Ph.D. John Jaquish’s journey to inventing a device that dramatically improves
bone density began the day his mother learned she had osteoporosis.
When osteoporosis is diagnosed—usually after a bone break—most doctors prescribe
medications that either slow bone loss or increase bone formation. However,
these medications come with hefty side effects that range from inconvenient and
disruptive to painful and sometimes fatal.
Jaquish, who studied biomedical engineering research at Rushmore University,
didn’t want his mother to suffer from osteoporosis or medication side effects.
He began an intensive research process to learn more about aging and
osteoporosis, and he eventually developed a unique device that can dramatically
increase bone mass.
Jaquish’s mother is now in her 80s and has the bone density of a 30-year old
woman. She has never taken osteoporosis medication.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become so weak or brittle that even movements as
mild as coughing or bending over can cause a bone fracture. According to the
International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis leads to a bone break about
every three seconds worldwide, and one in two women and one in five men over age
50 will suffer from an osteoporotic break in their lives.
Healthy bones are constantly breaking down and rebuilding, but the rebuilding
process slows dramatically with age. People reach peak bone mass in their early
20s, but in middle age, bone density plummets because bone deteriorates faster
than it can rebuild.
Doctors tell patients that exercises such as walking, climbing stairs, and
lifting weights can help build bone density. However, the numbers from recent
research show that exercise doesn’t build nearly as much bone density as we once
thought. Though exercise is good for your overall health, exercise alone does
very little to reverse the effects of osteoporosis.
Intense weight bearing exercise does build bone mass, but the results are only
notable with very high amounts of weight. The general thinking on the subject of
weight training has been that the greater the pressure on the bone, the more the
bone will respond by rebuilding itself. Activities such as walking, yoga and
vibration plate exercises may at best slow the rate of bone loss, but research
shows that after age 50, these activities can’t add bone faster than it
Jaquish’s research on cellular biology, longevity, endurance and bone density
led to two major discoveries. He read that in 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General
published a report saying in order to increase bone density, someone must endure
the pressure of multiples of their body weight. Similarly, a 1999 peer reviewed
study found that a person could not increase their bone density faster than they
were losing it unless they experienced resistance of at least 4.2 times their
Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 2.28.12 PMBased on this research, Jaquish designed a
device that could create the ideal set of triggers to safely build new bone. His
patented machine was based on a set of brief, safe, osteogenic events that take
less than 10 sweat-free minutes a week. The sessions are easy, monitored by a
trained technician, and trigger the body’s natural adaptive rebuilding
responses. The body then goes to work building new bone.
The process is called osteogenic loading, and it’s changing the way people are
thinking about increasing bone density.
Jaquish learned that when done properly, osteogenic loading could improve bone
density, strength and balance in less than 10 minutes a week. His subjects,
ranging from ages eight to 98, didn’t even break a sweat during their weekly
Osteogenic loading goes far beyond the minimum established trigger for building
bone, so it’s incredibly effective for most people and delivers results quickly.
“Without reaching the right amount of resistance, people saw little improvement.
Multiples of more than four times a person’s body weight is the key, and going
higher is even better,” said Jaquish.
Research on osteogenic devices is relatively new, but the data is promising.
Osteoporosis International, an international multi-disciplinary journal
sponsored by both the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National
Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, published Jaquish’s 2013 study showing that
bone density improved 7.34 percent between the spine and hip over one year of
Another study conducted by the government of Great Britain, which is expected to
be published in August of 2015, included 52 post-menopausal women who showed an
average increase in bone density of over 9% in the lumbar region. This
non-biased, tax-funded study showed far greater increases than any other
modality in our analysis of 152 studies.
Wellness company OsteoStrong is the first and only traditional franchise concept
offering Jaquish’s system to the public. OsteoStrong began offering this
patented osteogenic loading system in September 2012, and to date, thousands of
people have experienced the benefits.
The hallmark of OsteoStrong centers across the U.S. has been the testimonial
success stories shared by members. People have quit their osteoporosis
medications, experienced total osteoporosis reversal, and DXA scan readings show
women and men over the age of 60 who now have the bone density of a 30-year old.
Traditional exercise has many benefits, especially improvements in
cardiovascular health, endocrine function, and flexibility. However, if
increasing bone density is the main goal, exercise alone likely won’t be enough.
For those looking to prevent fractures and increase bone density, OsteoStrong
might be the answer—since the first session is free, it’s definitely worth a
Kyle Zagrodzky is president and founder of OsteoStrong Franchising, LLC, a
wellness company that’s helping thousands of members build stronger bones,
strength, and balance in less than 10 minutes a week. The OsteoStrong system is
based on scientifically proven, patented osteogenic loading technology that can
build significant bone density and even reverse osteoporosis.