I know that scientific evidence is important to the Saver community, and it’s the foundation of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. The more I research osteoporosis and osteopenia without the Establishment’s “filter,” the more the truth emerges.
Today, I bring you more truth about bone health – three studies that shed light on the role of inflammation in increasing fracture risk, and how bisphosphonates increase inflammation and stop the formation of new bone.
Plus to help you keep inflammation at bay, I’m sharing eight powerful foods that do the trick (and taste delicious).
So let’s get started!
Study #1: Inflammation Increases Fracture Risk
Savers already know that inflammation is bad for bones, but this study gives an in-depth look at the process and reveals the extent of the damage inflammation can cause.
Researchers followed 4709 participants for inflammatory markers and fracture rates for a period of 6.3 years. Scientists observed an astonishing 73% increase in hip fracture risk among the participants who had the highest levels of inflammatory markers specifically associated with hip fracture, and a distinct increase in hip fracture incidence among participants with the most inflammatory markers in general. 1
Interestingly, the researchers also noted a vicious cycle-like connection between inflammation, fracture rates, and kidney function.
Dr. Kamil Barbour, who led the study, said:
“It appears that poor kidney function leads to greater inflammation and bone loss, while greater inflammation leads to kidney damage and bone loss.” 1
That cyclical effect comes as no surprise to you and me. The research is already clear that kidney function plays a vital role in bone health, and that bisphosphonates make inflammation much worse…as our second study affirms.
Study #2: Bisphosphonates Greatly Increase Inflammation
Ten years ago, a study came out showing the inflammatory effects of bisphosphonates. Yet that information has not deterred the Medical Establishment from prescribing them – still today, bisphosphonates remain the most widely prescribed class of osteoporosis drugs.
The study notes that:
“Several in vivo studies have demonstrated an acute-phase reaction after the first administration of aminobisphosphonates, with a significant increase in the main pro-inflammatory cytokines,” 2
Aminobisphosphonates include osteoporosis drugs like alendronate (Fosamax), zoledronic acid (Reclast), risedronate (Atelvia), ibandronate (Boniva), and pamidronate (Aredia).
It’s obvious that bisphosphonates harm bone by increasing inflammation. But there is yet another way that these drugs do damage to bone, which brings us to our next study.
Study #3: Bisphosphonates Prevent The Formation Of New Bone
One of the things I find fascinating about this study is the wording in the abstract and the conclusion:
“Bisphosphonates are known to inhibit biochemical markers of bone formation in vivo…” 3
“This raises the possibility that inhibition of bone formation by bisphosphonates may be due in part to a direct inhibitory effect on cells of the osteoblast lineage.” 3
Clearly, the fact that bisphosphonates inhibit bone formation is widely accepted by mainstream scientists. Yet these drugs are still highly prevalent in the “treatment” of osteoporosis. Incredible!
The way bisphosphonates “work” is by inhibiting osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. The problem with this, as Savers know, is that breaking down old bone is essential for healthy new bone to form. This study discovered that bisphosphonates actually “exert strong inhibitory effects on cells of the osteoblast lineage at similar concentrations to those that cause osteoclast inhibition.” 3
That’s right – bisphosphonates inhibit the bone-building cells with as much virulence as they inhibit the bone-breakdown cells, altering the bone remodeling mechanism that’s vital for rejuvenating bones.
This is just one of the many ways bisphosphonates are bad for bones and your overall health.
Taking Control: How You Can Keep Inflammation From Harming Your Bones
A state of inflammation ages your bones and make them more prone to fracture. But you can take control and stop inflammation from wreaking havoc with your bone health, and take back your youthful bones.
A pH-balanced diet as described in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, rich in Foundation Foods, is alkalizing and anti-inflammatory in itself. But certain key foods are especially good at targeting inflammation and keeping it at bay.
Here are the top eight foods that fight inflammation:
- Walnuts have all kinds of bone-health benefits. Their anti-inflammatory effects are largely due to their essential fatty acid content. These EFAs also increase calcium absorption and enhance the formation of collagen, which keeps bones strong and flexible.
