The Truth About Your Osteopenia Treatment - Save Our Bones

“Marketing a disease is the best way to market a drug,” notes the well-known breast cancer expert, Dr. Susan Love. When it comes to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, this statement rings especially true.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Osteopenia, chances are your doctor prescribed Actonel, Boniva, or Fosamax. Surprisingly, these are the exact same drugs used to “cure” Osteoporosis. You might rightly ask how come there is no distinction with the medicine and dosage prescribed for Osteopenia and for Osteoporosis. So let’s explore this “modern medicine” mystery together to finally uncover the truth.

It is important to remember that the diagnostic criteria for Osteopenia (along with Osteoporosis) was imposed in the early 90’s by the World Health Organization and quickly adopted by doctors. Using the T-Score as the ultimate ‘guiding light’, anybody with a standard deviation of -1 up to -2.50 is deemed to have Osteopenia and is hastily prescribed a drug.

Here’s how The Merck Manual, (the best-selling medical encyclopedia) defines Osteopenia: “In millions of women and men over 50, bone density (mass) is low but not low enough to be considered Osteoporosis. These people have Osteopenia (which means deficient bone). They are at risk of developing Osteoporosis as they grow older.” (The Merck Manual of Health and Aging, Section 3, Chapter 22).

By the way, Merck & Co. is the maker of the number one best-selling bone treatment drug Fosamax. Very conveniently (for Merck and other bone drug makers), patients “diagnosed” with Osteopenia are given the same treatment as those who have the full-fledged Osteoporosis verdict. This translates into billions of dollars in sales…and yet, there are no signs of an actual “disease”; only a potential for this condition to develop into Osteoporosis.

I am surprised that well-meaning health practitioners apply this concept because it simply makes no sense. Luckily, a few prominent doctors are aware of this and are trying to spread the truth.

For example, bone health expert Steve Cummings, MD, a professor at the San Francisco School of Medicine (University of California), says that there was neither real medical basis for developing a unique term such as “Osteopenia” nor to choosing the arbitrary T-score number for its diagnosis. He comments that “Osteopenia is not a disease, does not indicate a high risk of fracture in the next five to ten years, and is really almost a variant of normal. What I tell women in their 50s is that having Osteopenia means their bones are different than those of a 25-year-old and I note that there are probably many things about them that differ from when they were 25”.  This is truly a breath of fresh air and gives me hope for the future!

I’d like to go one step further and present you with an analogy. For example, a slightly overweight person has a greater chance of developing diabetes than if he or she is at the ideal weight. So there is a newly defined condition you might have heard of called pre-diabetes, which is determined by a couple of blood glucose tests.

But here’s the difference between Osteopenia and pre-diabetes: there is no prescription drug treatment for a pre-diabetic. Instead, the American Diabetes Association writes as follows (

“Treatment consists of losing a modest amount of weight (5-10 percent of total body weight) through diet and moderate exercise, such as walking, 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Don't worry if you can't get to your ideal body weight. A loss of just 10 to 15 pounds can make a huge difference.”

You see, mainstream medicine could not come up with a newly invented disease in this case (such as diabetenia) because it would be life-threatening to excessively lower a patient’s blood sugar with diabetes drugs. Otherwise – trust me on this – all pre-diabetics would be prescribed diabetes medicines.

Clearly, doctors should educate their patients on how to PREVENT osteoporosis instead of prescribing potentially toxic osteoporosis drugs. But unfortunately, most doctors have been indoctrinated to think that the best way to solve a health problem is with a “magic pill”, and often don’t bother with natural solutions. Of course there will be the obligatory calcium recommendation (typically by incorrectly suggesting an INCREASE in dairy consumption), but that’s where it all ends…

Don’t get me wrong, doctors mean well and may not be aware that they end up killing an ant with an elephant.  And last but not least, doctors don’t learn about Nutrition and are completely ignorant of this extremely important aspect of natural health maintenance and healing.

Thankfully, there is a natural and drug-free way to have strong and healthy bones. I hope that you will use your knowledge and your freedom to choose wisely… and when in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact me by phone or by sending me an email. I’m here to answer your questions and to listen to your comments.
Here’s to your educated decisions,


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  1. Toni

    I had breast cancer surgery in 2008 when I was 55. After surgery both Boniva an Arimidex were prescribed. I took Arimidex for 5 yrs and Boniva for 7 yrs. About the 5th year of Boniva I began to have lower back pain and groin pain, but attribute it to arthritis. My doctor referred me for an MRI and I found out I had a herniated disc. In 2015 I stopped taking the Boniva myself, after doing some additional research into its side effects. Physical therapy did not help and over time the condition worsened. In Oct. 2017 the condition had become so severe, the discs crushing a nerve, that my only option was spinal fusion surgery (lower lumbar L4, L5). I have never had an accident or illness and was diagnosed with “osteopenia”, not osteoporosis. I have found some information online that there is are several hundred cases of herniated disc in patients who took Boniva. I would like to know if there are others who have experienced similar issues after taking Boniva.

  2. farley

    Vivian 🙂 Thank you for this great read. I am a 31 yo female, presenting with amenorrohae (diagnosed PCOS), I’ve had a missing cycle now for 2.5years. I am obviously working on this dire situation!I had a bone density scan today, as per my endocrinologists orders and my figures ranged from -1.2 to, -2, suggesting osteopenia. I read your article with interest and most information I can find online is directed towards older individuals. Do you have any feedback or suggestions for a 31 yo with ‘osteopenic data’? Yours in good health, Farley

    • Kt

      Omg. I know this comment is few years old. I am 36 . Had irregular periods and also today was diagnosed with osteopenia. What happened

  3. Ania

    BTW,I forgot to include the supplements which I take,Calcium 1200mg with Magnesium & Vit D 3 1000 IU,also D3-5000iu 3 x wk. My T score from my forearm was -3.1, Z score 1.2. I had a fall 3 mo.ago d/t loss of balance while quickly getting up from my recliner to use the restroom– where I sustained close Fx of L2& L 3 of the spinous process with minimal discomfort for about 3 W wks.
    No other falls of fx
    Please reply,as I am very concerned with starting Fosamax PO therapy !!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Ania, at the Save Institute, we never recommend drugs as a course of treatment for osteoporosis; the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is based on drug-free options that are safe and effective. Ultimately, the choice is yours as to whether or not you take Fosamax or any other drug. It’s comforting to know that you are in control of your bone health!

  4. Ania

    I had bilateral hip replacement & had multiple spinal surgeries with couple rods ,screws ect. Last L3 – S2 fusion just 6 mo. Ago.
    I year ago I had 2 Prolia SQ 6 months apart. Very expensive.
    Now my Family practitioner wants me to start on Fosamax 70 mg PO weekly.
    I think that I have some issues with my esophagus as I don’t tolerate dry foods IE rice, chips unless I drink lot of fluids with it.
    Is it safe for me to start Fosamax weekly 70 mg PO ?

  5. Kanishka goyal

    Can osteopenia be completely cured??

  6. Danna

    Here are some results my doc gave me today: do I need to change what I’m currently doing? BTW I am a 32 yo Crohn’s patient. I take low dose naltrexone and Entyvio. Longest I was on steroids was 3 months last year 2016, Prednisone.

    At the spine (L1-L4), total bone mineral content is 56.92 grams with average
    bone mineral density of 1.105 grams/cm2. T score is -0.7 (93% of
    20-40-year-old young normal values), and Z score is -0.7 (93% of age matched
    normal values).

    At the right hip, total bone mineral content is 27.14 grams with average bone
    mineral density of 0.767 grams/cm2. T score is -1.9 (76% of young normal
    values), and Z score is
    -1.8 (77% of age matched normal values).

    At the left hip, total bone mineral content is 27.88 grams with average bone
    mineral density of 0.793 grams/cm2. T score is -1.7 (79% of young normal
    values), and Z score is
    -1.6 (80% of age matched normal values).

    T scores at the femoral necks of the hips are -2.2 and -1.9, 71 and 74% of
    young normal values.

