Why The Osteoporosis Reversal Program Is Not A Natural Treatment - Save Our Bones

You might wonder why I’m writing that the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is not a natural osteoporosis treatment. After all, it doesn’t involve drugs or other medical interventions. And the program is a multi-pronged approach centered around nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. What could be more natural than that?

But the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is not just a natural osteoporosis treatment. And it’s far from an alternative treatment. As you will see, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is THE safe and effective approach for regaining your bone health – and many in the mainstream medical community are now beginning to realize it.

While scientists are slowly but surely starting to recognize this…

Your Doctor May Be the Last to Know

I receive emails and comments from some in our community who feel a bit uneasy because they are not following the traditional drug-centered osteoporosis treatment. They wonder if a natural drug-free approach based on nutrition, lifestyle and exercise is the right thing to do, so at times, they second-guess themselves. And they even feel uncomfortably controversial.

Unfortunately, those feelings are all too frequently compounded by doctors who still have the mindset that drugs are the only option. Indeed, Big Pharma’s monopoly-like grip on medical training is tight.

For example, one Save Our Bones community member reports that after telling her doctor she didn’t want to continue with Reclast, the doctor recommended that she “try a new injection called Prolia”.

Another community member writes that her doctor told her she “cannot control the osteoporosis with diet and exercise, so she should be taking Fosamax or equivalent.”

As well-meaning as these doctors may be, they are trained to ignore the potentially devastating effects of osteoporosis drugs and to disproportionately focus on mere statistics. As if that weren’t bad enough, the drugs are not even effective at improving bone quality or density.

New Mainstream Research Confirms Osteoporosis Truth

This past week, during my regular round of research to find the latest news in the osteoporosis world, I was delighted to come across a study by Karen Plawecki and Karen Chapman-Novakofski from the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Their recently published research is based on a study of 219 articles in scientific journals over a ten-year period, and published in the prestigious Nutrients journal. This is one more study confirming that the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is not an alternative osteoporosis treatment; that in fact, it is THE osteoporosis treatment.

What’s unusual about the study is that, unlike earlier research material, this one puts the pieces together in a conclusively logical sequence rather than just giving bits and pieces of scattered information that could lead to misinterpretation.

You see, this scientific study confirms what I’ve been saying all along: that…

Drugs Can do More Harm than Good

Plawecki and Chapman- Novakofski point out the many adverse side effects of osteoporosis drugs and mention something that’s arguably even more important:

“Bisphosphonates, for instance, disrupt normal bone remodeling by shutting down the osteoclasts-the cells that break down old bone to make new bone.

“When that happens, new bone is built on top of old bone. Yes, your bone density is higher, but the bone’s not always structurally sound.” 1

I bet you that if you didn’t know that the above statements are from a mainstream medical study, you could easily believe that it was actually I who wrote them. Because they fit like a glove with what the Save Our Bones philosophy has always been, but it’s catching up with the truth years later.

Simply put, osteoporosis drugs can actually weaken your bones. Who would want to be held captive by a drug that increases the risk of the very same problem it’s trying to solve? That just doesn’t make sense. And let’s not forget about the potential life-changing side effects.

As if this were not enough, the researchers point to another indisputable fact…

DXA Scans Don’t Give the Whole Picture

Bone density tests can only give quantitative results. They have no way of measuring the quality of your bones. In addition, several studies point to the inexact science of measuring bone density. So, according to Chapman- Novakofski,

“Although the test reports that you're fine or doing better, you may still be at risk for a fracture.” 1

In other words, just because your bones are more densely packed, it doesn’t mean that they are healthy. Old and dried-up bones can’t resist fracture as effectively as young and resilient bone can.

But of course, Mainstream Medicine needs numbers to diagnose and to prescribe. So it had to come up with a method to measure the newly invented “disease” – osteoporosis. The plain truth is, as I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, that bone quality is a lot more important than bone density.

And when you follow the program, your bone quality will not be compromised, whether or not it’s reflected in the numbers.

Save Our Bones is Mainstream Treatment

I always knew that it was only a matter of time until the medical establishment catches up to what the Save Our Bones community already knows.

