Question & Answer #1
I wonder if you address the needs of the Type 2 Diabetic. The fruits which are recommended raise my blood sugar levels too much. Are we stuck with just the vegetables?
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program doesn't specifically address the glycemic value of fruits. But there are so many to choose from that it should not pose a problem at all for you to pick the ones that have a low glycemic value so your blood sugar won't spike.
And to make it even easier for you, here's the list of fruits with the lowest glycemic index (from lowest to highest):
- Apricots (dried)
How's that for delicious alkalizing choices?
To your taste buds!
Question & Answer #2
In a 24 hour urine test my doctor said I spill too much calcium into my urine and not to bother to take calcium supplements because I’m not absorbing them. Should I not take any calcium supplements?
Barring any endocrine or renal abnormalities, calcium spilled in the urine is typically a sign of an acidic body environment. Now, I don't know if you are following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. If you are not, chances are you have an acid pH, and your body as well as your bones are desperately trying to stay afloat to reach the desirable alkaline levels.
As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, scientific studies show that acidifying diets high in animal protein, starches, processed foods and chemicals cause the body to use the available calcium from the bones to neutralize the acidic attack. And because this is not a normal process, calcium is unfortunately wasted. So it ends up being excreted in the urine.
Should you “bother” to take calcium supplements? If the pH is not corrected, it's the equivalent to solving a hemorrhage by giving a blood transfusion. In view of this, you must first correct the pH imbalance with easy – and might I add delicious – nutritional changes. Then you'll be able to fully get all the bone-healthy benefits of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your bones crave.
Believe in yourself… always,
Question & Answer #3
You advise not taking more than 500 mg of calcium at a time. Does this just refer to the calcium in supplements or does it also include the calcium in food? For example, could I take my supplement at the same time as having a tub of yogurt? If not, how long should I wait after eating yogurt to take my supplement?
The maximum amount of supplemental calcium efficiently absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract is 500 mg. But the same does not apply to foods. In fact, your best bet is to take your calcium supplements during meals; just spread the intake throughout the day.
Question & Answer #4
My dexa scan report this year showed that my lower back reading was unchanged but my hip status had worsened. The reading in 2008 was a T score of -1.88 and this year is -2.3. Can this be right?
Bones are living tissue and they are constantly changing – for the better or for the worse – so those readings are possible. The good news is that you can turn this DXA (previously DEXA) around if you set your mind to do it. What's more, you don't need dangerous drugs or complicated equipment to do it.
Should you decide to bring your bone health to the maximum level of success, you can then try the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
Think of your health as your greatest treasure,
Question & Answer #5
Potatoes are a favorite food. Why does cooking with the peel on make them alkaline vs. acidic. Does this mean that in order to get this benefit, you have to eat the peels?
Excellent question! The most valuable – and alkalizing – nutrients in potatoes are found closest to the peel, so I always eat them unpeeled. And let's not forget that potatoes are rich in alkalizing potassium. They're also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, and manganese, all of which are Foundation Supplements listed in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
Question & Answer #6
Hi Vivian, I have been on Fosamax for just 10 months. I think I am having side effects from this drug. I have not felt like myself that past two months, burning in stomach, aches and pains occasionally,pain in joints in hand and appetite changes. I will stop taking it immediately. How long will it take to get out of my system. I called the doctor and she said stop taking it for 3 weeks, I think it will take longer to see if it is actually the Fosamax. I do not plan on going back on it. I will go the natural route.
I hope you are feeling better after stopping the Fosamax. The side effects you've experienced are very common, unfortunately. In fact, it is quite surprising that so many people are actually able to tolerate bisphosphonates!
If you have the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you know that until recently, these chemicals were mainly used as corrosion inhibitors, scaling agents, and as components for the textile, fertilizer, and oil industry. I also explain that the drugs are excreted by the kidney via the urine, but that some of it attaches itself to bone, with a half life of 10 years. Fortunately, once the drug is stopped and new bone is formed, the latter covers old bone, rendering the chemical inactive. According to a Harvard study, normal bone remodeling resumes gradually, and achieves normal levels within a few years. The individual variations are impossible to predict.
To answer your specific question, the general consensus supported by studies conducted by maxillofacial surgeons is that once the drug is stopped, it is eliminated from the bloodstream in approximately three to four months.
Keep building your bones naturally!
