Latest Osteoporosis News: A Completely Different Kind Of Osteoporosis Drug In The Works, Researcher Confirms That Milk Does Not Prevent Fractures, Ridiculous Study Blames Patients For Atypical Femur Fractures Caused By Bisphosphonates, And More! - Save Our Bones

As clear proof that the current osteoporosis drugs are failing miserably, researchers are trying to develop a completely different type of osteoporosis drug. In other news, a prestigious researcher from Harvard Medical School continues to debunk the milk myth. And in an amazingly ridiculous study, scientists from Texas Biomedical Research Institute conclude that osteoporosis “patients”, not osteoporosis drugs, are to blame for atypical femur fractures.

As you can see, there is some intriguing osteoporosis news this week!

New Osteoporosis Drug: Just Add Water

In Sidney, Australia, medical school researchers are looking at picolinic acid as the next osteoporosis treatment. Derived from tryptophan (an amino acid found in foods like turkey and cheese), picolinic acid has been shown to increase bone formation rather than stop bone degradation.

That’s a step in the right direction, but as Savers know, there’s no need for patentable drugs in order to increase bone formation. It can be safely achieved with easy nutritional and lifestyle changes as explained in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.

News Excerpt:

“After more than four years of investigation, researchers from the Ageing Bone Research Program (Sydney Medical School’s Nepean campus), have found the treatment has shown very promising results in animal experiments.

Lead researcher Professor Gustavo Duque said the odorless compound can be easily dissolved in water.

‘This is a major step in the development of a completely new type of medication for osteoporosis. Instead of stopping bone destruction, our compound instead stimulates bone formation,’ he said. … ‘Despite the current [osteoporosis] treatments available, by 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310 percent and 240 percent in women.

‘This increase is explained by the low rate of diagnosis and treatment for osteoporosis, as well as some concerns about the potential side effects of the current treatments.’” 1

Amazing! Professor Duque says there are “concerns about the potential side effects of the current treatments,” and that osteoporosis rates are doomed to increase despite conventional treatment protocol. This is an obvious acknowledgement of Mainstream Medicine’s failure when it comes to osteoporosis.

Back to picolinic acid itself…in the body, picolinic acid acts as a chelating agent. Like other chelating agents, it adheres to the walls of the intestinal tract where it attracts negatively-charged, inorganic minerals and temporarily incorporates them into an organic molecular structure. You can easily deduce that this promotes absorbability of inorganic minerals through the intestinal walls. Picolinic acid is particularly adept at chelating bone-healthy zinc.

While picolinic acid may sound like the best, most natural option so far, the fact remains that drug companies will most likely add a toxic synthetic chemical to it. Time will tell…

If you’re eating a bone-healthy diet as described in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program (and illustrated in the Bone Appétit cookbook), you’ll be getting plenty of delicious, bone-healthy foods that promote the formation of picolinic acid in your body.

Prestigious Researcher Questions Milk – Again!

When you were a child or teen, you may have been told to drink plenty of milk to strengthen your bones and to prevent fractures when you’ll grow up. The theory is that drinking milk creates a sort of calcium reserve for your bones, so when you get older, your body can draw on this reserve without decreasing bone density too much.

But Diane Feskanich, a prominent researcher, questioned this theory and her research revealed yet another milk myth buster.

News Excerpt:

“Drinking milk as a teen doesn’t necessarily prevent hip fractures later in life, according to a U.S. study that raises questions about conventional wisdom for bone health.

Having three glasses of milk a day or equivalent dairy foods has long been recommended for children and adolescents to build up bone reserves. It was assumed that having more bone mass in adolescence could help prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life.

Diane Feskanich, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and her team tested the assumption by looking at hip fractures among more than 61,000 women and 35,000 men over 22 years.

‘We questioned the belief that drinking more milk in earlier life would help to avoid these fractures in older adults,’ Feskanich said in an interview.”2

Savers may recognize her name. You see, she questioned milk’s role in bone health back in the 1990s, when she and a team of researchers conducted a 12-year-long study of 77,761 women aged 34 through 59 years of age. Now she’s raising concerns once more about milk’s effectiveness as a bone builder.

Shameful! Study Blames You, Not Osteoporosis Drugs for Atypical Femur Fractures

Drug companies want to avoid accountability whenever and however they can, and here’s yet another excuse for Big Pharma to dodge responsibility.

