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    Selfunderstanding posted:
    Diagnosed X 10 yrs, initially by chest xray picking up on unfelt compression fxtrs. Very reluctant to go to F-max. How to find a physician to support the alternative tx route?
    bonebabe responded:
    There is no alternative treatment that will reverse osteoporosis

    Some people believe their T-scores have improved with "natural" means when really they have arthritis which makes the bones look denser.

    Also for those who use strontium citrate, it will give a false positive result because the DXA machines only measure calcium, not strontium. Having strontium in your system will not give you an accurate picture of your bone density.

    The USA practices evidence based medication which means that the medications that are FDA approved have undergone extensive testing and valid clinical trials. To go another route is to play Russian Roulette with your health. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA, therefore, you don't know exactly what you're getting when you purchase one. Many times what is stated on the bottle is not what's actually in the bottle. Also we don't how long containers of supplements may have been sitting in warehouses or on docks in temperatures that alter their content.

    To have had compression fractures picked up on regular chest x-ray tells me two things: That no matter your T-score, the presence of compression fractures gives you a clinical diagnosis of osteoporosis and 2) your bone density is very low as a regular chest x-ray won't pick up osteoporosis until you've already lost a considerable amount of bone.

    In your case, a medication that's proven to reduce your risk of having more fractures (and having had one doubles your chances of having another), combined with 1200 mg of calcium taken at no more than 500-600 mg at a time and at least 1000 IU of Vit D is the best way to go.

    If you haven't had your Vit D levels checked, ask your doctor about that. It makes a huge difference in your bone health.

    Stay off "off brand" websites that diss the medications. Try these two gold standard osteoporosis websites: The National Osteoporosis Foundation - and the International Society of Clinical Densitometrists -

    Any website ending in "org" as opposed to ",com" or ".net" will be a better source of reliable information for you.

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