Among Plawecki’s and Chapman- Novakofski’s conclusions, the real stunner is that their findings and recommendations shatter the current mainstream osteoporosis protocol. They recommend trying other methods instead, including easy nutritional changes such as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Word by word, here’s what they write:

“…prescription bone-building medicines should be a last resort.” 1

The Bottom Line

As I have been saying all along, this latest mainstream study confirms that osteoporosis drugs – no matter how “breakthrough” their mode of action might be – are not the answer. At best, they may give an illusion of bone density improvement, but not without risk.

So the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is THE treatment for osteoporosis. It is not a “fringe” solution by any means, as every day the mainstream catches up a bit more. In fact, those who take the osteoporosis drugs (the “regular” treatment) are simply relying on shortsighted relief. Only by adopting a diet and lifestyle that fundamentally changes your body’s composition can you truly regain -and keep- your bone health.

If you’re among the thousands already following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, congratulate yourself that you’re taking the best possible, and indeed, what is becoming the traditional approach to conquer osteoporosis.


1 Plawecki K, Chapman-Novakofski K. “Bone Health Nutrition Issues in Aging”. Nutrients. 2010, 2(11), 1086-1105.

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  1. Elizabeth Shanklin

    Dear Vivian,

    I am very grateful to you for enabling us in so many important ways to save our bones. However, I had had a few questions along the way and I am searching for a way to get them answered. When I saw a recent ad that an interested person could obtain the program in PDF plus have a mentor for several months for about $50, despite the fact that I already had the book, I purchased the program again. Please tell me how to obtain my promised tutor. I have emailed that question, but received no answer. Thank you. Elizabeth

  2. Cheryl

    Dear vivian, I have taken your calcium powders and capsules over the years. I am now 60 was diagnosed with osteoporosis at 40. Extremely low d3. All blood labs great but I have very high urine calcium 480 w/supplements and 465 without supplements. Bone density total -3.0 (t) -1.6(z) L1-1.7 -0.5, L2-2.3 -1.0, L3 -3.5 -3.1 , L4-4.0 -2.5. My diet is no caffine, nothing fried, normal to above normal salt (my bp average is 92/58 74) no added sugar only medicine 1/2 of a .25 xanax. How do I lower the urine calcium. I also have cramps in calves and arch of both feet and take a 250mg potassium magnesium supplemet twice a day. I take trueosteo 2cap twice a day..no special can figure it out. Bone scan normal, parathyroid was high 2 times other 6 times normal. I have done 8- 24 hour urine. I was eating 90 G lean protein, specialists want me to cut that in half and do another 24 hour urine. I am 5’4″ and 124lbs. Please help.

  3. Renee

    Vivian – my dexa scan shows osteoporosis in spine, neck, but not in hips. Doctor wants me to take the generic form if Evista. Do you know of any studies showing this drug can cure osteoporosis? Thanks!

    • Molly L Kuslikis

      I took Evista for 5 years. My bones are doing better and this year I am not on anything. Im 66

    • bobo

      the medications dont claim to cure osteoporosis, nothing can ‘cure’ it, but the medication is proven to slow down the disease process, while helping to add density. it doesnt matter that your hips dont show osteoporosis, spinal fractures are horrible, my mother had more than 15 spinal fractures over a 10 year period, they were so devistating that, she lost almost 12inches of height, she was in almost constant pain, take the mediciene as recommended by your doctor!

  4. Michael

    Hi Vivian,

    I’ve been following the program as best I can for over a year and think I’m making good progress.

    Today, my concern is to learn about Alkyn Phosphatase. My blood tests have shown my levels to have gone from high to low to now moving high again. A google search found an abstract which told me too little to begin to understand what this is all about, how it fluctuates or what it even indicates in terms of anything: bone health, cancer development or anything… What can you tell me?



    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Michael, do you mean alkaline phosphatase? I’ve written quite a bit on this topic – here are the results I was able to find using the Search feature at the top of the page:


      That should help you get started in your research!

      • Michael


        You have provided a wonderful start to my research. The encouragement I needed right away too. With the Alkaline Phosphatase levels up, I must be doing things right.

        Your program is wonderful!

