Hi my name is Lara Pizzorno and I wanted to do a testimonial for AlgaeCal because it’s been such a big help to me.
I discovered AlgaeCal because I’m a medical writer and editor of a medical journal and I recently wrote a book on bone health called ‘Love Your Bones’, so I’m constantly looking at the research on bone health and I came across a number of studies that got me interested in AlgaeCal.
I saw 2 laboratory, in vitro, cell cultures studies in which AlgaeCal significantly outperformed the other forms of calcium: calcium carbonate and calcium citrate in bone cells; in osteoblasts.
And then I saw several new studies in which AlgaeCal was very effective in building bone. And so I contacted them and ended up going on AlgaeCal myself. I was real impressed with the research I read, so I started taking AlgaeCal.
Let’s see- it was the summer of 2011. And when I had my next DXA run, my bone density had gone up hugely. My T scores in my spine went from a -1.9 T score to -1.5. Actually it was -1.7 to -1.5 and my femur went from -1.9 to -1.5.
So it was a really huge positive change. And I had been doing everything right for my bones- I know a lot about bone health. And I had been doing all the other things that I know about eating properly; taking all the nutrients and getting lots of weight bearing exercise- and the only thing I changed in my bone building regimen was switching to AlgaeCal as my source of calcium. So I’m sure it’s made a big difference in me.
So after I finished doing this I was thinking about why this form of calcium was so effective for me; why was it doing so much better of a job on the osteoblast cells in the studies, and the women who were using it in the clinical trials? And what I believe is going on is AlgaeCal is not just calcium. It is calcium in the matrix of all the other trace minerals that the sea algae uses to form itself. And the interaction amongst the nutrients is synergistic. And I think there may be trace minerals in AlgaeCal that were missing from my diet- and are probably missing in a lot of peoples’ diets that are in just the right proportions to be effective.
I know it’s been a huge help to me and I will continue to be using it.
I’d also like to add that I had been writing some blogs for AlgaeCal about the scientific research and I’m not doing that anymore- so I’m definitely not being paid to provide this testimonial for AlgaeCal.
I want you to know I’m doing it because I think the product is effective and I hope you’ll give it a try.
Hello, my name’s Lara Pizzorno. I’m the author of “Your Bones” and I’m here to share some information with you that I hope will help you and will encourage you to have healthier bones.
As I mentioned in the last video, I just had my latest DXA run last week. And I have to tell you I was nervous about it because of all that has happened to me since my last DXA was run in 2012 and I haven’t had one done since then.
In August of 2012, my smart car was rear-ended by a person who gunned it to get through a red light as it was changing and my little car was totally destroyed. I was hit so hard that I was thrown under the car in front of me and both the front and back ends were completely crushed. Besides lots of bruising, I broke a tooth, over the next year I had several jaw infections, I lost the tooth, I had to have a dental implant.
In over the next eight months, my back began to hurt and it began to hurt more and more. What was happening, which we didn’t understand yet, was that I was developing a fluid-filled cyst between two of my lumbar vertebrae and until we figured that out, which took more than a year, the pain kept getting worse and worse because the cyst was growing and pressing on nerves coming from my spine.
Finally, when I could no longer sit, or stand, or sleep because of the pain, my doctor referred me to an orthopedic specialist who ran an MRI. In a week later, this was in February of 2014, I had back surgery to remove the cyst and I began to heal. But, I had also suffered damage to my left elbow and my abdominal wall. So, eleven months after the back surgery, just this past January, I underwent more surgery to repair my arm and my abdominal wall.And then four days after that surgery, I caught the flu and I was really sick for more than two weeks.
Ten weeks after all of this, just this past week, I had my most recent DXA run and as I said, I was nervous about it because chronic inflammation triggers the activation of the specialized cells that remove bone; our osteoclasts. So, chronic inflammation promotes bone loss and let me tell you, I’ve had a lot of chronic inflammation these past couple of years.
As I’ve said before, I’m also at genetically very high risk for osteoporosis in great part because I have a vitamin D receptor polymorphism, that I inherited from my family that makes it very hard for me to absorb vitamin D.
Plus, I also have other, vitamin, what they’re called SNPs, single nucleotide polymorphisms. They’re genetic polymorphisms that increase my risk for bone loss. I have a parathyroid hormone polymorphism that translates to my having an overactive parathyroid. So, I’m more likely to produce too much parathyroid hormone and parathyroid hormone in excess promotes bone loss when it is chronically elevated. I have a polymorphism in my body’s production of immune cells. So, I tend to have a stronger and a longer lasting inflammatory response than most people, and thus I have a tendency to be chronically inflamed.
I knew that I was doing everything that I knew how to do to make up for this. I was eating the bone-building diet I talk about in “Your Bones.” I was getting extra weight-bearing exercise as often as I could and I was being very good about taking my Algaecal Plus and the extra vitamin D and extra vitamin K2 that I personally need because of my faulty genetics. But I didn’t know if it would be enough.
I was quite worried, but, in short, yes, my DXA results were just wonderful.
I am now well within the completely normal range. I am not even the tiniest bit osteopenic.
And given all that’s happened to me since my prior DXA, that’s just amazing. As you know, a T-score between 1, +1.0 and -1.0 is what is considered normal or healthy. Well, my T-score is now -0.2 which is well within the healthy range and a huge improvement despite all of the above from what it was in 2012. My Z-score is also better than healthy normal which is 0.
- Mine is 0.6 and my overall age match score is better than perfect. Perfect is 100% and I’m now clocking in at 106%.
- Plus, since 2012, my body fat dropped 3.4% from 26.5% to 23.1%.
I haven’t changed my already healthy diet, I just made a real effort to consume calcium-rich foods along with AlgaeCal Plus to make sure that I’m getting at least 1200 milligrams of calcium every day.
And if you saw the videos in which I explain that AlgaeCal Plus is not just calcium, but contains four different kinds of plant dried calcium plus the other 12 known essential bone supporting minerals that the sea algae use to build its bony structure. Plus vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 and magnesium and vitamin C and boron and if you’ve turned in for any of the videos on other really great things that boron does for our bones, you understand that it really takes a nutrient village to build healthy bones.
A whole team of nutrients that Algaecal Plus supplies for us.
So, that’s my story. Today, despite my unhappy genetics, despite car accidents, and surgeries and living in Seattle where the rain festival runs from September through August, I am the proud possessor of strong, healthy bones.
And my goal in this life is to end osteoporosis. I know it can be done, both from the science and from my personal experience.
I hope you will join together with me, because I know we can do it. And if I can beat osteoporosis, truly, so can you.
Thanks for tuning in and I hope this information was helpful to you.
Increased bone density results are consistent with 3 published studies. Typical bone density increases ranged from 1-4% within 6 months to one year. See studies here. Individual results may vary.