Toyota Fosamax and breaking problems

What do Toyota and Merck have in common? Toyota’s cars brake problems and  Merck's Fosamax bone drug break problems are a common denominator. Also what Merck and Toyota have in common is that it has taken over a year for both Toyota and Merck to admit their 12 vehicle models and their Fosamax having dangerous and potentially lethal brake/break problems. The Fosamax or bisphosphonates have been associated with causing the very breaks/fractures in bones that they are supposed to prevent. The breaks/fractures are occurring in the femur or hip bones which should be one of the strongest bones in our bodies as they carry all the weight when we are standing or walking. This very popular class of drugs called bisphosphonates which are very often prescribed to mostly women who are menopausal or post menopausal with low bone densities. These bisphosphonate drugs of which the most popular is Fosamax were thought to treat osteoporosis and are now even prescribed for osteopenia which is a mild loss of bone density prior to a diagnosis of osteoporosis. These also are prescribed for men and younger people who have had DEXA bone scans with a low bone density measurement.

As you can see from the picture of me and my brother in law Chris waxing the Toyota, my wife and I own 2 Toyotas...a 4 Runner and a 2008 Highlander and I am much more concerned with the Merck Fosamax breaking problems than with the Toyota issues. Even now the Merck company and the FDA are not recommending against taking these drugs. What appears to happen is that Fosamax (bisphosphonates) cause the bone to become brittle and more fragile…it becomes funny bone or abnormal bone which may look better on a bone density DEXA scan. Problem is that these bone density scans do not measure the Quality of bone but only measure the hard mineralized portion of bone. The other most important part of our bone structure is the matrix or collagen lattice of bone on which the minerals are deposited. It can be described much like the walls in your home with the calcium, magnesium and other minerals being the drywall and the collagen or matrix of the bone being the 2 by fours on which the dry wall is nailed to. So if the Fosamax (bisphosphonates) cause a brittle matrix or termite rotten two by fours in your bones walls…then it is very easy for the wall to buckle and break or in our bodies for the hips to buckle and break. So if you are driving a Toyota or taking Fosamax or any of the bisphosphonates drugs, you may want to consider a recall.

With your bones you might consider going on a gluten free diet and taking higher doses of Vitamin D. Gluten intolerance from wheat, rye and barley causes malabsorption of minerals and other nutrients in your intestines. It is easy to see how not being able to absorp your calcium from your diet and supplements will lead to weak bones. Perhaps for some the bisphosphonate drugs prescribed are even a factor here as one of their side effects is gastro-intestinal inflammation. Vitamin D is important for osteopenia and osteoporosis as it is necessary to help us ablsorb the minerals in our intestines and metabolize them properly. A low vitamin D level also causes the parathyroid’s to become more active which pulls the calcium and other minerals out of our bones. So Vitamin D helps in more that one way as it also helps calm down our immune system and the inflammation in our intestines related to gluten intolerance and or frank celiac disease.
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