Mainstream treatments for osteoporosis shown to cause more problems than they help.
Recent evidence links taking bisphosphonate medications such as Actonel and Fosamax to a number of side effects including, osteonecrosis of the jaw, atrial fibrilation, gastrointestinal pain, and dyspepsia (indigestion).
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Dr. Osborne’s Comment:
Medications for the treatment of osteoporosis are simply band aids that do not address the true causes or contributing factors for the disease. Bisphosphonates prevent your body’s ability to get rid of old worn out bone. When your body is unable to remove old bone, it cannot replace it with new bone tissue. Osteonecrosis occurs because the weakened bone in the jaw develops micro fractures. Although bone density appears to improve with the use of a bone scanner, the quality of the existing bone is compromised. Read my report on osteoporosis to better arm yourself with knowledge and prevent bone loss from affecting your health.
Following these simple tips can go a long way in preventing bone loss:
- Perform weight bearing exercises on a daily basis.
- Eat an abundance of high quality organic or local grown fruits and vegetables.
- Eliminate refined and processed foods from your diet.
- Get adequate sunlight for your skin type without the use of sun screens as they block vitamin D synthesis.
- Don’t smoke or subject yourself to second hand smoke.
- Strongly limit caffeine (less than 100 mg/day) and alcohol intake.
- Avoid medications that effect vitamin and mineral metabolism such as steroids, NSAIDS, and acid lowering medications.
- During your annual check ups, have your doctor perform lab work to identify nutritional deficiencies.
- Have your doctor genetically screen you for osteoporosis risk early in life so that you can make appropriate lifestyle modifications.