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The Truth About Your Osteopenia Treatment

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“Marketing a disease is the best way to market a drug,” notes the well-known breast cancer expert, Dr. Susan Love. When it comes to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, this statement rings especially true.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Osteopenia, chances are your doctor prescribed Actonel, Boniva, or Fosamax. Surprisingly, these are the exact same drugs used to “cure” Osteoporosis. You might rightly ask how come there is no distinction with the medicine and dosage prescribed for Osteopenia and for Osteoporosis. So let’s explore this “modern medicine” mystery together to finally uncover the truth.

It is important to remember that the diagnostic criteria for Osteopenia (along with Osteoporosis) was imposed in the early 90’s by the World Health Organization and quickly adopted by doctors. Using the T-Score as the ultimate ‘guiding light’, anybody with a standard deviation of -1 up to -2.50 is deemed to have Osteopenia and is hastily prescribed a drug.

Here’s how The Merck Manual, (the best-selling medical encyclopedia) defines Osteopenia: “In millions of women and men over 50, bone density (mass) is low but not low enough to be considered Osteoporosis. These people have Osteopenia (which means deficient bone). They are at risk of developing Osteoporosis as they grow older.” (The Merck Manual of Health and Aging, Section 3, Chapter 22).

By the way, Merck & Co. is the maker of the number one best-selling bone treatment drug Fosamax. Very conveniently (for Merck and other bone drug makers), patients “diagnosed” with Osteopenia are given the same treatment as those who have the full-fledged Osteoporosis verdict. This translates into billions of dollars in sales…and yet, there are no signs of an actual “disease”; only a potential for this condition to develop into Osteoporosis.

I am surprised that well-meaning health practitioners apply this concept because it simply makes no sense. Luckily, a few prominent doctors are aware of this and are trying to spread the truth.

For example, bone health expert Steve Cummings, MD, a professor at the San Francisco School of Medicine (University of California), says that there was neither real medical basis for developing a unique term such as “Osteopenia” nor to choosing the arbitrary T-score number for its diagnosis. He comments that “Osteopenia is not a disease, does not indicate a high risk of fracture in the next five to ten years, and is really almost a variant of normal. What I tell women in their 50s is that having Osteopenia means their bones are different than those of a 25-year-old and I note that there are probably many things about them that differ from when they were 25”.  This is truly a breath of fresh air and gives me hope for the future!

I’d like to go one step further and present you with an analogy. For example, a slightly overweight person has a greater chance of developing diabetes than if he or she is at the ideal weight. So there is a newly defined condition you might have heard of called pre-diabetes, which is determined by a couple of blood glucose tests.

But here’s the difference between Osteopenia and pre-diabetes: there is no prescription drug treatment for a pre-diabetic. Instead, the American Diabetes Association writes as follows (http://www.diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/faq.jsp):

“Treatment consists of losing a modest amount of weight (5-10 percent of total body weight) through diet and moderate exercise, such as walking, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Don’t worry if you can’t get to your ideal body weight. A loss of just 10 to 15 pounds can make a huge difference.”

You see, mainstream medicine could not come up with a newly invented disease in this case (such as diabetenia) because it would be life-threatening to excessively lower a patient’s blood sugar with diabetes drugs. Otherwise – trust me on this – all pre-diabetics would be prescribed diabetes medicines.

Clearly, doctors should educate their patients on how to PREVENT osteoporosis instead of prescribing potentially toxic osteoporosis drugs. But unfortunately, most doctors have been indoctrinated to think that the best way to solve a health problem is with a “magic pill”, and often don’t bother with natural solutions. Of course there will be the obligatory calcium recommendation (typically by incorrectly suggesting an INCREASE in dairy consumption), but that’s where it all ends…

Don’t get me wrong, doctors mean well and may not be aware that they end up killing an ant with an elephant.  And last but not least, doctors don’t learn about Nutrition and are completely ignorant of this extremely important aspect of natural health maintenance and healing.

