BioDensity Program Battles Bone Loss

Weekly, 15-minute exercise sessions reverses osteoporosis without meds.

Over the past year and a half, Sue Toth has moved ever closer to scratching off one of the items near the top of her bucket list. If she succeeds, it will be thanks to Andi, the third of three Dalmatians she’s raised.

“I’ve always been a big fan of dog shows and have always been very interested in competing in one,” Sue explains. “Unfortunately, when I was living and working in Ohio, I just never had the time. Now that I’m retired, I have the time.”

And the dog.

“Andi is 17 months old now, and he’s the first dog I ever thought I could compete with,” Sue adds. “I’m training him in rally and agility, and he’s doing really well. He’s enjoying it, so maybe in another year I’ll be in a competition with him. I hope so.”

Training Andi has become Sue’s favorite pastime. It has replaced golf, which she played well and often until her doctor recommended giving up the game after learning she was developing osteopenia in her hips.

“Silent Disease”

Found most often in postmenopausal women, osteopenia is the predecessor of osteoporosis, where bone growth fails to keep pace with natural bone degeneration to the point where bone mineral density becomes dangerously low.

About 54 million Americans experience osteopenia, osteoporosis or low bone mass, which can eventually cause some people to lose height as those conditions can affect the spine and lead to a stooped posture.

But it’s not just women who are affected by these conditions. While statistics show that one in two women will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lives, similar studies show that one in four men will deal with a similar incident.

Because it can go undetected until a fracture occurs, osteoporosis is considered a “silent disease” by many physicians, but it can be treated with medications. In fact, that’s what Sue’s doctors initially recommended. She did not respond well.

“When my gynecologist discovered I had the start of osteopenia, she put me on medication,” Sue confirms. “But the medication made me sick, so she took me off it and never suggested anything else.

“Then I came to Florida, and the first year I was here I had another bone density scan done. This one showed I still had osteopenia, but my new doctor didn’t say much about it other than to recommend that I take calcium and stay active, which I did.

“Then about four years ago, I had another bone density scan. This time it showed I had the start of osteoporosis, so the doctor wanted to put me on medication again. But I told him, No, I don’t want to do that. There are too many side effects.

“BioDensity is a wonderful option. It’s a great alternative to medications for osteoporosis, and I’m glad I found it.” – Sue

Knowing that she needed to address her bone density but unwilling to take medication for it, Sue began searching for a more natural treatment. Her search led her to the practice of Sandy McLean, DC.

Now part of the team at Active Health Center, Dr. McLean specializes in a safe, nonsurgical, drug-free treatment that can not only halt the negative effects of osteopenia and osteoporosis, but also improve bone density.

That treatment option is called bioDensity.

bioDensity machine

The system calls for patients to spend about 15 minutes once a week performing four simple pushing and pulling exercises on a machine designed to build bone strength.

“The exercises are a chest press; a leg press; a core pull, which is like a pull-down movement; and a vertical lift, which is a lifting exercise,” Dr. McLean explains. “And it’s not like you sweat when you do these exercises. They’re very light exercises that anyone can do in their street clothes.

“The key to these exercises is that when you perform them, the body produces what is known as an osteo load, which is a medical term for loading your bones. This osteogenic production of new bone cells makes bones stronger from the inside out, so it’s a true strengthening of the bone.”

Bioengineer John Jaquish developed bioDensity and based it on the century-old theory of German orthopedic surgeon Dr. Julius Wolff, who noted that putting certain forces on the bones led to the growth of new bone tissue.

Reaping the Benefits

One study aimed at confirming that theory followed 15 women, ages 56 to 84, for a year. Eleven of the women reported improvement on their bone density scans after participating in at least 48 bioDensity sessions.

Research shows that bioDensity can also help people with Type2 diabetes. Those studies showed that significant changes in A1C levels were obtained by people participating in a regular bioDensity program for 12 to 24 weeks.

Sue is among those who have reaped the benefits of the program. Although her physician did not provide specific numbers, he told her that her latest bone density scan showed she was making “really good improvement” in her attempt to build new and stronger bone.

“He said, Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it because it’s working,” Sue adds. “So, I have every intention of continuing to see Dr. Sandy at Active Health Center, even though it’s about 45 minutes one way from where I live to get there.

“That’s a long drive that a lot of people might not want to make, but I think it’s worth it, because bioDensity is a wonderful option. It’s a great alternative to medications for osteoporosis, and I’m glad I found it.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. mkb
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