Monday, December 12, 2016

BoneSmart Pilates: Aging Strong - Volume 1

Teresa Maldonado Marchok, LPT, just produced a very impressive DVD that will help improve your
posture, balance, muscle tone, AND bone strength. Teresa, a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates teacher (at my alma mater, Stanford University, no less!) will show you how to improve hip and leg strength and stabilize your spine through exercise - all key for helping to reduce fracture risk if you have a weakened skeleton from osteopenia or osteoporosis.

This is Teresa's second DVD and it builds on the exercises from her first video. Teresa really steps up the intensity level in this one but continues to keep you safe by expertly explaining the mechanics of each exercise. This video will definitely challenge a GOOD way.

I am always touting the virtues of exercise, but when it comes to weak bones, it can be difficult to find inexpensive, safe, and effective programs designed specifically for promoting skeletal health. Teresa does an incredible job with this DVD in showing you how to improve bone strength, safely.

As Teresa explains, aging is inevitable but much of HOW we age is under our control. This is so true. By eating a bone-healthy diet, taking OsteoNaturals supplements, and engaging in safe, bone-specific exercise, you will have all of what you need in your armamentarium against osteoporosis. For more information or to order Teresa's BoneSmart Pilates: Aging Strong DVD go to   

Friday, December 2, 2016

Proton Pump Inhibitors Not Only Cause Osteoporosis but a New Study Points to Increased Risk for Stroke

I am continually dismayed at how many of my patients with osteoporosis are taking PPIs. They have
been prescribed proton pump inhibitors by their medical physicians to help reduce stomach acid and treat the symptoms of heart burn or GERD. But PPIs have the nasty side effect of reducing bone density and increasing a person's risk for breaking a bone. With GERD symptoms easily remedied through conservative, non-drug, therapy, I am always left scratching my head wondering WHY!...Why in the world would doctors prescribe PPIs, especially to their patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis. Most cases of GERD respond well to conservative therapy of dietary changes and the use of probiotics and digestive aids to improve gut function. For the majority of people who experience GERD symptoms, they should not have to use PPIs. And, if they do, these medications should be taken in low doses.

Findings from a recent study out of Denmark indicate there is another reason to stay far away from PPIs if possible. Thomas S. Sehested, a medical doctor from the Danish Heart Foundation, showed an "association between use of PPIs and increased risk of first-time ischemic stroke and a positive dose-response relationship between PPI dose and stroke risk." Dr. Sehested's findings are based on the medical histories of 244,679 individuals. Histories were accessed from nationwide Danish registries in this observational study. The investigation looked at 4 different PPI medications and found that stroke risk increased from 33% to 79% depending on the particular drug being taken. Also, the higher the dose, the higher the risk for stroke.

Sehested, T.S., et al. American Heart Association (AHA) 2016 Scientific Sessions. Abstract 18462: Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Increases the Associated Risk of First-Time Ischemic Stroke. A Nationwide Cohort Study. Presented November 15, 2016.
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