Archive for December, 2012
A reader has asked about bone cancer and Forteo.
Osteosarcoma is a rare bone cancer. Lilly has endowed a 15-year independent study (suggested by the FDA) of all Osteosarcoma patients in Cancer Registries, looking for individuals who have taken Forteo. The halfway point results from June 2004 through Sept 2011 were published in JBMR in Dec 2012. Of the 1448 persons who had Osteosarcoma during that time period, not one had taken Forteo.
The “black box” warning on the Forteo (Teriparatide) label refers to studies of rats, not humans. These rats very commonly get osteosarcoma without any medication. The rats were given doses 3 to 20 times the human dose for the equivalent of 70 human years. Rats’ bones never stop growing. Growing bones are particularly vulnerable to osteosarcoma. Humans are different from rats.
Visiting our grandson RJ, daughter and her husband, and our sons created a wonderful “Blue Zones” holiday. For the first time in a dozen years our California son did not have to work both the 24th and 26th. We all gathered in Minneapolis along with our son in law’s family from North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Spending time with family and friends is very important for your health, your longevity, and your joy in living. I hope you all had the opportunity, or will make time for it soon.
Jay Ginther, MD
“The Blue Zones” by Dan Buettner gives “9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest”. His second book is “Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones’ Way”. Both are well worth reading.
Celebrate the Holy Days. Being a person of faith is one of the 9 keys to a longer, happier life. Hanukkah and Ashura are recently past. Christmas approaches.
Aunt Henrietta will be getting delicious, premium dark chocolate for Christmas again this year. She gets the same for Easter and her August birthday. Not often that an 88 year old gets something she desires and needs as a gift. Because of her lactose intolerance and intolerance of all calcium pills, she needs this gift.
Henrietta needs to get enough Calcium if she is to Take Control Naturally. That is very challenging with her sensitivities to milk, soy milk, cheses, calcium carbonate pills, calcium citrate, calcium maleate, calcium gluconate, etc. Adora works.
Adora Premium Chocolate Calcium Supplement often works where others have not. It is delicious! The calcium is so finely ground that is undetectable. So finely ground that Aunt Henrietta digests it despite her Nexium. It is dessert in just 30 calories.