Save Our Bones Bulletin: Sobering News About Americans’ Musculoskeletal Disorders And Lifestyles, Our Exciting Announcement On Osteoporosis Awareness Month, And Much More! - Save Our Bones

Welcome to the Save Our Bones Bulletin, where you can find the latest news pertaining to osteoporosis from around the world. Today’s topics include the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions among Americans, and the shocking – although not unrelated – fact that a tiny minority of Americans actually leads a healthy lifestyle.

But here at Save Our Bones, we’re working hard to change these bleak facts. This month, we have a very special announcement about our latest step to bring you bone health-saving information. I know this will thrill Savers the world over!

A drug-free, evidence-based, natural approach to osteoporosis and overall health is needed now more than ever, as you’ll soon see…

1. More Than Half Of All Americans Have A Musculoskeletal Condition

This sobering news comes to us via the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, whose just-published report reveals the sad state of Americans’ bones.

Relevant Excerpt:

“According to the report, the most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders are arthritis and related conditions; back and neck pain; injuries from falls, work, military service and sports; and osteoporosis…

…In terms of osteoporosis, according to the report it affects 10 million Americans with 19 million more (mostly women) at risk for the disease; and that one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture, and 20% of hip fracture patients over age 50 will die within 1 year of their injury.”1

A musculoskeletal condition is broadly defined as an injury or disorder that affects the musculoskeletal system, which includes the tendons, nerves, blood vessels, muscles, bones, ligaments, and so forth.

Sadly, more than half of all Americans have something amiss with one or more aspects of these biological systems. Such conditions are so prominent that the Medical Establishment seems to view them as a normal aspect of aging, or just part of life.

What most Americans fail to realize is that these musculoskeletal conditions are not normal in any sense of the word. They are, in fact, the body’s way of “speaking up” about the state of imbalance that’s going on inside. And that imbalance is generally brought about by an unhealthy lifestyle that revolves around a very acidic diet.

This is why a pH-balanced diet brings healing to the musculoskeletal system – such a diet decreases the amount of acidifying foods and increases alkalizing foods. This allows the body to heal and recover, so these “diseases” of the musculoskeletal system simply disappear.

Unfortunately, though, the majority is not yet aware of this simple, nutritional balancing act. In fact, an appalling percentage of Americans do not make healthful lifestyle choices at all, as we’ll see in this next headline.

2. Fewer Than 3% Of Americans Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

When researchers looked at the data from a U.S. National Health and Nutrition Survey that included more than 4,700 people, they found a startling (and unhealthy) trend.

Relevant Excerpt:

“The researchers assessed how many people followed four general ‘principles of healthy living’ — a good diet, moderate exercise, not smoking and keeping body fat under control.

‘The behavior standards we were measuring for were pretty reasonable, not super high. We weren’t looking for marathon runners,’ said study senior author Ellen Smit, an associate professor at the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences, in Corvallis.

In fact, the standards used in the study are typical of lifestyle advice given by doctors to their patients, Smit’s team said. People who adhere to those four behaviors can help reduce their risk of many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Unfortunately, less than 3 percent of the adults in the study achieved all four of the healthy living measures, the researchers found.”2

While Americans get a failing grade in all four of the “general principles of healthy living” touted by the medical community, two of these principles – moderate exercise and keeping body fat under control – are closely related. Both of these are tied in with regular exercise, and so is your bone health.

It’s no coincidence that musculoskeletal disorders and a severe lack of healthy lifestyle choices are both prominent issues in this country. Each one plays into the other, with lack of exercise contributing to painful bone, tendon, and joint conditions, which then undermine the motivation to exercise.

Breaking this cycle is crucial for a happy, healthy life, complete with strong bones. And that brings me to an important announcement.

3. May Is Osteoporosis Awareness And Prevention Month

Raising awareness about natural, scientifically-backed treatment alternatives is key to unlocking optimal health. That’s why here at Save Our Bones, we’re absolutely committed to getting the word out to as many people as possible. And that’s the motivation behind our latest development, which I announced in an e-mail to the community last week.

In case you missed that e-mail, I want to share this exciting news once again so that as many Savers as possible are aware of the latest news at Save Our Bones.

If you haven't already, please take a moment and watch the video below where I explain more about the Save Institute:

As I say in the video:

“Save Our Bones is just one part of a larger mission – and that is to become a vital and powerful force in the journey towards evidence-based natural health and wellness. And for that reason, Save Our Bones is now part of the Save Institute.”

What this means is that Save Our Bones is part of a larger initiative, which is to promote evidence-based, natural wellness to a greater number of people around the world. The development of the Save Institute opens the opportunity to address many urgent health concerns beyond osteoporosis.

Does This Mean No More Save Our Bones?

Absolutely not! As I assured the community in last week’s e-mail:

“We’ll continue to bring you the latest scientific information on natural bone health, including up-to-date news reports on the latest osteoporosis and osteopenia research – it’s just now part of the Save Institute.”

While you’ll see some changes to the Save Our Bones site, such as an updated home page with the Save Institute logo and a more efficient navigation menu to make it easier to find information on bone-health topics you’re looking for, this does not mean that Save Our Bones is going anywhere.

