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Revealed: The Osteoporosis ‘Spook’ Factor

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Science has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades. Researchers have mapped the human genome identifying approximately 25,000 genes in our DNA, found nearly 3,000 different enzymes in the human body, and discovered a PET-scanner that measures the activity of biochemical pathways at the cellular level. These are only a few of the myriad of breakthrough discoveries that have taken place in recent years.

However, scientists are still puzzled by what causes several – if not most – ‘diseases’. How can that be? Are they not able to connect the dots of what most likely is a much simpler task in comparison to the technological breakthroughs we’ve been witnessing?

If you have the Save Our Bones Program, you know that I clearly explain what causes osteoporosis, and point out to the baffling fact that mainstream medicine describes the symptoms but not the cause. In fact, in Chapter 1 I analyze Merck’s definition of osteoporosis, which basically states that osteoporosis is a disease of bone deterioration with an increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture.1

Here’s one more example from The Mayo Clinic:

“Scientists don’t yet know exactly why osteoporosis occurs, but they do know that the normal bone remodeling process is disrupted.”2

My detective work on this incandescent topic led me to conclude that there’s a lot more than just science involved in this mystery… that there’s something deeply embedded in the scientific philosophy since the turn of the 20th century – an almost forgotten flaw in the medical establishment’s mantra that is perpetuated as if operating on auto-pilot.

And I call it …

The Spook Factor

What better time than Halloween to reveal this to you. But first, I’ll let you in on an experience I had when I was around 10 years old. It will make it easier to explain my point.

While on summer vacation, I was swimming in the ocean with my family, when I suddenly felt a terrible stinging pain on my thigh. I still remember the shock of not knowing what had happened. Filled with panic, I screamed at the top of my lungs and started to cry.

My father carried me straight to the small emergency office on the crowded boardwalk by the beach. The nurse examined my leg and said: ‘You’ve been stung by a Man o’ War. Next time this happens, simply dive to the bottom and apply some wet sand on the area.’

Once I knew what had caused this terrible pain, I was able to compose myself and in a couple of minutes, all my anxiety had dissipated. Yes, my leg was still itching like crazy, but I knew what had caused the sting.

More importantly, I also knew that I was in control of deciding my next step. If I didn’t want for this to happen again, I could check before going to swim if there were unusual Man o’ War swarms, and I could decide what to do about it. But If I didn’t know the cause of the pain, I would always be petrified of swimming in the ocean.

Enslaved by Mystery

Now let’s envision a scenario where the nurse would not have told me what had caused the pain. Imagine she advised that if I take one prescribed pill every day I would not suffer from this mysterious affliction again. I might have been easily convinced to take the daily pill. After all, it’s very hot at the beach without swimming, and especially as a young kid, summer vacations are boring without enjoying the ocean. And since I certainly didn’t want to experience the sudden pain again, chances are that taking the pill every day seemed like a really easy solution.

And what if the nurse would have told me that I had a small chance of experiencing some side effects from the pill? Well, taking a chance with that may sound one heck of a lot ‘safer’ than experiencing the pain again, which the nurse could have told me had a very high chance of recurring, perhaps even affecting my future health in the long run.

I’m quite sure that by now you know where I’m going with this. By keeping the cause of ‘diseases’ as a mystery, most people will be petrified to pass up the prescription drugs – even with their potential side effects.

Indeed, surprise and fear most often lead to blind obedience of an ‘authority’ who ‘knows’ what to do.

Mainstream Medicine Blatantly Ignores Cause and Effect

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that this is done on purpose. Yet still – and much to our detriment – it just seems to be so. Not only does fear of the unknown lead to a resigned acceptance of the affliction, it also opens the door to accept treating only the symptoms rather than the root cause. Hence the astronomical number of ‘chronic’ conditions that are treated by only masking the symptoms.

And this not only applies to osteoporosis. To give you one example, arthritis is also a big ‘mystery’.

