In her paean to the wonderfulness of strontium Melanie Grimes (apparantly an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University. She’s also a homeopath – quite why she’s pushing supplements is not clear. I would have thought that they are dangerously allopathic.) claims that there are “no known side effects” of this supplement. She obviously has not done much research because according to Wikipedia “The most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, headache and eczema, but with only 2–4% increase compared with placebo group”. While this suggests that the side effects are not a major problem, clearly it is still a long way from having “no known side effects”.
As well as the above, the net doctor website adds
Blood clots in the blood vessels (venous thromboembolism, eg deep vein thrombosis).
This site also points out that strontium ranelate is used for treating osteoporosis in post-menopausal women and should not be used by children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with severely decreased kidney function or those who have previously shown an allergic reaction to it. Grimes neglects to mention any of this.
She also fails to mention that the effectiveness of the medicine may be reduced if calcium supplements, mulivitamins or other medicines containing calcium are taken from two hours before to two hours after taking strontium ranelate. Would it be terribly patronising to say that anybody who takes health advice from naturalnews.com is likely to be taking these supplements?
Nor does she mention that this medicine may also reduce the absorption of tetracycline antibiotics. This will of course make them less effective and help breed resistant strains of bacteria, making the diseases harder to treat. This will feed into the nutritionistas and homeopaths notions that antibiotics don’t work but I thought it was supposed to be Big Pharma who sold drugs to make us sicker?