bones

  1. PPIs in new fracture link

    If a permanent case of the runs isn't enough to keep you away from proton pump inhibitors, maybe this will do the trick: These drugs can also leave you crippled for the rest of your life.

    I've told you before how PPIs can block the absorption of both calcium and magnesium, leaving you high and dry when it comes to the two nutrients your bones need most.

    Now, a new study shows what actually happens to those bones (in case it's not already obvious). A rock-solid new study out of Harvard that used data on some 80,000 nurses tracked since 1982 found that these meds can boost the risk of hip fractures by more than a third.

    Think that's bad? The increase in risk shoots up to 50 percent in women who take these drugs for at least six years.

    Now, if you've never taken a PPI you probably think it's nuts to take them for six years. And you're right -- it's nuts to take them for even six minutes.

    But these meds are like crack for heartburn patients.

    The more you take them, the more you need them -- because every time you try to stop, the stomach acid comes back with a vengeance.

    It's called acid rebound, and it's not a return of the original problem. It's a worsening of it that's CAUSED by the drugs, leading to a vicious cycle of meds that can go on for years or even decades.

    The best way to avoid all that is to not get started on these drugs in the first place.

    I've found the simplest way to get relief from stomach acid problems is with eight ounces of freshly squeezed cabbage juice, taken as often as necessary.

    If that doesn't work, you'll need to make some bigger changes. I have everything you need to know about out-of-control stomach acid problems -- and how to stop them cold -- in the August 2009 issue of the Douglass Report.

    Not a subscriber? I've got the cure for that right here.

  2. Another win in the battle against fluoride

    Save big money by NOT poisoning your town

    There's finally an issue powerful enough to force communities to think twice about water fluoridation -- and it's not the decades of science that prove beyond all doubt that this toxic waste can rot the brain from the inside.

    It's money.

    The nationwide cash crunch has forced cities, towns, villages and counties from coast to coast to pinch every penny they can -- and many of them have found they can save big by pulling the plug on water fluoridation.

    The latest community to join the list is Pinellas County, Florida, which will save $205,000 next year alone by simply choosing to NOT poison its own residents.

    I call that a win-win.

    Money was also a motive in Mount Clemens, Michigan, which unanimously voted to end fluoridation -- saving them $40,000 a year, as I told my readers last month in The Douglass Report.

    They're not alone. Over the past few years, hundreds of communities have flushed their fluoridation programs -- and I don't care if the reason is money, science, or a late-night whisper from the man in the moon.

    ANY reason to end water fluoridation is a good one in my book, because exposure to this poison is scientifically proven to make kids dumber and turn adults into... well... just look around you and see what decades of this practice has done to society.

    Want more reasons? You know this stuff can discolor teeth -- even the U.S. government admits that -- but you might not realize that fluoride can actually weaken and break bone, and may even cause bone cancer.

    All that, and it's not even great at protecting teeth!

    One of the biggest studies ever found no difference in cavities between kids who got fluoridated water and kids who didn't -- and even the fluoride-pushing American Dental Association admits the benefit might be as low as 20 percent.

    If that's still not enough, consider this: China sells us as much fluoride as we're willing to buy... but they won't put a drop of it into their own water.

    Think they might know something we don't?

  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. Big bones are broken bones

    A new study finds the opposite what you may have heard: So-called big-boned ladies don't have stronger bones. Just fatter bones -- fatter, weaker bones.

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