The Merck Manual describes arthritis as,

“A chronic disorder associated with damage to the cartilage and surrounding tissues and characterized by pain, stiffness, and loss of function…. Osteoarthritis is classified as primary (or idiopathic) when the cause is not known (as in the large majority of cases).”3

It then goes on to describe in great detail the steps that cause joint damage and eventual joint malfunction, the symptoms, and the diagnosis. I’m sure you guessed by now: it never explains – or even give a theory – of what causes osteoarthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation openly discloses that,

“The cause of arthritis is not yet known, but certain factors increase the risk of developing arthritis.”4

The same can be said about Merck’s Manual presentation on atherosclerosis.5

In other words, when it comes to what causes a ‘disease’, the Spook Factor is all around us!

So on this Halloween, don’t get spooked by osteoporosis. Instead, have fun when the trick-or-treaters knock on your door and enjoy life worry-free.

Have a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween!

References

1 http://merckmedicus.com, June 2001.
2 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osteoporosis/DS00128/DSECTION=causes
3 http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/bone_joint_and_muscle_disorders/joint_disorders/osteoarthritis_oa.html
4 http://www.arthritis.org/osteoarthritis-educate.php
5 http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/cardiovascular_disorders/arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis.html

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  1. judy December 18, 2011, 1:22 pm

    seems like now I have degenerative dis disease ,lumbar do you know if that is reversible. I know I’m not a member but I probably will be soon.
    Judy

  2. Helen December 5, 2011, 8:21 pm

    Having just read the winter edition of the UK Osteoporosis News I feel a bit concerned to read in an article looking at why more people don’t stick to their osteoporosis medication & I quote – ‘many people who are sceptical about taking drug treatments believe a disease can be tackled through lifestyle changes such as altering diet & taking up exercise. This is a consistent finding in research studies & relates to many chronic conditions. However whilst diet & exercise form an important part of managing osteoporosis for those people at high risk of fracture, lifestyle changes alone are not enough to significantly reduce their risk.’

    When you have an appointment with your consultant (as I have next year) can anyone suggest how you can state your views, given that you know they are going to conflict with the medical world? I have previously been told that if I am not prepared to take the prescribed medication I will only be eligible for scans every 3 years instead of every 2 years if I take the medication!
    Keep up the great work Vivian – we appreciate it!

  3. shakuntla singh November 17, 2011, 4:29 pm

    How to get raw milk? i enjoy drinking raw milk in
    my country India. I live in Minnesota state. Selling raw milk is illegalin this state.

  4. Nuala Martin November 11, 2011, 7:20 pm

    I go weekly to Pilates.It really strengthens core muscles, especially abdominal and small muscles in the back, which in turn supports the spine. Often I have gone to a class when my lower spine was aching. Invariably I come out of class with my back feeling comfortable. I also find using weight machines in the gym supports the spine well.

  5. Hannah November 10, 2011, 4:44 am

    My Endocrinologist is always at me to take Reclast and I am not wanting to. I have tried Evista and it was worst in a year. Then Miacalcin Nasal spray and it was worse in a year. I tried one that I can’t remember and i was worse in a year. Then He had me take the Forteo shots for the 2 years that you can and it was not worse. It was no better so I guess is made it just hold it’s own. I also have MS and have walked on a walker since 1998 intil 8 months ago because of rotator Cuff problems and sow I amin a wheel chair for right now. My wrists were also feeling like they were going to break. Having a Lamenectomy left me having to walk on the walker. My spinal cord was hung on a Lipoma growth which I was born with, but it reocccured in a short period of time after being un hooked. I have had a lot of falls and fortunately have never broken anything but my big toe and little toes. My right knee muscle does not work and that leg always falls underneath me and it always makes me sprain my foot every time. I have been howpitilized for this twice. Please tell me what you think of the Reclast. I am sorry this is so long. and I have other things wrong but I won’t go into them andmake this longer. Thanks you for all of your infomatiom. Hannah, and I enjoyed the video of the water and the birds and the music.

