Save Our Bones Bulletin: Cosmetics And Blood Toxins; Prescription Drug Use On The Rise, Including Osteoporosis Drugs; Alendronate Tablets Recalled; And More! - Save Our Bones

This past month has seen some intriguing (and disturbing) new developments and revelations in the world of osteoporosis. From new research on toxins in cosmetics to an osteoporosis drug recall, it’s been an interesting month to say the least.

Today we’ll look at these issues and more, so let’s get right to it!

1. New Research Reveals Toxin Build-Up Greatly Reduced When Stopping Cosmetic Use

It’s becoming more and more known that cosmetics can contain toxic ingredients, and that these toxins can be persistent in the body. Just how persistent they can be was revealed when scientists at the University of California Berkeley conducted a study on how long these chemicals remain in the body. What they found was startling.

Relevant Excerpt:

“…personal care products, including makeup, perfume, hair products and sunscreen, are made with chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone, which have been shown to disrupt the body’s endocrince system… These disruptions can cause hormone imbalances and neurobehavorial problems, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, sought to study how long these chemicals remain in the body. Working with a local health clinic, they asked a group of 100 girls to stop using their personal care products for three days, Medical Daily reported. …

The team found that the product break led to a significant decrease in levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals. In urine samples taken before and after the trial, they observed a 45 percent decrease in propyl parabens (found in cosmetics), 44 percent decrease in methyl parabens (found in cosmetics), 36 percent drop in benzophenone-3 (found in sunscreen) and triclosan (found in antibacterial soaps), and a 27 percent drop in diethyl phthalate (found in perfume).”1

One of the researchers, Maritza Cardenas, said notably:

“Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that simple actions can be taken, such as choosing products with fewer chemicals, and make a difference.”1

This comment sums up the spirit of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program very well. It’s all about taking simple steps to make big changes for the better, and in the case of this study, the results of one small thing – giving up cosmetics – were extremely significant. For levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals to drop that much after just three days’ cessation should serve as a wake-up call not only for teen girls, but also for anyone wishing to reverse bone loss. That’s because these chemicals also damage your bones.

Not only are they acidifying; but they alter normal bone remodeling at a cellular level by disrupting communication between cells… including bone cells. Additionally, these synthetic substances cause significant stress on the body’s own detoxification process, taxing the kidneys and liver and setting the stage for imbalance, organ damage, and systemic acidosis.

Yet simple steps – eating more organic fruits and vegetables, for example, or switching from synthetic to natural cosmetics – can change the balance significantly in favor of your whole body, including your bone health.

2. Drug Overload: Women Overmedicated For Osteoporosis And Record-Breaking Numbers Of Americans Take Prescription Drugs

It’s an alarming and sad trend. The American obsession with prescription drugs is worsening, and researchers from the University of California, Davis Medical Center discovered how this trend is affecting women with osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Relevant Excerpt:

“The researchers set out to estimate the frequency of osteoporosis overtreatment in a regional health center by examining 6150 women’s electronic health records. All of the women were aged 40 to 85 years and received DXA testing. …

Over the 6-year observation period, the researchers learned that 1912 women (about 31%) received new osteoporosis drug treatment, but only 1 in 5 of the total population studied had 1 or more osteoporosis risk factors.

Around three-quarters of the 2016 women with main-site osteoporosis received new drug therapy, as well as almost half of those with non-main-site osteoporosis. Another 16% with isolated osteopenia but no osteoporosis received a prescription.

In other words, patients started to receive prescriptions for drugs even though their readings from various anatomic sites are not typically used for diagnosing osteoporosis.”2

This sad state of affairs is symptomatic of a larger problem. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, prescription drug spending has risen about eight percent since 2014, and is estimated to keep rising.

Relevant Excerpt:

“Spending on prescription drugs is projected to have risen to $457 billion in 2015 and will likely continue to grow as a percentage of overall healthcare spending, a U.S. government health agency said on Tuesday. …

The agency forecast that total drug spending will grow to $535 billion in 2018 and represent about 16.8 percent of all healthcare spending. The figures are based in part on National Health Expenditure Accounts estimates from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.”3

Considering the dangerous and even deadly nature of prescription drugs, this is disturbing news indeed. The typical protocol of Western medicine – test, diagnose, prescribe – has gotten out of control. Over-busy doctors simply don’t have time to keep up with the latest research or explore health conditions in depth, and they are not generally trained in nutrition or alternative treatments. So this dangerous trend continues.

