bone breaks

  1. Fluoride no help for thinning bones

    Bad to the bone!

    Fluoride... for bone health?

    I'd laugh if the idea weren't so irresponsible, because fluoride is about as good for your bone health as a loan shark after you've missed a payment.

    The science is so clear on the bone-crunching risks of fluoride that even plenty of mainstream docs won't go near this stuff anymore. But for those who haven't gotten the message, a new study confirms -- yet again -- that it's absolutely 100 percent ineffective for senior women suffering from osteopenia.

    That's a bone-thinning condition that can lead to breaks, fractures, and even the far more serious osteoporosis.

    In the new study, 180 postmenopausal women were hoodwinked into taking either one of three daily fluoride doses -- 2.5 mg, 5 mg, or 10 mg -- or, for the lucky ones, a placebo.

    One year later, the women who ingested this poison had zip to show for it. Tests on bone mineral density in the hip and lumbar spine and tests of overall bone mineral density found no differences at all between women given the toxic supplements and women given the placebo.

    None!

    Now, it's one thing to simply fail to protect bone. But like I said earlier, fluoride can actually snap 'em like twigs. In the new study, there were zero fractures in the placebo group -- but FIVE spread out among the fluoride groups.

    And fluoride can do more than just break your bones. It's been linked to bone cancer and about a billion other risks -- up to and including making people DUMB.

    Maybe that's why the authorities are so eager to dump it into your water.

    If there's fluoride in your own water, there are two steps you need to take right now. First, install a reverse osmosis filter, which can remove fluoride and all the other common contaminants -- including drugs, hormones, and chemical waste.

    And second, contact your elected officials and tell them under no uncertain terms that you want the fluoride OUT.

    I'm not done with bone health yet. Keep reading!

  2. Are you addicted to heartburn meds?

    There's a new call for the feds to put more warnings onto common heartburn drugs. Big whooptie-do. Any warning slapped onto these meds now is way too little and far too late.

    Millions are already hooked on proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Prevacid -- and whether they know it or not, they're every bit as dependent as a coke fiend or a painkiller junkie.

    As Public Citizen points out in its letter to the FDA -- and as I warned you years ago -- the PPIs now used by more than 21 million Americans every year can actually make stomach acid problems dramatically worse, not better.

    But here's the great paradox of these meds: They don't make you feel worse. Not right away, anyway. Heck, you might even feel so great that you tell all your friends how the "purple pill" saved your life.

    But when you try to stop taking the drugs, that's when it hits you: Acid reflux like never before, CAUSED by the very drugs you thought were keeping it at bay. It's so common it even has its own name: rebound acid hypersecretion.

    So you go back on the meds -- and next thing you know, you're hardcore a PPI junkie who can't go more than a meal or two without a fix.

    The longer you take these meds, the more likely you'll face the other risks -- including bone breaks, infection, and serious kidney problems. These meds can also suck the nutrients right out of your system, leaving you dangerously low on magnesium and vitamin B12.

    Fortunately, there's a much simpler way to beat reflux: Drink fresh cabbage juice, 8 ounces at a time, until your stomach comes back in line.

    Believe me, no one's ever going to get hooked on that.

  3. Missed opportunity

    Osteoporosis meds have been linked to kidney failure, crippling pain, death, and even -- ironically -- shattered bones. So what's an FDA "expert panel" doing to protect the 5 million women who take bisphosphonate meds such as Fosamax, Actonel, Reclast, and Boniva every year?
  4. Hormone madness

    The drug levothyroxine, aka Synthroid, a synthetic form of the thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroidism, is just about the least effective means of battling an underactive thyroid gland – and now, researchers say in some seniors it may more than triple the odds of a bone break.

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