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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Moms Making a Difference

If you are a stay-at-home mom who has ever struggled to make ends meet, or a working mother who would like to transition to a business that allows you to spend more time with your family, then Shaklee is for you!

Shaklee is made up of many people.There are many moms (and dads) who are earning an income from home and giving themselves the gift of freedom— including more time with their families—while at the same time offering others the gift of better health and a  better life.

Watch this short video then contact us to learn more!


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere!

By: Dr. Steven Chaney
It’s no secret that Americans eat too much sugar. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories/day of added sugar for women and 150 for men. And one recent study concluded that 78% of women and 67% of men consume too much sugar every day (J. Nutr, 140: 1832, 2010). 
But the real question is which matters more – the type of sugar or the type of food? The answer is both – but let me explain. Let’s start with the type of foods.
You’ve probably heard that sugar sweetened beverages are not good for you. Is that correct? The answer is clearly yes. Several studies have shown that people drinking sugar sweetened beverages on a daily basis gain more weight than those who drink them only occasionally (For example, JAMA, 292: 927, 2004; Am J Clin Nutr, 89: 438, 2009).
Now let’s look at the type of sugar, but first let me give you a little background. Back in the 60s and 70s, sugar sweetened beverages foods primarily contained sucrose (table sugar) or glucose (also known as dextrose). 
And a number of studies showed that beverages containing a lot of those sugars caused obesity and resulted in high blood triglycerides.
As a result sucrose and glucose were vilified and the food industry largely replaced them with high fructose corn syrup. Well today fructose and high fructose corn syrup are the sugars that are vilified. 
Some “experts” will tell you to avoid them at all cost. Is that recommendation accurate? Here the answer is more complex. It is clearly true for sugar sweetened beverages, may be true for “junk foods”, but is probably not true for healthy foods.
More importantly, most other natural sugars are no better. The “knock” on fructose and high fructose corn syrup is that they increase visceral fat (also known as belly fat), which increases the risk of insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides and type 2 diabetes – among other things. The data supporting this concern are quite strong.
Numerous studies have shown that when people are given beverages sweetened with fructose or high fructose corn syrup they gain more belly fat than people given beverages sweetened with glucose (J Clin Invest, 119: 1322, 2009; Am J Clin Nutr, 95: 283, 2012;
Other studies have shown that high consumption of sugar sweetened beverages (mostly sweetened with high fructose corn syrup in today’s world) was associated with increased risk of diabetes (Diabetes Care, 33: 2477, 2010) and heart attack (Am J Clin Nutr, 89: 1037, 2009). 
So you might say: “Case closed. Fructose and high fructose corn syrup should be avoided at all cost”.
But the first question is: “What would you use in their place?” 
It turns out that honey, molasses, maple syrup, orange, apple or grape juice concentrate (used as natural sweeteners in a lot of “health” foods), table sugar (sucrose), raw sugar, evaporated cane juice and brown sugar all have an almost identical sugar composition as high fructose corn syrup.
And agave sugar is 88% fructose. That just leaves glucose/dextrose, and we learned that it was bad for us way back in the 70s. 
And clinical studies show that those similarities in sugar composition result in similar detrimental health consequences. For example, in one study people consuming beverages with sucrose gained just as much belly fat as people consuming beverages with fructose (Am J Clin Nutr, 94: 479, 2011).
In other studies people consuming large amounts of fruit juice had just as much risk of obesity and diabetes as those consuming large amounts of sodas (Am J Clin Nutr, 89: 438, 2009; Int J Obesity, 24: 794, 2000). 
And don’t think that artificial sweeteners are the way out. Although recent studies have shown that in a very controlled environment in which consumption of diet sodas actually resulted in decreased calorie intake people lost weight by switching from sugar sweetened sodas to diet sodas, in the real world we don’t have a dietitian peering over our shoulder.
We appear to compensate for the decreased calories in the diet sodas by consuming extra calories somewhere else. In real world studies people gain just as much weight drinking diet sodas as sugar sweetened sodas (Dhingra et al, Circulation, 116: 480-488, 2007; Fowler et al, Obesity, 16:1894-1900, 2008). But the big caveat is that all of these studies have been done with beverages.
We suspect that the same effects will be seen in sugar sweetened junk foods – foods low in fiber and protein – but those studies have not actually been done. But when you start talking about healthy foods, it’s a whole different story.
We’ve known for years that the same amount of sugar can cause a large spike in blood sugar and triglyceride levels if consumed in a soda, fruit juice or junk food, but causes a much smaller increase in blood sugar and triglycerides if consumed in a healthier food containing lots of fiber and protein.
That is the science behind the “glycemic index” concept that you’ve been hearing so much about. Similarly, fructose appears to cause obesity and an increase in belly fat when consumed in sodas and fruit juices, but the same amount of fructose has little or no effect on either obesity or belly fat when consumed in fruits. 
So what is the bottom line for you?
1) There are no good sugars, only good foods.
If you are talking about sugar sweetened beverages (sodas, juices or teas) honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrates and sucrose are no healthier than high fructose corn syrup. And agave sugar is no healthier than pure fructose. Experts recommend drinking water, tea and coffee, and for the tea and coffee keeping sweeteners to the minimum.
2) Artificially sweetened sodas don’t appear to be any better than the sugar sweetened variety.
In free living populations they are just as likely to be associated with weight gain. And, of course, they are just as likely to dissolve your bones as the regular sodas.
3) Although some experts will tell that artificial sweeteners are safe, I don’t recommend any of them.
They all have unresolved health issues. And since they don’t appear to prevent obesity, my question is: “Why would you want to use them”. The only non-nutritive sweetener that I recommend is stevia. But if you use stevia sweetened foods or beverages you need to be a careful label reader.
Because stevia has a bit of an aftertaste many foods advertising that they are sweetened with stevia actually contain a combination of stevia and artificial sweeteners.
4) Although much more research in this area is needed, it appears that the kind of sugar you are getting is much less important than the food you are getting it in.
Sugars are a natural component of many healthy foods such as fruits and dairy products, and sugars in these foods are not associated with obesity and other health problems.
Although we don’t know the exact mechanism, it is thought that the protein and fiber in healthy foods slow the absorption of sugars and alter their metabolism.

