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  • Heather Mathis October 31, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Hello. I am a 30 yo female with the bones of an 80 year old. I fell when i was 7.5 months pregnant walking out my front door steps and broke both of my feet. I spent 5 months in a wheelchair due to injury. when i finally got out of the wheelchair i had developed such bad osteoporosis the doctors were scared my bones might snap just from walking. I began researching supplements and took many- vitamin K2, Vitamin D, magnesium, a bone growth supplement containing calcium and boron, vitamin b12, etc. I ate well. i did physical therapy 3x/week to learn how to walk normally again. However i continued to injure myself, and get set back to wherei coudlnt walk for weeks on end. Finally six months after i got out of the wheelchair i was walking out of a movie theatre and my big toe broke! I spent another six weeks in a boot. I had my final check up with the orthopedist in october and my bones had barely made any progress towards building strength in the previous year despite all the efforts in diet and exercise. The upper body bones are strong, but the lower body bones (they assume from disuse) are very very weak and fragile. I am really hoping the rebounder can be the answer:)

    • Sylvia October 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      Dear Heather, Welcome to the group! Thank you for your long intro. I am happy to have you with us. As our other participants are not so used to go to the story blog any more, I’ll copy your intro over to the sharing blog. Kind regards, Sylvia

  • Vickie Chiodo-Maung October 10, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Hi, everyone !

    I have read all your posts in this area and they are very moving. What inspiring attitudes you have. I feel encouraged reading them.

    I am sorry to be getting started later in this workshop. I have been taking care of some problems in my family. My daughter was in a car accident in mid Sept. She is alright. It was not her fault. There are insurance company problems – the new agent promised to add her to my policy prior to this and never did, she is set to go to court about the accident and we now have proof she was not at fault (hopefully the judge understands this – the judges in southeast Virginia where I used to live are not always very receptive). She needs another car. This was her first car. She was very upset and shaken by the whole ordeal but is doing really well emotionally now. Our relationship has skyrocketed for the better. My son has a different set of problems but equally challenging. I have spent a lot of time on these issues (calling places, etc.) and in encouraging my children’s spirits. Everything is moving in a positive manner even without the support of the insurance company. I feel hopeful and positive even though there are still several difficult hurdles. I have had quite a few difficult problems throughout my life, but I can see an overall pattern to my life and what I need to do to change. So it makes me happy and I feel I will be better off and stronger in the long run. I have been a Nichiren Buddhist (for 40 years now) and turning things around to a positive direction to create value (we call it changing poison into medicine) – this is what I was taught and strive to do. I just thought I would mention about my spirituality since Lewis and others mentioned it. I don’t meditate, but I do chant Nam myoho renge kyo for myself and others. It has helped me tremendously in seeing the big picture and taking things positively.

    Now about rebounding… I took the first course and absolutely loved it. My left arm had a soft tissue injury which was quite painful when I moved it in certain directions. I couldn’t do certain positions with my arms throughout the course. My chiropractor gradually found more and more exercises to help. It seems that perhaps it was not totally familiar to him, but he figured it out. Finally I can move my left arm above my head and most of the way around. I still need to go back to the videos from the first class to learn the arm movements, but I am so thrilled to be able to move my arm again. It isn’t 100% pain free or range of movement yet, but nearly so.

    My balance is improved both during the first course and especially afterwards. I can bounce on one foot and point my toe with the other and this is so exciting for me. I thought my balance was not too bad when I started the first course, but I soon found out otherwise.

    Right now I am rebounding 8-15 minutes about 4-5 times a week. I had decreased the amount per day (since July and August) because of fatigue and also I had gotten very busy. I was tested for adrenal fatigue at the end of August. Previously, I had gotten Adrenal fatigue twice since having breast cancer in 2005. My doctor is not able to review the results just yet due to her temporary health issue. I am working on improving my diet and being more careful not to travel long distances too many days in a week, etc.

    Take care, everyone,


    • Sylvia October 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Dear Vickie, So good to see you back! And the new about your arm is so good. I am very happy that you have full motion again and no pain. Sometimes our body needs a while go heal herself and we have to be patient. You did it and step by step recovered. I am very happy for you. Have a great start into our new class. Sylvia

      • Vickie Chiodo-Maung October 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        Thank you so much !!!

