Lara’s Mother’s Day Message

Team AlgaeCal News / May 10, 2019

Lara Pizzorno is our Resident Bone Health Expert and author of the book “Your Bones.” And this Mother’s Day, Lara wanted to share a message with you.

Every woman in Lara Pizzorno’s family, from her great grandmother to her mother, developed osteoporosis and passed away far too early. So when Lara was diagnosed with osteopenia in her early 40’s (well before menopause!), she was determined to do something about it.

Watch the video below to see what Lara did and to hear her message of hope this Mother’s Day 🙂

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This is Lara Pizzorno. This Mother’s Day, I want to join with you to celebrate our ability to safely and naturally create healthy bones — an ability that we share with all the women in our lives: our mothers, daughters, sisters, and the many women whose friendship blesses us.

As Mother’s Day approaches, I have to say I feel sad. I adored my mother. It’s been almost 16 years now since she died, and I still miss her. I miss her every day. If I had only had the knowledge that I now possess when my mother was alive, I could have helped her and I could have prevented the hip fracture that greatly hastened her death.

There is so much needless misery. But the good news is that we don’t have to accept this. I am so grateful to AlgaeCal for the opportunity to share with you, here and on the AlgaeCal Community, the information that I wish I had been able to give my loved ones. It’s too late for me to help them, but I can help you, or your mother, or your daughter, your aunt, or your grandmother, or your father, or your husband. And I am counting on you to pass on what you learn to help others.

I want to celebrate with you, and hope you will join with me in ending osteoporosis. Because, first of all, it’s totally possible. The fact is that you’ve been pre-approved to have healthy bones. You were born pre-programmed to continuously create healthy bones. All you need to do is minimize your exposure to harmful factors that cause chronic inflammation and provide your bones with the necessary ingredients that they have to have to rebuild.

I want to celebrate this Mother’s Day with you because I know we can beat osteoporosis, both from more than 30 years now of reading thousands of papers in peer-reviewed medical literature — an ever-growing source of insight into how our bones work and what they need to maintain health. And I know we can beat osteoporosis because personally, in my own life, I’ve had this experience, and I fully recovered my gloriously healthy bones. I know that the science-based information that I can share can help many women and men not only avoid osteoporosis but enhance their overall health and live longer, more vibrant lives.

Every woman that I know about in my family — from my great-grandmother on down — developed osteoporosis, and this disease took them from us far earlier than necessary. By the time that I was in my early 40s, well before menopause, I was already osteopenic and losing bone like crazy, even though I had a very healthy diet and lifestyle. I was unaware of my genetically inherited susceptibilities that were robbing me of my bones.

Now we can easily test for these and, best news of all, we can correct for them with simple, inexpensive nutritional supplements and other natural therapies. But back then — now remember, we’re talking 30 years ago now — very few people had a clue. I was really lucky. In fact, I believe I was put in just the right place so that I could learn what I needed to know to do this work now. We learned why I was losing bone and what to do, not only to make up for my worst genetic susceptibility, which is that my vitamin D receptors are malformed, so I have great difficulty getting vitamin D to work for me. Learning this first thing began to turn things around for me, and over the next 15 years we figured out how to supply my bones not just with vitamin D, but with everything that everyone’s bones need to rebuild and stay strong.

Today I have great bones, and trust me, I am the poster woman for osteoporosis. It’s as if the universe set me up to figure it out or die. So, I can assure you that if I was able to beat osteoporosis, and I have, anyone can do so. Not only do I have most all of the common risk factors for osteoporosis — I am small, lightweight and caucasian — as I mentioned, I inherited a vitamin D receptor that doesn’t work well. Mine really doesn’t work well. There are four single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, that affect how our vitamin D receptors work, and I have the worst version of all four of them. So I have a really hard time absorbing and using vitamin D. Plus I wasn’t consuming enough calcium, or magnesium or boron, or other key trace minerals, or vitamin C or vitamin A. Back then we didn’t even know about vitamin K2, which I certainly was also not getting.

I could go on and on and on about my personal lousy genetics, but the point of my sharing all this information with you is to encourage you and to let you know that I have dealt with many of the possible reasons why you might be losing bone. And more importantly, I understand how to fix them. You will certainly have your own personal reasons that explain why you’ve been losing too much bone or are at risk for this, and we may share some, but yours will most likely not be the same as mine.

The real takeaway here is that the reasons we lose too much bone — so many of which I learned about from my personal experience — are correctable, and with access to good information you can determine what’s causing your bone loss and you can fix it.

If I can beat this, and I have, so can you! You can have strong, healthy bones for life! This Mother’s Day, let’s join together, okay? Let’s celebrate our courage and our strength and our birthright to have healthy bones, and together let’s end osteoporosis. I wish you the happiest of Mother’s Days and I hope to tune in with you again soon. Bye.

Comments
Patsy Baker
Patsy Baker

I am 91 1/2, doctored with an arthritis doctor for 25 years, bone density every year, had infusion for several years and then suddenly he took me off of it with no sound reason. That’s when I went on AlgaeCal for a year. I decided at 91, I was too old to benefit from it. I have had two MRI’s and haven’t found a doctor who feels there is any help for me. I have

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Patsy,

Thank you so much for reaching out, and for sharing your story.

Patsy, it’s never too late to benefit from AlgaeCal! We would love to share with you Mildred’s story. She was 88 years old when starting AlgaeCal and has experienced incredible results. You can hear her story and see her DEXA scan results here.

Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you have any questions 🙂

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Mary McAllister
Mary McAllister

I was on BHRT from age 52 to about age 62 and then went off, as the experts recommend being on BHRT for the shortest amount of time. During that time, I was always osteopenia. Now, my DEXA shows I have advanced to ostoporosis. I have also started reading the AlgaeCal blog and I see lots of info in the comments about BHRT. I am 66 now,
My question to Lara, Is why do you feel that it is healthy to remain on BHRT for life?

Lara Pizzorno
Lara Pizzorno

Hi Mary,

BHRT simply provides the same, health-supporting hormones our bodies naturally produce for us and just did so in far greater amounts before menopause. Even after menopause, we continue to produce small amounts of estrogens and progesterone despite our loss of ovarian production of these hormones. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14623515 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29111782

We also produce DHEA throughout our lives, although the amount produced drops off significantly, not due to menopause but simply as we age. All these hormones support the health of our brains, bones and cardiovascular system – also greatly lessen our increased susceptibility to inflammation and help us retain healthy skin elasticity and sex drive.

When we are appropriately tested to determine the precise dosages needed and we are appropriately monitored with follow-up testing the first 6 months and then annually, to confirm that we are metabolizing our estrogens into safe, protective compounds, BHRT is extremely beneficial and quite safe.
Furthermore, if anything is seen that suggests any potential for harm, changes can easily and quickly be made to improve estrogen metabolism and ensure only safe derivatives are produced.

Some “experts” may assert BHRT should be looked at like conventional HRT, so women should be on it for the shortest amount of time, but (1) these same experts do not suggest that men not use testosterone replacement (all of which is bio-identical, unlike hormone replacement for women for whom the conventional approach is NOT bio-identical and in my educated opinion, should not be used by anyone for any amount of time!) (2) The expert I respect most in this area, Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD, the true “father” of BHRT, does not think women of any age should be denied BHRT – when properly prescribed and monitored. His vibrant and beautiful wife is now close to 80 and remains on BHRT.

I have been on BHRT under Dr. Wright’s direction since age 50; I am now 71 and will remain on BHRT for the remainder of my life, which I hope will continue for another 30+ years! You, however, must make the choices you feel are best for you. If your doctor is not familiar in this area, and you wish to consider going back on BHRT, I suggest that you contact Dr. Wright’s office, the Tahoma Clinic, and request a referral to one of the now 1,000s of physicians he has trained over the last 50 years. Unfortunately, I don’t think Dr. Wright is taking new patients now, but you could certainly ask. Dr. Wright is, by far, the most competent expert in this field in the world. Here’s a link to Tahoma Clinic.

Hope this helps, do keep me posted,

Lara

Michele Raviva
Michele Raviva

I am a diabetic and also suffer from IBS. I am taking Caltrate gummies because my stomach cannot absorb regular calcium. I have osteoporosis. Can I take Algae Cal?

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Hi Michele,

Thank you for reaching out!

For specific medical conditions, we recommend checking in with your doctor to see if AlgaeCal is right for you. We have a handy info sheet you can share with your doctor here.

Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-820-0184 if you’d like more information!

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Elaine Lamia
Elaine Lamia

Please don’t push BHRT as cancer survivor who took compounded BHRT, we are told not to take it anymore. My Lympheda physical therapist is now going through menapouse and she will not take it either because of all the cancer patient she treats. She doesn’t want to take any chances.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Elaine,

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. We do our best to provide as much information as possible for women and men to make informed choices about their health! It’s always important to work with your doctor and choose the path that’s best suited to your needs and medical history.

If you have any questions or feedback please call us at 1-800-820-0184!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Resurreccion Alolod
Resurreccion Alolod

Dear Lara,
Thank you for sharing this information on osteophorosis. I will share this information with my family and friends so that they will have strong bones.

Gloria Armstrong
Gloria Armstrong

You also do the BHRT correct. I am nervous to do that. Aren’t there a lot of side effects to those especially if not done right?
Also is low back pain a symptom of osteoporosis? My back seems to be somewhat better now after taking algae cal for almost a year but not my lower back???
Thank you
Gloria Armstrong

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Gloria,

Yes, Lara has shared that she has been on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) longterm, and does annual testing to ensure her dosages of bi-est and progesterone are correct for her! For information on BHRT, she suggests reading Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD’s most recent book on the topic, Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement. This book provides an easily understandable, and surprisingly entertaining review of virtually all the major studies done over the last 40+ years! For more information on BHRT by Lara check out the natural menopause treatment options list in this post.

Gloria, symptoms of bone loss can include aching muscles or bone pain, however, it would be a great idea to work with your doctor to determine if this is the cause of your pain — or perhaps something else.

If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] or call our Bone Health Consultants at 1-800-820-0184!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Pat C
Pat C

My family genetics also dictated past generations of osteoporosis. I have it too. I have always been very active, small boned, early menopause, great diet. My vitamin D blood level is fine. Does that mean I am absorbing it or is it not necessarily going to where it should be?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Good question, Pat. If your vitamin D blood level is in the optimal range then it sounds like your body is absorbing this essential nutrient for stronger bones. Of course, it’s always important to discuss your results with your doctor to make sure you’re on the right track!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Evelyn Novak
Evelyn Novak

Dear Lara,
Thank you for all the good information you shared with us. I am forwarding this email to my two daughters, so they have the knowledge you have shared with us keeping our bones strong. Happy Mother’s Day.
Evelyn Novak

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

That’s wonderful, Evelyn! Thank you for sharing. ❤️

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

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