    Therefore, at present, significant osteopenia is noted at the hips but not at
    the spine; there is currently increased risk of fracture as predicted by bone
    mineral density at the hips.
    (WHO criteria for bone loss: -1 to -2.5 T score, osteopenia; below -2.5 T
    score, osteoporosis; below -2.5 T score with fragility fracture, severe

  7. Clifford Mullett

    15 years ago my right hip just fell into five pieces while I was walking back to bed from the bathroom in a motel room. My wife is a nurse practitioner and we were Travellers working on Native American reservations but we were vacationing over to a small town in Oregon. The doctor was brilliant and very cutting-edge used something in the metal parts that repaired my hip that the doctors in the next state we were in had said they saw it in a magazine but have never really seen it used before. It was like a six-month recovery that I went through. After all kinds of screening and testing they diagnosed me with the low testosterone and osteopenia. Two months ago I had a CAT scan by my regular doctor here who I feel is very much in tune with what you were saying as he prescribes me only a once a week dose of Erogal 50,000 U (vitamin D) and my wife encouraged me to stop taking osteoporosis drugs years ago before she died. This new diagnosis of osteopenia in my
    left hip is rather frightening as you can imagine. My doctor is also giving me a 1ML shot of testosterone every three weeks since he has been consulting with my urologist. Sure would like to get you’re insight but realize you must be terribly busy so I certainly understand if you don’t get back to me. Most sincerely,Clifford Mullett Thank you for even reading this! I am also on an over the counter regimen of calcium.

  8. Brittany

    I agree with many of the women on here. I am 25, and was just diagnosed with osteopenia last week. I had a DEXA scan 2 years ago that was normal. Now I have weaker bones. Granted, I have an Eating Disorder, so it takes more of a toll on my body. But I have had fractures and such that I never knew were there until someone touched them. I had to have surgery on my foot from a bone break that I didn’t know was there for 8 weeks. I don’t want to be on medication. I don’t even want to take supplements for that matter. But this article is only the view of one doctor. I have about 4 doctors that I see on the regular, and none of them want me on meds for my bones. Their goal is full nutrition for me for now.
    Osteopenia takes a toll on people. It IS a problem. This article is basically saying that those of us with osteopenia, should suck it up. Because it isn’t a real thing?
    I would even go as far to say that there are some of us out there that may actually feel pain from osteopenia without there being any broken bones. I know that this last couple months, I have not been able to sit criss cross…. Because my left hip and femur hurt too much. I can’t sleep on my left side because my left hip and femur hurt too much.
    My back is in so much pin point pain, yet I don’t have any fractures. It just hurts to bend.
    Anyways, just my advocation.

  9. Christy

    While in my 30’s I was diagnosed with Osteopenia. I had quite bad Asthma as a child. I’m now 40 and curious about other proactive approaches I can look at. I run approx 18 miles a week and take a prescription called Adcal with vit D. 1 tab twice a day. I don’t drink coffe or fizzy drinks. I’ve never been a pill taker and have had enough of it. Any advise?

    • Michelle

      Actually, my father is pre-diabetic and doestrogen take medication. Also, I was diagnosed with osteopenia at 30, was told to take calcium and vitamin d, nothing else. I have broken 5 bones including a vertebral compression fracture and a fracture in my hip. I am not saying these occurred because I was not prescribed other medication but only to make a point that it is a serious condition. I obtained all of the fractures from events that did not involve trauma. I fracturedon’t my hip simply getting out of bed and still don’t know how I obtained the vertebral fracture. I find it unwise to post an article with only one doctors opinion as evidence.

      • Margaret Sheeran

        Hello, from all the reading I have been doing recently on bone density, it appears that Magnesium and its ratio to Calcium and Vitamin D (+ Boron and Vitamin K) is so important. It makes sense as they all interact with each other for your body to absorb them. I take a ratio of 3:2 of Magnesium to Calcium (375mg of Magnesium to 250mg of Calcium + Vit. K, Vit D (1000iu) and 1 mg Boron. Get all my extra calcium from Green Veg, oily fish and some dairy.

      • Ky

        What happened after. Did exercising help

  10. Shell

    My oncoligist, breast cancer, suggested very strongly that i take vitamin D for my osteopenia. He told me that calcium is not needed to be taken with the vit D. It only causes digestive problems and does not increase absorption of the D like vitamin companies insist is a necessity.
    I researched everything oncologist tolde and found it to be true.
    Ladies, do your research before taking anything even a Dr. suggests or prescribes. And save your money and sanity.
    I hope you all get well and have a happy and healthy New Year
    Luv to you all

    • Bren

      O was just diagnosed with Osteopenia but I also have an anuerism in my right carotid artery just below the eye, and milk or dairy gives me a tummy ache . It’s stange but I’m glad there’s no disease yet. I will try walking. Change my diet will be hard I’m addicted to coffee being I couldn’t drink milk when I was younger and Iron I have a reaction too. All due to aging. I can still walk and exercise my knees that will help with the strengthening of my bones, and fish to strengthen my viens, I’ll drink the silk almond milk at least my tummy don’t hurt . At 49 my bone density has just started thinning.

  11. kim

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    Recently Dr Sebi also saved my sister,she was having warts infections all over her body,it was itchy and reddish, i quickly contacted dr sebi, he sent us some herbal to use and now everything is clear from her skin. Why struggle with any sickness and infections when all you can do is contact Dr Sebi, his email: (drsebiherbalisthealinghome12@gmail .com) he will help you with his genuine and certified herbs.
    Thank you dr sebi.

    • Ari

      Hi Kim, but isn’t Dr. Sebi deceased? I know his office is still run by a family member in LA. But I’m pretty sure he’s no longer with us. Did the supplements help you with osteopenia? Sending blessings

  12. Veronica Full

    I was prescribed Fosomax a year ago, due to having a score of -2 from the bone density scan and for the last nine months had constant problems with my legs and joints. Luckily, I twigged that it could be the drug and looked up the side effects which included this problem. I immediately told my doctor that I had stopped taking it and was concerned about the dreadful side effects and he said I had done the correct thing. I cannot understand why he did not warn me of these side effects before advising me to take this drug. I am now getting throat and digestive burning even though I am on a good alkaline diet and am worried about the threat of cancer of the throat which is one of the side effects. Could this be a concern, as I was only on Fosomax for a year?

  13. Mich Hardingham

    Hi I am 58 years old and female. I broke my tibial plateau 18 months ago. I have been working hard to get back to my very active life ever since. I have had three operations the last one 8 weeks ago. I have requested a dexa scan on many occasions and also the need for supplements of vit d and calcium. Each time I was told there was no need. Eventually insisted and dexa scan results show results of -1.8 in spine and both hips but femoral neck in injured leg -2.8. Good news is leg is at last improving I am increasing activity i e walking riding (horses) physio and have been prescribed vit d and calcium. My diet is good I drink moderately and work outdoors with horses. My question is can I improve my bone density especially in femoral neck of injured leg without osteoporosis drugs? Or am I left at risk of fracture?

  14. Isabella

    I am here to testifies on how Dr Odia help me to cure my sickness called CANCER OF THE LUNGS which has been eating me up for 2 years and 4 months, and when I go online I saw his email on how he cured so many people, so I emailed the Dr and tell my problems to him, and tell all his necessary needy for the healing, after that day he gave me an assurance of 3 days of his herbal healing, and said I should go for a medical check up on the 4th day of which I get to the hospital the new result now shows that the cancer was gone,And now am so happy and free from it thanks to Dr Odia. Please if there is any one in need of his help should kindly contact him on his email address ( drodiaherbalistcenter @ gmail . com )

  15. Carrie

    Hi my names Carrie was diagnosed with osteopenia wasn’t prescribed anything I have a broken rib and now with this can’t get comfortable in pain all day long going all the way around my back and up my spine can’t lay down. What should I do please help me

    • Carrie

      Carrie, Ironically my name is also Carrie. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis in my neck and lower spine as well as Osteopenia in my Femur and wrist about 2 years ago (due to treatment I had in my 30’s I believe). I am 54 years old. I decided not to take the Prolia injections (or the Biophosphate drugs) that the doctor very adamantly wanted me to take. (I no longer see that dr) I believe in natural treatment and the God-given ability of the body to heal if it is treated properly. I sought out a Endocrinologist who is super good and well known. After blood tests it was found that I was severely deficient in Vit D. I have been on Vit D now for a year (very high dose every week) Must be monitored well as you can get overdose. Make a long story short. My bone density test still shows some Osteopenia but no Osteoporosis! My bones actually reversed the breakdown of bone mass!! I continually seek to study natural things to do and currently walk/weight lift every day if possible, eat a healthy diet, take calcium and I have recently added Vit K2 (MK-7) to my daily intake. I have read how long it takes to reverse bone loss and so I am so shocked to see that it has taken only a year for me to see such results. Do alot of research, trust your gut instincts, see a good dr who will work with you, exercise (within your limits) and God bless!! I can’t wait to see what next years bone density test shows.

