Debunking The Just-Published New York Times Article On Exercise And Bone Strength

Couch potatoes everywhere surely rejoiced when the New York Times published an article that ostensibly “debunked” the notion that exercise builds strong bones.

The article concludes that prescription drugs are the only hope for staving off osteoporosis. In fact, the author suggests that the soon-to-be-approved daily injectable and transdermal patch drug abaloparatide will be the most effective way to “rescue” your bones from osteoporosis.

Is there any merit to these statements? Is all that exercising and walking for naught, and you can just kick back and build strong bones while watching television, provided you take osteoporosis drugs?

Let’s analyze the article for its veracity, but first, here’s…

What The NYT Article Says About Exercise And Bone Health

The article, entitled “Exercise Is Not the Path to Strong Bones,” states that “Exercise has little or no effect on bone strength.”1 It then goes on to further this point by making the following statements:

  1. “…osteoporosis researchers know the advice [to exercise] is not backed up by rigorous studies.”
  2. Citing studies where exercise produced miniscule improvements in bone density as per DEXA scans, “…if exercise builds bone, it does not build much bone.”
  3. “At this point, nothing except…perhaps, a new injectable drug called abaloparatide now being tested in clinical trials, make bone denser and stronger.”
  4. “…exercise might make bones healthier in terms of a mysterious property called bone quality. No one knows exactly what it is…”

Let’s analyze in detail these four statements.

#1: The benefits of exercising for bone health are not backed up by rigorous studies.

This is a sweeping statement that is not only ridiculously broad; it is simply untrue. If someone decides to exercise in order to build their bone strength, they can rest assured that many, many studies support them in their choice. Here are just a few.

Bone Strength Analysis

Savers know that bone is a dynamic tissue that responds to mechanical stimulation. Quoting from a very detailed analysis of the nature of bone strength:

“Bone adapts to mechanical stresses largely by changing its size and shape, which are major determinants of its resistance to fracture. Tissue is added in regions of high mechanical stress providing an efficient means for improving bone strength. Experiments have shown that small additions of bone mineral density (BMD) (5–8%) caused by mechanical loading can improve bone strength by over 60% and extend bone fatigue life by 100-fold.”2

The analysis discusses the biomechanics of bone, the importance of both mineralization (hardness) and collagen (flexibility), the mechanics of fracture, why bones break, a detailed look at the process of bone remodeling at the cellular level, and much more. This extremely thorough look at bone, inside and out, states in its conclusion that:

“The most effective way to strengthen bone is by adding new bone tissue where bone stresses are greatest. This occurs when bone adapts to mechanical loading.” 2

The next study is a review that looks specifically at the effect of “weighted exercises” in postmenopausal women.

A Systematic Review Of Weight-Bearing Exercise In Postmenopausal Women

Researchers reviewed data on exercise and bone density from 1990 to 2005:

“The review revealed evidence to support the effectiveness of weight training exercises to increase BMD [bone mineral density] in postmenopausal women. …Weighted exercises can help in maintaining BMD…and increasing BMD of the spine and hip in women with osteopenia and osteoporosis.”3

They further point out the importance of adopting exercise as part of an overall bone-healthy lifestyle, noting that “Exercise sessions should be…incorporated into long-standing lifestyle change.”5 In other words, exercise needs to be practiced on a regular basis in order to reap the full benefits.

The exercises shown to increase BMD were all weight-bearing, ranging from stair-climbing with weighted vests to back extension exercises with weighted backpacks. Participants also performed moves like rowing, wrist curls, and squats. These (and many more) are just the sorts of exercises recommended in the Save Our Bones Program and the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System. There’s a good reason for this: these exercises work!
Yet another study shows the importance of exercise, this time aerobic.

Aerobic Exercise Increases BMD And Key Trace Minerals In Blood

Nearly 100 healthy participants were followed in this 2015 study – 47 men and 53 women, all between the ages of 30 and 60. They performed aerobic exercise for one hour, three days a week, for 12 weeks.

