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Re: Strontium
Dec 20, 2007
Thanks for responding. I never dreamed I'd get such good information from such kind people. I have decided to go to an Osteoporosis specialist. My GP Dr. just doesn't have the answers to my questions and his choice of treatment for me is just unacceptable. Are you saying the bioidentical hormones are safer? When I get my appointment to see the specialist, I will definitely ask him about them. Everything that I have read about Strontium sounds so good. I hope the Osteo Specialist thinks so too. Thanks again Becki






[QUOTE=deanana;3356621]Hi "ram"... While I know nothing about strontium and can't address most of your questions at all, I just wanted to comment on your reference to homones as an alternative. For my "mild" osteopenia my physician suggested a bisphosphonate drug, but instead I'm now using bio-identical hormones (natural progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone). These are not synthetic hormones (i.e. drugs similar to human hormones, such as Premarin) but hormones identical in molecular structure to human hormones. My ob/gyn (like many physicians) was not really aware of bio-indentical hormones and said "a hormone is a hormone," but from extensive reading I'd say that's not the case. Having adequate levels of testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen (as most women do at younger ages) protects/builds bone, but by menopause (I'm 55 too) of course our hormone levels drop -- hormones can be replaced, but it's helpful to work with a physician knowledgable about bio-identical hormones (the closest one I could find is 2 hours away) as well as with a compounding pharmacy. I'm not suggesting this in place of strontium since I don't know about it (others here do, I know), but I just wanted to comment on the common misconception that "a hormone is a hormone" and that therefore bio-identical ones are just as likely to cause adverse side effects like cancer. If interested in this option, you might want to check out "Natural Hormone Balance for Women" by ob/gyn Uzzi Reiss.[/QUOTE]
Re: Strontium
Dec 21, 2007
[QUOTE=ram42953;3357275]Thanks for responding. I never dreamed I'd get such good information from such kind people. I have decided to go to an Osteoporosis specialist. My GP Dr. just doesn't have the answers to my questions and his choice of treatment for me is just unacceptable. Are you saying the bioidentical hormones are safer? When I get my appointment to see the specialist, I will definitely ask him about them. Everything that I have read about Strontium sounds so good. I hope the Osteo Specialist thinks so too. Thanks again Becki[/QUOTE]


Hi again, Becki.... To answer your question about bio-identical hormones, all I can say is that from most of what I've read, many feel that they are better than synthetic hormones if only because they are identical in molecular structure to our own. Unlike synthetic hormones, they cannot be patented, so not much research has been done. Reiss' book only briefly addresses use of natural progesterone to (re)build bone but goes into detail about the overall benefits of natural hormones based on years of clinical experience. You may also want to look online at the info on bio-identical hormones and bone strength by ob/gyn Marcelle Pick. For actual osteoporosis I'm not sure if natural progesterone would suffice, but for lesser degrees of bone loss it does seem effective. Maybe it could be used with strontium? I've read so much "bad news" about bisphosphonates (Actonel, etc.) that (contrary to my one doctor's recommendation) I would not consider them for osteopenia, though for osteoporosis they may be fine. There's a website developed by a specialist in bone physiology (I think the name is Ott, though I don't quite recall -- I think I found it via this board) that allows you to calculate fracture risk relative to drug pros/cons. But it seems that many specialists (maybe in osteoporosis as well as in endocrinology and gynecology) promote the "big pharma" drugs and are not much informed about (and very skeptical of) alternatives. I'm happy with my decision to work with a physician specializing in bio-identical hormones to address the osteopenia as well as other menopausal "developments." Hope you too can locate a physician and treatment that makes sense to you!





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