Vivian Answers Day #19: Protein, Agave, Strontium, Density Exercises, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Barley Grass, Anti-Depressants, Weight Loss, And More! - Save Our Bones

Question & Answer #1

What do you think of the Ensure products for added protein? There are the high protein shakes with only 5 grams of sugar. Are these acceptable or are they too acidic?



Dear Marilyn,

Getting a little extra protein is a good idea, especially if you are active. However, I don’t recommend Ensure, and here’s why. If you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see that the first five (after water – and it doesn’t even say “filtered water”, so assume it’s tap water) are corn maltodextrin, sugar, milk protein concentrate, canola oil, corn oil, soy protein Isolate, all of which are acidifying. In addition, the corn maltodextrin, corn oil, and soy protein isolate are most likely derived from genetically-modified (GMO) crops. You may not know this, but corn maltodextrin is a refined sweetener similar to High Fructose Corn Syrup, now also called corn sugar (so beware!). As if this were not enough, Ensure contains “natural and artificial flavor.” And there’s no reason to use a protein supplement that contains so much added oil.

To add more protein to your diet, I recommend you use whey protein. It’s alkalizing and bone healthy. If you haven’t yet, read ‘The Whey to Bone Health' where you’ll find lots of valuable info about whey and why it’s the healthiest source of extra protein.

Stay strong and active!

Question & Answer #2

Please comment on agave as a substitute for sugar.


Dear Marlene,

Agave is quite controversial because some brands may contain unbound fructose. And here’s why. In some cases, the syrup is refined, a process that uses chemicals which alters the way fructose is metabolized. The typical organic agave nectar has approximately 50% fructose, as is the case with table sugar or sucrose derived from cane sugar. In table sugar, every fructose molecule is bound to a glucose molecule. When agave is refined, a large number of fructose molecules end up unbound from glucose, and that is a problem (not that sucrose is a good choice either, but I’m using it for comparison purposes). The best way to avoid this issue is to get organic agave and to make sure the brand you get does not use chemicals in processing.

But there is controversy about the nectar's ash residue as well. Some claim it's a low acid food, others claim it's neutral to slightly alkaline-forming. So based on these issues, I recommend honey or stevia as better alternatives.

Stay on track because it’s “sweet” to be healthy!

Question & Answer #3

Dear Vivian, There’s so much confusion regarding Strontium (ranelate, citrate, etc.). Please address the question of whether or not strontium is helpful for bone health and which kind is best.


Dear Ana,

I don’t recommend strontium, either as a supplement or in its prescription form (strontium ranelate, sold abroad as Protelos and several other names). Strontium competes with calcium absorption, and because it’s denser than calcium, it can skew DXA scan results. It also comes with several potential side effects that can include blood clots and fainting. And strontium can actually reduce the tensile strength of your bones, increasing the risk of fracture.

Because there’s been a lot of confusion about this, I want to emphasize that the small amounts of naturally-occurring strontium found in organic calcium supplements are not a problem. It’s only when strontium is used as a drug or supplement in much larger doses that it becomes an issue.

For the full scoop on strontium, read ‘Strontium Demystified'.

Here’s to getting “unconfused”!

Question & Answer #4

I would like to know what are the best exercises to reduce or stop my bones getting any weaker or thinner than they already have. Are there some good resources out there or do you have advice as to what exercises are best for a person with osteoporosis. I just found out recently I am losing height – it feels like I was robbed! I appreciate any help you can offer.


Dear Beverly,

For strong and healthy bones, you need both weight bearing and resistance exercises. A regular exercise program that incorporates these elements, as well as flexibility and balance, can increase your bone density and prevent falls and fractures.

In case you don’t know this, I’ve just recently released the Densercise System. It is a complete 4-week schedule for only 3 days a week (that’s all you need!), with different weight bearing, resistance and postural exercises for each day. It’s delivered to you instantly as a digital e-book so you can get started building your bones right away. You can get more info here.

To safe and bone healthy exercise!

Question & Answer #5

In addition to osteoporosis in my hips, I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. There is a group of vegetables that, even though they would be helpful to my bones, act as goitrogens and could interfere with what little thyroid function I might still have. Do you know if extracting the juice, as in juicing them, would put them into a “safer” state for me to consume? Thank you.


Dear Nancy,

Great question! There are two main types of foods that are considered to be goitrogens and could potentially interfere with production of thyroid hormones. The first is soy. Due to its phytoestrogen content and the fact that the large majority of soy crops are genetically modified (GMO), you’re actually better off avoiding it altogether.

