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Osteoporosis - Can Drugs Really Protect Your Bones?
In This Issue
About Osteoporosis
Is Long-Term Bisphosphonate Therapy Safe?...
Long-term use of bone-building drugs?
Osteoporosis Drug and Rare Thighbone Fractures
The Delusion of Bone Drugs
Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoporosis
DHEA, vitamin D and calcium significantly improves spinal bone density
Women need to be educated on osteoporosis risk
Women unaware of risk of dangerous osteoporosis fractures
Vitamin D shortage linked to bone fractures
Legislation and Legal Issues
Website News
A Survey
 
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June 14, 2010
My last newsletter was devoted to a topic most men are concerned about - Prostate Cancer.
 
If you haven't yet noticed, I try to alternate between men's and women's concerns with each newsletter. 
  
Todays issue is mostly for the ladies, and is about Osteoporosis. The biphosphonate drugs that are used for prevent and treat osteoporosis have many of the same problems as the drugs that claim to reduce risk of prostate cancer  - their side effects may be worse than the disease.
 
Every woman and many men have a risk for developing osteoporosis. Drugs that claim to reduce your risk can significantly increase the risk of other, more serious problems. 
 
There are many natural ways to avoid getting osteoporosis. This newsletter discusses some of them.

 

About Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition caused by an imbalance in the body's bone-building mechanism. It typically occurs in women after menopause, but can occur earlier in both men and women that are nutritionally deficient or who have severe hormone imbalances. It is a debilitating condition but there are many natural ways to manage it.
 
 
Is Long-Term Bisphosphonate Therapy Safe?
Long-term use of Bisphosphonate drugs (alendronate [Fosamax] and others) has been associated with reduced rates of bone formation and inadequate fracture healing.
These drugs inhibit bone resorption and reduce the incidence of fractures in osteoporotic patients during several years of use. However, they theoretically might weaken bone in the longer term (e.g., by inhibiting normal repair of bone "microdamage" that occurs in daily life).
 
 
Quantity vs. quality: Long-term use of bone-building osteoporosis drugs.
Bisphosphonate treatments, proven to enhance bone density and reduce fracture incidence in post-menopausal women, may adversely affect bone quality and increase risk of atypical fractures of the femur when used for four or more years, according to preliminary research. 
 
 
Researchers Puzzled by Role of Osteoporosis Drug in Rare Thighbone Fractures
The case reports first surfaced about two years ago and they were frightening. A few orthopedists reported that women taking osteoporosis drugs to prevent broken bones were showing up with rare and serious fractures of their thighbones. The bone was snapping like a twig, sometimes splintering. Often there was no trauma, like a serious fall, to bring it on.
 
 
The Delusion of Bone Drugs 
Women across the country are being duped to consume billions of dollars worth of bone poisons under the false pretense that if they take them long enough they will not develop osteoporosis.  Even the FDA is becoming alarmed by the side effects of these bone drugs - a rather stunning event considering the FDA hardly ever acts to cast suspicion on the propaganda put out by a Big Pharma blockbuster class of drugs being slickly marketed for prevention. 
 
 
Widespead And On The Increase - Vitamin D Deficiency
A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International, shows that populations across the globe are suffering from the impact of low levels of vitamin D. The problem is widespread and on the increase, with potentially severe repercussions for overall health and fracture rates. 
DHEA supplement combined with vitamin D and calcium significantly improves spinal bone density in older women
Taking a DHEA supplement combined with vitamin D and calcium can significantly improve spinal bone density in older women, according to a new study from a Saint Louis University scientist and his colleagues at Washington University. 
 
 
Women need to be educated on osteoporosis risk factors & treatment
Underscoring what researchers call a serious global public health concern, results from a new study led by Columbia University Medical Center reveal that many women at an elevated level of risk for osteoporosis-associated fractures fail to perceive the implications of the risk factors.
 
 
Women unaware of risk of dangerous osteoporosis fractures
Only one in three Australian women diagnosed with osteoporosis are aware they are at higher risk of sustaining debilitating bone fractures, according to a landmark international study published with input from University of Sydney researchers. 
 
Vitamin D shortage linked to bone fractures 
Recent research from Glasgow, Scotland by Dr. Gallacher found near universal vitamin D inadequacy among more than 500 elderly patients with broken hips.  According to Dr. Gallacher, "Vitamin D seems to play a key role in many systems in the body, not just bones, but diseases like diabetes and certain cancers," he said. "A serious shortage of vitamin D leads to a condition called osteomalacia, where your bone fails to mineralise."
 
 

Legislation and Legal Issues

 
Thanks to the overwhelming responses, letters to the FDA and congress and a Washington lawyer named Jonathon Emord, the natural health field finally won a the battle with the FDA over legitimate, scientifically validated supplements claims. 
 
The court backed the plantiffs, and ordered the Food and Drug Administration to amend qualified selenium health claims. Previously, a  Washington DC district court that found FDA's addition of lengthy disclaimers to the claims to be in breach of Constitutional, First Amendment, free speech principles. 
 
Mr. Emord (of the firm Emord and Associates), whose firm has brought six similar successful actions dating back to 1999,  called the decision,  "a momentous victory over FDA censorship."
 
Although this case applies to claims for Selenium, according to Mr. Emord, "It reestablishes the supremacy of the First Amendment over the FDA, confirming that this agency may not escape the strictures of the Constitution to achieve health claim suppression!"
 
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Finally - Legislation to Protect Your Right to Know About the Science Behind Supplements!

The "Free Speech About Science Act", H.R. 4913. This landmark legislation protects basic free speech rights, ends censorship of science, and enables the natural health products community to share peer-reviewed scientific findings about natural health products with the public.
 
If this bill passes, it has the potential to transform the healthcare field. It will legally allow health care practitioners like myself to freely educate the public about the real science behind natural health. This is a small bill with vast potential leverage.
 
Please click on the link below to read the entire article and use the link below  (or the one with the article) to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor and support the "Free Speech about Science Act"! 
 
Let's keep the pressure on folks, unless you want Vitamin C to be a prescription drug!
 
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Website News

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, my new website, 
 
is operational and its entry page is now the home page for both websites.  Thus, you will be able to seamlessly move from men's to women's issues and back. Some of the pages, like the newsletter archive and the products section are shared between both sites.  The shared parts of the two websites are the Books, Products, and News sections, and these are now operational.  
 
I'm a bit behind in my schedule for finishing the ladies section of the site, only because I've been to busy helping lots of you get through some problems. However, I hope to have the rest of it up soon, and the shared sections contain information of value for both sexes. 
 
To search for information or a product, simply click the "Site Search" button located at the top left of every main page. You will then see a search screen where you can enter a keyword (or keywords) to search the site for. Direct links to pages found allow you to quickly view information on many topics. 
 
Our  newsletter archive contains copies of all previous newsletters. A link to the archive is on every main page of the website just below the newsletter sign-up box and also in the "page links" section of each newsletter issue. 

 

A Survey

 
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