you can see Vivian I have a new email address – I almost took Strontium – but I’m so glad I decided not to – I have vascular insufficiency and wear compression stockings,(after having veins stripped)- thanks so much for your research Vivian. Many Blessings Kelsey.

  11. Dolores March 27, 2012, 11:23 am

    What about taking BioCitrate Strontium? The lady at the health food store recommended it to me to take with calcium. What are the risks?

  12. Ruth Diprose March 27, 2012, 5:42 am

    Hi from Australia.

    My 90 year old mother was prescribed Strontium Ranelate towards the end of 2010 as it was deemed better than Fosamax. Just prior to this, her blood test results were perfect.

    A couple of months later we noticed her skin became very pale, and she developed many mouth ulcers and sore gums. By April 2011 she developed a deep seated pneumonia that did not fully respond to two courses of antibiotics, and they ceased this treatment as they believed the infection was so deep, further antibiotics would not make any difference.

    Around September, her blood test results suddenly showed low levels of white cells and platelet count. The haematologist wasn’t concerned at that point, but mentioned that it could sometimes lead on into Leukemia.

    As soon as her GP got the test results he took her off the osteoporosis drug, as that was the only change there had been to her medication. This raised a red flag with me, and I went online and read the side effects listed on the drug company’s website.

    Guess what? Common side effects; pale skin, mouth ulcers, sore gums, infections that cannot be cleared, and yes, as your article pointed out, blood clots. Further down it happened to mention that ‘in very rare cases’, may impact white cell count and platelet count!

    Basically the only side effect she didn’t have was the blood clot. Late November the specialist gave us the grim news that it had advanced to Acute Leukemia, and at her age that would mean her life span would only be a matter of weeks. Sadly that proved to be true, and she passed away just two weeks later. An incredibly quick progression from normal blood test results to death from Acute Leukemia just over twelve months later.

    We will never be able to prove this drug hastened my mother’s death,but it certainly makes me wonder how rare this side effect really is. For instance, was the drug tested on otherwise healthy people, or was it tested on frail 90 year old people?

    As you’ve pointed out many times, the drug does nothing to increase bone density, merely gives a small percentage increase to bone thickness over a period of something like 3 years! Unbelievable when there are real food calcium supplements available which increase bone density by 10% in twelve months.

    Just wanted to share this story with you, as there will be no way to ever know just how many people die from this drug, as there is no mandatory reporting of the side effects in Australia.

    Yours sincerely

    Ruth Diprose

    • Kelsey Fickling March 27, 2012, 4:43 pm

      I was sorry to read of your Mother’s sad experience with Strontium Ruth. I guess the Doctor changed to it instead of Fosamax because it is supposed to be a “natural” substance. I am 80 years old and I am following Vivian’s advice and doing my best with a few supplements added to a good diet. and exercise. I live in Townsville and I note you are also in Australia. Blessings, Kelsey Fickling.

  13. Josephine March 27, 2012, 2:17 am

    I have Osteoproses and would love to have the free reports sent to my email

    Thank you

  14. Jim March 26, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Hi Vivian
    I have been reading about magnesium at the following address:-

    http://www.afibbers.org/magnesium.htm

    It covers many aspects of heart disease and also bones.
    I think this strongly emphasises its importance and will
    be a real eye opener for many, as it was for me. As with
    calcium, amino-acid chelated magnesium is highly absorbable.
    I have bought it locally as well as from iHerb.com.

    My whole attitude to health originated with you. Thank you. Jim

    • Rosemary March 28, 2012, 4:06 am

      Magnesium is also the cure for jumpy leg syndrome, and other leg cramping that’s not associated with being hydrated enough. Our heart requires Mag and our body will take what it needs from our muscles or bones for proper heart functioning, thus the leg cramping, or jumpy leg syndrome. I’ve been taking it for years without a problem, or side effect issues. It’s a very important mineral.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 11:42 pm

      Indeed, the medical establishment places so much emphasis on calcium. But there are so many other minerals that play an important role in bone health! Thanks for sharing this with our community, Jim!

  15. Barbara Biermann March 26, 2012, 6:47 pm

    Thouhgts on Evista

  16. Denise Sanders March 26, 2012, 5:19 pm

    Hi Vivian! How are you? I just wanted to say that I did hear about this information and I am glad to know you are sharing it! Thank you, Denise Sanders

  17. Angela Wynne-Robinson March 26, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Hi – I was recommended by the Hospital to take Strontium Ranelate as I could not tolerate the Bisphosphonates, and when I went to my GP to collect the new prescription he told me seriously that it was a risk to take this, I jokingly queried ‘Are you saying this could kill me’, his reply was ‘Yes’.

    Needless to say I did not take this medicine and try to follow the healthy living remedy as recommended by Save our Bones.

