The Medical Establishment categorizes osteoporosis as a chronic “disease,” on par with diabetes, kidney disease, and arthritis, to name a few.

No wonder an osteoporosis diagnosis causes great fear and can even lead to depression!

But you shouldn’t take this conventional “wisdom” to heart. In fact, one of the main premises of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is that osteoporosis is not a disease.

So why does the Establishment insist on calling it as such? That’s what you’re about to find out…

The Definition Of Disease

To understand how osteoporosis got categorized as a disease in the first place, it helps to understand the definition of “chronic disease.”

According to Mainstream Medicine, the criteria for a chronic disease (as distinguished from an acute disease) have to do with the time it takes for the problem to develop.

Here’s one definition:

“Acute conditions are severe and sudden in onset. This could describe anything from a broken bone to an asthma attack. A chronic condition, by contrast is a long-developing syndrome, such as osteoporosis or asthma. Note that osteoporosis, a chronic condition, may cause a broken bone, an acute condition.”1 (emphasis added)

Notice the term “syndrome” in the above definition. The use of this term also sheds light on this topic.

According to Merriam-Webster, a syndrome is,

“…a disease or disorder that involves a particular group of signs and symptoms.”2

A “syndrome,” then, is a type of disease, according to the mainstream medical definition.

But osteoporosis is neither a syndrome nor a disease.

Losing The “Disease Definition”: Why It Matters

The psychological and emotional impact of fear, worry, and depression can have a profound impact on your physiological health. This is why it is so crucial to stop thinking of osteoporosis as a chronic disease.

In fact, research shows that depression can play a role in the development of chronic illnesses like diabetes and coronary heart disease, and can negatively influence the outcome of these diseases.3

And the effect is cyclical – chronic illnesses increase the risk of depression:

“Patients with chronic medical illnesses have been found to have two- to threefold higher rates of major depression compared with age- and gender-matched primary care patients.”3

When you have a chronic disease – or think you do – it sets the stage for negative feelings that lead to depression; and depression influences your bone health by raising levels of bone-damaging noradrenaline and affecting your overall sense of well-being.

The Establishment’s insistence that osteoporosis means you are terribly sick with a chronic disease can cause you to “take ownership” of the condition as something debilitating and basically incurable.

In stark contrast, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program emphasizes “disowning” the disease label and taking positive action to build your bones. In Chapter 1, you get step-by-step instructions on how to do just that.

Why The Medical Establishment Wants You To Believe You Have A Disease

Given the negative effects of a “disease mentality,” and the fact that osteoporosis can be reversed with diet and lifestyle changes, it may seem odd that the Medical Establishment would continue to stick to its classification of osteoporosis as a chronic disease.

The reason is actually pretty simple. If the Medical Establishment, including Big Pharma, can convince the public (and doctors) that osteoporosis is a chronic disease, then they can convince their “patients” to take prescription drugs. Of course, drugs don’t “cure” any disease; they simply cover-up symptoms, and in the case of osteoporosis drugs, can actually make the condition much worse. But drugs do line Big Pharma’s pockets with big profits.

Clearly, there’s big money in convincing people they have a chronic disease.

The Program Reveals The Uplifting Truth About Osteoporosis

Here is the definition of osteoporosis as found in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program:

“A condition of the skeletal system, common in middle aged and older individuals, mainly caused by the body’s attempt to correct an unhealthy biochemical imbalance by utilizing the calcium that should normally remain in the bones, causing bone density loss.”

So the first step is to take ownership not of a disease state, but of your health. Then you can move forward with the dietary and simple lifestyle changes (as described in the Program) that restore a bone-healthy biochemical balance.

Big Pharma is failing miserably in its quest to reverse osteoporosis with newer and “better” drugs. The fact is, it is possible to reverse osteoporosis without dangerous drugs, as many Savers from around the world have experienced. And unlike the drugs, it’s 100% safe.

Disowning The Disease

Letting go of the notion that you’ve been diagnosed with a debilitating disease is very uplifting and encouraging. And that’s a fantastic first step toward improving your overall health and the condition of your bones.

As I mentioned above, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is 100% safe. It’s all scientifically-backed, so you can rest assured that the information and protocol are based on sound science. In 15 clearly-written sections with over 200 scientific references, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program promotes a bone health-centered lifestyle, nutritional, and exercise program to reverse osteoporosis and rejuvenate bones.

But the Program does more than guide you along the path to better bone health without medications. It goes to great lengths to point out the deceptions of the Establishment so that you will be fully informed.

For example, the Doctor Communication Tutorials, one of the supplemental guides included with the Program, is especially helpful in providing suggestions for talking with your doctor about your decision to tackle osteoporosis without drugs.

Armed with knowledge, you’ll have the courage to stay firm in your convictions and beliefs. You’ll have peace of mind and the confidence that comes from “disowning” the disease. These are benefits to the Program that go far beyond (yet tie into) the healthful effects on your bones and body.

The Osteoporosis Reversal Program addresses all aspects of health – physical, mental, and emotional – leaving no stone unturned in the battle against osteoporosis.

Isn’t it wonderful to know you’re not “sick”? I know this realization gave me a much-needed boost when I got my osteoporosis diagnosis. My hope is that it will do the same for you.

