Monday, March 15, 2010

Long-Term Use of Osteoporosis Drug May Cause Bone Fractures

Patients taking Fosamax, a drug that was designed to help protect against osteoporosis, is increasingly being linked with bone fractures. There are better ways to build bone strength. Bone is not static like stone as some people think. Bone is constantly breaking down and remodeling. There are specific bone cells which perform each of these functions.

Bone can be weakened in both men and women due to changing hormone levels . Bone can also be weakened in people who have a low body pH, or in other words have systemic acidity. People may have low pH due to poor dietary choices, stress, environmental toxins, and inactivity. Colas will pull calcium from the bone as will all high acid foods like excessive meat, grains, and sugars.

To build healthy bone most people think calcium, especially from dairy. This is not your best choice and especially not from Tums, an antacid that bills itself as a calcium supplement. Calcium is best absorbed in the stomach, which has a normal pH of about 2. That's VERY acid! An anti-acid like Tums is exactly the opposite of what's needed for calcium absorption.

Your best bet to maintain healthy bone is to start off with a good bone mass in adulthood. Do this by weight bearing exercise, even walking. Sleep 7 hours a night. Modify your stress. Eliminate Colas and go easy on your consumption of high acid foods. According to Dr. Balch's Prescription for Nutritional Healing eat plenty of dark leafy greens,broccoli, chestnuts, dandelion greens, flounder, hazelnuts, kale, kelp, molasses, oats, salmon, sardines, sesame seeds, tahini, turnip greens, and wheat germ.  Be sure to include food high in sulfur content like garlic, onions, and eggs. 

Make sure to take a quality supplement with a wide array of mineral, not just calcium.  Your supplement/s should include calcium, magnesium, boron, silica, B Vitamins and Vitamins A, C, D, E, K.

Many calcium supplements are nothing more than chalk also known as calcium carbonate (found in Tums along with neurotoxic aluminum).  Stay away from this!  I prescribe calcium citrate for patients.  One excellent product I use is Osteo-B-Plus from Biotics Labs.  This is only available by prescription.

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