News Excerpt:

“Research with baboons at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute may help explain why some people who take bone-strengthening drugs like bisphosphonates are at-risk for atypical fractures in the long bones in their legs.

Texas Biomed scientist Lorena M. Havill, Ph.D. and colleagues at the Southwest Research Institute and Indiana University examined femurs of deceased baboons and found differences in the microstructure of their femurs that she traced to genetic variation among the animals. The study supports the theory that genetic variations may regulate bone remodeling, a natural process during which mature bone tissue is removed from the skeleton so that new tissue can be added. These genetic differences could explain why a small percentage of older women suffer a distinct type of fracture of their femurs when they take bisphosphonates, a type of medication prescribed for millions of people with the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis.”3 [emphasis mine]

Incredibly, this study points to your genetic profile, not the drugs, as being the culprit behind atypical femur fractures. If this were the case, why weren’t people with “femur fracture genes” experiencing these breakages in the past? The answer is implied in the abstract itself: because they weren’t taking bisphosphonates!

Genetics notwithstanding, the study explores atypical femur fractures in those who take bisphosphonates, because that is the demographic in which this type of fracture occurs.

Of course, even if this study holds true for humans, there’s no way to know if your genetic makeup puts you at greater risk for femoral breakage, making the ingestion of bisphosphonates even more of a gamble than it already is.

Why take the risk at all? With the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you’ll learn how to increase your bone density without drugs. The Program is a comprehensive dietary and exercise compendium that is designed specifically to promote strong and healthy bones, even if you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia. In fact, the Program is especially applicable if you’ve been given a diagnosis of low bone density. And there’s absolutely no risk of terrible side effects.

Till next time,


1 “Researchers discover new treatment for osteoporosis.” The Almagest. November 21, 2013. Web.
2 “Drinking milk in teen years questioned for bone benefits: Hipe fracture findings has researchers pondering recommended dairy intake.” CBC News. November 18, 2013. Web.
3 Carey, Joseph. “New studies may explain fractures in some who take osteoporosis drugs.” EurekAlert. November 14, 2013. Web.

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  6. Rosetta Hodge

    I have started taking true osteo. Do I need to take calcium with it?

  7. Dale Kistler

    No one talks about Prolia. Is there any recent news?

  8. Linda

    Vivian, I have just purchased your book hoping for some information on rebuiling bone which I have not learned through reading your blogs. I am going to be so good and follow the diet and exercise for one year. I am hoping for a turnaround like so many ladies on this site have experienced. My question to you is, does age, I’m 61 , slow down the ability to grow bone ? What percentage of people doing your lifestyle and diet change actually see improvement ? Obviously I am feeling a little defeated but determined. Thanks for your help.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Linda, I want to encourage you to move forward and tap into your body’s potential! Your body is able to build bone at any age if it’s given what it needs. Please take a look at the testimonials on this site, and note the various ages of the success stories!

      Good luck as you embark on your bone-health journey!

      • Linda

        Thanks for the response Vivian. When I read the success stories I cried . I cry with reliefand with hope for that kind of turnaround for my bones. I have been taking vitamins for 7 years from “better bones” Dr Susan Brown and have still gotten worse. I am waiting on your book in the mail now and hope to try your way now. The only confustion I am having now is the algea cal . Should I switch to your vitamins? Better Bones uses calcium carbonate/citrate/ascorbate/pantohenate complex!

  9. Roselyne Goetschmann

    Hi Vivian,
    I was told that strontium should not be taken at the same time as calcium. However, in TrueOsteo recommended by you, there is strontium together with other elements one of which is calcium. Does it mean that strontium from AlgaeCal doesn’t affect the absorption when taken at the same tome as calcium?
    Many thanks in advance for your answer.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Roselyne, most of the algae-based calcium supplements do contain a small amount of strontium that is actually part of the algae, but that’s ok. 🙂 We have a small amount of strontium circulating in our blood (around 350 mg), and the amounts in most algae-based calcium formulas (like TrueOsteo) won’t make a difference. What I do not recommend is a separate, additional strontium supplement. 🙂

  10. elsa

    Dear Vivian,
    Recently I bought your Save our bones Bone Appetite package.
    The recipies are truly good and it Help me to make healthy dishes for my bones.I really appreciate you to bring out bone healthy meals for me and my family
    May God bless you

