Latest Osteoporosis News: Merck’s Shameful Triumph in Court, National Osteoporosis Awareness Month, “Just Saying No” To Osteoporosis Drugs, And More! - Save Our Bones

Today you’ll read about an outrageous jury verdict in favor of Merck and sneaky tactics that Big Pharma is using to sound “supportive” of the osteoporosis community.

But it’s not all bad. There’s also some encouraging news showing that a growing number of osteoporosis “patients” are making independent decisions about their bone health.

So let’s get started with the bad, the sneaky, and the good.

Merck Wins Again – Shameful!

Merck, the maker of Fosamax, has won the most recent femur fracture lawsuit, filed by Bernadette Glenn. She suffered a spontaneous femur fracture when she bent over to pick up a lawn ornament while gardening. Ironically, Bernadette Glenn had been taking Fosamax for seven years, even though she was never diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her doctor prescribed Fosamax for osteopenia, as a “preventive” measure.

News Excerpt

“Merck & Co. (MRK), the second-biggest U.S. drugmaker, said a jury found in its favor in a trial over claims its Fosamax osteoporosis treatment caused a woman’s femur to fracture spontaneously while she was gardening.

The verdict was handed down today in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey, Merck said in a statement, and it couldn’t immediately be confirmed in court records. The case is the first of about 3,300 femur-fracture lawsuits against the company to be decided by a jury.

Bernadette Glynn, 58, sued Merck over claims the company, based in Whitehouse Staion, New Jersey, was aware Fosamax might cause brittle bones and increase fracture risks years before the drug was made available to the public. The case was seen as a bellwether for how other cases might be resolved.

‘The company provided appropriate and timely information about Fosamax to consumers and the medical, scientific and regulatory communities,’ Bruce Kuhlik, Merck’s general counsel, said in the statement.1

“‘We are of disappointed in the verdict in Mrs. Glynn’s case,’ her lawyer, Paul Pennock, said in an e-mail. ‘We will, however, continue the important efforts to hold Merck accountable for their conduct with respect to Fosamax.’”

Let’s keep in mind that femur fractures are rare, which is why they are called “atypical.” You see, femurs (the strongest bones in the body) don’t snap just like that, unless there’s tremendous impact, such as a major car accident, or when the bone is artificially weakened.

But it seems that in the upside-down world of Modern Medicine, it makes sense to prescribe a drug that weakens bones to the point of fracture… in order to attempt to increase bone density.

The jury exonerated Merck from any blame because apparently, Bernadette Glynn should have known that Fosamax “might cause brittle bones and increase fracture risks.”

What this verdict implies is that patients should not follow their doctor’s recommendations, because whenever something goes wrong, it’s their own fault.

The safest and most effective way to treat osteoporosis is without dangerous drugs. The Osteoporosis Reversal Program shows you how to do that and more, including how to let your doctor know that you won’t be taking the prescribed drugs in a way that it won’t interfere with your doctor/patient relationship.

Sneaky Trick: Big Pharma Hides Behind “National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month”

May has been declared “National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month.” Ostensibly, it’s for the purpose of raising osteoporosis awareness through early detection and preventative treatment. But if we dig a little deeper, it’s quite easy to discover that there’s an ulterior motive to this designation.

News Excerpt

“This month the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) will celebrate National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month in conjunction with a new campaign, called Healthy Bones, Build Them For Life®. As the nation's leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health and fighting osteoporosis, NOF's goal is to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and associated fractures and to find a cure for the disease through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. This exciting new campaign will give NOF a platform to continue to address the vital need for increased education for the awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis while working to make bone health a reality and a priority for everyone.”2

This sounds supportive and helpful, even caring. But in reality, this is simply another sneaky way for Big Pharma to promote tests and medical treatments for osteoporosis. You see, osteoporosis “awareness” means more DXA scans and diagnoses of osteoporosis and osteopenia. Basically, osteoporosis “prevention and treatment” automatically translates into more prescriptions for osteoporosis drugs.

The sad reality is that this strange “celebration” is about generating more business for the pharmaceutical industry and for the companies that manufacture medical equipment like DXA scan machines.

