Lara Pizzorno Shares Her Personal Story

Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / April 18, 2015

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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 DEXA 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!)

Author: Lara Pizzorno, MDIV, MA, LMT

Comments
John Asadourian
John Asadourian

Hi Lara and the folks at AlgaeCal. I’ve been hunting for information to help remineralize my teeth. The average dentist would say bone loss is irreversible. To me that speaks of a level of research and simply means to persevere in my search for info. I’ve learned over the years about genetic mutations and have found a practitioner who through saliva, hair, and urine creates a profile to determine ones biological bent if you will, and how to supplement but Lara is the first person I’ve heard speak out on how to remineralize one’s bones taking these factors into account. Can you share with me your source for genetic testing to determine the important pathways for metabolizing bone so I can learn my individual profile and understand if I need more K, certain B vitamins, and or A from fish oil, etc.? Congratulations to you folks on finding ways for putting so much of this info together and for creating a wonderful product.
John

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi John,

Thank you for reaching out to us and for your kind words! It’s so great to hear that you’ve been doing your own research. For genetic testing, we recommend a company called Genova Diagnostics. You can learn more about them here.

Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any further questions 😊

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

John
John

Thanks Blaire

jasmin tecson
jasmin tecson

Hi Lara and Jenna,

I have been taking algae cal 2 cap per day from march 1, 2018 to may 30 2019 my bome density dexascan show no improvement.
Due to chemotheraphy and was diagnosed since 2006 with osteoporosis.
What should I take to reverse my osteoporosis.
Should I take algae cal plus and strontium boost How long should I take to show improvement of bone density. Do I need to take vit K
Pls. help thank you

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

We’re so sorry to hear you didn’t get the results you were expecting, Jasmin. We recommend taking the clinical dose of AlgaeCal Plus (4 capsules) and Strontium Boost (2 capsules) daily to increase your bone mineral density — this dose showed measurable results on a DEXA scan in as little as 6 months time in our human clinical studies.

Our Bone Health Consultants would love to further assist you along your bone health journey, so please email us at [email protected] or call 1-800-820-0184 with any questions or concerns. ❤️

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Becky
Becky

Lara –
What is your take on osteoloading? Specifically using OsteoStrong machines for bone health and strength.
Thanks!

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Becky,

The idea proposed by OsteoStrong sounds good – the evidence is sorely lacking. I could not find either of the 2 studies (2009 or 2015) referred to on the website. Jaquish has no published articles of any kind on PubMed, so these 2 papers have been published in journals that do not require peer-review and in which publication can simply be purchased. I could not access either paper in full, so could not evaluate the “research.”

OsteoStrong’s assertion that other weight-bearing exercise cannot improve bone mineral density and resistance to fracture is not true. Many studies have conclusively shown otherwise. And to suggest that exercise alone can do the job is also definitely not true – read dozens of papers on this and posted an article on it – here’s a link: https://www.algaecal.com/exercises/ (Actually my post is now part of a longer one on AlgaeCal on exercise – it’s about a third of the way down. Includes most, but not all I wrote in my original article. If you want to see that, I can send you a pdf if you can send in an email to AlgaeCal requesting this, and they will forward it on to me.)

Lastly, I looked at their “Franchise” requirements – no medical training (no PT or exercise training of any kind) is needed to own and run an OsteoStrong franchise. Just good salesmanship. That really did not impress me.

IF the OsteoStrong program is not expensive, you could give it a try and see what you think. The equipment looks like it can be safely calibrated to not cause injury, and it may be helpful.

If you try it, do let me know if you think it could be helpful. I’d be delighted to be able to confidently recommend another exercise option for us, but at this point, cannot recommend OsteoStrong.

Lara

Jane C. Lane
Jane C. Lane

Dear Lara. I need Help. Now 80 years. Thirty months ago, hurrying down my split entry carpeted stairs I slid.Left leg hit the wall. Broke, shattered the femur. large steel plate with 12 screws after surgery.7 days hospital, 73 Rehab, Therapy. 9/12/2018 Bone mineral density of the 33% right radius T-Score of -5.1. I can’t have the plate removed. Risk of re fracturing.Now talking at least 5,000 steps a day. Wearing a woman’s weight vest part of the day. DVD Mobility and Bone Strengthening for Beginners. I just bought “Your Bones” would takja AlgaeCal. Mother died of a stroke. Thought calcium other than by food could calcify the arteries. Not sure about Strontium because of the metal. Please help. I don’t take medicine. Follow your nutrition plan. Take 5,000 Vit D3. 5mg K2 4. Magnesium. Extremely healthy shakes, sesame, chia, millet, Maca, Cache Milk etc. I want to strengthen my bones. Willing to pay the price. Thank you for all your help. Jane

