The Save Our Bones Weekender: May 25, 2013 - Save Our Bones

Osteoporosis News

European regulators restrict the use of Protelos (strontium ranelate) after routine benefit-risk assessment resulted in an increased risk of heart attack. This newly discovered side effect, coupled with the risk dangerous blood clots and serious skin reactions, dramatically limits the use of this popular osteoporosis drug:

Use of osteoporosis drug Protelos (strontium ranelate) restricted to severe osteoporosis cases

How much do you really know about the chemicals in your face cleanser, scrub, or moisturizer?

Your skin is like a giant sponge, so bone-damaging acidifying chemicals can actually make their way into your body through your skin. Traces of these chemicals can be found in the average person's liver, kidneys, brain and even in breast tissue.

Blast From The Past

Last May I brought you the Summer Day Delight, a delicious bone healthy ice cream recipe:

Make Your Own Bone Healthy Ice Cream

And here's a bonus brand new easy breakfast recipe:

Flourless Pancakes

2 Servings


1 banana
2 eggs
1 tablespoon almond butter
Pinch of cinnamon
Drop of vanilla or almond extract
Coconut oil or your favorite bone healthy cooking oil


1. In a bowl, mash the banana, add the eggs and mix well.
2. Stir in almond butter, cinnamon, and extract.
3. Heat coconut oil in skillet using medium heat.
4. Pour a large spoonful of batter onto hot pan and brown one side, (approximately three minutes), then flip and brown the other side.
5. Serve with your favorite fruits for a deliciously alkalizing breakfast.

Weekend Watching

My heart goes out to all tornado victims of Moore, Oklahoma. Even amidst the terrible devastation, we're able to find inspirational moments that we'll never forget.

Watch this amazingly moving video of a tornado survivor who finds a glimmer of hope after unspeakable tragedy:

And as always, let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. Susan

    Hi Vivian,

    I am looking for a simple quick gluten free breakfast idea., any suggestions?

    Thanks so much,

  2. Susan

    Is yeast ok? I know gluten and wheat are not, correct?

  3. Ivana

    On your video I had to read that it is “not available in my country” – Switzerland – Could you tell me the reason why? Many thanks.

  4. Pat McGrath

    Are there any foods helpful for combining osteoporosis and AAA diet

  5. Lola

    I’m brand new to this program, just read the book. I had a gastric bypass a few years ago so my absorption isn’t as good. I had a bad fall with fractures to my spine 2 years ago that took 10 months to heal. So that started me trying to figure out how to overcome the osteoporosis. My Endocrinologist said I needed a high protein diet along with Calcium to absorb the Calcium. I have been using Whey protein powder drinks with milk so now have switched to whey protein with distilled water. Do you have any recommendations for brands for whey protein powder drinks? Also I have used the little pearls of comfrey (called bone knit)for a year after the fractures. Tell me about comfrey please.

    • Customer Support

      Lola, Vivian has written quite a bit on whey! Here is one of the posts on this topic that you may like to read:

      If you need to know anything else about this or another topic, simply type it into the Search box at the top of the page. 🙂

  6. Lori

    Tried the pancakes this morning, yummy! But aren’t eggs acidic?

  7. Nicole

    What is an avatar?

  8. Jo Colling

    Agree the victims of the tornadomust be traumatised how dreadfull to lose
    everything precious. I hope the dogs owner was found safe.
    Also the dreadful event in Woolwich, London, with the death of the soldier
    and his family who will have to cope without a husband and father.

    Will try the pancake receipe thank you.

  9. Gemma Suzara

    I cannot download the printable documents re toxic chemicals for face …

    • Kathie

      I am having the same trouble. I cannot download the video.

      • Nicole

        I can’t download the video either

        • Micky

          I have difficulty seeing the video as well

  10. Sharon

    Your flourless pancakes sound wonderful; can’t wait to try them!

  11. Guillermo

    Vivian the video of Oklahoma is restricted only to USA. Why?

  12. Elena

    I really appreciate all the e-mail you sent me. They are very helpful.I follow your recommendations for osteosporosis. Now I have gastritis. I’m waiting for the result of my endoscopy.Thank again.

  13. Joyce Hall

    Good information, and as the results of good diet and changing my eating habits, I am now much healthier. I save-my-bones everyday, the Vivian-way. Friends are part of the program as I did buy several copies of Vivian’s Book, Save-Our-Bones and shared copies with my friends, My family, and everyone likes what they read. And sometimes they get online and follow what Vivian explores and shares with us all. I am so glad I found Vivian about the time I was going to be put on useless drugs by my doctor. Thanks for your program, and always steering me in the right direction. J.Hall

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Your kind words and efforts to spread the word about Save Our Bones are truly heartwarming, Joyce! Thank you so much for all you are doing.

  14. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Hi! Vivian,

    What Are Some Good Skin Care Products That You Can Used In The Shower, And After You Shower?

