Osteopenia and osteoporosis are significant problems for the elderly.
Most people know that osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose density, become brittle, and fractures occur. Osteopenia is lower-than-normal bone density, but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis.
There are medications that have been advertised for treatment of these two conditions – Fosamax, Boniva, and other products.
The FDA has now indicated that taking these drugs for more than three years can lead to increased fragility of bones and fractures.
My experience as a radiologist reading bone-density studies has been that patients on the medications for osteopenia and osteoporosis are lucky if they have increased their bone density by only 15 percent after three years of taking medication. With many patients, bone density doesn’t increase at all – it just remains stable.
For almost 40 years, I have used a program of natural products to treat osteoporosis with excellent results, often far better than what is achieved with pharmaceuticals.
I have patients with osteoporosis who with my program have gone from osteopenia to normal bone density in one year. The regimen was originally given to me by Alan Ingles, M.D., at the time a professor of orthopedic surgery at Cornell University.
The program that I have used includes moderate doses of vitamin D3, currently available over-the-counter in most drugstores and health food stores in capsules of 10,000 IUs.
I ask patients to take 20,000 IUs (two capsules) of vitamin D3 daily. This is supplemented with one daily capsule of a product called Florical, which contains fluorine and calcium. Most drugstores and do not carry Florical, but store managers can order it from Mericon Industries. It is also widely available on the Internet.
A patient of mine in her 30s is a typical example of someone who has used this regimen. She was training for a marathon and when she reached about the 20-mile point she would develop severe hip pain. Imaging of the hips showed that there was a small stress fracture in the bony structure that looked osteopenic.
Her bone density study showed that she had osteoporosis, which ran in her family. She was put on the program of vitamin D3 and Florical.
Her bone density went from osteoporosis to normal within a year and she was able to run a marathon with no problems. Continuing the program, she has had no further bone issues.
For any older person or anybody with a family history of osteoporosis, it is important to obtain bone density studies on a regular schedule.
It turns out that vitamin D3 and Florical provide an unexpected benefit to men: help with enlarged prostate.
I have one patient who had a residual urine of 300cc (he was unable to completely empty his bladder) and had frequent nocturia (nighttime urination). The regimen helped him to have no nocturia and no residual urine.
I have had no significant complications reported to me from the use of the vitamin D3 and Florical for bone density.
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