Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB


Have you experienced, or read about, negative, and even dangerous, side effects from Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Actonel (risedronate), and other bisphosphonates prescribed for osteoporosis? If you have, then rest assured there is a safe, effective treatment for this condition. Strontium, primarily in the form of strontium citrate, is taken orally once a day.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Update On Strontium Citrate Clinical Trial

Here is the latest update on the Strontium Citrate Clinical Trial known as the Scope Study and being conducted at the University of California at Davis (UCD). Per Stephanie Burns, study coordinator, "we are currently half-way through our recruitment period. We should have results in about a year’s time."


kliston21 said...

I have just started on strontium.

In addition to Osteoporosis I also have elevated parathyroid hormoen and was wondering if you or anyone you know is working on this condition. I am taking higher does of Vitamin D and my parathyroid level has dropped lots but I am still above the normal range.

BoneLady said...

Hello! kliston21,

I am not an expert on hyperparathyroidism, but there is an excellent website at It states that if you have primary hyperparathyroidism, only surgery will correct it. The following is a quote from that site:

"Low Vitamin D Levels. More than two-thirds of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism have low vitamin D levels in their blood. This is the body trying to protect itself, but is very commonly misunderstood by endocrinologists. This is one of our more advanced pages and should only be read after you understand the basics of parathyroid disease. Read about surgery before you read this. Most people do not need to read this page. If your doctor told you that you have low vitamin D, you should read this."

Good luck to you.

BoneLady said...


The correct name of the website I just quoted is

Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone

How Strontium Builds Bones

Strontium is a mineral that tends to accumulate in bone. Studies have shown that oral doses of strontium are a safe and effective way to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Doses of 680 mg per day appear to be optimal. See my "For More Information About Strontium" links section.

Osteoporosis is caused by changes in bone production. In healthy young bones there is a constant cycle of new bone growth and bone removal. With age, more bone is removed and less new bone is produced. The bones become less dense and thus more fragile.

Scientists believe that strontium works in two ways. It may stimulate the replication of pre-osteoblasts, leading to an increase in osteoblasts (cells that build bone). Strontium also directly inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). The result is stronger bones.

When taking strontium, be sure to take 1200 mg calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium daily. It is best to take strontium late at night on an empty stomach. Calcium and strontium may compete with each other for absorption if taken together.