Question & Answer #7
I just talked with my doctor who is trying to get me to start taking Prolia, even though I have tried other drugs in the past such as Fosamax and Forteo, all of which caused some unpleasant side effects. In our conversation, I shared with her that I was scared to try anything else, and that this drug has listed some awful side-effects. She told me I was at high risk for a hip fracture in the next 10 years, (and her discussion included the usual scare tactics of the risk of going into nursing home, dying of pneumonia, etc). She told me that my risk was ‘high’ and then said there was a 6% chance I would have this hip fracture in 10 years, and that anything over 3% was high. My question: is this really a HIGH risk, 6%? Is that the same as saying I have a 94% chance of NOT having a fracture? This does not seem like a high risk to me! I asked if there were any chance that my bone density could be reversed and improve, to which she said ‘no.’ Is that true? I seem to remember that your site had testimonies that refute her answer. What is going on with my doctor!!??
Did your doctor ask you to complete a FRAX questionnaire? It's a recent computerized test designed to predict fracture risk based on more factors than just bone density… and yes, you guessed it… yet one more tool to prescribe osteoporosis drugs. Whether you completed FRAX or not, the bottom line is that it's really impossible to accurately predict fracture risk. And as I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, studies repeatedly show that the majority of fractures occur in people without osteoporosis!
But don't get angry at her; she is simply regurgitating what she was taught in Medical School. You see, doctors are led to believe that the body doesn't know how to heal itself and thus, the only solution is to take synthetic drugs. And when it comes to bone health, doctors tend to think that the skeleton is practically like “dead” tissue.
But this is not so. Bones are actively renewing themselves… if they are supplied with what they need. And as you write, many members of the Save Our Bones community (including myself) have effectively gotten rid of osteoporosis without taking drugs.
Keep asking questions… always.
Question & Answer #8
Do pH strips either urine or saliva give a good marker for the body’s acidity level?
Also, does the lemon juice you add to water have to be fresh lemon or can it be reconstituted? How much should you add to be effective? I have read about alkaline water, does the lemon water work just as well?
Dear P. Hillman,
The strips that measure pH are the best way to test your pH at home. Just remember that there are fluctuations in your levels, so don't get discouraged if you don't get good readings every time. Even stress can acidify your pH!
Lemon juice added to water is valuable if it is freshly squeezed, and retains maximum value for about 30 minutes. You can add a few drops to one glass of water; there's no need to measure. Lemon juice adds a negative electrical charge to water, converting it into a magnet that attracts positively charged acidic toxins in the body. It is a very powerful aid to reach your alkalizing goals.
All my best,
Question & Answer #9
I would like to know if boron is helpful for osteoporosis. I am taking 600 calcium + 400 vitamin D with minerals 3x a day. Boron is included in the minerals as sodium borate 250 mcg in each tablet. After taking Actonel for 6 years I've been off it for almost 2 years and will have a density test in October.
Boron is an important trace mineral as it relates to bone health, since it is involved in Vitamin D activity. It also has an effect on the way the body handles magnesium and phosphorus. But it can also increase estrogen levels, even though the increase is negligible in comparison to estrogen supplements. Check with your doctor before taking large doses of boron.
In supplements – including multivitamins and minerals – boron can also be present as an amino acid chelate (ascorbate, gluconate, aspartate, and citrate).
In celebration of natural bone health solutions,
Question & Answer #10
I have been taking a product from China for over one year. It is called Xianling Gubao and is the leading osteoporosis drug used in China. Do you know about it?
Xianling Gubao is a blend of several herbs typically used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of conditions. As you write,Tongjitang Pharmaceuticals sells Xianling Gubao mostly as an osteoporosis and arthritis drug approved by the Chinese drug regulatory agency.
Studies have shown that this plant-based compound prevents bone resorption and increases bone density in post-menopausal osteoporosis. While using herbs instead of synthetic drugs is certainly a step in the right direction, altering normal bone metabolism is not a good idea. And like bisphosphonates, Xianling Gubao does just that – minus the nasty side effects. So at best, it can offer a temporary osteoporosis solution. I'll explain.
As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, new bone deposition happens only after bone resorption. In other words, old bone needs to be removed so new bone can be formed in its place. When this cycle is altered by external factors, there is a temporary decoupling of the resorption/deposition cycle.
But it seems that bone cells can be fooled… but not for long. As soon as they catch the drift – that something is tampering with their natural environment – they simply go on strike. So we are basically fooling ourselves if we think that we can fool them.
Pat, if you are looking for a long-term osteoporosis solution, I suggest you don't waste your money on exotic drugs. A nutritional, lifestyle, and exercise program is your best bet to restore your bone health. In fact, if you haven't yet, I recommend you listen to my video that explains the RESTORE principle of natural bone health. It's chock-full information that you can use right away, and it's free.
To your bone-smart health!