When heavy metals and other poisons are in the system (ie mercury), it appears that chlorella (green algae??) and spirulina (some kind of green grass, I am not sure) appear to become scavengers in the body to remove toxins. I have not read anything on such being useful for dioxins, but they might, and it probably wouldn't hurt you to try taking them.
The last article I read, or maybe saw on TV was a family commercial production of spirulina (in China) and perhaps this supplement benefitting those exposed to radiation fallout in Chernobyl. It also appears that there are many manufacturers who supply the chlorella but it is not in a useable form. Apparently it has to be 'broken wall' or 'broken cell'. I do not know as much as I would like to know about this supplement, but I do know my dog that was disabled (hind limb paralysis) was fed supplements (including digestive enzymes for pets, and chlorella and spirulina to bind circulating toxins). The Michigan State U veterinarian clinic pretty much told me she would never walk again, and she chases rabbits for fun once again. When I see setbacks in her progress, and her legs start looking unstable, I add both her supplements back, and she seems like a young dog again. She was 4 years old when she became disabled.
I don't think your doctor would object to the supplement. I use Mercola brand of vitamins, as it was the vet on this site that suggested the chlorella for the dog. Who would have thought the free advice would work as well as it did for my dog. MSU and my local vet were trying to talk me into putting her down.
It was a pretty rapid change for the dog. It did not take months, but weeks. I still remember her trying to muster the energy to drag her back end around in a sitting position, cause she couldn't stand up. At this time my dog has intermittent 'expensive urine' from the cost of supplements. Should have probably video recorded her recovery. It would have been interesting regarding the significant change.View Thread
A simple thought: Low Testosterone (serum tests: Total Testosterone and Free Testosterone) may indicate that you suffer from low levels of this male hormone that has demonstrated efficacy of rebuilding bone loss over time, as well as assisting in reduction of body fat and perhaps restoring muscles that have wasted due to low circulating levels of testosterone over an extended period of time.
There have been multiple articles on Web MD on low testosterone, and I would suggest you review them. I would also suggest that if you have suffered male-pattern baldness, this may be an indication that your testosterone is being converted to DHT, which is what binds to hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT that causes hair loss in the first place. The medication Propecia works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT, allowing the hair follicles to return to a growth stage and restoring hair loss.
So it would be better to fix the problem at the source (low testosterone) instead of patching the end result (osteoporosis) with medications that retain existing bone (preventing bone resorption) as opposed to correctly building new bone as the body was intended to do. It also seems that the medications designed to retain old bone, instead of constantly remaking it stronger, lead to abnormal fracture locations, as well as destruction of the jaw bone if one has extensive dental work done. It is sad that the half-life of the Osteoporosis medications is given in years, which means if you start taking them, and choose to stop, it will be years before the medication ceases activity in your body.
The body rebuilds the bones stronger at the locations where muscle attachments stress the bone, as the body can detect when the bone is not strong enough at that location. This is why if you take a calcium supplement with vitamin D, but do no weight bearing exercises, you end up urinating out the supplement instead of strengthening your bones. This is why 'couch potato people' lose bone mineral density, as they engage in no weight bearing exercises, and their body is not stimulated to strengthen the skeletal system, as it appears strong enough for it's current activity level of sitting still.
In summation, you should visit an endocrinologist regarding both your osteoporosis and for a review of your testosterone levels. Total testosterone levels for the average man is somewhere in the 400s. For a man needing supplementation, levels below 350 need to be correlated with symptoms for treatment, and levels below 200 definitively require treatment. If the total testosterone level is normal, the free testosterone level should be evaluated to see if it is low, as the free testosterone is the useable portion. Total testosterone deficiency indicates lack of production. Free testosterone is what is available to receptor sites in the body to perform critical activities such as strengthening bones. If both are normal, then you might want to evaluate how much of your testosterone that is free is being converted to DHT, which does not help strengthen bones.View Thread