It’s the American way. ‘Got a health problem? ‘Get a pill that will make it go away.
That is certainly true when it comes to having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, extra weight, and type 2 diabetes. It is also true in the case of osteoporosis. Rather than going back to the root of the problem, doctors are prescribing medication to improve bone strength, and once again, putting a proverbial band-aid on the problem. Only in some cases do these drugs actually provide much benefit.
Bisphosphonates are drugs that are considered to be anti-catabolic in nature; that is, they inhibit the breakdown of bone. “While medications can have a slight benefit in severe cases, for more mild cases they may offer minimal benefits to one’s bones and can cause unpleasant and serious side effects,” explains Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified physician who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. “These drugs are not only costly and unnecessary, in some cases, can be dangerous,” he adds.
According to Furhman’s website, the class of drugs, known as bisphosphonates, includes
* Actonel (Risedronate)
* Boniva (Ibandronate)
* Didronel (Etidornate)
* Fosamax (Alendronate)
* Reclast (Zoledronic)
and has a scary list of side effects
* Abdominal pain
* Atrial fibrillation
* Bone pain
* Esophageal cancer
* Irregular heart beat
* Muscle cramping
* Muscle pain
* Reflux esophagitis
* Stomach ulcer
* Stomach upset
* Swollen ankles and feet
* Osteonecrosis of jaw or dead jaw syndrome.
“With reasonable effort,” says Fuhrman, “you can take your bone health into your own hands. Osteoporosis can be combatted most effectively without medication through proper nutrition and exercise.”
The proper nutrition that Fuhrman is referring to is a plant-based diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, and beans and limited in animal foods, such as dairy, eggs, and meats.