When the participants were evaluated at the end of the 12 weeks, researchers observed increased levels of BAP, or bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, as well as:

  • Increased BMD
  • Elevated T-scores
  • Increased serum levels of key bone-building minerals calcium and manganese, and a decrease in serum copper and zinc. The changes in these mineral levels “…were shown to be positively correlated with improved bone mass density among control and osteoporosis subjects of both sexes.”4

The study’s final conclusive statement lines up perfectly with what Savers already know:

“These results demonstrate that aerobic exercise of moderate intensity might protect bone and cartilage by regulation of body trace elements which are involved in the biosynthesis of bone matrix structures and inhibition of bone resorption process via a proposed anti-free radical mechanism.”4

Some others include a 2015 study on premenopausal women aged 25 to 50, whose bone density improved markedly following a series of jumping exercises over the course of four weeks.5 And a 2013 report published in the prestigious British Medical Journal showed that targeted exercise results in fewer falls and increased fracture resistance due to greater bone strength.6 These are just a few of the myriad of studies that confirm how vital exercise of all types is for bone strength.

And finally, the NYT article makes absolutely no mention of Wolff’s Law, which has been an accepted explanation of how bones are formed since the 1890s.

As explained in the Save Our Bones Program:

“[Wolff’s] theory was based on the now proven fact that bone is living and active tissue, and therefore, it adjusts to the stress it receives by increasing and decreasing in size as muscles do.

Scientists have confirmed that bone growth is stimulated by an applied force, and therefore, increasing muscular stress can increase bone tissue. Muscles help bone growth in two ways: when they apply stress on bones, the latter develop their size to support the stress. Secondly, muscles also apply their weight on bones causing an increase in bone mass.”

Now on to the article’s second point…

#2: Exercise builds little bone, if any

Here we have a blatant disregard for the nature of bone remodeling, and the crucial difference between bone quantity and bone quality. We’re going to look at this topic in more detail in a moment, but the point here is that exercise does not have to build large amounts of bone to be effective at rejuvenating bones to resist fracture.

#3: Only a drug called abaloparatide can save us now

This point reveals the true intention of the New York Times article. This is a classic tactic of Big Pharma – create fear about a health condition, demonize non-pharmaceutical treatments, and then ride in on the pharmaceutical white horse to save the day with the latest drug.

The case of this new drug, abaloparatide, is no different. It’s a synthetic form of human parathyroid hormone, similar to teriparatide, marketed under the name Forteo. Essentially, abaloparatide is Forteo with a makeover.

Introducing synthetic hormones of this nature is the perfect setup for increasing cancer risk. Taking such a risk makes no sense whatsoever when there are nutrition-based, safe alternatives to building bone available.

And that brings us to the fourth point in the article, which reveals its complete ignorance as to the nature of bone structure.

#4 Exercise may enhance bone “quality,” but this is too mysterious and unknown a concept to be valid

The concept of bone quality is not at all mysterious, nor is it true that “no one knows exactly what it is.” In fact, Savers most definitely know!

Bone quality has to do with the bone’s ability to bend and flex under pressure. This is known as tensile strength, and it’s the key to bone’s ability to resist fracture. And exercise does indeed enhance bone quality – which is far more important that bone quantity that simply denotes the presence of more bone.

In fact, this explains the apparent ability of osteoporosis drugs to increase bone density, which brings me to the one statement in the NYT article that I agree with:

“Popular osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax slow the rate of bone loss, but they do not build bone.”

That’s absolutely correct. Osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax do not induce the formation of new bone, and new bone must be formed to build tensile strength. This has much to do with the distinction between bone formation (modeling) and bone remodeling, and the importance of the quality of the bone matrix, or microarchitecture.

Microarchitecture: The Essence Of Bone Quality

“Bone tissue is a composite of both flexible and rigid components,”7 states a 2009 report published in Rheumatology. This concept is at the heart of bone microarchitecture, which is the measure of bone texture, not just the amount of bone present.

Bone is able to adapt its shape and size “in response to mechanical loads.”7 This adaptation takes place via both bone modeling and bone remodeling, which are actually different processes.

A Detailed Look At Bone Remodeling

Bone remodeling is the process by which old bone is replaced with new bone. Osteoclast cells remove old bone so osteoblasts, in charge of bone deposition, can replace them with younger, healthier cells. This occurs in four basic phases.

First is the quiescence/activation phase. The quiescent (dormant) surface of the bone needs to be transformed into a permeable surface, and this is accomplished with osteoclast precursors that, once they’ve penetrated the superficial bone layer, are fused with other cells to form osteoclasts.

