Questioning 7 osteoporosis treatments
“Proposed treatments are nutritional improvement and weight gain (the most important), calcium supplementation, moderate exercise, estrogens, antidepressive drugs, fluoride in selected cases, byphosphonates and recombinant human IGF-1.” study
1. Oral contraceptives
“Birth control pills are commonly prescribed in an attempt to restart menses and to minimize bone weakness. One study surveyed doctors and found that 78% prescribed birth control pills for their patients with anorexia nervosa. However, research shows that birth control pills do not help to reverse osteopenia.
They cause only an artificial period and do not get at the heart of the problem or help with bone density. In fact, because the pills may mask the problem (lack of true menstruation), they are not recommended for purposes beyond birth control (non-menstruating sexually active females may still become pregnant).” article
Medications with the side effect weight gain should never be prescribed to those with ED, as this might cause increased purging or restrictive eating.
“There is no evidence for benefits of hormone therapy in patients with anorexia; however, hormone medication and oral contraceptives are frequently prescribed for young women with anorexia as a prevention against and treatment for low bone mineral density. The use of estrogens may create a false picture indicating that the skeleton is being protected against osteoporosis. Thus the motivation to regain weight, and adhere to treatment of the eating disorder in itself, may be reduced.” article
“I wonder if there is some sort of connection. I stopped taking the birth control pill a few months ago, and out of the blue my restricting sort of dissipated.
Hormonal birth control fucks with my mental health sooooo bad. Made me incredibly emotional labilie, made me want to self-harm which I haven't done in well over four years, I was constantly suicidal, depressed, anxious and it all made me want to self-destruct and sabatoge. Hormones are a bitch.“ reddit
“A new study finds that oral contraceptive use impairs muscle gains in young women, and is associated with lower hormone levels. According to the researchers, “We were surprised at the magnitude of differences in muscle gains between the two groups, with the non-OC women gaining more than 60% greater muscle mass than their OC counterpart.” article
“A case of symptom relapse post placement of intrauterine device (IUD) in a patient with bulimia nervosa: consequence or coincidence” article
“Not only were her moods affected but after about six months, so was her physical appearance, or so she certainly felt it was. “It (implant) affected my weight too, I felt like I was putting on a ton of weight which then triggered an eating disorder.” According to the scales, Melissa wasn’t even putting on substantial amounts of weight but the hormones that were being “pumped into” her made her feel like she had.” article
“I've been on it for 3 years and I lost weight while on it, I've been off for a month and gained 7 lbs. Cannot wait to get back on it -- I wanna see if it affects my weight this time
I take Yasmin, and it makes me seem to lose faster xx“ (Others report of similar experiences)” forum
Oral contraceptives may cause bone loss:
“The effect of combined oral contraceptives on bone mineral density is variable, with no effect reported in premenopausal women;
however, growing evidence suggests that low-dose combined oral contraceptives may be detrimental to bone mineral density in adolescents and young women.” article
“But in the 19−30 year old group, the bone mineral densities of oral contraceptive (OC) users were significantly lower than those of non−users. In the young adult group, the longer the duration of OC use, the lower the mean BMD. For young adults who had used oral contraceptives for 24 months or longer, the average BMD at the spine was 5.9% lower than non−users.” article
“New research confirms that the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera promotes steady bone loss, but it is not yet clear if using the birth control method increases a woman's osteoporosis risk later in life.” article
“A recent study conducted by scientists from the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) showed that birth control pills have the potential to reduce a woman's bone density. Impact on bone density was dependent on the woman’s age, as well as the pill’s hormone dose.” article
“Gradual bone reduction seen in some birth control pill users” article
Oral contraceptives were also proposed to treat BN.
“Could the Pill cure bulimia?
Steve Bloomfield, of the Eating Disorders Association, said: 'The danger I would foresee is lots of people thinking this will cure bulimia in the way an aspirin may cure a headache.” article
“However, the patient information pamphlets for the various brands of birth control continue to feature a long list of very serious side effects, including venous thromboembolism (VTE), stroke, hyperkalemia (high potassium levels), carcinomas of the breasts and reproductive organs, liver disease, high blood pressure and gallbladder disease. They also list a host of less dangerous side effects, to include headaches and nausea, weight gain, back pain, bleeding irregularities, depression and breast tenderness, most of which have an incidence of between 8% and 33%.9 .” article
“Birth control pills deplete vital nutrients your thyroid requires and can interfere with thyroid hormone on multiple levels. For example, selenium and zinc are needed to produce thyroid hormone and to convert it to its active form, T3. Zinc is also required for getting the thyroid hormone and cell receptor talking.
