Susan Lark, MD, noted medical researcher and women's health practitioner, has spoken out against the newest prescription osteoporosis medication on the market, Reclast, as well as other oral bisphosphonates such as Boniva, Actonel, and Fosamax.
Potomac, MD (PRWEB) November 28, 2008 -- Susan Lark, MD, noted medical researcher and women's health practitioner, has spoken out against the newest prescription osteoporosis medication on the market, Reclast, as well as other oral bisphosphonates such as Boniva, Actonel, and Fosamax.
"Without a doubt, the newest osteoporosis drug on the market, Reclast, is not the miracle drug its marketers want you to believe it is. While this once-yearly IV treatment is touted as safe and convenient, its side effects far outweigh its benefits," says Dr. Lark. "In fact, all bisphosphonates should be avoided because they can cause gastrointestinal side effects, chemical burning of the esophagus, infection and death of bone tissue in the jaw (called osteonecrosis), and kidney toxicity. And Reclast, in particular, has been shown to cause heart rhythm abnormalities like atrial fibrillation. These side effects are dangerous and hardly seem worth it, especially when there are extremely safe, natural ways to prevent and treat bone loss."
In addition, according to Dr. Lark, bisphosphonates don't actually stimulate new bone growth. Instead, they slow the rate of loss of old bone by blocking the action of osteoclasts--cells that are meant to dismantle old, damaged bone tissue so it can be replaced by new tissue, made by osteoblasts. This means the bones in a woman taking a bisphosphonate are increasingly constructed of over-aged, damaged bone cells that have been encouraged to linger longer than is good for the skeleton at large.
When it comes to preventing and treating osteoporosis, regulating the body's pH--and specifically the pH of blood--is the real secret to prevention. Blood is slightly alkaline and has a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. To keep the blood alkaline, the body uses, in part, the alkaline mineral reserves within the bones--including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. The more acidic the blood pH is, the more depletion occurs, and the greater the risk of osteoporosis. Unfortunately, as women age, the body's pH-regulating system begins to decline in efficiency due to aging, stress, pollutants, illness, injury, and eating the acidic foods that are very common in the American diet.
To maintain an alkaline pH and prevent osteoporosis naturally, Dr. Lark recommends four steps:
1. Cutting down on acidic foods, including red meat, dairy products, alcohol, carbonated soft drinks, caffeine, refined sugar, and most artificial sweeteners. Also cut down consumption of acidic fruits, including citrus, apples, most berries, plums, apricots, pineapple, and raisins.
2. Focusing on alkalinizing foods, such as most vegetables, gluten-free whole grains (brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, and corn), legumes, seafood, eggs, and nonacidic fruits (such as papaya, mango, melon, pears, and bananas). Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, tuna, and mackerel, are also important.
3. Building up mineral reserves in the bones by taking daily: 1,000-2,000 mg of calcium carbonate; 500-750 mg of magnesium oxide; 15-25 mg of zinc; 20-50 mg of silica; 3-6 mg of boron; 40 mcg of vitamin K; 400-800 IU of vitamin D; and 1,000-3,000 mg of mineral-buffered vitamin C (in divided doses).
4. Getting extra buffering support by taking sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which is integral to the body's natural buffering system. A half-hour before breakfast and an hour and a half after dinner, add ½ teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to purified water and drink it. (If tingling in the arms, legs, or lips; bloating; gassiness; or anxiety are experienced, discontinue use and drink something acidic like black coffee or tea, or the juice of half a lemon in water.)
Dr. Lark has devoted her career to raising awareness of women's health issues, such as PMS, obesity, hormone replacement therapy and osteoporosis. She pioneered the use of women's self-care treatments based on diet, nutrition, exercise and stress management, and has penned twelve books on women's health and healing. Her most recent title is Hormone Revolution.
Her monthly newsletter, Women's Wellness Today, and her web site, Dr. Lark's free biweekly e-newsletter, which presents breaking health and beauty news along with lifestyle tips, easy recipes and simple exercises for health and beauty.
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