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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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Case Study on Strontium Citrate for Osteoporosis with Fragility Fractures

Sara S. DeHart, MSN, Ph.D., is an 80-year-old woman who was diagnosed with osteopenia at age 63. She was treated initially with Fosamax 10 mg. daily and Estraderm patches twice weekly.  She discontinued the patches after about two years, and Fosamax after about three years. Following a fragility fracture of the sacrum, she was prescribed Actonel 5 mg five times a week. Her vitamin D blood level was found to be very low, although she had supplemented with 400 IU vitamin D3 throughout her adult life.
She followed “standards of care” medical recommendations until she developed a second fragility fracture at T9 while taking Actonel.  At that point, she stopped using Actonel and began taking strontium citrate. She increased her vitamin D3 supplementation. Today, she is 80 years old and her BMD is normal. More importantly, she has not fractured, even after a recent fall onto an asphalt driveway! Follow this link to read her amazing story:


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.