To Your Health!
Dr. Stephen G Chaney

P.S. I know that many of you will want to ask me about Shaklee’s Cinch products. 
The first question people often ask is: “Doesn’t the product have too much sugar?” 
The answer to that is a clear no. I know that there are a lot of other products out there with less sugar, but they ignore a fundamental metabolic fact that protein will be used to maintain normal blood sugar levels before it will be utilized to build muscle tissue.
By providing more carbohydrate, which can be utilized directly to maintain normal blood glucose levels, Shaklee assures that the protein in their Cinch products is optimally utilized for increasing muscle mass, which is a cornerstone of the Cinch Inch Loss Program.
The second question people often ask is: Doesn’t Cinch contain the wrong kind of sugar?”
If you were paying attention to what I said in today’s tip, there are no good sugars, only good foods. And because of their high protein and fiber content, Cinch products are good foods. The proof, of course, is in the pudding. The clinical studies with Cinch products show that they help people lose weight, reduce “belly fat” and lower blood pressure.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Joint Health Complex Trial Participants Speak

We invited people to try Advanced Joint Health Complex* for just 5 days, and the results were outstanding. 

In this video, trial participants talk about how Advanced Joint Health Complex* made a big difference in a short time in their work and home lives, and in their activity levels.

Participants were given only 10 tablets, enough for 5 days and asked to tell how Joint Health Complex affected them.

Watch this short video to see their results: Joint Health Complex Trial Participants Speak

Joint Health Complex

Watch and share today so you can help others get back to active fast.

Read on about Advanced Joint Health Complex*

Advanced Joint Health Complex* contains a patent-pending, fast-acting form of Boswellia extract, a concentrated form of glucosamine and other key joint nutrients to help bring joint comfort and mobility.

Helps your joints feel better in less than 5 days.
  • Patent-pending, fast-acting form of Boswellia extract: In a clinical study, it has been shown to improve joint comfort in as a few as five days*
  • The most concentrated form of glucosamine. Glucosamine is clinically proven to:

o    Promote mobility
o    Enhance flexibility
o    Improve joint function
o    Support long-term joint health

  • Unique combination of key joint health nutrients: zinc, copper, manganese, and vitamin C – each playing a unique and critical role in building healthy connective collagen and cartilage*
  • Chondroitin-free for better glucosamine absorption
  • 100% shellfish free
  • 100% vegetarian – no animal-derived ingredients
  • Easy open flip-top cap

+The specific form of Boswellia extract used in New Advanced Joint Health Complex* has been shown in a clinical study to improve joint comfort in as few as 5 days.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Eat to Defeat Inflammation

By: Pamela Riggs at Shaklee Health Wise

The first nutrition course I ever took in college changed my life. I was absolutely fascinated to learn what vitamins and minerals were and how important they are for good health.