  18. Joyce Maxwell March 26, 2012, 5:01 pm

    Because of osteopenia/porosis I wonder if Balanced Bioequivalant Harmone Replacement is effective in strengthening bone structure? Is this taking Estriol/Progesterone in cyclic fashion to simulate normal cycles of younger years? Also to help skin integrity & improve muscle mass/strength! Thanks for your response! JHM

  19. Shula March 26, 2012, 4:37 pm

    Thanks :) shula

  20. Gigi March 26, 2012, 12:13 pm

    What is your opinion of Miacalcin nasal spray for osteoporosis??? (One spray in alternate nostril each day.) My doctor suggested this instead of strontium supplementation.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 2:40 pm

      Hi Gigi, I discuss Miacalcin (also sold as Fortical) in detail in my free Natural Bone Building Handbook. If you don’t already have it, just click the link that says “Free Handbook” in the orange strip near the top of any Save Our Bones web page. There are several adverse side effects,
      including runny nose, sinus pain, joint and back pain, and headache. And the injectable version is reported to affect kidney function, as studies have shown that it increases the excretion of sodium, calcium, and phosphate. The larger issue with calcitonin products is that they alter the bone resorption process, thus affecting bone remodeling. And, as you know by now, the bone remodeling process is what helps bones remain ductile and therefore, less prone to fracture.

  21. Carol Reed March 26, 2012, 11:54 am

    I am taking a vitamin supplement that has stromtium carbonate in it,is this one good for me?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 2:46 pm

      Hi Carol,

      (This response is also for Tim, the other Carol, Susan, Sara, Maureen, and Hazel) :)

      You can get the full scoop about strontium in my blog post Strontium Demystified

      The bottom line is that the small amounts of naturally-occurring strontium (usually 3.8-5 mg) found in most algae-based calcium supplements are not a problem. What I don’t recommend is separate strontium supplements that contain megadoses of strontium, often in the range of hundreds of milligrams.

      • LynnCS March 26, 2012, 11:35 pm

        Thank you for this reply to so many of us, as I see. I am taking the Vitamin Code Raw Calcium by Garden of Life. I just had to order a new bottle and was really concerned about the 3.8 mg of Strontium in it. I will stop worrying now, as I thought it was one you had said was good. So good to see this post. You are a gem. I will read the Strontium article again. Sometimes it pays to read things again. Can you say old age? LOL Actually I am doing pretty well thanks to you and others like you, but retaining what I’ve read is a bit tricky…Oh well!! =;-)

  22. Sheila Vernick March 26, 2012, 11:15 am

    Hi Vivian,

    I have one comment which I think is not only very important; it is CRITICAL. Strontium is indeed sold in this country. Its proponent is a female physician from whom I personally receive periodic updates on what she is “promoting” for this and that. One of her supplements has strontium as its main ingredient. I thank you for giving us this info, as I have become so achy that I am thinking of trying anything – and this has been on my list!

    Moral of the story? Sometimes it is good to procrastinat!
    Thanks again-
    Sheila

  23. Tim March 26, 2012, 11:12 am

    I have been taking 227 mg of Strontium Citrate from Pure Encapsulations at lunch once a day. Is this OK for helping to strengthen my bones? I also take Boron once a day. I’ve been on your program now for some time. Thank you so much!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 2:48 pm

      Hi Tim – Please see my response to Carol above.

  24. don dwire March 26, 2012, 10:22 am

    HOW GOOD IS SULFASALZINE

  25. monique March 26, 2012, 9:53 am

    I take novo-alendronate, 70mg once a week, long time already.
    My doctor says it is enough with it and there is a new medicine which is not paid by the government yet and expensive he would like to give instead.
    Now I read about side effects rashes. I experienced severe rashes with even fever, the doctors gave me all kind of drugs for seasonal weather changings, ranitidine and others. These rashes were very long to cure, the drugs didn’t help much, months and months. Now again it appeared and I wonder as reading you about rashes if this medicine alendronate is the cause?
    Thanks for your answer.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 2:58 pm

      Hi Monique – I can’t tell you for certain whether your rashes and fevers were caused by novo-alendronate, but it is a definite possibility. I’ve written extensively about Fosamax and othe bisphosphonate drugs (Fosamax is the brand name for alendronic acid in the U.S.; it’s sold as Novo-Alendronate in Canada). You can start by reading Fosamax: When Good Things Happen to Bad Osteoporosis Drugs. And for more info, you can search the Save Our Bones site for bisphosphonates.

  26. Ita March 26, 2012, 9:18 am

    thank you Ita.