Raising awareness about natural ways to reverse and prevent osteoporosis is still one of our top missions, which is why we’re tying this announcement in with Osteoporosis Awareness And Prevention Month.

What Exactly Is The Save Institute?

Here’s an introduction to the Save Institute, as shown in the video:

“The Save Institute is grounded in providing natural evidence-based solutions that anyone can understand and implement to help you reverse and prevent illness, look and feel great, and live pain free so that your health won’t get in your way of living an amazing life.

‘Save’ stands for Science, Autonomy, Value and Ethics, and those are the four principles we promise adhere to at the Institute. As a Saver, you know that we never make unsubstantiated health claims – everything is evidence-based and backed by sources you can cross reference yourself.”

At the Save Institute, we believe in empowerment through knowledge. One of our primary goals is to equip you with the information you need to make your own health decisions, and part of that information is presenting references that you can peruse on your own.

In other words, we never want you to just take our word for it. We want you to be empowered to seek out information, research, and make informed decisions that you’re not afraid to share with your doctor.

Introducing Our New Advisory Panel

To augment this mission, we have a very exciting addition to the Save Our Bones site: the brand-new Save Institute Advisory Panel.

As explained in the video:

“Several prestigious physicians, doctors, and researches have joined our Advisory Panel, contributing their expertise and experience to help shape the future of the Save Institute.”

If you haven’t yet, you can check it out our Advisory Panel here.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about all of this and stay tuned because you'll be hearing a lot more about the Save Institute in the coming months and I can’t wait to share with you what the future holds.

Allow me to say once more that:

“I welcome you to the Save Institute and I'm honored that we can be fellow travelers on this journey towards evidence-based natural health and wellness!”

Till next time,


1 “One in Two Americans Have a Musculoskeletal Condition, Report Suggests.” Physical Therapy Products. March 3, 2016. Web. April 26, 2016.
2 Preidt, Robert. “Less Than 3 Percent of Americans Live a Healthy Lifestyle.” U.S. News. March 23, 2016. Web. April 25, 2016.

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  1. Dorothy Neal

    I have taken Fosamax for 16 years.An oral surgeon and affordable dentures will not accept me. It’s because of history taking Fosamax! I want dental implants but I’m told they won’t do it! I have teeth that are all mobile and with much decay Does anyone know what to do? My left jaw bone is cracking and feels like it would not take much force to break! I have a lower partial which has never fit.Honestly, I have gone thru agony! BAD DRUG!!!!!


    Dear Vivian please I would like to continue receiving your weekly e-mails; it’s been a long time that I don’t get your e-mails anymore; I find them very interesting.

  3. Pam Arroyo

    Vivian, it is great to see someone like you so concerned with the health and lives of others! You are truly appreciated by all of us!

  4. Sharon White

    I look forward to the Save Institute as I don’t believe in taking all these meds that Drs. offer. My Dr. told me that ” You are a very opinionated Lady”. Don’t know if he met that in a bad way or not. God Bless you and all the work that you do. You have been so helpful. Thanks again.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I think it’s great that you are “opinionated,” Sharon! Stick to your beliefs. 🙂

  5. joy markman

    Thank you for all you are doing Vivian – I look forward to the Save Institute, because, basically I believe in not taking drugs if possible – I have tried a few times to come off my anti-depressants – last time I came off them, it took me a year, but at the same time I was taking saffron (Felix), but I read on The Research clinic of Maryland, that you must not take Felix for too long, so I stopped taking it altogether & also finished with my Cymbalta, & then a few months later I had one of my relapses & could not cope, so I have now gone back on cymbalta. It would be much appreciated if you could talk my case over with your team at the Save Institute. Thanks Vivian

  6. Helen

    Regarding Marty’s advice (28 April) on taking magnesium supplement, people need to be aware that large doses of magnesium may cause undesirable loose and frequent bowel motions!

  7. Helen

    In reply to Marty’s contribution regarding taking large doses of magnesium supplements – be aware that taking excess magnesium can cause excessive wind, and loose and frequent bowel movements, and this certainly is not healthy nor convenient!

  8. Abigail

    Hi Vivian, thank you again, for being who you are, and for all the help, information and sound advice you give us from day to day. I welcome your change, which I know will be so much more added information, and help, and thank you to you, and to our new helpful friends, the doctors. God bless you all, and this blessed work that you are heading.

  9. Tina

    Is Trueosteo a good one ? do I need more magnesium than what is in already in ?

    What are the best nuts,Wall nuts or pecons ?

    Thank you for all the good work you do for us.

  10. shula

    Thanks for updating us regarding SAVE. I personally liked the fact that so far it focused on bones only; I guess now we’ll have various categories to look at. All Best to you, Vivian, the founder, and to the joining doctors.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You are welcome, Shula! Stay tuned. 🙂

    • Linda

      I also prefer SAVE to Save, since it is an acronym.

  11. Shirley

    Recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. Trying to look for other options besides medications my doctor has recommended. After reading up on medications decided to explore other options.