And of course, the financial interests of Big Pharma play into this dynamic.

Thankfully, though, Savers know a better way, and are well aware that dependence on prescription drugs is not inevitable. You’re free to choose whether or not to take any drug, and to seek alternative methods of treatment.
Speaking of the dangerous nature of drugs…

3. Drug Manufacturer Sun Pharma Recalls Alendronate Tablets

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. sent out an urgent recall letter to its buyers last month, alerting them to excessive levels of an “unknown impurity” in their generic alendronate (Fosamax) tablets.

Relevant Excerpt:

“During the analysis of 3 month long term stability testing, it was noticed that observed levels of highest unknown impurity was exceeding specification limit.

These lots were distributed during September 2015 to November 2015.

Immediately examine your inventory and quarantine subject lots to this recall. Please stop distributing these lots immediately.”4

Aside from the drug’s intrinsic toxic nature, one of the most unsettling issues about this recall is the length of time these tainted pills may have been on the market. It’s impossible to say at this point how many and in what way individual lives were affected by these contaminated drugs, and we may never know.

Another disturbing point from the recall: Sun Pharma notes that levels of the “unknown impurity” exceeded a “specification limit.” That means that normally, certain specified amounts of this poison (and undoubtedly others) are allowed in the drug.

Of course, this is not the first recall in the realm of prescription drugs, and it’s not likely to be the last, because the bottom line is, these medications are toxic in nature. This is no secret to Savers and they are well aware that osteoporosis drugs are acidifying and ultimately damage bone.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program Offers An Alternative, Scientifically-Backed Approach

The Medical Establishment, caught up in the test-diagnose-prescribe cycle, will view your choice to avoid osteoporosis drugs as ignorance. But nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, just the opposite is true.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program is about empowerment through knowledge. The Program is backed by mainstream scientific studies and evidence-based data, and is the result of many years of research.

Giving up the prescription drug model and choosing alternative approaches for your bone health indicates not ignorance, but enlightenment. When you choose to take “the road less traveled” by following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you’re undertaking a safe, effective, scientifically-backed approach to healthier bones.

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The Program gives you the tools you need to avoid osteoporosis drugs, and to be proactive about rejuvenating your bones, reversing low bone density, and boosting your overall health. Talk about empowerment!

Till next time,


1 “Taking a break from traditional beauty products drops levels of harmful chemicals in body.” FoxNews Health. March 9, 2016. Web.

2 Lutz, Rachel. “Are Women Overtreated for Osteoporosis?” Pharmacy Times. January 28, 2016. Web.

3 “US health agency estimates 2015 prescription drug spend rose to $457B.” March 9, 2016. Fox News Health. Web.

4 Masters, Blynda B. “Urgent: Drug Recall: Alendronate Sodium Tablets USP, 70 mg.” Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd. February 11, 2016. PDF.

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  1. sylvia

    I’m 62 and suffered 80/90% bone loss in 2 bones in my spine, T 7 & 8. Now taking generic fosamax once a week. Can your program help me?

  2. sylvia

    Im currently taking generic fosamax but getting ready to start your program. Am I a good candidate for your program or am I too late. If so, would my 1st step be to stop the meds or start osteocleanse Help!

  3. Jan

    I live in Australia and have been buying mineral make-up products from an American Company called Alima Pure for 3 years.. this quote from their website.says….”We founded Alima based on the premise of minimal ingredients for maximum impact. A few simple, natural ingredients crafted in just the right way can give every woman the power to present her best self to the world with confidence”. I find my skin has improved since using these. A list of all the ingredients used in Alima Pure cosmetics.Their products are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles. They’re absolutely never tested on animals.