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Jane,

We’re so glad you’ve found AlgaeCal and are choosing the natural approach to stronger bones. Here are some articles I think will be helpful for you:
Why You Need Plant-Based Calcium (& How To Get It)
Strontium Side Effects are Overblown – Get the Facts by Lara Pizzorno
Pilates for Osteoporosis with Lara Pizzorno

If you have any questions our Bone Health Consultants are always here to help — you can call 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected]. ❤️

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Jane, SO glad you found AlgaeCal! The reason that calcium taken by itself or just with vitamin D can increase risk of vascular calcification is that vitamin K2 must also be provided. Vitamin D is required for our active absorption of calcium; it does nothing to regulate where that calcium goes in the body! That is the job of K2, which activates the proteins — osteocalcin, which delivers calcium to our bones, and matrix Gla protein, which prevents calcium from depositing in our blood vessels –and other soft tissues, like our kidneys, breasts and brain. The form of K2 you mention above (MK-4) is far less effective than the form of K2 in AlgaeCal Plus (MK-7). In the research conducted using MK-4, doses of 15 milligrams taken every 6-8 hours were required for benefit. This is because of how our bodies handle MK-4 — it gets put into triglycerides and cleared from the body within 6-8 hours. In contrast, the dose required for MK-7 is just 100 – 360 micrograms daily. 100 mcg is sufficient for most people, but in the research on individuals with cardiovascular and kidney disease, and postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, 360 mcg was used — with NO problems because K2 is so safe that no upper limit has even been set for it. MK-7 is put into cholesterol, so it remains in the body for about a week. When you are taking it every day, you build up a reserve of K2 that is always available for you. Please stop taking MK-4 and switch to MK-7. AlgaeCal Plus contains ~100 mcg of MK-7 for these reasons. It also provides you with sufficient magnesium (360 mg) to properly balance the amount of calcium (720 mg) it contains. Optimal balance between calcium and magnesium is 2:1. You need at least 1,200 mg of calcium daily, so from your diet, you want to be getting an additional 480 mg of calcium and 240 mg of magnesium. In addition, current recommendations for us older folks are 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. Make sure you’re getting enough protein! If you have not had your blood levels of vitamin D checked (a blood test that checks for 25(OH)D levels), please do so! Optimal level is between 50-80 ng/mL. And if you have not already joined the AlgaeCal Community on Facebook, please do so. Much information and support is available for you there — and you can contact me there as well. Keep me posted on how you are doing!

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Forgot to say that strontium will not affect your metal bone implant — no worries!

Diane
Diane

Dear Lara,
I currently am taking all of the right nutrients for bones plus strontium and am considering the Algae Cal products. Can you tell me your opinion on enjoying 2 glasses of wine with dinner. I have osteoporosis recent dexa of -2.7 lumbar spine. It has not gotten a lot worse but I sure would like for improvements. It was worse other years so slight improvement.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Diane,

Good to hear you’re on track with getting the right nutrition for your bones! Research shows that alcohol is actually good for bone health… In moderation of course! Red wine, in particular, has been identified to be beneficial to bone health in women. You can learn more on our diet and nutrition page for osteoporosis here.

And if you’re interested in learning how AlgaeCal can help you reclaim your bone health please feel free to call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184 ❤️

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Wendy Fielding
Wendy Fielding

Hi Lara, I wrote to you some years ago and since then have been taking the Strontium/Calcium combo.
I wrote re hot flushes which I had for 10 years half hourly until I was a wreck. I tried every natural alternative there is and also looked at BHRT. In the end I had to succumb to HRT patches, the only thing that stopped them. Tho not happy using this. I now have to take Primolut Nor and than utrogestane due to thickening of the uterus lining, My Gynaecologist has suggested Duaviv as a better alternative and I wanted to check this out with you as you gave me such good advice before, many thanks [so wish I could come off all these drugs]

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Wendy,

Did you work with a physician trained in the use of BHRT? If not, or even if you did back then, the doctor you used may not have been sufficiently competent. My best suggestion to you is to locate someone in your area who has been trained by Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD and get help switching to BHRT (you may be able to get a referral from Meridian Valley Labs to such a doctor as MVL uses the 24 Hour Urine Comprehensive Hormone labs that Dr. Wright recommends both to initially prescribe and then to monitor BHRT).

