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Fosomax for Osteoporosis Found to Double Women’s Atrial Fibrillation Risk

April 29, 2008 – 03:10 PM
A new study suggests that women treated with Fosomax to combat the symptoms of osteoporosis are twice as likely to develop a common form of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation than those who have never taken the drug. Atrial fibrillation can lead to heart palpitations, fainting, fatigue or congestive heart failure. Atrial fibrillation is relatively common ailment affecting about one percent of Americans and becomes increasingly common with age, with just under ten percent of those over the age of 80 affected by the ailment. A new study headed by Dr. Susan Heckbert suggests that Fosomax may drastically increase the chances of developing atrial fibrillation.

For her study, Dr. Heckbert and her colleagues from Group Health analyzed 719 women with diagnosed atrial fibrillation that began taking the drug between 2001 and 2004, and 966 women who were the same age but did not have the condition. According to the findings, there was an 86 percent higher risk of newly found atrial fibrillation in those who had used Fosamax compared with those who had never used it.

Of course, in 2006 we learned that taking Fosomax resulted in osteonecrosis of the jaw, “dead jaw,” an an “irreversible condition in which bone tissue dies and fails to regenerate and is often seen in patients who have had dental extractions or implants and oral surgery.”

Way back on November 12, 2001 — over six years ago — Susun Weed,  a woman healer, responding to a question from a woman whose doctor had prescribed Fosomax, wrote:

Sent: Monday, November 12, 2001
Subject: Increase your bone mass naturally – not with Fosomax

The best things I know of for increasing bone mass are (1) yogurt, at least half a cup a day; (2) nourishing herbal infusions of nettle, oatstraw, comfrey leaf, or red clover, at least two cups a day. (I rotate the herbs so I have each one about two times a week.) (3) Elimination of coffee, white sugar, and white flour from your diet (little bits won’t hurt, but not daily use). (4) Increase in the amount of fat in the diet (needed for the processing of minerals).  I have seen women increase their bone mass by 6 points in 6 months by using these three tips.

But I am not so sure that you really have a problem. Bone mass does not correlate with bone breakage!! Bone flexibility is what we want because that is what prevents breaks. Fosomax makes the bones more massive, but more brittle. Yoga, tai chi, and other stretching forms of exercise help women be more flexible. Are you doing this weekly?

Massive bones are not necessarily an indicator of health. Women with high bone mass are four times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer! Women who take calcium supplements are twice as likely to break a bone as women who don’t. Perhaps you are listening to your doctor and doing what your doctor wants but maybe this is not so good for you.

I know this is a lot to think about. You could read my article on Building Better Bones or read lots more about healthy bones in New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way

By the lights of the gods of patriarchal medicine, of course, Weed is the heretic and quack, not them, not the drug companies, all of which dispense these pills full of disease-producing toxins like they are candy.

Heart

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Fosomax for Osteoporosis Found to Double Women’s Atrial Fibrillation Risk

  1. Oral bisphosphonate drugs (Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva) documented side effects:

    bone necrosis, particularly of the jaw, but also

    {…} chronic often incapacitating joint and bone pain, swelling of ankles and feet, muscles cramping, stiffness, and difficulty walking. Of additional concern, many users find the symptoms take a long time to subside after stopping the drug as bisphosphonates have an indefinite half-life of at least 10 years. The amount of drug within the bone accumulates with use and effect of the drug continues once stopped. There is no known method of removing the medication from the bones.[v]

    {…} because their mechanism of action suppresses the bone remodelling process, long term use may result in brittle bones that are prone to fracture.”

    http:// http://www.gilliansanson.com/

    Posted by sis | April 30, 2008, 10:07 pm
  2. I’d like to disown that smiley up there. I think WordPress misread my end bracket.

    I fixed it, Sis. WordPress is going bonkers lately changing and fixing things. Some things are great, like giving everybody that doesn’t have them nice colorful avatars instead of shadowy floating heads in shades of gray. Other things, not so good. — Heart

    Posted by Sis | May 1, 2008, 5:21 am
  3. Not only do you need fat for minerals, you need it to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and you need it to make the hormones that menopausal women supposedly don’t have “enough” of at the change of life. But what gets pushed on women in the name of “health”? Fat-free salad dressing. !!! I do not understand people’s logic. It is as if nutritionists and fitness “experts” are incapable of thinking holistically… oh wait.

    I love Susun Weed, lots and lots.

    Posted by Dana | May 1, 2008, 7:13 am
  4. Has anyone else noticed these problems with drugs directed to men? I don’t remember a single men’s drug to have such deadly side effects, but I can list dozens for wymmyn.

    It’s nothing less than the genocide of our people.

    Posted by Hecate | May 2, 2008, 3:01 am
  5. I love Susun Weed, too! A few years ago, I took an intensive, 9-month course in magical & medicinal herbalism/natural healing/the Wise Woman tradition, and a lot of it was based on Susun Weed’s teachings. It was incredibly empowering for the other women and me to learn how to care for our bodies naturally, to TRUST our bodies and the ancient wisdom inside of us, to partner with the Earth and use, with deep gratitude, the abundance of gifts that She gives us.
    Using herbs – common WEEDS! – is highly effective, cheap or free, and very, very safe once you have a bit of training. It’s absurd that the patriarchal medical industry convinces/forces people to spend obscene amounts of money on dangerous, invasive medicines & procedures that often harm more than help, when almost all of the healing we need is literally right under our noses and feet. Dandelions, for example. So powerful and wonderful, for so many systems of the body. And they are so abundant we could all have as many as we need. But noooo, they are “pests” and doused with chemicals, just as the patriarchal medical establishment would like our bodies to be!

    Heart, funny timing with this post – the day before you posted it, I found and bought the book “Witches, Midwives, and Nurses,” written by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, and published in 1973. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a great book. What’s so maddening is that men killed the women they deemed “witches” NOT because these women had hurt people – they HEALED people, and then this was used against them at their “trials.” An example the authors give is the trial of Jacoba Felicie, in 1322. Her accusers “accused,” “…she would cure her patient of illness or wounds or of external abscesses.” Six witnesses, patients of hers, testified that she had healed them, one going so far as to say Jacoba was a better healer than any man in Paris. The authors point out, “These testimonials were used against her, for the charge was not that she was incompetent, but that – as a woman – she dared to cure at all.” (p. 19)

    Your post made me ache, thinking about how this very same battle – men/patriarchy insisting they know women’s bodies and needs better than we women know ourselves, and discrediting women’s healing wisdom – has been going on for centuries. When will it end?
    At the Take Back the Night march I went to last week, there was a table with free stickers that said simply “TRUST WOMEN.” I want to plaster the world with them.

    Posted by Eeni B. Bella | May 10, 2008, 2:10 pm

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