These Two Supplements Can Hurt More Than Help Your Bones - Save Our Bones

Could you be taking two supplements that are harming your bones? You might think there’s no way, but think again. Shockingly, these two supplements are considered to be essential for bone health – even by the Medical Establishment – and doctors routinely recommend and prescribe them to their osteoporosis and osteopenia patients.

Today, you’ll find out if you’ve been taking them, and if so, what you should take instead.

Formula Matters

The supplements in question are actually crucial to the health of your bones. However, the difference is in their formulas. These two superstars of the osteoporosis world work synergistically with each other, so it’s vital that both of them are taken in a form your body can use. And while they may need no introduction in name, we do need to introduce the formulaic differences among supplements of…

Vitamin D and Calcium

If you were prescribed Vitamin D and/or calcium by your doctor, then chances are you were given the wrong formula. Here’s why:

Mainstream Medicine’s Blunder #1: Vitamin D

When doctors prescribe Vitamin D – usually after blood tests show a deficiency – it’s almost invariably D2, also called ergocalciferol. And when Vitamin D is added to foods to “fortify” them (such as cow’s milk, for example), it’s always D2. But all Vitamin D is not the same.

Vitamin D2 is far less effective than Vitamin D3. It’s not absorbed well by the body, but Mainstream Medicine continues to treat Vitamins D2 and D3 interchangeably. This study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition couldn’t be more clear in its conclusion about the inferiority of Vitamin D2:

“Despite an emerging body of evidence suggesting several plausible explanations for the greater bioefficacy of vitamin D3, the form of vitamin D used in major preparations of prescriptions in North America is vitamin D2. … Vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, should not be regarded as a nutrient suitable for supplementation or fortification.”1

In the above study, it was revealed that D2 and D3 do not follow the same metabolic pathway as previously thought. In addition, D2 was shown to be quite unstable, and prone to toxic contamination due to the way it’s manufactured. “Vitamin D2 is synthetically produced from irradiation of ergosterol derived from the mold ergot”1 the authors state in the study. In contrast, “vitamin D3 is manufactured in a similar manner to that which occurs naturally in human and animal skin.”1

How Vitamin D is Supposed to Work

Interestingly, Vitamin D is also a hormone. So it has some interesting regulatory roles in the body as well. It regulates the calcium and phosphorous in bone remodeling and helps maintain blood calcium levels. In addition, Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption in the intestine.

In the liver, your body forms a precursor to Vitamin D. This precursor reacts to sunlight to form Vitamin D3 in the skin. The D3 is then further processed in the liver and kidneys to form a hormone.

This is yet another reason why it makes sense that Vitamin D3, derived from natural sources, is the supplement of choice.

Mainstream Medicine’s Blunder #2: Calcium

Typically, doctors will tell those with low bone density to “take calcium” or “drink milk.” But they make no distinction between the organic forms of this mineral and the inorganic. And chances are, prescribed calcium is inorganic. Now, don’t get me wrong. The body can effectively utilize small doses of inorganic calcium, but when doctors prescribe or recommend calcium, the dosage is typically around 1,000 mg a day.

The most common calcium supplements are made of carbonate, citrate (which is easier to digest than carbonate), dolomite, di-calcium phosphate, tri-calcium phosphate, coral, oyster shell or bone meal, and all variations of amino-acid chelated calcium (which are the most bioavailable of all the above forms of calcium). While they may have different names, they all have one thing in common: they are all inorganic.

This kind of calcium is not easily bioavailable, especially in large quantities, which most likely explains its association with increased risk of heart attack.

Calcium Carbonate is an Industrial Mineral

Calcium carbonate is also widely used as an industrial mineral. Some interesting information from the Industrial Minerals Association of North America shows just how “industrial” calcium carbonate really is. It’s produced from marble, quarry rocks, or by mixing carbon dioxide with a solution of calcium hydroxide. It’s more compact than chalk, making it even harder for your body to break down and use. In fact, here are some of the ways calcium carbonate used in industry:

  • To make the rough surface on sandpaper
  • It’s pressed into chalk (in school, you were writing on the chalkboard with the same stuff in the average calcium supplement!)
  • Used as a filler in paper, plastics, paints – it’s particularly effective as a coating pigment.
  • Used as a filler in adhesives and sealants
  • It’s an ingredient in cement and mortar
  • Calcium carbonate is used to make steel and glass

Needless to say, this is not something we should put into our bodies!

A note about eggshells – they are not an organic form of calcium; they are 95% calcium carbonate.

When it comes to bone-nourishing supplements, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program goes well beyond calcium and Vitamin D. Aside from explaining the most bioavailable, non-harmful forms of these two bone health staples, it also shows you the scientifically-backed data that confirms…

Calcium And Vitamin D Alone Are Simply Not Enough To Build And Rejuvenate Your Bones

While Mainstream Medicine wrongly focuses exclusively on calcium and Vitamin D (secondary to osteoporosis drugs, of course), the data clearly shows that many other micronutrients are absolutely necessary to build your bones. Boron, manganese, zinc and Vitamin B complex are just a few examples of Foundation Supplements.

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1 Houghton, Lisa A. and Vieth, Reinhold. “The case against ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) as a vitamin supplement.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. October 2006. vol. 84 no. 4, 694-697. Web.

2 Biswajit A, PhD et al. “A Standardized Whitania Somnifera Extract Significantly Reduces Stress-Related Parameters in Chronically Stressed Humans: A Double-blind Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association. (JANA) Vol. 11, No 1, 2008.

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  1. W White

    Please note that chemically speaking, Calcium Citrate and Calcium chelated by an Amino Acid are no more inorganic than Calcium Orotate. Technically, Calcium Citrate is the Calcium salt of Citric Acid. Calcium Glycinate (bisglycinate) is the Calcium salt of glycine (an amino acid), with additional complexing (chelation) between the glycine ligands and the Calcium ion (and similarly for other amino acids). Calcium Orotate is the Calcium salt of Orotic Acid (with some additional complexing). Citric Acid, Amino Acids, and Orotic Acid are all organic acids (as are a number of others like Malic Acid, Succinic Acid, etc.) Most inorganic forms of Calcium are Calcium salts of inorganic acids (carbonic acid, phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid, etc.) Lumping the Calcium Citrate and amino acid chelated Calcium product in with inorganic forms of Calcium (Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Sulfate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, etc.) is incorrect. Please correct the discussion in the above article.

  2. Jennifer Wortham

    Does anyone have experience taking strontium?