  • Lewis October 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

    My name is Lewis. I am 80 years of age, American living in Sweden since 1961. in April of this year, I tripped on the sidewalk and fell rather hard on the concrete pavement. This resulted in an acetabular fracture, an ambulance ride to the nearby hospital, an operation in which a steel strip and 5 titanium screws. I have spent many years doing meditation (mainly vipassana) hatha yoga, tai ji quan and qigong, among other things and so am in pretty good shape for my age, so I recovered fairly rapidly and was able to walk and go downstairs(my apartment is on the second floor)on June 1st. Of course I had and still have lots of help. I had a personal rehab trainer who came to my apartment whenever I needed him and always once a week to teach me new exercises etc and I had the use of a wheel chair and a support frame for walking as long as i needed it. Now I manage quite well with a walker and a crutch. all this provided by the government health care services. I still have some home services help such as shopping for groceries, etc, and cleaning my apartment, showering. during this time I was tested for osteoporosis and had T-scores of -3.1 for my lower back and -2.56 for my right hip. I had no idea of this, believing that men seldom had osteoporosis. They wanted to put me on fossimax, but i refused, since i had investigated it on the internet and realized it was contrary to my beliefs in only helping nature, not in working against nature, in maintaining health. I studied how to strengthen bones without destructive pharmaceuticals and found that rebounding was a key factor. I had a spring rebounder that i bought in the early 1970′s and tried it, but found it too stiff and also thought it might not be too reliable after such a time. I investigated and found the Bellicon and ordered one from Germany. And now I am enrolled in this program and looking forward to getting tested again in a year or so to see how my bone density has improved.

    • Sylvia October 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Dear Lewis, Thank you for this very detailed introduction. It is encouraging to see how it pays off to do yoga and QiGong and meditation because it provides you a basis to deal with really difficult challenges in a serene way. And of course it kept you physically in a great shape. I am very happy that you found your way to us and I heartily welcome you in our group of 20 committed people! This first week we take it easy, making sure that we get familiar with the structure of the program, setting up our base time (I suggest you go with the minimum base time of 2 minutes). We have very different levels of expertise in the group, so sometimes I will give exercises that may be too difficult for you at the moment (you can spare them for you for later). As you did body work your whole life, I am confident that you can decide what works for you and what not. Always stay in your safety zone and do only those exercises where you feel comfortable with. That in regards to the exercises that we propose on this training and also the ones you see in the video clips of the Bone Density Project.
      Have you already started with some of those exercises? Do you use a holding bar on your bellicon? Best, Sylvia

      • Lewis October 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

        I have started with some of the exercises from the bone density project. I don’t have a holding bar on my bellicon, but i always have a doorpost or wall within easy reach to prevent falling.

        • Sylvia October 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

          That’s excellent, Lewis. You are such a great example of taking your health in your hands and make the best out of it. I am very happy to have you on the project! Sylvia

    • Elizabeth October 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Lewis,

      Welcome to the group. I am inspired by your story and your approach to health. I really love the way you explain the key to maintaining your health by ” helping nature, not working against nature.” I’ve never heard it explained in such a simple and perfect way. I’m a believer too. Thank you!

      • Lewis October 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        Thank you. Yes, I find that most of the pharmaceuticals do indeed work against nature. My basic philosophy is that my body knows what is best for it (as does yours, if you do not act counter to it). In qi gong and traditional Chinese medicine one major principle is that qi (your life force) follows yi (your mind intentions. This means that if you can be aware of what ails you, your body will know what to do, as long as you can remain free from tension and stress. There is really nothing more you have to do. But keeping free from tension and stress is not really easy. I think that rebounding is one way to maintain freedom from tension and stress.

    • Charlie October 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm


      Welcome to the project, so great to have you involved. Thank you for sharing your story above it certainly is very inspirational indeed, with your fast progress since your fall last April. I am going to share your story with my mother who has Osteoporosis and is currently awaiting shoulder surgery, your road to recovery and motivation to bounce will be of certain inspiration to her. I look forward to hearing your progress with your rebounding and rehabilitation and how you enjoy your Bellicon! Great to have you be part of our group, your experience with meditation, qi gong etc is invaluable. Welcome!

