‘Vivian Answers Day’ #10: Goat Milk, Soup, Strontium, Fluoride, Weight Loss, pH Balance, Dancing, Calcitonin, Forteo, Actonel And More! - Save Our Bones

Question & Answer #1

I’m 68 and started Actonel 3 years ago (once a week). The only side effects I had was constipation. After 2 years I started having pains in my shins. I then developed colon cancer and had a large section removed, no chemo or radiation. I am fine now. I stopped taking Actonel this May when the shin situation increased, cold turkey, no weaning off the drug. I haven’t experienced any problems doing that. I will have a bone scan in a couple of months when I have a physical. Question: was it OK to just stop taking the drug with no weaning off period? I am relatively active and eat well according to your recommendations. Thank you for all your good work for our bones!


Dear Shirley,

Cold turkey is the best way to stop the drugs, and it's great to hear that you are doing well with your health now. As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, bisphosphonate drugs alter normal bone metabolism. And as short-sighted studies show, they typically offer temporary benefits – at best – during the decoupling of bone destructive and bone building cellular activity.

Even the mainstream media is finally catching up to us and acknowledging this, judging by a funny video spoof of a popular drug. If you want to laugh a little, it is posted right here as “Saturday Night Live and Save Our Bones Partner Up.”

Remember, laughter is the best medicine!

Question & Answer #2

I switched to fluoride-free toothpaste as suggested in your program. At my recent dental check-up I was told that my lower tooth surface where my gums have receded slightly had some soft pre-cavity spots and that I should use a fluoride rinse after brushing. With no eating or drinking suggested for 30 minutes after, the rinse stays in your mouth for quite a while. It seems that just brushing with fluoride toothpaste and not rinsing with fluoride would be the lesser of two evils. Would you listen to or ignore your dentist’s advice?


Dear Theresa,

It looks as though the toxic fluoride supplementation and treatments will soon be relegated to the dustbins of medical history. Even the CDC is now considering reducing the amount of recommended fluoride in tap water because it actually hurts teeth. I write about fluoride and how it negatively impacts bone health and a lot more in the Osteoporosis Hydration Protocol, which I can tell you have read.

Additionally, a breakthrough study published in the December 2010 issue of the journal Langmuir discloses that the synthetic fluorapatite layer formed by using fluoride products is so thin, that its protection is more than questionable. So knowing this, you won't need to settle for the lesser of two evils.

To your beautiful and fluoride-free smile!

Question & Answer #3

Thanks for your great program which I refer many of my counseling clients to. Question for myself is “Since I have on your program I have been losing weight as I eat less protein and carbs. I am now about 16lbs under weight. It does not matter how much I eat of the healthy food, I cannot put the weight on as it is so healthy it goes right through my system. It is digested well, yet with less carbs and protein, I am concerned. Every time I see a health bar I see “ACID” screaming at me, as the proportion is NOT 80/20.” What would you suggest I do in relation to this diet and my specific problem?


Dear Beth,

Your weight issue could be the envy of many, but it needs to be solved nonetheless.
To begin with, try maintaining a 70/30 balance for a few months, which is still a much more alkaline diet than the standard acid-loaded “Western” diet. You'll be able to incorporate more high calorie foods such as meats and grains (pasta, bread, etc.).

Also, keep in mind that there are alkalizing foods that pack plenty of calories, such as sweet potatoes and dried fruits. Then see what happens when you revert back to 80/20.

In good health,

Question & Answer #4

My husband and I dance (Carolina Shag dancing) an hour on most days. Is this enough exercise to keep our bones strong? We also lift light weights a couple of times a week. Is dancing as good as walking?


Dear Sandy,

Dancing is an excellent weight-bearing exercise, and lots of fun too. Studies have shown that, as it relates to bone-building exercises, dancing compares to walking and climbing stairs. Bones are living tissue that respond to exercise by becoming stronger, and as I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, the right exercises are very important to build bone density. That's why I devote Chapter 13 in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program to bone health exercises. Make sure to follow the “Density Training” technique which is the easiest and most effective exercise routine for vibrant bone health.

Have fun and keep moving,

Question & Answer #5

My question is why you do not recommend taking strontium as a supplement for osteoporosis.


Dear Sandra,

I don't consider strontium a supplement because its presence in bone and in the rest of the body is minimal. Strontium can have undesirable side effects, most commonly diarrhea, nausea, headaches and skin irritation, the latter sometimes severe. It also distorts DXA scan results because it is denser than calcium.

As if this were not enough, there are two more problems with strontium. The first one is that it competes with calcium for its absorption. The second issue with strontium is that it thickens mostly the outer cortical bone, as studies have confirmed. This can actually make bones more prone to fracture as it reduces their tensile strength. You can read more details about strontium in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.

