Every year the disease causes 1.5 million painful, often life threatening fractures. In fact, almost one in two women will experience osteopathic failure. The most commonly fractured
bones are the spinal vertebrae [referred to as "spontaneously crushed vertebrae, "due to the fact that the vertebrae simply crumble-Ed.], the bones in the wrist, and the hipbones. Due to the brittleness of the bones involved, and difficulty in healing them, these fractures usually bring independent living to a screeching halt.
Researchers now estimate that the incidence of fractures requiring hospitalization doubles every five years after the age of fifty. In
fact, women can lose up to 20% of total bone mass following
menopause. Worse yet, up to one-third of those who endure hip
fractures due to this dreaded disease could die within one year.
Furthermore, over 50% of fracture victims remain in need of
assistance for the remainder of their lives.
The prognosis for this terrible disease
According to osteoporosis researcher and
author Betty Kamen, Ph.D."More women
die from osteoporosis-related fractures than
from breast cancer, cervix and uterus
combined. Osteopathic fractures are the
cause of over 200,000 deaths annually in
the U.S., which is about one-tenth of all
deaths. Additionally, health care costs for
osteoporatic fractures alone were nearly
The health care system is becoming so
overburdened with cases of osteoporosis,
some experts believe this disease alone
could bankrupt the Medicare system. The
growth rate of the disease among elderly
Americans of both sexes is now
exponential. According to Professor William
A. Peck, Dean of the Washington
University College of Medicine. "The
incidence of osteoporosis increases as the
population ages. It is not a linear or
geometric increase, but exponential, that is,
potency times potency."
One fallacy that continues to be pushed
in the popular media is that osteoporosis
is strictly a women's disease. It's true that
the vast brunt of the bane of osteoporosis
falls on women. However, according to
bone density specialist Dr. Eric Orwall of
the Oregon Health Sciences University,
"Men get osteoporosis just like women
do. It's just that the frequency is greater
How much greater? According to recent
research figures, 80 percent of all victims
are women, whereas 20 percent are male.
Osteoporosis is not only a condition
afflicting older adults and women who
are post-menopausal, but also affects
middle-aged Americans by the
thousands, driving medical care costs
higher and higher and sending shock
waves through the health insurance
industry. At the current rate of increase,
the best estimate for just fifty years from
now is a staggering annual medical bill
of $82 billion just from Osteoporosis
Little wonder then that medical science
is now searching frantically for a
solution to this extremely painful and agonizing illness.
In the past few years, articles in the popular press have hailed the FDA'S trials and subsequent approval of several new expensive, synthetic pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis. Unfortunately for the osteoporosis sufferer, these "wonder drugs" come with painful and even debilitating side effects that the media has downplayed. And while the large drug companies enjoy the media's blind support and the FDA's stamp of approval hailing the medicines as along awaited"milestone" in the battle against this dangerous and deadly chronic degenerative disease, they continue to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the mass marketing and popularization of their potentially dangerous product. This troubles us ...and should concern you, too.