Thankfully, there is a natural and drug-free way to have strong and healthy bones. I hope that you will use your knowledge and your freedom to choose wisely… and when in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or by sending me an email. I’m here to answer your questions and to listen to your comments.
Here’s to your educated decisions,

Vivian

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  1. Priya August 18, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Vivian,
    My mom is 68 yrs old and has been diagnosed with osteopenia. she’s on calcium and vitamin D. She is a strict vegetarian. what kind of diet would you recommend for her to curb osteopenia. Is osteopenia reversible ? how can i help her.
    Your suggestions are valuble to me.
    thanks
    Priya

  2. Angela Martin August 11, 2014, 5:00 pm

    I was just diagnosed with osteopenia. I’m 48 and all of my other labs are great. He tested me because I’ve gotten shorter :( and my mom has osteoporosis (as did her mother.) Your article makes me thankful for his practical approach. The nurse did not talk about it as a disease but more like a pre-stage, not-as-bad sort of thing. He told me to take calcium and vitamin D, do weight-bearing exercises and to have another scan in two years. I’d love your thoughts and am signing up for your kit. Thanks!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 12, 2014, 8:42 am

      Welcome, Angela! I am so glad you found this site, and your contributions to the community will be most welcome. :) I encourage you to read all the free information on this site and make full use of the Search feature and free downloads! I wish you well on your journey to better bone health.

  3. Gabriela July 15, 2014, 2:49 pm

    Dear Vivian, I am 32 and were diagnosed with ostopenia recently and medicated with Bonviva. I had a lot of doubts about taking the medication or not and then I read your blog. What are your drug-free recomendations, is there any document I can read? BR,

  4. Mary Brown January 7, 2014, 12:59 pm

    My 91 year old mother has been diagnosed a 2.5 on the osteoporosis scale. She is diabetic, treated with pills and diet and is in relatively good health. She is a little less steady with her balance. She had a bone density test through Kaiser and the prescribed the once a week tablet Alendronate Sodium 70mg. My question is even if the tablet works on increasing bone density will it make a difference in a 91 year old?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 7, 2014, 1:59 pm

      It’s impossible to predict just how sodium alendronate (Fosamax) will affect your mother; there are just too many individual variables. But I never recommend drugs to anyone, regardless of age!

  5. Teresa October 13, 2013, 9:07 am

    I have just been told with a bone density test that I have osteopenia. Was started on Fosamax and also told to take 1200mg of calcium. I have pain in my joints, and I’m gaining weight. Also told to eat yogurt daily. Fosamax dose is 70mg once a week. What are your feelings on taking these drugs? I also seem to have problems with constipation.

  6. Kaye Cerri October 11, 2013, 3:24 pm

    I went for m yearly physical, everything was great, but my doctor said the bone density showed ospeopina, but he told me to take Vitamin D3 and calcium. I am a little relunctant to take calcium supplements, because I heard it can effect the heart. I eat a very healthy diet and I do have yogurt every day, and I also eat a lot of broccoli. Is that enough calcium.

  7. Merry Roloff June 28, 2013, 5:01 pm

    I was just diagnosed with Osteopenia. My bones are thinnest in my spine. Right off the bat my doctor prescribed Fosamax and taking a Vitamin D3 as my D levels are low. I took the medication one week and stopped when I read all the bad side effects. I am planning on tackling this in a more natural fashion. I am continuing with the vitamin D, two daily viactiv chews and more standing, running, walking & hiking! I am in relatively good health
    for my age and not overweight. My doctor is not happy that I have chosen to tackle this in my own way and then suggested a different medication that is an injection twice a year. I said NO, NO, no medications! I do not want to take a pill for everything. Next appt is in August to check my vitamin D levels. Wish me luck! I am 59.

    • Louise July 4, 2013, 1:49 pm

      What about too high levels of calcium and Vitamin D in my blood? My doctor said to go off calcium and Vitamin D. This was after I was diagnosed with osteopenia through a DEXA test and one hip showed osteoporosis (right on the border) and he had recommended calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements. So here I was, starting to following your program, and now I can’t take Calcium and Vitamin D supplements. What am I to do? Help! I am following the Save Your Bones program except for this! I guess I am waiting for further blood tests in the future or according to the doctor’s nurse, see a specialist (but she didn’t say what kind of a specialist!!!!! Good Grief. I certainly have no intention of going on any of those medications either.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA June 29, 2013, 8:39 am

      Good luck, Merry! Good for you for standing up for your own health decisions. You can do it!

