Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life-Naturally

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Osteoporosis has become a common scourge, afflicting people-especially women-in ever-growing numbers. Yet osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax® or Boniva® are dangerous-not only do they actually increase your risk for bone fractures, they may also cause heart problems and kill bone tissue in your jaw!

Are women genetically programmed to develop weak, brittle bones? The answer is an emphatic "No!" Your Bones uncovers the real culprits responsible for the osteoporosis epidemic. It will...

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Osteoporosis has become a common scourge, afflicting people-especially women-in ever-growing numbers. Yet osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax® or Boniva® are dangerous-not only do they actually increase your risk for bone fractures, they may also cause heart problems and kill bone tissue in your jaw!

Are women genetically programmed to develop weak, brittle bones? The answer is an emphatic "No!" Your Bones uncovers the real culprits responsible for the osteoporosis epidemic. It will not only teach you how to identify those factors in your life that are putting your bones at risk; it will also arm you with the cutting-edge information you need to prevent osteoporosis and maintain strong, healthy bones for life-naturally, relying on diet, supplements, and exercise.

The photo is of me, Your Bones co-author Lara, aged 60, on a 2009 Mother's Day hike in Stehekin, Washington. I was diagnosed with osteopenia in my very early 50s. Today, I have strong, healthy bones, which I credit to having done everything recommended in this book. I am genetically at very high risk for osteoporosis, but now I will be the first woman in my family in all the generations I know about not to die an osteoporosis-related death. You too can have strong, healthy bones for life.

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In the introduction to this new book on bone health, Pizzorno (coauthor, The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods) shares her story of being diagnosed with osteopenia (loss of bone density) a decade ago. Ten years after her diagnosis, she has strong bones, and she—writing with Wright, a medical doctor specializing in natural medicine—here presents the reasons to avoid conventional medicine when diagnosed with bone problems and how to change your lifestyle to promote bone health. The information is presented in a straightforward and easy-to-read style that will be understandable to lay readers. Back matter includes a glossary, references, and resources (including the nutrition website Pizzorno edits). VERDICT Consumer health collections looking for another book about the natural ways to prevent osteoporosis would do well to choose this title. Those looking for recipes or photos of recommended exercises need to look elsewhere.—Mindy Rhiger, St. Paul
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607660071
  • Publisher: Axios Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Lara Pizzorno, MA, LMT, is managing editor for Longevity Medicine Review, co-author of Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients, and editor of The World’s Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating.
Jonathan V. Wright, MD, holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Michigan, and has been at the forefront of natural biomedical research and treatment since 1973.
The authors live in the Seattle, Washington, area.
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Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Part 1 You Are at Risk for Osteoporosis

1 If You Are a Woman, You're at High Risk for Osteoporosis 3

What Is Osteoporosis? 3

Why Are Women at Higher Risk Than Men of Losing Too Much Bone? 4

Am I Really at Risk? How Common Is Osteoporosis? 5

Men Are Not Immune to Osteoporosis 6

What Are My Chances of Recovering from a Hip Fracture Due to Osteoporosis? 6

Part 2 Why Conventional Medicine is Not the Answer for Strong Bones

2 The Patent Medicines Prescribed to Prevent Osteoporosis Should Be Your Last Choice for Healthy Bones 11

Patent Medicines 12

The Patent Medicines Prescribed for Osteoporosis, the Bisphosphonates (e.g., Fosamax®, Actonel®, Boniva®, Reclast®), Have Very Nasty Side Effects 14

Bisphosphonates Don't Build Healthy, New Bone-They Cause Retention of Old, Brittle Bone 15

Bisphosphonates Cause Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) 16

How Bisphosphonates Cause ONJ 21

Many Dentists Will Not Treat Women Taking Bisphosphonates 22

No Cure Exists for ONJ 24

Bisphosphonates Promote Chronic Oral Infections 25

Bisphosphonates Increase Risk for Atrial Fibrillation 25

Bisphosphonates: A Long List of Other Adverse Side Effects 27

Bisphosphonates Increase Fracture Risk 31

Bisphosphonates and Breast Cancer 41

Say Bye-Bye to Bisphosphonates! 44

Part 3 What Increases Your Risk for Osteoporosis?

3 What You Don't Know Can Give You Osteoporosis 49

Are You Sure You're Getting Enough Calcium? 50

I Need More than Calcium to Prevent Osteoporosis? 51

I Need Stomach Acid to Absorb Calcium? 55

Is Your Diet Leaching Calcium from Your Bones? 58

How Much Protein Do YOU Need? 59

Refined Sugars Make Your Belly Fat but Your Bones Skinny 65

Soft Drinks Are Hard on Bones 66

Greens Give the Go-Ahead for Great Bones; Their Absence Slams the Brakes on Bone-Building 67

"Bs" for Better Bones 68

Do You Have Enough of These Bs on Board? 72

"C" Your Way to Stronger Bones 76

4 What Else Increases My Risk for Osteoporosis? 81

Osteoporosis, a Family Affair? 81

Gastric Bypass: Free Pass? Not for Your Bones 83

The Liver-Kidney Connection to Bone 87

What's Hyperparathyroidism and Why Should My Bones Care? 90

Is Your Thyroid on Overdrive? 93

Do Your Favorite Activities All Involve Sitting? 94

Getting Any…Sunshine? 97

Gloria Vanderbilt Once Said, "A Woman Can't Be Too Rich or Too Thin." She Was Half-Wrong 103

Bone-Busting Patent Medicines 105

Are Your Bones Going Up in Smoke? 108

Why Is Smoking So Harmful to Your Bones? Two Key Reasons: Cadmium and Nicotine 109

More than Two Drinks of Liquor Makes Bone Loss Much Quicker 115

5 What Men Don't Know Can Increase Their Risk for Osteoporosis 119

What Are the Key Risk Factors for Osteoporosis in Men? 120

6 Chances Are, You Are Already Losing Bone 123

How Can I Tell If I'm Losing Bone? 124

What Tests Are Used to Check for Bone Loss? What Qualifies as Osteoporosis? 125

What to Expect If You Don't Take Steps to Actively Prevent Bone Loss: What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis? 128

Part 4 How to Have Strong Bones for Life

7 Strong Bones for Life, Naturally 133

What Your Bones Really Need to Stay Strong 133

Bone-Building Vitamins 135

Bone-Building Minerals 160

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Builds Bone 190

Why Bother With a 24-Hour Urine Test When Saliva Tests Are Commonly Available by Mail Order and a Blood Draw Takes Only a Couple of Minutes? 194

Why Bioidentical Hormones Rather than Conventional, Patent Medicine Version of HRT? 195

The Bone-Building Diet (I Can Eat My Way to Strong, Healthy Bones?) 199

So, What Do the Three Catch-Phrases-Eat Real Food, Mostly Plants, Preferably Organic-Actually Mean? 203

Bone-Building Exercises 213

Why Is Exercise Essential for Healthy Bones as We Age? 215

What Kinds of Exercise and How Much Is Needed to Turn On Bones' Mineral-Absorbing, Width-Building Actions? 216

8 If I Follow These Recommendations, What Can I Expect? How Soon Will I See Results? 223

Resources 225

Where Can I Find an "Integrative" Doctor Who Will Help Me Build and Keep My Bones Strong, Naturally? 225

Additional Helpful Resources 227

Glossary 229

Notes 237

Index 301

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    excellent information for everyone!

    Great info about bone health/osteoporosis! Has lots of studies to back up the info. I refer to the chapter on vitamins and other supplements over and over. I am thankful this book was recommended to me.

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