Frankly, some of this week’s osteoporosis news is downright offensive.
Just when you thought the Establishment couldn’t get any more outrageous, they top themselves. Instead of looking at the validity of scientific theories that question their authority, they’ve just decided you’re simply not smart enough to understand scientific thinking.
Also, Big Pharma is getting sneakier about increasing osteoporosis drug sales. But there’s good news as well – brand new research confirms what the Osteoporosis Reversal Program has been saying for years: tensile strength is key in preventing fractures. Unfortunately, this study could be swept under the rug, because it could signal the end of drugs that attempt to “cure” osteoporosis by only increasing bone density and worsening tensile strength. Time will tell…
As you can see, this week’s news is definitely interesting!
Half Of Americans Believe In At Least One Medical “Conspiracy” (Because They're Dumb And Not Educated, According To The Medical Establishment!)
It looks like the Medical Establishment is getting desperate.
A University of Chicago survey shows that people are thinking for themselves. But instead of refuting people’s scientifically-backed, evidence-based beliefs, they’re labeling these beliefs as “conspiracy theories.”
About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. …
J. Eric Oliver, the study's lead author from University of Chicago, said people may believe in conspiracy theories because they're easier to understand than complex medical information. …
For the new study, Oliver and his colleague used data from 1,351 adults who answered an online survey between August and September 2013. The data were then weighted to represent the U.S. population. …
For example, three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures… They include the theory that the government knows cell phones cause cancer but does nothing about it, that genetically modified organisms are being used to shrink the world's population, that routine vaccinations cause autism and that water fluoridation is a way for companies to dump dangerous chemicals into the environment. …
The survey results suggest people who believe in medical conspiracy theories may approach their own health differently, the researchers said. …
Oliver said the findings may have implications for doctors.
Instead of viewing patients who believe in conspiracy theories as crazy, he said doctors should realize those patients may be less likely to follow a prescription regimen.
“‘It's important to increase information about health and science to the public,’ he said. “I think scientific thinking is not a very intuitive way to see the world. For people who don't have a lot of education, it's relatively easy to reject the scientific way of thinking about things.’”1
In other words, the researchers think uneducated people are the ones who reject conventional wisdom.
In fact, the opposite is true!
What the researchers don’t realize is that the so-called “conspiracy theories” are clear evidence that the general population can think scientifically and therefore, can read right through the misinformation that’s being fed to them.
Take, for example, the belief that “U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures.” This is not a conspiracy theory; U.S. regulators (namely, the FDA) do in fact prevent people from getting natural cures, and here’s how.
The FDA’s definition of a drug forces companies to go through an “approval process”. And the approval method for drugs is so complex and expensive, that makers of breakthrough natural cures often can’t get the funds to go through the onerous approval process.
On the other hand, Big Pharma has billions of dollars to get their (often dangerous!) drugs “approved”, so doctors can prescribe them because they are “safe”. Unfortunately, the drug approval process is notoriously corrupted, and typically, it is only after the drug does its damage that the FDA suddenly admits there is a problem.
Take another example: the belief that “water fluoridation is a way for companies to dump dangerous chemicals into the environment.” This is historical fact, not conspiracy theory. As I write in The Missing Link, the bonus report on water and water safety included with the Osteoporosis Reversal Program:
… in 1939, …biochemist Gerald J. Cox, sponsored by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), experimented with fluoride in laboratory rats and concluded that fluoride reduces cavities. He then proposed that the U.S. should fluoridate its water supplies, something that would turn the tables around for the aluminum and fertilizer producers. Instead of having to pay to get rid of the fluoride waste, as these companies were forced to do, with this new proposal municipalities would buy the fluoride from the companies in order to add it to the water supply.”
The bottom line is, the Medical Establishment does not like for you to think for yourself. They’d rather label you as ignorant and uneducated, because that is the only way they can explain your rejection of their “science.”
With the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you have all the education and knowledge you need to know the truth about osteoporosis, and to make your own informed health decisions.
Big Pharma Finds Clever New Way To Sell More Drugs: Expand The Parameters Of Osteoporosis Diagnosis!
The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) has recently expanded its criteria for an osteoporosis diagnosis. This means more people will be diagnosed, which paves the way for Big Pharma to sell even more osteoporosis drugs. Don’t be surprised about this! Members of NBHA include several pharmaceutical giants, including Merck and makers of DXA scan machinery, such as Hologic.
