The Vicious Cycle Big Pharma Doesn't Want You To Know About (Hint: It's Made Worse By Popular Osteoporosis Drugs) - Save Our Bones

When you’ll read about this bone-damaging vicious cycle, you’ll understand why the Medical Establishment will never mention it to you. It causes your bones to lose density, and for that reason, it’s one of the main contributing factors of osteoporosis. What’s even worse is that this cycle is actually aggravated by popular osteoporosis drugs.

So today, I’m thrilled to share with you the causes and effects of this vicious cycle and how it can impair your bone-building success. Best of all, you’ll discover how you can easily break this cycle and rapidly improve the health of your bones.

Bone Health Involves Your Whole Body

When it comes to bone health, you may not realize how many body systems and organs are involved. Building bone density is a whole-body effort, involving the lungs, stomach, liver, and kidneys. It all works together in a harmonious balance, remodeling and building bone under the right conditions.

But here’s where the problem arises: when one of the links in the process goes awry, the resulting chain of events can be devastating to your bones.

The vicious cycle begins with the kidneys because…

Healthy, Functioning Kidneys Are Absolutely Crucial For pH Balancing

Savers know that the kidneys play a vital role in keeping your pH balance; I explain this in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. As the body’s filtration system, the kidneys remove toxins we inevitably take into our bodies via the environment, the air we breathe, and the food we eat.

The kidneys also filter out excess acid from the blood (or more specifically, plasma) and reabsorb alkalizing bicarbonate from the urine. So an acid-forming diet makes the kidneys work even harder.

Over time, the kidneys can become damaged under this toxic overload, often without any symptoms. But there’s more, because…

As We Age, Kidney Function Typically Declines

This is how the cycle starts. As you get older, your kidney function typically begins to decline, and the kidneys become less efficient at filtering out acid and toxins, causing these substances to accumulate in even greater quantities. No less important is that the kidneys become less effective at reabsorbing bicarbonate, which acts as a buffer or acid neutralizer.

The build-up of acidic toxins further impairs your kidneys, and as the resulting blood pH gets more acidic, calcium (a potent alkalizer) stored in the bones is utilized to maintain the blood pH levels. When bicarbonate levels are insufficient, calcium keeps leeching out of bone to correct the pH, and inevitably, bone loss occurs. That’s the vicious cycle!

According to Lynda Frassetto, author of a groundbreaking work written for NASA about acid/base balance, bone loss, and kidneys, “…‘trade-offs’ for maintaining acid-base balance include bone dissolution to provide base and muscle breakdown to increase renal H+ excretion.”1

Now let’s take a closer look at how this vital pH-balancing act works.

How The Kidneys Maintain Body pH

To get a better understanding of the mechanism behind acid/alkaline balance, let’s take a brief look at the kidneys and how they function.

The kidneys are blood-rich organs. The average human has about 1 to 1.5 gallons of blood in their body, and the kidneys filter this blood 32 to 45 times a day. The kidneys receive their blood from the abdominal aorta, and once inside the kidneys the blood is distributed via renal arteries into smaller arteries called arterioles. These lead to even smaller capillaries that are bundled into a structure called the glomerulus.

Along with the glomerular capsule, the glomerulus forms the renal corpuscle. Across from the renal corpuscle is the renal tubule, which is actually a series of tubules with different sections providing various stages of filtering. Together, the renal corpuscle and renal tubule form a filtering unit called a nephron.

Blood is separated from urine via a thin membrane in the glomerular capsule. The tubules recover substances that are not waste and concentrate the urine. After passing through the intricate network of tubules, the urine is then ready to be emptied into the collecting ducts, into the ureters, and finally into the bladder.

Remember how one set of tubules recovers non-waste substances? One of those substances is alkalizing bicarbonate, which gets reabsorbed and acts as a buffer. Another set of tubules sends about 10-15% of the bicarbonate into the collecting ducts to be excreted.

Included among the acidic toxins the kidneys must filter are the popular osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates. And research shows us something really disturbing (and ironic) about the effect this class of drugs has on the kidneys.

