Illnesses
Osteoporosis

"When most people think of bones, the first thing that comes to mind is calcium. Calcium is indeed critical to bone health.  However, bones also contain other minerals, connective tissue proteins and living cells. What’s more, the skeleton does not function independently of the rest of the body. Bone health is greatly influenced by a complex web-like interplay of a variety of factors ranging from dietary intake to hormonal levels, from digestive ability to mental-emotional stress.  The attainment of optimal bone health necessitates a holistic approach. When the other variables that contribute to bone health are favorable, calcium requirements fall significantly.  There are many other facts about calcium in need of discussion."    Joseph A. Debé, D.C.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

What Is Osteoporosis?
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

What Your Doctor Hasn't Told You About Osteoporosis
by Joseph A. Debé, D.C.
"In summary, osteoporosis prevention and treatment should address a lot more than calcium, estrogen and exercise, which are the usual focus."

Osteoporosis
by June Russell

The Bones of Contention
by Sherrill Sellman
"Contrary to the medical marketing hype, synthetic hormonal drugs, dairy products and most calcium supplements actually weaken the bones and have other harmful effects on health."

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Diagnostic Tests for Osteoporosis
by Alan R. Gaby, M.D.

Rethinking Osteoporosis
by Susan E. Brown, Ph.D.
"Osteoporosis involves more than just thin bones. The fact is that while mineral crystals give density to bones, the living protein matrix into which these mineral crystals are embedded give bone strength and resilience. This dynamic protein matrix of collagen and connective tissue requires many nutrients for its maintenance and repair. Interestingly enough, half of those with low bone density never experience an osteoporotic fracture. Conversely, a significant number of people with medium and even high bone density unexpectedly fracture. In addition to bone being dense, strong and resilient, bone must also be able to heal and repair itself."

Natural Approach to Preventing Osteoporosis
from Ronald Hoffman, M.D.
"Osteoporosis doesn't have to occur.  By eliminating dietary components and lifestyle factors that are detrimental to the skeletal system, and exchanging those with behaviors such as acquiring an optimal intake of all bone-building nutrients from diet and supplements, eradicating deleterious bacterial overgrowth, and partaking in a regular strength-training program, one can enjoy having a strong healthy skeletal system throughout their life."

The Thyroid Treatment/Osteoporosis Controversy
Does Thyroid Treatment Contribute to Loss of Bone Density?
by Mary Shomon
"While the research is contradictory and sometimes confusing, the predominance of the evidence is pointing toward the conclusion that non-suppressive thyroid replacement does not dramatically increase the risk of osteoporosis, and that a key risk factor seems to be age and menopausal status. It does not seem logical for doctors to refuse to treat to lower-normal TSH level, or to provide supplemental and not excessive T3 treatment - both therapies which may help resolve major hypothyroidism symptoms for some patients- solely on the basis of concerns over osteoporosis. This is particularly true for patients who are pre-menopausal."

If You Have Osteoporosis, Wheat May be Responsible
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Want Your Kids to Have Healthy Bones? Give Them Cod Liver Oil in the Winter
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Strontium: Breakthrough Against Osteoporosis
by Ward Dean, M.D.

Strontium for Bone Health
from Ronald Hoffman, M.D.

Osteoporosis: Causative Factors
by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Multiple Sclerosis

An Interview with Women's Health Advocate Sherrill Sellman

Part 1: The Role of the Thyroid in the Hormonal System
"The holistic model recognizes the existence of the intimate connection of all of the body's processes. This paradigm along with new diagnostic techniques, has developed a more sophisticated understanding of endocrine functioning, in general, and the thyroid, in particular."

Part 2: The Myths and Realities About Osteoporosis
"From my years of research, I have uncovered many myths about osteoporosis: Myth #1 Osteoporosis is caused by menopause.   Myth #2 Osteoporosis is caused by an estrogen deficiency.   Myth #3 Osteoporosis is caused by a calcium deficiency."

