Sunday, February 28, 2010

Do Bisphosphonates REALLY Help Bones?

Almost couple of years ago, I was diagnosed as being in the stages of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. I had just turned 40. Of course, my doctor suggested I immediately begin taking some type of Bisphosphonate like Boniva. I chose to not follow that route.

First of all, I wanted to do my own research of exactly how these drugs work. I checked out a bunch of books from the library on Osteoporosis and read articles on the internet, especially from some of my more favorite natural healthcare sites. I definitely avoided any websites that were sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

Second of all, I had been told that Bisphosphonates are hard on the digestive system. I really did not want to aggravate my already sensitive system any further.

What I discovered in my research was that while Bisphosphonates do increase bone density, it is not a healthy increase. Bisphosphonates build up the bones with OLD bone.

Our bones are constantly renewing themselves. Those drugs prevent the old bone from being removed, hence increasing bone density, but doing so with old, weak bone. And in the long run, most probably leading to a higher incidence of fractures and creating bones that have great difficulty healing in the event of such a fracture.

The Health Watcher's News has recently published a new article giving further light on the truth of Bisphosphonates. Read the article called "Bisphosphonates: Bone Strengtheners or Bone Hardeners" and inform yourself!

"Natural" Deodorants and Aluminum

WOW! I am so excited to get recently updated information from Dr. Mercola on deodorants and the aluminum found in them. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer's, and it is best to avoid all deodorants or anti-perspirants that contain it. I had no idea that there are deodorants currently on the market claiming to be "natural" or aluminum free that actually still contain some aluminum. Please inform yourself by reading Dr. Mercola's article: Stop Using "Natural" Deodorants Until You Read This. EXCELLENT information!