When doctors recommend a supplement to prevent or treat bone loss, it’s typically calcium. If calcium doesn’t “work”, and the bone density test shows abnormal T-scores, they prescribe toxic osteoporosis drugs.
Besides the fact that supplements work in synergy with each other (and that explains why good results are seldom if ever achieved with calcium taken in isolation of other nutrients), the sad truth is that most doctors don’t keep up with ongoing research, often because they are simply too busy.
But a new study confirms that another supplement, besides calcium, plays a huge role in preventing bone loss.
New Study Confirms Old Knowledge
A new study confirming Vitamin C’s role in preventing bone loss was recently published. This research is being hailed as “new” information, but should sound very familiar to the Save Our Bones community.
In the Foundation Supplement Checklist that comes with the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you'll find Vitamin C along with the rest of the Foundation Supplements and their recommended dosages. Because vitamins and minerals interact with each other in powerful ways, I've designed the Foundation Supplement Checklist so that you can maximize each supplement's bone building effect. If you haven't yet, make sure to get your Program here.
We’ve known all along that vitamin C is important for bone health. In fact I've already written about it in “How Much Vitamin C Should You Take For Your Bones?“.
In the Vitamin C study, the ovaries were removed on some of the laboratory mice, a procedure that is known to decrease bone density. The control group of mice did not have their ovaries removed. After the mice whose ovaries had been removed were given Vitamin C, they had approximately the same bone density as the control group (mice that did not have their ovaries removed).
Vitamin C Increases Osteoblast Population
In addition to establishing the benefits of Vitamin C as it relates to bone health, what lead researcher Mone Zaidi, M.D. discovered in this latest study is a more detailed explanation of how Vitamin C affects bone density. In his own words:
“What this study shows is that large doses of Vitamin C, when ingested orally by mice, actively stimulate bone formation to protect the skeleton. It does this by inducing osteoblasts, or premature bone cells, to differentiate into mature, mineralizing specialty cells.”1
But is your doctor likely to recommend Vitamin C as part of your osteoporosis treatment or prevention?
Doctors Are Stuck in Their Ways
Unfortunately, most doctors are not ahead of the curve; in fact, they are woefully behind. New information may fly in the face of their long-held beliefs, and many doctors just don’t have the time or the willingness to reconsider their entire approach and practice in light of a new study or recent research. Sometimes, new studies have a way of making doctors a bit uncomfortable.
And new information published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) would make some doctors very uncomfortable. Why? Because the NEJM article points out the lamentable fact that doctors, as a group, do not keep up with the latest research.
New Research Doesn’t Make it to the Practice
According to the article2, which was written by Dr. Claude Lenfant, Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, few physicians attend the medical conferences and read the medical journals that would enable them to put new health discoveries into practice with their patients. Lenfant pointed out the disturbing fact that more and more doctors are relying on 20-year-old information, and in fact, even evidence from “old” research takes a back seat to what they learned in medical school.
The title of the article really sums it up: “Clinical Research to Clinical Practice: Lost in the Translation”.
At Save Our Bones, We’re Way Ahead of the Curve
Keeping up with the latest research is important. New discoveries and studies are going on all the time, shedding light on old problems and indicating solutions for others.
New information causes you to think about your own health and consider carefully what you’re going to do to your body before you do it. Such knowledge also keeps you “in the know,” so you don’t fall prey to a medical system that assumes you know less than they do.
I am committed to bringing you the latest information so you can make your own health decisions. And, just as importantly, I’ll never let a scientific “breakthrough” trump common sense.
That’s what makes Save Our Bones so cutting-edge.
Maybe Someday They’ll Catch Up…
Perhaps a day will come when the Medical Establishment will catch up with us here at Save Our Bones. But why wait? If you're already following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program you have all the scientifically-backed information you need and that you can apply today.
If you’re waiting for your doctor to come out with the same ideas presented in the Program… well, you may be waiting a long while.
Till next time,
1 Zhu, Ling-Ling, et al. “Vitamin C Prevents Hypogonadal Bone Loss.” PLoS ONE 7(10): e47058. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047058. Web. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0047058
2 Lenfant, C., M.D. “Clinical Research to Clinical Practice: Lost in Translation.” New England Journal of Medicine. Aug. 2003; 349:868-874. Web. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa035507