Next is the resorption phase, which is regulated by cytokines and hormones. It’s really quite fascinating how proton pumps and ion channels work together to transfer hydrogen ions into an acidic solution, which then literally dissolves the minerals of the bone matrix. Enzymes are secreted that literally digest the organic, collagen-based part of the matrix, which creates saucer-shaped cavities (lacunae) and corresponding “tunnels” within the cortical bone (the outermost bone layer). At the end of this phase, the osteoclasts undergo apoptosis (cell death).

Then comes the third phase, the reversal phase, where the lacunae are populated by various mononuclear cells: monocytes, osteocytes, and pre-osteoblasts. At this point, balance and efficiency are crucial:

“In the absence of efficient coupling and bone balance, each remodeling transaction would result in a net loss of bone.”7

This phase produces a positive balance, so the periosteal (outermost) circumference of the bone actually increases.

The fourth and final phase of remodeling is the formation phase, where osteoblasts regulate the mineralization of the collagenous bone matrix. Some osteoblasts end up in the bone matrix itself, closely connected to each other and the periosteal bone cells. They are then called osteocytes. Other osteoblasts form a sort of lining on the bone’s surface.

This same process occurs in both cancellous (spongy) and cortical bone.

What Is Bone Modeling?

Bone modeling is a bit different. Modeling refers specifically to bone’s ability to adapt in response to mechanical load. Modeling is the formation of new bone without being preceded by bone resorption. It does not happen as often as bone remodeling, but it does occur, as in the example below:

“Modeling occurs vigorously not only during growth, but also, in the adult, in response to a mechanical load such as in tennis players in whom the radius of the playing arm has a thicker cortex and a larger external diameter than the contralateral radius.”7

Going back to what was mentioned earlier, bone is a composite of rigid and flexible components. Low bone density is defined as having holes or gaps in the bone microarchitecture, the result of decreased osteoblast function and increased osteoclast activity.

The microarchitecture is the bone matrix composed largely of collagen, a type of connective tissue that is responsible for bone’s tensile strength and flexibility. The state of the microarchitecture reveals the bone’s ability to resist fracture.

But bone density scans do not measure the microarchitecture of bone at all. They measure bone mineral density (BMD), which is only part of the picture, as researchers explain:

“Recent clinical investigations indicate that BMD only partly explains bone strength and show limitations of BMD measurements in assessing fracture risk and monitoring the response to therapy.”7

After our detailed analysis, it is clear that the New York Times article is flawed. And it basically attempts to convince the unknowing public that they should not bother exercising for their bones and instead, they should take the latest and newest osteoporosis drugs.

Bone Health Is Not A Bone Density “Pageant”

If you’re following the Save Our Bones Program, then you know that bone density test scores are only a part of the whole bone health picture. Improved DEXA scores are certainly something to strive for, but it’s important to bear in mind that such tests measure quantity of bone, not quality.

And that brings us back to the New York Times article, which describes bone quality as some sort of elusive concept that cannot be measured and therefore, must not be valid. But new techniques for measuring bone quality are being developed, as the Rheumatology review states:

“…assessment of the trabecular bone microstructure may be obtained by high-resolution CT (hrCT), microCT, high-resolution MR (hrMR) and microMR.”7

These techniques are in their infancy, though, and the Medical Establishment does not like to deal with concepts that can’t be measured (and therefore used as a “threshold” to prescribe drugs). So they discount concepts like bone quality because it does not get them the numbers they need to prescribe.

Regardless of whether or not we can measure it, bone quality is key to optimal bone health. In fact, the health of your bones involves all sorts of immeasurable components, from hormones to antioxidants to nutrients. This is what sets the Save Our Bones Program apart from conventional medicine: the Program takes into account the non-quantifiable aspects of bone health rather than isolating one aspect of it that can be measured, and then attempting to influence it artificially with pharmaceuticals.

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When you follow the dietary and lifestyle recommendations in the Save Our Bones Program, you are helping your whole body, promoting a more healthful immune system, less inflammation, better gut health, a healthy weight, and so much more. And of course, you’re giving your bones the nutrients and exercise they need to thrive and rejuvenate…because exercise is absolutely essential for your bones to resist fracture.

