Bone Health & Osteoporosis
Osteo • por •o sis, “Thin Bones”, “porous bones” — the scourge of aging, especially woman’s aging. Indeed some call it “Post menopausal osteoporosis. It is why ladies shrink and become wizened with age.

Due in large part to osteoporosis, there are 1.5 million broken bones in the United States each year. $17 Billion dollars are spent each year fixing this problem.

But the math for Fosamax is worse. If osteoporosis drugs are taken over two years by 100 people, statistically one broken hip is avoided. At $135 per month for 100 people for two years, this statistically avoided broken hip cost $324,000. Amazing!

So are bone loss, broken hips, and short stature inevitable? Can expensive Fosamax-like drugs prevent it? Are Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel and others safe? After all, these drugs with incredibly slow elimination times spend decades inside your body.

A quick look at the figure shows that the osteoporosis drugs are involved in cholesterol metabolism. The so called “Statin drugs” to lower cholesterol work by blocking HMG-CoA reductase in the liver. One step below this the osteoporosis drugs work by blocking the formation of Farnesyl pyrophosphate and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate locally in bone cells. This causes bone cells to malfunction and not break down bone. Over time it actually kills these cells vital for bone health.

What are the alternatives to Fosamax-like drugs? Are there other modifiable life factors that can easily allow us to stand tall into old age?

The Answer is YES, there are alternatives; many are natural products. In fact the combination of these approaches is probably more effective than Fosamax like drugs.

But the best approach is tailor-made for your circumstances. It is Designed Health.

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