  6. Jeanette November 8, 2011, 6:54 pm

    My osteoporosis started when I was diagnosed with cancer the first time. I had to have chemo and was very sick for a year. I was sedentary while on chemo for a whole year because I was too sick to even take care of myself. When I began to get well I went back to work and tried to forget about it as if it were a very bad dream. In the meantime I found a lump in my breast. Again,,,surgery, chemo, radiation. I am just lucky to be alive. One of the worse complications of all this is osteoporosis. I have broken my arm/wrist and my T7 vertrabrae is fractured. Yes, this is a tough time in my life. I am 64 years old. I am now on a chemo drug called Åromosin, My cancer was HR+. This drug is necessary to prevent the cancer from returning. The side effects of this drug are broken bones, osteoporosis, and many many other side effects. I’m scared as hell to take it, but I’m also scared as hell that the cancer will come back if I don’t. Jeanette

  7. Doreen Hamilton November 4, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I read your books and have been taking your excellent advice.
    In May I fell and suffered a compound fracture of my right ulnar and wrist. Since I am 81 yrs of age my recovery was considered to be guarded at the best.
    However I had complete healing of the bones in my fractured wrist and ulnar within 6 WEEKS!!
    Consider this confusing fact- My diagnosis is still severe osteoporosis- even after such a rapid bone healing.
    I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, that your advice has caused me to heal from a serious fracture in less time than most teenagers would have taken.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 7, 2011, 6:05 pm

      That’s fantastic news, Doreen! I’m glad you were able to heal so quickly — clearly your bones are in great shape! :)

  8. Margaret Cooke November 2, 2011, 6:20 pm

    I am completing treatment for early stage breast cancer and have been advised that I will need to take arimidex for 5 years. My dexa scan shows T scores of 2.2 in hip and 3.0 lumbar spine. I have declined to take Fosamax and opted for diet/ex/supplement. Will this be adequate to compensate for bone loss. What are your views on stronthium in building bone density. Many thanks for emails-really informative.

    • Marilyn Simone November 5, 2011, 8:22 pm

      I also took Arimidex for 5 years and stopped in July 2010. I was told to take Fosamax as a preventative for bone loss with Arimidex. I did take it for six months but I noticed that I had bad joint pain. I stopped the Fosamax at that time and have had no change in my dexa scan since. It actually has improved. Joint pain from the Arimidex did continue, however,but it seems to have eased since finishing the Arimidex I hope you have good luck with the Arimidex.

      • Jeanette November 8, 2011, 6:58 pm

        I’ve had a lot of joint pain, too. I am currently taking “Atelvia” I think it’s the same as fosamax, except you can take it with food.

  9. Mardi Nagy November 2, 2011, 4:22 pm

    One of your best analogies yet! Great story! Point well made!

  10. jean November 2, 2011, 4:13 am

    I have now been told my immune system is down, help, but I do follow the eating advice and your other advice

  11. muiel adamson November 1, 2011, 11:06 am

    I follow your diet for osteoporosis in my spine and leg eating tomatoes. pink grapefruit, and cucumber. I also have arthritis in my wrists and ankle, are these Ok for for this complaint?

  12. gloria October 31, 2011, 10:56 pm

    Is man o’war something like a jelly fish? Never heard this before!

  13. Marylou Martin October 31, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis of the knee and in my lower back. I don’t know which one hurts worse. It is affecting every part of my life. I am in misery after standing or walking a very short time or just a few yards. What can I do? Will physical therapy really help? I don’t want to take pills.

    • Linda Johnston November 1, 2011, 7:11 pm

      Osteoarthritis responds well to hyaluronic acid. It is one of the compounds that make up synovial fluid which helps lubricate our joints. Another product which I have found helpful is Dr. David Williams Joint Advantage Gold. Both of these are supplements that are easily obtained. I am almost 70 yrs old and walk 2 miles every day and have osteoarthritis in my back and knees. I have very little pain.