Till next time,

References

1http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/health/exercise-is-not-the-path-to-strong-bones.html
2Turner, Charles H. “Bone Strength: Current Concepts.” Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1068. (2006): 429–446. doi: 10.1196/annals.1346.039. PDF. http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/08-09/biomedical/proposed_problems/Turner_bone_strength.pdf
3Zehnacker, Carol Hamilton, T, DPT, MS; Bemis-Dougherty, Anita, PT, DPT, MAS. “Effect of Weighted Exercises on Bone mineral Density in Post Menopausal Women A Systematic Review.” Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 30.2:07. 79-86. PDF. http://web.missouri.edu/~brownmb/pt415/case/nunez/osteo/Zehnacker-BMD-WBex-SR-JGPT-2007no.2.pdf
4Alghadir, H.H., et al. “Correlation between bone mineral density and serum trace elements in response to supervised aerobic training in older adults.” 2016:11. (2016): 265-273. Web. http://www.dovepress.com/correlation-between-bone-mineral-density-and-serum-trace-elements-in-r-peer-reviewed-article-CIA
5Tucker, L.A., et al. “Effect of two jumping programs on hip bone mineral density in premenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial.” Am J Health Promot. Jan-Feb 2015. 29(3): 158-64. DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.130430-QUAN-200. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24460005
6El-Khoury, Fabienne, et al. “The effect of fall prevention exercise programmes on fall induced injuries in community dwelling older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.” BMJ. 2013. 347: f6234. Web. http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6234
7“Microarchtecture, the key to bone quality.” Rheumatology. 4.48. (2009): iv3-iv8. Doi: 10.1096/rheumatology/kep273. Web. http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/48/suppl_4/iv3.full

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  1. maria April 21, 2016, 2:57 am

    Hi
    Last November i was diagnosed with osteopenia, and a colleague at work told me that there is no way to reverse it and there is no ‘peer reviewed’ academic research behind any claims that say it is possible. Is this true?

    I wasn’t surprised by my results as i’ve been an insomniac for over 8 years (49 years old). Broke my wrist after a fall last year too. I’m now a little better -thanks to a change in doctor & a wonderful naturopath. I’ve found some energy to start weight training again too. I feel better – am going to test my bone density again soon & hope that my colleague was wrong.

  2. annabelle April 19, 2016, 8:58 pm

    Thank you again Vivian for keeping us in the loop.
    Also found Savers comments interesting.

    • Joan Cornish April 25, 2016, 1:06 am

      Seems the NYT article caused a stir amongst readers – the author makes a few qualifications in a follow up article ( see link below)

      The important thing as far as my reading of Viviams response to the article and the literature generally is that exercise is part of a broader approach including diet and emotional health etc. Substituting exercise for drugs doesn’t work – you need to take a multipronged approach paying attention to diet, sleep, micro nutrients, emotional health ect – and most importantly avoid doing harm.

      See here: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/23/health/a-second-look-at-a-misconception-on-exercise-and-bones.html?referer=http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/health/exercise-is-not-the-path-to-strong-bones.html?_r=5&referer

      • Joan Cornish April 25, 2016, 1:11 am

        And meant to mention that all the people in this feedback section who have exercised regularly and still have osteoporosis – could it mean that something else is amiss- for example you have malabsorption and simply not absorbing calcium and minerals for bone health you need or that you have a hormonal imbalance. Vivian would be best placed to shed light on this.

  3. shula April 19, 2016, 8:12 pm

    Thank you for the interesting explanation of bone modeling and remodeling.

  4. Carol Moore April 19, 2016, 12:53 pm

    Unfortunately from my experience the NYT article is true. I am 72 and I have exercised religiously for all of my adult life, but most especially for the past 30 years six days a week with my bone density in mind, half of those days with weights. For approximately the past 15 years I have fallen into the osteoporosis category. I eat extremely healthy (we grow our vegetables), get my vitamin D and I have followed the saveourbones outline with great discipline. I have taken Forteo which did give bone improvement during the prescribed time. After stopping I have fallen back into the osteoporosis category of which my doctor encourages me to have the prolia injections. I take no medications and am the example of good health in every area with the exception of my bones which is genetic from my mother. I do not like taking and am resistant to any form of medication. This is a frustrating problem! In reality there is no simple idealistic answer to this problem of aging bones.