Take a look at this statement from the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s (NOF’s) Corporate Advisory Roundtable (CAR), and you’ll understand why I’m writing this:

“CAR members identify issues of common concern to NOF and companies with products and services that benefit people in the prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis.”3

Let’s look a little closer. Who are these CAR members? Listed with their colorful logos on the NOF site, members include:

  • Hologic (DXA scan manufacturer)
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals (makers of Reclast)
  • Amgen (maker of Prolia)
  • Roche (maker of Boniva)

In essence, the month of May is yet one more way for the medical community to “find” low bone density patients and get them started on osteoporosis drugs. Most of the newly diagnosed “patients” during this Awareness Month will take the prescribed treatments without hesitation. But fortunately, as you’ll read on, there are signs that this trend is slowly but surely turning around.

Standing Up for Drug-Free Options: More Women are Choosing Not to Fill Their Osteoporosis Prescriptions

Here’s some good news for the Save Our Bones community. But apparently, mainstream medicine finds it quite troubling.

News Excerpt

“A study by Kaiser Permanente of the medical records of 8,454 women, ages 55 years or older shows that nearly 30 percent of women failed to pick up their bisphosphonate prescriptions, a medication that is most commonly used to treat osteoporosis and similar bone diseases.

The Kaiser researchers found that older women who had used the emergency department in the past years were less likely to pick up their bisphosphonate prescriptions, while women who were taking other prescription medications and those who had been hospitalized in the past years were more likely than average to pick up their prescriptions [sic].”4

It’s highly likely that this information is flawed, because it does not take into account the fact that many osteoporosis “patients” do not tell their doctors when they don’t take the prescribed drugs.

“One factor that increased adherence was the relative experience of the prescribing physician, the study noted. Women who received a bisphosphonate prescription from a physician who had practiced for 10 or more years at Kaiser Permanente were more likely to pick up their prescriptions than those who received their prescription from a doctor with less than 10 years experience.”4

It’s interesting that an older, more experienced doctor is more likely to get medication compliance from his or her patients. Ironically, it’s often the more experienced doctors who are the most “set in their ways” and closed to new ideas. Either way, it’s been shown that most doctors, regardless of experience level, don’t keep up with the latest research.

“Medication non-adherence is a significant health problem in this country with some estimates indicating that as many as one-in-three patients who are given a prescription fail to fill it. Further, nearly three-quarters of all people do not take their prescription medications according to the providers’ orders.

In all, nonadherence [sic] causes as many as 125,000 deaths yearly and costs the healthcare system nearly $300 billion per year.”4

Really? This seems a little difficult to prove! And it completely fails to compare the so-called “costs” of non-adherence with the very real costs associated with treating the terrible side effects of osteoporosis drugs.

The reality is that drugs themselves are dangerous, and cause far more deaths than automobile accidents. It’s hardly reasonable for the medical community to complain about the so-called health hazards of NOT taking medications!

Of course, I applaud the trend and hope it continues. It would be wonderful to see fewer and fewer people taking dangerous and damaging osteoporosis drugs. If you’re already following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you can pat yourself on the back.

Also, it means the world to me to know that so many of you tell family, friends, and colleagues about Save Our Bones… I humbly thank you for helping me spread the truth about osteoporosis.

And stay tuned, because new and exciting things are coming soon to Save Our Bones.

Here’s to more osteoporosis news being good news!


1 Larson, Eric. “Merck Says Jury Rules in Its Favor in Fosamax Trial.” Bloomberg. April 29, 2013. Web.
3 National Osteoporosis Foundation.
4 Anderson, Chris. “Nearly 30 percent of women don’t fill osteoporosis prescription.” Healthcare Finance News. April 23, 2013. Web.

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  1. John Freeman

    My DEXA scan was -3.3 for my spine L1 – L4 but I’m very thin (nothing wrong, I always have been). How much can Dexa scans vary for thin people?

