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Monday, December 04, 2006

Book Review: The Myth of Osteoporosis

"Hip fractures, among all fragility fractures, result in the greatest suffering to the individual. The evidence is indisputable that hip fractures are severe. The injury has a profound impact on a person's quality of life, as evidenced by findings that 80 percent of women more than 75 years old preferred death to a hip fracture resultin in nursing home placement". P69

New Zealand author and health researcher, Gillian Sanson, is now a recognised international expert on osteoporosis. Gillian began her journey of discovery when routine bone density tests revealed a disturbing rate of low bone mineral density in her family, yet no unusual fractures. How could this be?

Her book, "The Myth of Osteoporosis", is written for the ordinary person. In it she asks the hard questions such as: "Where are all those elderly people with fractured hips that we hear so much about?" Are we being conned? And,"Are bone mineral density tests accurate; or are they causing anxiety where there is no cause for concern?" "Do osteoporosis drugs do more harm than good?"

With regards to the last question: I believe that the drugging of millions of women with biphosphenate drugs may become one of the worst medical scandals in history. I am convinced that Gillian is onto something. And why terrorise and drug millions of women when there are much more effective interventions like exercise, sunlight and nutrition???

This book is compelling reading and I recommend it as compulsory reading for all women who are the primary target of what is a money making machine of immense proportions and persuasion.
For more information about osteoporosis and related health issues and to order the book go here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bisphosphonate drugs for Osteoporosis, like Fosamax and Actonel, are taken up by osteoclasts with resulting loss of osteoclast activity and inhibition of bone resorption, and bone remodeling.

Although DEXA scanning confirms increased bone density and studies such as the FIT suggest reduced fracture rate, Susan Ott, MD raises questions about the long term safety of bisphosphonates. Although the bisphosphonates appear to have short term benefits, she speculates that after 5 years of use, there is severe suppression of bone formation with negative effects such as microdamage and brittleness.

Spontaneous Fractures of the Mid-Femur

Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD reports a 59-year old previously healthy woman on long-term alendronate. While on a subway train in New York City one morning, the train jolted, and the woman shifted all her weight to one leg, felt a bone snap, and fell to the floor, suffering a spontaneous mid -femur fracture. This is not an isolated report.

Avacular Necrosis of the Jaw

Dimitrakopoulos reports on 11 patients presenting with necrosis of the jaw, claiming this to be a new complication of bisphosphonate therapy administration, i.e. osteonecrosis of jaws. He advised clinicians to reconsider the merits of the rampant use of bisphosphonates. Osteonecrosis of the jaw is a common finding in pycnodysostosis. The bisphosphonates recreate the same clinical profile of spontaneous mid femur fractures, failure of bone healing and jaw necrosis which tormented the famous French artist, Toulouse Lautrec.

For links to references and more information see my newsletter:

Fosamax, Actonel, Osteoporosis and Toulouse Lautrec's Disease

Jeffrey Dach MD