For a moment there, it almost looked like the feds were doing their jobs.
The FDA has issued a new warning about osteoporosis meds, practically admitting what I've said all along: Bisphosphonate drugs can actually BREAK the bones they're supposed to protect.
Then, they said go ahead -- keep taking 'em! Don't these people read their own memos?
As I told you earlier this year, studies have found that women who take these drugs can start to experience brittle bones at four years, and face an increased risk of hip fractures at five years. (Click here to read about it.)
The feds looked the other way at the time -- but as hard as they try, they can't ignore the evidence. So now they plan to put a warning -- a plain one, not a black-boxer -- on all bisphosphonate meds used for osteoporosis, including Fosamax, Boniva, Atelvia and the yearly Reclast injection.
They'll also issue a "medication guide" with the new warning. In other words, a brochure.
Call me unimpressed.
This isn't some abstract piece of research we're talking about here. Each one of these breaks represents a woman in a hospital, robbed of her independence. These women face long and painful recoveries, and some will never walk right again -- if they even manage to walk at all.
And if you think that's bad, you should see some of the other side effects that come from these meds. They've been linked to heartburn, abdominal pain, fever, bone and muscle pain, low energy and low levels of calcium in the blood.
These drugs have even been linked to esophageal cancer and necrosis of the jaw.
Luckily, men and women alike don't need meds to protect their bones -- just a little help from the nutrients you should be getting anyway.
And I'm not just talking about calcium here -- because too much calcium can actually break your bones, not save them.
I wrote everything you need to know about bone health in The Douglass Report last year, and if you're a subscriber I urge you to login now and read the November, 2009 issue.
And if you're not a subscriber, don't wait for a bone break. Sign up now.