      • Marie

        I am 26 Years old, I have Osteopenia in my hips, I do not know where to start!!

        I have been taking oestrogen since I was 21 years old.

        I have been taking calcium and vit D for the last 6 months, I need to exercise more but not sure what is more beneficial plus the correct diet.

        I have no trust in my doctors, they don’t even listen when I talk, it is so hard to find a decent doctor.

        Reading your post has given me hope but I am so worried as I am very young for this condition.

        Any tips?


        • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

          Welcome, Marie! You have come to the right place if you want to take control of your own bone health. Keep researching and learning, and then you and you alone need to make the decision as to how you will proceed. Remember, it’s your health and your body!

      • Lisa

        Thanks for this advice, 55 diagnosed with osteoporosis upper and lower spine, hips osteopenia. Found out about Natto, mk2, calcium citrate, d3, magnesium. I just got diagnosed, have bone and teeth issues going back years. Take care of yourself, because doctors don’t use the information available to them, or their instincts, just tests and drugs. I am so happy to see that somebody got results with these vitamins and minerals. I may just have needed them all these years.

  16. Carrie

    I was just diagnosed with ostaopenia I want to know I work where’s it’s 40 degrees all day and lift and twist about 200 to 350 pounds is that okay to work doing all this I already have s broken rib please need some answers!!!!

  17. Maureen

    Back to 2010: Bone density was worse than the test results in 2008. Found out I also had been on Fosamax years beyond what I should have been. Doc said “take more D” as if more was a quantity. Stopped Fosamax (after research) added 200o UI Vit. D3. I get an additional 1000 IE in my one a day. 2012 Test Results: [March 2012:Dual femur: total mean is 1.001 g/cm squared with a T score -0.1 SD below young adult in the normal range. this is increased 14.3 percent since 3/2/2010 and almost 18 percent since 2/05/2008.
    L1-L4 AP spine region is 1.001 g/cm squared with a T-score of -1.6 SD below young adult normal in the osteopenic range. This is increased by 6 percent since 3/2/2010 and almost 11 percent since 2/5/2008. Compression fractures T5 and T12.]

    Most recently (this year) (weird as what was seen as almost 18% increase in 2012 is now showing less?) Bone mineral density dual femur total mean 0.943 g/cm2 T score – 0.5 standard deviations below young adult normal in the normal range. Z score +1.3. This is unchanged from 3/27/2014 and has increased 12% since 2/5/2008.
    Bone mineral density L1-L4 AP spine region 1.049 g/cm2 T score standard deviation below young adult normal in the osteopenic range. This has increased 3.7% since 3/27/2014. May be falsely elevated because of osteoarthritis changes. Z score +0.2.

    The Nurse Practioner wants me to take Prolia. She says my risk for fracture has increased because of my age (82). She is also the national spokeperson for Prolia. Although my bone density has increased, I have have spondylolethsis L4/L5 and L5/S1 plus a bulge, nerve impingement, a synovial cyst and tears in 2 discs. Getting injections on May 6; Wish they could inject glue. Not happy about this.

    • Robyn Abell

      My mother had serious teeth problems after being on Fosomax for years. Close to having necrosis of the jaw. Look it up! The specialist doctor who treated her said that most GPs are ignorant of the risks.

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  19. Alexis

    Ive just agreed to go on medication recomended by my doc im now wondering if i should .

  20. Marlene Friedman

    In the past, HER+3, chemo. Last year was diagnosed with Osteopenia last year. I sort of ignored it and now, a year later having pain in hips and surrounding muscles. There is nothing I can do to get rid of pain. Training at times makes it worse. Please advise me which area of specialty I should aim for regarding any medical treatment. Supplements have no affect other than to make me feel sick. All comments welcomed.

    • Lee Ann conway

      Was needing advice about oustipenia

    • Debra Cox

      I had stage 3 breast cancer and took 6 mos. of chemo and 2 mos. of radiation.. after surgery and many lymph nodes removed, I now take the Prolia and vitamin 3 D 3,000 for bone loss to build up my bones when my tests results and blood work show I am built up I will stop the Doctors agree and my dentist says it takes a lot more Prolia than I am getting every 3 mos. or 6 mos. to cause any teeth or jaw problems. I was concerned about so much vitamin 3 D until I ran into a lady that is taking 10,000. I am doing what the doctors say and we will see all cancer is clear now!

    • Robbie

      I have been diagnosed with osteopenia, and my pain only exists below my left knee. I have severe osteoporosis as well. The only medication that does away with my lower left knee pain is Gabapentin (that’s the generic name). I take 300 mg up to 3 tabs per day. Within 30 minutes of taking a pill the pain is gone. My pain consists of “shooting” pains or nerve regeneration type pains. Goid luck!

      • Iinda

        Could be a disc impingement and have nothing to do with osteopenic condition. Strengthen knee with aerobic therapy and if pain goes from knee to another area it is more likely to be the culprit. Gone through this myself, knee was burning like fire and starting to collapse when walking around, after therapy found a fully herniated disc L4-L5 that had not been displaying any symptoms. Check it out before giving up.

  21. Sandra McBee

    Thank you for providing us with much needed information that our doctors neglect to tell us.. I was prescribed Forteo for 2 years. After reading about possible cancer and that the 2 years was supposed to be: never exceed 2 years–which is quite different than: take for 2 years..After 8 months I stopped on my own and requested another bone density test. After fighting with doctors, (ins. will only pay every two years) I explained that the reason is to see if Forteo is making any difference–Yes! I got the additional test and found my bone density increased a total of: only .1 LOL since the maximum benefits are reached within the first 6 mos.; after that it’s barely maintenance, I decided to stay off the Forteo and energy levels are noticeably higher now, along with clearer thinking and better mood. Forteo is tricky in that I never noticed deficits until I stopped taking it and improved.

    • Sandra McBee

      I also took advantage of the $10 down/$10 month deal at Planet Fitness and am headed to the gym this morning. I did 20minutes on stationary bike which is the most I’ve moved in 4 years!

  22. Melba

    Two years ago I had my first bone density scan and was told I have osteoporosis in my back. I am 73 years old. I was on Fosamax for 3 months, prescribed by my new doctor. My jaw bones began popping when I opened and closed my mouth. I also had a tooth break in half. Being afraid, I stopped taking the Fosamax. I went back to my regular doctor and he suggested I take the Reclast shot. I was afraid of the shot too, so refused to take it. Just recently, I have started to have lower back and hip pain, sometimes to the point of hardly being able to move. What would you suggest please? Is it too late to rebuild bone in my back?

    • Shireen

      Should a woman of 73 exercise twice a day, half an hour each time. I find it very tiresome. Shouldn’t once a day be sufficient.
      I have low back pain, very slight arthritis in the right hip. Pain goes up to my knees. I’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am glad you’re here, Melba! The decision to take drugs or not is, of course, a personal one; but I encourage you to keep researching and gathering information before you decide. The Osteoporosis Reversal Program offers an “alternative” route to reversing osteoporosis without drugs, and only you can make the decision if it’s time to embark on that route!

      Explore, learn, and keep asking questions. 🙂

      • Hanadi

        Thank you very much for the information you provided about osteopenia. It sure gives hope. I was wondering is there a program to follow to prevent osteopenia from developing into osteoporosis?