Keep asking questions,

Question & Answer #6

I am 60 years old. For several years, I have resisted taking bisphosphonates, although I am concerned about my bone density which is worsening. I lift weights, go ice skating, eat extremely healthy: no sodas for 30 years, green vegetables every day, fruit daily, no caffeine, follow mainly alkaline diet. But yearly DEXA scan shows bone density decreasing to -2.5 in spine, -2.0 in hip. I have just begun to take Calcitonin, derived from fish hormone and around long before bisphosphonates appeared. What can you tell me about it?


Dear Ellen,

There's something “fishy” about calcitonin, and my prediction is that one day, the companies that make these kind of drugs might be in troubled waters. I say this because salmon calcitonin's role is bone metabolism is not well understood, and that can lead to some unwanted surprises as time goes by.

Quoting from the manufacturer of Miacalcin, “the actions of calcitonin on bone and its role in human bone physiology are still not completely elucidated, although calcitonin receptors have been discovered in osteoclasts and osteoblasts.”

Additionally, there is a long list of side effects, including hives and skin rashes, difficulty breathing, nosebleed, stiffness, dry mouth, muscle pain, etc. You can get the complete list of side effects and more about this drug in the free Natural Bone Building Handbook and even more information about it in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.

There is no need to drown in the turbulent seas of confusing and harmful drugs. You can easily keep your bone health afloat with the help of the common sense natural solutions.

Take it easy!

Question & Answer #7

Hi! Vivian, I have been on Actonel for about 4 years for osteoporosis and it has not improved my bones, so the doctor has prescribed FORTEO, and now I’m on the fence, since reading your article, it is a very difficult decision to make when one has spoken to various nurses etc. and have gotten their opinions.


Dear Carol,

I'm sorry that four years went by with no improvement. Now your decision should be easy. You've already tried taking osteoporosis drugs with no improvement. Does that mean you should graduate to yet another drug? The fact that your doctor would like you to do this is a clear indication that there's something deeply flawed with the way mainstream medicine “treats” osteoporosis.

Here's what I recommend so that you don't go one more day without rebuilding your bones: If you haven't yet, get the free Natural Bone Building Handbook where you'll discover how easy it is to increase your bone density without dangerous drugs. Then try the Osteoporosis Reversal Program to accelerate your bone growth and know exactly what to do every step of the way without drugs.

I wish you great success with your bone health and I'm confident you'll do great,

Question & Answer #8

Your Save Our Bones book claims milk robs bones of calcium. Wouldn’t serum electrolytes be used first to buffer the pH from 2 to 7.4 or so rather than going right to using calcium from the bone? Please explain.


Dear Ann,

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge when dissolved in water, and calcium is a very important electrolyte. You are right when you say that serum electrolytes buffer the blood to alkalize the pH. However, I explain in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program that – as is the case with modern acidifying diets – serum electrolytes get rapidly depleted. That is why calcium is pulled out of the bones, weakening them and leading to osteoporosis.

A well-balanced eating plan insures that most of the calcium remains where it belongs: in the bones. And that is what makes bones strong, naturally denser, and thus resistant to fracture.

Keep asking questions,

Question & Answer #9

I am having a real hard time digesting calcium so instead of over-the-counter calcium I have decided to drink goat milk, since it has such a wonderful supply of natural calcium. I was wondering what your opinion is.


Dear Karen,

While some people find goat milk easier to digest than cow's milk, I think that goat milk is great for baby goats (kids). Raw goat milk has a slightly alkaline to neutral ash residue, but it changes to the acidic side of the spectrum once it is processed. I am not an advocate of drinking any animal milk, whether raw or processed.

You might want to try instead goat whey protein, which is rich in alkalizing minerals. Or another option is the organic calcium supplements, which are typically derived from algae.

Stay healthy!

Question & Answer #10

Could you please tell me about the mixed vegetable soup I make is good enough for my bones or not. I take it at least 3 times a week. Do you think I have to add other ingredients into it?

Broccoli 30%
Onion 20%
Cabbage 20%
Carrot 20%
tomato 10%


Dear Jen,

Your recipe is excellent, and sounds delicious. The majority of its ingredients are included in the list of Foundation Foods. The best way to get bone-healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is from nutrient-rich foods, so it is really smart to eat a wide variety of them.