  2. Sandra Pecorino

    I’m so happy for the woman who won the lawsuit against Merck
    My suggestions for all is no prolia no reclast no Forteo My Doctor
    said I have severe osteoporosis took forteo for one month with so much
    bone pain i stopped the drug changed Doctors and am following Vivian’s

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am sorry you experienced that kind of bone pain, Sandra. But I am glad to hear that you are seeking drug-free alternatives, and that you weren’t afraid to change doctors!

  3. Elizabeth

    I had a DEXA scan last year which showed mild osteoporosis, with a risk of a hip fracture, but luckily I am not at high risk, just a slight risk that in 10 years time I may suffer a hip fracture, my scores or – 2.4 on the right and – 2.7 on the other. I am not keen to take a risk with Bisphosphonates just in case in 10 years time I may or may not suffer a fracture, I have never suffered a fracture so far and keep very active with a variety of activities including running, spinning classes, aerobics, aqua-aerobics and much more. The only reason I developed osteoporosis was because I had to take steroids for 3 years for an inflammatory condition, but I have been off them for 19 months now. I am eating a healthy calcium rich diet (calcium derived mainly from plant sources, and almonds etc as well as dairy). I buy and take cod liver oil, not on prescription, and get out in the sun when I go running and walking every day, so my vitamin D levels are normal, though previously they were low. Its difficult to resist being persuaded to take bisphosphonates and calcium supplements, when they are offered, but I am still resistant.Just hoping my next DEXA scan in 2 to 3 years time will show an improvement.

  4. Valt

    I have severe osteo, -4.7 and have had fractures of the spine from doing absolutely nothing just moving the wrong way or maybe too fast. I have taken calcium and D supplements for years.Have not been able to take the drugs available, but recently a new drug called Forteo has come out which actually rebuilds bone. Due to recent fractures, I am in constant pain, and am trying the new med.for 2 years. Has anyone had any luck with the Forteo?

  5. Judy

    Here’s my stuff:
    Hysterectomy: age 26
    Very low dose hormones until age 46
    Don’t want to take the drugs!
    Low body weight all my life, 110 lbs. 5’3″
    What do yous think?
    Judy D. 🙂

  6. June Cope

    Feb.18,2013 I had a femur break. I took Fosamax for years after I broke my hip 18 years ago, and found out the hard way that I had sever osteoporosis. When I saw a news report about brittle bones, I stopped taking the Fosamax and started using alternatives. I am now 68 years old.

  7. Carole McDermond

    Doctor has told me that l need fosamax for osteopenia; when l refused he mentioned these “newer drugs”. Got a copy of dexascan and it says that hip will be possibly in danger of FX or break. Then it goes on to say it is hard to say for sure because of my severe osteoarthritis. ?????
    Have two knee replacements; one shoulder replacement and two back operations; one for stenosis. Am sticking to my organic CA; sea algae; and drinking almond mild instead of dairy. Following save our bones program and kind of upset about the leverage of the drug industry.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I understand, Carole – that’s why I like to bring the Save Our Bones community the latest news about what’s happening with the drug industry. Good for you for making your own health decisions, and I wish you full health and strong bones!

  8. Carole McDermond

    Doctor has told me that l need fosamax for osteopenia; when l refused he mentioned these “newer drugs”. Got a copy of dexascan and it says that hip will be possibly in danger of FX or break. Then it goes on to say it is hard to say for sure because of my severe osteoarthritis. ?????
    Have two knee replacements; one shoulder replacement and two back operations; one for stenosis. Am sticking to my organic CA; sea algae; and drinking almond mild instead of dairy. Following save our bones program and kind of upset about the leverage of the drug industry.