  12. PK

    Can you give us an update on your own bone health and how it has improved since you changed your diet/exercise etc?
    Thanks so much

  13. Ita

    Thank you, Ita.

  14. Orpha

    Hi Vivian, just want to thank you for all the wisdom you have shared with us regarding bone loss. I too was told I had osteoporosis of spine osteopenia of hip. I was terrified cause my ob/gyn started telling me I would need daily shots of forteo. I went home and started crying. I prayed and asked God to help me. I was 52 at the time. I’m now 56. I only took 1 infusion of reclast. NEVER AGAIN!! ?? it was horrible that night. I felt as if my eye balls were going to explode our Of their sockets, so much muscle aches and fever. It was HORRIBLE.

    God showed me a scripture in the bible that read, “A merry heart is good like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones” I wrote it down and put it on my refrigerator. I had to let go of a lot of hurts, pains and un forgiveness that I carried in my whole body, mind soul and heart. Well I did Praise God!! I felt awesome just by doing that.

    Then I researched and found you. Between God and him putting you to help me it’s been Great! I am making progress and am feeling great. Before I was always sick with sour stomachs and acid reflux. My body was making too much acid in me. Drs never discussed with me about oh levels and balancing out the foods we eat.

    Now with your awesome book I’m balancing out my Ph and it’s working. Lots of veges and fruits and water . I had to pass this on to my adult children and friends at church and relatives. It’s amazing to know that people parish for lack of knowledge. It’s all about not freaking out when Drs give you bad news BUT do something and get some material that can reverse the issue. Always try to be Proactive and help others in your shoes. It’s important. Love you all and May God richly bless you.

    • Abigail

      Hi Orpha, I felt so happy, that you have received God’s Word of promise, and have placed it on your Fridge, and your praises to God. Thank you for sharing your wonderful and encouraging testimony. I know for certain that God is delighted with your sharing. We also are blessed with such a wonderful person and friend as Vivian. God’s blessings will continue to follow her and her family.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      How beautiful, Orpha! Thank you for sharing this part of your health journey. It is so encouraging!

  15. Jerri michaels

    I enjoy exercise classes and I would like more information on exercises that are more harmful than helpful .
    I want to do more than the densercise but don’t want to damage my back.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Jerri,

      Whether or not an exercise is harmful or helpful has much to do with the individual’s fitness level and state of health. It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor or physical therapist if you have any doubt about whether an exercise will cause harm or not.

  16. Patty Herrmann

    Hello Vivian,
    Thank you for this enlightenment and help. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in March and told I have 5 fractures in my back (that’s what has been the reason for my pain). My doctor immediately wanted to put me on a drug after discussing them with me. After researching these drugs, my husband and I said “No.” Some of the side effects are a fib, esophagus cancer, necrotic jaw bone, etc. He told me that I have a 1 in 2 chance of more fractures. Well, I found you and I have started reading the information in Save The Bones, started changing my diet, and am exercising…..thank you Vivian. I am enjoying Densercise with caution of course as I can’t do some of the exercises with the fractures. The recipes are delicious. No drugs for me.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am so glad you came by this information when you did, Patty. 🙂 Welcome!

  17. Vivian Lokay

    Which calcium is better, Carbonate or Citrate? How much Vit. D do we need?

    Thank you,

    • Nancy MacDonald

      Vivian: You never seem to talk about “Genes”. I cannot fight my family genes. High blood pressure (later years) from every member of my mother’s family and heart problems (later years) from every member of my father’s family. I am 84, work seven days a week in my family’s business, walking the long 40 foot halls all day and climbing stairs both at work and home constantly. I am 5’3″, not ever an ounce of fat (always excellent cholesterol) and have always been teased about healthy eating. But still have osteoporisis. Doctors insist I should take fosamax (horrible heartburn, took weeks to correct) or shots but have refused them all. Answer if you can. Nancy

    • Marty

      Calcium carbonate is very poorly absorbed. Many fancy sounding calcium supplements are nothing but calcium carbonate so beware. Calcium citrate is clinically shown to absorb much better. If you decide to take calcium, do not take it at the same time as iron supplements since they bind together and pass through unused. Also, you must take AT LEAST half as much magnesium (citrate) as calcium. Sometimes it is better to take more magnesium than calcium. You need to do a lot of research on this. How much vitamin D depends on your age, where you live, and if you get out in sunshine regularly. If you are middle aged, mostly indoors or live in the north, you probably need something like 5000 IUs of Vitamin D (or more) daily. However, it is an easy blood test and your doctor can tell you how much you need.

  18. Ghassan Mahir

    Dear Vivian
    Thanks always for the wonderful work you are doing to educate and help people take control of their health conditions.
    In the above bulletin, you give date on the American people whene such lifestyle and health problems are common in the whole western world AND all countries where the similar lifestyle has long been adopted (including the Middle East where I originall come from, I’ve been living in the UK since 1985). I think that it will be more appealing to a wider audience if you include statistics from Europe and elsewhere if possible.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thank you, Ghassan. It is certainly true that unhealthy lifestyles are becoming a worldwide problem.

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