  3. Tony

    D2 is the level they are checking? No, they check 25, hydroxycholecalxiferol which is a prehormone that is produced in the liver from vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is converted into 25- hydroxyergocalciferol in the liver which, like 25-cholecalciferol, is then converted to the hormone form responsible for modulating uptake of magnesium, calcium and phosphorous in the intestines. Also note that vitamin d is not a hormone, it can be called a prehormone. Also, when you say “inorganic” forms of calcium such as calcium carbonate are inferiour to organic forms, you must not realize that the definition of organic, in chemical terms, means containing carbon. Carbonate, carbon-ate. Carbon is only produced from life forms, calcium carbonate is organic.

    • Stephen harden

      Are you suggesting that vitamin D3 derived from sheep wool is the same as plant-based vitamin D3? I know you didn’t actually suggest that, but I think the clarification between the two should be noted.

    • Marcia

      Thank you Tony! I can’t believe they would put out such glaringly inaccurate information. I mean, a four year old child knows that an eggshell is of COURSE organic. To claim otherwise is just completely confounding.

      Makes me very suspicious of this whole organization…

      • Stephen

        Sheep wool is probably considered natural, but I wouldn’t want to consume it and that is what vitamins D3 isndervied from in the lab for.

  4. Linda

    I need your program. But I can’t afford it. I have had open heart surgery and cancer. Please help me

    • Jack

      I found low cost used edition on ebay. And the exercise videos are on youtube.

  5. KP

    So, reading about Aquamin (Red Sea algae) vs Laird Superfood creamer vs other Red Sea algae with many junk additives.
    I don’t specifically need a Calcium but Husband does, and needs the
    Fit D, all in the right amounts for his RA, but the best sources.

  6. Wayne

    Please correct this article. The definition of organic should be based on chemical terminology. The amino acid chelates, as well as citrates, etc are organometallic salts/complexes, not inorganic minerals, and definitely should not be lumped in with inorganic minerals such as tricalcium phosphate, etc. Also, the bioavailability of these some of these organometallic salt/complexes is quite good, which is another misrepresentation in this article the way it is currently written. Note: The molecules (and our bodies) don’t care where the metal ions come from. The level and type of impurities are of much more concern, and these can be present regardless where the metal ion comes from. If the mineral source is from a reputable supplier and has been adequately tested to make sure the impurities are at an acceptably low level,there shouldn’t be a problem. This applies to both natural and synthesized compounds. That said, one should always check with health care professional(s) about which the supplements to take, especially since some forms of supplements could potentially interact with needed medications.

    • Tony

      Thank you! This article is full of incorrect and misleading information

  7. Pat

    Hi Vivian,

    I’m looking into switching from BoneUp by Jarrow to Agaecal Plus. I’ve read about Strontium controversies so would prefer not to take it.

    Agaecal Plus is the one you recommend right?

  8. V.P.Ray

    Ok, now I am terrified. Not only have I had many spine surgeries(along w/ 3 fusions & 1 more pending). I had to have my thyroid removed(due to unidentifyable tumors). I also had to have a parathyroid removed that was leeching calcium from my bones(hungry bone syndrome). When they removed the affected parathyroid, it was discovered that one is missing and the other two were dead from first half of thyroid removal. I have been taking 500+ calcium + vit d3 4-5 times a day in order to stay alive. Now you are telling me it is gonna cause a heart attck or brain lesions among many other scary issues???? Why even try to take the calcium that my body “Has to Have to Live” if its gonna kill me in the long run? Very Scared right now, PLEASE RESPOND, Thank You

  9. RPHodge

    The active ingredient in TUMS Regular Strength is calcium carbonate! So enough with the fear mongering.

    • Stephen

      Yes and tums is not good for you. Take minimally processed baking soda for heartburn. Works instanteously and alkalines the system ?

    • KP

      And my great grandfather ended up with stomach cancer, he ate Tums like candy.

      • Stephen

        Meh whatever. Tums are not good for you. Tums helped subside my heart burn temporarily but I noticed an uptick in reoccurring heart burn. Take minimally processed baking soda. I know from person experience. Be careful of these the guys who claim to be doctors. They read peer reviewed papers and appeal to authority. They would rather give you chemo rather than finding a natural cure and they think there is no natural cure because again, they only read peer reviewed papers by corrupt institutions.

      • David B. Karpf, MD

        Let’s not confuse association with causation. It is extraordinarily likley that your grandfather had a helicopbacter pylori infection, which contributed to gastritis as well as his gastric cancer, and that’s why he took so much TUMS. The TUMsddid NOT cause his gastric cancer.

        • Greg Mouser

          But exposure to fluoride may have caused a lot of cancers since it’s inception via community Water Fluoridation… not the same grade as pharmaceutical grade…but industrial waste by product of industry…and can and has caused most cancers in our country…My pet peeve is why do children seem to get so much bone, and brain and blood cancers ? I know that fluoride is one of the most mutagenic compounds…and the CDC has caused most of the the various communicable diseases.. how is it spread.? Answer maybe thru the water, air and what is processed with fluoridated water…hence ~>Flu~ oride… and so far, no one has studied that angle except me… Let this sink in some..

  10. Robert Muir

    Hi Vivian,
    I have been subscribed meloxicam 7.5 mg capsules, vitamin d and glucosamine hydrochloride 1500mg for my arthritis. I have had psoriatic arthritis in the past and it went away with treatment over a few years. Now I am suffering again, haven’t been told with what really, so this has been subscribed. When I stopped taking the medication for a couple days, the pain decreased. But there is still some pain in the joints. Does what I have been subscribed seem correct?

  11. Pamela

    Hello Vivian can u tell me what difference between the product EZorb and True osteo?

  12. Deb

    I am 51 yrs old post menopausal. (genetic early menopause at age 40). in 2008 i had a spinal tscore reading of -3.5 and did not treat other than healthy living and calcium/D3 and multivite. My recent scan showed a spinal tscore of -4.8. The other findings are in the -2 and -3 range. My doctor wants me to start Actonel, but I am really concerned about this medication (like everyone else) She is really concerned about a spinal fx if I fall even though I am active and healthy. I just ordered Algaecal and Strontium, but I am reading that Strontium is not the best. Can you help please? This is such a hard and scary decision!

    • Sandy

      I am 57 years old my scores are a bit worse. I am in the same boat….and leaning towards Algaecal myself. All very confusing Doctors pushing prescriptions . Ezorb sounded good but almost to good to be true and no money back if it doesn’t work. Its all a crap shoot. Good Luck, Stay Strong. would love to know what you decide to do.

  13. Jillian

    Hi I 38 , was in a severe car accident 7 years I ago, I’m still having surgeries, Nov 2015 had a lumbar fusion due to cyst forming around a re fracture 3 months later my screws came loose, I just had a second surgery via the abdominal area and back to cage ,rod the spine. I wanted to know what other supplements I should take to help my back re grow bone and fuse. I take 1000iu C, calcium,magnesium,and zinc, and vitamin D3.

