Fosamax and Drug Dangers

Fosamax—Bone Up on Drug Dangers and Alternatives
By Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., N.C., LEED

drug dangers, holistic health


The breaking news is that Fosamax - the extremely popular drug for supposed bone strength may cause “spontaneous fractures.” That means you could end up like Sandy Potter, 59, of Queens, New York who claimed on ABC News that she was in excruciating pain when she broke her femur due to jumping rope. Who knew?

Well, the signs were there: hidden in plain sight. “Fractures” are listed right on the package insert as a side effect, or in Merck’s words, “Low energy femoral shaft and subtrochanteric fractures.” Yeah, we all know what that means.

“We’re seeing people just walking down the steps, patients who are doing low-energy exercise,” said Dr. Kenneth Egol, professor of orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. “Very unusual, the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body.”

Compare this to 50 year-old Linda Lee, who took a bone scan for the last four years and her doctor was shocked to see that her bones were becoming stronger each year while she was growing older. Her secret? Was she on medications? No. Was she eating a lot of milk and cheese? No. She actually went off of all dairy products. She went on an internal cleanse, eliminated junk foods, and started eating nature’s foods. Make bones about it—when the body is nourished, active, and working well, it can have more energy to repair and rebuild itself. Nature’s food and natural remedies can be powerful drugs.

Too often, our default is to pop a pill instead of trying a natural remedy first—even though certain foods and herbs are quite often just as effective as drugs (if not more so) and may not have the nasty side effects.

The supplement company, Garden of Life, gives a “grow bone challenge” for stronger, healthier bones or they’ll give double your money back if you qualify! They make you this amazing offer because they’re so confident in the Grow Bone System’s ability to build bone density by using natural whole food minerals to create bone growth.

Also consider using acupuncture, which originated in ancient China, and is now widely used in the West as well as chiropractic, massage, Qigong, Healing Touch, and yoga. These all have side effects that activate the natural healing processes of the body and restore physical and emotional health.

Weight training is also vital for maintaining bone health. Consistency is key.

You and your health care practitioner may want to consider nature’s four billion years of wisdom to help you in all areas of your life, including bone health.           

Elaine Wilkes, Ph.D., N.C., LEED, a self-proclaimed “learning addict” who discovered that the answers to life’s questions are found in nature’s magic. Find out your amazing offer when you purchase Nature’s Secret Messages: Hidden in Plain Sight that wasawarded a rare star recommendation from Publisher’s Weekly.

Dynamic Living Magazine Issue Vol. 2  March/April 2011 The End