      • Lewis October 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        Thanks. I wish the best to your mother and do not envy her having to undergo surgery. My time in the hospital after my accident and operation was probably the most miserable time i have endured in a long time despite the fact that they call it care. I was happy even to be transferred to nursing home care.Luckily the care I have received since my return to my apartment has been excellent, since I can determine myself what i eat and do, and can be quite independent. preparing my own food and so on. I get help with grocery shopping, cleaning my apartment etc., so I feel quite snug and happy

    • Lena October 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Hej Lewis, välkommen till gruppen. Vi har ett “hemligt” språk du och jag eftersom jag är Svenska men bor i Frankrike sen 2009. Såå imponerad över att du kunde gå i trappor så kort tid efter din fraktur ! Bäst jag skriver detta på Engelska också utifall våra vänner undrar :-)

      In English:
      Hi Lewis, welcome to the group. We have a “secret” language you and I as I am Swedish but living in France since 2009. Soo impressed that you could walk the stairs in that short time after your fracture ! I better write this in English too in case our friends are wondering .-)

      • Sylvia October 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

        C’est drôle, Lena. C’est exactement ce que j’ai pensé quand Lewis a joint notre groupe : Jai pensé ce que tu vas lui écrire dans ta langue maternelle, en Suédois.! :-) In English: That’s funny, that’s exactly what I thought when Lewis joined our group: that you will write him in your mother tongue in Swedish!!!!

      • Lewis October 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Hejsan Lena. Tack. Det var nödvändigt för mig att snabbt klara av trapporna, eftersom annars hade jag snabbt blivit helt knäpp eftersom jag har inte ens balkong i min lilla lägenhet.

        In English: Hi Lena, Thanks, It was necessary for me to quickly be able to negotiate the stairs as otherwise I would have quickly becom stir crazy, since I don’t even have a balcony in my small apartment. Before I could get down the stairs I had to call a special taxi which had what is called a stair climber, to bring me down stairs, since there is no elevator. The stair climber is a sort of robot that holds a wheel chair and steps down the stairs clanking. Very unsettling if not frightening. That was even when I had to go to the local doctor who is about 1 block away. I certainlyu couldn’t sneak out unobtrusively.

  • Cathy T October 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Hello to all:

    I took the 1st session of the osteoporosis rebounding session and was known as “Cathy Lynn”. I have been rebounding since the latter part of July and love it. I was looking for a great way to exercise and was elated to find that it is also beneficial for osteoporosis. I have been thrilled with how strong my core has become and my sense of balance has dramatically improved.

    I am a breast cancer survivor, small boned, taken numerous meds that have promoted my osteoporosis. I refuse to take Fosamax because of all the side effects.

    I look forward to participating in this second session to stay on track and share the camaraderie with all the participants.

    • Sylvia October 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Dear Cathy, So good to see that you are with us again. I am happy to hear that you are committed to regular rebounding. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way. I am very happy that you are with us! Best, Sylvia

    • Charlie October 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      Cathy, So glad you are joining us for this continuation of the first project. It sounds like rebounding has been quite the success for you, so great to hear. How long are your typical rebounding sessions now and how often are you rebounding? Be great to know where you are up to right now as we start this next program. Welcome back!

      • Cathy T October 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        Charlie, i have set my base time as 5 minutes. I had worked up to 20 minute rebounding sessions but on occasion my right knee has given me a problem. After a long weekend out of town last weekend with no rebounding, I bumped my session back to 10 minutes to baby my knee. I’m thinking my problem may be due to pronation on my right foot so I’m trying to pay close attention to form. The exercise which seems to bother my knee is the stair stepping exercise.

        I love rebounding….it makes me smile…..because it’s fun. My son always rebounds every time I leave my Bellicon out in the family room and my husband, too!

        • Sylvia October 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

          Dear Cathy, Thank you for your post. Great to read that also your husband and son are going on your Rebounder. That’s how it should be :-) Now concerning your knee: As you seem to have found that exercise which bothers your knee, just skip this exercise until your knee is strong again. There are so many other exercises you can do in the meantime. And then I also suggest that for the moment you don’t bounce 20 minutes in a row but split up your rebounding time over the day – if possible. So you can do for instance 3 times 5 minutes or 4 times. On Monday we will show you new exercises which are strength building exercises. (A new video clip). Please be careful with them and go in your own rhythm. You might not want to do the full training at the moment until your knee is fine again. Please let us know how it goes. Be well, Sylvia

  • Nancy October 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I took the introductory course and liked it so much I decide to continue so I can let all the great lessons sink in and become a part of my normal routine. I enjoy the group support. I have not rebounded much since the close of the other course partly because I have been travelling (my mom has breast cancer in another state and I have been going to see and support her). I am eager to get back on track.


    • Charlie October 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Nancy, Great to have you with us for this next program! I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, I do hope she is doing okay and is on her way to recovering. It sounds like it has been a lot all around for you with the support and travel, I do wish you the best with it all and am glad that you are going to be able to be part of this project and keep your rebounding going at this time.

      I look forward to hearing your progress with your rebounding over the next 3 months and offering as much support as possible for you. Welcome back!