        With much appreciation,


  5. Alan Gould

    My comment concerns individuals who would like to use the Saveourbones Program but who take Coumadin. The Saveourbones Program states that such persons should modify their dosage under the guidance of their physicians. But I understand that any level of usage would result in a vitamin K deficiency that would cause bone loss. Would it be a viable option for such persons to replace Coumadin with dietary supplements,perhaps, even those mentioned in the Program?

  6. Ruth Knoblock

    Hi again Vivian,

    I just left my previous comments but forgot to mention that the doctor wanted to put me on Prolia, which I have refused to take. Years ago I took Fosamax for one year and at the end of that year my bones hurt so bad I couldn’t stand it any more so I’ve not taken any drug since. Your advice is appreciated. Thanks

  7. Ruth Knoblock

    Hello Vivian,

    I’m really confused about what to do for my bones and whether I should take a calcium supplement since recent studies have shown that too much calcium has been linked to heart attack and strokes. I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis via bone density scan, which I had three years ago. The results show that there has been more bone loss. I’ve always been religious about taking the cal supplements, only to find out that I’ve probably been taking way too much (1200 mg.) daily. I’ve done research and realize my bones also need magnesium and vitamin K2(MK-7?) plus boron. I’ve learned that the best kind of calcium is from food but though I eat lots of veggies, I’m sure I’m deficient in K2. I have atrial fibrillation and am on several heart meds to slow my heart rate down, and blood thinner, which I know K2 affects. But I would rather get an adequate amount of K2 to help my bones. What do you recommend? I noticed you recommend a supplement that is organic but I couldn’t find it in my search. I’m frustrated and don’t know what to do. I do take walks and do some of the density exercises, also with hand weights, heel jumps/wall push-ups/ spine strengthening. Would appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Ruth, I understand how frustrating it can be to be faced with conflicting information! To help get things straightened out so you can make an informed decision, you might like to read this post on calcium supplements and heart attack:


      I do hope that helps answer some of your concerns!

  8. Patty

    I am wanting to find a natural (drug-free) alternative to taking drugs for osteoporosis. The doctor is using “scare” tactics to convince us we have to take some drug in order to help reverse the bone loss process. I am so happy to have found your website, and pray to God that I will find a natural treatment here. Please reply via email to phk2009@yahoo.com, and my name is Patty. Thank you very much.

  9. Delano

    I have just purchased the save our bones program and I am starting to make the recommended changes. My doctor wants me to start prolia so I hope he will not be upset with me. I cannot understand how I got ostteo as I have never smoked, I do not drink and I have worked out most of my life and do strength training with personal trainer. So I thought I was in good shape. I was briefly on anti seizure meds after having meningioma surgery and I know these meds leach calcium. But I look forward to making these food changes and to my next dexa scan in 6 months.

  10. Gerard Oude Avenhuis

    Dear Vivian, I hope you wil rectify this for me, I did not order the DVD about posture. I have not got that money, I am 84 years of age and on a government pension which is not all that much. I do suffer from bad osteoperosis an hope your book “Save our bones Program will help me, and that is all that I have ordered, thank you kindly with regards Gerard.