- Oily fish are another source of bone-rejuvenating fatty acids – specifically Omega-3s – and all their attenuating benefits, which include building your immune system. Oily fish like salmon also keep your skin moist and youthful, and provide one of the few food sources of Vitamin D.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is another plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and it is also rich in bone-rejuvenating polyphenols. Consuming olive oil helps balance the typical western diet that is highest in Omega-6 fats like canola oil. In addition, olive oil is not likely to be genetically modified like some of the more common oils are (corn, canola, soy, etc.)
- Cranberries are tangy and rich in Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory polyphenols, antioxidants, and manganese. Fresh or frozen are best, and they’re so delicious, that it’s easy easy to incorporate them in salads and other delicious dishes.
- Broccoli is detoxifying due to its d-glucarate content, and it’s rich in calcium. I love broccoli’s versatility, from stir-fries to casseroles. It’s a healthy touch of green on the table in winter.
- Red Wine contains resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory plant chemical found in the skins and seeds of red grapes. Pinot Noir wines actually contain the highest amount of resveratrol.
- Red Grapes, naturally, also contain resveratrol, in addition to antioxidants and pain-relieving compounds like salicylic acid and glucosides. Red grapes have both analgesic and anti-inflammatory action.
- Dark Chocolate is heart-healthy and rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and Foundation Supplements like copper, zinc, and manganese. Unsweetened cocoa powder is quite bitter, so chocolate is usually full of sugar; but you can actually make your own low-sugar chocolate treats, and when you buy chocolate, look for at least 70% cacao. These generally have less sugar per serving than milk chocolate, and more bone-building nutrients.
Food Is Crucial To Rejuvenate Your Bones (But Your Doctor Will Never Tell You That!)
It is really so simple – food is intended to nourish and build your bones, but the Establishment continues to ignore this basic fact (most likely because foods are not patentable).
You probably noticed that many of the foods in the list above are acidifying. It’s easy to assume that acidifying foods are “bad” by default, but that’s not so. In fact, some acidifying foods contain many important nutrients and are easily included in the 80% alkaline, 20% acidifying balance recommended in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
Foods not only contain vital nutrients. They also have specific effects on the body, like the anti-inflammatory action of the ones in today’s list. Some foods also help cleanse the body of toxins and boost liver and kidney function, and can “kick-start” your body’s ability to flush out toxins – including osteoporosis drugs.
Today’s culture is full of fad diets and crazes, and entire food groups get demonized one minute only to be back into the spotlight the next. That is why I am committed to bringing you the sound, scientific truth, and showing you how you can put it into practice in your own life for healthy, youthful bones.
A Drug-Free Approach To Osteoporosis And Osteopenia Must Be Multifaceted
When you embark on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you are taking part in scientifically-backed methods that are proven to build healthier bones. But bone density is just one aspect of staving off osteoporosis and recapturing youthful bones. As today’s first study clearly indicates, bone health is multifaceted.
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program approaches osteoporosis management from multiple angles, giving you the tools you need to build a healthy body and bones from the inside out.
This is in stark contrast to the Medical Establishment’s approach, which is to treat osteoporosis like a disease and disrupt the bone remodeling process. It completely ignores key issues of bone health, like tensile strength (where true fracture resistance lies), muscle strength, kidney and liver function, and more…all of which are addressed in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
With the Program, you’ll l discover an extensive list of Foundation Foods, scores of scientific studies, and a step-by-step approach that gives you all the information so you can turn it into practical and easy actions.
Why not start the New Year by taking the “road less traveled”? If you don’t have the Osteoporosis Reversal Program yet, I hope you’ll consider starting 2015 on the path to younger bones and a healthier you.
Till next time,
1 Barbour KE, Boudreau R, Danielson ME, et al. “Inflammatory markers and the risk of hip fracture: the Women’s Health Initiative.” J Bone Miner Res. 2012;27:1167-1176.
2 Santini, D., et al. “Bisphosphonate effects in cancer and inflammatory diseases: in vitro and in vivo modulation of cytokine activities.” BioDrugs. 2004; 18(4): 269-78. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15244502
3 Idris, Al., et al. “Aminobisphosphonates cause osteoblast apoptosis and inhibit bone nodule formation in vitro.” Calcified Tissue International. March, 2008. 82(3): 191-201. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18259679