Your outcome here is sadly all too typical. You were prescribed HRT rather than BHRT and now are being prescribed more drugs (which have more serious adverse effects [ADRs]) to try to manage the ADRs of the HRT.

Duavee (bazedoxifene) is an estrogen agonist/antagonist that is prescribed to reduce the risk of endometrial hyperplasia (uterine thickening), which increases risk of uterine cancer, and in your case was caused by the HRT patches. So, now your doctor is telling you to take another drug to deal with the ADRs caused by the HRT.

Primolut Nor (Norethisterone) is a progestin (a synthetic progestogen, created to produce some actions similar to progesterone, including binding to the progesterone receptor) – but it is NOT progesterone and has many ADRs including headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, mood changes, acne and more.

Duavee is not a terrific alternative! It increases your risk of stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and gallbladder disease, and may increase risk of dementia and breast cancer. Commonly seen ADRs in the women using this drug in studies were muscle spasms, nausea, diarrhea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain upper, oropharyngeal pain, dizziness, and neck pain. These are unpleasant enough, but because of its potential really serious ADRs, physicians are cautioned to prescribe Duavee for the shortest possible time. https://www.pfizerpro.com/product/duavee/hcp

My best advice to you is to NOT continue down this pathway to more ADRs for which you will be prescribed more drugs that then cause more ADRs!

PLEASE look into BHRT. Find someone who can help you make the transition and clean up the HRT mess. Don’t add to it!

To get a deeper understanding of what’s going on with you and what you need to do to restore your healthful function and protect yourself, I urge you to read Dr. Wright’s recent book (which was given a dreadful title but is an excellent resource) Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Stay-Young-Bio-Identical-Hormone-Replacement-ebook/dp/B0044KLQLE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1530836896&sr=8-4&keywords=Dr%2C+Jonathan+Wright

Personally, I have been on BHRT for almost 20 years now. NO ADRs (just lots of very beneficial effects on my bones, skin quality, brain, cardiovascular system, energy level and sex life). Unlike HRT and the drugs they now want you to add to deal with its ADRs, BHRT is safe and effective.

I so hope this helps you and that you will keep me posted. If I can be of further assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

BE WELL,
Lara

Ann
Ann

I am a bit confused on the Vitamin K-2 to Vitamin D3 ratio. I take Algaecal Plus so I get 1600 iu’s of D3 and I supplement with 3,000 iu’s for a total of 4600 per day. I get 100 mcg of K-2 from the Algaecal Plus. Do I take additional 400-500 K-2 daily? That seems to be the advice from my research but I am a bit leery. Please help! Thank you.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Ann,

We’re glad you reached out! For an additional 3000 IU of vitamin D3 we would recommend an additional 120 mcg of vitamin K2. This is enough to transport the calcium where it needs to go… Directly into your bones 🙂 To make things easier, some of our customers prefer to purchase vitamin D3 & K2 combination supplements which you should be able to find at your local health food store or online.

If you have any other questions feel free to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hello Patti,

Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out & explain your situation! I have sent you a direct email with Lara’s response to your questions from [email protected]. Sometimes our emails are sorted into a junk or spam folder in error, so be sure to check these as well.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

DONNA M POMPILLIO
DONNA M POMPILLIO

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO CONTACT YOU FOR ADVICE, CONSULTATION. i AM 23 YEARS POST BARIATRIC, 68 YEARS OLD AND WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOPOROSIS. I AM TRYING TO COME TO TERMS TO THE MOST APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AT THIS TIME. IS THERE A WAY TO CONTACT YOU? THANK YOU.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Donna,

We apologize if you have had some trouble reaching us! AlgaeCal is the only calcium supplement clinically proven to increase bone density & can absolutely help to turn around your bone health.

Donna, our Bone Health Consultants would be happy to answer any questions you have about your bone health and AlgaeCal! Please call our toll free number at 1-800-820-0184 or email [email protected]. Our operating hours are Mon-Fri 6:00am-4:00pm PST, Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm and Sun 8:00am-2:00pm PST.

We look forward to hearing from you!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

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

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