The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA) Clinical Diagnosis of Osteoporosis Working Group recommends expanding the criteria for making a diagnosis of osteoporosis to include all post-menopausal women and all men age 50 and over who are demonstrated to have an elevated risk for fracture. …
‘Identifying people at risk for fracture helps prevent future fractures, which is the key to sparing many older Americans from the pain, suffering and reduced quality of life associated with broken bones and producing enormous cost savings for the healthcare system,’ said Ethel Siris, MD, director of the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center at Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, chair of the NBHA Clinical Diagnosis of Osteoporosis Working Group, and member of the NBHA executive committee. ‘By expanding the clinical diagnosis of osteoporosis, our goal is to create a new understanding of what the disease represents, allowing older adults with an increased risk for fracture to be appropriately diagnosed and treated for osteoporosis, and to ensure those adults who clearly suffer from osteoporosis are diagnosed.’
The standard criterion today for diagnosing osteoporosis among post-menopausal women and older men in the U.S. is a T-score of less than or equal to -2.5 at the spine or hip as measured by bone mineral density (BMD) testing. The NBHA working group recommends continuing to use T-scores as one method for diagnosis, but expands the criteria to allow a diagnosis for individuals who have experienced a hip fracture and those with osteopenia (low bone mass) who suffer a spine fracture, shoulder fracture, pelvis fracture, and in some cases wrist fracture. Having any of these fractures after minimal trauma is associated with a high risk of additional future fractures.”2
As Savers know, T-scores are only one aspect of bone health anyway. Tensile strength is far more important in preventing fractures (as we’ll discuss later in this post). The Medical Establishment focuses on the scores because they need a set of criteria for “diseases” and to prescribe drugs.
Now those criteria are being expanded, opening the way for even more doctors to “treat” their osteoporosis patients with prescription drugs.
What they fail to recognize is that both bone density and tensile strength can be increased with a pH-balanced diet and targeted exercises. You have a natural option so you don’t need to fear fractures and dangerous drugs.
Finally! New Study Confirms Lack of Bone Flexibility Causes Fractures
This is huge news, but it bears clarifying that at Save Our Bones, we’ve been saying this from the very beginning. Now thanks to a brand new study, Mainstream Science is finally starting to catch up with us.
This discovery has the potential to re-shape the osteoporosis landscape, but my prediction is that it will take a long time. Why? Because it forces Big Pharma and by extension, the Medical Establishment, to change their approach on how to treat osteoporosis.
New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of ‘goo’ trapped between tiny crystals, allowing movement between them. It is flexibility that stops bones from shattering. [emphasis mine]
Latest research shows that the chemical citrate — a by-product of natural cell metabolism — is mixed with water to create a viscous fluid that is trapped between the nano-scale crystals that form our bones.
This fluid allows enough movement, or ‘slip’, between these crystals so that bones are flexible, and don’t shatter under pressure. It is the inbuilt shock absorber in bone that, until now, was unknown.”3
While the exact nature of this “goo” is a recent discovery, the role of flexibility in preventing fractures is nothing new to Savers. As I write in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program,
Bones are made up of 65% mineralized collagen that gives bones their solid infrastructure and 35% collagen matrix shaped like a crisscrossed protein, similar to a beehive. The collagen matrix is made of nutrients and minerals that give flexibility to the bones so they can resist breaking.”
Time will tell whether this information will give rise to a whole new class of osteoporosis drugs or simply get swept under the rug. Of course, any change in the way osteoporosis is treated by Mainstream Medicine will take time, because new drugs will need to be patented. Current osteoporosis drugs – particularly bisphosphonates – actually harden bone, rendering it less flexible.
Savers can look at this knowledge and take comfort in the fact that, by following the Program that focuses on all the important bone health components, including tensile strength, they’re doing the right thing for their bones.
Till next time,
1 “Half of Americans believe in at least 1 medical conspiracy theory.” Foxnews.com. March 19, 2014. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/03/19/half-americans-believe-in-at-least-1-medical-conspiracy-theory/?intcmp=trending
2 “National Bone Health Alliance Clinical Diagnosis of Osteoporosis Working Group Position Paper Published by Osteoporosis International.” Digital Journal. March 19, 2014. http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1799807
3 “Shock-absorbing ‘goo’ discovered in bone.” Science Daily. March 24, 2014. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140324154013.htm