The second category is cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and turnips. And although they’re not cruciferous, these foods are also considered to be goitrogens: millet, peaches, peanuts, radishes, spinach, and strawberries.

These foods contain isothiocyanates which block thyroid peroxidase, one of the enzymes that is essential to a healthy thyroid. To answer your question, juicing will not reduce the level of goitrogenic substances, but cooking will.

To a healthy thyroid AND healthy bones!

Question & Answer #6

The Dexa Scan T – score of my lower spine reads -4.0. Does this indicate a need for a medication such as Boniva? How would you treat this?


Dear Pauline,

First of all, keep in mind that there is much more to bone health than DXA (previously DEXA) test score results. As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, bones typically don't break because they are not thick enough; they break because they are not resilient enough. This means that they lack tensile strength, which is the ability to resist stretching or pulling. In the Osteoporosis Reversal Program I point out that less dense but healthy and renewed bones have better tensile strength than thicker and denser bones.

Mainstream medicine focuses so much on density because it needs numbers (i.e. fixed parameters) to prescribe drugs. Generally speaking, doctors prefer to follow a set protocol.

While density is one indicator of bone metabolism, let’s keep in mind that the main focus of bone health should be to prevent fractures. In general, osteoporosis drugs including Boniva, target density while ignoring tensile strength. And osteoporosis drugs also have a long list of side effects.

To find out more about Boniva, read my lighthearted spoof titled ‘Boniva” What If Sally Field Told the Truth?'.

And if you haven’t yet, I urge you to check out the inspiring real life success stories from our community members who have regained their bone health thanks to the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.

Always search for natural bone health solutions!

Question & Answer #7

Dear Vivian, what are your thoughts on barley grass. Does it help bones and is it easy to grow it at home? Thanks.


Dear Vanessa,

Barley grass is a bone healthy and alkalizing plant that’s full of beneficial nutrients, including valuable minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. It is a very good source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C, B-vitamins, and beta-carotene (a Vitamin A precursor). All except the last are Foundation Supplements.

If you have a reasonably green thumb, you shouldn’t have any trouble growing your own barley grass. The growing cycle of barley grass is short, which makes it attractive for do-it-yourselfers. Here’s a link that gives you step-by-step instructions.

Think green for bone health!

Question & Answer #8

I’ve read that antidepressants are not helpful to bone health. I have tried to avoid their use, but circumstances have lead me to a major depression for which I also do counseling and cognitive behavioral groups. Without the use of these drugs, I would not sleep or function. I am post-menopausal and I do have osteopenia -1.9 but have been supplementing and exercising much as you have described. Do you know which type of anti-depressants might not be as ‘leaching’ to the bones? thank you!


Dear Vicki,

First, I’m sorry to hear about your issues with depression, and I wish you the very best moving forward. Unfortunately, all prescription anti-depressants (indeed, all prescription medications) are acidifying.
But here are a few natural alternatives that you might discuss with your medical team. In some studies St. John’s Wort has been found to be as effective as anti-depressants for mild to moderate depression. It may or may not be a viable solution for major depression.

SAM-e (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, both of which are neurotransmitters that can affect mood and depression.

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid that your body can convert to serotonin

You might also look at the following supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, Vitamin B6, and folic acid, all of which are Foundation Supplements as well. And if you haven’t already done so, consider eliminating sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.

The above ideas are meant to inform you of natural options. However, it doesn’t mean that you should try them without first talking to your doctor(s). So don’t stop your current protocol until you discuss these alternatives with your health practitioner.

To your brighter future!

Question & Answer #9

I got diagnosed with Osteoporosis several months ago, and my doctor prescribed Fosamax, which I started taking without questioning. Soon after, I started getting pain all over my body and stopped the medicine. That is how I found Save Our Bones, searching the web for something natural to help my bones. Now I would like to get started on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, but I wanted to tell you that I am quite overweight. My doctor told me that heavy people have denser bones. Is that true? Vivian, I've tried to lose weight many times in my life, but without success. Now I'm thinking maybe it's all for the better. What do you think? Should I stop worrying about my weight? Thanks,


Dear Milvia,

Congratulations on your decision to follow the Program and ditch the drugs! To answer your question, mainstream medical “wisdom” believes that carrying extra weight strengthens bone, but it's not so. If you haven't yet, check out my blog post titled ‘Your Weight Affects Your Bones: True or False?'. In it I explain why this outdated concept is flawed and write about a recent study that separates fact from fiction about this topic. Because the truth is that carrying extra weight is not good for – and that applies to all aspects of health.