  11. Carol

    Hello, about eight years ago I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis and although I was terrified at the possible outcome if left unattended I knew I was not going to be taking any Big Pharma meds. I had already taken responsibility for my health and welfare some years previously and had very positive experiences with a variety of Alternative practitioners and was comfortable with the possibilities of helping myself. I immediately went researching the causes of Osteoporosis and found the milk connection, also some kinds of sea-foods, mainly bottom feeders, (I rarely eat shrimp these days). Investigated eating for your blood type which was illuminating. Discovered boron and the connection between cortisone and the damage stress and worry could do to the whole body, not just the bones. Also cut out all dairy and learned to love Feta cheese and centered most of my food choices to organic. So after virtually changing my entire life I just continued living it. Also having a reasonable amount of confidence in the changes I had made I did not worry about it anymore. So a few years passed and my old doctor departed and after a while a new one came in. One day both me and my husband went to see the new doctor with a shared appointment and all Jack needed was a prescription and then it was my turn. While I was talking to him he was idly thumbing through my file and found something that took his interest. He is very, very tall and stooped down to have a closer look, then he picked the whole file up and removed it to the examination table – and stooped over it again. He stood up to his full height and peered down at whatever had taken his interest. I could not see it so had no idea what he was looking at. As I finished talking he took the file up again and moved it back to the office table. Then he looked at me and said, not once but twice, “I can see through your bones, I can see right through your bones”. It took me a moment to realize what he was talking about and then said, “Oh, you must have my bone scan there.” “Yes” he said “I can see right through your bones”. Anyway I had to tell you that, word for word, because it was so funny. Anyway I agreed to go for an X-Ray which actually turned out to be a whole series of nine altogether which of course I was absolutely angry with because X-rays are not good for bones either but – I was totally free of Osteoporosis. So take heart all you seekers of strong bones and good health. It is so possible and it can be done and “you” can do it. Arm yourself with knowledge, determination and common sense and a very strong idea of where you will and will not go. Our modern health system feeds on fear but for most of you, whose letters I have read here, you are all ready to take charge of your health. So just “do it”.

  12. Anne.. UK

    Thank you for The Save Our Bones Bokk I have been following the diet last 3 months and feel so much better. Your aricles are brilliant.

  13. Louise Trahan

    I’m trying to make my way through this maze of information. I have the medical doctor recommendations which I don’t want to pursue. Recently I went to a naturopath, but do not know if i can handle so many different supplements and what might be next with regard to diet. I found this video interesting but am leary about spending money on yet another path. I would like to learn more about other people’s experiences before I purchase the program.

  14. Aronrosa

    Since I am originated from Provence , every thing at home has basel in it ,
    You may dont know the reciepe of the Soupe au psitou( basel)
    Put in cold water white beans, fennel, carotts , string beans , tomatoes, allthe season vegetables, cook them for 1 hour , in a separate pan , put olive oil, a little fresh garlic heat them untill it becomes yellow, then add the basel, for 2 minites , and add parmigianno , as soon at you are ready for dinner, add the
    Pan to the soup . if well cooked it is delicious

  15. Firefly

    I’ve been attending a Rheumatolgy clinic for my osteoporosis for the last ten years. Each visit involves a scan and another visit to talk with the Doctor, in which I always refuse the offer of drugs.
    I’ve just been chucked out of the clinic because after the Doc. told me I wasn’t getting any worse, but down-the-line I would need to take the drugs to prevent fractures – my reply was that I would never take the drugs; she responded “I’m going to sign you off because the purpose of this clinic is to monitor people taking osteoporosis drugs”.
    So there you have it!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Interesting, Firefly! If you’re not taking the drugs, they don’t know what to do with you.

  16. Shula

    Can’t take soy well, so glad you don’t recommend it.

    Thanks – shula

  17. Sukhcharanjit Kaur

    Pls, could you tell me what you think of the blood group diet. I`m supposed to be on a meat based diet being of the O blood group.That is aci
    difying so what should I do?
    Also thank u for all this priceless info..)

    • Carol

      Hi, I am a “0” blood type too. I do not follow it too strictly but I don’t go too far away from it either. The O type stomach produces higher levels of acid to cope with larger protein requirements. If you have seen the diet it is very high in almost unlimited amounts of flesh, whether that comes beef, lamb, poultry or fish and little or no requirements for grain or even vegetables. But when they are talking about “acidity” and “alkalinity” they are referring to the PH levels in the blood, not the stomach. If you stray too far away from what your O type suggests you eat your blood will become more acidic and make you ill. Good luck on your journey.

  18. Anais

    Your articles came to my life when I needed them the most, after receiving an osteoporosis diagnosis and been prescribed Forteo. I simply decided to take the risk of going a more natural way, enrolled in a gym, paid more attention to what I eat, taking sun in a moderate way, taking vitamins, and hoping to live a long and healthy life. My mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis around my age (55) was prescribed Fosamax which caused her an esophagal hernia, she stopped the medication and has lived with this drug induced condition the rest of her life. She is 77 now and lives an active life despite the osteoporosis and never taking any medication after the Fosamax incident. I will take full responsability and will not take any of these drugs which only makes the pharmaceutical companies richer. Thanks for your good work!!

