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Are Preventive Drugs Cost Effective?

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2015
Experts published in the British Medical Journal that there's serious doubt that the use of drugs to prevent diseases such as high cholesterol, osteoporosis and osteopenia, and hypertension are cost effective. In the case of Lipitor, it costs approximately $600,000 to prevent a single heart attack and still not save a single life when used for primary prevention....

Bisphosphonates Linked to Esophageal Cancer

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Drugs such as Fosamax and Boniva have now been linked to esophageal cancer. This superimposed on esophageal ulcers, Barrett's esophagus, osteonecrosis of the jaw, atrial fibrillation, and many other "side effects" are reviewed.      

Can Aredia Kill the Influenza Virus?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
An old osteoporosis drug, Aredia, may be effective in killing a range of influenza viruses that include the swine and bird flu. In the June 2011 issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers showed that Aredia stimulated gamma-delta T-cells to reproduce and also kill influenza viruses. Rather than killling the virus directly, it does so through the...

Epidural Injections for Back Pain Cause Fractures

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  A study at the Henry Ford Hospital found that epidural steroid injections for back pain increased the risk of fracture by 29% with each steroid injection. They compared 3000 patients with severe back pain who had at least one injection with 3000 control patients without an injection. Steroids decrease absorption of calcium in the GI tract and increase...

Is Strontium Safe Treatment for Osteoporosis?

submitted by: admin on 01/22/2014
Strontium renalate is a potent stimulator of new bone growth that helps increase bone density in people with osteoporosis. However, a study by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in January of 2014 shows that there is an increase in serious heart problems including heart attacks as well as more blood clots in veins. The EMA will likely lead to taking two drugs,...

Measure Vitamin D Before Using Drugs for Osteopenia

submitted by: admin on 03/20/2019
Bisphosphonates are overprescribed. Low levels of vitamin D are epidemic and cause much of the osteoporosis we see. Bone metabolism, vitamin D, calcium, sunlight, and parathyroid hormone are discussed. Measuring vitamin D should be routine now.

Nitrates for Osteoporosis

submitted by: admin on 03/20/2019
Lately there have been reports about the bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis, are causing fractures of the femur and other bones in the body.  The drugs most commonly prescribed are Actonel, Fosamax, Reclast, and Boniva to name a few.  These drugs are powerful and cause dramatic changes in bone physiology.  It may be true that these drugs...

Osteoporosis Overview

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
  The definition, risk factors, causes, and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia are reviewed. The problems with bisphosphonates are reviewed and natural strategies for prevention and treatment discussed.          

Preventing Bone Fractures with Leafy Greens

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  The little understood protein, osteocalcin, plays a significant role in the strength of our bones. It is made by osteoblasts, the cells that lay down new bone. Osteocalcin cannot be absorbed into bone in the absence of adequate vitamin K, which comes from eating green leafy vegetables. This is a particular problem in people taking Coumadin for protection...

Preview, Osteoporosis Overview

submitted by: admin on 03/20/2019
The definition, risk factors, causes, and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia are reviewed. The problems with bisphosphonates are reviewed and natural strategies for prevention and treatment discussed.

Surprise: Bone Drug Boosts Survival in Young Breast Cancer Patients

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
Zometa, a bisphosphonate drug used to prevent bone metastases in women with breast cancer, was serendipitously found to reduce metastases and extend life by 37%. This translates to 4-5 out of 100 being alive 7 years later. An IV infusion was given every six months for 3 years. Cost is between $1500 and $2500 per injection. All patients were early-stage and had...

Use Calcium and Vitamin D Before Drugs for Osteoporosis

submitted by: admin on 03/20/2019
Prescription bone-building drugs such as the bisphosphonates should be a last resort according to new research from the University of Illinois in 2011. Even though these drugs have been proven to reduce osteoporotic fractures, they have very significant side effects that include GI bleeding, atrial fibrillation, muscle and joint pain, and osteonecrosis of the...