It’s beyond ridiculous. In fact, it’s absurd: a drug that increases the risk of the condition it’s supposed to prevent… and the mainstream pushes its use relentlessly, while on the underhand, complete dispelling the benefits of two powerful supplements for the prevention of bone fractures – vitamin D and calcium… without the side effects.
In this case, I’m talking about osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax that are used to treat osteoporosis and osteopenia. It is supposed to strengthen bones to offset bone-weakening problems, but ironically, it turns out that it increases fracture risk over the long-term.
But wait, I can out do that level of absurd and take it one further: Giving these drugs to women with healthy bones. It’s nuts!
If the mainstream’s thinking is so skewed when it comes to who they decide to give these drugs to, then I can’t help but wonder what their position might be on the topic of essential supplements for bone health?
No quick fix
Ironically, the mainstream strongly believes that the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) levels for calcium and vitamin D do not prevent bone fractures in older women.
But then the RDA levels are set so low that no one should be surprised when paltry doses produce no benefits.
Of course the mainstream is also quick to note the ‘downside’ of calcium supplements (even at a low RDA level) because according to them it might ever so slightly increase the risk of kidney stones. So (their logic goes) the “risk” is reason enough to stop taking the supplement altogether. (Too bad they can’t seem to apply that logic to prescription drugs.)
Now… Let’s get real.
The mainstream is probably right about the calcium being useless at the RDA dose. However, that low dose is just part of the problem. There’s also the FORM of the calcium to consider.
Calcium carbonate is about as poorly absorbed as any form of calcium on the market. So it probably is a waste of time to take it in supplement form. Calcium citrate is better… and take it in a 2:1 calcium/magnesium ratio, because in Nature we rarely consume one without the other.
On to vitamin D. Again, 400 IU of vitamin D is useless. So the mainstream is right again. Our regular readers will know that Dr. Jonathan V. Wright recommends up to 5,000 IU of vitamin D-3 a day, especially if your levels are depleted. However, to ensure that you do take the right amount of vitamin D you’ll need blood level testing to determine your optimum dose.
But wait, there’s a catch. Alternative health experts all agree that even at higher doses, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D can’t do the job alone. Here’s a list of additional nutrients needed to help ageing bones stay healthy:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Hydrochloric acid
Note that this list is for everyone. Some post-menopausal women, may want to include natural progesterone.
Finally, add some exercise, so the bones have a reason to re- mineralize.
Obviously, this is no quick fix… which is probably why most doctors and patients are inclined to keep it simple and take an osteoporosis drug.
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“USPSTF Says No to Vitamin D, Calcium for Older Women” John Gever, ABC News, 6/13/12, abcnews.go.com
“Healthy Women Advised Not to Take Calcium and Vitamin D to Prevent Fractures” Gina Kolata, New York Times, 6/12/12, nytimes.com
“The Reward for Donating a Kidney: No Insurance” Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 6/11/12, well.blogs.nytimes.com