And in these cold winter days, what could be better and cozier than a bowl of hot soup? You might also want to try my mother’s delicious Hungarian Mushroom Barley soup, one of my favorite perfectly balanced recipes. It makes 4 Servings:

Mom's Hungarian Mushroom Barley Soup


1 lb. mushrooms, cut
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup barley, cooked
2 tablespoons
non-hydrogenated vegetarian butter*
4 cups water
Black pepper, paprika, and sea salt to taste

*Vegetarian butter is not margarine. In the US, this kind of butter is sold as non-dairy spreads. If you can't get them or live abroad, you can use regular butter, preferably grass-fed organic.


1. Cook the mushrooms and onions together in the butter until well-done and add 4 cups water.
2. Add the celery and cook the vegetables for approximately 10 minutes, until tender.
3. Season to taste and add the cooked barley smoothed in a little milk substitute. Let the soup thicken and boil up.


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  1. chrisine scott

    Hi Vivian

    Have been reading your receipes, I will try the mushroom one,now that we are coming into Winter I like making soup.Also I use Pearl Barley but will use the hulled one. Being from Scotland my mother always had the soup pot on but of course it was everything under the sun put into it but it was great.

  2. Beate Zilversmidt

    Do you think your approach can also help – to some extent – against breastcancer related boneloss?

    I am 69, and 12 years after mastectomy; but metastases since 6 years, treated with hormone blockers; at the moment I do have metastases in the bones of the upper part of my body. They don’t cause me pain yet, and the bisphosphonate (“Bonefos”) I stopped as it made me feel very bad, causing cramps.

    I am already on a alternative anti-cancer diet (vegan, no sugar, lots of vegetables) + taking vitamine pills: Calcium complex, and extra vitamine D.

    Thank you for any advice.


  3. Lynn

    No luck with several attempts to download the free Natural Bone Building Handbook. I see from the comments that others have had the same experience. How can I get the handbook?

    • Customer Support

      Hi Lynn – We send out an email with a download link right after you sign up to get the free Handbook, but sometimes the email can end up in your spam folder. Did you check there? If it’s not there, please email Customer Support (support@saveourbones.com). That’s the best way to get help with order questions/issues. 🙂

  4. Dolores

    I’m going to tryt the hungarian barley recipe but what is milk substitute?

  5. Sheila Murray

    If I were Ellen (Q#6 Calcitonin) I would feel very disappointed with the dismissive reply you gave. She is clearly following your programe to the letter yet her bone density is worsening. Advising her that there are plenty of natural alternative solutions is no help when this is what she has been doing.

  6. Rosa

    I went to http://www.reclast.com and couldn’t find anything about side effects. It said
    “Studies have shown that 3 infusions over 3 years is the best way to keep getting the benefits of Reclast. Ensuring that you receive your yearly Reclast infusion on time will help keep your bones strong, without interrupting your active lifestyle.”
    It recommends the Reclast which I’ve never used. I have had HYPERTHYROIDISM for almost 20 years and I take tapazone, and also I’ve had Osterporosis for 16 years. I was on Calcitonin (with no side effects) for several years and my condition was stabilized.
    Then my insurer said that Calcitonin wasn’t proven in studies to help osterporosis but Fosomax and similar drugs were, so I can’t take Calcitonin any more. Also I haven’t taken the Fosomax either. That is what my doctor is pushing me to take. I have never broken a bone or lost any height. I feel stronger than when I was younger, but the bone x-rays show that I am actually weaker.

  7. Janet Blalock

    I have well water that is high alkaline. Is that going to be a problem to work with your 80/20 recommendation?

  8. Janet Blalock

    I have not been able to find any fault with Forteo. Does anyone know of a bad experience with this drug?

    • Charlotte Sorenson

      I am 75 with severe osteoporosis and a history of fractures.
      About 10 years ago (when I was in severe pain from compression fractures) my endocrinologist strongly suggested daily shots of Forteo, parathyroid hormone. For 2 years I dutifully gave myself a daily shot. Apparently, my bone density improved (although I would now question that) , but, as the months went by, the side effect was intolerable.I developed such severe acid reflux that even the endocrinologist (who claimed that there was no connection with the Forteo) suggested a proton pump inhibitor. Now they are pushing the new drug Odanacatib, ODN. I will not take it.

  9. marylou rader

    Beginning this year 2011, I no longer receive Vivian’s E-Mails,why??

  10. Wendy

    I have read your Osteoporosis Reversal Program and found it to be such a relief to find an alternative to drugs. I have been trying to stay on track with the 80/20 Alkaline/Acid foods but still find it difficult to keep my PH around 6.5-7. I have been trying a mineral salts supplement called Alcabase by Tracelabs. 1 tsp in war water daily. My PH is up to 7. What is your opinion on this product?
    Thank you

  11. Sylvia H

    I recently read that distilled watter is more acidic and I am concerned that by drinking it, although the fluoride (that my community adds to our drinking water) would be filtered out, drinking distilled water could negatively impact the alkaline balance I am trying to achieve, and that is needed to protect my bones. Unfortunately I can no longer locate where I read it. Do you have any comments? Thank you.