  9. Marion Johnson

    Dear Vivian,
    Thank you for all the information that you send to us. Vivian in 1981 I was
    operated on for a benign Tumor in my head, At that time I was given Cortisone tablets by the nurses, after several months my Dr sent me to have a bone density test, the results came back that I had Osteoporosis, the first thing she asked had I taken steroids, I said they were given to me in the hospital, she said that caused me to have osteoporosis as it breaks down the calcium, I was sent to the professor and he proscribed
    Fosamax, I specifically asked if they had side effects, he laughed at me, and didn’t know what I was talking about, I did take it for a little while I was told if I didn’t take them my bones wouldn’t get stronger, It never felt right so I stopped taking them, I have been fighting it for so long
    I have always lived a healthy diet, don’t drink or smoke,I
    exercise and walk each day.three and a half years ago I was thrown against a wall which injured my brain and back. I now have a broken rib, it has been a huge stuggle,I have your book, Save our Bones.I am now on Natural Organic Calcium from the ocean, Calcium 92mg, magnesium, selenium, Boron, Zinc, and Iodine, as a powder 1 teasp daily, I take Omega 3 Red Krill Oil, I have too much D at the moment and B12. Is there anything else that you would suggest, My last density showed a decrease since I has the fall.It was increasing before that.Sorry for such a long letter.
    Infinite Love and Gratitude to you. Marion

  10. Avis Mawson

    Itook Actonil and Fosa max – Both mad3e me very sick to the stomach smd Fosamax caused me Jaw trouble so I quit. Why is it when you won’t take the prescribed medicine the Doctor says “Oh well I guess there is nothing I can really do to help you. Take Calcium and Vitamin D. It makes me feel like the Doctor doesn’t care!!!! Do others have this same reaction? I must say I have improved but having had a broken femur I sometimes have a sore leg if I walk too much!!!

  11. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    I Don’t Have The Finances For The SAVE OUR BONES PROGRAM! And I Don’t Want To Take Osteoporosis Drugs. What Can I DO? PLEASE HELP!


    • Sara

      VERY good question!

  12. Betty Scholten

    I stopped taking fozamax several years ago after reading “The Myth of Osteoporosis” (Forgot the authors name) I’d resisted the drug for a long time and finally gave in to a doctor’s urgings. After reading the book, I decided the drug companies were just selling us a line of “Bull”. I still haven’t broken a bone and am 79 years old. My mom, although never diagnosed with osteoporosis, I’m sure she had it, just seeing her frame. She did not break a bone ’til she was 96!
    Hope others will take this same path

  13. Jeanette

    I am interested in the Calcium TrueOsteo that you send me a email on. My husband and I are currently taking Magnesium, Vit D, Vit E, Coral Calcium,
    and flaxseed , oil. we also take a low dosage ASA, once a day. I would like to know if we took the TrueOsteo in the prescribed amounts, would it mean that we would get enough of the correct amounts that we would be able to take the one vitamin instead of all the others we take. I am 67 years of age, and two years ago I slipped and fell coming out of the shower at a swimming pool onto all tiled ceramic floors, and fractured my left hip. I was taken to hospital and operated on and had a hip replacement done.

  14. Sylvia Skeen

    Very good information and it gives me alot of food for thougt.
    Thank You.

  15. Elizabeth M. Wright

    Hello again Vivian…
    I was told years ago that a lot of doctors are paid when they give out prescriptions to patients (by the company making them.)
    I really suspect that they do… also most doctors do not look into these
    medicines to know of the side effects… I eat well, exercise, try to have
    good thoughts, have my faith, and smile a lot. My bones are in pretty good shape at 82 years old. Read all of your comments and they have helped A LOT !!! Thanks Vivian…

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Elizabeth, I am thrilled to hear how the information at Save Our Bones has helped you! That’s what it’s all about. 🙂

  16. Louise Stewart

    Hi Vivian

    Just wanted to thank you for this news. Glad to hear so many are appalled
    at this decision in favor of the big company when it is well known that
    many women have had their femur break like that after taking the drugs!
    I stopped taking Actenol years ago and I’m fine! No fractures!
    It is good to have someone who doesn’t have blinders on her eyes
    helping us to save our bones!


  17. Nicole

    These days doctors don’t hand patients a prescription anylonger. They automatically email it to your pharmacy; they want to make sure patients pick it up; they claim it is to reduce paper consumption. I wander what the pharmacy does if a patient doesn’t pick it up. Do you know if they notify the doctor?

  18. shula

    Thank you Vivian, for the information. I wonder what you think of the new drug which is supposed to come up next year, and supposed to be safer then the current drugs in the market. Don’t know the name of it, but it’s based on something different then the alendronate drugs. All the great leafy veggies and other veggies that I’ve been eating for years, all the foods that I avoid (sugar, salt, meat, sodas, dairy, teas, coffee …) and all the exercises I’ve been doing don’t help, and my BMD is getting lower and lower.

