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Fosamax acts as an inhibitor of bone resorbtion, so what you have is a lot of old bone, which on a DEXA test may look just dandy but will not stop you breaking your bones should you fall. Also, there is the danger of jaw necrosis.

In addition to at least 1000 mg of magnesium, at least 1000 units of vitamin D, and some other trace minerals (vit. K, boron, copper), one should of course take calcium. But not from a dairy product source -- dairy sources also contain growth factors, antibiotics, pesticides, you name it.

There is a vibration treatment, the Juvent 1000, but since it costs a fortune (about $3000, I think), it's not for me :( . There are cheaper vibration treatments (around $375), but they are somewhat dangerous. (They're the equivalent of leaping off a fridge for 10 minutes -- you damage your joints and organs.)

I've done it all -- taken fosamax, actonel, IV biphosphonates (b/c my digestive system could not tolerate the pills), and now I'm off and going to a naturopath. I completely agree with TomatoJuice -- I decided to go the natural route. In addition to heartburn, acid reflux, and other digestive disorders, fosamax and other biphosphonates are relatively useless. Best you spend your money on a naturopath, take calcium boosters and whatever else your ND tells you to, and wait for the price of the Juvent (or whatever they call it in the US) to come down.

And don't forget weight-bearing exercise -- that's the most important thing of all.


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