    First off, I love your book and your questions/answers on email. What a world of knowledge.

    I am confused as I have Strontium 2 and the label reads “research shows that strontium increases osteoblast activity (bone building) and reduces osteoclast activity (bone breakdown), leading to normalized bone density. Your question and answer above says stontium thickens mostly outer cortical bone. Am I misreading something – – isn’t the osteoblast activity the inner bone? I would love you to clarify.

  13. Lorraine

    Is coconut milk as good for the bones as almond milk?


    • Josef Bauer

      I understand that coconut is very good for the brain and the bones

  14. Chloa Smith

    Thanks for the Mushroom soup recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  15. Teresa Wegwermer

    I found out I have osteoporosis when I was 47. I am now 55. I refused the drugs the Dr. wanted me to take and found a good calcim powder the]at you mix with water. My question is The Dr’s are now saying it is bad for your heart to take calcium supplements. I would like your opinion on this.I am vegetatrian (mostly vegan)thanks
    Teresa – Rockingham West Australia

    • Kiki Nelson-Jones

      I am a vegetarian so was interested to your response to Teresa’s question.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Teresa,

      I wrote a blog post about this. You can check it out here: Calcium and Heart Attack Alert: My Take

  16. Mary Kay Rudeen

    Vivian, when I pull up web sites to buy the algae-cal, they always talk about the algae-cal plus and to combine it with the strontium boost supplement? My take from you is to just buy the algae-cal plus but not the strontium boost. Is that correct. Thanks, Mary Kay

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You got it, Mary Kay! 🙂

  17. Mary Kipfmiller

    What’s your coment on Silica?

  18. bonnie wisdorf

    About one year ago, I switched to using baking soda to brush my teeth, to get away from the fluoride and to try to relieve my sensitive teeth and I have been able to eat raw fruits without my teeth becoming sensitive.

  19. carolyn

    Could you comment on the value of aquafit (water exercises which are aerobic) for bone health. I have some old whip lash injuries and find that the water helps absorb some of the impact, but I wonder if this means I am not getting enough weight bearing to build bone.

    • Sheila Murray

      ‘Aqua aerobic’ exercise and swimming is not weight bearing and, unfortunately, has no effect on increasing bone density.

  20. Joyce Gasser

    Vivian, If Vitamin Code Raw Calcium is organic and so good – then why does it have Strontium in it, if Strontium is not a good ingredient according to your message above.
    Vivian is there another Organic Calcium with the necessary ingredients, but not Strontium?
    Where is there a good Organic Calcium that has the necessary ingrediens?
    I will appreciate your answer. Thanks so much. Joyce Gasser

  21. Carolyn

    Thank you Vivian for keeping us informed about our bone health. I have been on this program for about 1 year. I’ve lost weight (about 20 lbs)but feet great with lots of energy. Love to read the Q & A’s from your followers, they are an inspiration to me. Thank you again…..


  22. Louise Stewart

    Hi Vivian; Enjoy your questions and answers day. I love homemade soups and thanks for
    all the recipies you share with us. Keep
    up your helpful work.
    ’till next time. Louise

    • Helen Loughlin

      i enjoy the information – briefly – my oncologist wanted me to have a 15 minute IV which would last for a year – my concern was – if it does not agree with me then i am stuck with it!! so i rejected this and i try to eat a healthy diet (cant tolerate milk or products) so this is not a problem, thank you vivian i learn so much from you and i send the info along to my family who are interested in balanced nutrition (are now looking forward to twin girls) and they will be the recipients of their parents sound judgement on food(s) helen loughlin

  23. BEV


    • Mary

      GO to http://www.reclast.com then to side effects 101 and you will see the side effects that women have had and they are pretty scarry.

  24. Aronrosa

    as an md, I will re commend No milk eithe cow or goet or dunkee

  25. Nu Ly

    Dear Jen

    Thank you very much, I like yur soup, it is easy way to organize and cook. Nu

  26. Margaret

    Strontium thickens and strengthens the outside of bones, as you say. But why do you claim that this increases the likelihood of fractures, when research shows that people on strontium have fewer fractures than people not taking it? PLease explain your logic.

  27. Sondra Horwitz Sondra Horwitz

    What do you think about Viactiv Calcium/Vit D/Vit K chews as a supplement. How many a day do you recommend?