Till next time,

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References

1 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/18126.htm

2 http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syndrome

3 Katon, Wayne J., MD. “Epidemiology and treatment of depression oin patients with chronic medical illness.” Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. March 2011. 13(1): 7-23. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181964/

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  1. Betty

    Hi Fran I am so glad I found you. I was diagnosed with grand mall artritis about a 1 1/2 years ago and have been on predazone since, Started out @ 60mg, I am now down to 7mg. This is the critical point now making the adrina glands wake up and go to work. I am doing pretty good a little tiredbut not bad. I had abone scan Aug last year and theysaid I have a 47%chance of breaking a hip and wanted me to go on the ” bne killer stuff” biophosphate. They were not picky about which one. I kept draging my feet cauz I new there had to be a better way. Then I found you. I can’t do a lot of the exercises as I have toren rotator cups in both shoulders, but I keep active, (I have a farm, if you know what that means). I heard about a natural drug for osteoprosis called “calatronin (I think I spell it fight) it is the one you spray up the nose. What is your opinion of this? Thank you ani I appreciate all the info. you give us…Betty by the way I will be 80 in July…

  2. Lynn

    Osteoporosis may not be a disease, but it can be a symptom of another chronic disesase, like hyperparathyroidism, or hypothyroidism.

    So it’s great to get all this nutrition and exercise info, but it seems like it would be wise to make sure that there are no actual diseases causing the bone loss too! Especially if it is dramatic and rather sudden!

  3. Babs

    I agree with you about taking medication for osteoporosis,I don’t take any for that,but I have to take anticonvulsants due to having epilepsy , I know they have effect on my bones do you know how much it is.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Babs,
      All drugs have an acidifying effect on the body, so if you’re taking a medication you clearly need on a regular basis, that’s all the more reason to follow an alkalizing diet to offset any bone-damaging effects from the drug. 🙂

  4. Kay

    Dear Vivian, What’s the saying, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him/her drink it!” I have had ALL your programs for several years now and I do have osteoporosis but for some reason couldn’t get started until my friend shared that she has it and I immediately told her about the Osteoporosis Reversal Program and all that goes with it – she joined right away… Then, it OCCURRED to me I’d better haul out the programs and start myself since I just took my second fall in 1 year tripping over another curb! Fortunately, nothing ever broke (I have always taken True Osteo which I’m sure helped) however I am not just banking only on the calcium. I consider myself fortunate and plan never to have a near miss like those again. I started on my Cleanse Program first and am finishing that up in a couple of days. (You are right… “Planning” is the key!!!!!. I studied everything and did my shopping according to what I wanted to eat and what recipes I wanted to fix during the 7 day cleanse. I am really enjoying it, especially since I can fix more than one serving so don’t need to fix something for every meal every minute I have go-to stuff already fixed in my fridge. And, I am not hungry! Feels just right to be able to go right into eating the Save Our Bones way and exercise! Thank you again Vivian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Dear Kay,
      I am so glad you avoided a fracture, and I am thrilled for both you and your friend! Sometimes it just takes the right motivation, and it sounds like you are more than ready to jump in to the Program with both feet. 🙂 Go for it!

  5. Judy Drabiuk

    Loved all your comments. They mean even more to me now.
    I was recently diagnosed with opteopenia. My doctor said he would order another bone density test in a couple of years. Then he would take it from there, saying I might even have to start taking some drugs. That sent shivers up my spine.
    I took it as an opportunity to start on the program. I’m doing the exercises that are e-mailed, have the book (trying to follow the diet) have the Bone Apetite book and am taking TrueOsteo. Hopefully I will show an improvement on the next scan…

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Welcome, Judy! Thank you for inspiring others by sharing your decisions and experience.

  6. Marlene Villar

    Dear Vivian,
    An Excellent article ! Thank you very, very much for an
    encouraging, and uplifting e-mail. I truly appreciates
    everything you continue sharing with us.
    Have a wonderful day and take care always. Marlene

  7. Jane Shapiro

    I have been incorporating your exercises and many of your nutrition suggestions for over a year. I am an actenol failure, and am relieved I’m off the drug!! Mostly I feel reassured and much healthier, tho I could stand to cheat less on the acidifying foods!!
    Thank you so much for this very encouraging program.

  8. Barbara

    Hi Vivian,

    Just to say thank you for all your wisdom and advice. I have been following the program for over a year now and feel great. I have long ago shaken off the notion that I am diseased even following my initial assessment with an osteoporosis specialist a year and a half ago who told me at the time, quote – “If you won’t take the medication, I may as well order your wheelchair today”!
    I feel well and healthy,have a good diet and feel much stronger because of the exercises and I do Pilates once a week.
    So life is good!
    Thank you!

    Barbara

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Hi Barbara,
      It took courage for you to stand up to such a comment from the osteoporosis specialist! You chose to disown the disease and now you are reaping the rewards. Keep up the great work!

  9. Rita

    Hi everyone
    Just a thought …………. have any of you had a hormonal check done !! I`ve had one and been advised that i have extreamly low levels ( almost nil ) of progesterone , tostesterone and estrogen. I am 62 years old and am now taking Bio Identical hormones to address my osteoporosis & insomnia which I`ve had for a few years. Why not google it ….. i did 🙂

    • Jan Musgrove

      I am also struggling with insomnia,if I take the sleep aid products that are natural I feel groggy in the morning. If you find a answer to insomnia let me know. Jan

    • Behroze mirza

      Hi Rita,

      I have been struggling with insomnia too, any suggestions!

  10. Fran Bowen

    How can I stop shrinking. I used to be 5′ 8″ and I am now down to 5′ 5″ in 5 years!!! I have also found that my shoe size has gone from a size 6 to a size 5. Any suggestions

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