Fear and Dexa Scans

December 5, 2008 0 Comments

A customer called me today with a story about Dexa scans. She has worn the weightvest for about a year and used the rebounder as well so she went for her scan with high hopes of bone density improvement.

Although she had read that it was important to go to the same machine for the followup tests, she found one much cheaper and went there instead. Her results were very upsetting. Her bones were much worse and the doctor was very fear-inducing about her risks. She said she didn’t believe the results and would get the scan done again at her old machine and the doctor gave her money back.

She then went to the old machine and had good improvement in her hips, far above the other test results BUT her spine was supposedly weaker than before. Not as bad as the other machine but not stronger as expected. So she called to see what I thought.

I had just read an article by Dr Shellenbarger, an alternative physician, who said that dexa scans will take different readings within 1/16″ from the previous reading. He said, “The bottom line is that you should take your bone density measurements with a grain of salt. The test can’t tell you how strong your bones are, and the results may not be all that accurate.”

He recommends the urine test that I have recommended for ages, but he has a new name for it – the N-telopeptide test. It is inexpensive and easy to get and you can do it more often because it shows if you are losing bone right at this moment.

Now, it makes no sense to me that a person who is walking and rebounding with a vest on would get stronger bones in her hips and not her spine. Sorry, that is not logical. I would rather believe logic than a bone test machine designed by the same companies that are selling billions of dollars of bone drugs. Call me cynical!

That reminds me of an email that I got recently from a woman who wanted to buy a vest but she was totally incensed that I was giving out erroneous information about the bone drugs and said I was a bad person. I wondered why she needed a vest if the bone drugs were doing her so much good. I think that many women who have been on the drugs for five years have seen the limit of the changes they are going to get and now have to look at alternative solutions. There is only so much old junk that can fit inside the bones.

But here is the main point. If my customer had not been so feisty she would have thought the vest wasn’t working and taken the prescription for Fosomax with a sigh and been on bad drugs for the rest of her life. This is fear-based marketing. And unfortunately, medicine is a marketing game now, not a healing modality. They have old trust on their side and we believe them without stopping to do a little research and thought. It has been pretty well proven that many of the things doctors told us we needed to do are not necessary, from Ceasarians to mammograms, to heart bypasses, to arthroscopic knee surgery, etc., etc. But many doctors are not up with the latest research. My old dinasaur told me last week that ‘hormone doctors’ were ‘fringe’ and vitamins were expensive pee. Heaven help us!

Don’t let them scare you, negative thoughts are powerful. Take your own power back.

Pam

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December 5, 2008 0 Comments
Categories: Bone Drugs, Bone Stories, Lifestyle

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