    Are Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Your Bone Health?
    Please, I Need To Know The Answers To Both These Questions As Soon As Possible!

    And I Thank You Very Much, In Advance, For Your Quick Response!


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Leslie, apple cider vinegar is alkalizing – I know that seems odd given its highly acidic nature, but its effect on the body is alkalizing. 🙂 As for baking soda, I do not advocate using it on its own. Baking soda alone will simply neutralize stomach acid and impair digestion. Plus you have to be very careful with the dosage due to its high sodium content!

  15. Annabelle

    Thank you for your information and recipes- much appreciated.
    I too have had no luck with the skin care video and printout.
    Keep being asked to repeat email address.

  16. Martha

    I saw my gyn dr. last week and told her that I would not be taking anymore bisphosphonates and that I would be taking the natural approach that you recommend. She wants me to take Evista. Have you written anything on that drug and would you be willing to comment.

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  18. daphne from the UK

    Thank you Vivian for your emails and valuable comments etc.,

    I am following your programme and am hoping it is working. I dont want another scan as I cant see the point, I wont take anything anyway. At the moment I have a bad back so I cant do my usual walking etc., its a worry, I am trying to do the best I can while sitting and am still walking when I can.

    My problem is that being diabetic I have to have some form of sugar, sometimes quite a few times a day, Im on insulin and am tightly controlled do its inevitable that my sugar level drops. I usually use honey when Im at home, any suggestions for something sweet (in a hurry) when Im out, I cant very well take a jar of honey with me. Its usually glucose tablets followed by a banana or similar, I am hoping that the fact that I eat something non acidic will balance out the sugar.

    Its a problem I could do without but its a life long thing, I do my best.

    • Betty

      Something sweet I enjoy and also good for our bones is dried figs. I steam them to soften and enjoy as a snack.
      Costco sells organic non sulphured figs “Made in Nature”

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Dried figs are a naturally sweet and alkalizing snack – great idea, Betty!

  19. Andrea

    I’m going to try the pnacakes in the morning! I need help however. I’ve lost the claiflower recipe that was posted this month. I really want to try it. Please send to me. Thank you.

  20. Louisa

    Enjoying the flour less pancakes for breakfast this morning. Thank you Vivian:)

  21. Diane

    I tried to get the written version of the article about the skincare but nothing comes up but a blank page, has anyone else had any luck with it?

    • Meg

      I have not been able to get the written short version about skincare ingredients either. I’ll try later…maybe it will work.



  23. LaVonne

    I refused to take drugs for my bones then had a discussion with my Dr. He stated that I know he is for as natural as possible. And he is. He said he has to offer a medication or risk being sued for doing nothing. So true in this Sue happy era.

  24. betty

    Thanks again for all your investigative reporting.Impossible to keep up with all the info on our own. I still find the 80/20 ratio a challenge but sure eat a lot more vegetables than before (and I thought I was doing ok then.) What’s with the egg scare? Anything to that? They make a similar banana pancake in Jamaica but I haven’t used the recipe for some time. Will have some soon. Have a good day.

  25. Lesley Rahner

    I saw your article regarding Strontium Ranelate, but what about Strontium Citrate which I buy at the health food store?

  26. Joyce

    I am a 61 year old woman in very good general health and have been diagnosed with osteopenia. After taking two doses of an alendronate drug (I forget the name, but understand it’s basically Fosamax) I did my research and decided never to take another pill! My doctor had immediately prescribed it, without any talk of nutrition except to also take Vitamin D and Calcium Carbonate. My diet has always been quite good and I’ve taken Vitamin D3 for many years already. I have moderate hypertension and am taking one diuretic for that daily. What I discovered recently is this:
    1. Calcium needs to be balanced with magnesium for proper absorption
    2. Most of us are deficient in magnesium.
    3. The diuretic I take depletes the magnesium in my body!!!
    So……now I take about 400 mg. of Mg. every day as well as a Calcium/Magnesium supplement.
    I’m so amazed that my doctor never spoke to me about magnesium!
    Very thankful for sites like yours where I can continue to learn new ways to build healthy bones!

  27. Michelle Hazarian

    Hi Vivienne,
    I wanted to thank you for all the knowledge you have shared so generously through your regular letters . I have benefitted enormously in my ongoing pursuit of finding and maintaining optimal health through nutrition and mind/ body management.
    In turn I share your work with my clients, family and friends.

    Thank you for your delicious recipes that utilise basic kitchen staples, to create delicious and nutritious meals.

    Warm Regards
    Michelle Hazarian

  28. Janet Dugan

    Dear Vivian, I was wondering if Spelt is alkaline or acidic. In your Save our Bones book, it is mentioned under both the alkaline and acidic columns. I am hoping it is alkaline as I have been enjoying Spelt toast for breakfast! Thanks for your great research and publication! I have recommended it to many people.

