osteoporosis

Bisphosphonate drug treatment for osteoporosis causes MORE bone fractures, not less

Friday, June 01, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: biphosphonate, osteoporosis, bone fractures

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Natural medicine is, of course, much better for your overall health, but when you have to take something Big Pharma manufactures, you should at least be able to expect that it will do what it's supposed to do.

Not so with bisphosphonates, drugs that are supposed to improve bone strength in patients at risk of or saddled with osteoporosis. They, instead, seem to worsen it.

According to new clinical research by Raphael P.H. Meier, MD, from University Hospitals of Geneva, and colleagues, of some 477 patients hospitalized at one center, 39 had atypical fracture of the femur (the long leg bones that attach to your hips) and 438 had common fractures. Among those with atypical fractures, a staggering 82.1 percent of them were undergoing bisphosphonate therapy compared with just 6.4 percent of those with common fractures.

The team, which published their findings online in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, also found that the atypical fractures group had been treated longer with bisphosphonates, including alendronate (Fosamax), risedronate (Actonel), pamidronate (Aredia), and ibandronate (Boniva), than the classic-fracture group, at a mean of 5.1 years versus 3.3 years.

That said, the group still attempted to defend bisphosphonate therapy, saying that when compared with a 200-patient fracture-free control group, use of the medications was "associated" with a 47-percent reduction in the risk of common fractures, "making the absolute risk:benefit ratio of bisphosphonates a positive one," MedPage Today, an online medical journal, reported.

The risk is there, no matter how they try to spin it

Moreover, the publication said, the current body of evidence surrounding the use of bisphosphonates is "conflicting" because a recent meta-analysis of randomized trials found no association. "But a registry-based study suggested that the risk of atypical fracture was more than doubled when bisphosphonates were taken for longer than 5 years," said MedPage Today, adding that study was published in JAMA - the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association.

Even the federal Leviathan has taken note of the drug's fracture risk. In 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which can usually be found standing in the way of health progress, confirmed that the drugs worsened the risk of a femur fracture, ordering Big Pharma to update its bisphosphonate labeling.

In Meier's study, all of the patients with complete and incomplete fractures occurred in patients taking bisphosphonates. Moreover, the atypical fractures were worse among bisphosphonate users, and the recurrent fracture rate "was also more common in the atypical-fracture group compared with the classic-fracture group," said MedPage Today.

In another attempt at justification, the study's authors wrote that "averaged over the 12 years of observation [...] the incidence rate [for atypical fracture] is very low; there were 11 times more classic fractures during the same period." They added that despite a higher rate of atypical fractures in femurs, bisphosphonates were more successful in preventing vertebral and wrist fractures.

But the team's findings were based on partial information, by their own admission. Meier's group "acknowledged that they lacked sufficient information on confounding factors such as bone density, use of other medications, body mass index, smoking history, and exercise history," said MedPage Today.

Reverse or prohibit bone loss naturally

Well, the good news is, there are ways to naturally improve your bone density. Not each method is for everyone, but there is something that everyone can do.

For those of you who can, weightlifting has been known to increase bone density. Weight-bearing exercises have been proven to thicken bones. Try stairclimbing, walking/jogging, bench presses and curls, for starters. This can even reverse bone loss, researchers say.

Also, adjust your diet. Try more green, leafy vegetables, which are rich in calcium, potassium, and vitamin K - all of which improve density. In addition, foods high in protein help build collagen; you can get good protein from fish, beans, whole grain bread, chicken, and pasta.

Finally, a good Vitamin D supplement daily is not a bad idea. You'll want to take some magnesium as well, the experts say, because that element helps absorb the D.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.naturalnews.com/010528.html

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Osteoporosis/32806

http://www.naturalnews.com/028437_bone_density_osteoporosis.html

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.