When most women hear that they have osteoporosis, they think their doctor will prescribe them drugs that will help save their life — not destroy it.
Unfortunately, most doctors prescribe bisphosphonate drugs, such as Fosamax. I've told you about Fosamax in the past. It's the osteoporosis drug that causes osteonecrosis. Fosamax literally causes decay and crumbling of the jaw bone.
And once you develop osteonecrosis, there isn't a good treatment. Many women who suffer this terrible condition try potent antibiotics, repeat surgeries, and even some alternative treatments, such as a hyperbaric chamber and acupuncture. Most of the time, these treatments don’t work.
To add insult to injury, I told you last year that Fosamax can also cause atrial fibrillation. So this drug not only destroys your bone, it affects your heart.
One Internet blogger, Pam, wrote that when she took Actenol (another bisphosphonate like Fosamax), "it caused very dry eyes and a feeling of a lump in my throat all the time." So she stopped taking it after just two months. Instead, she started taking strontium citrate. Here's what happened:
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"I was scheduled for a DEXA after nine months of use and whoa and behold I already had improved scores, a 4% gain. I was really excited and determined to take it till the next one two years later. During the two years, I took the strontium faithfully every night, upped my exercise routine, did more of the walking I already enjoyed doing, tried to eat a healthy diet most of the time, and took supplements that support bone heath. I've never had a side effect from the strontium. I did notice as time went on that I didn't have as many aches and pains in my hips and lower back. And sitting in a car for several hours didn't cause me to squirm looking for a comfortable position.
"I just had the two-year DEXA and once again was very happy with the results. When I was first diagnosed, my left hip was -1.9, femoral head -2.7, and lumbar spine -2.9. Now after almost three years of use, I have a 14% overall gain in bone mineral density. The total hip t-score is now -1.1 and lumbar spine -1.9. I wasn't given a score for the femoral head. I'm very pleased about the gains I've made. I will continue with strontium for another two years and hopefully get both scores well into the normal range....
"My doctor was very impressed with the gains I made. But until it becomes FDA approved, he won't tell his other osteo patients about it."
Too bad the doctor didn't realize the FDA doesn't have to approve the strontium citrate. It's a natural mineral, and recommending it is no different than recommending magnesium or zinc. In fact, strontium citrate is readily available in Ultimate Bone Support. We've had many customers tell us similar stories to Pam. If only other women would make the same decision to switch before the Fosamax destroys their jaw bone.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.