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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.

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