Lara Pizzorno Shares Her Personal Story

Algaecal / Bone Healthy Living / April 18, 2015

Why Bone Quality is More Important For Those with Osteopenia

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health.

In this 3 part video series, Lara reveals her personal story, what she learnt from being diagnosed (video 2) and her latest DXA scan results (video 3) . Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and see you in the comments below.  🙂


Hello, my name is Lara Pizzorno. I’m the author of “Your Bones” and I am here to share information with you that I hope will help you to have healthier bones.

A number of people wrote in and asked about my personal story.

Why was I passionate about this?

Why did I write “Your Bones”?

In this series of videos, I am sharing with you my personal life experience and what got me interested into this.

I know the information I present in “Your Bones” and share with you here on AlgaeCal’s website can help you. Not only avoid osteoporosis, but reverse it and maintain a healthy, strong and erect skeleton.

I know this because for 30 years, I have read and continue to read everyday the breaking research in the peer-reviewed medical literature about the latest scientific discoveries on bone remodeling and bone health.

I also know it deep down at the most personal level. I know it because of what happened to all the generations of women in my family and to me personally.

Every woman I know about in my family from my great grandmother on down, developed osteoporosis and this disease took them from us much earlier than was necessary.

By the time I was in my early 40’s, well before menopause, I was increasingly osteopenic even though I had a very healthy diet and lifestyle. I was still unaware of some genetically inherited risks that were robbing me of my bones.

Now we can easily test for these and the best news of all, we can correct for them with simple inexpensive nutritional supplements and other natural therapies. I was very lucky. My husband, Dr. Joe Pizzorno, is the founding president of the world’s more highly respected and fully federally accredited university of natural medicine. It’s called Bastyr University and it’s in Seattle, Washington where we live. For more than 40 years, he has been a key leader in the development of science-based natural and integrative medicine worldwide.

So back almost 26 years ago now, we knew the physician researchers who were on the cutting edge of genetic testing development and we had access to these tests when they first became available.

We learned why I was losing bone and what to do.

To not only to make up for my primary genetic susceptibilities, which began to turn things around for me, but over the next 15 years,

we figured out how to supply my bones with everything that everyone’s bones, not just mine but everybody’s bones, need to rebuild and stay strong.

Today I have great bones and trust me, I am the poster child for osteoporosis. My genetics have given me so many things that increase my susceptibility to bones loss, it’s as if the universe set me up to figure it out or die and if I was able to beat osteoporosis, I promise that any one can.

Not only do I have most all of the common risk factors for osteoporosis,

  • I’m small,
  • I’m light weight,
  • I’m Caucasian,
  • I inherited a Vitamin D receptor that doesn’t work very well. So I have a very hard time absorbing vitamin D.
  • Plus I live in Seattle where the rain festival runs from October thru September
  • and my stomach used to be antsy.

We found out that I, like 50% of the people in the US or maybe even more, had an infection with Helicobacter Pylori. This is a widespread bacterium which, if the infection is bad enough, causes ulcers, but if it’s not as severe, it just causes frequent bloating, indigestion, and disrupts our ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium.

Plus I wasn’t consuming enough calcium or magnesium or boron or trace minerals or vitamin C and I could go on and on. Back then, we didn’t know enough about vitamin K2, which I certainly also was not getting. Plus later we found out that I don’t activate some of the B vitamins very well and it’s only in their active forms that the B vitamins do their work for us. Nor does my body do even a mediocre job of converting beta keratin into vitamin A. I could go on and on, trust me.

The point of sharing all of this with you is to encourage you. You will certainly have your own personal reasons why you have been losing too much bone or are at risk for bone loss. They will likely not be the same as mine. Your bones contain several hundred pages worth of reasons we can lose too much bone. You can determine what’s causing your bone loss and you can fix it. If I can beat this, so can you.

You too can have strong healthy bones for your entire life.

It still makes me very sad to know that if I only had the knowledge that I have now when my grandmother, mother, and my very dear Aunt Gert, were still alive, I could have helped them. I could have helped them prevent the hip fractures which greatly hastened their deaths, but now I will be the first woman in my family in all the generations I know about not to die an osteoporosis related death. Loss of my grandmother, aunt, mother to osteoporosis, all of those were needless misery and we don’t have to accept this.

“Your Bones” and the information that AlgaeCal makes it possible for me to share with you now, is what I so wish I could have given to my loved ones. It’s too late for me to help them, but I can help you or your mother or your grandmother or your husband or your father.

In our next video (video 2), I’ll share with you what I personally had to learn to beat osteoporosis.

Thanks for tuning in.

To go ahead and watch video 3, you can do so here:

Video 3: Lara Reveals Her Latest DEXA Results (& They’re Pretty Amazing!)

Patti Harrison
Patti Harrison

I purchased your book on bones and you made mention of an Osteo Mins product by Dr. Jonathan Wright. Are you aware that one reviewer on Amazon who lives in the state of California stated that there was a WARNING: “This product contains lead, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” She further stated that “This is something everyone should be aware of, not just the lucky residents of California. Why does amazon not post a similar warning?”

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Patti,

(1) I am contacting Dr. Wright on this

(2) OsteoMins product was mentioned [as one possible supplement among others] because Dr. Wright was my co-author on the first edition of Your Bones.

He was listed as co-author because he kindly linked me up with Praktikos (the publisher) and contributed two items to the book: the 2-page discussion of patent medicines, appears on pg. 12-13 in 2nd edition, and (2) the hormone tests that I discuss in the Labs appendix were developed by Dr. Wright and are, I believe, the most comprehensive, accurate and useful of all such testing available. Dr. Wright is one of the world’s pre-eminent physicians, certainly the leading authority on BHRT. While he did not make changes to my book, he did read through it all for me (a stellar peer-review!) and found no errors – very kind of him to take the time to do so!

(3) MANY natural products contain tiny amounts of lead! I’m not sure how much lead is present in OsteoMins – again, asking Jonathan (Dr. W) about this and will let you know what he says.

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Patti,

I reached out to Dr. Wright, here is his response:

“This is a California specific requirement due to a law regarding lead in supplements. The FDA has mandated safe limits for lead (lead is naturally-occurring and present in many supplements, especially those containing calcium and magnesium – though at very low levels).

While the FDA has established safe levels, the state of California has established a limit of 1/50 of the FDA levels which requires a warning to consumers (Proposition 65 – or Prop 65). Effectively like the Feds saying the safe speed limit on I-5 is 65 MPH, and California saying “we think that limit is 1.3 MPH”…

We were caught up in this a few years ago and ended up with a compromise to appease them. Instead of putting that warning on all bottles, we have a warning on our website and on invoices for California customers (only California) with the required warning.

You can be assured that ALL of our products are manufactured well within the FDA established limits.

Hope that helps.”

Patricia C Harrison
Patricia C Harrison

Thank you, Lara, for clarifying this for me.
You are so very thorough. I appreciate your time to reach out to Dr. Wright and getting this answer.

Patti Harrison



Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

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