  4. Margaret Giri

    Dear Vivian!
    I’m 50 years old I had an accident fall in 02/02/2015 and also I had a menapouse when I was 45. I have a lots of problem with my health, also been diagnosed to have osteoperis bone densitometry 21/05/2015 AP Lumber Spine L2-l4 g/cm*2 0.799 T-SCORE young Adult -3.3
    Left Femoral Neck g/cm*2 0.754 and T-SCORE -1.5
    I was given a Actonel Zc 35 mg 07/06/2015 but I did not take long I only take 4 months, so I went to online and started doing research because I was in pain for 5 months and I found The saveourbones naturally and my husband Stephen Tugwell order the book in 31/01/2016. I opted to seek natural treatment and I went to retreatment learn about nutrition alkaline and being vegetarian I was struggled because really painful.
    In 19/04/2016 I went to Penang Adventist Hospital to check up my back and neck because pain comeback again. Test Dexa results for spine T-SCORE of -2.6 consistent with osteoperis.
    Test results for hip: the result is based on the lowest T-Score either for the neck or Total.
    Lowest T-Scote for the neck of -2.0 is consistent with osteopenia.
    Test result for forearm T-Score of -1.4 is consistent with osteopenia.
    Diagnosis: atlanto, axial osteoarthrosis.
    Please help me what I have to do I’m in pain at the moment doctor wants to give me Prolia syringe 60 mg/1 ml but I refused, I don’t have time to follow your book because I got pain, I also want to order DVDs for exercise, I look forward to hear your advise and receiving your email. I also still struggling with English language because my second language. I very appreciate for your help God will continue to bless you for your hard work to help other.
    Thank you so much Vivian.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You are doing the right thing by researching your choices, Margaret. The decision is yours as to whether or not you want to take osteoporosis drugs. Research, learn, and then decide. There’s a great community of Savers here where you’ll find lots of support!

  5. Brenda

    I switched to allnaturalcosmetics and it is a company out of Arizona.They sell different brands and list all ingredients. I order by phone and when I ask questions the lady is always very helpful and pleasant.

  6. Sandy

    Recently had a DEXA scan. Dr. said my bones are not thin but are brittle. He knows I won’t take Bisphosphates or any of the newer osteoporosis meds. I also suggested I might see an arthritis Dr.!
    I have been following your diet program for years and I do yoga and other exercises. . I also take Raw Calcium, Magnesium glycinate and Vit D. What is your advice re: brittle bones. I am 72, and otherwise healthy and pain free!
    thank you for any suggestions.

  7. Betty

    What cosmetics are natural as I want to switch ASAP. Thank you so much for all you very helpful information.

  8. Carolyn

    Hi Shal,

    I highly recommend Reflexology for your P.F.

  9. Shirley

    To those who think they are not improving fast enough: Don’t give up on the 80/20% PH balanxce of food. Be sure to take the supplements Vivian recommends. Have your doctor order a blood test to check for any lack of vitamins or minerals. I’m probably a bit older than most of you (88) so I needed extra it B12. I buy mine from my doctor: intrinsicB12-Folate. Its made to be more easily absorbed than some OTC B12. Because eaating Nightshade foods give me feelings of neuro-pathy. I fell hard on my knees a few times. Never broke a bone.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      That’s impressive, Shirley! No broken bones despite falls – your bones are clearly in excellent shape. 🙂 And thank you for sharing your age – you’re living proof that bones can be strong regardless of age.

  10. Babs Robertson

    Would a steroid injection in my wrist help or harm my bones due to the pain i suffer.

  11. Shal

    Please can you tell me exercises for Plantar
    Fasciitis. I have it in my left heel and is very painful when I walk and after sitting when I get up it hurts a lot. Is there any food suggestions/exercises. Please advise, thanks Vivian.

    • Liz

      To Shal:
      I got rid of Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot arch by drinking Lakewood organic pure tart cherry juice three times a day for three days. I found this remedy online. You can buy the juice in a grocery store.

    • Sharon Williams

      This was part of my PT and helped greatly. They are done sitting.
      1. Lay a glass Bottle on the floor. Roll your foot back and forth over the bottle.
      2. Lay a tea towel on the floor about 2′ from your chair. Grasp the edge of the towel with your toes and work it to you.

    • Deanna

      As a rolfer, see people with plantar fasciitis frequently. You might do calf stretches as the bottom of the foot is directly involved with the calf via Achilles’ tendon. Preferably go to and find a rolfer in your area and realign your entire body so weight is evenly distributed. Saves knees and hips from misalignment as well.

  12. Betty

    I ignored my bone density readings even when it got to severe levels. Now I suffer from multiple compression fractures and have had terrible pain. My Dr and others who know of my rejection of osteoporosis drugs will no doubt be thinking “I told you so”. I did my best with nutrition for the time I was following SOB program.

