The Fox and Cat Principle: Follow It For Better Bones

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For my 10th birthday, my parents gave me a hardcover edition of Aesop's Fables, and I fell in love with the entertaining tales. All the while my young, impressionable mind absorbed the morals that came with every story. One of my favorites was the story of the fox and the cat. The wiley old fox was bragging to the cat … Click to continue →

‘Vivian Answers Day’ #1

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What do you think of Reclast? My Dr has ordered this for me to help strengthen my bones.

Dear Mabel,

Reclast (zoldedronic acid), also known as Aclasta outside of the US, is an intravenous bisphosphonate. So the same applies to Reclast (including their nasty side effects) as to any other bisphosphonate drug, except that

ALERT: Bisphosphonates Double the Risk Of Esophageal Cancer

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Once again bisphosphonates, the most widely prescribed osteoporosis drugs, are linked to a dangerous condition. This time, it’s cancer of the esophagus, one of the deadliest cancers. Not long after a recent flurry of reports on atypical femur fractures observed by long-term bisphophonate use, a new study in the UK sheds light on the link of oral bisphosphonates – Fosamax, … Click to continue →

Powerful Bone-Building Antioxidants Found In Apples

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It's always a little sad to see summer - and its bounty of nutritious berries, tomatoes, cucumbers and melons - come to an end. Luckily, the autumn harvest offers a variety of different, but equally nutritious, fruits and vegetables which are starting to make their seasonal appearance on produce stands and supermarket shelves. Nothing says fall is on its way … Click to continue →

Your ‘Ask Vivian Week’ Answers

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I thank you all for posting your questions during 'Ask Vivian Week'. I am really excited that the Save Our Bones community is so active and intelligently inquisitive. There were no less than 925 questions submitted and I wish I could answer them all... But I promise you that there will be other Ask Vivian weeks in the future. And … Click to continue →

Lemonade: A Bone Builder?

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August 20 is National Lemonade Day (there's always a reason to celebrate) and with record-setting temperatures worldwide, a glass of lemonade sure sounds refreshing. But before you break out the pitcher set, know that many store-bought lemonades aren't really lemonade at all. Many contain artificial sweeteners, flavors and coloring. So save your money and skip the drinks and powders that … Click to continue →

3 Simple Lifestyle Secrets To Improve Your Bone Density

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Over the years I've come to be known as a "bone health advocate" among my friends and neighbors. I see it as my duty to share my knowledge with others and to tell them about our community. And when I do, I tend to describe the Save Our Bones community as a resource complete with "nutritional and lifestyle" information that … Click to continue →

Calcium And Heart Attack Alert: My Take

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I received quite a few comments regarding the article below relating to calcium and heart attacks. So as part of my commitment to keep you up to date with the latest osteoporosis news... let me assure you that this is not exactly "news” at all. First let's review the Reuters article then I'll share my take with you. These tiny … Click to continue →

Osteoporosis Exercise: The Spine Strengthener

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The Spine Strengthener exercise is a great way to strengthen the muscles around your spine and prevent fractures.

To do the exercise, all you need is a flat surface, a pillow and a towel.

Prolia (Denosumab): My Review

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This past June 1st, the FDA approved Prolia ™ (denosumab), a brand new twice-yearly injectable osteoporosis drug by Amgen. The first drug of its kind, Prolia was designed to treat and prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis for patients considered to be at high risk of fractures. It's also marketed as an alternative treatment for those who have failed or are intolerant to … Click to continue →

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