Hi, my name is Jean McLean, and I’m 78 years old, and I live in Burnaby, BC. I started doing bone density scans approximately 20 years ago . I will be reporting the percentages in my talk, and my T and Z scores in my write up.
I have no results in my files previous to April 2005. However in 2005 the bone density had remained stable from previous tests as early as 1995 as osteopenia. I have been taking good quality calcium pills from health food stores for a number of years prior to and continued to do so.
Then, in October of 2006, my system went into overdrive, and I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. in April of 2007, I had my bone density scan done. The loss being lumbar 8%, femur 4%. In only two years that is a substantial loss. Especially since I had been taking calcium pills for years.
Needless to say, I almost panicked. So I googled for answers. I came across AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost. I ordered both immediately, and started taking them as soon as they arrived. 2 AlgaeCal plus in the morning, and 2 at dinner time, and 3 Strontium at bedtime.
I was anxious to see the results so my doctor, who was very supportive was instrumental in obtaining a scan within a year. So in April of 2008, the gains in lumbar were 11.9% and femur 8.9%. I was ecstatic. Up until the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism in 2005 I had been a vegetarian, and used minimal dairy for approximately 20 years. However, I went back to eating meat and fish as I required more protein than I was getting from a vegetarian diet. And also due to allergies and sensitivities to dairy, I have now stopped using all dairy products.
My next scan was in 2010, and the gain in the lumbar was 6% and the femur was 5%. In April of 2013, 3 years later as my medical plan no longer pays for scans every 2 years, please note that this is a new and different machine, so percentages were unavailable for a comparison. However, the gain in lumbar was approximately 6-8% and the femur 4-6%. The next scans were in march of 2016. The gain in lumbar was 8% and the femur was 6%. I had continued taking 4 AlgaeCal Plus daily and 3 strontium, as I’ve been concentrating on building jaw bone, because of bone loss due to a tooth infection.
Approximately 6 years ago, I had an infection in the bottom front tooth, this one right here! Still there. Which had festered for many months due to poor dental care by specialists… Yes, specialists. The jaw bone under the tooth was non-existent at that point, and the tooth was extremely wobbly. The procedure to remove, clean up the infection, and replace the tooth was going to be extremely painful, and very costly as I have all my teeth capped.
So I opted for a root canal, which I was advised against, and a couple of antibiotic prescriptions. Then, a daily oil pulling for couple of years to clean up the infection, and then a completion of the root canal. I had the tooth checked every 6 months by my endodontist until august of 2016. The x-ray showed that the bone had been developing nicely, and the tooth is almost stationary.
I continued to take 4 AlgaeCal and 3 Strontium daily, as I want my t-scores to be in the plus range. I am very pleased with my bone density and I definitely committed to AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost. Also a BIG thank you to Dean and company for developing such amazing products. I do hope that my testimonial inspires you to give AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium Boost a try, as you will definitely see changes in your DEXA scan.
For those interested in my T and Z scores, please read my write up. The comparison from 2007 to 2016 is truly amazing. Those wondering what T and Z scores means, T is comparison with 20-30 year olds, and Z is a comparison with peers.
Thank you for you time and best wishes to successful DEXA scores!
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.