Just got my bonedensity results in and am definaltely osteopenic, just bordering osteoporosis. Was borderline last time a couple years ago, but there has been a substantial thinning since then.
No, I don't do HRT, and won't have any part of it. Eat pretty healthy, and tried calcium/D supplements but hated how they bloat and constipate me. Yuk. So I quit.
I need to hit the bowflex again, and be more consistent with it... it has so MANY benefits, building bonemass being one of them.
So.. anybody here use the above meds ? My PA recommended looking into them and letting her know if I wanted to go that route. Thought I'd get some input before I decided... pros, cons, side effects, etc. Looked it up in the PDR already, but there's nothing like the real word of mouth testemonials !
Apr 6, '04
Another comment about Fosamax from Dr. Mercola:
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Dr. John Lee is the physician who wrote "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PRE Menopause" He is very strongly opposed to the use of Fosamax, and I could not agree with him more on this issue. It is interesting that Merck, the manufacturer of Fosamax, funded both of these studies and both appeared in two well respected medical journals the same week.
Fosamax is in the same chemical class (phosphonate) that is used in the cleaners used to remove soap scum from your bath tub. This is a metabolic poison that actually kills the osteoclasts. These are the cells that remove your bone so your osteoblasts can actually rebuild your bone.
It is quite clear that if you kill these cells your bone will get denser. What these studies do not show is that four years later the bone actually becomes weaker even though it is more dense.
This is because bone is a dynamic structure and requires the removal and REPLACEMENT of new bone to stay strong. Fosamax does NOT build ANY new bone. The true solution, as I have reviewed in previous newsletters, is to go on natural progesterone. One can review Dr. Lee's book for more information.
Progesterone is the only substance that I know of that will actually increase bone strength and density. It does this by serving as a growth promoter for the osteoblasts, or the cells that build bone. Of course, it would be wise to have the other basics in place such as adequate amounts of calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin D and copper, in addition to exercise and avoidance of items that will damage bone like soda pop and sugar.
This is one of the main reasons you will not find studies published on natural progesterone as it is a natural substance which can not be patented and no huge amounts of profit can be realized.
However, please note that in general I am not a fan of the progesterone creams for reasons previously mentioned.
Another enlightening quote about Fosamax from Dr. Mercola:
These biphosphonate drugs are the same chemicals that are used to clean the soap scum from your bath tub. They work by killing osteoclasts in the bone which are responsible for remodeling the bone. The theory is that if you can prevent bone loss you will have stronger bone. Unfortunately, the theory doesn't hold up. The osteoclasts are metabolically poisoned (killed) and the bone does become denser. Unfortunately the dense bone does not translate to stronger bone. Although the bone is denser it is actually more brittle and more susceptible to fracture. In the meantime though the drug companies are making a mint and it will be years before they are finally taken off of the market.
Last edit by VickyRN on Apr 6, '04