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Natural remedies for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women

Christopher B Del Mar, Paul P Glasziou, Anneliese B Spinks and Sharon L Sanders
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (4): 182-183.
Published online: 18 February 2002

A 68-year-old woman diagnosed with osteoporosis attended a naturopath, who advised (a) exercise in the gym 2–3 times a week, because "walking wasn't good enough"; (b) natural progesterone cream applied to the skin; (c) oral boron supplements; (d) codliver oil 1000 mg daily; (e) chelated calcium (instead of her current calcium carbonate); and recommended that she stop drinking tea. The patient challenged her general practitioner for not giving the same advice as the naturopath, suggesting he was remiss. Her GP wondered if there was any empirical basis for these recommendations in osteoporotic patients.

  • Christopher B Del Mar1
  • Paul P Glasziou2
  • Anneliese B Spinks3
  • Sharon L Sanders4

  • Centre for General Practice, Medical School, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD.

Correspondence: c.delmar@cgp.uq.edu.au

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