Osteoporosis Meds CAUSE Bone Problems

A few of my clients told me about a Tampa Tribune article in the 4YOU insert about a consumer who broke a leg and five weeks later suffered a fracture on her left femur. Her doctors concluded this was due to the drug Reclast, a prescribed treatment for Osteoporosis or Osteopenia.

I told my clients of the dangers posed by osteoporosis drugs about 15 years ago. Most chose safe and natural alternatives to improve their bone health.

Unfortunately, one of my clients, who came to me after she had been injected with Reclast, suffered months with flu-like symptoms and thought she was going to die. Her doctors denied that the drug had anything to do with her malaise, and were unable to help her. After about seven months, she began feeling slightly better and we worked together to create a lifestyle protocol to support and build her bone density. I’m delighted to report she has improved!

ALL drugs such as Reclast, including Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel are classified as bisphosphonates; compounds that for years have been causing osteonecrosis, a condition that destroys the jaw bone. These drugs have been marketed as a way to “build bone and make them stronger”; this is not true. These drugs may increase bone density, but the new bone is more fragile!  The more prescriptions are written, the more unusual fractures are being reported.

These drugs appear more akin to “poison” rather than compounds that improve bone health! Are you willing to risk breaking your bones when the research clearly explains the dangers of these bisphosphonate drugs?

Many sources unduly scare women with horror stories about the ravages of this condition. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease of excessive bone loss and decreased bone density. Over time, there is less bone and what is left is light and more porous. With appropriate dietary, supplemental and lifestyle practices osteoporosis is PREVENTABLE!

Osteoporosis is NOT a disease that occurs in old age. It begins when woman are young and in the prime of their lives. It happens very slowly, as small amounts of mineral are lost from bone day by day due to poor diet, lack of exercise and progesterone deficiency. Over time, this leads to bones becoming very porous and vulnerable to fracture.

Studies have shown that women build most of their bone mass in their early and mid-teens. Bone mass then slowly erodes as women age.  In the U.S., women in their thirties are losing bone and by the time they approach menopause, osteoporosis is underway. Yet, some would like us to believe that estrogen loss is the major hormonal factor in osteoporosis. This is conflicting with the fact that women produce the highest amounts of estrogen in their thirties!

We also know that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not a recommended therapy for woman based upon the results from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study that was halted in June 2003 due to the overwhelming risks of synthetic hormones used in the study.

Although conventional wisdom believes that estrogen retards bone loss, and it has shown in some studies to do so, it is natural progesterone, along with dietary modifications, supplements of vitamins and minerals, and exercise that increase bone growth.

Calcium is an important mineral that assists in bone building however; there are other minerals that are equally important too. Contrary to popular belief, dairy products are NOT the best source of calcium.  The best source of calcium is from the earth’s soil therefore, broad leaf vegetables provide a richness of calcium. Phosphorus, magnesium and zinc follow as important minerals too.

Additional phosphorus supplementation is not necessary because the American diet consists of too much carbonated beverages and red meat. Magnesium helps to increase calcium absorption and is necessary.  As a result of our food-growing processes today, we are robbed of magnesium.  We can find this rich mineral in vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.  Other robbers of calcium excretion are salt, sugar, and protein.  Zinc, boron, manganese are essential too, and can be found in whole, unprocessed foods.

Vitamin A is important for synthesis of connective tissue and the makeup of cartilage and bone. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a helper in the production of progesterone, vitamin C is essential to the synthesis and repair of all collagen, cartilage and bone, vitamin D, which comes from sunshine, helps to convert the minerals to be absorbed into the bone.

Vitamin K is found in two forms. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is found in leafy, dark green vegetables and is known for its role in blood clotting; vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is found in egg yolks, organ meats and dairy products. Earlier research on vitamin K emphasized vitamin K1, however, today, research reports vitamin K2 is more important for bone mineralization in osteoblasts known as bone-building cells and for cardiovascular health too. It helps calcium bind to the bone mineral matrix, diverting it away from blood vessels.

Our body does not make vitamin K2 and we do not eat enough of it in our diets. Natto, a well-known fermented soy food noted in the Japanese diet, is the richest food source. If you do not have access to an organic form of Natto, a special form of vitamin K2 call MK-7 is recommended. I carry a product called OSAplex MK-7 which has been shown to improve bone strength and integrity. To learn more about this product, contact me at www.preservion.com

Progesterone, NOT progestin has been shown to increase bone mass and density. Dr. Jerilynn Prior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, reported that osteoporosis developed in women who were progesterone deficient, and estrogen dominant. Modest bone benefit resulted from the use of progestin (the synthetic progesterone), but to a lesser degree, not to mention the side effects from progestin versus natural progesterone.

Exercise stimulates bone growth too. It must be exercise that is against resistance, such as bicycling, tennis, weight lifting, and walking.

John Patnott, professor of kinesiology at Hope College in Holland, Mich., says, “Bones are very similar to muscles – you have to use them to develop strength.” “I think that calcium in the diet is very important… but calcium by itself won’t accomplish what is necessary without bone stress.”

More women are learning about the realities of adverse reactions and risks to drug interventions noted above. There is an abundance of literature that provides safer alternatives today that help woman avoid osteoporosis and keep their bones healthy.

Based upon the American diet and lifestyle, it is not surprising to see osteoporosis creeping into the lives of woman as they age. Teach your children well and introduce them to healthy eating and other lifestyle habits early on.

Osteoporosis is a preventable condition. Avoid the use of drugs. When all the right factors are employed, bone building continues throughout a lifetime.

Share this with all the women in your life.

Stay well.

References:

  • Lee, John, R., M.D., Optimal Health Guidelines, 1993
  • Journal of Pediatrics, 2004.
  • Holick MF. Vitamin D: importance in the prevention of cancers, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;79:362-71.
  • Shiraki M, Shiraki Y, Aoki C, Miura M. Vitamin K2 (menatetrenone) effectively prevents fractures and sustains lumbar bone mineral density in osteoporosis. J Bone Miner Res. 2000 March 15(3):515-21.
  • Ikeda Y, Iki M, Morita A, et al. Intake of fermented soybeans, natto, is associated with reduced bone loss in postmenopausal women: Japanese Population-Based Osteoporosis (JPOS) Study. J Nutr. 2006;136(5):1323-1328. 

 

 

 

 

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