The Save Institute has always been a natural health advocate, questioning Big Pharma, the Medical Establishment and dubious medical technology.
One of the many tools used to convince doctors to prescribe dangerous and ineffective osteoporosis drugs has recently come under scrutiny for lying to its users and promoters about its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Amazingly, the disavowal came from none other than the WHO itself, further showing the dismal failure of the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool, commonly known as FRAX®.1
In today’s post you’ll discover the story behind the flawed Fracture Risk Assessment Tool and the unbelievable conflicts of interest surrounding its creation.
FRAX®: An Assessment Tool With A Foregone Conclusion
I’d like to first clarify that the Save Institute has been holding the legitimacy of FRAX® to the fire from the get-go.
FRAX® is an evaluation tool that is marketed primarily to doctors as an aid to assessing fracture risk, diagnosing osteoporosis and osteopenia, and prescribing the harmful and ineffective osteoporosis drugs pushed by Big Pharma.2
It was developed in 2008 by a task force led by Professor John Kanis at the University of Sheffield in the UK with the support of several Osteoporosis and bone health organizations. While it is true that the WHO had designated this University of Sheffield department as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, the organization has now disclosed that it did not fully review, evaluate or approve FRAX®.
The integrity of the research that led to the creation of the FRAX model was egregiously compromised by the direct conflicts of interest. Unrestricted research grants were given to Professor Kanis by Merck, Lilly, Pfizer, and virtually every other giant pharmaceutical corporation.3 Savers will not be surprised to learn that this is standard operating procedure between medical researchers, Big Pharma, and some healthcare providers.
Why Is That So Appalling?
The researchers created a “tool” to legitimize the need for doctors to prescribe drugs manufactured by the companies who funded the research. That’s more than just suspicious, it’s a clear case of scientists accepting money to produce results that benefit their funders, even if those results are unreliable, useless and harmful to untold thousands of lives.2
The way this particular gambit functions is that the FRAX® calculator provides broader means for health care providers to assess fracture risk, meaning that more patients are diagnosed with a high risk of fracture. And the sad reality is that doctors are trained to prescribe medicines, so once they have a diagnosis, they immediately prescribe osteoporosis drugs.
The lower the threshold for (wrongly) declaring a pharmaceutical necessary, the more money those big drug companies rake in. It’s ludicrous that anyone would trust a diagnostic tool effectively paid for by the companies who stand to profit from the diagnosis, especially given that there are other means of evaluating bone health.
We’re Just Getting Started
As if all the facts mentioned so far weren’t a clear enough signal that the science behind FRAX® is dubious at best, based on the new disclosure by the WHO, they have been profiting from a misleading and unauthorized use of the World Health Organization’s name and logo.
Their statement states quite plainly that:
“…the FRAX® tool to evaluate fracture risks of patients is not a ‘WHO tool’ and has not been developed, endorsed, evaluated or validated by WHO, notwithstanding any public statements and claims to that effect.”1
And yet we rarely see the FRAX® tool recommended or discussed without the mention of the World Health Organization. The American College of Rheumatology describes the tool as “developed by the World Health Organization.”4 The International Osteoporosis Foundation recommends its use as “The WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool.”5 You can see why the WHO is attempting to clear their name of association with the product.
Their statement goes on to say as follows:
“…it should be clear that any treatment recommendations integrated within the FRAX® tool have not been evaluated by WHO’s Guidelines Review Committee and should not be construed as WHO-endorsed recommendations.”1
You Can’t Review What You Can’t See
If you’re wondering why they don’t just review the tool and make a decision, there’s a terrifying reason. The creators and owners of the diagnostic tool won’t disclose to anyone how it functions. The company has refused to share its methodology!
The WHO states as follows:
“WHO has no access to the algorithms, coefficients or underlying data on which the FRAX® tool and its national variations have been developed. Consequently WHO is unable to, and does not, express any opinion regarding the scientific value of the FRAX® tool.“1
No one is able to evaluate the scientific value of the tool, because its creators have taken the highly unscientific step of hiding how it works, making replication and verification of its methods impossible.
Even the doctors who are using this tool to diagnose (or misdiagnose) patients with osteoporosis and osteopenia, a condition that describes merely a risk of a risk, do not know how it works.
Not Falling For Lies And Hype
The Save Institute has always held a cautionary and negative view of FRAX®, and has warned from the get-go of its failures. Chapter two of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is dedicated to explaining the flawed process of diagnosing osteoporosis and all the medical equipment and systems that are used. It includes a detailed discussion of DXA scans and FRAX®.
Here’s an excerpt on FRAX® from the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, Chapter Two, page 28:
“The FRAX calculator completely ignores several important factors affecting bone health, especially those relating to lifestyle, such as diet and exercise. As flawed as this system may be, FRAX represents a small step forward in reminding doctors to not only rely on DXA scans. The FRAX score can make doctors aware that patients who fit the osteoporosis T-score parameters may not really be at high risk for fracture and can therefore make a prescription determination accordingly.”
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program will show you how to turn a frightening diagnosis into an empowering, and healthful life without ever having to take dangerous and toxic osteoporosis drugs. So if you did not get it yet, give it a try. And with our one year, no-questions-asked money-back guarantee, there’s no risk whatsoever. So why risk not knowing how to tackle your bone health naturally?
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Till next time,
2 Teppo L.N. Järvinen, MD PhD, Jarkko Jokihaara, MD PhD, et. al. “Conflicts at the heart of the FRAX tool” CMAJ. 2014 Feb 18; 186(3): 165–167. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.121874. Web: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3928201/
3 Appendix to: Järvinen TLN, Jokihaara J, Guy P, et al. Conflicts at the heart of the FRAX tool. CMAJ 2013. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.121874. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/suppl/2013/12/23/cmaj.121874.DC1/frax-jarvinen-1-at.pdf