Vivian Answers Day #17: Cell Regeneration, Boniva, Magnesium Overdose, Calcium Absorption, Best Water, And More!
Question & Answer #1
I have osteoporosis, and my doctor told me that the only way to get cured is to take the drugs. But I don’t want to, I’m really scared of them. I asked if there was a way to build bones without drugs, and he said that I’m stuck with the bones I have unless I follow his advice. I just found your website, so I’d like to know if what he told me is true.
Perfect timing to find the Save Our Bones community! To answer your question, doctors seem to think that we’re stuck with what we have… unless we do what they say. But that’s not so, and I have to say that they might forget a basic principle of biology: that our cells are constantly reproducing and thus renewing themselves… if we provide them with the nutrients and with the environment they need. Bones are also made of cells that are alive and that need proper caring so they flourish, and that’s the basis of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
As a Biologist, I find this topic fascinating, and not only as it relates to bones. Because cells are the building blocks of all our organs in the body. So cell renewal is essential to health and to staying young and vibrant.
In fact, I’ve run into some eye-opening research about a natural substance found in a common food that has shown to help the body create rejuvenated cells, regardless of age. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about it here.
Stay young and inquisitive!
Question & Answer #2
Can you tell me why these drug companies are continually given air time to advertise bisphosphonates, which as we know thanks to you,Vivian, are so deadly? The Boniva adverts featuring Sally Field spring to mind in particular?
Pharmaceutical companies have the right to advertise the products they sell, just like any other company. What would the criteria be to ban them from advertising? But here’s what’s important: the responsibility of making the decision whether to use them or not is in our hands, regardless of the ads.
I did pick up on Sally Field’s starring role in the Boniva advertisements, and wrote a blog post about it titled ‘Boniva: What If Sally Field Told the Truth’.
If you haven’t read it yet, check it out. And if you want a good laugh, watch this short video about the Boniva ads that was featured on Saturday Night Live.
Keep asking questions!
Question & Answer #3
My osteoporosis is in an advanced stage, with almost constant pain. I am doing exercises, taking supplements, etc. But I’m not sure what supplements post osteoporosis requires. Most articles, etc. that I read deal with prevention of Osteoporosis. Can you help me?
I hope you’re feeling better. To answer your question, in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program you’ll find tons of information about the Foundation Supplements, which are the bone-healthy supplements that build and strengthen your bones. They are not difficult to find exotic products. In fact, the Foundation Supplements are vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are easily available just about anywhere.
And if you’d like to bring your bone health to the next level, get the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. It’s risk free for one full year, so you have nothing to loose and everything to gain – including your bone density!
Question & Answer #4
Can I overdose on Magnesium supplements? Thanks for clarifying.
Most magnesium overdoses occur when ingesting too much Milk of Magnesia (an over-the-counter laxative and antacid) or Epsom salts. Some of the side effects of magnesium overdose are nausea, diarrhea, a slower heart rate, low blood pressure, and vomiting. An overdose can be more severe if someone has kidney issues.
On the other hand, it is impossible to overdose on magnesium from eating foods that contain it. And – you guessed it – magnesium is listed in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program as a Foundation Food.
With all the emphasis on calcium to stave off osteoporosis, magnesium has been all but forgotten by mainstream medicine. You see, every organ in the body requires magnesium for proper function. It also activates enzymes and contributes to energy production.
And because of its important role in bone health, magnesium is also listed In the Osteoporosis Reversal Program as a Foundation Supplement, where -among other things – I explain how magnesium acts synergistically with calcium. The recommended ratio between calcium and magnesium is 2:1, and the RDA is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men.
To your bone health!
Question & Answer #5
I switched to the raw whole foods calcium product. The suggested amount is 750 mg daily. Is that enough? I was taking 1200 in the regular calcium supplements.
The answer to your question is: it depends on your diet and lifestyle. If you follow the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, then 750 mg of calcium is plenty. Why? Because the Program is designed to help you retain most of the calcium where it belongs: in your bones. If you’re not following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program and are eating an imbalanced diet and perhaps taking acidifying osteoporosis drugs, then no amount of calcium is enough.
Think about this: almost everyone with an osteoporosis diagnosis is told by their doctor to take lots of calcium. So if calcium would be the answer, why are doctors also prescribing the drugs?
Question & Answer #6
My husband is a chemical engineer and believes it is not wise to drink distilled water. Do you have any concerns about distilled water?
I recommend drinking distilled water with a few drops of lemon to detoxify and to balance your pH. In The Missing Link, which is part of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, I write this:
“All water, including distilled water, is made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, so it is electrically neutral. However, the negative and positive charges are unevenly distributed. The electronic (negative) charge is concentrated at the oxygen end of the molecule. This ever-so-slight charge imbalance coupled with the highest level of purity found in distilled water helps create an alkaline environment, even though distilled water does test acidic for its pH.
The unencumbered and subtle negative charge in distilled water attracts the positively charged acidic waste products and helps flush them out of the body. Perhaps this is why another common myth about drinking distilled water is that it causes essential minerals to leach out of the body, but nothing could be further from the truth.Thanks to the cleansing action of distilled water, your body will have a more alkaline pH, which is essential to your bone health, as I write in the Save Our Bones Program.”
Here’s to the “chemistry” in your marriage!
Question & Answer #7
What is the role of vitamin K in calcium absorption? I know that it is a blood thinner and one should consult with a physician before taking it, but I also hear that it helps direct calcium to the bones and teeth. If it is so, what type of K should one take and how much?
This is an excellent question, because just like I wrote in my answer about magnesium, vitamin K is also often forgotten by mainstream medicine. However, please note that Vitamin K is a blood thickener, not a blood thinner. Yet a large number of studies scientific studies confirm Vitamin K’s positive effects on bone-building processes. In fact, this vitamin is listed as one of the Foundation Supplements in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. To get all the details and dosage information, read my comprehensive article titled “Vitamin K: Your Osteoporosis Knight in Shining Armor”.
Question & Answer #8
I have been told I have osteopenia in the lumber spine -1.8 Also osteoporosis in the femoral hip -2.9 I have no pain or stiffness whatsoever,I am very supple. I am wondering if this is normal?
Of course it is normal ! If you have the Osteoporosis Reversal Program you already know that osteoporosis is not a disease. And that the DXA (previously DEXA) scan machines that focus only on bone density are not good (and reliable) bone health indicators. Because contrary to what the medical establishment wants us to believe, bone density is but one of the many components of bone health. Very dense and non-renewed bones may be more prone to fracture than supple and renewed bones.
Question & Answer #9
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?
Your doctor is giving you only half the story… You can – and should – take action to make sure you retain the calcium you take. That’s one of the basics of reversing osteoporosis and therefore, one of the main goals of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program. Please read my answer above to Anne about calcium.
And here’s my gift to you (and to your doctor): ‘The Ultimate Calcium Guide’.
To your strong bones!
Question & Answer #10
I have rheumatoid arthritis and take 9.5mg of prednisolone daily. I am following your programme of diet and supplements and find your ongoing tips very interesting and useful but can all of the things I am doing really negate the damage the steroids are doing to my bones.
Congratulations on your decision to follow the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, especially since you’re taking prednisolone on a daily basis! As you surely know, corticosteroids are used to reduce inflammation and to suppress the immune system. Unfortunately, these synthetic steroids deplete the body of key vitamins and minerals such as B6, Vitamins D and K, zinc, and potassium. So pay special attention to those, since they are also Foundation Supplements (except for potassium).
Keep up with the Program and have a healthy and happy 2012,