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Archive for the 'Osteoporosis' Category

Updated recommendations to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Friday, July 5th, 2013

qf_quadriceps_strain_smAn expert committee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) with a multi-specialty council of medical experts in the field of bone health have updated recommendations.

Let’s focus on prevention, which emphasizes many of the CAM topics that dominate this website.


Benefits of prunes for postmenopausal women

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Among nutritional factors, dried plum (prunes; Prunus domestica L.) is most effective for preventing and reversing bone loss.

Researchers in Oklahoma and Florida examined the extent to which dried plum reverses bone loss in osteopenic postmenopausal women. (more…)

Whole-body vibration therapy of bone

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Animal studies show beneficial effects, but studies in postmenopausal women are conflicting.

Researchers at Toronto, and McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, studied whether whole body vibration improves bone density and structure. (more…)

Reviewing the reviews of tai chi

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague critically evaluated the systematic reviews of tai chi for any improvement of medical conditions or clinical symptoms. (more…)

More on calcium supplements and the risk of cardiovascular disease

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Calcium supplements are widely used to help prevent osteoporosis but have been associated with a possible increase in the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

Now, researchers from the UK and Denmark have presented an alternative view. (more…)

Importance of vitamin D for bisphosphonate therapy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Several studies suggest that the response to bisphosphonates could in part be dependent on circulating blood levels of vitamin D.

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City, examined the association between blood levels of 25 hydroxy vitamin D [25(OH)D] and the response to bisphosphonate treatment. (more…)

Fatty acids and the risk of fracture in women

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Fatty acids may be important dietary components that modulate osteoporotic fracture risk.

Researchers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, studied fatty acid intake in relation to osteoporotic fractures. (more…)

Vitamin D levels in adolescents with severe mental illness

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Research suggests that patients with schizophrenia treated with antipsychotics have low vitamin D blood levels and may have a higher risk of hip fractures in their later years than the general population.

Researchers at Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, in France, evaluated whether the vitamin D levels in adolescent psychiatric inpatients were lower than the 30 ng/mL recommended to protect against osteoporosis. (more…)

TENS for people with osteoporosis

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Quadriceps activation deficits (delayed muscle activation, see photo) are common in people with tibiofemoral (knee) osteoarthritis.

Researchers at the University of Toledo, in Ohio, studied transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) set to a sensory level and therapeutic exercise to increase quadriceps activation in people with tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. (more…)

Status of treatment options for osteoporosis

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Researchers at Tung Wah Eastern Hospital, in Hong Kong, China, reviewed the evidence for CAM in the context of the overall treatment plan. (more…)

The risk of taking a calcium supplement without taking vitamin D

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Researchers in the US, UK, and Australia reviewed the evidence and tell us that taking calcium supplements without also taking vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. (more…)


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Type “naprapathy” into Google and — you guessed it, — you’re asked, Did you mean: Naturopathy?

No…I meant N A P R A P A T H Y ? the stealthy CAM.


Nonpharmacologic management of osteoporosis

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

This Medscape review covers orthoses, exercise, calcium and vitamin D therapy, and kyphoplasty from an academic perspective. (more…)

New vitamin D recommendations from Canada

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The results from many studies in the past 2 years make it clear that current vitamin D guidelines aren’t sufficient, and we can’t rely on the sun to meet our daily requirements.

Here are the latest recommendations from Osteoporosis Canada. (more…)

The Training and Cimicifuega racemosa Erlangen study

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Researchers from the University of Erlangen, in Germany studied the effect of adding black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) to exercise.

They were looking for evidence of greater benefit with black cohosh over exercise alone in bone mineral density and coronary heart disease risk during early post menopause. (more…)

Stop testing Chinese and homeopathic treatments

Monday, April 20th, 2009

 For these healing disciplines where the interaction between therapist and patient are so closely entwined and it’s difficult to show consistent benefit over sham or placebo, I propose we stop testing these treatments.

We would do better to test the therapists. (more…)

Searching for the correct dose of vitamin D

Friday, March 20th, 2009

In adults, vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteopenia, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, fractures, cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. And adequate doses might reduce the risk of certain cancers and type 1 diabetes.

The current recommendation of 5 mcg (200 IU) may be too little, according to researchers in Maine and South Carolina. (more…)

Recommendations from Harvard for bone health

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch has published recommendations to lower the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis.

I supplemented their recommendations with references. (more…)

World osteoporosis day

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Yes, yes, yes, it was October 20th, and I missed it.

But here’s a summary of CAM research on osteoporosis reported in 2008. (more…)

The status of cat’s claw to treat osteoporosis

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

There are some small studies in patients, and now there’s a review that connects the clinical response and mechanisms of action of two species of cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis).

Here’s an example of what’s reported. (more…)