Today I am excited to bring you another Save Our Bones Bulletin. There have been some amazing developments on the osteoporosis front lately.
A brand new study shows that drinking milk not only fails to prevent fractures, it is also linked to early death.
A genetically-modified potato has just been approved in the United States, yet surprisingly, a major fast food chain refuses to get on board.
And last but not least, the Medical Establishment is trying hard to tweak a popular osteoporosis drug to make it “better” – but there’s no way around the fact that these drugs are still very dangerous.
All this is really interesting, so let’s get started!
1. Cow’s Milk Linked To Early Death
This study published in the BMJ, which went viral shortly after publication, links drinking milk to increased fracture risk and early death, and is considered “shocking.” But it’s not shocking to Savers, who are well aware that cow’s milk is simply not good for your bones.
“…research suggests that [milk] does little to strengthen bones and can double the risk of an early death.
A study that tracked 61,000 women and 45,000 men for 20 years found there was no reduction in broken bones for those who consumed the most milk.
For women it was associated with an increased chance of suffering a fracture.
Those who drank three glasses or more a day (680ml) were twice as likely to die early than those who consumed less than one.” 1
The scientists blame milk’s inflammatory sugars, galactose and lactose, which lead to inflammation and oxidative stress, contributing to premature aging of the bone and increased fracture risk. This inflammatory, age-accelerating effect could also explain the early deaths associated with milk consumption.
This news shocked the mainstream, who has long held to the antiquated recommendation to drink milk for strong bones and good health. In fact, the researchers themselves seemed shocked by the findings of their study, and recommend “a cautious interpretation of the results”2 in their conclusion.
Yet the study spanned three countries, 20 years, and included 61,433 women and 45,339 men. That sounds pretty comprehensive!
In Chapter 6 of the Program, I note a Harvard study that claims “the recommendation of dairy products ‘ignores the lack of evidence for a link between consumption of dairy products and prevention of osteoporosis.’”
Chapter 6 also outlines several sobering statistics, such as this one:
“Women who drink two or more glasses of milk per day increase their risk of fractures compared with women who drink less than one glass per week.”
You’ll notice that for the just-published study, researchers did not investigate fermented dairy products such as yogurt. They address the reason for this omission in the study’s introduction, noting that fermented dairy products like yogurt have “a less pronounced induction of oxidative stress and inflammation in humans…because of their lower or non-existent lactose and galactose content, possible probiotic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and effects on gut microbiota.”
They go on to note that,
“…a high intake of fermented milk products has been associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, whereas a high milk intake is related to a tendency of an unfavourable risk profile for the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.” 2
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program advocates the modest consumption of fermented dairy products as alkalizing and good for bones.
Once again, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is well ahead of the curve. When you practice the principles outlined in the Program, you can rest assured that the information is cutting-edge.
2. GMO Potato Approved In The US
Not too long ago, I warned the community not only about the dangers of GMO foods, but I also predicted the next food to be genetically modified: the potato. My prediction has now come true.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting in the United States in more than a decade, a move likely to draw the ire of groups opposed to artificial manipulation of foods.
The so-called Innate potato, developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, is engineered to contain less of a suspected human carcinogen that occurs when a conventional potato is fried, and is also less prone to bruising during transport.” 3
These designer potatoes also have less sugar than conventional ones, making them less prone to browning after being peeled and chopped.
Nonetheless, I do not trust any food that has been artificially modified. So I am making another prediction: we will hear bad news about these Innate potatoes in the future, just as we heard the frightening news about GMO corn causing internal organ damage.
It turns out that restaurant giant McDonald’s doesn’t trust the Innate potato, either:
“McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food company and a longtime buyer of Simplot potatoes for french fries, says it doesn’t plan to buy Simplot's latest genetically modified organism, the Innate potato.” 4
I never thought I’d endorse anything a fast food chain does as “healthy,” but I have to agree with McDonald’s on this one!
3. Osteoporosis Drug Zoledronic Acid Now Delivered Directly To Bone via Nanoparticles
Scientists have developed a new form of the bisphosphonate zoledronic acid (Reclast). They introduced nano-sized particles of synthetic hydroxyapatite (the collagen matrix of bone) into a modified form of zoledronic acid (ZOL). So when the modified form of the drug is injected, the chemical can be delivered directly to the bone by these tiny synthetic particles.
“…the nanoparticle developed by the IISc and Al-Ameen researchers is capable of delivering the drug directly to the specific affected locations, and is considered the best mode of boosting the bone cells in order to regenerate what has been lost. This, it does by delivering the drugs straight to the affected areas.
… Until now, Zoledronic acid (ZOL), which is the commonly used drug, has been successfully reducing the risk of fractures in post-menopausal women; but prolonged use of this drug can cause several adverse effects like unwanted alterations in the bone structures. The IISc-Al-Ameen team has come up with a modified ZOL drug which can be delivered using nanoparticles.
… “‘We have designed a new formulation, wherein the ZOL is first adsorbed on nanoparticles of hydroxyapatite and carried to osteoporotic bone by intravenous injections,’ said lead author Deepak Kumar Khajuria.” 5
I find it fascinating that nowhere is it revealed just how they “modified” the zoledronic acid. Their “new formulation” remains hush-hush, which is cause for great suspicion. When first developed, Reclast was praised as “new treatment” in the form of an infusion. But this is by no means a safer form of this bisphosphonate. In fact, the first cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) surfaced with Reclast.
This article touts zoledronic acid as “successfully reducing the risk of fractures in post-menopausal women” (which conveniently ignores the increased risk of atypical femur fractures which are a known side effect of bisphosphonate use), yet immediately notes the danger inherent in the “prolonged use” of this drug.
If a drug is not safe to take for long periods, why take it at all? And in the case of the Reclast infusion, the drug stays in your system for an entire year. It doesn’t get much more “prolonged” than that! Imagine how persistent the drug will be if it’s delivered via nanoparticles.
The fact is, zoledronic acid – Reclast – carries the risk of life-threatening side effects. Delivering it directly to the bone in a faster, more invasive way simply makes it even more effective at doing its damage.
Have Questions About Reclast Or Other Osteoporosis Topics?
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Till next time,
1 “Three glasses of milk a day can lead to early death, warn scientists.” The Telegraph. 19 November 2014. Web. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11193329/Three-glasses-of-milk-a-day-can-lead-to-early-death-warn-scientists.html
2 Michaelsson, Karl, et al. “Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men: cohort studies.” The BMJ. 28 October 2014. 2014;349:g6015. Web. http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6015
3 Krasny, Ros. “U.S. Oks genetically modified potato with lower cancer risk.” Reuters. 10 November 2014. Web. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/10/us-usa-gmos-potatoes-idUSKCN0IU2BI20141110
4 Kyle, Zach. “McDonald’s rejects Simplot’s genetically modified potato.” Idaho Statesman. 15 November 2014. Web. http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/11/15/3487642_mcdonalds-rejects-simplots-gmo.html?sp=/99/1687/&rh=1
5 Nischith, N. “Scientists evolve ‘nano-drug’ for osteoporosis.” Bangladore Mirror. 11 November 2014. Web. http://www.bangaloremirror.com/Bangalore/Others/Scientists-evolve-nano-drug-for-osteoporosis/articleshow/45103423.cms