Proven: Bisphosphonates Cause Kidney Damage

When researchers reviewed the mounting evidence that bisphosphonates cause kidney damage, they discovered that there is, in fact, a connection. Although the researchers point out that, “The mechanisms by which bisphosphonates can cause renal insufficiency are still elusive,” they also note that, “The nature of renal injury from bisphosphonates has become clearer in recent years.”2

Actually, the mechanism by which bisphosphonates cause kidney damage is obvious if you put all the evidence together, including the known fact that these drugs are cleared from the body exclusively by the kidneys. Given the role the kidneys play in filtering out acidifying toxins, it’s no wonder their function is compromised in the presence of acidifying bisphosphonates. In addition, these drugs are often prescribed to an older generation whose kidney function is already in decline.

So What Can You Do To Keep Your Kidneys Healthy?

The bottom line is, your kidneys are critical to your bone health. Thankfully, you can break the cycle and restore and maintain your kidney function, and I'm going to show you exactly how. It starts with proper nutrition:

“One of the alterable factors that affects renal function is dietary.”1 writes Frassetto.

Fortunately, you can control what you eat and drink – both the “alterable factors” that influence renal efficiency and health. Savers already know the importance of an alkalizing diet (80% alkalizing foods, 20% acidifying) to maintain and improve bone density and strength. In fact, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program nutritional plan also protects your kidneys, since it doesn’t contain acidifying chemicals found in processed foods.

But in addition to this diet, a periodic cleanse is essential. It breaks the bone-damaging vicious cycle and kick-starts a healthy, bone-building cycle in its place. A cleanse makes the 80/20 diet more effective because it helps your kidneys function more efficiently and removes dangerous toxins, setting the stage for your bone-building success.

If you’ve taken bisphosphonates (or are still taking them now and would like to stop), a systemic cleanse is vital to restore your kidneys’ proper function and prepare your body for the task of building your bones. And this holds true even if you've never taken the medication.

This is why I created the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse: The 7 Day Bone Building Accelerator. It’s an easy yet powerful way to rid your body of accumulated toxins, whether you took bisphosphonates or not. And it has a brand new look! The cover has just been updated, but the content inside is still as vital as ever. Check out the new cover here.

Here's what's so different about Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse: There’s nothing exotic or “weird” about it, such as depriving yourself of food for days on end or having to buy expensive and hard-to-find supplements or foods – the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse protocol is all backed by sound science and some of the latest research on the subject.

You see, the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse is as much about what you do eat as what you don’t. Because research has shown that there are common everyday foods you can eat and other simple things you can do to effectively cleanse your system in as little as one week, and they’re all explained inside the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse.

Plus to make things easier for you, you'll get over 40 recipes and even a shopping list, leaving no stone unturned.

I cleanse twice a year, and I sincerely believe it's vital for optimal bone health. The best part is that that it’s just seven days of following six simple steps. If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to read more about the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse and get started on your accelerated path to healthy kidneys and strong bones. Think of it as giving your kidneys and your bones a week at the spa!

Till next time,


1 Frassetto, Lynda, MD. “Acid-base, diet, and preventing ‘age-related’ dysfunction of bone, muscle, kidney, and cardiovascular system.” 7 Oct. 2009. p. 9.
2 Hirschberg, R. “Renal complications from bisphosphonate treatment.” Current opinion in supportive and palliative care. 2012 Sept; 6(3):342-7. Web.

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  1. Marlene Villar

    Dear Vivian,
    Thank you very much for sharing this excellent topic.
    I’m learning a lot from your book, as well as from all the e-mails that you continue to share with us. The recipe
    book that I also purchased is excellent.
    Have a wonderful day. Take care always. Marlene

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I am so glad you are learning, Marlene! Enjoy cooking bone-healthy dishes.

  2. Irene Lacusta

    Is there any medical compensation from these drug companies and doctors who pushed these these drugs on us? They took away the premium years of our lives, for what they have done is criminal. Will they get away with it, in the name of science? This is not just!