  19. yvonne huertas

    I have been taking boniva about 4 plus years i stopped last month i have been reading more that its long term effect may not be good. i am told by my md i have osteopenia. i want a more natural way of helping my bones stay strong i am 59.5 years old . i do take calcium with vitamin d the only other med i take is lipitor for cholesterol.. what would be a good program for me…?

  20. Mary Kay Rudeen

    Hi Vivian, I rally wanted to try the organic calcium but tried two different kinds and both times I got stomach pains from them. New chapter and Garden of LIfe (I think). Went back to bone up. Is that normal that the organic ones would do that to some people?

  21. LESLIE

    Hi! Vivian,

    I Also Thank You VERY MUCH For All The RESEARCH You Put Into The Osteoporosis Reversal Program!
    And I Think You’ve Already Answered Rachael De Rienzo’s Question In Some Of Your First Articles. Because If I’m Not Mistaking, You Said That The Osteoporosis Reversal Program Can Not Only Stop Bone Loss, But Also Reverse It!

    LOVE, MS. L.

  22. Marian L. Gordon

    Have you noticed that for the last few days different programs on TV (Dr. Oz), doctors programs, and several others are admitting that the drugs are causing breakage and that people should consider getting off the drugs and using other methods, etc. Marian


    Great article Vivian! you again write with such clarity. I think all of us that we follow more or less discipline saveourbones program, we can attest that our bone health and our overall health improves with each passing month. Go ahead Vivian, by the unequivocal way one day you started and it is beneficence to many people,in which I include myself with gratitude.

  24. Mimi

    Take a look at this article that appeared May 13 in USA Today:


  25. Nu Ly

    Thank you Vivian, even there are so many opinion for the boes health, but I insist to
    follow your natural way.

  26. Julie

    I agree that diet, exercise, and other nutritional food supplements are better treatments for osteoporosis and I am now
    enrolled in a physical fitness program.

  27. Ginny

    It’s good to see so much good news from your clients but i expect you also get adverse comments. Why not publish those as wellso that we can form our own opinion. It just feels all to one sided.


  28. Arthur Waterbury

    The book THE CHINA STUDY by T. Colin Campbell,Ph.D is worth a read for those with osteopenia or osteoporosis. Your local library probably has a copy.

    • Tom Grimshaw

      I have not yet purchased Vivian’s programme but have watched the video and in my opinion, she speaks sooth.

      This is one area where I feel more than a little qualified to talk. A few years back I gave my wife a bear hug and cracked a rib – unfortunately one of hers. A bone mass density check revealed she was suffering mild osteoporosis.

      We installed an alkalising, ionising water purifier, upped her sunshine, oral vitamin D supplements and green vegetables and got her doing some weight bearing exercises. Within 18 months she was retested and found to have had a 10% increase in her bone mass density. About which her GP was amazed. I asked him if he wanted to know what we had done to accomplish the result at which he was amazed and he was not at all interesting in what we were doing. Just said, “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it.”

      Re The China Study, before you waste your time or money on it, please read these critiques of it:

      Despite the fact that meat is acidifying, (salmon isn’t) the China Study is full of flawed logic and it is not something that is worth recommending.

  29. LaVerne Tromble

    just turned 78. Jog/walk 2 mi every day. Weight lift – installed my own well equipped weight room. Follow Vivian’s plan. Drink Smart water – distilled w/added electrolytes. The BEST ever supplements comes from Mt. Capra’s grass fed goats. Their protein powder contains over 8 mg of luicine, has NO soy, sugar, nothing but goodness. Their goat Mineral Whey is the BEST – every serving has 2,000 g of potassium. I take no medication – have blood pressure of 118/60. Mt Capra’s Goat Colostrum and their Bone Health is marvelous for bones. Eat NO, not even a tiny bit, of chemicals. If mother nature didn’t make it, I don’t eat it. Stay close to the ground, close to the tree. Use nothing but coconut oil and drink coconut water every day. My last bone scan showed osteopenia – I’m hoping for improvement on the next. BIG WARNING. Make sure you are not gluten intolerant – it strikes w/no warning and causes so much havoc in your gut, that valuable minerals are not absorbed by the body. Gluten intolerance causes osteoporosis! If eating a wheat bagel causes your tummy to feel heavy and bloated, get a saliva test $200. Google gluten intolerance and the issues it causes w/osteoporosis! it’s amazing. Seems I became a bit “windy”. Good luck to all of us. laverne