    Jan Dugan

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Spelt is alkaline. And thanks so much for helping spread the truth about osteoporosis!

  29. Raymonde Savoie

    Hi Vivian,
    Thanks for the pancake recipe. The “ICE CREAM RECIPE LINK,” however, is not correct, as it leads us to your article on a report about osteo drugs in Europe??

    I would love to see the Ice Cream recipe! Can you re-post the correct link?

    Since starting on an alkalysing diet, I feel so much better and sleep better, too. I eat lots of Almond Butter, drink Silk Almond ‘milk’ exclusively, and I’ve recently discovered a YOGURT made from Almonds! It is delicious and am so thrilled to be slowly weaning myself from Soy, which I’ve used to substitute milk products for years now.

    My sister, who died of lung cancer last year, developed cancer in her throat at the onset of the disease. I’ve suspected that it was the Fosomax that she was on at the time that caused this, but there was never any mention of that in her diagnosis. She had been taking osteoporosis drugs for years, and now her daughter is on them, too.

    I’ve stopped going to have x-rays for my supposed Osteopenia, which a doctor diagnosed me with in 2006. He suggested drugs and I refused, knowing that it would not ‘fix’ anything. Since then, I’ve discovered your website and am on the program that is keeping me healthy, active and stronger than I’ve been all my life. I’m 61 this coming July.

    Thank you, Vivian, for all your wonderful resources and helping to keep our bones strong and healthy!


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Sorry about the link issue, Raymonde. It works now. And thanks for your kind words 🙂

  30. Janette

    Thanks for the lovely breakfast recipe flourless pancakes.I had already discovered almond butter six months ago as an alkalising ingredient and have it spread on a wholemeal bagel with sliced banana on top for breakfast and other fruits but the pancakes are another tasty variation.
    I am always on the look out for new ideas with food as I was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis last year -3 T score in my spine but I refused to take the drugs prescribed by my G.P and was so pleased to read about the SOB Program. I hope to reverse it by a year but I do occasionally still have a glass of red wine so being realistic maybe in 18- 24 months is more achievable as I have lost weight which I don’t really need to do being 5ft 5ins and 8st 12lbs.I so enjoy the encouraging emails.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA


    • Janette

      P.S I couldn’t see/open the video here in England.

  31. Colin Tucker

    Hello Vivian

    I should be interested to know precisely which European regulators have restricted the use of Protelos. I need to take this issue up with my consultant and more information would be most helpful.

    Thank you


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Colin, as it’s written in the Pharma Times article, the agency is the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency.

      And to read the complete information, simply click on the orange link above (Use of osteoporosis drug Protelos (strontium ranelate) restricted to severe osteoporosis cases).

  32. Angela

    Sad news about eggs Karen. I hate to give up my daily egg!! To Susan in Vancouver, I have the swollen joints too from osteoarthritis, and they are ugly as well as painful. Heartwarming though to see the little Schnauzer safe and sound following the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Thanks Vivian.

  33. Susan Walker

    I have been following the program for over a year. Lots of good info. Thanks. I really try to stay relatively alkaline.
    Now I really need some help with joint swelling in my fingers and hands. The outermost joints on each finger have large lumps ( painful) and now I am beginning to feel stiffness and seizing up throughout my hands. I am labouring to type.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Susan from Vancouver, Canada

    • Endre

      I,m used to have similar problem -please find the book
      Diet by your Blood Type – Dr Ammando he is American
      You have bad Alergy to some foods possible more then one
      my problems ended after 4 to 6 weeks at the time have been over 60.

      good luck Endre

    • Sandra

      I recommend the audio book Wheat Belly. It is by Dr. William Davis MD. It is a great expose on what evil modern wheat does to your health. He has also written some books on the subject; they have more complete info than the audio book but you will get a really good start from the disks. They are usually stocked in your public library but can also be purchased commercially. Happy listening and/or reading.

  34. Karen Russell

    I enjoyed reading your alkalizing breakfast recipe, but I would hope you should know that eggs are one of the most acidic foods you can eat…hardly alkalizing! You can read about egg dangers on Dr. Robert Young’s site, Anyway, just thought I should offer that correction.

    Karen Russell, MA, HHC, CNHP, Gerontologist

    • Jo Getter

      Remember, this is an 80% / 20% alkaline / acidic daily food intake diet, so some acidic foods are acceptable. This was quite the challenge for me initially. Turns out I was eating about 90% acidic foods per day! That, along with a very low Vit D level and other factors, certainly explained the severe osteoporosis. I’m so grateful for this new way of eating!

      • elaine

        hi vivien,
        just wanted to say thank you for all those great updates and advice.i feel that it gives me encouragement to try alternative ideas without making me afraid and i kind of think your suggestions are logical.thank you for making this so freely available to one and all. bless you

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