    • L.D. Long April 19, 2016, 7:08 pm

      They tried to talk me into the Forteo for 2 yrs. then Prolia for the rest of my life. I was given the pamphlets on both and knew that was not the way to go. You may be suffering from withdrawal from their poison pretending to “build” your bone matrix. I read it all and its just another Big Pharma way to keep us sick. I too have hereditary osteoporosis but it was worsened by the poison I took for 2 yrs. for cancer. Had I know the full truth, I wouldnt be where I am this minute. I have new fractures and ribs inside my pelvis at the moment. I’m following SOB program and doing as much as I can tolerate in the exercise part… I’m 70 and been fighting a long time, I will not give up and I hope you wont either… Good Luck and Good Health..

  5. Pearl April 19, 2016, 4:30 am

    Thankyou Vivian, that was so informative, thanks for keeping me up to date on whats happening.
    I have just been watching a documentary called, The global quest, the truth about cancer”, & I am just amazed at what I am finding out, & I am also sitting back thinking, Thank God I found Vivian when I did, because with the change of my lifestyle as directed by you, I am in a good position now to hopefully avoid cancer, I feel wonderful in myself.

  6. Susan Reid April 18, 2016, 8:07 pm

    Vivian,
    Thank you for this insightful article and all your encouragement!

  7. Paula Clement April 18, 2016, 7:18 pm

    When I was “diagnosed” with osteopenia, I enrolled in a personal training program which included strength training. After a year and a half, I was tested again and my bone density had increased 14 and 1/2 percent! The technician was amazed even before showing the results to my doctor.

    • Jana October 29, 2016, 3:36 pm

      Can you please tell us specifics of the exercise program? I’d like to try it and know others would too. Thank you!

  8. Heather April 18, 2016, 5:35 pm

    I do hope that people are not taken in by this new scare mongering and that it gets more people to investigate the “save our bones” regime. Thank you again for setting me on the right path.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 18, 2016, 5:46 pm

      Hi Heather,
      I am confident that the Saver community won’t be taken in by such tactics. Now to get out there and inform others… 🙂

  9. Cherie April 18, 2016, 12:39 pm

    Hey everyone, what a lively dedicated group! My advice is to always be your best advocate. And don’t blame the doctors, what do you expect when you make an appointment with your MD he/she only has two options; drugs or surgery, so which one are you there for? My 26 year old son was on the path to many life threatening and painful years, and so young! Severely overweight and a poor diet, his doctors solution? Had him on two blood pressure meds (lots of side effects) pills for his acid reflux and more for his roller coaster digestive system (either diarrhea or constipated). Seasonal allergy meds were not mixing well with all the other drugs so he slept poorly and in an upright position for about 2 months of the year. Blood test showed the precursor to diabetes! Changed doctors to an MD, ND, OD. 6 months later, 100 pounds lighter, not a single drug needed, just the right foods and encouragement and he is now in perfect health. Oh, and he does NOT have seasonal allergies, turned out to be an allergy to a food he had been eating! Blood pressure machine has been moved to storage and hopefully for ever. Vivian you inspired us to drop the meds and look elsewhere, THANK YOU!!

  10. Cherie April 18, 2016, 12:12 pm

    Thanks again Vivian! You are our champion of bone health and our guardian of truth! I would still be taking heaven only knows what “bone building drugs” and feeling sick if not for you. I feel great and never had more energy.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 18, 2016, 4:52 pm

      Hi Cherie,

      That’s a great example of how knowledge is power – and freedom! I’m so glad you’ve been able to choose the drug-free lifestyle you desire.

  11. Barbara Jividen April 18, 2016, 11:52 am

    Thank you so much for this. I thought of you when I read this article several days ago. I just knew you would address it. I will keep on going to the gym and lifting weights, no matter.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 18, 2016, 4:51 pm

      That’s great, Barbara – I love to hear how Savers like you stay informed.

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  13. B Ean April 18, 2016, 9:47 am

    Hi Vivian

    This detailed, informative explanation helps. Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 18, 2016, 11:41 am

      You are most welcome. 🙂

  14. Giovanna April 18, 2016, 8:49 am

    Dear Vivian,
    what do you think of the tablets “Alive! Calcium – Bone Formula” 1000 mg plant source calcium, with Vitamin C, K2, Magnesium and Vitamin D3…. Do you approve of this product? I just started taking it because AlgaCal has become too expensive and I have also to pay for shipping it to the UK.