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  9. Willa Hoffpauir March 25, 2013, 3:15 pm

    I have been diagnosed with osteopenia in 2010 after suffering a severe burning pain around the bra line in my left side of my back to a severe ache in my spine somedays after only working in retail for only 4 or 5 hours a day,just 4 or 5 days a week.I had a full body MRI,x-rays,carotid artery scan,blood work and bone density test over a period of 2 years,with no other answers but osteopenia.I am 63 years old and have always been physically active,have no weight issues(5’6″ 128 to 132 lbs)walk alot at work and at home.I was sent o neurologist and was prescribed Cymbalta which seems effective about 60% of the time,but also causes me other side effects,like hair loss,really really senseless dreams every night and feeling sluggish in the mornings and some consipation.I will be losing my health insurance at work and won’t be able to afford Cymbalta.Is there something else I can do to get rid of this pain completely and not have to pay the pharmaceutical companies anymore of my hard earned money.I have never been a real big fan of medications of any kind.Just hate drugs period.You take one for some ailment ,only to cause another problem or pain.Can you help please.

  10. lynette mayo March 25, 2013, 5:44 am

    Hi:
    I have a more daunting problem. I have a recently aquired rare disease that damages cartilage? How on earth can I help my cartilage, HELP big time???
    Thanks,
    Lynette

  11. Kathyann Charles March 7, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Hi good day ,God bless my friend told me about this book and am very interested in getting one.

  12. Freddy Chimbo Calero January 22, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Hola
    Tengo 46 años soy de sexo masculino y al realizarme una desintometría osea el resultado es de ostopenia, quisiera su ayuda

    Gracias

  13. Manuel November 25, 2012, 5:31 pm

    I believe you have a superior product on helping people to get rid of their problems, I had arthitis and I cured myself by a lot of research and mostly by nutrition. Naturally by lots of prayer too and having enough faith in what I was doing, and doing it right. Thank you for the invitation, maybe in due time a will get your program. SHALOM.

  14. Herminia October 12, 2012, 10:03 am

    Dear Vivian,I’ve enjoyed very much, all thes great information!!!
    God bless!.Herminia

    • S L CARLSEN October 12, 2012, 10:58 am

      DEAR VIVIAN,
      YOU ARE AN AMAZING DOCTOR! ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO SHARE THEIR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE IN BUILDING BETTER BONES, IS A GIFT TO US ALL. THANK YOU FOR CARING. THE WORLD NEEDS MORE DOCTORS LIKE YOU!

  15. Julie September 18, 2012, 7:21 pm

    three years ago i was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and osteoporosis. my rheumatologist put me on the injection humira. had bone density test done 2 years ago and again yesturday. i had a 10% decrease in bone density and he prescribed fosamax. the dr said that this would strenghten my bones in my hips. what will it do to the good bones in my body?

  16. Rafa August 19, 2012, 10:58 am

    THANK YOU!! for sharing great info and we appreciate it very much, be blessed!!.

    Rafael

  17. Tim Grady July 24, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Hi Vivian

    I’am a 57 year old man. I perchased your program when I was diagnosed with osteopenia. After 3 years my second bone density test showed no change. I was hoping for better results with all the changes I have made in my diet and exercise but at least the T-scores didn’t go up. I just started using Algaecal and Strontium Boost in hopes that this supplement will work better than what I was using. I have heard good things about this product and value your opinion. My doctor wants me to take medication because my T-scores have not changed. I’am trying to avoid that. Please let me know what you think

    Thank You

    Tim Grady

  18. Ermina Mojon July 9, 2012, 6:01 am

    Hi, my mother diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lately with osteopenia. She is prescribed to drink gabapentin, prednisone, fosavance and other pain killers. She is already 64 years old, do you have any suggestions like natural and herbal medicine, thank you.

  19. Majella Lynch June 28, 2012, 3:54 am

    I am 58 and have a diagnosis of Osteopenia. I have been to a GP who specialises in menopause using bio-identical hormones. I have been using progesterone cream, prescription monitored by 3-monthly blood tests, for 2 years. I was advised that this treatment would assist my bone density. My latest bone density results, (compared to 2 years ago when I began the progesterone cream) showed the same T-score for the spine and a 7% decrease in the hip. The 2 year test prior to that showed a slight improvement in both scores. Can anyone comment on the use of hormones to treat Osteopenia? If it is not going to actually improve my scores I don’t want to keep using it. I have also been taking supplements, exercising and following the nutrition guidelines of the Save Our Bones program.