    Thanks – Shula

    • Mario

      what do you mean by

      “All the great leafy veggies …….. and all the exercises I’ve been doing don’t help, and my BMD is getting lower and lower.

      This is confusing to me.

      Thanks for reply

    • Jean

      I understand your frustration; pretty much true for me too, at least so far. But I’ve never broken a bone, so maybe there’s more to it than we know. Good luck!

  19. Esther Rinaldo

    I just received the results of my bone density test which reveals that since February 2011 to present my spine went from -3.5 to -2.4. My hip is fairly stable having gone from -2.6 to -2.7. I have been taking calcium,/magnesium (2-1 ratio) and vitamine D3. Recently I added vitamin K3. I am trying to walk more, but I have COPD and take Spiriva once a day. But I am pleased with my results and will have another bone density in two years.

  20. jeanette

    I wish I ha started Save our Bones program years ago… however, in less than 2 years I have gone from severe osteoporosis to “mild/normal” (first time there has even been an improvement. Thanks Vivian! (I’ll be 80 in August 2013).

  21. Alice M. Lawson

    For the past few years I have been taking cilica and MSM for my osteoporosis. Now I am taking TrueOsteo. My question – should I keep on takin cilica and MSM along with the TrueOsteo? The cilica and MSM did improve my numbers while I was taking them. They improved my diagnosis from osteoporosis to osteopenia according to my DexaScan.

    • Lurene Clarke

      My email has changed to:

      • Customer Support

        Lurene, please send an e-mail to Customer Support about your change of address. You can do this by clicking on the smiley face icon at the top of the page, or by sending a message to

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Alice, I discussed silica and MSM in Question #1 of a Q&A post – here is a quote from my answer:

      “Joint problems that lead to arthritis begin with inflammation following microdamage to cartilage, which quickly gets aggravated by faulty nutrition. You are on the right track because you have lost excess weight which aggravates arthritis symptoms. Glucosamine and chondroitin used in combination can help with pain reduction, and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) delivers much needed sulfur to joint cartilage. By the way, cabbage, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts are among the richest foods that contain sulfur, so you should try to eat them as often as you can.
      So your best bet is to concentrate on nutrient-rich foods, especially plant-derived, as they deliver protective polyphenols, carotenoids, and other natural antioxidants. As an added bonus, these foods are low in calories.”

      You are welcome to read the rest of the post here:

    • Jean

      Cilica and MSM? I’m not sure what these are. I think there’s MSM in my Flex-A-Min. Is that what you mean?

      • Alice M. Lawson

        No. The bottle just says “MSM”. It was recommended by a lady at the health food store. As I said, it along with silica improved my condition. I am now taking TrueOsteo and wonder if I need all three of these. Of course, I’m also taking D3 and doing without milk products.

        • heloisa piccinelli

          Alice, I’ve been asking differet questions and never find the anwsers neither. I thought she wouldn’t answer me because I didn’t have the book. Now, I bought the book and still no anwser 🙁 DOn’t know what to do.

        • Alice M. Lawson

          I’ve put this question on two times and can never find Vivian’s answer. I want to know if Silica and MSM are good products to use to improve my osteoporosis.

  22. DonnaBelle

    Where is True Osteo available. This is Organic Calcium?

  23. Carolyn

    Thanks for all of your research. I am still trying to improve with the Save our Bones program. I faithfully follow the program. My recent gyn visit resulted in, either take the Atelvia, or I am sending you to a specialist. My dexa scan only showed the problem still in L-4, -2.5, although it hasn’t decreased over the past two years. There was an improvement in the femur from osteopenia to normal. I considered that good news! I do have concerned thoughts when I see ladies that are bent over, apparently having suffered back fractures and neck fractures. I do not want this to happen to me.

  24. Cookie

    I have followed your dietary advice, stopped the drugs 5 years ago and I am in great shape. Thank you for your newsletters.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Wow! Thanks for letting us know about your success, Cookie!