    Many thanks
    Best regards
    Giovanna

    • Terry S. May 9, 2016, 3:43 pm

      I am taking the exact same thing. Did you ever get a reply from Vivian on Alive. I want to know what she says too.

    • Darloma April 25, 2016, 8:31 am

      I am also curious about this supplement. Thanks.

      • Shirley Bell April 25, 2016, 3:24 pm

        I am also interested in this supplement.
        Many thanks.

  15. marianne April 18, 2016, 7:52 am

    I started exercise in my late 20’s for general health and to prevent osteoporosis. Weight training, walking, stepping, yoga. I was still diagnosed with osteoporosis at 54.

    I will continue to exercise for the other health benefits, but I am no longer a believer in exercise for osteoporosis.

    • magicbird April 18, 2016, 12:52 pm

      Marianne, Yours is the smartest answer I’ve read to date! Vivian brings a lot of important information about the dangers of bisphosphonates (and other) drugs to light, and I’m grateful to Vivan for that. Americans are safer because of Vivian has brought the dangers of drug company exploitation to public attention. But osteoporosis itself is not a ‘killer’–and osteoporosis is not the cause of “osteoarthritic pain,” either, should there be any confusion about that. Read the book ‘the great pain deception: faulty medical advice is making us worse.’ It’s in your library.

    • Trudy Barakin April 18, 2016, 8:35 am

      Hi, the same happened to me; exercised all my life, did all sports imaginable, and was still diagnosed with osteopenia in my early 50s. The only thing that helped me was Vivian’s diet, which got me back on track (low risk fracture). I still exercise in my late 60s because that’s who I am and I enjoy it. All the drugs (Fosamax, Actonel) I was given over the years by my docs deteriorated my bones even more. Stick to V’s diet plan and continue exercising for your own benefit – feeling good!
      I know people who never exercised in their whole life and they have great bones – how does this work?! How about Middle Eastern women who wear the burqa, never exercise, never get any sun on their skin to develop vitamin D? How come they don’t have osteo? Or don’t we know about that?
      Happy exercising!
      Cheers
      Trudy

      • magicbird April 18, 2016, 12:02 pm

        Trudy, Our great grandparents didn’t die of ‘osteopenia’ or ‘osteoporosis’ which are a natural part of the aging process, same as getting wrinkles. I was horrified when my healthy, active 68 yo sister was recently prescribed bisphosphonates for osteoporosis, which has never caused problems for her.
        Her doctor didn’t even discuss it with my sister–she merely texted my sister a message saying her test had come back positive for osteoporosis and she had she had sent a prescription for bisphosphonates to my sister’s pharmacy.

        I was outraged. I told my sister to do her research first before taking any bisphosphonates. My sister did, and discovered that the xray machines designed to measure osteoporosis were created by WHO (World Health Organization) to study osteoporosis in populations. They were never meant to be diagnostic equipment designed to sell drugs for “treatment” of “osteoporosis.” Truth is, virtually no one has to spend their lives worrying about their ‘bone strength’–what a waste of time when we have other things to think about.

        What’s more, the resilience of bones lies in it’s ‘greenstick strength.’ Bisphosponates make bones more brittle and MORE inclined to breakage. My father, who lived until age 96, fractured his hip at age 90. Surgery repaired it and Dad was up and active again. Would bisphosphonates at age 60 or 70 have prevented my father’s fracture? NO. Because it’s now recommended that bisphosphonate use should be limited to 5 years or so ( because, get this–use of b’s beyond 5 years actually INCREASES the risk of fractures. Sound strange to you?) What good would bisphosphonates, taken at age 60 or 70 have done my father at age 90? NO GOOD WHATSOEVER. In fact, he may have suffered “jaw bone death” from use of b’s. Dental surgeons will often refuse to perform dental surgery on patients who have taken b’s in the last 10 years because b’s have been correlated to deforming jaw bone death.

