It’s time for another Save Our Bones Bulletin. This time, I bring you unbelievable news about tap water safety, injectable bone “cement,” and the latest research on a protein called NELL-1 and how it influences bone remodeling.
Yes, it’s been an interesting month, so let’s get started with the latest osteoporosis news.
1. Still Think Your Tap Water Is Safe? Think Again: Officials Deny Lead Contamination Of Municipal Water Supply
If you’re still drinking tap water, think again, because this story clearly proves that besides the toxic chemicals purposely added to it, we can’t trust its quality. High ranking city officials were caught lying about their city’s water lead contamination. Even when an unusually high number of children in Flint, Michigan tested positive for excessive lead in their systems, the truth was the last thing on officials’ minds.
“Michigan state officials insisted that the water supply in Flint was safe even though they knew an unusual number of children had suffered lead poisoning, according to a scientist who helped blow the whistle on Flint's water crisis.
Through a public records request, Marc Edwards, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, uncovered a July 2015 memo warning of elevated lead levels in Flint kids’ blood. …
Edwards led a team that conducted its own analysis of Flint's water, reporting high lead levels in early September of this year. …
The government continued to insist that the water was safe until a Flint pediatrician with the Hurley Medical Center reported later in September that the water change corresponded with a significant spike in lead poisoning among city children.
However, the memo obtained by Edwards suggests the state knew about the lead poisoning weeks earlier, yet continued to say the water was okay.”1
Lead’s harmful effects are well known. Yet the cover-up still happened and would have been effective if not for the investigative efforts of one scientist. If this is the case with lead, imagine how silent the Establishment must be regarding fluoride. For example, we don’t know how well they’re able to control the levels of its ‘supplementation’.
And in the case of fluoride, the Establishment can take a different road of deception: they can simply keep telling people it’s perfectly safe (and healthy!)…except it isn’t.
If you’re one of our regular readers, you know how dangerous and toxic fluoride ingestion can be, particularly for bone health. With water being vital for survival, it’s more important than ever to find safe sources of pure, fluoride-free water.
Savers following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program know that distilled water with a few drops of lemon juice is recommended for optimal bone health (contrary to rumor, distilled water does not leach minerals from bone).
In contrast, a vast number of studies have shown that ingesting fluoride increases fracture risk – the studies are so numerous that it’s impossible to cite all of them individually here.2 But the evidence is clear: fluoride is not meant to be ingested, period. And if government officials are lying about lead, you should be very skeptical of their claims about fluoride safety.
2. The Future Is Now: Injectable Bone Cement
Back in 2009, I predicted a fanciful, futuristic osteoporosis treatment that involved injecting cement directly into bone. It turns out that this concept isn’t so fanciful.
French researchers have now developed a foaming agent that can be injected directly into bone.
“Researchers in France have developed a special kind of injectable foam that could be a significant help in repairing bones damaged by degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis. …
The new CPC mixture is macroporous rather than microporous – the larger holes make it better at reinforcing mature bone and reinforcing it in a faster time. As it can be applied via a syringe, it means minimal discomfort for the patient, and none of the inconvenience or risk associated with a larger operation. …
The magic ingredient turned out to be a special hydrogel that acted as a foaming agent and created air bubbles within the original mixture. When the hydrogel was mixed quickly with the base CPC, the new foam was the result, and it could be particularly useful for repairing the flexible and spongy tissue that typically degenerates in the bodies of osteoporosis sufferers.”3
The development of this substance almost sounds like an accident. Regardless of how it was discovered, I can assure you that I would never consent to such a procedure, especially not for a condition like osteoporosis. I can only imagine how such a substance would disrupt normal bone remodeling, and there is the potential for the cement to leach into the bloodstream, joints, and elsewhere.
It just doesn’t make any sense to inject a synthetic material directly into bone for a “non-disease” like osteoporosis when natural, nutrition-based options exist to build bone safely and effectively.
3. Discovery Of NELL-1 Protein Will Likely Lead To Yet Another Osteoporosis Drug
NELL-1 is an osteoinductive protein – more correctly, it’s a protein coding gene whose expression promotes bone regeneration.
“To investigate the use of NELL-1 in bone formation, the researchers started by exposing adult stem cells that have the ability to create the bone-building osteoblasts, known as mesenchymal stem cells, to NELL-1 in the laboratory. The team found that mesenchymal stem cells exposed to NELL-1 in the laboratory created osteoblasts that were much more effective at building bone.
Next, the researchers administered NELL-1 intravenously in animal models and for the first time showed that NELL-1 could have this same effect on mesenchymal stem cells within the body. Furthermore, the team found that NELL-1 reduces the ability of osteoclasts to resorb bone. The study showed that this dual effect on both cell types significantly increased bone density.
‘Our findings are exciting because they have big implications for possible clinical application in the coming years,’ said the study’s first author, Dr. Aaron James, chief resident in anatomic pathology in the David Geffen School of Medicine.”4
It’s inevitable – the path taken by mainstream science leads to the development of a new drug or “clinical treatment.” It’s too bad that the researchers didn’t look further into NELL-1 and what triggers its expression or suppression, and what lifestyle factors might influence its levels and disrupt the delicate balance between bone loss and bone gain.
However one of the study’s senior co-authors, Dr. Chia Soo, did mention something regarding the balance between osteoblasts and osteoclasts:
“For the millions of people living with osteopenia and osteoporosis, and others with bone loss, the function of these cells is out of balance.”
I do agree that osteoporosis is caused by an imbalance. But I don’t agree with the mainstream approach of “correcting” an imbalance without addressing the cause. Such tinkering is a recipe for disaster, yet it’s the basis for so many osteoporosis drugs and treatments.
For example, what other roles does NELL-1 play in the body? How will injecting it upset those other processes? Like the bone cement, it just doesn’t make any sense to introduce foreign substances into bone, especially when there is a better way.
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program does not advocate taking osteoporosis drugs of any kind. Instead, the Program is based on the premise that your body can balance itself when given what it needs – pH-balanced nutrition, regular exercise, easy lifestyle modifications and a positive outlook.
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Till next time,
1 Delaney, Arthur. “Michigan Ignored ‘Conclusive Evidence’ Of Flint Lead Poisoning, Researcher Says.” The Huffington Post. December 22, 2015. Web. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/flint-michigan-water-lead_us_56784055e4b0b958f657595c
3 Nield, David. “This new injectable foam can repair and regrow degenerating bones.” Science Alert. “December 24, 2015. Web. https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-developed-an-injectable-foam-to-repair-degenerating-bones
4 Vogt-James, Mirabal. “UCLA study reveals bone-building protein’s impact on bone stem cells.” UCLE Newsroom. June 29, 2015. Web. https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/ucla-study-reveals-bone-building-proteins-impact-on-bone-stem-cells