    • Catherine P

      Hi Jill, I too have had two back fusions, fell three years ago and had a fracture L-5 through endplate, lost two inches in one day and have had horrible pain last 3 yrs. they want to got in through my stomach and redo it all creating more curvature in my back. I have Osteopenia, severe arthritis I may not be a candidate. But I need it. May I ask how the surgery you had in the FRONT of back turned out? and these supplements? thanks so much.. Catherine

  14. Liessi from BC

    I simply cannot trust an article that contains spelling errors so basic they make me wonder whether the author went to primary school. The same goes for articles that purport to be scientific or at least somewhat technical yet include insertions such as “yuk” and fearmongering couched in false correlations, specifically the notion that calcium carbonate is harmful because it’s used to make paint (as is water). I feel bad for readers who are genuinely concerned for their health. I would encourage all readers to continue their research.

  15. Shirley

    Is it possible True Osteo Advanced Bone Support could cause Crystals or stones in the Kidney?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Shirley,

      Because TrueOsteo is absorbed so well by the body, there is much less “stray” calcium left in the bloodstream to cause problems like kidney stones.

  16. Christina

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  17. Fajr

    Doctor , I am a nearly 12 year old ( I am going to turn 12 Noveber 20th 2016 ) and i think i am getting taller, but very slowly ( like I grow half an inch in a month ). So, Do you think that i should take one pill a day of Bluebonnet calcium citrate , magnesium and vitamin D3 to promote bone growth ?

  18. ALYR

    What a crock. NO, doctors do not just tell people diagnosed with osteoporosis to “drink milk” or “take calcium”. What’s wrong with you???

    • Suzy

      My doctor absolutely told me to “take calcium” and “drink milk.” He absolutely did.

    • Virginia corbett

      YES, they do, tell patients to take calcium. I WAS Told TO TAKE JUST TUMS/With Calcium. They never even mentioned milk. Besides everything is bad for you.

      • cis

        TUMS? The worst ever for mineral assimilation… lol

  19. Kathryn

    Vivian, I am 60 yrs old, have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis and have also just passed my first ‘calcium oxalate’ kidney stone. I am a vegan (4 years) so only eat a plant based diet, no refined sugar, little sodium, and I take additional supplements. My urologist said to not take any calcium tablets, but later said calcium citrate would be ok. I have quit the calcium I was taking (Advacal) but am now considering getting the calcium citrate. I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how to eat less high oxalate vegetables, and still get the necessary calcium and protein in the foods I eat. I’ve increased my water and am adding lemon juice. I walk at least 2 hours per week, more in the summer. What do you suggest I do to avoid worsening my osteoporosis and also prevent more kidney stones?

    • Stephen

      Drink warm organic apple cider vinegar with mother with minimally processed baking soda twice day to help with prevention of kidney stones and for current kidney stones.. Research that for more info.

    • James Theis

      I have read that milk (1, 8 oz. glass) helps with kidney stones. There are unconfirmed/anecdotal threads about vitamin C (250 mg – 1500 mg of ascorbic acid) and its impact on dissolving kidney stones….of course, drinking plenty of water is important, which it sounds like you’re doing.

    • Francine Yonkey

      Research VitaminK2 I heard that should be taken when your taking VitaminD or Calcium or both supplements because it’s a vehicle for calcium to go to your bones and not to your soft tissue which you may pass kidney stones because your body has calcium but don’t know where do go so vitaminK2 direct it to bones not soft tissue.

    • Did you get an answer?

      Taking Nature City TrueOsteo recommended by Vivian. However I can’t find anywhere how some of these ingredients translate to daily minimum requirements. Very frustrating. Hope you found your answer.

      • Cathy Wooten

        I don’t mean to hijack someone’s advertising site, but I was diagnosed with osteopenia 5-6 years ago. About 4 years ago, I started taking Bonexcin, which has D3, K2, Manganese, and Zinc, among other things. I have had 2 bone scans since then and each one showed a small increase in numbers. My doctor was pleased and told me to keep doing what I was doing. He looked over the ingredients, determined it was safe. He would not say that was the cause of my results. He didn’t know if it was that, my diet, or exercise, but I was doing well on the latter two when I was first diagnosed. I’m convinced it is Bonexcin. I have had no side effects. With the discount for buying 3 bottles at a time, I spend about $25 per month. Well worth my results!

  20. Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

    Hi Agustin,
    You are absolutely right about the unpleasant effects of calcium carbonate. However, TrueOsteo contains AlgaeCal, which is an organic, plant-based calcium that is world’s away from rock-like calcium carbonate.

  21. Ed Stephens

    While I agree we need the appropriate forms of calcium for assimilation, we also need the correct ratios and the supplement being offered has a whopping 11:1 Calcium-Magnesium ratio! Even the FDA recommends 2:1 but having experienced too much calcium in my diet and supplementation, symptoms of tension, agitation, added stress and heart issues, I came to the realization I needed to take another look at my intake. I found I already received more than enough calcium in my diet but not enough magnesium, nor enough Vitamin D-3 or K-2. I’ve stopped calcium supplementation and if anything have turned my once 2:1 calcium-magnesium ratio to at least 1:1 and my overall health has improved greatly. Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND has valuable information on magnesium its benefits and the fact it’s underused in our diet and supplementation.

    Whatever you do, don’t overuse Calcium, while we need it, if not properly assimilated will ‘not’ reach the areas of need so much as it leads to calcification of bone and hardening of the arteries.

  22. Andrea

    Hi Vivian,
    I follow your diet and exercise recommendations. I have also been taking True Osteo, at your suggestion. Recently there have been reports in the news about herbal remedies sold at major pharmacies that were examined and found to have none of the substances in them that they were supposed to have contained. I’m wondering if True Osteo has been analyzed by any outside testers. Thanks.

  23. Lauren Santos

    Dear Vivian,
    I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis in my right femur. I have been taking a product by Natural Vitality called “Natural Calm Plus Calcium”. Do you have any information about this product, and if so, what is your opinion of its worth to my cause of building my bones without causing damage to the rest of my body.
    Kind Regards,

    • Francine Yonkey

      Get your levels checked to see where your D3 and K2 level is because if you are deficient no matter how many calcium pills you take it won’t save your bone, it’s D3 and K2 that guide the calcium to were it needs to go. There is a lot of researched done about these 2 Vitamin’s. The best was to get VitaminD3 is from the sun 10-15 minutes should be good enough between 11-2pm when the sun is at it’s peak and uvb is at it’s strongest.

