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Bone Density

this is my dilemma, they have diagnosed me with osteoporosis, I fell last year and broke my wrist, right away, they told me to go on fosomax, and I read so much about it, that i was totally discouraged, right now i’m taking 10,000 vit d, and calcium, and a multivitamin, when I took my bone density, they told me that i was borderline, therefore, I kept a copy of my bone density of 2006 and they compared it, and were surprised that my results were that 2010 was better than 2006, their answer was that sometimes the machines make mistakes, and insisted that i take the fosamax, and scared me, that im looking for problems, as im browsing i saw your site, and found it very interesting, please give me your opinion, thanking you

As you can tell, there is much subjectivity in the practice of medicine. However, the science of Fosamax is this: it improves the DEXA scan score by interfering with the repair process of normal bone. This means that the score improves while the strength of the bone diminishes because it can no longer repair itself.

This is why there is an increase in jaw and hip fractures in people taking Fosamax (or Actonel).

My approach is this: supply the minerals (nutrients) needed for bone repair. These are all found in a potent multivitamin (about 6 per day, as the 1 to 2 per day can’t have sufficient calcium or magnesium because they take up too much space) except strontium and silicon. I sell these out of my office because it is so hard to find them. Vitamin D is a good idea, although levels should be obtained if you maintain that high dose for an extended period of time. Vitamin K is also important.

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More on Bone Density

One more question for bone density. I am currently taking Evista. Any comments on that product?

Evista is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM).  It is synthetically made, and is not identical to any hormone the body makes. The early studies showed an increase in ovarian cancer in 2 separate rat species when the safety studies were done, but that fact does not appear in any of the marketing material.

I am not in favor of Evista, and even more opposed to the bisphosphonates, Fosamax and Actonel.

Provide the minerals the body needs to make strong bone, and you will reduce your fracture risk. They will all be found in a potent multi-vitamin except strontium and silicon, which need to be supplemented separately.

Five hundred to 750 mg of calcium is all you need to take in a supplement, as the rest of the calcium need (1,000 mg per day) can come from the diet.  Magnesium should also be 500 to 750 mg per day.

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Stomach and Bone Challenges

I have had a gastrectomy and osteoporosis. I have been prescribed Fosamax, but I refuse to take it. What else can I do?

You have no stomach, so your food will not be churned, nor will it be exposed to high acid, which is needed for some foods to be broken down, especially meats. None of that should affect the nutrients you need for proper bone repair and maintenance.

I recommend that you do not take Foxamax, as it interferes with the repair of bones. You need the following nutrients–calcium and magnesium, both at about 500 to 800 mg per day, depending on how much calcium taken in food.

The rest of the minerals can be found in a potent multi-vitamin except strontium and silicon. Your body needs 2 to 4 mg per day of strontium for bone matrix building, but if you take 1,000 mg per day, it stimulates bone growth and repair, which is what I recommend if you have osteoporosis.

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What are the Healthy Alternatives for Fosamax, etc?

Fosamax etc – Anything as an alternative that will work as well?

Fosamax and Actonel are used to treat osteoporosis. They interfere with the normal repair process of the bones, so the weak bone cannot repair itself. I would never recommend a medication that would interfere with the normal repair process of the body. Unfortunately, after few months on Fosamax, the Dexa-scan looks better because the repair is no longer going through the osteoclast stage which makes the Dexa-scan look worse. High doses of Strontium, in the 1,000 to 2,000 mg per day range, act as a stimulant for bone repair, making the Dexa-scan look better without interfering with the repair process. It is critical that all the other minerals needed to make the bone matrix are present-including calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, silicon, strontium.  DHEA and vitamins D and K are also important. Weight bearing exercise is also important for proper bone strength. Other vitamins also play a minor role in the overall health of bones.

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Why Isn’t Web MD Telling You Your Healthiest Options?

Web MD

December 10, 2009

Bone-Building Drugs appear to Cut Breast-Cancer Risk

Another look at the NIH-sponsored Women’s Health Initiative study found about a 1/3 reduction in breast cancer in the group of women on bisphosphonates—Fosamax, Boniva, Zometa. In the 152,00 non-users, 4.4% were diagnosed with breast cancer. In the 2,800 who reported oral bisphosphonates use, 3.3% were diagnosed with cancer after an average of 7.8 years of follow-up. Why these drugs might impart that protection is unknown. The study design did not randomly assign matched groups to the non-treated group and the treated group, which weakens the result. The side effects of this class of medication include bone and muscle pain, and rare jaw bone fractures and death of the bone.

Dr. Gardner’s comments: I find it interesting that a non-study like this can be printed in the Web MD, in support of the Big Pharma machine. Let’s, instead, look at another product that has been proven to reduce all cancers, including breast cancer, by 30%. This research is supported by more than 200 epidemiological studies, which was the result of more than 2,500 laboratory studies that support the concept. Another study, randomized, placebo-controlled showed a reduction of 60% of all cancer risk.

Beyond cancer, this product drastically lowers your risk of heart disease and fight colds and flu year round. You may already know what I am talking about—Vitamin D (which is really a hormone derived from cholesterol). This cancer risk reduction takes place when the vitamin D level is in the 55 to 70 range in the body. Which should I choose to reduce my risk of breast cancer —drug with side effects, that interferes with the repair of bone, expensive, unknown mechanism of action or vitamin D, which has no side effects until levels reach above 100, is inexpensive, and has a safety profile decades long?

Another safer approach to osteoporosis is the use of a mineral called strontium. Only 2 to 3 mg is needed per day for proper matrix building of the bone, in combination with the other bone-building minerals like calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, biotin, silicon. At high doses, strontium provides a stimulus to the bone to reverse osteoporosis.