Bone density or bone strength?

Bisphosphonates are now the most widely marketed and prescribed patented, FDA-approved anti-osteoporosis drugs including Fosamax.

They work by preventing the process by which old bone is removed to make room for new bone. This slows the loss of bone mineral density. This may be useful for the short term. However, they don’t help you to build bone or tissues. The bone density in your report may shows ok but it does not mean your bones are strong. And it does nothing for calcium absorption or balancing the hormones which has a big role in osteoporosis prevention.

However, all drugs have side effects. The bisphosphonates are potentially inhibiting your body’s ability to produce new bones and tissues. Is that good news?

Another common misconception is that osteoporosis is caused by lack of calcium.

When your joints are relax, calcium leave the bones i.e. when you don’t exercise or move your body, calcium will leave your bones, moves to the blood and deposit as hard, nodular swelling, swollen lymph nodes, ulcers on the legs and in the heart.

Many of us don’t have good digestion as we age. Therefore long term calcium supplementation can develop the above problems. It is better to consume calcium from food such as carrots, chickpeas and watercress and improve absorption with the herb Bertram (Hildegard medicine) and other digestive herbs. My tea blend Phytocel is also a rich source of calcium and in addition aids in removing uric acid.

I have treated several cases of joint deterioration such as the knees with just herbs, diet change, nutraceuticals and lifestyle therapies. The patients were able to avoid surgery.



About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website
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