  20. dee jackals May 9, 2012, 5:27 pm

    error typyin sori.hi viv im a 20 yr old female & diagnosed with osteopenia today.im a radiographer workin with radiation everyday & ws wonderin if exposure to radiation cud b da reasn for the cause.hvnt seen the dr yet cz im afraid he’l prescribe all these tablets with side effects.wat shud i do?

  21. dee jackals May 9, 2012, 5:23 pm

    hi vi

  22. Linda Thomas April 23, 2012, 3:17 pm

    It has taken 15 years of pain before I was informed that I have bilateral osteopenia. I have severe pains walking and standing up from a chair. They are only trying to cure the pain not deal with the problem and the meds they have given me, I have had reactions. What is the best medication for osteopenia and the pain that goes with it. Please help.

  23. Sharon Lowe January 3, 2012, 10:33 pm

    I was diagnosed with osteopenia and asked to take 600 mg of calcium along with Vitamin D for it, however, I am on two other medications which cause constipation and I’ve found that when I stop taking the calcium, my constipation goes away and my bowel functions return to normal. The calcium I take has Vitamin D in it and I think I’m going to just take the Vitamin D because I don’t get enough sun due to my job schedule and not take the calcium supplement. What do you think?

  24. Marolyn November 1, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Should you take Fosamax if you can’t make bone? Should the doctor test you first to see if you can make bone.

  25. Susan Siegel October 20, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Hello. Last week i turned quickly to plug in my cell phone at a plug near my desk while I was at my computer. I immediately went from 0 to 60 in pain. This prompted me after a week, to call my doctor as I thought i just pulled a muscle. Well, I did a baseline bone density test and she had my rib cage x rayed which showed a rib fracture #8 rib. Also my T score is -2.5. She said due to this fragility fracture she wants me to take fosomax once a week, as I have the beginning s of osteoperosis. I am 52. What is your opinion?

    • Mika October 5, 2012, 4:52 am

      “I’m not a competitive clsiyct, so I won’t be having this issue.” If all you do for exercise is cycle, and you don’t do any exercise that stresses the bones that they’re talking about, like the back, then yes – you’re more susceptible to this problem. It’s simple physiology – if you don’t use those parts of the body, they atrophy.

  26. Raj September 20, 2011, 12:05 am

    Vivian,

    I am 39 years old and recently diagnosed with Osteopenia. My doctor did not prescribe any medication as of such but wanted me to use Calcium Supplement of 1000 mg per day and Glucosamine of 1000 mg per day. I am using those supplements but lot of my friends and myself are questioning the fact whether Glucosamine will be any helpful to cure/reverse Osteopenia. It is more for arthritis to help joint mobility.

    I eat healty and started exercising (walking, yoga, and some aerobic type exercise)quite a bit. Is there a way I can reverse my Osteopenia naturally or by using any supplements?

    Thanks,
    Raj

  27. Gailena July 18, 2011, 8:09 pm

    I’m in my 50′s and menopausal, I take Hydrocortisone for Addison’s Disease and T3 for hypothyroid. My endocrinologist did the blood sugar test and discovered I am barely at pre-diabetic status. She would like me to start Metformin. DEXA scan revealed I’m barely in the osteopenia scale, she has not YET prescribed something for me on that. When on drugs for Addison’s Disease they worry about diabetes and osteoporosis complications.

  28. MARY HOBBS September 19, 2010, 3:48 am

    Hi Vivian, After compressed fractures in T6 & 7 early this year I had a bone density scan and the result was -1.9 for both hip and spine. These fractures coupled with a prior fracture (hit by car when cycling) 13 years ago my doctor prescribed Actonel. I was given fact sheets with a list of side effects and my doctor encouraged me to visit if or when I experienced any of these. Over the last six months I ingested this drug and during that time my body ached from head to toe. I am an avid cyclist and am used to experiencing muscle soreness but when the heart palipations started while I was riding I decided that was enough. My doctor did blood tests to ensure no other “disease” was the culprit and they all came back negative. It has been five weeks since I last took the medication and only now has the aches in joints started to subside. I’ve had to put up a strong arguement against taking this medication, but my wellness has improved dramatically since stopping. Thanks for the alternative. Mary

  29. connie shannon September 16, 2010, 11:35 pm

    am truly thankful someone is doing something to protect us all from unnessary medications. I have great respect for medicine when truly needed, that said, I resent being made manipulated into a profit making scheme.

