The Merck Manual (the world's best-selling medical textbook and published, ironically, by the makers of Fosamax) defines osteoporosis as
“A systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture.”
Put in simpler terms, the Merck Manual defines osteoporosis as the loss of bone mineral density. But if you notice, it fails to explain what causes osteoporosis – it only describes the condition.
If we were to think along the same lines as Merck, when aging skin loses collagen and is more likely to wrinkle, is that a “skin disease”? Of course not!
As revealed in-depth in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, a true definition of osteoporosis must explain its root cause (more often than not, conventional medicine treats the symptoms but not the source). In a nutshell, and based on a number of medical studies, osteoporosis and osteopenia are caused by our bodies trying to correct a very crucial biochemical imbalance – and surprisingly it's not related to a calcium
When defined this way, it becomes clear that osteoporosis is NOT a disease.
And here's what Dr. Karl Insogna, Director of the Bone Center at Yale School of Medicine has to say about our ability to rebuild strong and healthy bones:
“We tend to think of the skeleton as at inert erector set that holds us up and doesn't do much else. That's not true. Every bit as dynamic as other tissues, bone responds to the pull of muscles and gravity, repairs itself, and constantly renews itself.”
Basically Dr. Insogna is confirming that our bones are “living” tissue, that can regenerate and strengthen themselves, as long as you know what to do. In fact 5-10% of all our bone tissue is renewed during one year!
Amazingly, this turns everything we've been told about osteoporosis upside down… because if osteoporosis is not a “disease”, then it can be reversed without resorting to dangerous prescription drugs.
But unfortunately mainstream medicine takes this flawed approach:
1. Get a Bone Mineral Density test
2. Quickly review it to see if the T-score fits the diagnostic guidelines
3. And if it does, hand out a prescription. Oh, and don't forget to remind the patient that if she doesn't take the medicine she'll end up in a wheel chair and maybe even die.
But don't fret – there is a better way.
For now, stay strong,