  25. Sharon

    The outcome of this case is unbelievable. This woman should have known the risks? Come on! Sadly, doctors don’t always know the risks, having been misled by pharmaceutical reps who completely ignore negative aspects of the drugs they are pushing. The consumer ends up the innocent victim!

  26. Jean

    So interesting! I have two friends who’ve had knee and shoulder replacement surgery. Both had been taking bisphosphonates a long time, both are having very difficult recoveries. I can’t help but wonder if the drugs have anything to do with that, especially since one of them had the other knee replaced years before she had taken bisphosphonates and had no problems with recovery at that time. (Of course, she is older now, too. The irony is she was never diagnosed with osteoporosis, just osteopenia; her doc prescribed the drugs as a preventive measure!)

  27. M4ry

    Thank you for encouraging us not to get involved in taking such medicines. Ten years ago my GYN told me I would be in a wheel chair due to weak bones.

    I am 57 years young and still riding my recumbent bike for 10 miles when weather permits.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Excellent news, Mary! 🙂

  28. Terry

    Oh my gosh!! Where did they find this jury!!! It’s like saying I should have known that car was going to run a red light and hit me! For pete’s sake! Thank you for all your wonderful research and keeping strong for all of us. The pressure is always strong for us to cave and go with what the doctors want. I’ve made it a point to eat as much Organic, especially the foods that I eat the skins with, as possible. Monsanto(for one) is chemically changing so many of our foods that you really can’t call them “healthy” any more. Nutrient are so depleted. Thanks for encouraging us to research!! You really do make a difference in my life. Hugs!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Terry, you are most welcome! You are also correct about nutrients in foods…

  29. dhanrajia

    You all are so right, what happened to changing the diet to help the body heal it self.
    the drug companies are making millions on the poor suffering public.
    Help us all to realize that food and the way we change the diet can help us all. Knowing the right foods is very important to keep the body healthy and happy.

  30. Eve

    Hi Vivian,

    First thanks for keeping us informed & for your wonderful program.
    Just wanted to let you know that I passed on your most recent article about the drug Fosamax to the lady that cleans for me, who was taking it & having unpleasent side effects & she is now getting off of it, thank heavens!I also loaned my book to her & I may get her a copy of her own for Christmas. Everyone should know that there is another way!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Jean, you are correct – the scans do not indicate everything about your bones! Namely, they do not show tensile strength (flexibility), only density. And tensile strength is what prevents fractures! 🙂

  31. Mary

    Vivian, I am so grateful for all the info you put out about osteoporosis. I was prescribed Fosamax,then Boniva some 15 yrs ago and was on it faithfully. But the tests after taking that long still showed more bone loss. Luckily I was introduced to your web site and took a stand and threw the remaining Boniva in the trash and am concentrating on exercise and healthy eating. Still I am losing bone density so I am asked to consider taking Prolia shots and was given the pamphlet to read. As I read it I find more dangerous side effects than good in it and am not going for it. I have switched to True Osteo which you recommended. Hopefully I will have better results in my next Dexa scan. Mary

    • Jean

      I’d been on bisphosphonates a little over two years; did nothing for my bone density either (my doc said, well, it isn’t any worse) so I then went on Vivian’s program and dumped the drugs about 7 years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t see much improvement, though I’ve tried to eat healthy, etc. I’m hoping the next bone scan shows some improvement. I’ve never broken a bone, and I’ve had three bad falls in those years, so I think my bones are better than the scans seem to indicate. I’m quite small, and I’ve read that bone density scores can be misleading for small people.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Jean, you are correct – the scans do not indicate everything about your bones! Namely, they do not show tensile strength (flexibility), only density. And tensile strength is what prevents fractures! 🙂

  32. Mary

    “The jury exonerated Merck from any blame because apparently, Bernadette Glynn should have known that Fosamax “might cause brittle bones and increase fracture risks.”

