I just read this fascinating interview about bone health with Ron Rosedale. The interview is long, but well worth reading. Here are a few takeaway points:
Current medical treatments for osteoporosis like Fosamax inhibit old bone turnover. They simply "paste" calcium onto the suface creating a more brittle bone. The do nothing for protein synthesis which makes bones flexible and strong.
Protein is the cement of the bones, calcium is the bricks.
Calcium supplementation floods cells with calcium which impairs their ability to function and can sometimes kill them outright.
Vitamin K tells calcium where to go (bones) and where not to go (arteries). People on anti-coagulants cannot consume much vitamin K.
Meat and vegetables make healthy bones. (Protein and vitamin K).
Serotonin is a stress hormone that when made in the gut sends messages to repair the gut and not bones. Carbohydrates promote serotonin production in the gut. SSRIs promote the recycling of serotonin.
Proper leptin signaling is critical to making bone.
"Health is not in the parts. It's in the instructions given to the parts."
Will this information make you change any of your diet or supplement habits?
Have you had experience with bisphosphonate drugs? Do you take them? Why? Why not?
Do you supplement with calcium? Why, why not?