  11. Rachel

    Dear Vivian,
    Two years ago, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and was advised to take Evista. My t-score was -2.8 of the spine and -3.6 of my left femur. I researched and discovered your Save Our Bones program. I even studied your letters as to how to address my doctor and I sent him this message: “I have been studying a nutritional and drug-free way to conquer Osteoporosis that has no side effects whatsoever and I would like to give this plan a try in order to improve my bone density.” My recent bone scan shows that I am now at +1.0 and at a very low risk for Osteoporosis! It is thanks to you Vivian as I had taken your action plan and followed the foods 80% Alkalizing and 20% Acidifying from your Bone Health Success Chart. I also stuck to only drinking distilled water and used fluoride-free toothpaste to list a few examples, and practiced your Densercise Program. I am forever grateful to you, Vivian for all your research which is why I no longer that this ‘condition’ called Osteoporosis. I wish to tell everyone to embark on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program to rebuild their bone density without the dangerous side effects from the prescription drugs. THANK YOU, VIVIAN! You have been a God send to so many people!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Rachel, thank you so much for sharing your success! I am so glad you were able to avoid osteoporosis drugs and build your bone density on the Program!

    • Linda

      Rachel! Right now you are my God send.I really needed to hear your positive news. I have been following this program kind of half way. My ph never was over 6.5 most of the time and I have now lost bone down to -3 in the spine. I just ordered Vivians book and I will be a faithful follower for a year to see if I can at least hold. I am 61. Dr Susan Brown says that after 60 you lose bone every year so holding is good. I only hope for your outcome. Id like to grow some bone! Congrats! Nothing is better than feeling good!

      • Rachel

        Way to go, Linda! I am 65 years old and just recently retired. I feel great and I will continue with the Save Our Bones program. Write down your action plan: drink distilled water, use no fluoride; exercise daily with 50 heal jumps (demonstrated by Vivian), use only stainless steel pans/pots to cook, drink ‘white’ tea and/or herbal teas, add more fruits and vegetables, go for a walk, do weight exercises for the arms, use sea salt instead of table salt, stress less, breathe deeper, chew food slowly; I take AlgaeCal Plus Calcium Supplement, do the density training exercises; follow the Osteoporosis Reversal Program and live healthy without taking dangerous drugs.

        • Rachel

          Hello Linda,
          I find it impossible for me to eliminate sugar completely. Although I do not add sugar to cereal or an occasional cup of coffee, I do allow myself a pice of some 70% dark chocolate a few times a week and some small piece of dessert daily. I am not familiar with my daily ph but I am confident that the AlgeaCal has been beneficial for my bones without a doubt. Stay away from Strontinum which stops the ‘natural’ reformation of bones. Also, drinking chamomile tea has the benefits of building bones, reducing stress, is a mild pain reliever & antihistamine and a mild fever reducer and reduces blood pressure. My doctor no longer was testing me for my bone density because I refused to take the bone damaging drugs. I found out my new T-score from a bone scan done at a Life-Line Screening Testing site and the findings from this test showed by T-score at +1.0 with the comment of ‘low risk for osteoporosis’. It was miraculous to read those words! Good luck to you; you are already doing great by caring about the good health of your bones.

  12. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You Very Much For The Latest Information About Milk Not Being As Good As It Was Originally Thought For Your Bone Health; And Straightening It Out For All Of Us.

    And May You And Your Family Have A Healthy, Wonderful, Prosperous, And Just A Super And Very— “HAPPY NEW YEAR”!


  13. Violet Sunderland

    I’ve been reading information that fluoride has an adverse effect on bones be it fluoridated water or prescribed by a doctor. My mother died 5 days after having surgery to pin her fractured femur, having taken Fosamax for over 3 yrs.

  14. Max

    How safe are bone density tests? How often should a test be done?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Max, I suggest waiting 2 years between DEXA scans. If the results improve, they will give you encouragement to continue what you’re doing; if they are worse, you’ll be able to sit back and analyze what you might need to change. Fortunately, DEXA scans emit very low radiation levels, unlike CT scans. It’s like getting two regular X-rays, more or less, so there are minimal health concerns in that area. 🙂

  15. shula

    Thanks for continuing to update us.
    Happy New Year.