    • Josephine

      Betty..I’m sorry to hear this. I just started following this program but feel I am far too gone already. I am afraid to do the Prolia injections my dr wants me to do. What is your bone density score?.Mine is -3.70. It’s hard to know what to do.

  13. Linda

    Oh Brother! This is getting harder and harder! I adapted to no sweets and a change in diet but now I have to lose the makeup! There goes my pride!

  14. Kay

    Being urged to have Prolia shot. -3.9 Of the L-1, -3.5 overall in back. But, despite horrific numbers for this 59-yr-old birder, I’m fit, can carry lots of birding equipment easily and walk 4-5 miles 3-4 days a week. My question is: should I have the Prolia shot? Or keep doing it on my own? I don’t want to lose the abilities I have now! I’m leaning toward “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” So the numbers are bad, but I’m doing everything I love!

  15. Louise DiSclafani

    Thanks for your great newsletter and all that you do to keep women healthy. I developed allergies to a few of the common ingredients in cosmetics and commercial skin care. I had to switch to natural many years ago and stayed off make up as I can’t find anything that would make me feel comfortable to even try on my skin. I use Young Living essential oils and my skin is in great conditions and stay looking young. I do Tai Chi and Pilates with weights and am in good shape and do a number of your weekend challenge moves to keep my body in shape. I haven’t had my bone density checked recently but it was at the level of a woman 20years younger when I did it. I assume it’s still good with my healthy diet and exercise program. Thanks again…

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for that inspiring note, Louise! Keep up the great work.

  16. Mary Ellen flood

    Hi Vivian,
    Are you going to be at the Palm Beach convention center on April 16 and 17 for the Newlife Expo
    Appreciate your emails and expertise – follow your bone book
    Thank you
    Mary Ellen

  17. Chris madden

    Thank U for your great newsletter! Very very helpful. I have been urged by three doctors – endocrinologist and gynecologist at three leading hospitals to take Fosamax in liquid form,!
    I have resisted so far and I am exercising and eating properly – I hope – through your wonderful newsletter to stay off these drugs!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hang in there, Chris! Remember, it’s your health and your body. Your doctor doesn’t have to deal with any unpleasant side effects if they occur; you do.

  18. Linda

    Sorry that was breast cancer. Not ready cancer my spell check seems to know how to spell better than I .

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I encourage you to learn all you can about Prolia, Linda, and about alternatives. Research, learn, and then decide. You will find a lot of solid information on this site, and links to other sources. I wish you a successful resolution, and please continue to read and comment!

  19. Linda

    Hi, I had ready cancer and I take a hormone suppressant drug . My dexa scan showed osteopena almost osteoporosis. Is there anything I can do besides prolia ??? My doctor seems insistant

  20. Hester

    Excellent article on cosmetics. Thanks for saving our bones.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thank you for your kind words, Hester, but *you* are the one who saves your bones by making healthful choices! 🙂

  21. Ruby

    I had reclast infusion nov2015eye problems,tooth problems,sinus problems. Since,could problems be from reclast,used generic form ?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Ruby,

      You’ll find a lot of information on Reclast here – below is a link to the search results for “Reclast” to help you get started on your research, as you explore side effects and so forth:

  22. Sharon Vander Zyl

    Do you have a list of safe cosmetics/soaps/perfumes?

    • June

      I have found Gabriel cosmetics to be as natural as they come. They have skin cleansers and creams as well as cosmetics. You can look it up on the web here

    • Kathleen

      You can look up most cosmetics and personal care products on the EWG website under skin deep.

    • Mary

      You can check Environmental Working Group ( to check their database on cosmetic toxicity. Each item tested is given a score. Personally, I won’t use any product with a grade higher than 1. They test household products as well.

  23. nancy

    Hello I was reading about the recall on bone medications, yes I was on this brand and many others and now on I’m taking injections, so is there something I can do to get more information about this awful news about recall, and what can I do. thank you so much.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for stopping by, Nancy. You may not know it yet, but you’re already answering your question about what you can do. 🙂 The first step is to research and learn as much as you can about prescription drugs and the various alternatives. I encourage you to keep perusing this site, and don’t be afraid to take your own health into your hands and make your own decisions about treatment!

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