It was also about that time I finally understood what Hippocrates meant when he said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

Today, that saying is even more important as nutrition science has come a long way since I took that first nutrition course. 

Just think about inflammation, your body’s natural protective response to illness or injury. In fact, a little inflammation under normal circumstances can be a good thing.

When you cut yourself, you want your immune system to respond quickly by sending white blood cells to your wound to fight off infection. But a low-grade persistent state of chronic inflammation is not a good thing. In this circumstance, white blood cells inappropriately move into tissues and cause destruction.

In fact, chronic inflammation has been linked to a whole host of health conditions from type 2 diabetes and arthritis to heart disease, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of certain foods, a healthful diet can help you fight off inflammation, (Regular exercise, not smoking, and losing weight are powerful tools, too.) Start by eating less of the “bad stuff”— fast food burgers, French fries, and sodas, as well as sweets such as cookies, cakes, and pies.

These highly processed foods loaded with fat, sugar, and salt promote inflammation, while eating more of the “good stuff”—yes, more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts—inhibits and protects against inflammation.

Here are some of my favorite anti-inflammatory foods:

Fish and walnuts. Salmon and tuna are great sources of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, as are walnuts. These foods help offset the pro-inflammatory effects of omega-6 fatty acids, which are pervasive in our diet. Omega-6 fats are found in eggs, corn, soy, and safflower oils.

Olive oil. Studies suggest consuming a Mediterranean-style diet—a diet high in plant foods and olive oil—helps decrease joint tenderness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Red wine and dark chocolate. Resveratrol, a phytonutrient found in red wine, has been shown to inhibit inflammation, while the consumption of dark chocolate, something I do almost daily, has been linked to lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation in the body.

Turmeric. Spice up your life. Turmeric, also known as curry, is a traditional spice of Indian cuisine. In a recent pilot study, supplemental turmeric helped reduce joint tenderness and swelling in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Tart cherries. It’s cherry season and according to the latest researchtart cherries may have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food. In a recent study, women with osteoarthritis who drank tart cherry juice twice a day for several weeks experienced a significant reduction in important markers of inflammation.

Eating to fight inflammation could be one of the best things you do for yourself. For your next meal, how about some salmon curry and a glass of red wine, followed by some tart cherries covered in dark chocolate for dessert?


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Natural Alternatives for Health with Dr. Jamie McManus

Dr. Jamie McManusThere are steps you can take every day to protect your joints, and maximize joint function so that you can live a long and active life.
Dr. Jamie McManus discusses natural alternatives for joint health in this informative video, including steps for healthier joints, tips for proper diet and exercise, essential nutrients and supplementation. Remember, Shaklee is here to support you every step of the way. So, get active, and stay well.
Watch and share this today with someone you know.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shaklee Pure Performance Athletes are London Bound

From the Power of Shaklee 7/2012

SwooshWe’re excited to announce that a total of eight Shaklee-powered athletes will be competing in the 2012 Games in London! Shaklee Sports Nutrition™ is powering our elite athletes and fueling their dreams from start to finish, so that they can train longer, recover faster and perform better to make their record-breaking achievements possible.
Shaklee would like to once again congratulate our Pure Performance Team athletes who have qualified for the Games in London this summer, and introduce you to four more members of our team.
Caryn Davies, Rower, is a two-time Games participant who holds both silver and gold medals. Along with her team, Caryn broke the world record in May 2012 in the preliminary heat at the Rowing World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. Always one to push herself, if she ever feels like quitting, Caryn relies on her team. Says Caryn, “Sometimes I realize the ridiculousness of spending hours and hours a day sitting on my butt traveling backwards. But I also know how special it is to have teammates who count on you and care whether or not you show up every morning. That’s what keeps me coming back.”
Eleanor Logan, Rower, took home the gold in Beijing in 2008 and won a silver medal in the pairs competition at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II.
Both Davies and Logan were on the women's eight team that brought home the gold in Beijing in 2008, and they will be defending their gold medals in London in a few weeks! Watch for them on July 29 and August 2.
Corey Cogdell, International Trapshooter, is headed to the Games for a second time, and for Corey, making history is par for the course. At the 2008 Beijing Games, Cogdell became the first American woman to medal in the sport of trap (shotgun) shooting—a mere two years after she began competing in 2006. Corey loves the Cinch® product line and has lost 15 lbs† so far on the program. Cogdell competes on August 4.
Keith Sanderson. Rapid Fire Pistol Shooter, is a U.S. Marine and two-time Games participant whose final score at June’s qualifying competition tied a world record and secured his spot at the London Games. Sanderson’s swift ascent in the sport of men’s rapid fire pistol shooting included a fifth-place finish in the 2008 Games, and culminated in 2009 when he was the top-ranked shooter in the world. A devastating forearm injury in 2010 cost Sanderson his No. 1 ranking, but with the 2012 London Games on the horizon, and a current standing as the No. 3 men’s rapid fire pistol shooter in the world, Sanderson has redemption in his sights. Sanderson competes August 2-3.
Learn more about our Pure PerformanceTeam at Pure Performance Team and at, and be sure to share the excitement with everyone you know.
† Results not typical. In a preliminary clinical study of the Cinch Inch Loss Plan, participants on average lost 15.4 pounds and 6.6 inches over 12 weeks.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Dangers of Kids Eating Laundry Detergent "Pods"