  28. Suseela Dasari

    I am so amazed at the energy you are giving to the people-Save our bones program. It is only the divine power in you doing this. Thank you & love you Vivian for the tireless & compassionate life you are leading.
    Ezorb is the calcium I take. The web site-www.EZorbonline.com
    EZORB INFOLINE 1-800-395-5715
    Suseela Dasari

  29. rochelle

    i bought your book about a year ago and have changed my eating habits(to the annoyance of friends and some family) completely.
    no processed foods, no sugar, no dairy,no yeast, no wheat and the only animal protein is fish and eggs.80/20 is sometimes very difficult because of the beans and legumes i must eat for protein and fiber.and i LOVE brown rice. how do i get around this? are they very acidic???

    i just had a dexa test after 2 1/2 years and while my left side remained stable, my right hip and neck took a downward turn. am very anxious.
    and to top it all off. they found sclerotic D8 and 9vertebra in my spine. can anyone tell me what that suggests????

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Rochelle,

      Protein is composed of amino acids, and the whole issue of “complete” protein brings on the mistaken assumption that we must eat complete protein in order to synthesize it in our bodies. The truth is that all protein is broken down into individual amino acids during digestion!

      A trick to eat lots of rice (and brown rice and wild rice are your best options) is to chew it very well. We have an alkalizing enzyme in saliva which helps increase the pH of rice.

      Enjoy! 🙂

      • Marianne Wohl

        Please check out Dr. Peter Osborne who says that ALL grains have some form of gluten, recent research suggests that there are over 1,000 different kinds of glutens found in rice and corn as well as the usual suspects, wheat, barley, rye, and oats, etc. Because they all cause inflammation, he advises to avoid them all.
        He suggests having genetic testing. His website is www. glutenfreesociety.org. He also says stay away from “gluten-free” products because there is really no way to eliminate the gluten protein. They are also more processed than a fruit or vegetable. I just found his website, so I checked it out with my naturopath, and she agrees with his recommendation about avoiding all grains, especially if you have issues with your gut. I certainly think it is worth a try, especially if we are dealing with osteoporosis issues. Inflammation is bad for bones! 🙂

  30. Mary

    The herb comfrey( symphytum uplandica x) common name knitbone,is not the potentially toxic variety (symphytum officinale or cynoglossum virginianum).Comfrey heals soft tissues and bones,feeds body cells and also rapid growth of health new cells.
    Would comfrey repair bones in osteoporosis?

  31. joyce

    Will I improve my bones by taking a plant based, conjugated hormone (estrogen or whatever). Since my hysterectomy in 2001, I only took hormones for aout a yr., but am wondering if this would give me any improvement.

  32. Cindy Rudebusch

    Dear Vivian,
    I’m in a real mess. I have osteoporosis in my hips and spine. I started the SOB program a few months ago and have followed it pretty closely, except when invited out or to friends houses for a meal, then I eat what is served. I was just diagnosed with breast cancer and have already been told that I will be having chemo, radiation and Herceptin. This will really be bad for my bones! I’m 56 years old. I haven’t taken any of the osteoporosis drugs. Any advice?

  33. sarah

    I have been following your diet and passing your website and ideas on to others. I have just started taking Osteo Plus a calcium supplement containing: Calcium carbonate, Xylitol, Magnesium Oxide, Rice Starch, Arabic Gum, Calcium Stearate, Borax, Silica, Vanilla, Copper Gluconate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Carmellos, Vitamin D3,Sucralose

    Calcium 200mg, Magnesium 75mg, Vitamin D3 1.25mcg, Boron 750mcg, Copper 300mcg and Zinc 1.25mg

    Do you think I should continue taking this supplement

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Sarah,

      Calcium carbonate is inorganic calcium and poorly absorbed. I recommend organic, plant-derived (preferably from algae) calcium formulas such as AlgaeCal, New Chapter’s Bone Grow, or Vitamin Code’s Raw Calcium.

  34. Beatriz

    Hi Vivian,
    I fractured my hip, elbow and shoulder in a cycling accident, while training for a triathlon.
    Because I’m 57 years old, and my bone density is lower that it was five years ago before menopause, the doctors labelled me osteopeniac and prescribed bisphosphanates. I asked a lot of questions, did a lot of reading, and decided that this drugs were not the solution. In my research I came accross to your program and have been following it closely, sticking to the 80/20 proportion in my diet.
    However, I have been testing my ph balance every morning, and most times I am between 6 and 7. What am I doing wrong? I noticed that you don’t mention the urine test in your book. Is it that it is not a real indicator?
    Thanks for all the advice and the hope you have given me.

