bioDensity was featured during the health segment of Chicago’s Fox-32 Midday news show. The segment focused on the origin of bioDensity, and how Dr. John Jaquish developed the first device to treat his mother’s osteoporosis. After reversing her condition, now bioDensity helps thousands of people worldwide.
Darlene Hill: Still ahead on Fox 32 news at noon, one son’s gift to his mother will tell you about a machine he made to help her and thousands more struggling with osteoporosis.
Darlene Hill: In our health news on this Wednesday afternoon, it’s a medical condition that affects an estimated 28 million people in the United States alone. It causes bones to become brittle and fragile. We’re talking about osteoporosis. Joining us are two guests who know firsthand the struggles of dealing with this disease, and here, joining us live in the Fox 32 studio, Marie-Jeanne Jaquish and her son, John. Thank you so much for being here.
Dr. John Jaquish: Thanks for having me.
Darlene Hill: Let’s talk about this. What a special gift as we approach Mother’s Day. Let’s talk about this special gift that you had to design for your mother.
Dr. John Jaquish: So in 2004, my mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis, and I knew that I needed to research what this was all about, and I wanted to come up with a way where she could treat the osteoporosis, treat the bone loss without drugs. So I developed a bone compression device that’s similar to impact in gymnastics. So the benefit of impact in building bone density without any of the risks.
Darlene Hill: Marie-Jeanne, you’re glad that, of course, you have a fine son like this to come up with something, because after getting that diagnosis in 2004, you were living in fear because you knew what eventually could happen to your bones.
Marie-Jeanne J: That’s right. I was in fear, and I thought I should do something about it, but what? Not taking medication’s aren’t very much an answer, and my son said, “I have an idea.” I kind of worked on that, and he loved the kind of …
Dr. John Jaquish: I’m a biomedical engineer, so I wanted to develop a physical medicine device. Something that physically would alter the bone to trigger osteogenesis, which means minerals being pulled into the bone to make the bone stronger.
Darlene Hill: John, I’ve just got to say, it’s an amazing story because this is not about you. It was about your mother, because [crosstalk 00:02:14] you know, like you said, she didn’t want to have to take the medication, and you didn’t want your mother to struggle, to live in fear.
Dr. John Jaquish: I wanted to fix the problem for her, and after 18 months of therapy, she went from being borderline osteoporosis back to healthy bone.
Darlene Hill: I mean, this is a family affair. You even pulled your dad in on this. Let’s talk a little bit about that. I can tell excited you are, because the look on your face, you’re getting emotional just talking about this.
Dr. John Jaquish: Of course.
Darlene Hill: Talk about how this is a family affair.
Dr. John Jaquish: Well, I had the idea from the medical perspective, and my father, he’s an engineer, a mechanical engineer, and he was one of the guys who designed and built the lunar rover for NASA.
Darlene Hill: I was just going to say, [crosstalk 00:02:57] you guys aren’t doing too much in your family, are you?
Dr. John Jaquish: So this was a project … Yeah. It’s exciting.
Darlene Hill: This is amazing. So explain how it works. Again, walk us through it.
Dr. John Jaquish: So in high impact, think gymnastics. Gymnasts hit the ground at very high a velocity, and that compresses bone very briefly. When bone is being compressed, osteogenesis is stimulated. So the cells in the bone pull in minerals and make the bone stronger. You see it here in a video.
Darlene Hill: So how much time, then, Marie-Jeanne, do you spend on this machine or with this machine?
Marie-Jeanne J: The machine, I would say no more than five maximum, six minutes once a week.
Darlene Hill: Once a week.
Marie-Jeanne J: You don’t have to have gym clothes on or anything.
Dr. John Jaquish: No, you’re dressed to do it right now.
Marie-Jeanne J: If I wanted to do it now, if you wanted to do, all we do is change your shoes. Maybe put tennis shoes on.
Dr. John Jaquish: No heels.
Marie-Jeanne J: No heels.
Darlene Hill: No heels. Go ahead, Marie-Jeanne.
Marie-Jeanne J: That’s all it is. There are four exercises, the pushing of the legs, and you can see in front of you, on a TV.
Dr. John Jaquish: There’s computer feedback, biofeedback telling you measures of your functional bone performance.
Darlene Hill: Now she just said, John, she does it five minutes once a week.
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s right.
Darlene Hill: So will she have to do this every week?
Dr. John Jaquish: Well, what’s been tested clinically is one year or six months. We recommend locations, they do an 18 month course, and then do another DEXA scan, it’s a bone scan where you look at the density of the bone. So pre and post looking at bone density, but someone can do it for, let’s say, two years, and then they won’t necessarily need to do it, or they can continue, like my mom is, to maintain bone health.
Darlene Hill: So you recommend patients who use this with the advice of their doctor.
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s right.
Darlene Hill: What are professionals saying about this?
Dr. John Jaquish: They’re behind it. Most physicians would love to have a non-drug alternative, and that the best part about a non-drug alternative like this is you can try it first. The worst thing that happens is it doesn’t work. Nobody gets cancer, nothing adverse will happen.
Darlene Hill: Exactly.
Dr. John Jaquish: So there’s no osteonecrosis of the jaw. That’s one of the issues with some of the drugs in the field, is the jaw begins to dissolve. There’s no issue with that, so you can try this first, and then if it doesn’t work, then something else.
Darlene Hill: Okay. If people would like more information on the machine …
Dr. John Jaquish: Yes, the product’s called bioDensity, and they go to biodensity.com.
Darlene Hill: Okay. Good deal. John and Marie-Jeanne, thank you so much for joining us, and happy Mother’s Day.
Marie-Jeanne J: Thank you for having us.
Darlene Hill: Happy Mother’s Day. Look at you. I just love the look on your face, because you’re just like, “I did this for my mommy.”
Dr. John Jaquish: I did.
Darlene Hill: And for so many other mothers.
Dr. John Jaquish: That’s right, a lot of other mothers.
Darlene Hill: Thank you so much. We appreciate it. It is now 12:27, when we …
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