  • Elizabeth October 2, 2011 at 6:30 am

    (This is my reply to Charlie’s reply/question which has kinda got lost in the “pluses and arrows” of the blog. Wanted to share it with all…an extended version of “My story”.

    Hi Charlie and all,

    Thanks for your reply. It’s good to hear from you. Your interview and video gave me the encouragement to start the Strong Bone Commitment. Thank you for your advice about scans and research projects. It’s something I will look into. I’m sure I will eventually talk the NHS into giving me another scan–probably when I am 60. I’ll have 8 years to make an impact on my bones!

    I actually grew up in Ohio and moved to the UK in 1983. I’ve now lived here longer than I did in the USA but return there regularly to see my family. I’m hoping rebounding and other non-drug options will become more visible in this country.

    You asked me to share some of the changes I’ve made in my life. Here goes: Just over 2 years ago I had a health “crisis” that stopped me in my tracks. An autoimmune disease (Sarcoidosis) started in my lungs and affected my joints, etc. I was also having stomach problems not to mention the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Wake up time!!!

    I am small boned, always been slender, until I hit an early menopause when my middle “filled out”. I felt terrible uncomfortable and bloated. I have always been active, gardening, Tai Chi for many years, etc. but was becoming more sedentary due to the Sarcoid, sore back, joints, lack of energy, etc. I was losing my way.

    I started researching diet and found that the first thing I could do was to cut out all processed (non) foods,
    caffeine, sugar, bread, dairy and acid forming and inflammatory foods. This seemed to tick all the boxes for my health problems. I had already given up alcohol a year before. I increased my intake of vegetables, fruit and things like nuts, avocado, and other good fats and protein. This has not only benefited me but also my husband.

    I must say, my weight loss was dramatic at first. I dropped a stone almost overnight, down to just under 8 stone. This really showed up my lack of toned muscle, all a bit scary. I started making build up drinks with banana, brown rice, tofu, slippery elm and soya milk. I ate full size meals. I was feeling great but looking scary. My gastritis cleared up nicely, joint pain disappeared and a year on had a nearly clear lung scan, all with out drugs, except for a short experiment with PPI’s which I didn’t tolerate. All along I’ve been looking at supplements but I am still resistant. I still want to include them but feel unsure. At the moment I’m reading all I can about Vit. K2. It sounds very exciting. Any body have any insight? Started eating cottage cheese again as a result.

    Doing exercise became crucial. I started with daily strength exercises, the plank, wall sit, “superwomen” (back and core strengtheners). Once I started feeling fitter I joined the gym and did some weight training, being mindful of my spine, and eventually used the Power Plate for squats, etc. I was building muscle but noticed I was being hyper aware of my posture and trying not to twist or bend my spine forward, ever! As a result I was becoming quite rigid, thinking all along I was protecting my back. In losing this flexibility, pain and tightness in my back started to be an issue and by spring 2011 I knew I was doing something wrong.

    That’s when I found QiBbounding and asked for a rebounder for my birthday. After time I was delighted to find that the days I used it, my back was loose and pain free. But I still didn’t have a dedicated workout as I was not quite sure how I should be using it. Now that I’ve joined Strong Bone Commitment I feel I’m on my way !

    I’m happy to report that I’ve put on weight, looking toned and healthy at last and my hope is to maintain this and keep all systems running smoothly. I’ve decided to return to my Tai Chi and Chi Gong practice to deal with my stress issues as well: a crucial aspect of life I’d been ignoring. I’m sure there are lots of reasons that I have osteoporosis and have had the other health problem. But one of these reasons, I’m certain, is the stress that has come with difficult life events, bereavement, etc.

    My first husband died just months before the Dunblane tragedy, where I live (my daughter was 5 and classmate to the murdered children and son too close to the violence to contemplate). Over time I remarried and the children have grown into wonderful young adults. I feel blessed but am now aware that life can take it’s toll if we don’t take care of ourselves and attend to our needs, physically and spiritually. It wasn’t long after my father passed that all these health issues came to a head. I’ve learned a lot from my wake up call.

    Well, this has turned into an epic sharing, but I feel better for having done so! Thanks again for this opportunity to be part of something so positive. I look forward to getting to know you all better.

