Skeleton Pirate

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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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vitamin D and Mortality Risk: Should Clinical Practice Change?



An Expert Interview With Cedric F. Garland, DrPH

Traditionally associated with skeletal disease, including osteoporosis and fractures, low levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) more recently have been linked to a wide range of nonskeletal diseases, including some cancers and autoimmune, cardiometabolic, and neurologic diseases.

Medscape: Should everyone aim for a vitamin D level over 30 ng/mL?

Dr. Garland: Yes. No one should run a serum 25(OH)D less than 30 ng/mL. This means that two thirds of the US population needs supplementation. You may have noticed that President Obama was recently tested for his vitamin D, and it was 22.9 ng/mL. His physicians wisely decided to treat him, and he is now taking vitamin D. I salute the President's physicians for their clinical acumen in performing this good and noble deed to ensure the health of President Obama. It makes me burst with pride and admiration when physicians act in this way with their patients.

Medscape: Would you say that everyone should be tested like the President?

Dr. Garland: Yes, in my judgment. And without delay. We should introduce the population to a new Golden Era of Medicine, based on contemporary scientific discoveries of vitamin D's profound health benefits today rather than waiting for yet another minor increment of confirmation.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/829677

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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.