  16. Louise Stewart

    Hi Vivian;
    I will say thankyou again for the news which we all appreciate getting as we want to do what is best for our bones.
    On my last visit to my doctor we had quite a talk about bones and he already knew I refused any of the drugs I had taken before. It always amazing me that they try to minimize or disregard any side effects.
    We have to do our best on own don’t we?


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I agree that health decisions are ultimately up to the individual. But thankfully, we have the Save Our Bones community for support! You don’t have to go it alone. 🙂

  17. Lois Dyck

    Vivian, I forgot to say that a friend of mine sent me this particular update and that is how I am sending you this message. But I would like to receive the updates on my own e-mail as well. I hope something can be done about it. Thank you. Lois

  18. Lois Dyck

    Vivian, I don’t know why I am not receiving your e-mail updates. I bought the book quite some time ago and was receiving your updates for a while. Then all of a sudden the updates stopped coming. This is now the third time that I am asking about it. Each time that I have asked about it I get a note saying the staff is working on it but then I still do not receive the updates. Can you help in this? Thank you so much. Lois

    • Customer Support

      I’m not sure why you stopped receiving the emails! Maybe you clicked on the “unsubscribe” link in one of the emails by mistake – that’s easy to do.

      To start receiving Vivian’s emails again, just sign up at this link:

  19. Helga

    I am 64 and I was told that I have osteoporosis. I researched and realized that Nexium, which I have taken for the last 10 years due to my hiatal hernia, blocks acid in the stomach, which I need, but also prevents the uptake of calcium into my body. Apparently, acid is needed for calcium to be absorbed. Therefore, I don’t know if a dietary and exercise program can be of help to me as long as I take acid blocking medication. I have always eaten a healthy diet, but it can’t be absorbed properly. I am wondering what I could do to strengthen my bones besides taking calcium supplements because I refuse to take the medications that my doctor prescribes for osteoporosis.

    • betty

      Yes, I had also heard that the proton pump inhibitors (stomach acid blockers) were damaging to my bones. I asked my gastroenterologist about this and he said that the risk was minimal. I still remain concerned about this but need the medication to prevent cancer of the esophagus. It’s called weighing the risks in medical jargon.
      Wish I knew of some other way to relieve acid burn in my throat.

      • A.S.

        Here’s something that has helped me tremendously with my hyperacidity/ acid reflux, etc., after allopathic drugs gave me several serious health issues, including severe osteoporosis due to prolonged use of proton pump inhibitors and antacids to fight chronic ulcer due to h pylori …
        Whenever you get a bout of hyperacidity or acid burn, just mix a tablespoon of psyllium husk (preferrably the coarse, not the ground one, that is widely available in India), in a glass of plain water and drink it. Drink another glass or two of water over it. If its a particlarly strong bout, then mix two or more spoons. It usually gives relief in a matter of minutes. Doing it too often in a day, especially around meals will interfere with digestion (may lead to calcium deficiency in the short run), but doing it once everyday is useful in several other ways, including as a great way to detoxify your colon.
        Alternately, you can chew on loads of ‘lai’ (Hindi for a special kind of rice puffs), and drink water with it. It’ll take a while to bring relief.
        Drinking buttermilk (with loads of probiotics) both helps in alleviating the hyperacidity and fighting h pylori, which is often its cause.

  20. Jean

    I’ve been a S O B Community member for a long time; went OFF Actonel after two years ON it, on my sister’s advice. (She was a medical writer for a well known pharmaceutical company for many years, and had been on Fosomax until she learned of the problems associated with it.) Here’s my question: She and I were diagnosed with severe osteoporosis; a third sister (older than both of us) has never had problems with osteoporosis. This third sister was and is a milk drinker, while the two of us have always disliked and refused milk. Certainly seems like the milk consumption kept sister #1 with healthy bones, while sisters #2 and #3’s lack of milk consumption ended up with unhealthy bones. Hmm, a mystery? Guess there’s just more to the equation!?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am glad your sister avoided osteoporosis! I am sure all three of you live different lifestyles and eat different diets, so there’s no way to know whether it was milk-drinking that made the difference or not. 🙂 In fact, the fact that you and the other sister took Actonel might have more to do with your low bone density than not drinking milk!

  21. Lois

    My dentist said if I ever had to have a tooth pulled I would have to go to a specialist since I was on Fosamax for a short time. That’s when I found out it could destroy your jaw bone. I quit taking it. You don’t hear much about that!!!

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