    Now isn’t that the most stupid statement ever about a osteoporosis med??? Fosamax should not be on the market…period…

    I have a neighbor who is taking Fosamax and I get on her every once in awhile to stop taking it..She walks every day, several miles. The doctor prescribed the Fosamax for her to “prevent osteoporosis”….She is nont listening to me about stopping the Fosamax, but I keep warning her anyway…LOL

    I took Fosamax for a short time. In that time it gave me an ulcer that I still have to take meds for….

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Mary, you are the sort of person I was thinking of when I thanked the community for spreading the word!

      And I agree with you about the attitude that Bernadette Glynn “should have known.” Ridiculous!

  33. Fotios

    By refusing to take damaging drugs not only will our health improve but we will save this great country of ours;Big Pharma and corrupt medicine is costing us trillions of dollars for what obviously does not work.Hippocratis thousands of years ago stated “LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE AND MEDICINE BE THY FOOD” but big pharma has changed that natural philosophy and is milking our nation dry and docters are taking the hippocratit oath”THY SHALL NOT HURT” but who are they kidding;They are killing us.If we want to survive we must chage our relience on Mainstream Medicine.I for one want to survive and make this world a better place to live. Fotios

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA


  34. Ian Harrison

    Do you know if they send their products..( MRK ) to Aussie , and what are they called over here,

    Ta Ian

    • Trudy

      Yes, they do sell their drugs in Australia under the same name. I was a ‘victim’ of FOSAMAX, then my doctor put me on ACTONEL. I stopped taken this poison after doing some research on the internet a few years ago and finding/ordering Vivian’s book. Since I changed my diet my bones have improved drastically, from mediate/high fracture risk to low. I also swapped from inorganic to organic calcium and follow Vivian’s guidelines. It’s worth it!!! Unfortunately too many women follow their GP’s advice, and we see where this leads to! I am appalled by the verdict in MERCK’s court case. These drug companies should be held accountable. It all comes down to greed.

      • Lowana

        Hi Judy, how long were you on Fosamax and Actonil before you gave up? I was on them for 6 years .. 1st Fosamax then Actonil..and gave them up almost 1 year I am getting bad pains in my lower back..have not had another bone density scan yet.

      • Terry

        Thank you,Trudy. You are such a great example for us. I know everyone will have different results, but you are out in front attaining the goal we all want to reach. Thanks for sharing your story!!

        • Trudy

          You are welcome!
          I also got my girlfriends and my mum off these poisonous drugs.

  35. JPauline

    I was just diagnosed May 2, 2013. Was given 2 week supply of Atelvia but haven’t taken it yet. Supposed to get some calcium and Vitamin D too. With all the bad side effects I’m very apprehensive to start the Atelvia.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I understand your hesitation! I am glad you’ve found this site as you do your research before taking any osteoporosis drugs. Bravo!

      I reviewed Atelvia in this blog post – here is the link to help you in your research:

  36. Ghassan Mahir

    Dear Vivian
    Some 15 years ago, a UK based study on the efficacy of vitamin C for treatment of the common cold ‘proved’ (according to the designers of the study – all doctors working closely, I mean funded overtly, not covertly, by the Big Pharma)that vitamin C was ineffective. This piece of news came out in the BBC’s News at 6 and at 9, and in ITV’s News at 5.45 and 10, ITV is the independent channel (no satellite channels then). Next day, the main newspapers had that piece of news on their front pages. None of the hundreds (if not thousands) of clinical studies that had proved how vitamin C was effective (whether on its own or as an adjunct) not only for the common cold, but for a wide range of conditions, including cancer, found their way to such prime time TV coverage of the papers’ front pages. That was regardless of the following fact: each of these hundreds of studies included hundreds or thousands of people, for weeks, months and sometimes for years, while the hugely publicised study involved 30, yes thirty, people only! So, if this is for the common cold that people can go through without any medication anyway, imagine what they are ready to do with the bones that people will be frightened not to have them broken, with all the consequences. God bless all these women (and men!) taking it into their own hands… and God bless Vivian…

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Yes, Ghassan, mainstream medicine has a hard time admitting that anything can be overcome without drugs! Thank you for taking the time to point out that very interesting information about Vitamin C – it’s another example of what we’re talking about. 🙂

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