      • Francine Yonkey

        Sorry I meant to say the best way to get VitaminD3 is to sunbath

  24. Abigail

    Dear V, I read all your mail. I am truly blessed and satisfied with you, such a wonderful person and friend to all of us here, and for such a great task you have, and the sacrifices you make to give us so much help that we all need. Thank you again. In time, I will get your exercise program, and your recipe book. I am vegan, so I will know how to substitue for the meat kine. God bless you and family daily is my prayer. Hugs. Abigail

  25. LaLoni

    I have also reviewed a product called AlgaeCal Plus that recommends a Strontium Boost supplement also. The ingredients are close to this TrueOsteo. What are the feelings onthe strontium boost being needed??

  26. Louise

    A scientist said that we should not eat chore lla because of the polluted oceans!

    What is your take on this? I hope you write Bout it!

    Do you know of a supplement that has aquamin ,vit k2,
    Vit d3 and other minerals???

    Thank you for the info!

  27. Sherry Mccartney

    I am actually enquiring if there is any corn, dairy or soy in this product?

  28. Debbie

    Dear Vivian, After reading your article about cow’s milk having added vitamin D, you stated that it has vitamin D2. I checked several brands in the stores, and every one had vitamin D3 added. Thanks, just wonderin!

    • Frikkie

      Who teaches much of you guys to speak english hey?

      • Cia Bean

        Much of you? That would be muches of youses guises. Always important to check your granma.

  29. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You Very Much For Answering The Question About Cilantro And TrueOsteo! It’s Helped Me A Lot.
    You Are A Life-Saver!


  30. Carolyn Taylor

    I am disappointed that customer service fails to respond to my e-mails concerning my order A1A-201305272236-144840.

    The material was ordered on May 27 nearly three weeks ago. Help!

    • Customer Support

      I am sorry you didn’t receive our reply to you, Carolyn! Customer Service will be glad to contact you again about your order.

  31. Lynn O'B

    I just started your program last month. I went to a health food store in my area to buy one of your recommended deodorants listed on your web site. They had none, but they recommended, Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone. The only ingredient is mineral salts and contains no aluminum chlorhydrate. Do you recommend this? Or should I stay away from salt?

  32. Ruth

    I have fortunately been eating like this most of my life, except for loving desserts also. But I can’t feel full on this diet, and I need to gain a little weight. What will help with weight gain?

  33. Robert Reilly

    Hi Vivian, My Dr has just put me on Protos 2g 28 (Strontium Ranelate)Sachets which I have to take with water at night time. Would you please advise me about this product and is it advisable to ingest. Love your programme and keep up this fine work. Best Regards, Bob

  34. Carol Davis

    Vivian,Are you familiar with the product”Angioprim”? What do you know about it? Also they say that calcium bicarbonate is the one to take? What do you think? Please respond as I trust your judgement and research .Thank you Carol

  35. alice

    I am so sad. I bought your book, “Save Our Bones” and was so impressed I gave up the foteo and followed an alkalizing diet, ordered True Osteo and Waterwise so I could have distilled water. My husband agreed to take me back to our former city of residence so I could get a bone density test at the very same place I got my previous one so it would be a true comparison. This was all very expensive: two days in a hotel, three days of meals plus gas. We will probably have to pay for the bone density test as well because medicare will only cover the cost every two years.

    During the time I was on the Save Our bones program, I lost 12% in bone density!

    • mo

      That question was directed to Alice.

    • mo


    • mo

      Wait, are you saying it got…, worse?!

    • Joyce

      Were you also on active exercise program such as YOGA??
      See YOGA for Reversal of OsteoPenia/-Porosis on Website: Studies by Loren Fishman,MD

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Alice, I do understand that you are disappointed with the results since you are following the program and expected a rapid improvement. Unfortunately, the one to be blamed is not you but rather, your doctor who put you on Forteo!

      But the main thing is to have strong and resilient bones to prevent fractures. So stay positive and know that you’re nourishing your bones rather than depleting them. Of course, it’ll be nice to see a bone density increase, and it’s likely that you will.

      So be patient, follow your own bone health “philosophy,” don’t let brainwashed doctors interfere with your own decisions, and know that had you continued with the drugs, not only would you have been at even greater risk of large bone fractures, you would have probably worsened even more.

      Believe in your bones and believe in yourself!

      • Kelly

        Vivian, you forgot to remind her that an eggshell isn’t organic! sigh…

  36. Janet Dardano

    Is D3 Cholecalciferol inorganic? On one bottle it states, 1,000 IU or 250% of daily value.
    The other bottle states Cholecalciferol 800 IU as 100% daily value.
    I really seek your help with calcium. Would you please interpret this for me? I am coming very close to ordering from you so I don’t have to deal with this advertising craziness-at my body’s expense. Thank you for all your information. Your knowledge is passed along whenever possible! This is just the start of me scrutinizing all my vitamins. Thank you. Janet

  37. Mary

    Several days ago I was on reading to see what I could learn and saw where you had the 3 types of order o your save Our Bones Program and I ordered the 67$ one which might have been in Lisa’s (my daughter’s name) but something happened on my computer and I didn’t get it completed enough for it to be mailed to me, Can’t remember if I had given you my credit card # or not. It was to be sent to my address@ Humboldt, TN 38343—903 Clark ST. I can either wait and see or if it can be checked out and if not complete or I will just reorder.I seldon get on to see where they are for sale so I could call it in if I have the phone number,if this cannot be arranged I will just start all ove again, thanks, Mary Morse

    • Customer Support

      Mary, please pay us a visit at customer support so we can help you with this issue! Just click on the smiley face icon at the top of the page.

  38. Hildegard

    Dear Vivian, I just ordered EZorb but would like to know your opinion about this product. I was diagnosed a few years ago with “severe osteoporosis – 2.5″and due to last stage osteoarthritis I had a hip replacement in my right hip, now the left side is starting to cause problems – however, I would like to avoid another operation. I am 78 years old. After a total hysterectomy for endometrial cancer stage 1, seven years ago, I changed my diet radically and don’t take any medicine but would need some help for my bones. I would appreciate if you could let me know your opinion about E-Zorb or if you could recommend something better. What about Ultimate Bone Support with Strontium? I would appreciate your response not through this web page (I might not find it again!) but through my e-mail. Thank you so much! Hildegard

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hildegard, Ezorb calcium (aspartate anhydrous) is a combination of a calcium atom and l-aspartic molecules bound by chelation. The makers of Ezorb don’t say where they get the calcium molecules from; it could be inorganic, but we can’t find out for sure. Ezorb basically is a highly absorbable (which is good) laboratory-made calcium in chelated form (with l-aspartic molecules). The makers of Ezorb call it an “organic compound,” perhaps because the body processes it as though it would be organic.