  30. sheila April 8, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I am on a drug call arimidex for the treatment of breast cancer wich can cause osterporosis can i still use your bone program

  31. Jane April 4, 2010, 1:35 am

    I was taking fosamax, but after taking it for 4 months, I developed a slight pain in my jaw. After talking to the doctor he told me to discontinue using it. The nurse called to tell me that i could take Actonel or Boniva instead. Don’t these two drugs have the same side effects? Could you please tell me what I should do – completely overwhelmed with a decision???

  32. Wanda Rodman March 23, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I have been diagnosed with osteopenia. I was prescribed 50,000 IU Vitamin D a week for 8 weeks. I stopped taking it because of the side effects. Do you think this much vit. D is safe?

  33. Alla February 6, 2010, 10:32 pm

    If SALBA can benefit my ostoporosis?

    I am just adding 2 tablespoon of SALBA to
    mymorning food.

    Thank you.
    Alla.

    • Valli December 18, 2010, 6:17 pm

      Hey,Vivian:

      I really enjoy your website and recently received your ebook. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Osteopenia in the hip area and immediately my doctor prescribed Boniva. The next year(2009), I had my dexa scan, my doctor stated there was a little improvement and wanted me to remain on the drug. He switched me to Fosamax and after approximately six months on the Drug, I developed all kinds of side effects; constipation, difficulty in swallowing, digestive problems, chronic heart burn and some joint pain. So, he wanted me to go back taking the Boniva. I refused because all the bone meds are so harmful to the body. In reading your book, you suggested a diet consisting of alkaline 80% and 20% acidic. I have changed my diet and was using the Almond Milk. After a few weeks, I developed chronic Diarrhea and alot of veggies and fruits does the same thing. Also, there are things you listed in your book which I am unable to find such as Buckwheat. Your Program sounds great but unsure if i can follow it. I try to eat as much Alkaline foods as possible. Can you give me any other recommendatons in following your prescribed plan as outlined in your Program?

  34. Darlene January 31, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Hi Vivian

    Can you please help me on letting me know the brand of calcium that you take. I am now taking citracal plus bone density builder but I think from your articles that I should be taking amino acid chelated. I went on line & all I did was confused myself. I took your advice & starting taking vit k-2 & Ubiquinol. I have your book & really am learning. I am a breast cancer survivor, have osteopenia in the hip & osteoporosis in the spine. I really want to take charge of my body (which your book is helping with my health) & be taking the proper calcuim.

    Thank you for your time
    Darlene

  35. Heidi Douglas December 8, 2009, 12:59 pm

    I was injected with reclast,my doctor moved and my new doctor gave me fosomax for 3 month now I have stomach problems,I will see a specialist next week,Heidi.

  36. hello December 2, 2009, 1:56 pm

    really like this website and yesterday received my ebook and read it. i am a believer of alkaline diets and will work from now on to et80-20 alkaline acid.

  37. wanda November 23, 2009, 3:17 pm

    Thanks for making your information available to osteoperosis suffers. As an African-american women, I was shocked to find out that I have Osteoperosis in my spine (L1-L4)T Score = -3.9, and Osteopenia in my hip T Score = -2.0. This was discovered through an examination performed by a disability doctor. When I sent my Rheumotologist the results, the first thing she wanted to do was to call in a prescription to my pharmacist for Fosamax. I suffer from a number of disabilities and am already taking 13 different medications for these other disabilities. I did not wish to add to my list of required medications; especially one that is strongly suspected to cause serious jaw problems. So, I really appreciate you providing a safe alternative to prescribed medication!

    I am a little disappointed that your book is not sold in bookstores. I wanted to immediately go out and buy a copy, but couldn’t find it in typical bookstores. Will you be making this book available through bookstores in the future?

    WE

  38. Bharadwaj November 23, 2009, 8:59 am

    I have got oteopenia with Tscore of spine -1.9 and have pains all over my body including my hand and leg fingers.

    I was not aware about such osteopenia untill I took test on BMD, I understand that I would need calcium and planning to take calcium content in my diet atleast 1000mg every day.

    Will this work and get back to me to normal state atleast for few months or do I need to take medicines. I haven’t been to doctor as I have just received my reports.

