Back in December, a woman who was suffering side effects from Fosamax asked Dr. Weil if strontium ranelate was a good alternative. His response is an interesting read. Here's a brief excerpt.
A number of studies have shown that it can strengthen bone and reduce the risk of fractures, even among women 74 years of age or older when risks are highest. Use of strontium ranelate to strengthen bone and prevent fractures has been escalating since the positive results of a three-year clinical trial were published in the January 29, 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.