Volume 4, Issue 35
September 1, 2011

What makes asthmatics more
likely to get osteoporosis?

Most people wouldn’t connect asthma to osteoporosis. But a new study says asthmatics should be concerned about the bone disease.

As you may know, osteoporosis is one of the biggest dangers we have to face as we get older. Osteoporosis not only makes your life very miserable, it also can kill you. Each year, more than one-third of Americans aged 65 and older will experience a fall. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control, close to 16,000 of those people will die from the fall because their bones are so weak.

As a result, the drug industry is pushing osteoporosis drugs (Actonel, Aredia, Boniva, Didronel, Fosamax, Reclast, Skelid, and Zometa) like they are candy. But they aren’t candy.

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They are toxic, and often create their own additional diseases. But that’s not all they want to sell you. They also purvey several very popular drugs that cause the very same osteoporosis that they sell you the other drugs to treat. And that’s where asthmatics need to worry.

Steroids are one of the biggest problems. Cortisone drugs, for instance, can cause osteoporosis if you take them on a regular basis. But did you know that inhaled steroids can do the same thing?

I’m talking about all those steroid inhalers that conventional docs want asthmatics to take. They would rather write you a prescription for one of these drugs than work to cure the reason you have the condition in the first place.

The asthma drugs that can cause osteoporosis include Advair, Aerobid, Asmanex, Azmacort, Dulera, Flovent, Pulmicort, Symbicort, and Qvar. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine caught my eye when it stated that these “inhaled therapies also confer risks of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.” And the risk is not minimal.

Another study emphasized that the risk from these inhalers is substantial. That study, conducted at the University of Sienna in Sienna, Italy, looked at the risk of vertebral fractures in COPD (chronic lung disease) patients who used steroid inhalers. They compared the COPD patients to those using non-steroid inhalers. Vertebral (spinal bone) fractures usually occur without any trauma as a result of the vertebral bone becoming so weakened by osteoporosis. The researchers found that the patients using the steroid inhalers were 40% more likely to have vertebral fractures than those not using them.

If you are taking one of the drugs I mentioned above, you are at an increased risk of death from a simple fall. So what can you do?

First, find a doctor who is familiar with natural remedies for your condition. The odds are good that you will be able to stop using steroids once you have started some of these therapies. Good starters are vitamin B6, magnesium, DHEA, nebulized hydrogen peroxide, and nebulized glutathione.

Second if your situation is just so bad that it’s impossible to get off the steroid inhaler, then start an active and extra aggressive program of bone strengthening. This would include exercising with oxygen therapy (EWOT), resistance training exercise, whole body vibration exercise, hormone replacement therapy, vitamin D, strontium, and vitamin K2.  I have discussed all of these in past issues of my newsletter – except vibration training. I’ll be talking about that very interesting topic in an upcoming issue. If you’re a subscriber, you can get all this information on my website. If you’re not a subscriber, you can
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Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

Weinstein RS. Clinical practice. Glucocorticoid-induced bone disease. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jul 7;365(1):62-70

Gonnelli S, Caffarelli C, Maggi, et al. SEffect of inhaled glucocorticoids and beta(2) agonists on vertebral fracture risk in COPD patients: the EOLO study. Calcif Tissue Int. 2010 Aug;87(2):137-43. Epub 2010 Jun 22.

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