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Mon, Jul 27 11:23pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Dear Migzil – I struggle with constipation because of medication. My doctor told me to take Milk of Magnesia every night. It works wonders with absolutely no side effects. You can get it flavored or plain. The one with the least amount of not so great ingredients is called Good Sense. If you can't find it in the stores, it is sold on Amazon for very little money.

If you take calcium, you should also take Vitamin K2 (mk4, mk7). Vitamin K2 ensures the calcium goes to your bones – not to your kidneys (kidney stones) or arteries. You need to take magnesium and vitamin D3 as well. I can only tolerate 400 mg of magnesium. If you get diarrhea, take less. It will also help with constipation. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer. I have posted the website about vitamin K2 written by a nutritionist (doctor) before – and here it is again: https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/blog/2016/12/09/the-ultimate-vitamin-k2-resource
This is a short read that will help you understand about vitamin K2.

There is a great group on Facebook that talks about osteoporosis – and there are nutritionists who write on there all the time giving advice. It is called Osteoporosis Natural Remedies. I have learned so much in that group! Many of the people there only do calcium, magnesium, vitamin D3, K2, and boron – and they are getting their DEXA scan scores reversed from osteoporosis to osteopenia. The problem with the bone-building drugs is that they don't really work. They give the impression of bone growth on the DEXA, but the minute you stop taking those drugs, you pee out all old bone that was hanging around making it look like you had bone griowth. That's what those drugs do – they keep the old, dead bone in your body, and it makes it look like you have new bone growth. But the real problem are the side effects. I talked to a couple of women who got osteonecrosis from those drugs. Not only did their jaws disintegrate, it moved to other areas of their bodies. Once it gets started, it is difficult to stop it. If you go on that Facebook group's timeline and ask about it, you will probably be hooked up with someone who has had it. That's how I found out about it. I went on there the night before I was going to start Prolia and several women started talking to me – two of them called me on the phone and talked to me! My guess is that you already know this. You can also ask your dentist about those drugs. Your dentist will likely have a lot to say.

Whatever you do, I wish you good luck. We are all in this together. I can't wait till this pandemic is over so I can get a DEXA scan. I have no immune system and my doctor won't let me do anything that isn't absolutely necessary. Let us know how it goes.

Sat, Jul 4 2:54pm · Reclast Infusion in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Why do you think Sally Field stop doing the Reclast commercials?

Fri, Jul 3 6:53pm · Reclast Infusion in Bones, Joints & Muscles

The "coating" is dead bone. Nobody listens to me – but it is dead bone that doesn't leave the body when you are on these drugs. When you go off the drug, that "coating" leaves the body in your urine – as it would have done if you weren't taking those horrible drugs. Dead bone isn't going to help you at all – it just looks good on scans – it makes it look like your bones are getting bigger and stronger. I am going at this from a nutritional approach. I have stopped fracturing and will have a DEXA scan as soon as the Covid19 calms down. (I have no immune system and cannot risk a scan at this time.). About 99% of all doctors know absolutely nothing about nutrition. They only know about drugs and surgery.

Fri, Jul 3 6:25pm · Reclast Infusion in Bones, Joints & Muscles

My diet is perfect for someone with celiac disease. That is a very painful disease to have and I'm sorry you were in that much pain for so long. It's enough to make you not want to eat anything.

Fri, Jul 3 6:20pm · Reclast Infusion in Bones, Joints & Muscles

And if your gut is in bad shape – that can be the reason your bones are in bad shape. My gut was in horrible shape five years ago. And my DEXA scan was -5.7. I have healed my gut – it's an ongoing process. I can't wait til I can get a new DEXA scan. I have no immune system, so my infectious disease doctor told me to wait – we are having an uptick in Covid19 cases where I live. I completely changed my diet and added key supplements – healed my gut (life is better now) and I've stopped fracturing.