      While I am not recommending Ezorb specifically, since it’s so absorbable, chances are it would not cause any damage.:)

      • Mark Reynolds

        I am one of your subscribers. 50 yo married father of 3 who unexpectedly fractures 6 T series verts last year.

        I am interested in calcium aspartate anhydrous but would prefer to get it bulk. Can you provide some additional input?

        Also dealing with pain and depression. Wonder if you also have input on that issue?

  39. Jenifer Vinell

    Here in the UK it’s difficult to find any vitamin D fortified products that do NOT use D3. As a vegan, and therefore trying to follow a plant-based diet, I cannot use D3 as it is produced from animal sources.
    After blood tests which showed my vitamin D levels to be very low I started to look at UVB light sources but cannot find much info on these.
    There hasn’t been much useful sunlight in the last 3 years so that’s not an option.

    • Alison

      Vitashine D3 is derived from algae and available in the UK. They also ship to many other countries. Also do Opti-3 omega 3 supplements with Vit D3, Veg-Vit multi vits, and Joint-Vie joint formula with glucosamine and phytodroitin (a plant based product with similar action to chondroitin). All products are vegan. For anyone who thinks I may be trying to advertise these products, I must emphasise I have no connection whatsoever with the company other than as a customer and have never been asked or paid to recommend their products.

  40. Rita

    Hi Vivian,

    I am on a low oxalate diet. Since organic calcium supplements are plant based, I wonder if they would be a good fit for me. I’m concerned about the amount of oxalate in the supplements and how it would affect me.
    I currently take calcium citrate before meals without D so the calcium can bind with the oxalate. I also take calcium citrate with D after meals for my bones. I’m also concerned about heart health and the calcium connection.
    I welcome your opinion.

    Thanks, Rita

    • Erin Eliot

      Hello, I need to take calcium citrate for the same reason, but for the life of me, I can’t find calcium citrate without Vitamin D3 or magnesium. Which brand do you use? Thanks!

  41. Margie

    What home remedy can I use for yeast infection?

    • Marie

      Hi the best home remedy that always works is Boric Acid it is such a life saver after you have tried it all(like i have).You can go on Amazon and just search Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories.If you want just buy Boric Acid if you don’t want to spend the extra money.People do not realize that BA is good bacteria.It regulates the PH and kills the bad bacteria and leaving the good bacteria.You will be back to normal in a few days.

    • Bill

      Garlic is antifungal

  42. Jeanne Rozman

    The last time my nurse practitioner wanted me to have a bone density test I refused. I have what they say is “severe osteoporosis”. Yet I have had six severe falls, including a fall on right wrist, and on knees. Yet I have never broken a bone! I drink almond milk, eat broccoli (often organic) , and even almond cream (like ice cream but is non-dairy made with almonds and is delicious. Too much calcium can cause problems. Two years ago I was taking way too much calcium and developed lumps in my breasts. I do not worry so much about all this now.

    I try to stay active, and take an exercise class and keep moving, Sea vegetables like nori are full of wonderful minerals, naturally. Check up on these. They are so good for you, Doctors have not heard of,them but they are natural and full of good things. Just google words like “nori”. Or Sea vegetables”


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      What a simple, inspiring outlook, Jeanne! I admire your level-headed approach. 🙂

  43. Lilia Mladenova

    Dear Vivian,thanks for the important information.I would like to know what is your opinion about AdvaCAL

    Best regards,Lilia

  44. Lani Byers

    found your information on using D3 as opposed to D2 very informative -thankyou

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You are most welcome, Lani!

  45. Elaine

    The question was raised above about soy in True Osteo by Adele Zelenka. I also had a concern & a question about the soy, since most of the worlds’ soy is now GMO. My concern is that the text says that it has Soy, but the ingredients does not list soy. Is True Osteo a Non-GMO product? Many thanks, Elaine

  46. shula

    Thanks for the information, It’s so confusing when it comes to what supplement to take, at what time of the day, how much, what’s their real effect…

  47. Dorothy Openshaw

    I was just wondering about Dr. Cutler’s Ultimate Bone GRO Formula. I have been taking it for almost 2 years now and am about ready for a new bone scan. I also take 1000 IU of Vitamin D-3 and 1000 mg of Vitamin C, plus Centrum Silver which has 220 mg of Calcium Carbonate in it. Is this too much calcium or the wrong kind? I was on Actonel for about 6 years and had some improvement at the beginning, but then dropped to my original level after a few years of -3.5 so stopped taking it. Is this a good regimin?

  48. Pat

    Diagnosed with Osteopenia, 2 spinal fractures 2 years ago-while recovering did research and decided I did not wish to take Osteo meds-doctor was appalled! told no point seeing a specialist if I would not take the drugs-also admonished for believing what I’ve read on the Internet. Have always had issues trying to take any calcium supplements-and I’ve tried them all over the years(am allergic to fish/seafood/shellfish)anyone with same issues? Any suggestions? Started the program a few weeks ago, hoping for good things!!

  49. toby z. liederman

    first, i appreciate your information in general… thank you.

    2 things here: 1) do you receive any remuneration for recommending any or all those that you recommend? and

    2)with this coupon or any other you offer, before clicking i want to know what the price is!

    • Trudy Soneson

      price please….

    • lisa caplan

      what is the price of True Osteo?

      • ruby walker

        i want to know about trueosteo, how much it cost and does it take the place of v-d

  50. Janet

    I had taken Actonel for 10 years, I quit taking it for 3 years now and my bone density tests keep getting worse. I have 2 doctors that are insisting I take the prolia shot twice a year. What to do? I take 3 Bonehealth capsules and 2,000 D3 a day. The bonehealth tabs are egshell calcium with magnesiusm and vit D3. 4 of bonehelath caps are 600 Vit, 1,000 mg calcium and 500 magnesium.

  51. Ada

    Dear vivian, although you are not recommending Ocean Greens Calcium Plus, could you tell if this is organic calcium or not? thanks.

  52. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    Please E-Mail Me Back About This Question I Brought Up To You Before About TrueOsteo. What If You Are Allergic To Some Of The Ingredients In TrueOsteo? Because I’m Highly Allergic To Cilantro. Cilantro Will Close My Throat Up And I Get Awful Pains In My Chest And Throat. Can You Get TrueOsteo Without Cilantro In It. Because I Have Found Something In The Healthfood Store I Shop At, That Has All The Ingredients That TrueOsteo Has, Except Cilantro. Would That Be A Good Substitute For TrueOsteo? Please Let Me Know! My E-Mail Address Is Just Above My Comments! And I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, IN ADVANCE, FOR GETTING BACK WITH ME ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. TAKE CARE, STAY WELL, AND MAY G-D BLESS YOU!


