The Best Treatments for Osteoporosis
Why Bone Health Takes a Back Seat to Pharmaceutical Drugs
If the best treatments for osteoporosis are what you're looking for, this article will give you some documented reasons why conventional treatments for osteopenia and osteoporosis are tackling the problem of bone density in the wrong way. Drugs in the bisphosphonate family, including Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast, and Actonel may improve bone density, but they do it by interfering in the natural process of removing old, brittle bone so that new, flexible bone can replace it.
Indeed, the best treatments for osteoporosis are essentially free, but you are unlikely to hear much about them from your doctor.
Vitamin D from daily sun exposure or fish oil supplements, calcium from vegetable sources (not milk products), regular weight-bearing exercise, and access to trace minerals in bio-available form are the real keys to building and maintaining healthy bones, but few doctors are trained in human nutrition. They are trained to use pharmaceutical drugs to treat various conditions.
So why is you doctor most likely prescribing Fosamax or Boniva?
To get the answer to this question, which is the key to getting the best treatments for osteoporosis, you must "Follow the money trail".
To do this, you must understand a little about how the doctor, if he or she is an MD, is trained and compensated. The pharmaceutical industry -- which has a strong financial interest in funding medical schools and influencing their curriculum -- is not interested in natural cures for anything because they cannot be patented and thus, controlled for making long-term profits.
(Besides, it is far more profitable to manage a disease, rather than provide a cure -- if one was even available. The Big pharmaceutical companies are not humanitarian organizations. They are businesses that are solely motivated by profit. They are not sworn to the Hippocratic Oath, as MDs are.)
Natural substances, such as nutrients, hormones, and herbs cannot be patented, so the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in them. There is not enough profit potential to risk the huge investment in testing and getting a product approved by the FDA for that purpose.
The pharmaceutical companies therefore, must always create a synthetic chemical that does something that sounds like it would help the patient. Whether it actually does help them -- or it harms them -- are matters for the attorneys and public relations experts to handle.
When testing the newly created substance for safety and effectiveness, who do you think pays for and often even conducts all the testing? Hint: It's not the FDA!
If you guessed that it is the drug companies themselves and/or their hired third-party laboratories, you are correct! This opens up many avenues for fraud, which can be perpetrated by throwing out testing that doesn't bring back favorable results (Seriously, this is done!) or by adjusting the test procedure to cause a favorable outcome for the product being tested.
This happens more often than we would like to believe it does. When it takes 60,000 deaths due to the once-popular arthritis medicine Vioxx, before the drug is recalled -- even though the dangers were known in advance -- this should give the public an indication of where the pharmaceutical industry's heart is located.
So, if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, and you are looking for the best treatments, you may want to look further than the bisphosphonate drugs your doctor is recommending. Doctors, unless they are naturopaths, chiropractors, or sometimes osteopaths, tend to sell products made by the pharmaceutical industry. They make no money, nor do they get free trips to Hawaii, when they suggest natural solutions for thinning bones, although these are the best treatments for osteoporosis.
If you are one of the rare people who want to do their own research to find out what scientists who have no financial interest in their research have to say about the best treatments for osteoporosis, take a look at this short article with scientific studies referenced below.
What Unbiased Science Says About the Best Treatments for Osteoporosis
- Osteoporosis: Science Doesn't Support Milk Industry Claims
Scientific research has consistently shown that cow's milk does not prevent osteoporosis. What really causes osteoporosis?
How Big Pharma Influences What Your Doctor Prescribes
- Eli Lilly admits to more than $200 million dollars worth of doctor payoffs
The link title says it all.
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