      • Rochelle Huff

        I’m 34 and went through chemo 2 years ago. Just did first bone density and was diagnosed with Osteopenia. Dr wants to do prolia shot to prevent me from getting osteoporosis. Is upping my Calcium and Vitamin D intake enough? I really don’t want to be on Prolia

        • Carrie

          My name is Carrie. I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis in my neck and lower spine as well as Osteopenia in my Femur and wrist about 2 years ago (due to treatment I had in my 30’s I believe). I am 54 years old. I decided not to take the Prolia injections (or the Biophosphate drugs) that the doctor very adamantly wanted me to take. (I no longer see that dr) I believe in natural treatment and the God-given ability of the body to heal if it is treated properly. I sought out a Endocrinologist who is super good and well known. After blood tests it was found that I was severely deficient in Vit D. I have been on Vit D now for a year (very high dose every week) Must be monitored well as you can get overdose. Make a long story short. My bone density test still shows some Osteopenia but no Osteoporosis! My bones actually reversed the breakdown of bone mass!! I continually seek to study natural things to do and currently walk/weight lift every day if possible, eat a healthy diet, take calcium and I have recently added Vit K2 (MK-7) to my daily intake. I have read how long it takes to reverse bone loss and so I am so shocked to see that it has taken only a year for me to see such results. Do alot of research, trust your gut instincts, see a good dr who will work with you, exercise (within your limits) and God bless!! I can’t wait to see what next years bone density test shows.

        • Stella Louise Perry

          I’ve been on Boniva for about 7 yrs . I fell pushing a shopping cart on 3 18 16. Went to ER was told nothing broken. Went to my phyical therapy Dr he had X-rays of my Lumbar spine taken . I have a Compression fracture L 1 disc . I’ve been on Boniva for 7yrs. was to get my infusion last wk. Dr said to get the I fusion . Nurse said she had to report my compression fracture I haven’t heard from her since. I of $265.00 I still have the Boniva I do not know if I can get my money back from CVS the Boniva is still in the bag. What do you think I should do? Thank you. Stella

        • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

          The choice is yours, Rochelle – you do not have to take any drug if you’re not comfortable. Feel free to explore non-conventional, nutrition-based health for your bones!

          • Stella Louise Perry

            It’s just another way to make more money. I feel sometimes it’s not too good to believe on just one Dr’s opinion we should do more research on on the matter. Thanks for your opinion. Maybe this could help someone else. Have a good day Stella

          • Stella Louise Perry

            I take vitamin D 50,000 units twice a month pluse a D 3 2000 units every day . From what I read I have osteopenia I guess I didn’t need the Boniva after all l.

  23. Seher

    Hi, Im 21 and im diagnosed with osteopenia 4 years ago. I do nothing as a treatment. Im eating balanced and consuming dairies. I went to many doctors. They gave me calcium and vitamin D supplements and fosamax. I didnt consume fosamax. Im 44 kg and 158 cm girl. They said im slim so that I have this. How can I increase my bone density? Im planning to be pregnant in 2-3 years. Would pregnancy effect me badly?
    thank you for your answer.

  24. Ann

    I have just received my Save our Bones program, I live in England. I have been Coeliac for 21 years and was diagnosed with Osteoporosis 1 year ago. I was advised to take Fosamax which I took once a week for 6 months. After five months I developed chronic constipation. When I read Fosamax could cause constipation I stopped taking it, that was eight weeks ago and I still have it. My doctor has run blood tests and they are all good. Do you think this could still be the reason for the constipation.
    Also on page 21 of you book it says that it should be possible to correct bone loss by diet and lifestyle changes unless you have certain gastrointestinal conditions. Does Coeliac disease count as a gastrointestinal condition?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Ann,

      If the Fosamax was the cause of your constipation, eight weeks may not be long enough for the condition to correct itself after stopping the drug. In addition, Celiac disease itself can cause constipation, so you might want to see your doctor about making some dietary tweaks and getting over this “hump.” As far as gastrointestinal conditions go, yes, Celiac would be considered as such, because it affects the absorption of nutrients. But if you are managing your Celiac disease for as long as you have, it’s likely your gut has healed considerably and absorbs nutrients much better than when you were first diagnosed.

  25. Markus

    Hi there Vivian,

    My mother has been diagnosed with advanced osteoarthritis. She has been put on fosavance and she has lost 17kgs in the last year. The meds messes up her taste, so she can’t taste any food. It also causes alternating constipation/diarrhea. When the constipation sets in her intestines swell up and causes immense lower back pain, because she was in a car accident when she was a little girl and the cartlidge in her lower back was damaged to the point of almost non existence. She has lost 17kgs in the last year and 13 the year before and her bone density has dropped from -2.1 to -2.7 in her hips. The treating doctor says there is no alternative and no way to counteract the side effects. She is 63 years old and though she has never been fat, she is now so thin that she cannot find clothes to fit her anymore. All her clothing has to be adjusted about once a fortnight just so it doesn’t fall off.

    What can we do?

    Please e-mail me or phone on +27791625638

  26. Maria

    I have osteopenia and the dr. Prescription was alendronate i have 2 year taking vitamin d and calcium I’m bored about calcium because i notice that making me sick with strong gases what can i do for avoid the gases and keep my bones strong can i stop with calcium

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      It sounds like your calcium supplement is not digesting properly, Maria. Plant-based calcium, such as calcium derived from algae, is much more easily absorbed in the body. This is why inorganic calcium, such as calcium carbonate, is not recommended on the Program, while plant-based calcium is.

  27. Hema

    Can you please unsubscribe me do not want to receive any email from your web side thanks

    • Customer Support

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      “Change Subscriber Options” (there is a blue link there that you click on and it will take you to the unsubscribe page).

  28. ishaan

    hi i am 22 years old male and i was regular in gym from past 3 years,and in april 2014 i was suffering from dizziness and stiffness in my neck and upper back,then i went to docter and i was diagnosed with osteopenia in my spine with t score of -1.5 and then after all blood reports i was vitamin d deficient rest everything was normal,then my docter gave me medicines like calcium supplements,vitamin d supplements,multi vitamins,muscle relaxants,pain killers and adviced me to do morning walk regularly, after this whole treatment again i went to check my bone density dexa scan on july 2015 and i was shocked that my t score was -1.6,and due to medicines there are alot of side effects like hair fall,weght gain,and again went for a blood test and everything is normal but bone density is not increasing, i am in same position with alot of cracking noises in my back and neck. pth,testosterone,phosphorus,calcium,thyroid,vit d,and everything related to it is normal but bone density is not increasing,please advice me what to do

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re already doing the right thing, Ishaan – you’re clearly doing your research, and you’re not afraid to take your health into your own hands. Feel free to use the Search feature here at the Save Our Bones site to learn more about Vitamin D deficiency and other topics of interest, and by all means, get a second opinion about your health if possible.

  29. Steven

    Hello I am 27 years old , I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at age 24 my doctor said it was strange being that I’m young and I’m a male .. He did several blood test and couldn’t find a reason …He put me on alendronate for 2 years then my insurance cut off and I just recently got it back on in February which would mean I didn’t take meds for a whole year … In February I visited him and he made me take a bone density test and now I have osteopenia … Can my condition be cured ..My T scores are now 1.4 in the lower back and 1.8 in the hip .

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Steven,
      A scan that shows osteoporosis in a 27-year-old male should raise lots of red flags as to the integrity of the scan itself. I recommend seeking a second or even a third opinion.

      It’s important to remember that variations in DEXA readings can be machine-related, or could be affected by the amount of lean tissue you have. Here’s why:

      DEXA scanners beam X-rays at the lumbar vertebrae and the hip to measure the shadow cast by the bones. Software in the machine estimates the amount of calcium in the bone based on the darkness of the shadow. This means that DEXA scans are not three-dimensional; they are two-dimensional, like a plain X-ray, so it is very “insensitive.” This two-dimensional reading, therefore, causes errors in the “reading” of actual bone density. And DEXA scans measure quantity of bone rather than quality.

      The bigger question is not whether there could be positive results from the Osteoporosis Reversal Program in a certain period of time; it is more about your true bone health philosophy. It is impossible to predict what will happen in your own particular case, so the inescapable question is whether you formulate your bone health philosophy based on potential results or based on your thoughts about what’s best for you.