So give weight loss a try again – don't give up. Now that you'll get started on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, pick lots of low-calorie high fiber goodies, and you'll see the results.

To your new-found health!

Question & Answer #10

Last week I had the biggest shock. I had a bone density test and it came back bad, with Osteoporosis. My doctor told me that it's part of aging. He even said, “yes, we're getting old” or something like that. I was very depressed. I also went to the eye doctor, and she told me that I need stronger glasses to read. I am so depressed! I'm 56 years old and feel young at heart. So now I was given Boniva for my bones (which I refuse to take) and have to buy new reading glasses. What do you think?


Dear Ingrid,

I say that “age is in the eyes of the beholder”! Because your doctor has it all wrong. As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, bones are dynamic living tissue that renew themselves regardless of age. So don't be depressed… be proactive! It's good that you are a Save Our Bones community member and will get on the Program.

And remember, always ask questions…

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  1. Elisa Gonzalez

    Has anyone taken foodgrade diatomaceous earth, which is silica? Does anyone know if it helps or hinders bone health?

  2. Mercedes

    Iam taking The brand Garden of Life vitamincode growth factor s 680mg elemental strontium with live probiotics and enzymes,vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free, and raw calcium this is a 6 month program is that okay
    I will appreciate your opinion.

  3. Mercedes

    I am going to try this save our bones program. I hope it will help me.

  4. valerie stevens

    The programme is going well, on your recomendation I am now also taking true osteo tablets, as recomended in your recent info sheets. the first Osteo tabs that do not go straight through and they instruct to hhave twice a day, I notice small amount of strontium in them. As it’s on it;s own and small amount I presume safe?

    Breakfast I now have buckwheat pancake, one only with home made organic yogourt and berries, which ever variety in season, not blueberries as high acid, also buckwheat has traces b,12. as I am mostly vegetarian, and allergic to wheat seems a good easy breakfast, can you see anything wrong here.

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    A friend introduced me to almond milk in the past year and I’m becoming addicted. I buy the sugarless, or low sugar, variety…usually the silk one. Since my sweet tooth grumbles a little, I add a few drops of the sugarless sweetner, stevia, and it’s delicious, and reportedly, has 50% more calcium than regular milk. I am wondering if there is a limit to the daily amount that one should consume. I’d appreciate any information.

  7. jeannette molina

    I have read your Osteoporosis Reversal Program and everything you say makes sense to me. However, I have followed your program and find that I have lost weight and energy. I am 5’5″ and have maintain a weight of 127 lbs. for many years. After following your program for a couple of weeks I lost 7 lbs. I don’t really want to loose any more weight, as now I feel weak. What can I do? I have been diagnosed with osteoporois and took Fosamax for about five years. I do not take any drugs at this time. Thanks.

  8. Diane

    Reclast has been recomended for me….any thoughts on that?…

  9. Nancy Hughes

    I have been following your book Vivian for two years and taking rice milk and to-day my doctor gave me the result of my recent bone scan.Sadly my hip percentage has worsened —was -2.9 now -3.4 She suggests I take strontium since i am reluctant to take the biophosphonates Should I keep persevering?I just fear that my bones will never improve since i have spent the last two years trying to follow your book and exercising also keeping off cow’s milk with no improvement whatsoever!What would you suggest– taking medication or just having the faith to continue ?
    In despair

  10. Jean

    Thanks so much for the much appreciated daily info. and for the excellent advice in your book re diet, exercise etc. I am taking Thyroxine med. for hypo-thyroidism, which I know can interact with soy intake. My research of marine algae calcium, concluded that New Chapter Bone Strength seems to be a good choice, but there is 1 mg of fermented soy per tablet (as noted by New Chapter product support). Do you think it will present a problem and if so, is there some other recommendation?
    I will be seeing my doctor in a couple weeks to give him my decision about NOT taking Actonel, as he suggested. Thanks a million.

  11. muiel adamson

    Hi Vivian

    I wonder why nobody ever mentions making soup in the micowave, It is so easy and quick and tasty
    Are you against microwaves?


