It’s time once again for the Save Our Bones Bulletin, a monthly post that keeps you up to date on the very latest osteoporosis news.
September has seen some fascinating developments in several key areas relevant to osteoporosis: according to a brand-new study, the use of bone-damaging antidepressant drugs is on the rise (you’ll be shocked to learn why this is happening).
Equally shocking is the latest news about the popular bisphosphonate Alendronate (Fosamax) and its role in the increasing numbers of Clostridium difficile infections.
And last but not least, a major study on the cardiovascular benefits of an increasingly popular low-dairy diet, which is highly compatible with the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, seems to be convincing some doctors that nutrition can be more powerful than prescription drugs.
So let’s get started!
Shocking Study Shows Doctors Over-Prescribe Antidepressants
Sadly, the last 20 years have seen a steady increase in the use of prescription antidepressants in North America alone. A recent Canadian study reveals the reason, and it’s not simply because more people are depressed.
“Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report.
Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian study found.
Doctors also issued antidepressants to treat anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, panic disorders, fibromyalgia, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and a host of other ‘off-label’ conditions for which the drugs are not approved, according to the report.
Two out of every three non-depression prescriptions for antidepressants were handed out under an off-label purpose, the findings showed.”1
Researchers analyzed the data collected between January 2006 and September 2015. During that time period, participating physicians reported at least one treatment indication for every prescription they wrote. Out of 101,759 antidepressant prescriptions, only a little more than half were written for actual depression. The others were prescribed for the various conditions noted above.
This is a very revealing slice of the Medical Establishment pie. It shows the methodology employed by most mainstream doctors, which is to prescribe a drug as a first response. In fact, the approach in over-prescribing antidepressants is not unlike the way doctors over-prescribe osteoporosis drugs: they prescribe these drugs when scan results indicate osteopenia. Despite the fact that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to indicate that osteoporosis necessarily follows osteopenia, with few exceptions, the same drugs are readily prescribed for both conditions.
Savers most likely know that antidepressants actually double the risk of fracture, so the more widespread their use, the greater the risk of fracture in the overall population.
The good news is that you can beat depression and actually build bone at the same time. From eating specific foods to getting regular exercise, there are plenty of ways to overcome depression naturally, without dangerous, bone-damaging drugs.
2. Alendronate (Fosamax) Increases Risk Of Dangerous Intestinal Infection (Clostridium difficile)
Infections by the bacterium C. difficile are not only uncomfortable and unpleasant; they are dangerous. Typically such infections arise from antibiotic use, since these drugs upset the intestinal flora to such a degree that C. difficile gets the upper hand. But antibiotics are not the only drug that raises the risk of contracting this debilitating infection.
According to a just-published quantitative analysis, the popular bisphosphonate Alendronate (Fosamax) is associated with higher rates of C. difficile infection, particularly in women over the age of forty.
“Studies have shown associations between Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and non-antimicrobial medications including proton pump inhibitors, osteoporosis medications, and antidepressants. … We performed a disproportionality analysis evaluating the proportion of reports with bisphosphonates and CDI compared with other adverse drug reactions in the database. …Alendronate (Fosamax) was the only drug with a significant signal using all four calculation methods.”2
The scientists found this information so compelling that they concluded their study with a call for further research. They know they are onto something. After all, this is not the first time that Fosamax has been associated with tenacious, difficult-to-eradicate infections.
As explained in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, this popular bisphosphonate is also implicated in osteonecrosis of the jaw, which involves the actual death of bone and soft tissue in the jaw. The connection between Alendronate and infection is so unmistakable that dentists deny dental work on patients who are taking bisphosphonates.
3. Bone-Smart Mediterranean Diet Beats Statins And Reduces Hip Fracture Risk
Despite Big Pharma’s never-ending barrage of the “latest, greatest” drugs, slowly but surely, healthcare professionals and scientists recognize the importance of nutrition in maintaining and improving health. The Mediterranean diet, which shares many similarities with the Save Our Bones nutritional plan, shines forth as extremely healthful for all body systems.
“A Mediterranean diet could be better than statins at reducing the risk of an early death for millions of Britons, research suggests.
Leading heart experts said patients should be prescribed the diet – rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil – before being put on drugs.
In the first major study to look at the impact of the Med diet on survival of heart patients, experts found it cut the chances of early death by 37 per cent. …
Experts hailed the new findings, presented at the world's biggest heart conference in Rome, Italy, as ‘extraordinary’, showing that the diet was ‘more powerful than any drug’. …
Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London cardiologist, said: ‘The results of this robust observational study are quite extraordinary.
‘The Mediterranean diet is more powerful than any drug at reducing death rates in patients with cardiovascular disease.’”3
For doctors to admit freely that nutrition is superior to drugs is nothing short of remarkable, and I hope it is a trend that spreads throughout the world! After all, statins are very commonly prescribed (once again, when blood work results show high cholesterol, doctors immediately reach for the prescription pad). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if doctors “prescribed” a healthful diet first? This would be so much better for bone health and overall health, especially considering the bone-damaging effects of statins.
Mediterranean Diet Reduces Hip Fractures And Bone Loss
Recent research has revealed that a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of hip fracture in women, who began the 16-year study between the ages of 50 and 79. The study concludes that:
“Higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk for hip fractures. These results support that a healthy dietary pattern may play a role in maintaining bone health in postmenopausal women.”4
It is relevant to note here that the Mediterranean diet promotes mostly alkalizing fermented dairy products rather than milk.
Another study shows the age-defying effects of a Mediterranean diet, along with a reduced rate of bone loss among participants with osteoporosis:
“Mediterranean style diet, tested in the project, significantly decreased the levels of the protein known as C-reactive protein, one of the main inflammatory marker linked with the ageing process. Another positive effect of this diet was that the rate of bone loss in people with osteoporosis was reduced.”5
Of course, this is not a new concept to Savers. From the get-go, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program has advocated a nutritional approach to managing and reversing bone loss. And the benefits of the Program’s pH-balanced diet extend to all areas of health, just like the Mediterranean diet.
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Till next time,
1 Thompson, Dennis. “Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More.” Philly.com. May 24, 2016. Web. September 27, 2016. http://www.philly.com/philly/health/topics/HealthDay711263_20160524_Antidepressants_Not_Just_for_Depression_Any_More.html
2 McConeghy, Kevin W., Soriano, Melinda M., and Danziger, Larry H. “A Quantitative Analysis of FDA Adverse Event Reports with Oral Bisphosphonates and Clostridium difficile.” Pharmacotherapy. April 2016. Web. September 27, 2016. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/phar.1832/abstract
3 Donnelly, Laura. “Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests.” The Telegraph. August 28, 2016. Web. September 27, 2016. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/28/eating-a-mediterranean-diet-is-better-for-the-heart-than-taking/
4 Haring, Bernhard, MD, MPH, et al. “Dietary Patterns and Fractures in Postmenopausal Women: Results From the Women’s Health Initiative.” JAMA Intern Med.176. 5. (2016): 645-652. Web. September 27, 2016. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2504188
5 European Food Information Council. “Mediterranean style diet might slow down aging, reduce bone loss.” Science Daily. May 3, 2016. Web. September 27, 2016. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160503072603.htm