      And please realize that drugs, whether prescribed or over the counter, may help temporarily (or more likely, may just appear to be helping), but there’s always a price to pay.

      I hope you’ll seek that second opinion!

  30. Chiki

    When I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago my surgeon and oncologist immediately put me on to anastrozole (who is interested, chck this pharmacy – ) and Alendronic Acid (a bisphosphonate). I had a base line DEXA scan done in the Oct which showed I was already osteopenic. During radiotherapy they also prescribed Adcal3. Apart from the hot flushes from taking anastrozole, which have now seem to have subsided, I have had no problems with any of the medications. I had another DEXA scan in Mar this year and the results were roughly the same as the one 18 months prior.

    I hope this has helped.

  31. F S

    Hello. I need advice I’m 38 years old I’m epileptic and I got diagnosed coeliac about 5 months ago, I had a DXA scan after and it shows I have osteopenia, due to coeliac desease my body isn’t absorbing nutrients and vitamins needed for my bones, I’m taking actonel and adcal D3 also vitamin C tablets a day,I’m worried how high my chances are fracturing or breaking a bone compared to people who absorb vitamins for the bone without illnesses that prevent absortion? . I’m frightened to carry and lift my doctor was very vague on these questions.
    Please advise I’m departed to understand what my body can manage. Kindest regards

    • F.S

      Sorry ‘spell check’ it should say desparate regards

  32. Angela

    Hello, I am a 48 year old woman. Last year I was diagnised with osteopenia And put on Calcium 600+Vit 3. ti. I had another scan and Told to continue supplement. However, My recent Labs indicating Vit D.25 (OH) Is high sitting at 142.0! I have done research and the past 6 months for me I’ve experienced massive bone pain confusion, mood swings, brain fog, personality changes, fatigue, inability to sleep even though exhaisted, hard to wake up – (never feeling refreshed). I wonder what to do regarding supplements and high Vit D3 LEVELS….”catch-22 scenerio.” These symptoms are debilitating and I’m almost convinced there to be more going on with me. I sincerely appreciate any advice shared.

    • Joe

      What is your blood calcium. Check PTH (parathyroid hormone). If one of your parathyroid glands has gone kookoo the only fix for it is removal, which is fortunately pretty easy.

  33. MG

    Loved the article! Got here after searching about osteopenia to get some info on how I can help my mother. Yes, they give You drugs when instead 3, 4 times weekly training and losing weight gets the things done. Cheers!

  34. Manya

    I will be 52 in June. Yesterday I received the results of my Bone Density Scan. My doctor’s nurse called me to let me know that I have osteopenia and that the doctor put in prescriptions for calcium/vit D AND Fosamax. I am not sure that I want to take Fosamax, as I have heard it is toxic. Can you please give me some guidance on this?

    • Customer Support

      Manya, Vivian has written quite a bit about Fosamax. To get started on your research, you can use the Search feature on this site. Simply type in “Fosamax” (or anything else osteoporosis-related you’d like to read about), and all the posts Vivian has written on that topic will be listed for you. 🙂

  35. soraya

    I am taking Anastrozole because i had LCIS & DCIS recently. I had lumpectomy on October 20th, 14, and thanks god the pathology report came negative, however the first biopsy result showed that it was estrogen and progesterone positive. The radiologist said i don’t need any radiation because the final result showed nothing positive and i don’t have to worry about it, but the ecologist prescribed Anastrozole to block the estrogen or minimize the body from creating estrogen even though i am menopausal since i was 45 years old. My question do i need to worry about my bone or anything us while i am on this medication. Also do i need to take any vitamins to help my self. i eat very healthy and i use everything possible to help my self from exercise to healthy juices and healthy lifestyle. Please help.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Soraya, I am so glad that your recent results came back negative! Anastrozole and other estrogen-inhibiting drugs do have a negative effect on bones, so that’s all the more reason to follow a program like Save Our Bones. 🙂

      The Program aims to retain the necessary minerals in the body so as not to deplete bones. It does this by maintaining an alkaline blood pH. In fact, some scientists believe that an alkaline pH may also stave off cancer from recurring. So it may have a double benefit!

  36. anthony

    Pls I don’t no what to do about my left hip joint I once have an accident b4 now is up to seven to eight years, starting from last year now I now feel great weakness pains joint noise thinning growing short even now I bend before I can work till now I can stand strong. What can I do to gain my health back

  37. Priya

    My mom is 68 yrs old and has been diagnosed with osteopenia. she’s on calcium and vitamin D. She is a strict vegetarian. what kind of diet would you recommend for her to curb osteopenia. Is osteopenia reversible ? how can i help her.
    Your suggestions are valuble to me.

    • Cathy W

      Do I need Fosamax if score is -1 in one place (lower spine)?

      • catherine bruni

        In a recent bone density test I have been diagnosed as having osteopenia in my lower spine as well as in the left femoral neck. I am 66 yrs. old and have no other medical issues. The average bone density loss is about 20% in the areas mentioned. The doctor suggested taking 2000 units of Calcium with 1000 units of D3. Previously I was taking half of that. Also, she suggested going on a drug called Actonel taking it once a month. I would like to know if osteopenia is reversible with meds or whatever, and if it is ok to take the above mentioned drugs. Please reply.

      • catherine bruni

        In a recent bone density test I have been diagnosed as having osteopenia in my lower spine as well as in the left femoral neck. I am 66 yrs. old and have now other medical issues. I average bone density loss is about 20% in the areas mentioned. The doctor suggested taking 2000 units of Calcium with 1000 units of D3. Previously I was taking taking of that. Also she suggested going on a drug called Actonel taking it once a month. I would like to know if osteopenia is reversible with meds or whatever and if it is ok to take the above mentioned drugs. Please reply.

  38. Angela Martin

    I was just diagnosed with osteopenia. I’m 48 and all of my other labs are great. He tested me because I’ve gotten shorter 🙁 and my mom has osteoporosis (as did her mother.) Your article makes me thankful for his practical approach. The nurse did not talk about it as a disease but more like a pre-stage, not-as-bad sort of thing. He told me to take calcium and vitamin D, do weight-bearing exercises and to have another scan in two years. I’d love your thoughts and am signing up for your kit. Thanks!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Welcome, Angela! I am so glad you found this site, and your contributions to the community will be most welcome. 🙂 I encourage you to read all the free information on this site and make full use of the Search feature and free downloads! I wish you well on your journey to better bone health.

  39. Gabriela

    Dear Vivian, I am 32 and were diagnosed with ostopenia recently and medicated with Bonviva. I had a lot of doubts about taking the medication or not and then I read your blog. What are your drug-free recomendations, is there any document I can read? BR,

  40. Mary Brown

    My 91 year old mother has been diagnosed a 2.5 on the osteoporosis scale. She is diabetic, treated with pills and diet and is in relatively good health. She is a little less steady with her balance. She had a bone density test through Kaiser and the prescribed the once a week tablet Alendronate Sodium 70mg. My question is even if the tablet works on increasing bone density will it make a difference in a 91 year old?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      It’s impossible to predict just how sodium alendronate (Fosamax) will affect your mother; there are just too many individual variables. But I never recommend drugs to anyone, regardless of age!

  41. Teresa

    I have just been told with a bone density test that I have osteopenia. Was started on Fosamax and also told to take 1200mg of calcium. I have pain in my joints, and I’m gaining weight. Also told to eat yogurt daily. Fosamax dose is 70mg once a week. What are your feelings on taking these drugs? I also seem to have problems with constipation.

  42. Kaye Cerri

    I went for m yearly physical, everything was great, but my doctor said the bone density showed ospeopina, but he told me to take Vitamin D3 and calcium. I am a little relunctant to take calcium supplements, because I heard it can effect the heart. I eat a very healthy diet and I do have yogurt every day, and I also eat a lot of broccoli. Is that enough calcium.