    Please suggest me and also the time that takes to be normal. Waiting for your reply eagerly.

    Thanks & Regard,
    Bharadwaj.

  39. Pipsa November 16, 2009, 11:05 pm

    I have just been prescribed Actonel for osteopenia, but have not purchased any yet. I am interested in your program, but have a question: is it compatible with a vegetarian diet (incl. dairy – lactose free – and eggs in modest quantity)? I have been a vegetarian for decades and wish to remain so.

    Also are the foods recommended natural foods (as in your Caribbean Adventure Salad) as I live in Australia and cannot get typically American preparations?

    Looking forward to and greatly appreciating your response.

    • John Timmermans July 26, 2010, 11:35 am

      You do a lot of talking but you don’t get to the point what we have to use for osteoporosis.

  40. netty November 3, 2009, 4:36 pm

    I have tried quite a few times to receive “The Natural Bone Building Guide”, but have not received it in my e-mail. I was diagnosed with osteopenia two years ago. My doctor prescribed Fosamax for me. I am looking for natural treatment instead.

    Thank you.

    Netty.

    • John Timmermans July 26, 2010, 11:37 am

      What is your natural treatmemt?

  41. Beeble8 October 19, 2009, 4:41 pm

    My Dr. is really pushing drugs for my osteopenia

  42. Nell October 18, 2009, 11:03 pm

    I broke my femur bone 18 months ago. I had been on fosamax for 4 years. Actually where I broke my bone already had a fracture in that area. It was having a hard healing and the doctor told me to get off of fosamax because it interfered with the healing of the bone. I am still off of it. I have been one the diet from the book “Save My Bones”. I would like to know where I can buy a PH balance kit. I stil have a rod in my leg and because it was broken so high I had to have a rod put in my in my hip to stabilize the bone. Also, I still have 2 screws in my knee.

  43. Janice Bunch October 11, 2009, 5:55 pm

    My doctor also told me I have the beginnings of osteoporosis and put me a generic medication called Alendronate Sodium tablets. I had talked with my Aunt and others and was told to read up on it. I did look it up and when I read the article I decided that I was not going to use this medication. This was about a month ago and my back has not hurt at all so far. The effects that it could cause blew me away. It sounded like a death sentence.

    I am really happy that I found your e-mail and now I know others are doing the same thing. I will start taking more B12. What is the amount of B12 that should be taken?

    Thank you and I look forward to going forward without the medication I was put on.

    Thank you so much for the information.

    Sincerely,
    Janice Bunch

  44. cherry October 6, 2009, 4:24 am

    Is it true that when starting off with a natural healing process for osteoporosis, that you stay clear of any calcium supplements and just take magnesium. This is supposedly to balance system and take unwanted calcium from arteries, stones etc and place it into bones.

  45. angie April 18, 2009, 1:56 am

    after seeing a dr for burning and pain around joints neck and shoulder blades a nerve test was done no damage now x-ray on hand result were osteopenia dr say usaully found in people sixty and i am thirty three she then did blood test for arthitis no results meantime ino longer run a mile three times a week no do martial arts twice a week given tramodul still major burning and pain now given norco any suggestion now she askes if am depressed

  46. Dillon March 25, 2009, 6:33 pm

    Well said, finally a good report on this stuff

  47. wls March 8, 2009, 8:38 pm

    gr8 resrch bro

  48. JOAN PARKER January 15, 2009, 3:02 am

    I have been taking actonel for a while but have stopped after reading your articles. I know my Dr won’t agree with me but I am worried as I have had jaw problems (not serious but kind of disconnected) and aches in my left arm which I cannot explain. Do you think these could be connected?
    I am 83 years old and have never taken medications till recently.

  49. Ralph BASHA January 12, 2009, 1:48 pm

    hi,

    i am 48 years old man . i discovered that i have osteoporosis 3 years ago i had an acceptable level of pain in my back. i did MRI and discovered fractures in my spine. my doctor gave me ACTONEL one tablet per week and took also one alpha calcidol one tablet per day plus Orocal D4 calcium.
    i changed doctor he is asking me to stop ACTONEL and replace it by FORSTEO injection.
    Frankly speaking i am really lost dont know what to do especially if you do some research on the web telling us that all medications have really very bad side effects such as cancer etc…

    regards
    Ralph BASHA

  50. Ann January 5, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Hi Vivian, I just received my diagnosis of severe bone loss of hip and mild bone loss of spine and my Doctor prescribed Fosamax. I have taken Fosamax, Miacalcin, Fortical, and Boniva with serious side effects from all of these medications. I went online to research Fosamax and came across your information. I have ordered your book and am looking forward to reading it and following your recommendations and hopefully I can overcome this without taking the prescribed medication.