  30. Charlotte Hedges

    I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis. I can’t believe it. I’m 54, have been taking the Nature Maid Multi Vitamin for Women for at least 10 years and a calcium supplement for the past 2 years. How could I have osteoporosis? I’m making changes a little at a time. Now drinking Almond milk and distilled water.

  31. Carol

    Hi Vivian. I would like to know your opinion of Osteo-K. Thank you.

    • Luc Chene

      Osteo-K is a very good alternative, it is based on the use of 45mg of vitamin K (the K2 MK7 form) in Japan to treat osteoporosis by the health establishment.
      I have had contacts with the people who make Osteo-K, they are very genuine. But Osteo-k contains Calcium citrate, not the best form of calcium.
      After much information gathering (I am lucky to have a degree in biochemistry to understand all that is said and written), I chose Mercola’s multivitamin and mineral, Ezorb (calcium aspartate, this is a true organic calcium is absorbed, the calcium being carried right into the cells in it’s organic form).
      I also chose to take vitamin K (K2 MK7) 15 mg per day from Thorne’s Research because it is the only one I could find that did not contain other supplements.

      Also I take Krill oil, Milk Basic Protein from AOR (Again an official Japanese treatment for osteoporosis).

      With all this I improve my bone density by 8.5% in one year.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I’m sorry Carol, but I don’t have the resources to research and comment on all the supplement products out there — there are just too many, with new ones coming out every day! If you have The Osteoporosis Reversal Program, and my free Ultimate Calcium Guide (https://saveourbones.com/the-ultimate-calcium-guide/) gives you further info about which types of calcium are best, so use that knowledge to check out the ingredient list on any supplement label.

  32. Jackie

    I am 63 years old and have always followed a healthy lifestyle, but was told a few years ago that I have Osteoporosis. I tried Fosamax and Boniva, but could not handle the side effects. For the last year and a half, I have taken Osteo-K, a natural supplement, but just got the results of my bone scan and it is worse. Now they have me on Evista. Any ideas?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Are you following The Osteoporosis Reversal Program, Jackie? If not, that would be my advice. 🙂

      A “healthy lifestyle” is not necessarily the same as a specific plan to rebuild your bone health.

  33. Feona

    I’m delighted to see that there are other specialists condemning the use of bisphophonates. My consultant (in London, England) has confirmed that I was right to refuse Pamidronate after just three infusions and has also told me to cut down on the calcium and up the Vitamin D3 instead. So I am now taking a maximum of one 500mg calcium tablet per day instead of two. She is also very interested in my diet and lifestyle changes, which I have undertaken according to your program, Vivian, and is doing her own research into the acid/alkaline balancing diet. We must continue spreading the word, especially if these consultants and specialists are now prepared to listen to us!

  34. Celestina Marie

    Thank you Vivian for the continued information to help us all to better bone health. WE MUST BE OUR OWN ADVOCATES for our health.
    Great post!
    Happy Health,
    Celestina Marie

  35. S

    Thank you for your articles Vivian. I really needed to hear this today “And when you follow the program, your bone quality will not be compromised, whether or not it’s reflected in the numbers.” I’ve been eating more fruits and vegetables in the past year. Also, I’ve been lifting weights and walking. I run a little. In my forties and menopausal right now. My bone density went from -1.7 to -2.1 this past year because my hormones are working against me. I’m staying with Vivian’s plan because I still believe it is best for my bone health. Anybody else in the same situation and needing support too?

  36. Shelley Anderson

    Hi Vivian, Thanks for all your information that you give to us. Sometimes it is hard, having so many voices telling us what and what not to do for our health problems. I also have been told to use this drug for my bones and if I don’t, I will be breaking my hips and spine. Can you tell me anythings about Forteo Connect. They say that within 2 years of using this, my bones will fill in and become stronger. I would like your opinion please. Thanks.