    • Customer Support

      Leslie, there are other calcium supplements that do not have cilantro. Feel free to e-mail customer support by clicking on the smiley face icon at the top of the page, and we can help answer your questions about calcium supplements in greater detail. 🙂

  53. Susie

    I have gone back to taking calcium orotate and Magnesium orotate, which I have read is the most easily absorbed of all organic forms of these minerals. Does anyone have any more information about these forms?

  54. ELSIE

    WHAT about Marine D3 , I ordered 4 bottles and now I am on my 4th bottle, lookg good to me, feel much better, you can take a look if it is worth introducing to the Saveourbones community.

  55. Lori

    I purchased True Osteo from your site and showed it to my doctor. He said that Algae Cal is considered calcium carbonate, the least absorbable form of calcium and could case kidney stones and plaque build-up in the heart.
    I’m confused!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      In my experience, Lori, doctors are not always the most informed about supplements…their focus is usually on drugs, unfortunately. 🙁

      • Alan

        Vivian—You did not answer the question. Was the doctor right or wrong?

  56. rita

    I have a question for Vivian. What do you know of a product called “Optimal Greens” or similar green drink products? Would you recommend taking additional vit/min? Would I still need to take Calcium/K2 in additonal to greens?
    I do not take any bone drugs nor any drugs and just take vit/min. thank you

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I like the idea of eating fresh greens to get all their bone-healthy nutrients instead. 🙂 But I still recommend supplements to augment a bone-building diet, because it’s just about impossible to get all the nutrients you need to reverse osteoporosis from foods alone. 🙂

  57. Ada Ng

    I totally agree Miss Vivian’s advice to take organic calcium supplement. However, feel uncertain after reading AlgaeCal’s website on its AlgaeCal Plus, it said “This wild-harvested, plant-sourced calcium is derived from a South American marine algae called Algas Calcareas. The entire kiwi-fruit size algae ball is hand harvested, sun dried, then milled into a powder. There is no extraction process or additives used – just pure whole food.” Wondering if AlgaeCal has owndership of the seabed to harvest the said Algas Calcareas or anyone can have access to the harvest? And the quality control?

    Don’t mind to pay more for a quality product but feel uncertained. I suppose TrueOsteo is another tradename by AlgaeCal made for NatureCity, am I correct? Can anyone help to advise other establised sources of organic calcium supplier? Feel so desparate.

  58. Marie

    Vivian, thanks for the TrueOsteo information. It sounds like an excellent choice, but I’m wondering how big the pills are. I already have a cupboard full of nutrients that are too big for me to swallow and really don’t need more. Are these ‘horse’ pills or smaller size? And if they are large, do you know of a good liquid source of calcium?

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Micky

      I take a calcium supplement that is food based calcified seaweed. The company is called CYTOPLAN. As I too have a problem taking tablets, I chew this one up with my breakfast. You can find all about them on line.

      Regards Micky

    • sandy

      These come in capsule form and are very easily swallowed.

  59. Irma Gonzalez

    What do you use as far as calcium – Algecal or Trueosteo?

    • Sheila Hayes

      Hello Vivian

      Thank you for all your help and guidance.
      I purchased TrueOsteo as discussed in your previous articles. My main problem is that I now suffer from chronic constipation. Has anyone else had the same problem.


      • Sheila Hayes

        Hello Vivian,

        I purchased TrueOsteo as discussed in your articles. I now suffer from severe constipation. A problem I have never had before. Has anyone else experienced the condition if so, what advice can you give me. ?

        Sheila .

  60. Jean

    From reading some comments from other members, I find I’m not the only one who finds Algaecal a little beyond what I can afford. I’ve tried Bone Blast and New Chapter Bone Strength, both of which were about half the price of Algaecal, and seem to be have pretty similar ingredients. I don’t have a bone density test coming up until November, so I’ll be interested to see if they’ve done anything good for my bones. Though I’ve been on the program for about 5 years now, nothing seems to have improved my bone density scores. But I’ve never broken a bone, either, so my bones may not be as fragile as I’ve been led to believe, even though I’m definitely in the osteoporosis range.

  61. diana slemko

    regarding your comment of calcium carbonate today, you did not elaborate on calcium citrate…is the citrate form also harmful?

  62. Diane

    I’m taking Fembody Advanced Bone Activator, it has the same calcium, D3, K2, boron and magnesium as in TrueOsteo but in only 3 tablets and it’s cheaper. Is the extra cost and number of pills worth the extra ingredients TrueOsteo has?

  63. Susan

    I had an osteopenia diagnosis over two years ago. I began taking Calcium Citrate instead of carbonate, as it has a little better absorption. Also, the D3, and I, quite frankly, can’t afford the Algeacal. You’re talking close to $45, $50 a month for starters. Well, I’m here to tell you that in my case I reversed my osteopenia into the normal range within two years, and I cheated A LOT, but my diet was still full of the foundation foods and very little processed foods, almond milk, gave up Cokes and had reverse osmosis water installed in my house. I’m sure I was not alkaline all the time. I do take a little strontium, which Vivian doesn’t approve of. I’m here to tell ya you don’t always have to take the fancy calcium, especially those that are allergic to algae. There’s a lot of changes I haven’t made with the toothpaste, lotions, etc. It can be overwhelming, but just a few changes can work wonders. I will never stray too far from this eating plan. Thanks, Vivian, for all your work. I believe it saved me.

  64. Willowdean Schleining

    Vivian, I’m 83 and so I dom’t everything about the conputer and when I want to order something I usally look for a phone number. But I have a question. Earlier you said thar Dr. Michael Cutler’s Ultimate Bone Gro Foemula was the best bone supplement to take. Now you recommend True Osto so I’m not sure what I should be taking. I use to just take Calcium Citrate +Dtis vit 3 is 400IU and thecalcium citrate is 630mg. But when you suggested Dr. Cutler’s I quit my calcium citrate because I did’nt want to get to much calcium in my arteries(plague). But my Dr had told me that I was osteropenia and she wanted me to take that Panoleo I V at the hostpital. I said no I don’t want to. Because there’s to many side effect. She had me on Actonel before I started Dr. Cutler’s Ultimate Bone Gro Formula when you said that was so good. So I’m confused but I feel you’ve done moe research that what Doctors do. They are always pushing prescritions drugs and I don’t like that. If you have time drop me an e-mail. or send me a note at Willowdean Schleining 1420 Greencroft Drive Goshen, Iniana 46526 Thanks for all your good advice. I always read my e-mail you send out. Have a good day.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Willowdean, there are several good calcium supplements out there! If you are already taking a bioavailable, organic calcium supplement, there is no need to switch to TrueOsteo unless you want to. 🙂

  65. rosa

    My sister had very weak bones, and broke some when she was in her early fifties. Then the doctor started her on 50,000 Units of Vitamin D2 twice a week. After 10 years her bone scan score has gone from minus something to PLUS FOUR. She is in excellent health and at age 60 started a new career with long work hours. I wish that my bone scan was PLUS FOUR instead of minus one. I bet lots of others wish they had a bone scan score of PLUS FOUR.