    • Susan October 31, 2011, 10:51 pm

      Are you sure it wasn’t osteoarthritis you were diagnosed with? I didn’t know there was any pain associated with osteoporosis. I wouldn’t know I had it if it wasn’t for a dexa scan.

      • Jeanette November 8, 2011, 7:01 pm

        I have a lot of pain. some of it is from osteoarthritis and some of it is from osteoporosis. This is very painful. There is nothing “silent” about it, except the embarrassment from my moanings and groanings.

  14. sue October 31, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Actonal was very painful for me after just 5 pills. Tried evista, it was a bad feeling in the calf of the leg. Dr wants me to go on prolia—-very reluctant. He said I would be on some medication sooner or later after a fracture then it would be too late. Very discouraged. Any comments would be welcome.

  15. LESLIE October 31, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    As Always; This Is VERY GOOD ADVICE! Thank You VERY MUCH For SHARING THIS ARTICLE WITH US,On The SPOOK FACTOR!

    LOVE, MS. L.

  16. Yvonne October 31, 2011, 4:51 pm

    Vivian, I recently read in an article that we should take a clacium/collagen combination to properly rebuild our bones. What is your opinion on this? I know our bones are partly collagen so it makes sense to me.

    • Sylinden May 6, 2012, 12:20 pm

      Could you ask your doctor for pain metodaciin? He might even be able to do this over the phone if he is familiar with you. If you don’t have a doctor at this time, you could try to brace the area that hurts and apply heat or cold. I don’t how long you have been suffering with this pain, but perhaps some new fractures have developed to cause this. It is unclear to me if you are taking anyprescribed metodaciin for the osteoporosis or if you are currently under medical care. I am hoping you have a doctor you trust and that he will LISTEN to your concerns.My thoughts are with you take care

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 31, 2011, 7:35 pm

      I haven’t yet researched how taking collagen in supplemental form can help, but I do know that taking collagen precursors can help. At this point I see no harm in taking a calcium/collagen combination.

  17. Leigh October 31, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Vivian, I think you are doing a great service for women (and men) and to common sense. We are in great need confirmation of other rational choices and scientific thinking in this age of commercialism and the wayward pharmaceutical bias that has sadly taken over in mainstream American medical practice. Thank you for helping to lead us away from making health decisions out of fear and ignorance toward more self reliance, and balanced, informed health care.

  18. Shula October 31, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Thank you, Vivian
    Shula

  19. Martha W D Bushnell October 31, 2011, 12:30 pm

    The medical profession does not address the cause of disease, because most diseases are caused by nutritional, mental, and emotional problems that occur in people throughout our lives. The medical profession relieves symptoms, but does not try to correct the underlying causes of the health problem.

    There are spiritual cures available. Most recently the Healing Codes address our mental, emotional, and spiritual imbalance and can deal with curing diseases that the medical profession only has drugs to cover up the symptoms.

    • Vickie Turner October 31, 2011, 10:26 pm

      I love The Healing Codes! I have used them for almost a year now with great success. I also am practical about my health, too, and eat a mostly raw diet & have cut out the processed junk that’s passed off as food. I learn everything I can about the natural way to get and stay healthy. I am also a fan of Jordan Rubin’s “The Maker’s Diet” and Dr. Josh Axe’s radio show & site. I just won’t be spending money on Dr. visits & medication when I can take responsibility for my own health & do what is going to really make a difference in my health.

  20. Linda October 31, 2011, 11:41 am

    Spooky? Very…I am 58 yrs old, was diognosed with osteopenia some years ago. Refused to take any meds the doctor suggested. Then 2 years ago was diogosed with osteoporosis -2.5 T. Still refused to take the meds that were suggested. I always lived a healthy life style, but decided I had better eat more calcium enriched foods, take some supplements & added a little more exercise. I just had another bone density done & this one states I have osteopenia 2.0. ?? Now I am full of questions. Did I reverse the density of my bones? Are they reading the results of the scan correctly? Did I even have osteoporosis in the first place? My gynecologist is no longer recommending the drugs due to the side effects.