  43. Merry Roloff

    I was just diagnosed with Osteopenia. My bones are thinnest in my spine. Right off the bat my doctor prescribed Fosamax and taking a Vitamin D3 as my D levels are low. I took the medication one week and stopped when I read all the bad side effects. I am planning on tackling this in a more natural fashion. I am continuing with the vitamin D, two daily viactiv chews and more standing, running, walking & hiking! I am in relatively good health
    for my age and not overweight. My doctor is not happy that I have chosen to tackle this in my own way and then suggested a different medication that is an injection twice a year. I said NO, NO, no medications! I do not want to take a pill for everything. Next appt is in August to check my vitamin D levels. Wish me luck! I am 59.

    • Louise

      What about too high levels of calcium and Vitamin D in my blood? My doctor said to go off calcium and Vitamin D. This was after I was diagnosed with osteopenia through a DEXA test and one hip showed osteoporosis (right on the border) and he had recommended calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements. So here I was, starting to following your program, and now I can’t take Calcium and Vitamin D supplements. What am I to do? Help! I am following the Save Your Bones program except for this! I guess I am waiting for further blood tests in the future or according to the doctor’s nurse, see a specialist (but she didn’t say what kind of a specialist!!!!! Good Grief. I certainly have no intention of going on any of those medications either.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Good luck, Merry! Good for you for standing up for your own health decisions. You can do it!

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  45. Willa Hoffpauir

    I have been diagnosed with osteopenia in 2010 after suffering a severe burning pain around the bra line in my left side of my back to a severe ache in my spine somedays after only working in retail for only 4 or 5 hours a day,just 4 or 5 days a week.I had a full body MRI,x-rays,carotid artery scan,blood work and bone density test over a period of 2 years,with no other answers but osteopenia.I am 63 years old and have always been physically active,have no weight issues(5’6″ 128 to 132 lbs)walk alot at work and at home.I was sent o neurologist and was prescribed Cymbalta which seems effective about 60% of the time,but also causes me other side effects,like hair loss,really really senseless dreams every night and feeling sluggish in the mornings and some consipation.I will be losing my health insurance at work and won’t be able to afford Cymbalta.Is there something else I can do to get rid of this pain completely and not have to pay the pharmaceutical companies anymore of my hard earned money.I have never been a real big fan of medications of any kind.Just hate drugs period.You take one for some ailment ,only to cause another problem or pain.Can you help please.

  46. lynette mayo

    I have a more daunting problem. I have a recently aquired rare disease that damages cartilage? How on earth can I help my cartilage, HELP big time???

  47. Kathyann Charles

    Hi good day ,God bless my friend told me about this book and am very interested in getting one.

  48. Freddy Chimbo Calero

    Tengo 46 años soy de sexo masculino y al realizarme una desintometría osea el resultado es de ostopenia, quisiera su ayuda


  49. Manuel

    I believe you have a superior product on helping people to get rid of their problems, I had arthitis and I cured myself by a lot of research and mostly by nutrition. Naturally by lots of prayer too and having enough faith in what I was doing, and doing it right. Thank you for the invitation, maybe in due time a will get your program. SHALOM.

  50. Herminia

    Dear Vivian,I’ve enjoyed very much, all thes great information!!!
    God bless!.Herminia



  51. Julie

    three years ago i was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and osteoporosis. my rheumatologist put me on the injection humira. had bone density test done 2 years ago and again yesturday. i had a 10% decrease in bone density and he prescribed fosamax. the dr said that this would strenghten my bones in my hips. what will it do to the good bones in my body?

  52. Rafa

    THANK YOU!! for sharing great info and we appreciate it very much, be blessed!!.


  53. Tim Grady

    Hi Vivian

    I’am a 57 year old man. I perchased your program when I was diagnosed with osteopenia. After 3 years my second bone density test showed no change. I was hoping for better results with all the changes I have made in my diet and exercise but at least the T-scores didn’t go up. I just started using Algaecal and Strontium Boost in hopes that this supplement will work better than what I was using. I have heard good things about this product and value your opinion. My doctor wants me to take medication because my T-scores have not changed. I’am trying to avoid that. Please let me know what you think

    Thank You

    Tim Grady

  54. Ermina Mojon

    Hi, my mother diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lately with osteopenia. She is prescribed to drink gabapentin, prednisone, fosavance and other pain killers. She is already 64 years old, do you have any suggestions like natural and herbal medicine, thank you.

  55. Majella Lynch

    I am 58 and have a diagnosis of Osteopenia. I have been to a GP who specialises in menopause using bio-identical hormones. I have been using progesterone cream, prescription monitored by 3-monthly blood tests, for 2 years. I was advised that this treatment would assist my bone density. My latest bone density results, (compared to 2 years ago when I began the progesterone cream) showed the same T-score for the spine and a 7% decrease in the hip. The 2 year test prior to that showed a slight improvement in both scores. Can anyone comment on the use of hormones to treat Osteopenia? If it is not going to actually improve my scores I don’t want to keep using it. I have also been taking supplements, exercising and following the nutrition guidelines of the Save Our Bones program.

  56. dee jackals

    error typyin sori.hi viv im a 20 yr old female & diagnosed with osteopenia a radiographer workin with radiation everyday & ws wonderin if exposure to radiation cud b da reasn for the cause.hvnt seen the dr yet cz im afraid he’l prescribe all these tablets with side effects.wat shud i do?

  57. dee jackals

    hi vi

  58. Linda Thomas

    It has taken 15 years of pain before I was informed that I have bilateral osteopenia. I have severe pains walking and standing up from a chair. They are only trying to cure the pain not deal with the problem and the meds they have given me, I have had reactions. What is the best medication for osteopenia and the pain that goes with it. Please help.

  59. Sharon Lowe

    I was diagnosed with osteopenia and asked to take 600 mg of calcium along with Vitamin D for it, however, I am on two other medications which cause constipation and I’ve found that when I stop taking the calcium, my constipation goes away and my bowel functions return to normal. The calcium I take has Vitamin D in it and I think I’m going to just take the Vitamin D because I don’t get enough sun due to my job schedule and not take the calcium supplement. What do you think?

    • Lee Ann conway

      Drink lots of water

  60. Marolyn

    Should you take Fosamax if you can’t make bone? Should the doctor test you first to see if you can make bone.

  61. Susan Siegel

    Hello. Last week i turned quickly to plug in my cell phone at a plug near my desk while I was at my computer. I immediately went from 0 to 60 in pain. This prompted me after a week, to call my doctor as I thought i just pulled a muscle. Well, I did a baseline bone density test and she had my rib cage x rayed which showed a rib fracture #8 rib. Also my T score is -2.5. She said due to this fragility fracture she wants me to take fosomax once a week, as I have the beginning s of osteoperosis. I am 52. What is your opinion?

    • Mika

      “I’m not a competitive clsiyct, so I won’t be having this issue.” If all you do for exercise is cycle, and you don’t do any exercise that stresses the bones that they’re talking about, like the back, then yes – you’re more susceptible to this problem. It’s simple physiology – if you don’t use those parts of the body, they atrophy.

  62. Raj


    I am 39 years old and recently diagnosed with Osteopenia. My doctor did not prescribe any medication as of such but wanted me to use Calcium Supplement of 1000 mg per day and Glucosamine of 1000 mg per day. I am using those supplements but lot of my friends and myself are questioning the fact whether Glucosamine will be any helpful to cure/reverse Osteopenia. It is more for arthritis to help joint mobility.

    I eat healty and started exercising (walking, yoga, and some aerobic type exercise)quite a bit. Is there a way I can reverse my Osteopenia naturally or by using any supplements?


  63. Gailena

    I’m in my 50’s and menopausal, I take Hydrocortisone for Addison’s Disease and T3 for hypothyroid. My endocrinologist did the blood sugar test and discovered I am barely at pre-diabetic status. She would like me to start Metformin. DEXA scan revealed I’m barely in the osteopenia scale, she has not YET prescribed something for me on that. When on drugs for Addison’s Disease they worry about diabetes and osteoporosis complications.