  16. Denna April 18, 2016, 7:38 am

    As usual, FDA/BIGPHARMA pushing another unhealthy, false scientific data, drug to pad their greedy pockets at the expense of innocent people. Look what has been found out about Fosamax!! God did not put us on this earth filled with chemicals. Ingesting these drugs are either keeping us sick-coming back for more drugs or killing us slowly. Heal thy body by NATURAL MEANS. Wake up folks – fight for your right to live a clean, healthy life free of chemicals/drugs.

    • magicbird April 18, 2016, 12:19 pm

      Well said, Denna. Again, it outrages me that my sister was prescribed bisphosphonates without any warning of the dangers of b’s by her doctor, who merely sent a text message to my sister saying, ‘Test for osteoporosis positive. Prescription [for bisphosphonates] waiting for you at your pharmacy.” My sister, a soft-touch, STILL TRUSTS doctors! Whatever happened to the doctor oath, ‘First, do no harm.’?

      http://abcnews.go.com/Health/fda-cautions-long-term-bone-drugs-osteoporosis/story?id=16321946

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 18, 2016, 11:40 am

      Amen to that, Denna!

      • Cindy April 22, 2016, 9:13 am

        DOUBLE AMEN! My mother is the same way, trusts her doctors and has been on multiple b’s, but I can’t convince someone who has fear thrown into her. It took major convincing before she decided she wasn’t doing the third shot.
        My mother has many health issues and uses a walker at 83. I think her life would have been better if she wasn’t on so many meds. At least now she sees some benefit of exercise after she had some physical therapy and is now trying her best to stick with it under her grueling circumstances.
        I myself fractured a bone in my elbow ice skating with my daughter at the age of 50 and know full well after going to PT the benefits of weight bearing exersizes. I’m in better shape now than I’ve ever been. I’ve also done bone broth and curamin supplements. The biggest help for me was the supplement I received from my TCM medicine doctor and the acupuncture treatments along with Vivians bone saving program. It was a life saver! There wasn’t any hope for me getting my full range of motion back in my arm, but I was able to do it! I got full range back and I did it inside of 6 months time. Patient compliance is so important too….you have to want it bad enough! Thank you Vivian for all the important informative articles! It keeps us focused on what’s important.

  17. Brenda Lieberman April 18, 2016, 6:40 am

    Thank you so much for this detailed, informative explanation. My husband showed me that article a couple of weeks ago. Of course I didn’t believe it, after following you for so long. It was great the way you explained it so perfectly.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA April 18, 2016, 11:34 am

      You are welcome, Brenda. It’s encouraging to know that you and your husband were already looking carefully at this article!

  18. Unni Hoel April 18, 2016, 6:37 am

    Have osteoperosis. T score 4.7 and am taking Forteo injection every day. Have been on for three months now and was told to take for two years

    • Brenna April 18, 2016, 10:20 am

      Why does Vivian rarely answer anybodys questions unless it’s somebody raving about her program?

      • Shirley Bell May 2, 2016, 8:20 am

        Yes, I would appreciate an answer to this .
        Thanks.

      • Joani April 25, 2016, 12:44 am

        I’m new to this forum and sadly just noticed the same thing. Lots of questions or points unanswered. I’m interested to know what is thought of the bone vitamin Alive containing k2,d3 etc that was mentioned but not responded to

    • Ann Meilicke April 18, 2016, 10:20 am

      I took Forteo for two years from 2008-2010 and my scores did improve. Both hips went to osteopenia but spine went from 3.8 to 3.0 but now I am slowly dropping back into osteoporosis. Go Vivian.

      • magicbird April 18, 2016, 12:29 pm

        …but Ann, what difference does it make what your ‘osteoporosis bone scores’ are? Why live your life worrying about it? Our great grandparents didn’t die of osteoporosis, did they? Osteoporosis is a natural part of the aging process, like getting wrinkles. Focus on living life. Read the book, “The Great Pain Deception” by Steven Ozanich–a life-changer.

      • Ernestine April 18, 2016, 11:09 am

        That’s unfair, Brenna! Vivian answers plenty of questions, and by the way, in case you don’t know, this is a blog, not a consultation hotline…

  19. Joan Eaton April 18, 2016, 3:50 am

    If anyone wants proof that wight bearing exercise works check out The bone clinic .com.au

    The program is being run by the university of Melbourne Australia.

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