    • Bethany

      Was it Vit D2 your sister was taking or Vit D3? And, was she taking any other supplements or following any particular diet?

    • Teresa Truckenmiller

      Rosa, I am curious. Was your sister taking a prescription Vit.d2 preparation? Did she make any other lifestyle changes.

  66. Catherine landry

    Why is a serving of trueosteo only 360 mg of calcium.i would have to take it three times a day which would be very expensive
    Do you need less if this product?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You certainly can – just supplement with calcium-rich foods. 🙂 You can also take it on alternate days with your multivitamin.

  67. Lynda Brunais

    I TAKE OCEANS GREENS CALCIUM PLUS a whole food algae calcium with vitamins D3 and K2. The product is made by SUNNY GREEN. I bought this product at a whole food store or you can get this product at a store sells organic foods. This product is a whole food calcium complex in a highly bioavailable form with naturally occurring minerals. I also take TRUE ALOE. Made with organic aloe vera By Natural City. It improves better absorption, comforts joint muscles, promotes better skin, normalizes blood sugar levels. I like it. It works for me.

    • Ada

      Hi there, can you tell me the compositions of Ocean Green Calcium Plus, tried to check on site but no detail description. Many thanks.

  68. Linda

    Hi Vivian, Please research Osteo Calm. It is a liquid supplement. Not all people can swallow pills. You are limiting your audience to folk who can. Please do the rest of us a favor and broaden your research to include a good supplement for us liquid users. I can’t be the only person who is turned off by your pushing a product that does not come in liquid form. Many thanks, Linda

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Linda, have you considered tossing a supplement tablet into a smoothie? Once it’s ground and incorporated into the smoothie, you won’t even know it’s there. 🙂

  69. Cathy

    I tried True Osteo and DO NOT like it. It gave me diarrhea – took a couple of weeks to figure out what was causing it. Meantime, had a series of cultures to see what “infection” I had – nothing. After eliminating all supplements for a few days, the diarrhea disappeared, then after slowly adding back one supplement at a time, True Osteo emerged as the culprit. I tried it a second time after being off it for a few weeks but the same thing happened. Based on my experience, I cannot recommend it.

  70. Karen R. Rude

    It appears the calcium you are discussing in this e-mail is in pill form. I’ve been taking Liquid Calcium Magnesium for my osteopenia. I was surprised that you don’t recommend the liquid form, which is easier for your body to digest than the gel capsules and even the hard pill form.

    Currently, I take “Bluebonnet Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate Plus Vitamin D3 (1 ounce in the morning). (2 TBlsps = 30 mL)It has Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 800 IU 200% of daily value, Calcium (citrate) 1200 mgt 120% of daily value, Magnesium (cirate aspartate) 600 mgt 150% of daily value and other ingredients : filtered water, fructose, citric acid, natural orange flavor, xanthan gum, and vegetable extract. It is free of milk, egg, fish,crustacean shellfish, tree nut, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans, yeast, gluten, barley, rice and sodium.
    In addition my Purity Products Advanced Vitamin D is in a gel capsule and contains Vit D (Cholecalciferol 5,000 i.u. 1, 250% of daily value, Vit K-2 (Menaquinonr) 80 mcg 100% of daily value, Biotin 2000 mcg 67% of daily value, Magnesium (Magnesium Citrate) 125 mcg 31% of daily value, zinc as monomemethionine 10 mg 67% of daily value, a some L-Tuarine, Quercetin, Boran, (Fruite X-B),Leutin (FloraGLO,
    I also take two gel capsules of H.A. Joint & Skin formula and two ea gel capsules of Pefect Multi Essentials from Purity Products, N.Y.
    I’ve had a partial knee replacement (2005)and I have osteopenia an I’m checked by my hormone specailist once a year. I look younger than the 71 years of age that I am. (In the past for 15 years up to 2010 I was on various bad for you hormone replacements . . . Boniva 2005 to 2010, fosamx, celebrex, etc. but I took myself off of them when I leanred they were not good for us. I take nothing now and no estrogen, because I’ve been told if I do I will have cancer.) I eat a dark leafy green salad every day and generally have steamed brocolli each evening.

    I became acquainted with Purity Products through Pacific Health of Bellevue, Washington in 2002 when they tested their products and said that they were as pure as their and since they were cheaper than what I could get through them that I should continue taking them. I just thought you might like to check out their products and their story of the H.A. Collagen.

  71. Judy Brown

    If I take True Osteo, do I also need a separate Vit. D3?
    Thank you,

  72. Jay V


    It is disappointing to see that Ms. Goldschmidt is quite willing to accept that TrueOsteo contains useful amounts of Amla fruit extract and Ashwagandha, even though she has no way of verifying this. I doubt she would be able to distinguish between these two items if she saw them displayed side by side. This is what results when a person receives revenue for promoting a product.

    As for AlgaeCal, Dean Neuls is the CEO He accesses various forums on the internet related to bone health/osteoporosis, and posts comments in these forums, promoting AlgaeCal. The fact is, AlgaeCal is not properly researched. Users of the product would be better served if Mr. Neuls spent more time and effort on research.

    I purchased several bottles of AlgaeCal Plus. After using it for a while, I was not impressed. I no longer wish to use the product. Anyone want 10 FREE bottles? (Each bottle contains 90 capsules – expiry March 2014). Reply to this post with your FULL address, and I will send them to you.

    There is no doubt an organically-sourced, bioavailable calcium supplement is best. The problem is, manufacturers who claim to offer such products, don’t do enough research to obtain an optimum product. They prefer to spend money on promotion. One such promoter is Ms. Goldschmidt. Promotion proves to be more lucrative for manufacturers in the long run.

    • Judy Groce

      Judy Groce
      5 Cane Creek Court
      Taylors, SC 29687

      Thank You!!

    • Anonymous

      I would be happy to receive 10 FREE bottles of your AlgaeCal Plus. Please e-mail with instructions. Thank you.

    • k dahl

      still available?

      • Jay V

        Only one address received, so will send to person at Battery Street. If you want a few bottles, post full address asap.

