Algaecal / June 7, 2013

Lorraine Was Diagnosed with Osteoporosis at Age 41…She’s Now 81


I am three months short of my 81st birthday.

When I was forty one I was diagnosed with osteopenia and osteoporosis. My chiropractor warned me to do everything to avoid falling because I would surely break a bone. Since then, I have broken many bones, mainly in my feet, ankle, wrist and discs in my spine. My height shrank from 5’8” to 5’3.”

In 1972, I learned of medications and asked my doctor to prescribe it for me. He was not in favor, informing me that while medication would increase my bone density, the bone it would build would be inferior and subject to breakage. I persisted and so he filled out my first prescription for medications. I did not stay on it very long. There have been many very bad side affects attributed to medications and these continue with the range of bisphosphonates.

In 2005, I moved to Virginia. In 2011, I had a new Personal Care Physician. Following my bone density scan that year, my new MD registered serious concern about the fragility of my bones. She sent me to a doctor specializing in Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. This specialist prescribed a bisphoshonate. I had read up a great deal about bisphosphonates and [looked into] something new called AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium. I had brought her information on these two latter supplements I wanted to try. She was totally disinterested in what I brought and sounded a dire alarm that, unless I followed her advise and had her prescription filled, I would certainly end up crippled. I thanked her and left and never filled the prescription.

I ordered AlgaeCal Plus and Strontium. My M.D. could not prescribe it for a host of reasons: it came from Canada, was not approved in her practice and was in the category of alternative medicine. MD’s prescribe within the range of pharmaceutical medicines. I like this doctor. She did not insist on my taking the pharmaceuticals for Osteoporosis but did not stand in the way of my taking AlgaeCal.

Six months after starting AlgaeCal, it happened to be time for my 2-yr bone density scan. WITH MY RESULTS IN HAND, MY DOCTOR OPENED THE DOOR TO MY EXAMINING ROOM WITH A BIG SMILE ON HER FACE. “GOOD NEWS!’ SHE SAID. YOUR BONE DENSITY HAS IMPROVED 9%. She wrote on the results she handed me, “CONTINUE DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING.” Well, I think that’s not a “prescription” but it’s certainly an endorsement!

She still cannot “prescribe” AlgaeCal for me. Such is the state of the writing of prescriptions. Pharmaceuticals, after all, play a major role in the education of our MD’s in our Medical Schools. For every illness there is a pharmaceutical pill.

I now have to wait until 2015 for another bone density test. I have great confidence that, come 2015, I will be out of Osteoporosis and will have graduated into Osteopenia.

In the meantime, I enlist the help of team members “Good Diet” and “Exercise.” And I highly recommend the reading of Lara Pizzorno’s book, Your Bones. That’s where I discovered AlgaeCal and Strontium.


Lorraine Boucher DEXA Scans