Your skeletonal structure plays a huge role in your overall health......
Osteoporosis is a serious problem for millions of Americans. The conventional medical solution is a drug, and now the suggestion has been expanded to include "everyone, regardless of whether or not they have early symptoms of osteoporosis, as a good candidate to take the drug". It appears to be another money maker ploy for the pharmaceutical companies. This article discusses why alternatives may be better for you.
It has been shown that osteoporosis drugs increase fracture risk over the long-term, but there is one more thing the FDA has come up with recently that takes absurdity into the Twilight Zone. The FDA believes that women at low risk of fracture (translated - do not have osteoporosis or osteopedia) - these women are "good candidates" for using the drug now to stop the development of osteoporosis and prevent the need of the drugs after a few years. Oh yeah!
Think about this instead FDA: A woman with low fracture risk is a good candidate to completely avoid drugs and certainly not take a drug that may cause a fracture down the road.
UP IS DOWN AND DOWN IS UP
That's what happens when the government meddles in health care. So, what do you think the government position might be on the topic of two essential supplements for bone health? It's just too predictable.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says Recommended Daily Allowance levels of Calcium and Vitamin D do not prevent bone fractures in older women.
We all know the RDA levels are ridiculously low, so no one should be surprised when paltry doses of these supplements produce little benefits.
Also, according to USPSTF, a paltry dose of calcium might ever so slightly increase risk of kidney stones. So, as their logic goes, the "risk" is reason enough to stop taking the supplement altogether. It's too bad they can't apply the same logic to prescription drugs.
LET'S GET REAL!
Dr. Allan Spreen of Health Sciences Institute isn't surprised that this advice from government experts is highly simplistic... "Especially when it's about supplements, since they know nothing about them anyway". They may be right about the calcium being useless at the RDA dose, but for Dr. Spreen that dose is just part of the problem.
There is also the FORM of the calcium to consider. Dr. Spreen says, "Calcium carbonate, which is specifically mentioned by the USPSTF, is about as poorly absorbed as any form of calcium on the market, so it probably is a waste of time. Calcium citrate is better."
Furthermore, "Humans don't find calcium in nature without magnesium." He recommends calcium 2:1 with magnesium.
The RDA level of 400 IU of Vitamin D is pretty much useless, so they are right again. You need 5000 IU of Vitamin D3, and for the elderly, that amount is likely not enough either. Seniors need blood level testing to determine the dose needed.
Dr. Spreen notes that while you need higher doses of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D, they cannot do the job alone. He also recommends these additional nutrients to help aging bone stay healthy:
Manganese Strontium Vitamin C
Boron Zinc Hydronchloric acid
Molybdenum Vitamin K
This list applies to everyone not just to the elderly. For some post-menopausal women, he also includes natural progesterone. There is a cream that gives pre-measured doses and is bio-available through Healthy Alternatives.. fh
In addition to supplements, Dr. Spreen recommends ".... add some exercise so the bones have a reason to re-mineralize."
Obviously, this isn't a simple fix, and Dr. Spreen recognizes that. He knows that's why most doctors and patients are inclined to keep it simple with an osteoporosis drug*.
Clearly that is not the route he would recommend, but he hopes seniors will "at least" get good nutritional supplementation that includes vitamins, minerals and a high-dose of Vitamin D3. (See "A Complete Nutritional Plan").
And....What About The Risk Of Kidney Stones?
Dr. Spreen simply dismisses it. "Yes, some, not all, kidney stones contain calcium, but that doesn't explain why it's laid down improperly in one person, and not another, who is taking even more calcium. Besides, if you add magnesium, the risk goes down."
reported by Jenny Thompson, Director with Health Sciences Institute
Healthy Alternatives has a 4 day Gall and Kidney Stone old-fashioned recipe that eases the pain the first day and dissolves the stones by the fourth. The size of the stones does not appear to interfere with the success of the recipe.
Update On Diagnosing Osteoporosis: 02-26-14
There is an epidemic of pre-disease, or "pre-disease syndrome", going around that is giving experts serious cause for concern. Dr. Ivan Oransky, former online editor of Scientific American, states " ...... more than 100,000 people a year are dying from complications of the treatments they're getting rather than from the conditions that are being treated." Osteopenia is one such condition. It has been marketed as the "pre" version of osteoporosis - only it really is not. Osteopenia is just a tad less than the normal bone density of a woman in her 30's. Millions of women are fearful of this seemingly harmful diagnosis and have been panicked into popping potent, dangerous drugs that have been shown to weaken bones and cause fractures!. Dr. George Lundbergk, editor of an information site for MDs, calls the treatment of these "pre-diseases" a " ....fine - sometimes blurred -- line" of treatment by "a honest, well-meaning physician."
Your annual wellness visit may sound like a great idea, but do not allow yourself to pulled into the drugs fostered on you if you are diagnosed with one of these "pre-diseases". Don't be one of the sheep; shepherd your own fate. It's safer.