Osteoporosis Exercises In A Pill? - Save Our Bones

New scientific discoveries can lead to great things, but it’s important to recognize just what the larger purpose is in any scientific venture. Here’s how you can tell the difference: when the purpose of scientific research is solely to create and market new drugs, then that’s a red flag.

Today I am going to share a recent study with you that seems to answer a 200-year-old question: how does bone “know” how to respond to exercise? But the researchers openly acknowledge that the intent of the study was not to provide insight into how the body works; rather, the whole purpose of the study was to develop a new drug.

A Pill to Replace Exercise: Sci Fi or Reality?

It seems like there’s a pill for everything these days, and now scientists are working on developing one that could replace exercise. The intention is to fool the bones of osteoporosis patients into acting as though they are receiving weight-bearing exercise. Why would scientists even want to do this?

It’s because exercise is vital to bone health. There’s no getting around this fact, and since Julius Wolff published his law in 1892, the positive effect of weight-bearing exercise on bone is well-established. Wolff’s Law is discussed in detail in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, but here I’ll mention the gist of it: bone is living tissue that is created and changed in response to the forces of muscular tension and gravity.

So scientists are looking for an easy way to replace exercise by providing a pill that tricks their bones into regenerating and building. Granted, for those with disabilities, this could be a good solution – if the new drug would not have any nefarious side effects.

But Save Our Bones community members already know that there just can’t be a synthetic drug without dangerous side effects. While this drug is still in the works, you can rest assured that it will have a list of side effects connected with it. (All drugs have an acidifying effect on the body anyhow, whether you experience specific side effects or not.) And it’s more than likely that more side effects will be “discovered” by unwitting consumers of the drug along the way.

How the Exercise Pill “Works”

During their research, scientists discovered the specific mechanism by which bone is built. During exercise, your bone cells experience a flow of fluid. Special hair-like sensors called cilia, located on the outside of bone cells, detect this fluid flow. As a result, an enzyme within the bone cells, adenylyl cyclase 6 or AC6, is “told” to deactivate. The deactivation in turn leads to increase the expression of a bone-forming gene called cyclo-oxygenase 2.1

Researchers reason that if they could produce a drug that would send the right signal to the cilia, it would start the series of steps that lead to bone building. Voila, bones would magically build themselves!

In other words, the new drug will be designed to signal the cilia as if they are receiving fluid flow consistent with exercise… only without the exercise.

The Benefits of Exercise Go Beyond Bones

This bears repeating: no drug is 100% safe, period. But even if this “magic” pill were to trick your bones into re-building and gaining density safely, those who would end up taking the drug would miss out on some of the other benefits of exercise, such as:

  • Improved mood and reduced stress
  • Weight regulation
  • Muscle toning
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced endurance
  • Healthy sun exposure when you exercise outdoors
  • Enjoyment – it’s fun to exercise, especially with a friend
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Improved balance (crucial for people with osteoporosis)
  • Better sleep

There is No Substitute for Real Exercise

The bottom line is, there’s just no substitute for exercise. Regardless of the new drug Big Pharma might concoct, it will never offer the full benefits of exercise.

And now there’s a way for anyone to obtain the benefits of exercise, regardless of age or fitness level. It’s called Densercise, and it’s the exercise program I’ve designed specifically to build bone density. What else does Densercise have to offer, and how is it different from other exercise programs?

  • Densercise is written in clear, easy-to-read instructions.
  • It’s fully illustrated to help you understand the positions and moves.
  • To make things even more clear, Densercise includes a video system that shows you exactly how each exercise is done.
  • It’s fast and simple – only 15 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for 4 weeks.
  • It’s a rotational program, so there’s enough repetition to build bones but enough variety to prevent boredom.
  • Densercise is an ebook, which means it’s delivered electronically as a PDF file – so there’s no waiting for shipment, and you can get started right away.

And Densercise is currently on sale for 60% off! Click here to get started. →

And remember, keep building your bones!


1 Kwon, Ronald Y., et al. “Primary cilium-dependent mechanosensing is mediated by adenylyl cyclase 6 and cyclic AMP in bone cells.” FASEB J. doi:10.1096/fj.09-148007.

The Top 14 Things You’re Doing That Are Damaging Your Bones... And More!

  • Stop The Bone Thieves! report
  • Email course on how to prevent and reverse bone loss
  • Free vital osteoporosis news and updates.
Get It Free Now

Comments on this article are closed.

  1. Dora Loeffler

    Are you planning on releasing an updated Densercise book since you are putting it on sale? I bought the save your bones book a while back and some time after a new version of that book was released (was not on sale) but which was an updated version!
    Please announce the fact that you are planning on releasing an updated exercise book so we can thus purchase that version and not the OLD one.

  2. Beverly

    Perhaps I am mistaken but I understood that people commenting and/or asking questions to Vivian will receive replies from her. At times I see just one or two replies from her from an entire slew of questions.

