Category Archives: Bone Health

Bone Health – Prevent Osteoporosis By Easing Inflammation

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP One factor that’s often overlooked in the prevention of osteoporosis is reducing chronic inflammation. It’s important to take a look at this, because inflammation can interfere with your own body’s natural ability to repair bone mass. Over time, this leads to brittle bones that are common in osteoporosis. You have […]

Vitamin D — The New Giant For Bone Health And Overall Disease Prevention

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP New research is revealing connections between vitamin D deficiency and a myriad of health concerns, including cancer, depression, osteoporosis, immune dysfunction, diabetes, heart disease, and more. In fact, mounting research documents the impressive degree of disease prevention that can be obtained from higher vitamin D blood levels. Thankfully, more and […]

Osteopenia And Osteoporosis: A Quick Overview

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Osteoporosis is a progressive condition where more bone is lost than is formed, resulting in decreased bone mass, or a bone mineral density (BMD) that deviates two or more points from the norm. Over time whatever bone is left is thin and porous and fractures easily doing everyday things—like walking […]

How Bones Are Built And Lost

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Bones are complicated living tissue, not ossified shells around marrow like soup bones you bring home from the butcher. Bones are 35% latticed protein—an infrastructure known as the collagen matrix—and 65% mineralized collagen, which gives the bone its strength. Bone health depends on a give-and-take process, called remodeling. During this […]

Osteoporosis – Countering The Myth

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The battle cry around osteoporosis and women has only been raised in the past twenty years, coinciding with incomplete research put forth by the pharmaceutical industries in support of HRT. While accelerated bone loss and fractures have always been a concern for people over 65, younger women got dragged into […]


by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Over the past twenty years, women have been hearing more and more about the grave dangers of osteoporosis, and its precursors, osteopenia and osteomalacia. Simultaneously, prescriptions for drugs that build bone density, like Fosamax and Actonel, have risen quickly, with no research to support their safety and efficacy for long-term […]

Bone Density And Bone Strength: Ending The Confusion

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP There is no hard evidence that bone density correlates with bone strength or flexibility—the two factors that prevent fractures. In fact, bones can be dense (rich in calcium and hard), yet brittle—what matters more is the health of the collagen matrix, which keeps the mineralized bone supple and resilient. The […]

Keeping Your Bones Strong

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Your bones, including your hair, teeth and nails, are mirrors of what you put into your body. At Women to Women, we encourage our patients to try a combination approach to preventing and treating osteoporosis that begins with optimal nutrition. In short, this means: Take a daily medical-grade nutritional supplement […]

Osteoporosis And Inflammation

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP An emerging area of study is the relationship between bone loss and blood acidity. It has been known for a while that vegetarians and women eating a low-protein diet have a lower rate of bone loss. New studies are showing that high levels of the pro-inflammatory blood acid called homocysteine […]

Osteoporosis, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D And Other Minerals

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Calcium is one of the most important minerals in the body, not only for bones which store up to 99% but other physiological functions, including nerve transmission, blood clotting, muscle growth and contraction, heart function, hormone function, and metabolism. Whenever your body needs calcium, it calls upon the bone tissue […]

Osteoporosis, Menopause And HRT Therapy

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The brief acceleration of bone loss (also called resorption) that every woman experiences during menopause indicate that a dip in estrogen levels promotes bone resorption—and research has borne this out. It’s one reason many doctors prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Furthermore, evidence shows that low doses of estrogen does slow […]


by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Breaking a bone is scary, there’s no doubt. And when it is a major bone, like your pelvis, hip, or spine it can be debilitating. But the numbers surrounding the prevelance of wrist, hip, and spine fractures and osteoporosis just don’t match up with what we know. Most fractures occur […]

The Benefits And Risks Of Fosamax And Other Bisphosphonates

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Early use of bisphosophonates—the class of drugs that includes Fosamax (alendronate), and Actonel (risedronate), was industrial: corrosion prevention, laundry soaps, and fertilizer. They were used primarily in the textile and oil industries. Scientists only discovered that bisphosphonates inhibit bone resorption (or bone loss) in the late ‘60s. Bone scans proved […]

Bone Density, Osteoporosis And The Risk Of Bone Fracture

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Bone fractures are scary, there’s no doubt. And when it is a major bone, like your pelvis, hip, or spine, a fracture can be debilitating, even life-threatening. Many women think that osteoporosis or low bone density is a leading cause of bone fractures — one reason why the disease is […]