  21. Lita Newdick October 31, 2011, 10:18 am

    Vivian, I agree with you 100% about the Spook Factor, The big drug companies exploit the Spook Factor the nth degree with their advertsing. We’re supposed to “ask your doctor” for this new “solution” which may alleviate your syntomps of ABC (or whatever) but they enumerate a long, long list of side effects to watch out for, and one of them may be :”suicidal tendencies” or even “death”!

    It’s very frightening to me, this “drugification of America” and I’m totally with you on your stance regarding osteoporosis.

    Lita Newdick

  22. caroline October 31, 2011, 10:11 am

    Wonderful way to talk about this! Thank you, Vivian!

  23. Lois Gray October 31, 2011, 8:15 am

    Can anyone pls help me with a question I have. For over 2yrs I have suffered terrible pain in my lumber spine. It is constant and nothing helps. I have had MRI, showed nothing, steroid injections in spine, chiropractor and acupuncture. Nothing has worked or shown up. About 8 mths ago I had a dexa scan and had a -3.2 T score in my lumber spine. I did not go along with the Aclasta that my Dr prescribed. I said no to him and he was great just told me to take calcium and vitD with light exercise. I am following Save Our Bones. Is there a connection between the pain and osteoporosis. Is Osteoporosis very painful? pls advise

    • Jeanette November 8, 2011, 10:31 pm

      Yes, I believe it is, and I can only go by what I and my mother have been through. I have also had a diagnosis of “generative disease” in my lumbar area besides a fractured T7 vertrabrae. I am sorry to report from this and what my Mother suffered that it was NOT painless nor was it silent.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 31, 2011, 10:01 am

      Typically, osteoporosis is painful when there are fractures (sometimes even microfractures, especially in the spine). I recommend you search a good Physical Therapist that can help you strengthen your abdominal muscles to support your lumbar spine.

    • Mary Kay Rudeen October 31, 2011, 8:51 am

      My osteo is -3.7T and my back does ache especially if I am on my feet a lot but I go to a place called Neck and Back where I went through a program 4 years ago on all weight machines and then go 3 times a week in the Core room to work out. They have a lumbar machine and other machines that work the muscles and keep the spine strong. It helps a lot!

  24. Dortha October 31, 2011, 7:18 am

    Thanks again Vivian! I am enjoying the change in my life since discovering your program! And I love not having my body (and total being) engulfed with the things I know it does not need! A natural working process is so much more in tune with our bodies and I hear mine saying “thank you” daily.

    • K M October 31, 2011, 9:35 am

      I agree and it is nice to wake up and say ii’s nice to feel better thanks Vivian

  25. Leslie October 31, 2011, 7:08 am

    Great article. So very true that nearly all of the medical profession push pills, shots and a host of other potentially toxic substances our way while not mentioning how we can help ourselves with exception of occasional suggestion of diet changes and exercise for some disorders.
    I’ve never once heard about the alkaline/acid factor which in my opinion could certainly make a huge difference in everyones life.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 31, 2011, 9:58 am

      I believe that the doctors mean well, but are indoctrinated from as early on as medical school to equate prescribing with ‘treating’. And they might not even realize this!

      • Jim November 2, 2011, 4:52 am

        From my experience, they seem to know about the side effects, but they take what they call a ‘calculated risk’ with your health.

  26. Rita Black October 31, 2011, 6:51 am

    Dear Vivian,
    As usual you have hit the nail on the head and emphasised the value of fun and laughter in the daily task of insuring our bone health.
    Rita UK

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 31, 2011, 9:57 am

      Yep, Rita… laughter is a great way to reduce stress :)

  27. Julie October 31, 2011, 6:13 am

    Vivian : Your email on new osteoporosis is truly appreciated. I have switched to alternative natural solutions for treating
    osteoporosis.Physical fitness regimen is also
    a great way to strengthen bones and muscles.
    Keep your research to prevent osteoporosis
    going to give us current/updated. Thanks again.

    Julie

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA October 31, 2011, 9:55 am

      Way to go, Julie!

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