Osteoporosis med blocks bone growth

A drug that could actually slow the new bone growth is the exact opposite of what I'd call an effective treatment for osteoporosis -- yet that's exactly what one leading medication may do, according to the latest research.

And that means millions of women could be quietly suffering from the bone-wrecking side effects of their medication right now, and most of them don't even know it.

In the new study of 40 postmenopausal women given either zoledronic acid (aka Reclast) or a placebo, the ones on the drug had higher levels of sclerostin, a biomarker that in essence stops new bone growth.

On the plus side, the study finds the drug does in fact slow the thinning of the bone that marks the disease. But that's almost an afterthought here -- because if it's preventing new bone growth and bones from forming at the same time, then there's no chance your condition will ever truly improve.

And there's every chance it could get worse.

Besides, that's not the only risk of this medication.

The FDA has warned of potential kidney damage linked to the use of this drug. It's also part of a class of medications known as bisphosphonates, and these drugs have been linked to esophageal cancer, necrosis of the jaw, and more than just blocking bone growth.

Even worse, bisphosphonates can actually cause breaks in the very bones they're supposed to protect, especially after long-term use.

Fortunately, there are safer and more natural ways to prevent, treat, and even reverse osteoporosis -- and it starts with understanding what causes the disease in the first place.

Despite what you've heard, it's not aging. Not by itself, anyway. Osteoporosis is largely a disease of lifestyle -- one caused or worsened by poor diet and bad habits. In many cases, hormonal imbalances can also play a role.

A holistic physician can test you for the possible causes of osteoporosis and get you started on a natural treatment.