  12. Sandy Holland

    Vivian: Do you have the Densercise System exercises in a book. I prefer a book rather than downloading on the computer. Thanks Sandy Holland



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  15. Sharon

    I’m intrigued with Dr. Gottlieb’s “Read Without Glasses” method and plan to try it. Wish me luck!

  16. Jean

    Dear Vivian,
    I wonder if you would be willing to have a conversation with Dr. Nan Fuchs, PhD who writes for The Journal of Natural Health and who strongly supports the use of strontium to build bone in people with osteoporosis. The product that is being offered called Ultimate Bone Health contains Strontium citrate and other vitamins and minerals. I have read your comments and it is clear you don’t support the use of taking strontium supplements or strontium intravenously as my health care professional has suggested to me. I understand that it can compete with calcium and that it needs to be taken 4 hours apart from calcium. It is difficult for someone who is not a medical professional to evaluate the research data. Both you and Dr. Fuchs quote research data that seem to be contradictory. It would serve the common good if the two of you would collaborate and make a recommendation to those of us who feel like we don’t have good options if our T scores are -4.3 like mine are and we are doing our best to avoid bisphosphonates, exercise and eat an alkaline diet to rebuild bone. Thank you for the work you are doing to make information available to build healthy bones. Sincerely, Jean

    • Linda

      I too would be interested in the two explaining the differences in their findings.

  17. Margaret Olsen

    Hi Vivian-have been reading your emails for a while, with interest,Many thanks.I’ve had osteospirosis for a few years-at first tried to exercise etc, but results of density tests got worse. Tried fosomax,but couldn’t take it. Have been on strontium for a couple of years.Had an 80%blockage in an artery, and a stent a year ago. The specialist does not seem concerned with protos, even though it is supposed to cause clots. I am due to go off the plavix drugs soon which is a concern.Ifell over the other day but-no broken bones.I also take magnesium supps and have lost 11kgs.I am 66. Perhaps had better try your program.

  18. Cheryl West

    Hi Vivian,Im having a lot of trobble with gas,since i started on this very healthy diet can you sugest some think that i can take to help many thanks for all your help and advise you give

    Warmes Regards Cheryl

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Cheryl – A couple of things that might help are eating smaller meals, introducing high fiber foods slowly, and chewing your foods very well. If you still have trouble with digestion, you might take a look at Sherry Brescia’s Great Taste No Pain program. She’s my “go to” expert on digestive issues. You can get a free report and more info here:

  19. LynnCS

    Just a note from experience. St. Johns wort is not recommended when someone is going to have surgery. I was denied surgery till it was out of my system. Sam-e gave me heart palpitations. Very scary. Wish there was an easy way…I am now trying to get off cymbalta and it is hard. So far, I am not depressed but have had a lot of symptoms of detox. It is taking a long time. I think that the High Raw diet is making a big difference. The first thing I noticed when I went raw was that the brain fog lifted. It is the first time in a long time that I felt really alive. I am trying to deal with the depression, the fibromyalgia and the Osteoporosis with diet and lifestyle. I think it’s working, thanks to people like you, Vivian, and your program that is teaching me to change my way of looking at food. I love the science of it all.

    • joy markman

      I have also tried to come off cymgen (anti-depressant) many times, & it is hard, especially, when you have been taking it for +- 10 years. I will try again, & maybe try aromatherapy, as I seem to be very sensitive as regards other heavier alternative therapies. If I find anything to help me, I will let you know. Wish me luck!

  20. Barbara lawrence

    I purchased the Save Our bones Program over a month ago, have changed my diet and am doing the exercises but have one question. Many of the recipes call for fruit in the recipe and I have read that fruit should not be eaten with other food but eaten alone prior to a meal. Your thoughts would be appreciated. barbara

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Barbara – I don’t feel that this type of food combining is necessary in most instances. If you have digestive issues, that’s a different story, and I recommend Sherry Brescia’s Great Taste No Pain program, which does advocate food combining. For a free report and more information about this program, go to

      But there is no universal rule that says fruits must be eaten by themselves.

      • joy markman

        Vivian, how do you feel about mixing fruit with vegetables? I would be interested to know how you feel about this, because sometimes, when I am making a smoothie, I am afraid to mix the two together!
        Thanks so much for all your research.

  21. Shula

    Thank you, Vivian, for answering these questions. The one about the Thyroid is new to me, and very informative. Shula

  22. yasin

    I join Harold Maltner in my comment, that is to say, you wholeheartedly,Viv. decided to raise our morals and bone density,so please keep the pace. God bless you

  23. Nu Ly

    Because I am very thin, the nurse recommended me to take “Ensure”, but now, I change to “Glucerna SR”, that’s no sugar, is it O.K.? ( the same
    brand as Ensure ) I don’t have diabetes.

