I’ve talked a lot about the dangers of bisphosphonates for the past few years both in my newsletter and weekly health alerts. Doctors recommend these drugs to most postmenopausal women to prevent or reverse osteoporosis. But its side effects greatly outweigh its benefits. Consider this:
The news began with findings that the drugs caused deterioration of the jawbone. The American Dental Association issued a warning to this effect. Now there are more dentists across the country that refuse to work on patients who take Fosamax and other bisphosphonates. Dental surgery, even fillings, can be risky if the jawbone is thin and brittle.
Next, we found that it’s not just your jawbone that’s at risk. Bisphosphonates triple your risk for getting necrosis (death) of other bone tissues. This includes the shoulder, knees, and hips. These drugs actually make other bones more fragile by destroying bone cells. After talking with several dentists and doctors of integrative medicine, and reading the warnings from the American Dental Association, I was convinced these drugs are dangerous.
Now there’s a new study that shows these drugs damage more than your bones. The researchers presented their finding at a recent medical conference of the American College of Chest Physicians. They concluded that bisphosphonates increase a woman’s risk for atrial fibrillation. So, not only are these drugs bad for your bones, they’re bad for your heart.
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This study followed more than 16,000 older women on bisphosphonates, as well as a control group. Women who took the drugs were more likely to have atrial fibrillation. This heart condition causes lightheadedness, heart palpitations, and chest pain. These women were also twice as likely to have serious irregular heartbeats leading to hospitalization and death.
If you need to support good bone health – and most women do – there are a number of nutrients that can help. They include vitamin D, strontium, and boron, along with calcium and magnesium. You can find these nutrients in Ultimate Bone Support, the formula I created and take. You can also find them in other bone formulas. If you need more support, talk with your doctor about the calcitonin nasal spray made from salmon. I’ll be talking about it in an upcoming issue of my newsletter. Be sure you’re a subscriber so you have access to this important, safe alternative to bisphosphonates.
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Dr. Janet Zand