    The questions and comments are interesting and I too, as well as I’m sure many, many others, would like to hear what Vivian says on these various subjects.

    Soooo, what are we suppose to do to receive these replies.
    Thank you.

  3. Jan

    Hello. I would order the exercise book if it was in hard copy. Please advise if you have it in hard copy to order. Thank you, Jan

  4. bea

    hi Vivian I ordered thedensercise quite some time ago and I never recived it I would like you to look and see if there was an order from me I thank you I go to the y 4 times a week but I would like to do it at home sometime . I wait for an answer bea

  5. Maria J.Mckenney

    Thank you Vivian. I traid to do three times atI feel Week water arobics, for one hours or more. I feel tired but it is good for me. It’s at de College and is cover, beause I can get sun, for the lupus. lOVE..MJM

  6. Dnald Bates

    Make Densercise a hard copy book and I’ll buy it. Books on my computer never get read or printed.

    • Lowana

      Here here…make dencercise a book..my provider only allows me so much each month and this would probably cost me more than postage in fees.

  7. Alicia

    Estimada Vivian:
    Me gustaría saber tu opinion acerca de la utilidad de estos ejercicios para mejorar/revertir la orteoarthritis.

    Muchas gracias por toda la información que difundes en tu página!


    No escribo en inglés porque temo no expresar adecuadamente la consulta. Sin embargo no tengo dificultad con su lectura.

    • Customer Support

      Alicia, por favor envianos tus preguntas al siguiente correo electronico: support@saveourbones.com.

      Te contestaremos en espaniol 🙂

  8. Sandra

    My Doctor recommends i start the once a day shot Forteo. She sent me to an
    endocrinology center, I met the Doctor she seemed nice enough and I asked her if I had a problems with this medication could I call her, her answer
    was yes. Her nurse filled out the paperwork for the pharmacy wrote down my
    bithdate wrong also my phone number, I got a letter from the pharmacy saying they had been trying to reach me when I called them I found out all
    this information the nurse had also checked off the box where it says I have been trained on how to inject myself with this medication which is untrue. I left 4 messages for the Doctor to call me back it has been 2 weeks and still no phone call. I left a message with her nurse that I had found another Doctor that I felt was a better fit for me. I don’t know whether this was a sign because I’m still not sure about taking Forteo
    there are no long term studies and even if you take this medication for 2 years when you stop you will lose any bone build up that occured and will
    have to be put on another medication where does it end? My insurance approved this for $700 a month for 2 years that’s alot of money.

  9. ELSIE

    Sorry Vivian, March 6 not April 6th.

  10. ELSIE

    About the Exercise in a pill, don’t know if it will work well, or just to make more sales. Anyway, Vivian I just recently got the WBV, Whole Body Vibration Machine (ZAAZ 25K) I just stand there for 12 minutes , or sit down, The book says it’s good for Bone Density , Incontinence, and other chronic diseases. Just delivered April 6th will see what will it do after using a month or two daily, but sometimes I visit my daughter and grand children 3 to 4 days a week. so I can not use it. Did you know about this machine. Thanks for feedback.

    • Dee

      Hi Elsie, How much was the machine that you purchased to help your bone density?

  11. Helen Schulman

    I have a somewhat unusual “bone” problem and was wondering if there is a way to cure it. In 2006 I had radiation treatments on my right breast after a lumpectomy. As of several years ago I developed what they call “Collateral Damage” from the radiation and have deterioration of the right side of my spine. The doctor was surprised it was only on the right side, that’s how I knew it was from the radiation. I’ve had epidural shots, when I don’t have a flare-up I exercise. Once in awhile I take either a natural supplement for pain or a drug, which I hate to take as pain killers give me reactive hypoglycemia which is a problem I’ve had for years. If you know of a cure, or a way to restore the spine, or to stop the progression from radiation caused deterioration, I’d love some advice. (I have the “Osteoporosis Reversal Program” book by the way). Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Paula Geluso

      I had the same experience, in 2006, and have had bad back pain and deterioration as well. Mine is on the left side…but same scenario. Pain is almost constant and exercise + OTC pain killers..do not help much,and at best give only partial relief. My sleep has been interrupted and I am tired most of the time..my Vit D levels have plunged as well, and I cannot tolerate the supplements,as they cause digestive problems.Vivian,if you have any advice for us ,please respond .I have your book and have enjoyed it very much..I do have Arthritis and IBS, which complicates matters further.Awaiting your reply..thank you..Paula

  12. Linda

    The last time I went to the endocronlogist for my thyroid update she informed me that the latest study done by the “whos who of bone Drs ” just finsinshed a study which showed that exercise didnt help with bone growth afterall unless you were wheelchair bound or a couch potatoe then you might see some difference. At this point I thought..dont you think for yourself? Doesnt that seem a little strange? Am currently looking for a new Dr.