The article below is about the dangers of children eating the laundry detergent "Pods".
These pods are colorful, but extremely toxic.

People say, "Well, you should just keep them up out of the reach of children." But as one mom in the article said her child found one that had fallen on the floor that she didn't know about. It happens.

Besides, if you have a curious climber like my son is, it's hard to keep the little "monkeys" from reaching things high up.

Here is the article. Come back here to learn a healthier and safer alternative:

Rise in Kids Eating Laundry Detergent "Pods" That Look Like Candy

Here is the laundry detergent I use:
Shaklee's Fresh Laundry Fragrance Free Liquid.
Shaklee's Fresh Laundry Fragrance Free Liquid

It is very concentrated, so it saves you money.

It works amazing at getting stains out. Even the "mystery" stains my son and  husband sometimes comes home with.

It's a safe alternative to toxic chemicals. Great for those who have allergies and sensitivities to detergents. 

Even safe for babies' clothes!

It's safe, It's Green & It Works!

Try it and I guarantee you'll love it! And if for some reason you don't, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Have a Happy & Safe 4th of July!

I want to wish everyone a very happy 4th of July.
Please make it a safe one and remember all those service members both present and past who help us keep our Independence.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Shaklee Newsletter

As we celebrate Independence Day and as our summer is rolling at full speed, we find ourselves outside more and engaging in more physical activities.

With these extra activities can come some sore joints and muscles as well as heat related problems like dehydration.

See below for some great articles to help you this July:

  • Meet Cade Vanheel – Was diagnosed at age 3 with arthritis and told would be in a wheel chair by age 10. Now he’s 20 years old, takes no meds, is very active and owns his own successful company helping others get healthier! Watch Cade here: Cade Vanheel

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Wishing you all the best,


From Arthritis to Active - Meet Cade Vanheel

Meet Cade Vanheel – 

Cade was diagnosed at age 3 with arthritis and was told he would be in a wheel chair by age 10. 

Now he’s 20 years old, takes no meds, is very active and owns his own successful company helping others get healthier!

Watch Cade's story here: Cade Vanheel

What I Use to Clean My Oven & Grill

I hate cleaning the oven and the grill, but at least when I finally break down and do it, I have a scouring paste that works so well, is safe to use and it won’t pollute the environment.
It works so well I always end up wondering why I put it off.

Here’s what I use – Scour Off

It’s a paste, so it doesn’t form dust clouds.
It cleans stuck-on messes.
It even cleans burnt-on food in your oven.
And it doesn’t burn your nose hairs off in the process.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Natural ingredients remove the toughest dried-on splatters and spills, burned-on grease, baked-on food, and sticky messes without hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes.
  • Scour Off is made from natural mineral abrasives and biodegradable cleaning agents. It does not contain chlorine, bleach, or dye.
  • Scour Off gently removes stains other cleansers can't and is great for cleaning tubs, ovens, sinks, and tiles.
  • It will even remove rust, and is great for cleaning these surfaces: copper, grout, cement, ceramic, and imitation marble.
  • Wide-mouth jar makes it easy to use.

Did you know?

Some scouring cleansers, tub, tile, and sink cleaners may contain chlorine releasing compounds and may contribute to the formation of organochlorines, a dangerous class of compounds that can cause reproductive, endocrine, and immune system disorders.