Just by depleting zinc alone, the pill can prevent you from making, activating and using thyroid hormones. But the pill affects more than just your minerals.
Crucial B vitamins are also depleted by the pill. Without these key vitamins, you can not synthesize thyroid hormone…not to mention the hundreds of other uses for them in the body.” article
“Calcium is only one of at least 12 essential nutrients for bone growth. All nutrients must be present in the right ratio. The Western diet is typically not low in calcium, but in magnesium and other important micronutrients.
“Supplementing with calcium can lead to magnesium deficiency due to competitive inhibition for absorption, and oversupplementing with vitamin D may lead to magnesium deficiency via excessive calcium absorption and hence increase the risk of arterial calcifications.“ article
Calcium carbonate acts as an antacid, neutralizing stomach acid. Calcium absorption requires stomach acid.
“But if we’re not producing enough stomach acid, those nutrients may never make it out of the gut and into our bones – this can lead to osteoporosis symptoms such as weak, brittle bones. According to one expert, 90% of those with osteoporosis have low stomach acid.” article
“Your stomach adapts to low food intake by decreasing the secretion of hydrochloric acid (HCl) which means your stomach doesn’t produce enough acid.” article
If you have low stomach acid, I suggest taking Betaine HCl.
“Calcium supplements may increase the incidence of constipation, severe diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Calcium supplements have up to 30% increase risk for myocardial infarction. Dietary calcium intake <751 mg/d raised the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures and osteoporosis; meanwhile, intake >1,137 mg/d would increase the risk of hip fractures in women.” article
Calcium carbonate side effects: “Little or no urinating; swelling, rapid weight gain; nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, confusion, lack of energy, or feeling tired, upset stomach, gas.”
“The loss of calcium in the bone is not the cause, but rather the consequence of the regression of the bone connective tissue due to insufficient anabolic activity and thus the breakdown of calcium stores. Connective tissue consists primarily of silicon and sulfur, not calcium. […] If calcium is pushed back into the bones with the help of vitamin D (a hormone!) In osteoporosis, this leads to the fact that it becomes even more brittle and breaks faster. This is exactly what independent American studies have shown. No bridge builder would think of adding more concrete to a rusted-through bridge. [...] Every kind of stress and environmental toxins including nicotine, as well as wrong nutrition and deficiency prevent the anabolic building processes, whereby the degradation predominates. However, they also prevent the removal of metabolic residues and toxins, which leads to microcirculatory disorders with all the associated consequences. […] Less known is that. Without STH in connection with the other hormonal regulators, regeneration is impossible. Increased intake of short-chain carbohydrates [sugar, maltodextrin, the basic ingredients of formula] therefore promotes degenerative processes.”
Vitamin K2 is essential for calcium transport and should be supplemented by those suffering from osteoporosis. This vitamin is unknown to mainstream medicine and no ingredient in formula (only Vitamin K, which is not the same).
“Vitamin K2 (menatetrenone) effectively prevents fractures and sustains lumbar bone mineral density in osteoporosis” article
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also commonly prescribed for osteoporosis without any evidence.
“Among older community-dwelling women, annual oral administration of high-dose cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) resulted in an increased risk of falls and fractures.” article
“Increasing Vitamin D3 also increases the need for magnesium which is used in Vitamin D3 metabolic processes. So magnesium already in pandemic deficiency, the supplemental Vitamin D3 creates a further deficiency by demanding and using more of the limited supply.” article
“2017 research by scientists at Imperial College in London, shows that bisphosphonates actually MAKE BONES WEAKER! Researchers found that the use of bisphosphonates was associated with the development of “micro-cracks” in the bone of the osteoporosis patients being studied. The lead author of the study, Dr. Abel, described the outcome as “startling” as the bones of the subjects taking bisphosphonates had a larger number of these micro-cracks and less mechanical strength than those who weren’t taking the drug. The study results revealed that the bones of bisphosphonate users had
While this new study brings the dangers of treating osteoporosis with drug therapy to the forefront, the adverse side effects of bisphosphonates are widely known. In fact, the list of side effects was one of the major reasons Mira decided to NOT take the drugs suggested by her medical doctors and instead search out a natural treatment for her osteoporosis. The list includes osteonecrosis of the jaw – a severe bone disease where the jawbone becomes exposed and begins to weaken and die from lack of blood – as well as many other adverse side effects including severe musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal problems, cancer of the esophagus, fever, low calcium levels, and a type of irregular heartbeat.“ article
But even if bisphosphonates (or contraceptives or calcium) increase BMD, it doesn’t improve bone quality.
