Book Review: Your BonesSusannah Kent October 1, 2011
Author: Lara Pizzorno
Publisher: Praktikos Books
Book Publication: 2011
Silently and without warning, our bones can weaken and become easy to break or fracture. Fortunately, and contrary to what was once believed, this is not an inevitable part of aging. In fact, as health writer Lara Pizzorno explains in her new book, Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis & Have Strong Bones for Life, the numerous factors leading to excessive bone loss are all “correctable or modifiable.”
Your Bones reveals all you need to know about keeping your bones strong and healthy without popping or injecting drugs prescribed by conventional medicine to prevent or halt osteoporosis. Pizzorno writes from personal experience, having been diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, and her claims are bolstered and supported by biomedical researcher Dr. Jonathan Wright, with whom she wrote the book.
In the media, actress Sally Field has been an effective spokesperson for Boniva®, a patented bisphosphonate medicine, but according to Pizzorno and Wright, Field is just plain wrong about the best way to prevent bone loss. Drugs like the one she promotes can be dangerous, they contest.
In Your Bones, the authors reveal that in January 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert warning physicians that all bisphosphonate patented medicines such as Boniva®, Fosamax® and Actonel® “may cause severe and sometimes incapacitating bone, joint, and or muscle pain… [which] may occur within days, months or years after starting the medication, and in some patients may not resolve even after discontinuing the patent medicine.”
Some other adverse side effects of bisphosphonate drugs include osteonecrosis of the jaw (jaw bone death), heart problems, and (most ironically) increased risk of fractures. Clearly, as the authors advise, “these patented medicines to prevent osteoporosis should be your last choice for healthy bones.”
Your Bones also gives the reader information about the “key factors affecting bone remodeling and the nutrients your bones need which your current diet and supplement program is not adequately supplying.”
How much calcium we really need; the importance of vitamins B, C, D and K to our bones; how refined sugars, smoking, and inactivity are bad for our bones; the value of a diet consisting of “real food, mostly plants, preferably organic”; and how daily exercise builds bone are all topics covered in great detail in this book. While many readers are already aware of these factors in bone health, most won’t have glimpsed new research on the impact of strontium on bone strength, which the book describes.
Your Bones is extremely reader-friendly, with a straightforward, pull-no-punches tone. Wright and Pizzorno should be applauded for fearlessly taking on the big pharmaceutical companies – using solid research to reveal and condemn the role of drug makers in contributing to increased risk of bone fragility leading to bone fractures. That information alone makes this book well worth the read.
I will be telling people I know who are at risk, or who are already taking bisphosphonate medicines, to read this book and find out the real story on how to protect their bones.
Editor’s note: To read the feature by Dr. Zoltan Rona entitled: “Bone Density Drugs – And the Best Natural Alternatives for Osteoporosis,” currently posted on Vitality’s website, visit https://bit.ly/oNglW4