Many years ago, Big Pharma invented a new class of petrochemical drugs. It went on a search to find out how to market them. The chemicals made bones harder. So Pharma decided that it should promote screening for osteoporosis for women. It clandestinely set up foundations to "educate" women to get screened for bone loss.
Of course, when the women would discover that their bones were thin, they would be easy prey for the newly marketed petrochemicals called bisphosphonates. These osteoporosis chemicals have been connected to a myriad of horrible toxic effects, now including femur fractures, which I'll tell you about in a moment.
Bisphosphonates mushroomed into a multi-billion dollar market. Ignorant physicians roped women into taking them. And even more naïve people, such as actress Sally Fields (who urges women to take Boniva), pushed women to take them. Now I don't blame Ms. Fields. I'm sure, aside from a likely paid endorsement, that she's acting in good conscience. But Pharma is not.
I've told you in the past about the mechanism of action of these drugs. They kill osteoclasts. Osteoclasts are the cells that break down old bone to pave the way for osteoblasts to create new bone. Kill the remodeling cells and you get denser bone. But here's the problem. It might be denser, but it's more brittle. Anything brittle is subject to fracture.
Of course Pharma and its drug-peddling pimps and drug-pushing doctors, reveled in the deceptive improvement in bone density. But the price of drugs often comes years after the FDA (Fraud and Deception Administration) grants license to kill and maim in the name of profit. After enough reports come to the FDA on its horrific effects, the FDA's first step is to issue label warnings. When yet more injuries or deaths come in, the FDA might remove the drug, as it did with Vioxx.
Well, on October 13, 2010, the FDA issued a warning that bisphosphonates are associated with a rare type of fracture of the femur, exactly the site of fracture that osteoporosis drugs are supposed to protect. These fractures are called "atypical" since they occur without trauma. And, it seems that it takes about five years of taking the chemicals to get the injury. That means that with the millions of women on the drugs, Pharma has pocketed billions of dollars before this news so belatedly comes out. There have been 310 of these unusual femoral fractures, which can occur in your hip or in the long part of your femur. And, 94% of those afflicted were on bisphosphonates. Brittle bone can fracture with little or no trauma!
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Folks, I've told you in the past about how these horrible chemicals can cause death of your jawbone. They tear up your stomach. They decrease bone formation up to 95%. Do you really want to take such dangerous chemicals?
I don't consider the bisphosphonate class of drugs worthy of use in any routine osteoporosis circumstance. They might be useful for cancer. Bisphosphonates include Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel, Atelva, Reclast and others. This was a time bomb waiting to happen, as I warned about many years ago. Unfortunately, it's just taken so long to manifest. There are alternatives. I'm not against osteoporosis screening. That's because we can reverse the problem without risk.
There's a combination of nutrients I've used for years that have helped (by reversing bone loss on Dexa scan) every woman I've treated but one. Some of these nutrients are in Ultimate Bone Support.
But if you have osteoporosis, don't stop there. Add glutathione-producing nutrients, including selenium, NAC, and alpha lipoic acid. You can find these combined in one convenient supplement: Advanced Detox Formula. I also recommend Advanced EFA Formula (twice daily), and green tea extract (one daily). You can find all of these at www.advancedbionutritionals.com. Finally, I also suggest Laktoferrin (from Nutricology and available on the Internet). Take four capsules, twice daily.