    Hi Vivian, After compressed fractures in T6 & 7 early this year I had a bone density scan and the result was -1.9 for both hip and spine. These fractures coupled with a prior fracture (hit by car when cycling) 13 years ago my doctor prescribed Actonel. I was given fact sheets with a list of side effects and my doctor encouraged me to visit if or when I experienced any of these. Over the last six months I ingested this drug and during that time my body ached from head to toe. I am an avid cyclist and am used to experiencing muscle soreness but when the heart palipations started while I was riding I decided that was enough. My doctor did blood tests to ensure no other “disease” was the culprit and they all came back negative. It has been five weeks since I last took the medication and only now has the aches in joints started to subside. I’ve had to put up a strong arguement against taking this medication, but my wellness has improved dramatically since stopping. Thanks for the alternative. Mary

  65. connie shannon

    am truly thankful someone is doing something to protect us all from unnessary medications. I have great respect for medicine when truly needed, that said, I resent being made manipulated into a profit making scheme.

  66. sheila

    I am on a drug call arimidex for the treatment of breast cancer wich can cause osterporosis can i still use your bone program

    • Linda

      I’m taking Arimidex for metasticised cancer…..doing exceptionally well, but know that this drug is contributing to osteoporosis developed through two bouts of BC since 2005. Can I rebuild bone in spite of the Arimidex?

  67. Jane

    I was taking fosamax, but after taking it for 4 months, I developed a slight pain in my jaw. After talking to the doctor he told me to discontinue using it. The nurse called to tell me that i could take Actonel or Boniva instead. Don’t these two drugs have the same side effects? Could you please tell me what I should do – completely overwhelmed with a decision???

  68. Wanda Rodman

    I have been diagnosed with osteopenia. I was prescribed 50,000 IU Vitamin D a week for 8 weeks. I stopped taking it because of the side effects. Do you think this much vit. D is safe?

  69. Alla

    If SALBA can benefit my ostoporosis?

    I am just adding 2 tablespoon of SALBA to
    mymorning food.

    Thank you.

    • Valli


      I really enjoy your website and recently received your ebook. In 2008, I was diagnosed with Osteopenia in the hip area and immediately my doctor prescribed Boniva. The next year(2009), I had my dexa scan, my doctor stated there was a little improvement and wanted me to remain on the drug. He switched me to Fosamax and after approximately six months on the Drug, I developed all kinds of side effects; constipation, difficulty in swallowing, digestive problems, chronic heart burn and some joint pain. So, he wanted me to go back taking the Boniva. I refused because all the bone meds are so harmful to the body. In reading your book, you suggested a diet consisting of alkaline 80% and 20% acidic. I have changed my diet and was using the Almond Milk. After a few weeks, I developed chronic Diarrhea and alot of veggies and fruits does the same thing. Also, there are things you listed in your book which I am unable to find such as Buckwheat. Your Program sounds great but unsure if i can follow it. I try to eat as much Alkaline foods as possible. Can you give me any other recommendatons in following your prescribed plan as outlined in your Program?

  70. Darlene

    Hi Vivian

    Can you please help me on letting me know the brand of calcium that you take. I am now taking citracal plus bone density builder but I think from your articles that I should be taking amino acid chelated. I went on line & all I did was confused myself. I took your advice & starting taking vit k-2 & Ubiquinol. I have your book & really am learning. I am a breast cancer survivor, have osteopenia in the hip & osteoporosis in the spine. I really want to take charge of my body (which your book is helping with my health) & be taking the proper calcuim.

    Thank you for your time

  71. Heidi Douglas

    I was injected with reclast,my doctor moved and my new doctor gave me fosomax for 3 month now I have stomach problems,I will see a specialist next week,Heidi.

  72. hello

    really like this website and yesterday received my ebook and read it. i am a believer of alkaline diets and will work from now on to et80-20 alkaline acid.

  73. wanda

    Thanks for making your information available to osteoperosis suffers. As an African-american women, I was shocked to find out that I have Osteoperosis in my spine (L1-L4)T Score = -3.9, and Osteopenia in my hip T Score = -2.0. This was discovered through an examination performed by a disability doctor. When I sent my Rheumotologist the results, the first thing she wanted to do was to call in a prescription to my pharmacist for Fosamax. I suffer from a number of disabilities and am already taking 13 different medications for these other disabilities. I did not wish to add to my list of required medications; especially one that is strongly suspected to cause serious jaw problems. So, I really appreciate you providing a safe alternative to prescribed medication!

    I am a little disappointed that your book is not sold in bookstores. I wanted to immediately go out and buy a copy, but couldn’t find it in typical bookstores. Will you be making this book available through bookstores in the future?


  74. Bharadwaj

    I have got oteopenia with Tscore of spine -1.9 and have pains all over my body including my hand and leg fingers.

    I was not aware about such osteopenia untill I took test on BMD, I understand that I would need calcium and planning to take calcium content in my diet atleast 1000mg every day.

    Will this work and get back to me to normal state atleast for few months or do I need to take medicines. I haven’t been to doctor as I have just received my reports.

    Please suggest me and also the time that takes to be normal. Waiting for your reply eagerly.

    Thanks & Regard,

  75. Pipsa

    I have just been prescribed Actonel for osteopenia, but have not purchased any yet. I am interested in your program, but have a question: is it compatible with a vegetarian diet (incl. dairy – lactose free – and eggs in modest quantity)? I have been a vegetarian for decades and wish to remain so.

    Also are the foods recommended natural foods (as in your Caribbean Adventure Salad) as I live in Australia and cannot get typically American preparations?

    Looking forward to and greatly appreciating your response.

    • John Timmermans

      You do a lot of talking but you don’t get to the point what we have to use for osteoporosis.

  76. netty

    I have tried quite a few times to receive “The Natural Bone Building Guide”, but have not received it in my e-mail. I was diagnosed with osteopenia two years ago. My doctor prescribed Fosamax for me. I am looking for natural treatment instead.

    Thank you.


    • John Timmermans

      What is your natural treatmemt?

  77. Beeble8

    My Dr. is really pushing drugs for my osteopenia

  78. Nell

    I broke my femur bone 18 months ago. I had been on fosamax for 4 years. Actually where I broke my bone already had a fracture in that area. It was having a hard healing and the doctor told me to get off of fosamax because it interfered with the healing of the bone. I am still off of it. I have been one the diet from the book “Save My Bones”. I would like to know where I can buy a PH balance kit. I stil have a rod in my leg and because it was broken so high I had to have a rod put in my in my hip to stabilize the bone. Also, I still have 2 screws in my knee.

  79. Janice Bunch

    My doctor also told me I have the beginnings of osteoporosis and put me a generic medication called Alendronate Sodium tablets. I had talked with my Aunt and others and was told to read up on it. I did look it up and when I read the article I decided that I was not going to use this medication. This was about a month ago and my back has not hurt at all so far. The effects that it could cause blew me away. It sounded like a death sentence.

    I am really happy that I found your e-mail and now I know others are doing the same thing. I will start taking more B12. What is the amount of B12 that should be taken?

    Thank you and I look forward to going forward without the medication I was put on.

    Thank you so much for the information.

    Janice Bunch

  80. cherry

    Is it true that when starting off with a natural healing process for osteoporosis, that you stay clear of any calcium supplements and just take magnesium. This is supposedly to balance system and take unwanted calcium from arteries, stones etc and place it into bones.

  81. angie

    after seeing a dr for burning and pain around joints neck and shoulder blades a nerve test was done no damage now x-ray on hand result were osteopenia dr say usaully found in people sixty and i am thirty three she then did blood test for arthitis no results meantime ino longer run a mile three times a week no do martial arts twice a week given tramodul still major burning and pain now given norco any suggestion now she askes if am depressed

  82. Dillon

    Well said, finally a good report on this stuff

  83. wls

    gr8 resrch bro


    I have been taking actonel for a while but have stopped after reading your articles. I know my Dr won’t agree with me but I am worried as I have had jaw problems (not serious but kind of disconnected) and aches in my left arm which I cannot explain. Do you think these could be connected?
    I am 83 years old and have never taken medications till recently.