    Ann

  51. Lee December 30, 2008, 11:43 am

    I have just come across your website and I am intrigued. My husband at 49 has been diagnosed with osteopenia as a result of a fracture, 6 months later with non healing, more surgery,bone stimulator, endocrinologists visits, rehab, and nothing seems to be making any difference with bone deposition. He has now had an auto graft from his hip. My concern is that there is clearly a bigger problem of calcium absorption and deposition. The next step we are told is to take fosamax but I just do not think that is the answer.

  52. Edith Sartain December 19, 2008, 12:24 am

    I was diagnosed with osteopenia last year and prescribed boniva.I began taking this drug in September of 2007 and experienced persistent chills blurred vision and a general feeling of just not being up to par.I also noticed my left wrist joints becoming mildly painful. then the right wrist and my leg muscles began to be bothersome after just very short walks of no more then 50 yards.01/30/08 after taking my monthly dose of Boniva at 7 am within 15 to 20 minutes I got a feeling of doom and being sick I layed back down on the couch for a few minutes when the itching of my hands then my head began and it then moved to my feet and ankles followed by an all over head to toe rash.Also my tongue and lips began to feel very strange and I knew I was in trouble. I was treated in a local hospital ER and placed on prednisone. The next problem occured within 2 days after taking my next dose.My right jaw began to hurt and pain became severe , I was certain I had an abcess festering.My Dentist was just as suprised as I was when Xrays revealed no infection or any other dental problem.This episode lasted about a week and vanished.By May 08 my left hand was so bothersome it was painful to just pick up my cup of coffee and opening a door or jar impossible the right was also affected but not as severe, (there is an old injury to my left wrist)and being a lefty it is my predominant hand in all I do. I finally came to the conclusion after doing a lot of research that it had to be side effects to the Boniva.I took no additional doses and by my next scheduled Checkup in September 08 most of the side effects to Boniva were resolving or have disappeared all together.My wrist joints are still a little bothersome but have returned to functional as before taking the Boniva.My Doctor concurred my findings but recommended another Medication Miacalcin.My research on this Medication raised red flags as joint pain, vision problems are also noted.I have decline taking any further Medication as I do not want to go through another experience as I have with Boniva.Dr. Edwards understood and recommended to stay on the 1200 mg of calcium+D and weight bearing exercises.
    I came across your web site as I was researching the other day and I thank you for your efforts to give patients the knowledge to make an informed choice.
    I will order your book by calling the given phone No. I read the sampler and want to find out more.

  53. Alma Roots December 12, 2008, 11:06 pm

    I have slight osterpenia in my lower back, no other medical problems. The past few weeks, when I’m sitting and lean forward or sideways, the bones in my back pop. It doesn’t hunt, just annoying. Is it something to be concerned about? Thank you.

  54. Jill Miles December 4, 2008, 3:57 pm

    Hi Vivian,
    I’ve enjoyed your comments and will buy your book The Bone Healty Revolution. This is my first time on your web site. I signed up Save our Bones Club. I have been diagnost with the beginings of Osterpenia. Five years ago I had good bone for my age (then I was 64) I spent a lot of time in the gym. I haven’t been in the gym for 5 years and I need to get back into the gym. I take calcium. My feeling is I need to be in the gym! I also go for natural means, but don’t have a good grasp on what to do. I use to juice fruits and veg. and am thinking to start up again. Do you have any advice for me.

    I want to thank you for your web site. It is important for men and women to know about bone disease. My grandmother and mother had Osteoprosis (very painful)

    Thank you for your time and effort.

    Jill Miles

  55. Vivian Goldschmidt November 6, 2008, 10:11 pm

    Hi Zita,
    The drug is Arimidex and it may cause a reduction in bone mineral because it reduces the amount of circulating estrogen.Your best and safest bet is to follow the bone health plan in my book, that you’ve already purchased. By maintaining a balanced pH you can protect your bones from calcium loss and greatly increase your chances of a successful therapy with Arimidex. Scientific studies have shown that cancer cells benefit from an acidic environment.