Part 3: Too Much Estrogen, Not Enough Progesterone?
"Unfortunately what the medical experts believed were symptoms of estrogen deficiency are really estrogen excess symptoms. Estrogen dominant symptoms include: weight gain, migraines, fluid retention, high blood pressure, fatigue, aging skin, thinning hair, fluid retention, PMS, low libido, muscle aches and pains, memory fogginess, fibroids, endometriosis, depression, fibrocystic breasts and miscarriage. The more serious, life-threatening conditions of estrogen excess are: reproductive cancers, strokes, blood clots, compromised immune system, toxic livers, gall bladder disease, auto-immune diseases (lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis), glucose intolerance, pancreatitis, and interfering with the uptake of thyroid hormones."

Part 4: How to Take Estrogen/Progesterone, The Soy Issue
"What is really necessary to understand is that if a woman is truly estrogen dominant, any form of estrogen, whether from conjugated horse urine or plant sources, is inappropriate and will only increase the toxic and potentially harmful effects of estrogen dominance. I always emphasis the importance of getting a saliva test to check if estrogen/progesterone ratio is truly out of balance before ever considering the use of any estrogen. Unfortunately, blood serum testing, the gold standard of the medical profession, is notoriously inaccurate, leading to false readings of estrogen deficiency. The WHO now recognizes saliva tests as the most valid form of hormone testing."

"I used to be quite a big soy fan until I began to do more research into this subject. Now I err on the side of caution and actually advise women to cut way down on their soy intake. The most preferred kind of soy would be the fermented versions such as tempeh and mise because that is the most digestible form of soy. The fermentation process destroys the harmful toxins found in soy. Unfermented forms have potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion."

"From my 8 years of research into women's hormonal health issues, I have learned that all hormonal problems are due to a body that is out of balance.. The greatest hormone wreckers, as I like to call them, are sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils, fatty foods, margarine, aspartame (diet drinks), pharmaceutical drugs, dehydration, lack of sleep, skipping meals. junk food, dieting, eating pesticide-sprayed foods and hormone laden meat. Long periods of emotional and physical stress are a sure recipe for hormonal imbalance."

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Better Bones Program
by Susan E. Brown, Ph.D.
This program "is a systematic, life supporting, step by step process for the maintenance and regeneration of bone health. While we commonly think osteoporosis is caused by low calcium intake and low estrogen levels, in reality many causal factors are involved. Most bone health problems are due to an accumulative burden of bone-depleting factors. Here are the 9 steps."

Comparative Absorption of Calcium Sources and Calcium Citrate Malate for the Prevention of Osteoporosis
by Lyn Patrick, N.D.
"The use of calcium as a supplement is warranted to help prevent osteoporosis by building greater peak bone mass and slowing the rate of bone loss after menopause. Calcium citrate malate, the most bioavailable form of calcium, has been shown to be effective in both of these areas, and more effective than calcium carbonate at slowing bone loss in postmenopause. The addition of vitamin D and trace minerals to calcium supplementation is an effective way to prevent bone loss and reduce fracture risk in postmenopausal women."

Osteoporosis and Calcium
"Michael Borkin, N.M.D., often puts his patients on a calcium supplement or, more accurately, supplements.  He recommends rotating the form of calcium, however, between calcium citrate (one of the easiest forms to absorb), calcium ascorbate and calcium gluconate.  He also makes sure his patients supplement the necessary cofactors in proper proportion, including vitamin D and phosphorus.

The relationship between calcium and magnesium is a good example of the complexities of calcium supplementation. Magnesium has an inverse relationship with calcium. While calcium relaxes muscles, magnesium stimulates contraction.  Both compete for the same receptor sites in cells, but a proper balance of both is necessary for health.

