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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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Creative Destruction of Medicine by Dr. Eric Topal

The revolution Dr. Eric Topal describes, and which is the grand theme of this book, is the inevitable move from population-based medicine to that of the science and health of the individual. Doctors, and the medical education system that produces them, are out of touch, conservative and slow to change. Today’s evidence-based medicine tends to be based on studies of populations rather than on individuals. A population-based study of a drug which claims to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) by 36%, for example, sounds much less impressive to a patient when he realizes that 100 individuals will need to take the drug in order to prevent one MI. He also criticizes the use of surrogate end points in studies (e.g., cholesterol/LDL) and the development of expert-based guidelines around these and puts mass population screening tests like PSA under the microscope. He introduces the idea that it is now possible, using pharmacogenomic studies, to perform real evidence-based studies based on individuals rather than populations. He predicts that because many of the changes he describes will be resisted by doctors and others within the health sciences, that patients/consumers are likely to lead this revolution.

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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.