Labisia pumila (Kacip Fatimah): Is it Useful for Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis?

Since the Women's Health Initiative came to an abrupt halt 10 years ago with findings that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increased the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer, the search for alternative antiosteoporotic phytoestrogens has intensified. Flax seed, soy, red clover, and hops are some of the most researched phytoestrogens. But [...]

By |2012-11-28T18:29:00+00:00November 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Tune in to Dr. Paul Christo’s Radio Show–Aches and Gains

This coming Saturday evening (December 1 at 9 pm EST) I'll be a guest on Dr. Paul Christo's radio show, Aches and Gains (WBAL 1090 AM). Dr. Christo, a Harvard-trained anesthesiologist and John Hopkin's trained pain medicine specialist, is one of America's foremost experts on relieving pain. With chronic residual pain often a consequence of osteoporosis-related [...]

By |2012-11-27T23:04:00+00:00November 27th, 2012|0 Comments

Prolia® (denosumab): Treatment for Osteoporosis–The Pros, Cons, and Unknowns

For more than 10 years, the use of bisphosphonate therapy has been the “osteoporosis treatment of choice” when medication is absolutely necessary. You have likely heard of the names alendronate (Fosamax®), residronate (Actonel®), ibandronate (Boniva®), and the most recent zoledronic acid (Reclast® approved in 2007). When the bone remodeling process has gone awry due to [...]

By |2012-11-26T02:09:00+00:00November 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Calcium Supplements and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

"The authors do not believe that the evidence presented to date regarding the hypothesized relationship between calcium supplement use and increased cardiovascular disease risk is sufficient to warrant a change in the Institute of Medicine recommendations, which advocate use of supplements to promote optimal bone health in individuals who do not obtain recommended intakes of [...]

By |2012-11-19T03:34:00+00:00November 19th, 2012|0 Comments

Calcium Supplementation and Kidney Stone Risk

A common concern about supplementing with calcium is whether it increases one's risk for kidney stones. To examine this risk, researchers from the Hospital Clinico de San Carlos in Madrid, Spain reviewed 10 previously conducted studies which included a total of 8,000 osteoporotic patients who supplemented with calcium (120 mg to 1,500 mg for 3 [...]

By |2012-11-12T02:59:00+00:00November 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Fracture Risk with Vitamin A?

The retinol form of vitamin A is always a hot topic when it comes to osteoporosis. Long-term intake of high dose retinol has been shown to cause bone loss and and increased fractures in laboratory animals. In the body, retinol is broken down into retinoic acid which interferes with the active form of vitamin D [...]

By |2012-11-09T22:56:00+00:00November 9th, 2012|0 Comments

Osteoporosis Talk at the Jones Library

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows about the talk I'm giving this Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. (November 8th) at the Jones Library (43 Amity Street) in Amherst, MA. I'll be focusing on the immune and skeletal system's intimate connection and how chronic systemic inflammation leads to bone loss. With the dizzying array of [...]

By |2012-11-06T03:10:00+00:00November 6th, 2012|0 Comments

Winning Life Through Pain — BlogTalk Radio Show

I was a guest (talking about osteoporosis of course) on the BlogTalk radio show Winning Life Through Pain co-hosted by Marla Martindale and Chris Tatevosian. Marla lives in Texas and is an RSD Coach helping individuals cope with the challenges of reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Chris wrote Life Interupted, It's Not All About Me a book to [...]

By |2012-11-01T01:35:00+00:00November 1st, 2012|0 Comments