  37. Janet McGinnis

    When my osteoarthritis worsened in 2010 and I was in more pain I started suspecting some bone issues. Found Vivian’s information on the internet and ordered Save Our Bones. I felt Vivian was not a “con artist” and only that she seemed wholeheartedly sincere in helping people with what she had experienced. I checked with my orthopaedic doctor, showed him her information and we agreed to stop Fosamax, which I had taken since May 1998. In May 2011 when having a regular 6 mo. check up with my medical doctor I was pleased that she agreed not to go back on Fosamax, but to get the right diet and exercise. We went over the supplements and I felt good about her advise. Yes, doctors are “getting it” finally. I have a difficult time exercising with the arthritis, but I plan to build up gradually and join Silver Sneakers. I’m 70 years old and have always taken good health for granted, but 35 years of standing at my job now has taken a toll and it will be maintenance from now on, and lots of veggies and fruits. I appreciate the e-mails from Vivian and this opportunity to share my story. I enjoy hearing others’, too. For my arthritis I ordered Jesse Cannone’s “The 7-Day Back Pain Cure”. Only cost me $2.25 for shipping. I just started reading it but I know it is a very helpful book. Thanks, Vivian for sharing the information about this book. Keep up the good work. You are helping many.

    Janet McGinnis

    P.S. My doctor said she has stopped many of her patients with Fosamax, so it was not only me.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      I’m so glad to hear you found a doctor who listens to you, Janet! And thanks for the kind words.

  38. Gerri D.

    Dear Vivian,
    I cannot believe women are still considering taking those horrible drugs!I took Fosamax for 4 years and then Boniva for 1 year,and suffered the worst symptoms imaginable.Severe muscle pain,rapid heartbeat,digestive problems to name a few.My Dr.was unsympathetic to this,and when he told me if I didn’t take this medication,I would break my hip and die in 3 months,I knew I would have to help myself.That is when I found this website,and after a coupl of years I feel wonderful and no broken bones!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Gerri, I’m so sorry you were yet another victim of these drugs. But I’m glad you found us and that you’re doing so well. Keep up the good work!

  39. Jo Lynne

    I just heard a scientist on a TV program refer to a study in which people were given 40 grams of soybeans a day for 3 months and that in just 3 months their bone density increased by 5%. That sounds amazingly good. I don’t remember seeing you refer to that. Are you familiar with this? I did not catch the reference, if he gave it. But would like to see it.
    Thanks for everything you do. My 90 yr. old father broke his femur in February. We have focused on good nutrition and he is doing well — without any of the drugs they wanted him to take.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Jo Lynne, the phytoestrogens in soy are what may give bones a temporary “boost”. My advice is to stay away from all that soy. Occasional soy milk as an alternative to cow’s milk is okay, but I don’t recommend high amounts of phytoestrogens.

  40. Nancy Flexman

    Hi Vivian
    It is good to have you working away to unearth the latest bone health research. Just one thing, though: it sets my teeth on eDge when I hear or read the words “traditional” and “drug-centered” side by side as in the first paragraph after Your Doctor May be the Last to Know. Later on you have used the term “mainstream medicine,” which is more accurate.

    REAL traditional medicine includes naturopathy, Western and Chinese herbs, acupuncture, and other systems that have been around for generations and centuries, and they were probably once mainstream. The current mainstream medicine could accurately be called allopathic or conventional, but in comparison to the real traditions, it is a mere upstart.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      You’re right, Nancy. I used “traditional” only in the sense that most people in our culture do consider conventional or allopathic medicine traditional, even though, in the strictest sense of the word, it’s not.

  41. Jan Beaumont

    Hi Vivian,

    I have been following the Dukan Diet since August last year which is low carb high protein (although not high fat protein). Although I have lost weight it appears that I am doing all the wrong things for my osteoporosis. Each morning I have a galette (pancake) with 3 tbsp of oat bran which I thought was very healthy. Now it appears that it is acidifying. Can I still have this? The other ingredients are 1 Tbsp cream cheese, 1 egg, vanilla and – gulp – artificial sweetener. I didn’t use it this morning – just added some dried fruit for sweetness. And I had no sweetener in my two hot drinks today! Feeling very virtuous!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      As I often say, Jan, nothing’s completely off-limits on The Osteoporosis Reversal Program! So if you have your pancake (ideally whole grain) and oat bran, just make sure to balance the meal with lots of alkalizing fruits.

