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Fracture Risk, Bone Cells and
Bones' Strength:
Two Different Approaches

Fracture risk motivates people to seek strong bones. When approaching the Western medical system seeking this better bone health, they discover that the standard medical approach is to prescribe drugs that affect bone cells directly.   
Actually, if your bone mineral density test score is low, the standard of practice  requires licensed health professionals with  'prescriptive powers'  (those whose licenses give them the legal right to write prescriptions) to order certain drugs.  
The standard of practice formula works like this:  'If A exists, then B is required." In other words, if  (A): bone mineral density tests are below minus 2.0... then  (B): prescribing a particular drug  is required.  
If they fail to do so, the legal enforcement mechanisms of the standard put them under threat of losing their license to practice, as well as facing that of being successfully sued because they failed to adhere to the 'standard of practice.'  
That means, in the case of bones, since the standard is a bisphosphonate prescription,  patients who have a bone mineral density test result at minus 2.0 or  greater, will be given a bisphosphonate such as Fosamex or one of the newer generation from the same chemical class such as Alendronate, Aclasta, Actonel, Aredia, Bondronat, Boniva, Didronel, Fosavance, Reclast, Skelid, and Zometa.   
Bisphonsphonates are the class of chemical used in scouring powder to clean the skin cell scum off the bathtub ring. They have long been used in various industries - among them the fertilizer, textile and oil industries since the 19th century to prevent corrosion.  The fact that they dissolve human skin cells is why the pill when taken orally can burn a hole in the esophagus or stomach.  
Governmental approval for bisphosphonates was based on studies that demonstrated 'decreased spinal fractures'. The fractures that the studies investigated to make this case were the tiny, hairline microfractures of spinal bones that are normal in everyone and do not cause problems. They did not investigate the fractures of the thigh bone (femur) that are so debilitating.  
This class of drugs is said to be effective because of better bone density score test results.  While it is true that bone density test results generally improve for those taking these drugs, the bones also become softer rather than stronger - something that bone mineral density tests do not measure. Some practitioners question the accuracy of using these higher scores to prove better bone health because the same result could be obtained by consuming anything that makes bones show up as more dense - say, by swallowing lead (not recommended!)  
Bisphosphonates have a half life of 15 years, meaning it takes the body 15 years to eliminate half of them.  Now that people have ingested them for a number of years, their side effects are becoming more well known.  Among these are  
  • necrosis of the jaw bone (jaw bone death), 
  • bone fractures and 
  • increased incidence of atrial fibrillation in women (which can lead to strokes.) 

Nonetheless, this class of drugs is expected to remain the leading drug class, the only changes as of this writing are expected to be a move to weekly oral dosing and/ or quarterly or yearly intravenous dosing.

Such approaches fail to take in to account that bones are in bodies, and that the state of affairs in the body in which the bones reside has everything to do with what's going on with the bones themselves.

A different approach to improving bone health involves addressing bone nutrition and the nutritional and movement needs of the entire body in which the bones are residing.  For example, since bones can release their mineral treasures in less than a nanosecond in order to rebalance blood pH, a primary method for protecting bones involves pH rebalancing using either dietary changes or supplements or both.

Although there are no specific, large scale scientific studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of an approach that provides bone nutrition, nonetheless it is one that's being embraced more and more. Both practitioners and their patients are increasingly concerned about bone health, the negative consequences of synthetic, chemical drugs in general, and bisphosphonates in particular.

Happily, it is also an approach being demonstrated, a person at a time, to be effective, not only for better bone health, but also one that provides increased vitality and greater wellbeing at the same time. 

Pamela Levin, R.N.
June 20, 2011

Source: http://betterhealthbytes.com

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Pamela Levin is an R.N. and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst who has been in private practice offering health improvement services for 40 years.

She has over 500 post-graduate hours of training in clinical nutrition, herbology and applied kineseology.

She has published many professional journal and lay audience articles and has an international reputation in the fields of emotional development, emotional intelligence and Transactional Analysis.

For her work in these areas, she was awarded the prestigious Eric Berne Award by members of the International Transactional Analysis Association in 72 countries.

She has lectured and trained both lay and professional audiences all over the world.

Her work is continues to be used  throughout North and South America, The UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

She has personally researched the key emotional nutrients™ she makes available through this site.

They have consistently been demonstrated to be the core nutrients people need to feed all the six parts of their emotional selves. 

People from all cultures and languages in all parts of the world have used them since she first made them public in 1974 to feed their emotional selves, move from surviving to thriving, release limiting beliefs, improve parenting skills and more.