  13. Abdulmageed Ahmed

    I’m making use of your valuable knowledge, I wish if I can join a course with you, I prefer it in English language.
    I’m Sudanese,capital Khartoum, I have PhD. in Education ,but I’ve experience in herbs for 20 years.
    Waiting for your response.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You sound like you have had a very complete education, Abdulmageed! I hope you’ll take a look at the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, and we’re glad to have you as part of the community. 🙂

  14. Abdulmageed Ahmed

    I believe strongly in cure by nature,I , Myself, do not go to doctor , I read in English and Arabic articles of herbs and acupressure. We in Sudan use Lupine and Fenugreek for healing bones.

  15. Laura

    I am interested in knowing if the following foods are acidic or alkaline. I purchased your program 6 years ago and I think maybe you have updated your foods list in the last few years.

    The foods I am asking about are:
    1. Soy Milk
    2. Hummus
    3. Green Tea
    4. Red wine

    • Customer Support

      Laura, please click on the smiley face icon at the top of the page, and drop us an e-mail at customer support. 🙂

  16. sandra

    i am interested in the exersise pill.
    where can you get it and what are the side effects?
    im on prolia injection over 3 months and it should be banned!
    im actully looking for something safe to take rather than have to get another injection injune

    • Suzy

      Hi, Sandra. I think Vivian’s point was that the new pill is just as dangerous as all the other drugs that are supposed to help with osteoporosis. I think she was saying that *nothing* is a better substitute for exercise. I’ve got her Densercise program, and it’s great. Just my opinion here… 🙂

    • maureenphelan

      why do you say prolia should be banned im on this treatment for 2years and would like to know why you say this

      • Suzy

        Hi, Maureen. You can search SaveOurBones site (search engine at top of page) to read what Vivian has found out about Prolia. Here is an excerpt from her comments on Prolia:

        These are the main side effects listed by Amgen:
        Low calcium levels
        Serious skin, lower abdomen, bladder, or ear infections
        Dermatitis, rash, or eczema
        Inflammation of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis) caused by an infection
        Severe jaw bone problems such as osteonecrosis of the jaw.
        And for dessert, Amgen serves up a cautionary statement: that “it is not known if the use of Prolia over a long period of time may cause slow healing of broken bones or unusual fractures.”

        As Vivian discusses elsewhere on her site, all of the drugs for osteo-whatever have MAJOR side effects, and many do just the opposite of what they’re said to do. I wouldn’t take any of those drugs, and agree they should be banned.

  17. Micky

    Hi Vivian, A drug to take instead of exercise!! What ever will they think of next. I agree with you that proper exercise has so may benefits that I for one would not touch the drug. I live in rural England and walking around the country lanes there is so much to see, the hedgerows with all the wild flowers, the horses, cows and sheep in the fields. Also you can walk with friends and chat as you walk along. I now swim 3 times a week and have met and made friends at the pool. You don’t get any of these pleasures from a tablet.
    Thank you for all the information you keep sending.

    Kind regards

    • Dianne Pilling

      I condone every word you have said Micky. A beautiful article Vivian, and well presented. Commonsense is all it needs to see how true it is to keep your body moving,and do what natures has intended for us to do. To enjoy life in our natural envivoment with everything nature offers us. Friends,envivoment,healthy bodies,happiness, rest. A well adjusted life with body and soul that a ” PILL” will not give ….HAPPY LIVING EVERYONE…

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Very true Micky! Benefits of exercise go far beyond the physical. 🙂

  18. Sandra

    I am 57 years old and I don’t have osteoporosis would it be ok for me to still do this exercise? thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Sandra, I always recommend that you talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program! That said, Densercise can help keep your bones healthy and strong, and strong, healthy bones don’t develop osteoporosis! 🙂

      • Shirley

        I’m 85 and still exercise tho not as strenously as when I was younger. I’ve followed Dencercise but lost it when when my former computer crashed. Now I follow Mike Ross’s Balance exercises and Exercises for the over 60 group. My daughter who lives nearby exercises with me. Follow Vivians advice. Enjoy lifw.

        • Carolyn Fettes

          Dear Vivian, I cannot thank you enough for your work and dedication. I have followed your program for over year. My BD results show a slight increase in BD in the hips. The spine has stayed pretty much the same with a slight decrease. What do you think about natural progesterone, made of wild yams. Dr. Glucks book shows that the cream boost bone density. Carolyn

Get Started With Your FREE
Natural Bone Building Kit.

Get a free copy of our ‘Stop The Bone Thieves’ eBook, exclusive content that you can’t find anywhere else, plus vital osteoporosis news and updates.

Get It Free

Get Your Free Bone-Building Kit


‘Stop The Bone Thieves’ guide, exclusive info, plus vital osteoporosis news and updates.