Osteoporosis: Facts, Myths and The Fix

Monday, July 2nd 2012

The biggest problem with osteoporosis is this: Most women wait until they get it before they decide to learn about it and try to reverse it. However, the ‘learning and reversing’ usually consists of going to a specialist for bone density scans and then getting on a prescription pharmaceutical in hopes of successfully treating the condition.

In short, that is NOT the ideal way of addressing a condition which can lead to life-crushing consequences. i.e.; Brittle bones can lead to hip fractures – which then take you off your feet for healing and repair. Quite often the road to recovery from this type of break leads to even worse complications which stem from the drugs and the increased level of sedentary living.

national osteoporosis foundation info

We’ve all heard stories of women who’ve died shortly after dealing with a hip fracture. As a matter of fact, you’ll want to read this page from the National Osteoporosis Foundation for some hard facts and figures. The type that will really open your eyes…

While reading it, pay EXTRA close attention to the 3 sections; Symptoms, Risk Factors, Fractures.

Here’s the Bottom Line: This is a condition you want to avoid getting. And if you do get it or have early signs of it – you want to manage and reverse it with a well rounded, healthy and wholistic approach.

The biggest challenge is knowing what options are available to you as the patient. But it’s almost impossible to know what your options are if you are confused about what osteoporosis actually is, what causes it – and even more importantly what its precursor, osteopenia, is.


Here’s why:

1 – Most women can’t explain the difference between ‘osteopenia’ and ‘osteoporosis’. The inherent problem in this stems from the fact that both conditions require intervention but without clarity on what each is – it is easy for the female patient to be led down an unnecessary path.

2 – The term “weight bearing exercise” is grossly misunderstood, not only by average women; BUT ALSO health professionals. Weight bearing exercise DOES NOT mean you have to actually participate in “weight-lifting” workouts to get the benefits of building bone density.

Weight bearing is achieved by subjecting your bones to stress forces. The word stress is not to be mistaken for “stress” as describing a mental or emotional state; but rather the bones are being given a bearable “load” of force to support.

By being challenged in an appropriate way, to support the load, the bones actually respond by becoming more dense and stronger – very much like your muscles respond to proper strengthening exercises.

The key here is to know you don’t have to “lift weights” or use awkward and uncomfortable gym machines to accomplish this beneficial effect (although proper and appropriate weight training can be one of your choices)

Proper bone-building stress forces can be accomplished with the following:

– bodyweight exercises
– resistance band exercises
– medicine ball exercises
– swiss ball exercises
– playground exercises
– dumbbell exercises (not to be confused with the type of weight-lifting and gym machine workouts I refer to above).

There are more, but that list covers the most common options to suit average women with deep and long lasting benefits.

3 – The vague piece of advice; “just increase the amount of calcium in your diet with the foods you eat and/or supplements” is as hazy as one can get, because not all ‘calcium rich foods’ have the same effects on your bones. Some can benefit you while others can actually have an adverse effect.

One of the keys to this is knowing the acidity and alkalinity values of the the foods and beverages you consume. Some foods are more ‘acidic’ in nature while others are ‘alkaline’. This one factor has to be understood so your daily meals and drinks can consist of what your bones need more of in order to build or rebuild bone density.

The deeper I dug to find the most actionable info about osteopenia and osteoporosis, the more scattered things became – until I came across a treasure trove of not only the latest materials, but a source which presents all the info including how to take a ‘natural’ approach to prevention and reversal.

This means holding off on drugs and meds as a last resort. Not just for the sake of it – but for the sake of your whole health status and long term quality of life.

The key to prevention is making sure you have the following in order:

1 – your daily exercise routine that stimulates bone density
2 – proper nutrition habits that strengthen bones
3 – avoidance of ingredients and foods that damage bones
4 – avoiding habits that weaken bones (smoking, alcohol, couch laying)
5 – consider adding an Organic Vitamin D supplement to your diet

This is one of the most economical, top-quality brands of Organic Vitamin D

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***PLEASE share today’s post with all the other women you know – regardless of age or condition. Education and proactive measures are THE BEST defense against osteopenia and osteoporosis. Just share this page with them so they can have access to all the free info too.***

Your trainer for life,
Joey Atlas

4 Comments on “Osteoporosis: Facts, Myths and The Fix”


Hi, Joey,

I am so glad that you have recommended the Save Our Bones program. I found Vivian a few years ago, and her program is absolutely wonderful. I firmly believe that the doctors prescribe all of these medicines just because they get a kick-back from them. I went for a bone density test, and 2 years later, had a repeat one only to be told that I had gone from “mild osteopenia” to “major bone loss” & needed to be on prescription medication. I told the doctor that I would treat it myself & that’s when I found Vivian Goldschmidt’s book. Osteoporosis is NOT a disease; and taking the prescription meds is no better than drinking from a bottle of Tide! Today, I am healthy & have super strong bones. And Vivian’s book stays on my dresser so I can read it often, as well as the fact that I read her emails. Keep promoting her–she’s fantastic!



July 2nd, 2012, 4:12 pm  
Susan said,

Good morning,

I am a 53 year old woman who stopped having periods on Memorial Day of 2010. What a nice Memorial Day! I had a bone scan done by my ob-gyn the following January, 2011 which was 8 months later. It was shown at that time that I had osteoporosis in my spine and hips. My mother, who is 93, has osteopenia and has had two compression fractions in her lower spine. She has been taking Boniva for approximately ten years. My father, who passed away when he was 90, had osteoporosis. He used some type of nasal spray. Now I have it at a much younger age. I cannot take the monthly pills such as Boniva or Actonel as they both make me very sick. I am now taking a daily generic brand of Fosamax. I eat a healthy diet, take a multi-vitamin and calcium every single day and include dairy products as well. I also exercise four days a week. I do weight training (hand weights go from 4 to 10 pounds) twice a week, and walk at a comfortable speed on the treadmill twice a week. About 16-18 years ago I had a stress fracture in my ankle, which could have been the beginning of osteoporosis and I didn’t know it. It happened while I was on the treadmill. Can you please give me some advice on what I should be doing differently? I would love to get off the medication. I have had back pain every single day since I started taking this medication. I NEVER had back pain before. Please help. Thanks!

July 3rd, 2012, 8:39 am  

I was very curious as to what you were going to say about “osteoporosis”. I was so pleased that you are also on board with Vivian’s book (practices and teachings) as I also have her book. Now two of the “life changing people” in my life have banded together and agree on the same things. Great!!!

July 5th, 2012, 1:09 pm  
Bev said,

Hi Joey,

I found Vivian’s website in 2010 after finding out the hard way that I had severe osteoporosis–my L-5 vertebrae collapsed when I bent over to set down the waste basket and coughed ever so slightly. Simultaneously, I heard an awful crunching sound, and felt a horrible pain in my spine that took me to my knees. I was only 56 at the time, and thought I was in great shape and doing everything right–how wrong I was! What has been really disheartening to me is how little all the doctors and “specialists” know about osteoporosis and the prescriptions that they insist on prescribing, even though they do more harm than good! I can truly say that Vivian is a life saver. As a matter of fact, I found your websight in one of her newsletters. I, and I’m sure many other women with osteoporosis, would be ever so grateful if you could come up with a program that is safe for those of us who have suffered fractures and have limited range of motion such as bending and turning.

January 30th, 2013, 2:44 am  

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