  42. Gillian

    Hi Vivian

    Thank you very much for the article this morning. Thank you for all the info you sent my way.

    • Clodagh Yambasu

      Vivian, I bought your Save Your Bones programme last year and really appreciate all your emails since. I really believe in your programme. I’m now 52, weigh 8 stone and am 5’7″, osteoporosis on both sides of my family, always thin, early menopause partly from eating vegetarian for 10 years but I’ve changed to eating oily fish 3 or 4 times a week. Found I’d osteoporosis first in my spine (-2.7) in 2006 and in my hips in 2009 (-2.5). Been on Actonel, Fossamex and Protelos from 2003 to 2007 when I took Natural Progesterone until I heard it increases chances of breast cancer ( alos in my family) until May 2010. My hips are now -2.7 but my spine is -3.7 and reduced by -0.6 in the last 2 years which is very concerning. My doctor wants me to take Forteo which is scary. I was doing free weights until I wrecked my arm 3 months so unfortunately that is the end of them.

      I was so encouraged by your programme. I actually had been more or less following it since 2007 because I thought then I’d osteoporosis when I only had osteopaenia- only with medication because I’d read Osteoporosis by Marilyn Glenville and Understanding Osteoporosis by Jane Plant and Gill Tidley. If (only happened 3 times) I eat too much alkaline food I get something like ecxema at the sides of my lips which only goes away if I eat some more acidic food.

      Since I can’t do free weights I’m walking more (over 4 hours a week) and now carrying a rucksack weighing about 4 kg. (Gave up cycling) I can’t locate the back weights you mention in the book but hopefully will. (I live in the Rep. of Ireland)

      I really believe in your programme – guess I would be much worse without it – but also that my bones are of a very high quality because of the excellent food I eat. Very rarely eat sugar or other rubbish. So thankful when my blood test recently showed that I was getting enough calcium from my food without taking tablets. Eat loads of tahini, tinned fish with bones and green veg. Do take magnesium, zinc, Vit B complex, C, D and E and fish oil.

      My major bone thief I believe is stress – family life has been very stressful but now that, thank God, that has eased enormously I was posted last July to a job which, with my level of experience, I would not have expected to be sent to for years. However it can only get easier now that I’ve got settled in. The people I work with are lovely but it is very time-consuming. I do my best to reduce work in other areas to help me have time for relaxation.

      If you have any words of wisdom I would appreciate them so much. Is there any way I can improve the density in my spine in particular, please? Tried soya but proved allergic to it. Just get away wth taking it in soya sauce.

      Please keep up the good work, helping and encouraging people all over the world.

      Any word of advice would be very much appreciated, please.

      Thanks so much and God bless,

      Clodagh Yambasu

  43. Merilyn Inman

    Thank you for sending us that information. It is great to get confirmation. Thankyou so much for the work you do Vivian. It is greatly appreciated.

  44. Rachel De Rienzo

    Hi Vivian, thank you for your article this morning, I found it very reassuring. I do have one more niggling worry though that I hope you might be able to answer. When I had my dexa bone scan 3 years ago the nurse who was performing the scan informed me at that time that the results were not good and that I definitely had osteoporosis. She said I’d be prescribed some bisposphonates by my doctor from now on as the calcium supplements that I told her I’d been taking were obviously not enough. But the worrying thing I’ve never forgotten was being told that because my bones were so brittle and there were so many gaps amongst my bones, I will never regain bone back where it’s missing. They can only strengthen bone that’s already there. Is this true and is there any hope that the gaps will be filled in with fresh new bone?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      No, it’s not true, Rachel. As I write in The Osteoporosis Reversal Program, bones are constantly renewing themselves (and I quote well known scientists who say the exact same thing).

      • Rachel De Rienzo

        Thank you Vivian, I feel much better about it now. I think the nurse who performed the dexa scan really scared me when she said that! R

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