    Now, I am very upset, I feel alone, I have to leave all groups, whether
    Westen or Asian. Eating outside, most foods are acifying foods, I can’t
    control my diet. Anyway, health is first.

  24. Maruja

    Hi Vivian,
    I am 67 and in trouble…I have always been active and exercised but I have been diagnosed with lumbalgia, L4 and L5 are compromised as well as having the two corresponding discs quite worn, in addition my sacro-iliac has arthrosis, I was referred to the rheumatologist and he wants to put me on Prolia, I said I would think about it. I am so worried because I have osteoporosis on those two vertebrae in 2007 lumbar site was -2.6…in 2010 -2.8 and 2012 -3.1..I refused drugs andd well I am in trouble now…I do eat nutritiously, have eliminated sugars, eat plenty of fruit and veggies, take 1,200 calcium plus D but I am very concerned. What do you advise me please? Thank you very much.

  25. T. A.

    I had never heard of Strontium until I read YOUR recommendation about it strengthening bones. So I began taking it. Then YOUR answer to Ana is: Dear Ana,
    I don’t recommend strontium, either as a supplement or in its prescription form (strontium ranelate, sold abroad as Protelos and several other names). Strontium competes with calcium absorption, and because it’s denser than calcium, it can skew DEXA scan results. It also comes with several potential side effects that can include blood clots and fainting. And strontium can actually reduce the tensile strength of your bones, increasing the risk of fracture.

    Because there’s been a lot of confusion about this, I want to emphasize that the small amounts of naturally-occurring strontium found in organic calcium supplements are not a problem. It’s only when strontium is used as a drug or supplement in much larger doses that it becomes an issue.

    For the full scoop on strontium, read ‘Strontium Demystified’.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I apologize for any confusion, T.A. – I have never recommended strontium. If you haven’t already, you might want to read the Strontium Demystified article.

  26. Helen

    Thank you, Vivian, for your consistently straight-forward and generous answers and information. I sleep at night, thanks to you!

  27. Marcella Droescher

    Please find info from others who have taken Reclast. I have messages you about my condition….I did receive the program on Save Our Bones…been so depressed as my son was hospiitalied for 23 days in Jan. and Feb. He did survive after his heart went into Cardiac Arrest…..had 2 feet of color removed and twisted, impact,ent…came down woth many infections and pneumonia. He is now struggling with an abdominal/pelvic abscess…..He had in home Health Care for three weeks…I was trained to do the infusions… looking at a $400,000 hospital bill plus all of the other medical personnel that were available for him…this bill will never be paid…he has adisability…spinabifida o cculta L-5…. C no employment….

    We are both so depressed…energy level is extremely low…..also fatigue

    • Carole

      Hello Marcella,
      I am so sorry to hear of your precidament. Have you tried giving your son natural yoghurt(organic) as this is gentle on the stomach/intestines. I know it’s harder to do than to say but try to put these worries in perspective. One way of doing this is to realise how much worse things could have been and to carry on from where you are at. I have used this ploy more than once and it works in this way:- Ask yourself-What is the worst thing that can happen in the case of money? Then face it and if you can then accept this alternative at least mentally for the present time. This can help put things in perspective as often it is the ‘Dread’ which pulls us down. Always remember people’s health is the most important thing they have. Be gentle with yourself-there is a whole world out there-some of which is waiting to beat you up-But only if you let it! Don’t let it! And remember you and your son have each other! There is strength in numbers!
      Love Carole

  28. Marie

    I have recently learned that I have Celiac disease.
    Could this contribute to my bone loss?

  29. Stephanie

    Hi there
    I’m still wondering about a reliable brand for the organic algae/calcium supplement that would be good? Please help and much thanks

    • Jim

      Amino Acid Chelated Calcium has 44% absorption.
      Available at

    • Sandy Schnitzler

      I have found a wonderful vitamin complex supplement for my bones made by New Chapter/Bone Strength, which includes 1000 IU of Vitamin D3, 770 mg of Calicum made from algae, Vitamins K1-35mcg and K2-45mcg (TargetCal), Magnesium-58mg made from algae, Strontium-5mg made from algae, Silica-2mg made from algae, and Vanadium-13mcg made from algae. You take three pills a day with food. These three pills together equal the above, not each pill separately. The recommendation is to take one pill at lunch and two at dinner. I found this at our health food store in town. I have a very hard time taking any kind of a drug and over the years have not taken anything for my bones. I would eat foods rich in calicum, but would not take any calicum supplements you buy from your local grocery store or pharmacy. The calicum supplements would cause my blood pressure to rise and make my eyes very blurry, and gave me headaches. I do not have any of these side effects from this new supplement. It’s not cheap, but it is good and I feel really good on it. I have recommended it to a friend and she likes it too very much.