    Wishing you all the best,
    Vivian

    • lesley May 21, 2010, 3:29 am

      Hello Dr. Vivian. Your answer to Zita interested me. I am a breast and melanoma cancer survivor and I take Arimidex. I have also just been diagnosed with Osteopenia. I have been put on the drug Alendronate. 40 mg 1 a week. I live in Canada and hav to pay for this drug which is not covered by my province of B.C. I find it a very hard drug to take. Do you have any opinion on this drug please? Thank you. Lesley

  56. Zita November 6, 2008, 8:10 pm

    I recently had a bi-lateral mastsectomie. I do not have to have Chemo or radiation, but the oncologist wants me to take either tamoxafen or amidex (not sure this is the correct spelling). I am going to take the Amidex, which may cause bone loss. My Bone Density test showed Osteropenia, I am 63.

    What can I do to stave off any further deterioration and even possibly build bone density.

    Respectfully, Zita

  57. Pat J October 28, 2008, 4:33 pm

    I had a bone density scan and it indicated that I was “at high risk for fracture”. I had been on Tamoxofin for almost 5 years. My doctor prescribed Fosomax and I got acid reflux. I went off the Fasomax with the knowledge of my doctor and she prescribed Actonel (once per week) which I was able to tolerate. I had been doing strength and resistance training 2 times a week and making sure that I included calcium in my diet supplemented with calcium medication. I have since gone off Actonel because my last bone density scan showed improvement in bone density. My doctor agreed that there was no need to keep taking medication as long as I kept up with the exercises and calcium intake. Unfortunately, I stilll have acid reflux.

  58. susan palmer October 28, 2008, 12:55 pm

    Hi Vivian I have been on fosamax for 11yrs came of it when my cousin in North Carolia told me about you so, I have been off it for 4 months I seem to be alright apart from this week i have developed toothache pluss a loose tooth will that have anything to do with Fosamax sue

  59. lynn October 27, 2008, 10:43 am

    Hi Vivian,
    I am so doing everything you mentioned in your book, butstill have a few questions.
    What do you think of Tums as a way of getting calcium and also decreasing the acid in our digestive system?
    Do you recommend Glucosomine with chrondritin? Are there studies that show it helps bones?
    Do you have an opinion on ipriflavone, or papaya extract pills?
    My nails still have vertical lines and I have been on your diet four months. When do you think they might show that I am absorbing calcium again?
    Thank you so much for answering these.
    Lynn

  60. Vivian Goldschmidt October 31, 2008, 10:38 am

    Great news about your bone health (and your doctor), Pat. If you’re taking proton-pump inhibitors for the reflux, they might compromise your calcium absorption and pH balance. You see, we need an acidic environment in the stomach to properly absorb minerals and digest foods. I understand that reflux is very uncomfortable and that by now you might have identified the foods that cause you the most discomfort… Be patient and feel free to get back to me if your reflux does not improve in a month or so.

    Regards,
    Vivian

  61. Vivian Goldschmidt October 31, 2008, 10:08 am

    Hi Sue,

    Fosamax is “innocent” until proven “guilty”…(just a little joke here). But seriously now, your dentist will be able to give you the final “verdict”.

    Take care,

    Vivian

  62. Vivian Goldschmidt October 29, 2008, 10:54 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    I’m glad to hear that you ‘re following the Bone Health Action Plan I explain in my book. Keep it up! Your question about Tums brings up a Catch 22 situation. Here’s why: without enough stomach acid we can’t absorb calcium. For example, taking proton pump inhibitors for an extended period of time (like Nexium or Prevacid) can cause excessive bone loss. Calcium is a great acid neutralizer,and that is why it’s the active ingredient in Tums.
    Glucosamine and chondroitin may improve joint mobility. Ipriflavone has been shown to alter normal bone metabolism, something that in the long run may be a detriment rather than help . Moreover, there have been cases of lymphocytopenia in women taking ipriflavone .Papaya extract (papain) may act as a digestive aid but be careful with the dosage. A few cases of damage to the esophagus have been reported.
    Any biochemical change typically takes at least 6 months to show…That explains why your nails still have the vertical lines.

    Best regards,
    Vivian

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