    • Sylvia October 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Dear Elisabeth, There is not a lot I can add to your sharing. Just a big “thanks”. It is encouraging to see how you took your health (internal and external) in your hands and just moved forward step by step. Thank you so much for sharing. Sylvia

    • Charlie October 5, 2011 at 11:28 pm

      Elizabeth, Thank you for sharing your story, very interesting indeed, especially as it shows that looking at the whole big picture (as you have done) rather than isolating individual medical results/stresses can offer amazing insights into our health and the way forward. It takes a lot to completely change your diet as you did, socially it can be difficult and habits can be hard to break, but your success story with doing this speaks for itself. Congratulations on doing the research, working out what can work for you and sticking with it. The changes we can experience through diet can be incredible, but it takes time and that’s the tough part – all credit for you, I am so pleased your medical results and the way you feel, has turned around so much – so inspiring.

      Some aspects of your story have such parallels with mine, very interesting to read indeed! It’s been an interesting few years for me since my Osteopenia diagnosis and with that, many changes in diet and working through medical tests to find the reason for behind the Osteopenia diagnosis in my 30′s. The immunity in my gut was found to be very low, so I am now working hard to improve that (currently with Apex Energetics Repairvite, Probiomax and GI Synergy plus a diet of meat, fish, veggies and fruit) so I can repair the gut, absorb more nutrients and therefore put on weight and continue to improve my bone density. Thank you for sharing your story, it truly is inspirational and I am sure the rebounding will add another positive element to your life and a great way to increase your bone density. For me, starting to rebound was a huge positive turning point, a significant marker that has enabled me to gain strength, flexibility, bone density and hours spent smiling over the last few years.

      I am excited to hear your progress with this program, thank you again for sharing your story, somehow we’ll have to try and get you a bone scan done before 8 years as positive reaffirmation for all your work!

      • Elizabeth October 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

        Hi Charlie,

        So good to hear back from you. Thank you for your support. I was very interested to hear about the low immunity in your gut. I was once told by a Chinese doctor, through an interpreter, that I a weak stomach. I wonder if that is what he meant? I had an endoscopy a few years ago and was told I had gastritis and was put on the PPI ‘s, as I mentioned. Not good!
        Anyway, it couldn’t hurt for me to try to get more probiotics into my system. I did want to mention something else. I worry so much about my daughter who is a very active, a pilates instructor. She trained as a dancer first of all, is small boned like me and for nearly 4 years has not had a period. She’s 21. Two years ago her doctor put her on the birth control pill. I’m so worried that she will not be getting the hormones she needs for building bones. Do you know anything of this problem? I thought because of your running background you may have encountered situation. Would be grateful for any insight you might have. Loving the rebounding. I was in such a stressed out state when I got home from work, but after rebounding it all evaporated. Feeling great!

  • Susan F October 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hello Everyone. I’m Susan and participated in the original project. I bounce pretty much every day, alternating long days of 30 minutes and short days of 6 minutes. I’m currently on a trip for the next week but plan on continuing my long day, short day routine when I return. I am planning on increasing my base time from 6 to 10 minutes if you think that is appropriate, Sylvia.
    Since starting the project, I have noticed a great increase in my stamina, flexibility, core strength and balance. I am particularly surprised by my core strength. I can’t remember the last time I was able to lie on my back and raise and lower both legs at the same time. I can now do that and even hold them a couple inches off the ground. Amazing for me! I have finally really come to love bouncing to music. I am looking forward to learning some new moves to incorporate into my routine. Thanks Sylvia and Charlie for all your work.

    • Sylvia October 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Dear Susan, WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!!! Amazing: 30 minutes in a row and what you write about your core strength is fascinating. I am SO happy for you. Great that you are with us again. I suggest you stay with 6 minutes base time. It’s just to have a “safety net” for a busy day. That you can still do your base time. So better dont push it too high. You can always do more. Best, Sylvia

    • Charlie October 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Susan, welcome back to the program, so glad you are able to continue! It seems like you have really established a great routine between the shorter days and longer days. I think this pattern is a great one to maintain, it allows the body to be challenged on the long day and gain strength, stamina and of course bone density, but also allows enough recovery with the shorter day to maintain this pattern effectively.

      Super to hear about your increase in core strength. I have also noticed that with my experience of rebounding and in fact if I do have to miss rebounding due to a trip away or something, I feel my core working extra hard for the first few rebounding sessions back after a break. Rebounding truly is a great stabilising activity and of course so helpful for balance, key for our bone structure! I look forward to hearing your progress over the next few months.

      In terms of your debate to increase your base time. Keeping your true base time at 6 mins does allow it to be there as your safety net as needed (you may not use it all the time, but it is there in case.) If you are feeling good, certainly increasing your shorter day to 10mins can work, just keep the base time truly at 6 mins for a true ‘base time’ day!

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