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Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB

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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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Monday, March 29, 2010

Strontium With Insufficient Calcium and Magnesium , A Case Study

In 2008, Sara S. DeHart, MSN, Ph.D, published "Strontium and Osteoporosis: A Treatment Not Offered to American Women." The article presents her own case study of how she was treated for osteopenia by traditional medicine while continuing to fracture until she learned to treat herself with strontium citrate. I want to emphasize what she wrote about the importance of taking adequate levels of calcium and magnesium, along with the optimum levels of strontium citrate, and what happened to her before she realized this relationship.

"By that time (2006), I’d been investigating alternative therapies and added Strontium Bone Maker (1000 mg strontium citrate, 340 mg elemental strontium per day). I later increased the dosage to 2000 mg daily (680 mg elemental strontium), which is the dosage used in the strontium ranelate clinical trials (Meunier, Roux, Seeman, et al. 2004). The larger dosage led to a drop in my serum calcium level that was sufficient to cause muscle tetany in both hands. (Note I discontinued Actonel in 2007 and the muscle pain decreased significantly.) The larger dosage of strontium with insufficient calcium and magnesium caused the serum calcium level to drop. I increased my calcium + magnesium dosage and the serum calcium and ionized calcium levels returned to normal."

"Currently I am taking Osteo-MINS AM from the Tahoma Clinic in Renton, Washington, (700 mg per 3 capsules), though I have also used Strontium Support (AOR) from a Canadian firm. The Osteo-MINS AM appears to be the better formulation for my highly sensitive muscles. I take strontium two hours before breakfast so that it has cleared my digestive track prior to taking food or any calcium/magnesium. This is an important part of my supplementation program because without it my serum calcium level will drop and that has an effect on muscles throughout the body."

To read the entire article, see http://www.intrepidreport.com/archives/2608

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Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone
Source: www.mayoclinic.com

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.