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:



Anonymous said...

Do you have an opinion on Whole Body Vibration? WBV

BoneLady said...
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BoneLady said...

To: Anonymous of 05/09/2013,

My opinion on whole body vibration (WBV) is that the jury is still out about its effectiveness. More studies are needed. I might try it, but only if I were unable to do regular physical exercise. I found both positive and negative information on WBV.

A quote from the Mayo Clinic website states “some research shows that whole body vibration, when performed correctly and under medical supervision when needed, can reduce back pain, improve balance in older adults, and reduce bone loss.” The article includes four references.

According to a Reuter’s article (11/14/2011), “Canadian researchers found that of 200 postmenopausal women with low bone mass, those given a whole-body vibration device to use at home for a year showed no clear benefits.”

A comment to the Reuter’s article follows:

“In 2004 Health Canada licensed Dr. Rubin’s Juvent 2000 as a 2nd class medical devise for increasing circulation from the lower extremities to the heart, Increasing or maintaining bone mineral density and increasing lymphatic drainage. Dr. Rubin presented a 25 year study to the International Osteoporosis Society in Toronto in 2004. The results of the controlled study showed an average increase in BMD of 3% and an average increase in muscle mass of 4%.

Further on page 9 of a 25 page report published in 2006 by the office of the Surgeon General US Department of Health & Human Services.

I quote:

For those who cannot ingage in regular physical activity due to disability, mechanical stimulation of the skeleton might prove beneficial. Recent small studies found that use of vibrating platforms increased BMD and slowed bone loss. ( Rubin 2004 et al., Verschueren et al.2004, Ward et al. 2004). This may provide another way to reduce fracture risk both in ederly and in younger individuals with disabling conditions that limit thier ability to exercise. However, the long-term saftey and efficacy of such approaches remain to be determined, and therefore speific rehabilition and exercise programs aimed at increasing activity and function remain critically important in the frail elderly and in younger individuals with neuromusclular dsabilities.

The Toronto Doctor who published her findings has in my opinion been most irresponsible in her testing procedures. This was not a controlled study and therefore in my opinion is less than valid.”

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.