Borkin generally recommends that his patients supplement with about half as much magnesium as calcium although that ratio can vary considerably from patient to patient. He also recommends patients take magnesium in the morning and calcium during the day and in the evening; the body can't absorb more than 500 mg of calcium at a time, so supplements are best taken in small doses throughout the day. "

Calcium and Strong Bones
from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
"Although many people think of calcium in the diet as good protection for their bones, this is not at all the whole story. In fact, in a 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women, those who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank milk. Similarly, a 1994 study of elderly men and women in Sydney, Australia, showed that higher dairy product consumption was associated with increased fracture risk. Those with the highest dairy product consumption had approximately double the risk of hip fracture compared to those with the lowest consumption."

Articles from Life Extension Foundation

Osteoporosis - Part 1
Causes, Therapies

Osteoporosis - Part 2
Recommendations

Detailed    Recommended
Articles about Fosamax

Osteoporosis and Fosamax
by Marcelle Pick
Recommended

Beware of Fosamax
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"Fosamax is in the same chemical class (phosphonate) that is used in the cleaners used to remove soap scum from your bath tub. This is a metabolic poison that actually kills the osteoclasts. These are the cells that remove your bone so your osteoblasts can actually rebuild your bone.

It is quite clear that if you kill these cells your bone will get denser. What these studies do not show is that four years later the bone actually becomes weaker even though it is more dense.

This is because bone is a dynamic structure and requires the removal and REPLACEMENT of new bone to stay strong. Fosamax does NOT build ANY new bone."

Fosamax May Damage Liver
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"Bone building is a fine balance of a number of factors. Fosamax is very similar to estrogen's mode of action. Estrogen inhibits osteoclasts while Fosamax actually KILLS them. Osteoclasts cells in the bone that actually remove the bone so it can be rebuilt. If these cells are damaged the bone gets much denser. The fallacy in medical thinking though is that a denser bone is a stronger bone.

This is just not true. Even though the bones are denser they are actually weaker because they have not been allowed to remold themselves and readjust to the constantly changing forces that are applied to bones. This will actually increase the risk of fracture over time."

Fosamax Type Osteoporosis Drugs Noted to Cause Serious Eye Problems
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Why Take an Osteoporosis Drug That Kills Your Bones?
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Message Board for Fosamax Side Effects

Evista Drug Increases Cancer Risks
from The Cancer Prevention Coalition

Osteoporosis and Exercise
Exercise for Osteoporosis
by Warren A. Katz, M.D. and Carl Sherman
"For patients who have osteoporosis, exercise is an essential part of treatment. Just as regular workouts build muscle, they also maintain and may even increase bone strength. By strengthening your muscles and bones and improving your balance, exercise can reduce the risk of falls and resulting fractures."

Preventing Osteoporosis
from National Osteoporosis Foundation
"Bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger."

OTHER RESOURCES

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National Osteoporosis Foundation
A resource for people seeking up-to-date, medically sound information on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis.

Doctor's Guide to Osteoporosis
"The latest medical news and information for patients or friends/parents of patients diagnosed with osteoporosis."

Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE)
A non-profit resource center dedicated to eliminating osteoporosis through our research, education and bone density testing programs.

Osteoporosis Education Project
"Dedicated to a holistic rethinking of osteoporosis.  Firmly grounded in a unified anthropological perspective, we are committed to the development of natural alternative programs for the prevention and recovery from bone fractures associated with osteoporosis or osteopenia.  We believe that every intervention or therapy dedicated to improving bone health should be good for the entire body.  Better bones promote better bodies and better health."

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine

Podcasts
Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Abramson on Osteoporosis 1-31-07

Dr. Fratellone on Osteoporosis 6-10-06

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., Healthy Bones: What You Should Know About Osteoporosis

 

Susan E. Brown, Ph.D., Better Bones, Better Body: Beyond Estrogen and Calcium

Annemarie Colbin, Food and Our Bones: The Natural Way to Prevent Osteoporosis Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis: What You Can Do About Bone Loss
Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D. & Barbara Brewer Dugan, Strong Women, Strong Bones Sherrill Sellman, Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know About Their Hormones
Gillian Sanson, The Myth of Osteoporosis

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