  35. Una

    People tell me I look well even though I have a pacemaker, kidney failure Pagets Disease Coeliac Disease and Breast Cancer. Lots of medication but I’m sure your wonderful diet keeps me cheerful. It is so easy to follow and is helping my body to cope. Una

  36. gloria


  37. Rosemary Pratt

    Vivian’s advice is so much appreciated and I have- and use! – SOB .However , I still wonder about the raw milk issue if one has regular access to safe raw cows milk, which Vivian explains is alkaline to neutral.I know about the anomally Vivian refers to that humans are the only mammals that drink another specie’s milk, and after weaning at that, but I’m not sure I see the logic in that. Mammals generally don’t have the opportunity or inclination to drink another mammals milk, except perhaps in incidents of fostering, which are often human organised anyway.Humans have discovered that other mammals milk can form the base for all sorts of foods, some of which eg natural yoghurt are alkaline, and furthermore humans do lots of things other mammals don’t and thank goodness for that!I’m not sure it’s really helpful to liken humans to mammals in general just because women have boobs.What is actually nutritionally harmful to bones in drinking safe raw milk as opposed to it being “an anomally?” It’s delicious and I need a really, really good reason not to drink it in moderation!

  38. JO

    I been taking aglecal and strontium from canada my reading went from 3.1 for spine to 2.9 in six months with no side effects and when I take it with agelcal you take it 2 Hours apart so they dont interact with each other they are both natural and I can find no article or evidence on taking strontium.

  39. Kathy D

    Vivian I sent a comment to you about a week to find out if Ezorb calcium is
    Organic your reply to me was you did not think so .I sent a email to the Elixir
    Industry to find out .The company sent me a email back.
    is extracted from land based plants it is Natural and Organic
    From Kathy D

    • joyce

      where can i purchase this?

  40. miriam

    Again my bone density is declining. My T-Score for my spine at the moment is -3.1 (it was -2.8 9 years ago and -2.5 ONE year ago. My hip T-Score was -0.8 nine years ago; it was -1.6 one year ago and is -1.7 today. What’s up? I am being hounded to begin Prolia, only very recently approved in Canada. I have been on the 80-20 alkaline diet for about a year, I believe — can’t remember when I ordered my Save our Bones. I’m scared and the pressure is tough from the osteo specialist. Help!

  41. Valerie Mills

    I have osteoporis of the spine -2.5 but none in the hip. My doctor said something must be going on because its in my spine but not my hip. However she suggested nothing to try and figure out what it might be. Does this make any sense? She also is just having me take 600mg liquid calcium a day as opposed to the 1500 I have been taking for several years and my vitamin D blood test showed 30 and she wants me to take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D. This doesnt make sense from what I have read . I just started (2 weeks now) the Save my Bones program and am thoroughly confused with all the conflicting information. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. (I did read your article on large quantities of Vitamin D.)

    This is a natropath doctor, who I thought could give me better guidance than my regular doctor..


    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Valerie,

      I’ve compiled all my suggestions in The Osteoporosis Reversal Program. If you follow it, you’ll be well on your way toward regaining your bone health. 🙂

  42. Nelda Magnusson

    Garden of Life’s VITAMIN CODE Raw Calcium has
    3.8mg Strontium. Should I not use this Calcium?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Nelda,

      The small amount of strontium in the Raw Calcium is no problem. What I don’t recommend is additional strontium supplement, which often contain 400-500 mg of strontium.

  43. Joyce Spangler

    I read that certain forms of soy is not good for you.What do you say about soy? Thanks

  44. Shula

    The information about Goat Whey Protein is new for me.

    I wonder what can be done for underweight women like me, to gain some weight? Is there a healthy answer for this question?

    Thanks – shula

  45. Anna May Beausoleil

    Dear Vivian,

    You are going to think I’m a complete idiot but I can’t understand how to make up my meals with this 80/20 concept. I have been on Fosamax for 2 years, Forteo for 2 years, and Fosamax again for 1 1/2 years and I’m deathly afraid of them. I told my doctor I wouldn’t take anything anymore.
    Please help me to figure the 80/20 thing.

    • Rosemary Pratt

      Anna , do you have Vivian’s Save our Bones programme? It clearly explains the 80/20 eating plan and which foods to use to implement it.


      I was diagnosed with osteopenia of the spine following a spinal fracture. I am also suffering from candida. I was prescribed Fosomax which i never took following the reading of your Book Vivian. The doctor has now put me on Evista – what is our opinion of this drug? I have not taken one yet? What is your opinion on rice milk? I use it iso cows milk?

      Keep up the good work VIvian and many thanks for all the sound advice you give us.
      Lynn Douglass from South Africa.

