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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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Picking a Bone With Contemporary Osteoporosis Management

I recently came across an abstract of a research article critical of contemporary osteoporosis management and recommending strontium, calcium, vitamins D and K, and essential fatty acids. The article was published in Clin Nutr. Apr. 2007;26(2):193-207 and Epub. Oct. 13, 2006, by S.J. Genuis and G.K. Schwalfenberg of the University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. Here is the abstract of the paper entitled, "Picking a Bone with Contemporary Osteoporosis Management: Nutrient Strategies to Enhance Skeletal Integrity."

"Epidemic rates of osteoporosis in the western world have yielded intense efforts to develop management approaches to combat this potentially devastating disorder; recent research has unveiled innovative strategies which hold considerable promise for prevention of skeletal compromise and amelioration of suboptimal bone health. According to many algorithms and practice directives, the contemporary assessment and management of osteoporosis focuses heavily on determination of fracture risk and pharmaceutical intervention for those patients deemed to be at high risk. While routine recommendations for calcium and vitamin D have been incorporated into most regimens, disproportionately little attention has been given to recent research elucidating improved bone health and diminution in fracture rates experienced by patients receiving specific nutrients. In mainstream medical practice, clinical analysis and management of nutritional or dietary issues is sometimes perceived as unconventional, primitive or unsophisticated health care. Recent evidence-based research, however, supports intervention with adequate amounts of specific nutrients, including vitamin D, strontium, vitamin K, and essential fatty acids, in the prevention and primary management of osteoporosis."

Friday, August 20, 2010

Development Plan for Strontium Malonate in U.S.

On August 16, 2010, Osteologix, Inc., filed its quarterly Q-10, a required financial statement. Part of the report is quoted here: "We believe that our available existing resources will provide liquidity to fund our planned operations, excluding any clinical trials, into the second quarter of 2011. Because the business of developing pharmaceutical products is time-consuming and expensive, and NB S101 (strontium malonate), our most advanced investigational drug, still must complete pivotal human clinical trials before it can be marketed, we will require additional financial resources to carry out our business strategy. The development plan for NB S101 will require a larger phase 2 and/or phase 3 clinical trial that we estimate will take at least two years to complete. After or possibly concurrent with our next clinical trial, either one or two similar or potentially larger phase 3 trials will be required. We are seeking a third party development partner with substantially more resources than us for further clinical development in the United States, and we do not expect to proceed with further U.S. clinical development until we enter into a development agreement with such a partner Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements."

Monday, August 16, 2010

Strontium Malonate Licensing Agreement

On August 2, 2010, Osteologix and Servier announced an ex-U.S. licensing agreement for NB S101 (strontium malonate). Osteologix has granted Servier an exclusive royalty-bearing license to develop and commercialize NB S101 to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis, other bone and joint disorders and dental indications worldwide, except in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, Osteologix will receive up to €12 million in upfront and milestone payments. Additionally, Osteologix is eligible to receive up to €30 million in minimum royalty payments creditable against mid to low single digit royalties on sales. Osteologix will also be eligible to receive milestone payments and royalties on product development and sales in Japan. Servier will be responsible for all costs outside of the U.S. associated with development, regulatory approval and commercialization of NB S101. Osteologix will continue to own intellectual property rights for development in the U.S. This information is from a press release issued by Osteologix at

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Another Strontium Citrate Success

Most of my posts are about my own experience with strontium citrate and about research on the various strontium salts. This post is about Sara S. DeHart's strontium success story, which she wrote about herself in two articles, the most recent one published online just a few days ago. In 2006, she was taking Actonel and developed a fracture at T-9. Later, that same year, she switched to strontium citrate (750 mg strontium/day) and has had no further vertebral fractures. Here are her T-scores from 2006 to the present:

Left Hip Lumbar Spine

2006 -1.2 -1.4
2008 -0.6 -0.2
2010 -0.5 +0.2

Here is the original article:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Daily Supplements

One of my readers asked me to add more information about supplements. I’ve decided to list all the ones I currently take. This list may provide a start for your own research. Each person’s needs will vary depending on age, sex, diet, and health.

Doctor’s Best Strontium Bone Maker, 2194 mg strontium citrate, 680 mg elemental strontium in two capsules
Nature Made Multi For Her 50+ (contains 22 key nutrients, including 1000 IU vitamin D3, 200 mg calcium, 100 mg magnesium, 80 mcg vitamin K, 2500 IU vitamin A with 60% as beta carotene, 25 mcg vitamin B12, 180 mg vitamin C, 60 IU vitamin E, 15 mg zinc, 70 mcg selenium)
Nature Made Vitamin C, 500 mg
Nature Made Vitamin E, 100 % Natural, 400 IU
Kal Extra-Strength Calcium Magnesium (I take one tablet, which contains 500 mg calcium and 250 mg magnesium.)
Kal Bioflavonoids 1000
Finest Natural Zinc, 50 mg
Finest Natural Selenium, 200 mcg
Nature’s Bounty Lutein, 20 mg
Nature’s Bounty Sublingual Vitamin B12, 2500 mcg (I take one tablet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.)
Bluebonnet Lecithin, 1365 mg (I take three capsules daily.)
Nature’s Way Primadophilus bifidus

Also look up my previous posts:
03/30/2010 “How Much Calcium Are You Getting?” (Includes IOF’s Calcium Calculator)
03/29/2010 “Strontium With Insufficient Calcium and Magnesium, A Case Study”
03/22/2010 “Strontium And Calcium”

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.