  85. Ralph BASHA


    i am 48 years old man . i discovered that i have osteoporosis 3 years ago i had an acceptable level of pain in my back. i did MRI and discovered fractures in my spine. my doctor gave me ACTONEL one tablet per week and took also one alpha calcidol one tablet per day plus Orocal D4 calcium.
    i changed doctor he is asking me to stop ACTONEL and replace it by FORSTEO injection.
    Frankly speaking i am really lost dont know what to do especially if you do some research on the web telling us that all medications have really very bad side effects such as cancer etc…

    Ralph BASHA

  86. Ann

    Hi Vivian, I just received my diagnosis of severe bone loss of hip and mild bone loss of spine and my Doctor prescribed Fosamax. I have taken Fosamax, Miacalcin, Fortical, and Boniva with serious side effects from all of these medications. I went online to research Fosamax and came across your information. I have ordered your book and am looking forward to reading it and following your recommendations and hopefully I can overcome this without taking the prescribed medication.


  87. Lee

    I have just come across your website and I am intrigued. My husband at 49 has been diagnosed with osteopenia as a result of a fracture, 6 months later with non healing, more surgery,bone stimulator, endocrinologists visits, rehab, and nothing seems to be making any difference with bone deposition. He has now had an auto graft from his hip. My concern is that there is clearly a bigger problem of calcium absorption and deposition. The next step we are told is to take fosamax but I just do not think that is the answer.

  88. Edith Sartain

    I was diagnosed with osteopenia last year and prescribed boniva.I began taking this drug in September of 2007 and experienced persistent chills blurred vision and a general feeling of just not being up to par.I also noticed my left wrist joints becoming mildly painful. then the right wrist and my leg muscles began to be bothersome after just very short walks of no more then 50 yards.01/30/08 after taking my monthly dose of Boniva at 7 am within 15 to 20 minutes I got a feeling of doom and being sick I layed back down on the couch for a few minutes when the itching of my hands then my head began and it then moved to my feet and ankles followed by an all over head to toe rash.Also my tongue and lips began to feel very strange and I knew I was in trouble. I was treated in a local hospital ER and placed on prednisone. The next problem occured within 2 days after taking my next dose.My right jaw began to hurt and pain became severe , I was certain I had an abcess festering.My Dentist was just as suprised as I was when Xrays revealed no infection or any other dental problem.This episode lasted about a week and vanished.By May 08 my left hand was so bothersome it was painful to just pick up my cup of coffee and opening a door or jar impossible the right was also affected but not as severe, (there is an old injury to my left wrist)and being a lefty it is my predominant hand in all I do. I finally came to the conclusion after doing a lot of research that it had to be side effects to the Boniva.I took no additional doses and by my next scheduled Checkup in September 08 most of the side effects to Boniva were resolving or have disappeared all together.My wrist joints are still a little bothersome but have returned to functional as before taking the Boniva.My Doctor concurred my findings but recommended another Medication Miacalcin.My research on this Medication raised red flags as joint pain, vision problems are also noted.I have decline taking any further Medication as I do not want to go through another experience as I have with Boniva.Dr. Edwards understood and recommended to stay on the 1200 mg of calcium+D and weight bearing exercises.
    I came across your web site as I was researching the other day and I thank you for your efforts to give patients the knowledge to make an informed choice.
    I will order your book by calling the given phone No. I read the sampler and want to find out more.

  89. Alma Roots

    I have slight osterpenia in my lower back, no other medical problems. The past few weeks, when I’m sitting and lean forward or sideways, the bones in my back pop. It doesn’t hunt, just annoying. Is it something to be concerned about? Thank you.

  90. Jill Miles

    Hi Vivian,
    I’ve enjoyed your comments and will buy your book The Bone Healty Revolution. This is my first time on your web site. I signed up Save our Bones Club. I have been diagnost with the beginings of Osterpenia. Five years ago I had good bone for my age (then I was 64) I spent a lot of time in the gym. I haven’t been in the gym for 5 years and I need to get back into the gym. I take calcium. My feeling is I need to be in the gym! I also go for natural means, but don’t have a good grasp on what to do. I use to juice fruits and veg. and am thinking to start up again. Do you have any advice for me.

    I want to thank you for your web site. It is important for men and women to know about bone disease. My grandmother and mother had Osteoprosis (very painful)

    Thank you for your time and effort.

    Jill Miles

  91. Vivian Goldschmidt

    Hi Zita,
    The drug is Arimidex and it may cause a reduction in bone mineral because it reduces the amount of circulating estrogen.Your best and safest bet is to follow the bone health plan in my book, that you’ve already purchased. By maintaining a balanced pH you can protect your bones from calcium loss and greatly increase your chances of a successful therapy with Arimidex. Scientific studies have shown that cancer cells benefit from an acidic environment.

    Wishing you all the best,

    • lesley

      Hello Dr. Vivian. Your answer to Zita interested me. I am a breast and melanoma cancer survivor and I take Arimidex. I have also just been diagnosed with Osteopenia. I have been put on the drug Alendronate. 40 mg 1 a week. I live in Canada and hav to pay for this drug which is not covered by my province of B.C. I find it a very hard drug to take. Do you have any opinion on this drug please? Thank you. Lesley

  92. Zita

    I recently had a bi-lateral mastsectomie. I do not have to have Chemo or radiation, but the oncologist wants me to take either tamoxafen or amidex (not sure this is the correct spelling). I am going to take the Amidex, which may cause bone loss. My Bone Density test showed Osteropenia, I am 63.

    What can I do to stave off any further deterioration and even possibly build bone density.

    Respectfully, Zita

  93. Pat J

    I had a bone density scan and it indicated that I was “at high risk for fracture”. I had been on Tamoxofin for almost 5 years. My doctor prescribed Fosomax and I got acid reflux. I went off the Fasomax with the knowledge of my doctor and she prescribed Actonel (once per week) which I was able to tolerate. I had been doing strength and resistance training 2 times a week and making sure that I included calcium in my diet supplemented with calcium medication. I have since gone off Actonel because my last bone density scan showed improvement in bone density. My doctor agreed that there was no need to keep taking medication as long as I kept up with the exercises and calcium intake. Unfortunately, I stilll have acid reflux.

  94. susan palmer

    Hi Vivian I have been on fosamax for 11yrs came of it when my cousin in North Carolia told me about you so, I have been off it for 4 months I seem to be alright apart from this week i have developed toothache pluss a loose tooth will that have anything to do with Fosamax sue

  95. lynn

    Hi Vivian,
    I am so doing everything you mentioned in your book, butstill have a few questions.
    What do you think of Tums as a way of getting calcium and also decreasing the acid in our digestive system?
    Do you recommend Glucosomine with chrondritin? Are there studies that show it helps bones?
    Do you have an opinion on ipriflavone, or papaya extract pills?
    My nails still have vertical lines and I have been on your diet four months. When do you think they might show that I am absorbing calcium again?
    Thank you so much for answering these.

  96. deborah

    i been on armidex 8 years…….how much megatsieum

  97. Vivian Goldschmidt

    Great news about your bone health (and your doctor), Pat. If you’re taking proton-pump inhibitors for the reflux, they might compromise your calcium absorption and pH balance. You see, we need an acidic environment in the stomach to properly absorb minerals and digest foods. I understand that reflux is very uncomfortable and that by now you might have identified the foods that cause you the most discomfort… Be patient and feel free to get back to me if your reflux does not improve in a month or so.


  98. Vivian Goldschmidt

    Hi Sue,

    Fosamax is “innocent” until proven “guilty”…(just a little joke here). But seriously now, your dentist will be able to give you the final “verdict”.

    Take care,


  99. Vivian Goldschmidt

    Hi Lynn,

    I’m glad to hear that you ‘re following the Bone Health Action Plan I explain in my book. Keep it up! Your question about Tums brings up a Catch 22 situation. Here’s why: without enough stomach acid we can’t absorb calcium. For example, taking proton pump inhibitors for an extended period of time (like Nexium or Prevacid) can cause excessive bone loss. Calcium is a great acid neutralizer,and that is why it’s the active ingredient in Tums.
    Glucosamine and chondroitin may improve joint mobility. Ipriflavone has been shown to alter normal bone metabolism, something that in the long run may be a detriment rather than help . Moreover, there have been cases of lymphocytopenia in women taking ipriflavone .Papaya extract (papain) may act as a digestive aid but be careful with the dosage. A few cases of damage to the esophagus have been reported.
    Any biochemical change typically takes at least 6 months to show…That explains why your nails still have the vertical lines.

    Best regards,

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