  30. LESLIE

    Hi! Vivian,

    Thank You VERY MUCH For SHARING These Answers With Us! It’s A WONDERFUL MOTIVATOR!


  31. Susan

    Would appreciate your thoughts on Gary Taube’s book “good calories, bad calories”

  32. sandra

    Hi Vivian
    I have asked this question a couple of times I wish I could get a reply, the question is following your book I know you can get your bone density up but can you get height back in your vertebraes once they have compressed, thank you.

  33. Joann Henderson


    Thank you for your wonderful Bone Health Program. I am trying to follow it, but I too have Hshimoto’s so my greens intake is limited. I walk and do heavy garden work when the weather permits, but am not able to get to the gym as often as I need to. I have osteoporosis according to my dexa scan. I told my doctor I wouldn’t take drugs, and he asked me to take calcitonin-salmon nasal spray and said it was not like the other drugs. Do you know anything about this?

  34. Celestina Marie

    Always enjoy the Q&A. Great info to file for future referral. Thank you so much.
    Happy Spring.

  35. virginia scrubb

    Hi Vivian, I need your help for my medical problems. I have neuro-fibro-matosis, charcot-marie-tooth disease, Osteoporsis & Osteopenia and Carpal tunnel. I had Cervical Laminectomy in 2004 now my neck feels like I have 100lbs or more, I had surgery on my right instep for CMT IN 2008, and Rotator Cuff surgery also in 2008, I am experiencing a lot of discomfort on my shoulder. Right now my right hands are numb from the Carpal Tunnel and the CMT I cannot even right my name, the doctors want me to have surgery on my hand but I refuse, because they are not sure which one of the problems ot fix. I DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP PLEASE. Thanking You In Advance. Virginia

  36. Barbara Bassett

    For years I have thought that osteoporosis is the reason why people lose height. I have lost height and have been diagnosed with arthritis, degenerative disk desease and other issues with the spine and it occurred to me that THAT is the reason for loss of height! I have had density tests 4 times, diagnosed with osteopenia, then osteoporosis and back to
    osteopenia (??). Given drugs which I stopped because of side effects. I have refused any more bone tests, remain as active as possible, exercise and try to follow your plan as best I can. Given drugs for back pain but have reduced the dose by taking proteolytic enzymes, exercise and the inversion table. Not doing too bad: am 78 years. Barbara

  37. Holly

    I cannot take calcium in any form.
    Gas, bloat, and constipation.
    I have spent hundreds of dollars on different forms of calcium, any suggestions?

    • Luc Chene

      Have you tried Ezorb ? It is a calcium that is bound to an organic molecule that is absorbed with that molecule right into the blood, then into the cells, where an enzyme frees the calcium from that organic molecule. It does not need vitamin D nor magnesium to be absorbed (although you do need these two nutrients).

    • coral

      i can’t take calcium in any form either. What is your advice?

    • LJ

      Try silica! Some experts believe that it is silica that we should be taking , not calcium to build strong bones, teeth, and it is good for hair and nails too. A great website is, for their bone building supplement, and the best to you.

  38. Feona

    I followed your link to Dr Gottlieb’s method for improving eyesight. It looks very like the Bates Method, which hsa been around for about 80 or 90 years and was famously used by Aldous Huxley to improve his eyesight. It certainly strengthens the eye muscles. Interesting how people update old systems for today’s users, isn’t it?

  39. Jill Neville

    Hi there I’ve just read your comments on Protos {strontium ranelate) which I have been on for 3 years now. Thanks for your information on it and I will now review the situation and look for a more natural method. When I had a bone density test I thought the results a bit puzzling.

  40. Harold Mattner

    You are worth your weight in gold, Vivian, the way you have so wholeheartedly devoted yourself to helping people restore and maintain their true bone health.

    Keep up your invaluable work!

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