Fri, Jun 19 3:45pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Many times I have come here or to other medical chats and I have encouraged people to pay attention to their bodies and communicate with their doctors – instead of just doing what the doctor tells you to do and accepting unwelcome consequences. This has been met with a lot of criticism. I came across a doctor who said basically all the same things I am saying. Here is just a small snippet of what they said, "We operate from a deeply held conviction that in the long run each person is his or her own best physician. Practitioners may have greater medical knowledge and technical expertise, but there is no one who knows more about what is best for this patient, on the deepest level, than the patient. He or she has traveled roads on the life journey that we have not. The health challenges he or she faces are a part of that journey, and practitioners are privileged to be able to grow and learn from the people they work with." This can be found in a subchapter called "Be An Actualized Patient" in a book called "Thyroid Power: 10 Steps to Total Health" by Richard L. Shames M.D. and marilee Halo Shames, R.N., Ph.D. This book talks about many health care concerns – not just thyroid. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is seeking better health and a way to communicate with doctors. As I always say, doctors have enormous case loads and there are SO MANY medications and diseases and conditions for them to keep track of. Even the best doctor may only know a little about each problem. And they cannot be inside your body – so they have no idea how you are feeling when you take a medication. If you just want to read this one section, it is on pages 101-104. These doctors encourage the patient to speak up and communicate with their doctor – don't just listen and comply.

Tue, Jun 16 1:54am · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I was checking out Kaiser Permanente a few years back. They turned me down. I'm not kidding. They said I was too sick. So I think Kaier is fine until you get sick(er(. You get a lot of services for your money.

Sun, Jun 14 12:10pm · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Heritage: With eating right and taking supplements and with exercise, I believe you can turn your osteopenia around. I'm in a group on FaceBook called Osteoporosis Natural Remedies, and the women there are not taking the drugs used for osteoporosis, Instead, they are eating as much nutrient-rich food as possible and supplementing the vitamins and minerals they can't get enough of through food. They are doing all kinds of exercise – from trampolines to walking to OsteoStrong (you have to check if you have OsteoStrong classes near you). I have very bad osteoporosis, partly due to a pituitary tumor that went undiagnosed until I was 61 and partly because I drank cola for many many many years (okay, my entire adult life until I turned 64). I eat as much calcium as I can, and supplement the rest. I take vitamins D3 and K2 (mk4, mk7), boron, magnesium, and I drink grass-fed bovine collagen peptides in my tea once a day. Because my osteoporosis is so bad, I am also using a small estradiol patch (I only use 60% of the patch – that's all you need to make positive change – and I take progesterone for 10 days every other month. It is time fo me to get another DEXA scan, but since there is so much COVID 19 in my area, my doctor told me to stay home (I have no immune system). I garden for several hours every day and I am careful to get between 10,000 – 20,0000 steps in every day (I live on a hill – so it's a workout). Many women in the Facebook group have posted progress made doing what I am doing, The reason I chose not to use the bone-building drugs is because I spoke with two women who got osteonecrosis just the night before I was supposed to get my first infusion of Prolia. That changed my mind in a hurry. Upon further research (and with my doctor's help), I learned that those drugs give the appearance of building bone but what they are actually doing is not letting your body eliminate the old dead bone. When you go off the drug, your body eliminates the "new bone" in your urine and you are back to where you began. Add to that the risk of osteonecrosis, and it just wasn't worth it to me. Vitamin K2 (mk4, mk7) is very important as it makes sure the calciujm you are getting goes to your bones – not to your arteries and kidneys. Boron is also important. I avoid all fizzy water which robs your body of phosphorous. Then I took it a step further – I avoid all sugar – in all its forms, as such is very bad for your bones. It has been two years and I can't wait to see my new DEXA scan score – but I just have to wait until the outbreak of COVID is gone from where I live. Before I started doing all of this, I was fracturing – my right wrist broke and I don't remember hitting it or anything stressful. I think I came close to having a broken left ankle. But that was two years ago and (knock on wood), nothing else has broken. I am very active, so I think this is a good sign. I wish everybody the best of luck. I spoke to maybe 6 doctors before I made these changes, and the ONLY advice they had for me was to take those nasty drugs. I just didn't see that as an answer. I read everything I can get my hands on to better understand osteoporosis. If I had some extra money, I would see a nutritionist and a functional doctor. Try to eat as many of your nutrients as possible,. I also take a good vitamin C (Pure Synergy makes the best I could find), Omega 3s, probiotics, a good food-based multivitamin, and a B complex. I hope this helps. Just remember that every body is different. I highly recommend that Facebook group called Osteoporosis Natural Remedies – there are lots of success stories from people there who are doing what I'm doing – in fact, that's where I get a lot of my ideas. Since you are only 39, another good resource is a book called "The Pause." Try to get the most recent copy because they update that book all the time. That's where I got the idea to go back to low-lose estrogen and my OB/GYN agreed it was a good idea for me.

Silly me – I didn't look at the date on this post by Heritage – I see it is four years old. I'm going to leave my reply as it is for anybody who may not have seen my previous posts.