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Hi Lynn,

        I don’t recommend taking ANY of the osteoporosis drugs. You can read more about my views in the free Natural Bone Building Handbook. All you have to do to get it is enter you first name and email address in the form on the right side of this page. 🙂

        And rice milk is a fine substitute for cow’s milk.

  46. LESLIE

    Hi! Vivian,


    LOVE, MS. L.

  47. Linda

    I am gluten intolerant(celiac disease). I am on gluten free diet. I also have osteoporosis. Stopped taking once a week actonel. Any diet advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

    • Marianne Wohl

      Linda, see my post about gluten-free diets. I would give up all grains (quinoa, corn, and rice included) and see what happens. All grains supposedly have glutens and cause inflammation. See Dr. Peter Osborne’s website I posted.

  48. Maryanne

    Have you read, “The pH Miracle”? It speaks about the benefits you’re described related to pH. However, it strictly recommends staying away from mushrooms of any kind. If you’ve read the book, can you elaborate on this topic?

  49. Shelley

    Vivian, unfortunately I panicked when I heard that I had osteoporosis and did not do my research; consequently, I have severes regrets that I had an infusion of Reclast in November 2010. My question is this: How do I remedy what I have already done to my body with this infusion? Will eating right and excercising reverse the side effects of the Reclast?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Shelley,

      Yes, following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program will help you regain your bone health. If you’d like to “jumpstart” the program, you could try my 7 Day Rapid Cleanse, which is designed to clear the osteoporosis drugs from your system.

  50. Susan

    I have tried three different times to download the free Natural Bone Building Handbook without success. What might I be doing wrong?

    • Judi Broadhurst

      Trying to get the free natural bone building booklet…Not succesful. Please advise. Also the soup receipe seemed lacking when to put the remaining 2 cups of water in?? Sincerely, Judi

  51. Gloria Josiah

    I am 69 years old and was diagnosed with osteoporosis 12 years ago. Fosamax was recommended, which I took faithfully without side effects but my T-scores did not improve. 18 months ago, Forteo was recommended. This would be used for 2 years, then I would continue with Fosamax. At that point I decided to find an alternative, and providentially found the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. After 18 months, with alkaline/acid diet about 70/30, and increased weight-bearing exercises, my diagnosis in December 2010 was osteopenia. THANK YOU Vivian! Question – Why don’t you recommend silicia?

  52. Yelena Gimelfarb

    Dear Vivian!

    Can you give your opinion on using ground egg shells with some lemon juice for calcium instead of Actonel?

    Thsnks in advance, Yelena

  53. Mary Kay Rudeen

    Help..need some advice on what mattress to sleep on with osteoporosis. Could readers please share their stories. Have bad osteo and need new mattress. Have tried several and keep returning them. My back hurts so bad I cannot sleep on most! Does anyone recommend sleep number? Mary Kay

    • Lena Larsen

      Hi Mary
      I have a matress called Tempur(e?). I think it was originally made for astronauts. It adjusts to your body and it gives me relief everywhere. I have had my Tempur matress and pillow for many years and I really love it !!!

    • Celestial Violet

      To Mary Kay,
      I have a Sleep Number bed, and it’s the best thing ever! You can adjust it to make it extremely soft, to very firm, and every level in between, whenever you want. It really relieves back pain, especially if you also use a body pillow. Everyone has their own individual preferences, but I personally love the Sleep Number bed! Good Luck!

      • Mary Kay Rudeen

        Thank you for the sleep number suggestion! Mary Kay

  54. Donna M.Stein=Kubin

    Dear Vivian,
    I read the receipe for the barley soup.
    Isn’t BARLEY too acidic?

    Sincerely Donna

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Yes, barley’s acidifying, but it’s balanced by all the alkalizing vegetables in the soup. If you pair it with a salad for lunch or dinner, it would make a good bone healthy meal. There are many acidifying foods that are full of nutrients. Balance is the key! 🙂

  55. Leslie Hammond

    Vivian – I am so glad I have found you – my doctor is really good with suggesting foods (not meat) but with my osteopeoporosis in my left hip he wants me to go on drugs – i said no and have started searching and found you – I do take a bone strength supplement and do acupuncture – my eating and exercise are good – what do you think of ezorb calcium? Do you know anything about it? It supposedly has a great absorbtion rate. Blessings, Leslie

    • Mary Kay Rudeen

      Yes I would like to know about Ezorb also. Mary Kay

  56. Kathleen Rose

    First and foremost, thank you for your tireless work around health education around healthy bones. The 80/20 rule for alkaline/acid foods is my goal. Do you have any information on the long term effects of people using a machine for alkalizing their drinking water?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Kathleen,

      There’s no need to alkalize your water, since water doesn’t go through the digestive process. Save your money and just add a few drops of lemon to your water. 🙂

  57. Nancy

    Regarding question #3 above, I initially lost weight on the program but now I have stablized. I’ve found a few ways to add calories: for a snack, I mix 1 part walnuts, 2 parts raisins and 2 parts almonds lightly seasoned with sea salt; for breakfast I cook one of the alkalizing grains (usually millet) and add honey, cinnamon, ground flax seed and almond milk; I sprinkle a generous portion of sunflower seeds on salads and veggies, I use olive oil in as many dishes as possible and serve stir fries over one of the alkalizing grains.