        • Anthony

          Most of the doctors on this cemmittoe were paid consultants to drug manufacturers of bisphosphonates. This is a class of drugs used to treat osteoporosis that are largely ineffective. Plus bisphosphonates have recently been connected to esophageal cancer. I am sure bisphosphonates have been losing market share to Vitamin D and Vitamin K2. These are two Vitamins that cost a few dollars a month and have been shown to be effective. It is push back time by the drug manufacturers. It is typical of the lazy media to print these press releases without doing any investigation.If you do a pub-med search you will find 42,000 studies showing the benefits of Vitamin D, It takes a high degree of courage or stupidity for these researchers to ignore those studies.Plus these researchers are ignoring the breakthrough research done in the last three years by biochemists that show that high levels of Vitamin D is necessary for proper functioning of almost all organ systems.This finding is further proof of the huge disconnect between biochemists and most of today’s practitioners of medicine.

    • Jan Musgrove

      I would like to try true osteo but you don’t have to send me all 10 bottles. Thanks

    • Elvie R.

      Thank you for offering your free bottles of AlgaeCal Plus I have advanced osteoporosis for more than 10 years now. I want to try it. Thank you very much. 550 Battery Street, SF, CA 94111

      • Jay V

        Would the package get to you at Bettery Street without a last name?

  73. Meena Patel

    Dear Vivian,
    Thank you for all the osteoprosis information. I am interested in taking
    trueosteo but i am afraid of the allergic reaction to algae and ashwagandha.
    I would like to know which fruits and vegetables can provide more calcium.
    I am vegetarian.I walk 4 miles a day.I am going to start working with weights.
    thank you again for all the information.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Meena, I definitely suggest you see an allergist before trying any supplement you think has the potential to cause a reaction! As for foods that are high in calcium – there are many! The Osteoporosis Reversal Program has a thorough list of high-calcium foods, and you can also search this site for ideas. 🙂

  74. Adele Zelenka

    Hi Vivian – I’ve ordered Tru-Osteo and find that one of the ingredients is soy. I have noduels on my thyroid and avoid soy at all cost because it slows down my thyroid and I do not want that.

    So, what to do now since I like the Tru-Osteo but DO NOT want to ingest ANY soy? Thanks, Adele

    • Judys

      Hi Adele,
      Do you mind to tell me or explain a little more detail why it will slowing down the thyroid by ingesting of soy.Is it because the soy is a plant estrogen and will affect the nodule? Your answer will be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • Kelly

      I am taking Advacal and it has already improved my bone density scores. It does not contain soy. I take 3 of the 1000’s formula and 3 of the Ultra formula at two different times during the day making sure I take it at least 3 hours from my thyroid medication. I also take magnesium with each Advacal dose. I quit buying cow’s milk and instead use almond milk for drinking, cooking and in my coffee. It keeps a long time and is much healthier.

  75. Irena Nicholas

    Dear Vivian
    I am very attracted to the idea of organic, easily absorbed Algae Cal but have seen some slightly scare stories about it possibly containing lead, because it is from plants from the seabed. Are you able to give any reassurances about this? I have seen some forums that say we all eat a certain amount of lead anyway, and our bodies can deal with small amounts? Can you enighten us a little more please?
    Kind regards

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Excellent question, Irena! I have researched this issue, and I have been led to conclude that the small amount of lead found in calcium supplements is naturally there from the earth’s crust.

      Calcium supplements typically have lead in them, because lead a naturally occurring chemical element; it’s naturally found in combination with other elements as lead compounds in rocks and soils.

      If you are concerned about lead in TrueOsteo, here are some suggestions:

      1. Take less than the recommended dose and supplement with food.

      2. Do the same as above, but alternate one day with chelated minerals.

      3. Take organic chlorella, since it naturally binds all heavy metals. This could be especially beneficial if you have amalgam fillings that leach mercury. You should check with your doctor before taking chlorella.

      I hope this helps, and that you won’t let a fear of lead dissuade you from a healthful calcium supplement. 🙂

  76. ada ng

    The company AlgaeCal Inc. markets AlgaeCal Plus, does it mean that AlgaeCal is making another trade name TrueOsteo for Nature City? So is TrueOsteo idential to AlgaeCal Plus?

    • Corrie

      How many pills are in 1 bottle of TrueOsteo.

      • sandy

        TrueOsteo contains 120 capsules per bottle.

        • Suzy

          Yes, TrueOsteo has 120 pills per bottle, but they say you have to take 4 per day, so that means one bottle only lasts 30 days.

          I tried it, and the 4 per day lead to severe constipation. I cut back to two, then to one, now I’m at one capsule every other day, and my internal “plumbing” is back to normal. I have no idea if one capsule every other day is helping me at all because it’s “too low” a dose to do any good? But I can’t take more than that or it upsets my “balance.”

          Just my experience.

  77. Clare Lincoln

    Hi I have decided to not take any drugs for my osteoporosis. Is it true that probiotics are helpful? Even bone building? What other things can I eat to build bone? I am trying to increase the alkalinity of my diet. I am walking with a back-pack on my back with weights in it!? Is this a helpful thing to do. One Ayurveda practitioner recommended a broth of asparagus, lentils and sardines…I have tried tastes pretty it worth me continuing with it? Thank you

    • ALYR

      Very foolish. You’re completely unaware of how difficult your life will be when your bones start breaking.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Clare, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program answers all your questions and more! There’s an extensive chart of foods that are listed as alkaline and acidic, so you can plan balanced meals. And a Recipe Sampler is included. 🙂 I hope you’ll check it out!

  78. George

    Dear Vivian,

    I quote : “Please note that TrueOsteo only ships to the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand”.

    Any sensible reason why they do not want to make more money? Obviously I will get somebody from US to buy it and send it to me, but it just seems odd to limit sale of apparently good product.

    Best Regards,

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      George, my hope is that they will expand their shipping area! That would be wonderful. 🙂

  79. Marie Stanners

    I have been prescribed calcichew-d3, will they help.
    I had also been given alondronic acid then changed to actonell. Both of these had really bad side effects. So I refused to take them. Am I taking the right medication

    • Evelyn

      If you took Actonel, don’t have a tooth pulled. It made me sick so I didn’t take it for long, but if you have taken ONE (or the others in that genre of drugs) and you have a tooth pulled, you stand a good chance of your jaw bone deteriorating, and your having to have it removed and have bone grafting and either pulling your other teeth and getting dentures or getting implants in the part of the jaw which was removed. I went to have a tooth pulled and would have had to sign a waiver that I would not hold that Dr. responsible, so instead I had a root canal and got a crown put on that tooth. I have no idea why Drs. don’t tell patients of this risk when they prescribe this stuff.

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