  27. Susan Melin March 26, 2012, 9:15 am

    I have been taking AOR Advanced series – Advanced bone portection and strontium – Stontium (11) Citrate 1 capsule per day
    Should I stop taking this?
    Many thanks
    Susan Melin

  28. Kendra Daniel March 26, 2012, 9:14 am

    Dear Vivian-
    I have been told for many years that i have osteoporosis.
    Over the years I have enjoyed a healthy diet (vegetarian to vegan) and a good exercise program which for a while started to improve my condition.
    Then, about 4 years ago i began experiencing extreme fatigue and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
    I have been to all kinds of specialists and been told that I have Epstein Barr, fibromyalgia (this is not true) and even Autonomic Nervous Syndrome.
    The point is that exercise is difficult when one is fatigued.
    I do not do well on drugs and although I have tried some I discard them.
    The one thing that helps me is caffeine but that is bad for bones so it is a vicious cycle.
    Without caffeine I can’t exercise and with it I am harming my bones.
    I have an interesting life and a good marriage and want to move on and live my life and be able to exercise.
    I am desperate at this point – do you have any ideas or know anyone who can help me?
    I live in the NYC area.
    With thanks-
    Kendra

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 3:02 pm

      Hi Kendra – I have good news for you! Read Drink This, Not That for Better Bone Health to learn how you can enjoy your coffee without hurting your bones. :)

      • Kendra Daniel March 27, 2012, 9:07 am

        Thank you for your reponse.
        I read the link and it does not wholly apply to me as I basically drink herbal tea – mostly ginger.
        I have been using caffeine tablets to keep going during the day.
        What do you think of them?
        I need something more than just a caffeine drink in the morning because my chronic fatigue is very bad.
        Although i have rejected the strong drugs i use excedrin without apirin (it is acetaminophen and caffeine) very sparingly (no more than one day )and it helps when i have a big day in the city.
        i would rather not use it but i have not found an alternative that helps and i need energy and relief from my other symptoms.
        Would appreciate some further thoughts.
        With thanks-
        Kendra

  29. Willowdean Schleining March 26, 2012, 8:56 am

    The Ultimate Bone Gro Formula from Dr.Cutler that you suggested at one time while back is it O. K. to take?

  30. annie March 26, 2012, 8:44 am

    how much is the save our bones programme in the uk?

  31. sara March 26, 2012, 8:19 am

    now I am at a lose after reading about strontium as I have been taking ultimate bone support by advanced Bionutritionals which includes strontium citrate 250 mg…..is this safe? thanks

    • felicity March 26, 2012, 11:23 am

      I have been taking Ultimate Bone support for the last year..is that OK? Dr Fuch’s strongly suggests this as the best formula to take. Please respond if this is OK or if I need to change to something else? Thanks

  32. Kim March 26, 2012, 7:40 am

    You are so right about the peace of mind. With not taking any drugs that stripes me of this worrying about the side effects to dosage justifications.
    Thanks Vivian for being on top of red flags to research.
    Kim, Ohio

  33. maria March 26, 2012, 7:23 am

    do you know anything about the drug fosteum i have been taking this for about 3 years….

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 3:03 pm

      Hi Maria – I don’t recommend Fosteum, due to the fact that one of its main ingredients is soy-derived genistein, which is a phytoestrogen.

  34. Jill Neville March 26, 2012, 6:21 am

    I have just read your email regarding Protos, which I have been on for 3 years now. I live in Australia where it is prescribed quite a lot and we have had no warnings at all about how dangerous it is. I will now review the situation and look around for a more natural alternative, thanks once again,

  35. Maureen Salkeld March 26, 2012, 4:36 am

    Dear Vivian,
    I have been taking Strontium for the past 4 or 5 months for my osteoporosis. What I take is called Strontium Support II – Strontium (II) Citrate, and I take one 341 mg capsule early in the morning, at least an hour, if not 2, before eating. It says in the discussion: Strontium supports the function of osteoblasts, while reducing the differentiation and activity of osteoclasts.

    What do you think of this? Should I continue or am I just wasting my time?
    Thanks for your input.

    Maureen Salkeld

  36. Hazel Veeder March 26, 2012, 3:35 am

    I have osteoporosis but have avoided all drugs . I have bought ,however , Strontium Boost ,together with Algae Calcium . I have yet to take the Strontium having read your previous comments Vivienne . I should appreciate your comments please .

    Your site is very important to me – so helpful and reassuring . Thank you .

    Kindest Regards , Hazel

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 2:49 pm

      Hi Hazel (and Carol) – Please see my response to Carol Reed above.

    • Carol Stirling March 26, 2012, 11:10 am

      Hazel – I have the same question for Vivian. I was taking strontium along with calcium but stopped as soon as I heard that a study showed strontium was in the bones giving the appearance of bone strength not healthy bone cells. Algae/Cal alone appears to be a good product and I’m thinking of making a purchase. So Vivian is Algae/Cal a good product to take?

      • Hedy May 3, 2013, 5:09 pm

        I took AlgaeCal for 2 years and my bone density got worse by 7 to 10 %. Would not recommend it.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA March 26, 2012, 2:50 pm

        Hi Carol – Please see my response to Carol Reed above. To add to it, AlgaeCal is an excellent product, but I do not recommend taking the Strontium Boost with it.

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