    • Zimexlady

      I totally agree.
      Can we sue? Doctors are pushing these horrible drugs. I am refusing and going for a natural pursuit on my own with diet, exercise and vitamins.

  3. Leslie (Ms. L. Carmel)

    Good Afternoon Vivian,

    Thank You Very Much For This Article On Teaching Us How To Keep Our Bodies And Bones Healthy, And For The Osteocleanse (The 7 Day Bone building Accelerator)!

    Until Next Time – Take Care And Stay Well!


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You are welcome, Leslie! I am so glad you’re enjoying OsteoCleanse. 🙂

  4. Peggy Nieberding

    There are many supplements that I cannot take due to bad reactions. Is there a way to know the ingredients in osteocleanse.

  5. Terry

    I am following you since the beginning. You helped me a lot. I have nearly all your books.
    I am so disappointed when we can only download your books. I love to have the book in front of me. I don’t always feel like going on my computer. I am so sorry the last one is not a hard cover…

  6. Ellen

    I’m not interested in ebook. Will OsteoCleanse be available in hardcopy?

  7. marlene

    I agree. This program does exactly what it accuses the medical field of doing. It plays on your fears to sell you books, supplements, exercise programs, water filters etc. The medical field scares you into the meds. I don’t see any difference and have lost interest in following The Osteoporosis Reversal Program because of it. Every e-mail is an attempt to get you to buy another product.

    • Grace

      I’m different I guess. I’m thankful that I found this website to guide me. I think Vivian doesn’t use fear to scare us. She’s telling the truth! And she’s not telling us to take medicinas, everythiing is natural with foods and so. we are not forced to buy anything and I learned a lot from save our bones. Thank you Vivian for all you do!

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Sometimes the truth can be frightening! 🙂 But the more knowledge you gain, the less scary osteoporosis is. It’s not even a disease!

  8. Lizzie Lines

    I am also disappointed that the end result of this posting was a rather expensive book.

  9. Sylvia

    I would like to have an actual book with this program and recipes. Will this be possible? It looks like this offer is all on the computer.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Sylvia,
      OsteoCleanse is an eBook, so it’s entirely digital and is meant to be read online. 🙂

  10. Lesley

    Hi. I have been a Save Our Bones proponent for years and have shared my original book copy with others.
    I am a vegetarian – while I am sure most of the cleanse foods are fruits and vegetables – I am wondering about main meals.
    Is the cleanse suitable for a vegetarian diet?

  11. Nancy

    Is is possible to get a hard copy?

  12. Nancy

    I read Vivian’s full email and read the link to the OsteoCleanse. I am interested in this cleanse program but you have not supplied your readers with information about the cleanse process. I’m ok with 7 days of eating differently but how differently? Give us a look at a typical day of the cleanse. Am I drinking huge amounts of fluids. Will there be any possible negative side effects? Is OsteoCleanse a capsule or liquid? I understand there is a money back guarantee but I’m more interested in learning more about this cleanse process before I order it. Can you share more information about the “cleanse process?” I am interested.

  13. Susan ERICKSON

    I agree with Laura. Where is the information on the 7 day Osteo-cleanse? I didn’t even see where to buy it. I believe this should have been included in the article without an obviously added fee.

    • Customer Support

      Hi Susan,
      Just click on any of the OsteoCleanse links in the article, and you’ll be directed to the OsteoCleanse information page. 🙂 Here is the link if you need it:

  14. Laura

    This article was very disappointing, being only an advertisement for ordering the answers that were promised in the initial email, by trying to convince subscribers into buying yet another program. I just wish that, once people are hooked into buying the initial program, that the information that is supposed to be included does not cost extra money. This is taking advantage of people’s fears, not at all what I expected from this site.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      There’s actually quite a bit of free information on this site, Laura, including the information in this article! 🙂 Feel free to use the Search feature and glean as much knowledge as you like. No one can stop you from learning!

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