Some may also contain phosphoric acid, which is corrosive in high concentrations and is an eye, skin, and respiratory irritant.

Scour Off does not contain these hazardous ingredients.

Clean Credentials
  • Nontoxic
  • Natural abrasives
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Biodegradable surfactants
  • No phosphates

     Surfaces to Avoid

  • Do not use Scour Off to clean glass, mirrors, stainless steel, marble, silver, brass, aluminum, acrylic, pewter, colorized aluminum, formica, inside the toilet tank, and any other brushed, mirror-like, shiny, or soft finishes. If unsure, test in a small inconspicuous area first.

 Here are just some of the ways I use Scour-Off in my home:

  • As an oven cleaner – I use it with a non scratch pad and a little water – an amazing cleaner.
  • Stains on the counter top – lifts them right up.
  • The grill – just like the oven cleaner, it cleans the grill and the grates amazingly fast and rinses easily.
  • Surface rust – Some Scour Off and a little steel wool works better and safer than a SOS pad.

Try Scour Off today. I think you will love it and if you don’t we give you your money back!

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Tips to Help Keep Your Joints Healthy and Active for the Long Run

Without healthy joints, common activities such as bending, sitting, and walking would all be challenging. That’s because joints serve as links between bones that provide stability and control body movement.

Cartilage is an essential component of joints that provides cushioning between bones and helps absorb shock from physical impact. As we age, this protective cushioning breaks down naturally.

Additional factors such as continued physical stress and overexertion can further accelerate the breakdown of cartilage by triggering the release of chemicals that attack cartilage. The result? Joint discomfort and limited mobility.

Did You Know?

Over 28 million Americans have some form of joint-related issue.


For every pound you gain you add four additional pounds of pressure on your knees and six additional pounds of pressure on your hips. These additional pounds can put extra strain on your joints.

Here are just a few tips:

1. Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can place additional strain on your joints. The healthier your weight, the better your joints will feel, and the more mobile they’ll be.

2. Tone up: Strength-training and aerobic activities help reinforce muscles that support joints, so get up and get active.

3. Rest when necessary: Don’t overdo your workouts. If your joints are telling you something, listen.

4. Eat healthy: Include antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, omega-3 fatty acids, and phytonutrients in your diet. Not only are they good for joints, they’re great for overall health.

5. Take your supplements: Supplement your diet with New Advanced Joint Health Complex*, which contains natural ingredients, including Boswellia extract, glucosamine, vitamin C, and other joint-supporting nutrients.*

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By: Barbara Lagoni
A recent study raised serious questions about the safety of osteoporosis drugs:

By TARA PARKER-POPE | May 9, 2012

An X-ray shows a fracture in the femur of a woman who used Fosamax for seven years.

In an unusual move that may prompt millions of women to rethink their use of popular bone-building drugs, the Food and Drug Administration published an analysis that suggested caution about long-term use of the drugs, but fell short of issuing specific recommendations.

The F.D.A. review, published in The New England Journal of Medicine online on Wednesday, was prompted by a growing debate over how long women should continue using the drugs, known as bisphosphonates, which are sold as generic versions of brands like Fosamax and Boniva, as well as Novartis’s Reclast.

The concern is that after years of use, the drugs may in rare cases actually lead to weaker bones in certain women, contributing to “rare but serious adverse events,” including unusual femur fractures, esophageal cancer and osteonecrosis of the jaw, a painful and disfiguring crumbling of the jaw bone.

Although the concerns about the long-term safety of bone drugs are not new, the F.D.A. performed its own systematic review of the effectiveness of bisphosphonates after years of use. The agency’s analysis, which found little if any benefit from the drugs after three to five years of use, may prompt doctors around the country to rethink how they prescribe them.

The F.D.A. review analyzes only long-term use and does not address whether a woman should be prescribed a bone drug in the first place to reduce her fracture risk. Because serious complications are so rare, most doctors believe that for women with documented osteoporosis who are at very high risk for spinal fractures, the benefits of the drugs far outweigh the risks.

However, some women with moderate bone density and no other risk factors continue to take the drugs for years even though they are unlikely to gain any benefits. “I think a lot of people are going to come off this drug,” said Dr. Clifford J. Rosen, an endocrinologist and researcher at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Bones are in a constant state of remodeling, but after age 30 or so, a woman’s bones start to dissolve faster than they can be rebuilt, and after menopause she may develop thin, brittle bones that are easily broken.