“Simply put, healthy bone turnover – the body’s mechanism of removing old, worn-out bone and replacing it with new, healthy bone – is essential for strong bones, and bisphosphonates disrupt normal bone turnover. This artificially induces some “density” that may look good on a scan, but is actually destroys bone quality.” article
This is why almost any study looks only at BMD.
“We found 19 trials. Fifteen studies compared one birth control method with another hormone method. Two trials used a placebo or 'dummy.' One compared a hormone method to a method without hormones. None had fractures as an outcome and most looked at bone density.“ article
5. Recombinant Human Growth Hormone
While there is no evidence that it is an effective osteoporosis treatment, it decreases body fat.
“Supraphysiological rhGH administration decreases fat mass in AN without increasing IGF-I levels.” study
“Supraphysiological growth hormone: less fat, more extracellular fluid but uncertain effects on muscles in healthy, active young adults.” study
“Diem and colleagues found that the rate of bone density loss was 1.6-fold higher among SSRI users than among non-users of antidepressants. Haney and colleagues found that the bone mineral density was 3.9% lower among elderly men who took SSRIs compared with TCAs or no antidepressants.” article
“Use of antidepressant medications that act on the serotonin system has been linked to detrimental impacts on bone mineral density (BMD), and to osteoporosis.” study
Prozac has also been proposed to treat AN and BN:
“Several adverse events (ie, insomnia, nausea, asthenia, and tremor) occurred significantly more frequently with fluoxetine (60 or 20 mg/d) than with placebo. However, there was no statistically significant difference among treatment groups in the proportion of patients discontinuing the study because of adverse events.” study
“Prozac displayed no advantage over placebos, the researchers say. In both groups, 57 percent of participants failed to complete treatment. For those who finished 1 year of treatment, 73 percent of the placebo group and 71 percent of the Prozac group maintained healthy weights and experienced no return of symptoms. Taking dropouts into account, 51 percent of the placebo group and 49 percent of the Prozac group avoided relapses.” study
“Fluoride is a key ingredient of many psychiatric drugs like fluoxetine (Prozac®, Fluoxetine®). Pregnant women frequently use this drug as they suffer from depression and anxiety disorders during this period.” article
“A 1-mg higher daily intake of fluoride among pregnant women was associated with a 3.66 lower IQ score.” study
“98% Of Countries Ban Fluoride In Their Water”. article
Yet sodium fluoride is an ingredient in formula tube feeds and supplemental drinks. Huel took it out of its formula replacing it with Vitamin K2 after 82% of consumers voted for it. It’s not commonly used as an osteoporosis treatment anymore for its severe side effects.
Those with BN are prescribed fluoride for tooth protection.
“Decreases in bone mineral content in the radial shaft have been found previously during fluoride treatment [...]. These results suggest that fluoride therapy causes a redistribution of bone from the cortical to the cancellous compartment.” article
“Most patients currently receiving fluoride therapy have osteoporosis. Up to 33% of these patients develop a coarse trabecular pattern with osteosclerosis, resembling to varying degrees classical fluoride intoxication and other bone sclerosing diseases.” article
“Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual's power to resist domination by slowly poisoning and narcotizing a certain area of the brain, and will thus make him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. Both the Germans and the Russians added fluoride to the drinking water of prisoners of war to make them stupid and docile.” article
Hmm, you could almost get the suspicion that doctors don’t appreciate intelligent patients that question their medical authority and do their own research.
Also, it strikes me odd that osteoporosis treatments (hormones, fluoride) also act as contraceptives (fluoride exposure can cause infertility).
Maybe they are of the conviction ED is 50%-80% genetic and it would benefit the human race to eradicate this horrible gene. The world population is not sustainable and those with ED are often dysfunctional parents. Maybe in their mind they are doing it for the greater good. No allegation, just an idea. Also, why do they attempt to treat ED, osteoporosis and c0vid with antidepressants, doesn’t it appear very random? Draw your own conclusions.
During my times of inpatient treatments I met a SEED woman who the worst osteoporosis you could image at the age of 30 (humpback, crooked leg). She was force-fed by the same psychopathic doctor several times. When I found out she given antacids (without having an indication like acid reflux), instead of betaine HCl, I knew this was not caused by starvation but iatrogenically. My own osteoporosis was also caused by my “treatment”. Extremely low body weight is a causal factor, but only one of many, like medications, a junk food diet, lack of exercise (or over-exercising)…