Your Bones and You


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Your Bones and You

Osteoporosis - what it is

 There are as many definitions of osteoporosis as there are websites.  Here is a link to help you get to the scope of the issue and to help you choose which of the definitions resonate with you - Definitions of Osteoporosis on the Web  


What does it mean to have Osteoarthritis AND scoliosis?

Osteoarthritis basically means that you have some degenerative changes of the joints in your spine. This is a normal part of aging but if the doctor is pointing it out it may be advanced for your age. Scoliosis means a curvature of the spine. Just because you have a curvature does not necessarily mean that you need to get treated - Osteoarthritis article here


 Bone Density, Bone Strength

Osteoporosis and Fosamax
excerpt from Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

Ms Pick has provided a seminal and very informative article on osteoporosis as you will see from the excerpts below and the headings of other issues of interest that you can find by going to the site of the article

In a mere 20 years, the perception of osteoporosis has morphed from a rare but serious disease that affected only older women to a frightening condition of epidemic proportions that threatens almost half of post-menopausal women in the US.

Not much has changed except the hype.   The publicity about osteoporosis is mostly about profits, not about women’s health.

Every woman should understand that there’s so much you can do to support bone health — naturally and without drugs, at times many patients actually reverse osteoporosis by fixing their nutrition and digestion and adrenal function.

Cut through the hype and understand the reality behind your risk of osteoporosis — and what you should be doing to promote bone health no matter your age.


The benefits and risks of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates

The original use of bisphosophonates — the class of drugs that includes Fosamax (alendronate), and Actonel (risedronate), was industrial: corrosion prevention, laundry soaps, and fertilizer. They were used primarily in the textile and oil industries.

Scientists only discovered that bisphosphonates inhibit bone resorption in the late 1960’s. Bone density tests proved that the drugs increased bone density as long as they were taken regularly. The FDA approved Fosamax for use in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis in 1995 — the year after osteopenia was created as a medical condition. Sales are now in the billions of dollars a year.

There have been no studies on how these drugs affect bone health and overall health in long-term use. The longest study spanned ten years, during which time half of the test population dropped out citing difficulty in following the protocol and negative side effects. And now that we know that inhibiting bone loss also inhibits new bone growth — it’s possible that we are creating a generation of women with dense but old and brittle bone. And the alendronate in Fosamax actually remains in your bones. Who knows what the long-term effects are of that?

Since almost half of women over 50 are alleged by conventional medicine to be at risk for osteoporosis, it seems we are in the midst of yet another grand public experiment, the scale of which rivals the early days of HRT. The FDA is now considering approval of Fosamax for pediatric use. If most of our bone growth happens as children and teenagers, I can’t imagine what the long-term effects might be of inhibiting that process at an early age.

Merck, the parent company of Fosamax (as well as Vioxx) asserts that long-term use of Fosamax has no ill affect.

While this may be true for some women, the side effects of Fosamax for others appear to worsen quickly — some women complain of debilitating indigestion and stomach pain in as little as three days. Other women taking Fosamax for longer periods report serious bone and joint pain and decreased mobility (perhaps a side effect of increased bone mineralization with no new bone growth?). READ MORE


Solid bones need support

In the end, osteoporosis is only as frightening as the power we give it. With some attention to your diet, a medical-grade supplement, and a few healthy lifestyle changes, most women can prevent, treat, even reverse bone loss without drugs and their side effects.

In Chinese medicine, osteoporosis is considered a physical manifestation of not feeling supported in life. Ask yourself if there is a relationship there to how you feel in your life.

Our youth-obsessed culture tends to undermine our self-esteem as we age rather than celebrate what we have learned and accomplished. As we continue on the amazing journey of life, maybe we can begin to see that time will actually make us stronger if we let it. And with the right support, our bones will help carry the load...READ MORE for a seminal and very informative article


Healthy bone function and peak bone mass

What is osteopenia?

What is osteoporosis anyway?

Osteoporosis: countering the fears

Healthy bone function and peak bone mass

Risk factors and causes of osteoporosis

Bone density, bone strength and the risk of fracture

Bone density test and osteoporosis screening

Bone health and fractures

Drugs for osteopenia and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis prevention and hormones

Osteoporosis, irregular periods, and hysterectomy

Calcium and bone health

Nutrition and calcium absorption

Osteoporosis and inflammation

The benefits and risks of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates (see above section)

What if you are already taking Fosamax?

The Women to Women approach

Solid bones need support (see above section)