Bisphosphonates slow this process. The drugs are incorporated into newly formed bone and can persist there for years, long after a patient stops taking them. The F.D.A. report offered little specific guidance about long-term use, saying that the decision to continue or stop treatment should be based on an individual assessment of risks, benefits and preferences discussed between a patient and her doctor.

The agency did say that women at low risk for fracture or with a bone density near normal may be good candidates to stop therapy after three to five years, but older patients at higher fracture risk and bone density “in the osteoporotic range” may benefit from continued therapy.

But an accompanying article by Dr. Rosen and others, also published in The New England Journal of Medicine, offers more specifics, concluding that the women most likely to benefit from long-term use of the drugs are those who, after three to five years of treatment, continue to have very low bone density, as measured by something called a “T score” that is lower than minus 2.5. Women with a history of spinal fracture or with an existing fracture also are most likely to benefit from long-term use of the drugs, the researchers concluded.

However, many women who are prescribed bone drugs have been given a diagnosis of osteopenia, moderate to low bone density that is not low enough to be called osteoporosis. These women are unlikely to benefit from long-term use and should probably stop taking the drugs after about three years, the researchers said.

It is not clear how many women would be affected based on those recommendations, but many women tire of the therapy and stop taking it on their own anyway, partly because of inconvenient requirements like remaining upright after taking the drugs and common side effects of heartburn, nausea and flulike symptoms. Even so, the researchers estimate that perhaps 60 percent to 70 percent of current users would be candidates for stopping the drugs after three to five years.

The recommendations are based on findings from two industry-sponsored studies led by the University of California, San Francisco, that focused on long-term use of the drugs. A study of Fosamax, which is sold generically as alendronate, continued for 10 years, and a study of Reclast, an injectable form of the drug zoledronic acid, continued for six years. According to the F.D.A. analysis, both studies showed significant reductions in fracture risks during the first three to four years of use but little or no benefit with longer use.

In the Fosamax trial, 10.6 percent of Fosamax users suffered a fracture during the first three years of use, compared with 21 percent of those in the placebo group, according to the F.D.A. analysis. But there was no benefit seen among women who continued the drug for the next 5 to 10 years.

In the Reclast trial, 9.8 percent of women taking the drug suffered a fracture in the first three years of the study, compared with 20 percent of women who were taking a placebo. By four to six years, the benefit had narrowed, with 8.6 percent of Reclast users suffering fractures, compared with 12 percent in the placebo group.

The two studies did not show any increased risk of serious side effects with long-term use of bisphosphonates, but experts say the studies simply were not large enough to detect a relatively rare adverse event. Even so, there have been numerous case reports of the unusual fractures and other side effects, prompting widespread concern about the risks with long-term use.

No one knows how common the femur fractures are, but estimates have ranged from 1 in 10,000 users to 10 in 10,000. Women should be reassured that serious complications are rare, said Dennis M. Black, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at U.C.S.F. and the lead author of the article that accompanied the F.D.A. report.

“The reality is there is a lot of uncertainty in this situation,” Dr. Black said. “The F.D.A. report was very general, and we tried to be much more specific and use evidence from the best trial available. Hopefully people who are using this drug will be reassured.” Dr. Rosen said that even though the F.D.A. report was vague on specific recommendations, he was pleased to see the analysis published.

“It’s a very new thing that they submit a paper to The New England Journal that presents all sides of the argument,” Dr. Rosen said. “I think it’s a good thing, because I’ve been on these advisory committees for years, and we get a big crowd in Washington, but the doctors never see the results.”

A better choice is to address the cause of bone loss in 3 simple steps as recommended by Barbara Lagoni:

First: Supplementation
OsteoMatrix (calcium plus nutrients for the matrix of the bones)
Vita D-3: 1000 IU (take 1 or 2 a day) Vita-D3 not only improves bone density, but studies showing helps lower risk for cancer, alzheimers, depression, heart disease — and more.
Vita Lea Gold: A great multi-vitamin (comes with or without Vitamin K)
Second: Diet
And changing the diet to remove those foods that deplete calcium from the bones (sugar, refined carbs, meat, and especially soda pop).
Third: Weight-bearing exercise

Note: Following the above 3 step advice is crucial for bone health for all women, regardless of their risk factor. Diet, supplementing and exercise are proven to help everyone. This study shows that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to deciding whether to take bone building drugs or not.

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