  58. Denise

    Hi, I am taking a raw calcium supplement. I think the company is Garden of Life. There is a small amount of stronthium in the mix. Should I be concerned about this?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Denise,

      See my reply to Nelda, above.

  59. Claudia

    Hi Vivian,
    I was fed a fluoride-saturated baby cereal, called pablum, and I’m certain this has affected my bone foundation, which is very full of disease. My bones are very thin, and full of osteoporsis, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, lordosis and even degenerative disc disease, plus spurs on my tailbone. When my bones began to crumble, in 2005, I took boniva and fosamax, but my stomach could not tolerate those drugs. I then went on to 4 infusions of those awful bisphosphonates. My question is : thru proper eating and tons of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis, will I ever have healthy bones ?

  60. Angelica

    Is is a good idea to add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to a bottle of water to alkalize the HP?
    Vivian I love you. Thanks for all your dedication.

    • Babs

      Ihave osteroporosis in my left hip and osteopenia in my neck and spine. I also, have had shin splints for the last three years and recently diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. I refused to take any medicine for the above. I am following your diet of 80/20%. I have noticed my hormones are all over the map and I am thinking of taking bioidenticals for a short period of time.
      What do you think?

      Thank you,

      • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

        Hi Babs,

        I’m not in favor of any hormonal therapy, whether bioidental or not. I believe that nature knows best. 🙂

    • Elizabeth M. Wright

      When I have an upset stomach, I take a 1/2 tsp. baking
      soda in 1/2 cup warm water and immediately the “gas”
      comes up and my stomach feels better. Do not take this
      often, just once in awhile. I also do not drink much
      while eating, and do not talk when eating… That seems to help also. GOOD LUCK !!!
      Blessings… Elizabeth W.

  61. Marilyn

    Hi Vivian,

    You mentioned a cookbook that you are working on. Will that book be coming out soon? Always looking for new recipes to comply with the alkaline/acid ratio.


  62. Bill Nixon

    Dear Vivian,
    I am taking strontium supplementation because the preponderance of research shows that it has a very positive effect on bone health, and it is widely prescribed in Europe for this reason. Google “strontium and osteoporosis” to see that this is the case.

  63. betty klinke

    Viviann I have ibs and cannot eat much except potatoes, carrots and cooked onions greenbeans and sweet potatoes. No greens, not even salad. White bread such as sourdough. Isn’t that the pits. No raw fruit. Can you suggest something for me? I take 2000 units of calcium and a multi vitamin and 2000 units of vit d daily. Thanks Betty

  64. Pam Alford

    I would love to believe there is a better way to cope with osteoporosis then taking any drugs, my numbers are already up to 2.8 and there wanting me to take the Forteo, I have already had a fracture in my lower back this past August. I am 56 years old and I don’t know what to do, I don’t want to have another fracture but I still somehow have a hard time realizing how all these things you say can really help my bone density because there things I have already done for most of my life and it hasn’t stopped me from getting bad, I have already always done most of the things you mention most of my life and look how bad I am so now I really don’t know who to believe or what to do or where to turn for help that I can really trust.

    • Sharon Donohue

      Hi Pam
      You mention doing all the things recommended for your whole life; however, try having your Vit D level checked. The so-called normal #s for this test are about 28 – 80. Normal is not optimal. Optimal is 50-80. I’ve been taking 10,000 IUs per day all winter for about 2 yrs, dropping to 5000IUs per day in the summer. My #s started below 28 and I am finally up to 50 and going for 65 – 70. http://www.drmercola.com has a great deal to say about vit D3, well worth the reading, and testing is essential. I test twice a year, and also have a Naturopath who is very well informed. maybe you’ve done all this also, but if not, worth a try.

    • strongbones

      How did you fracture your back?

  65. Elaine Schaeffer

    Thank you for the info. I started taking the D3 yesterday. Still checking out the 10 ways to naturally boost your immune system. Also checking out the aloe vera and believe i tried this before and not sure why i stopped but looking at it again. thank you

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