Alternative Medicine Magazine Exposes Myths Associated With Osteoporosis Danger

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Osteoporosis

Alternative Medicine magazine announced that its April 2007 issue includes a special section focusing on the myth of osteoporosis.

The "Bones of Contention" section calls into question the universally held belief that osteoporosis is a natural and frightening byproduct of the aging process and low bone density causes age-related fractures.

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The National Osteoporosis Foundation calls osteoporosis a "major public health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of people 50 years of age or older." That adds up to a lot of bone mineral density tests and lots of pharmaceuticals.

Business Week Online has estimated the global osteoporosis market at $6 billion and said it's growing at a rate of 25 percent annually. All this raises the question, Has osteoporosis been overhyped? "Bones of Contention" author James Keough, after talking to experts and sorting out the facts, believes it has.

"When we assigned this article, we expected to give our readers ways to prevent bone loss and the inevitable fractures that result," says the magazine's editor-in-chief, Linda Sparrowe. "And we certainly did that. But we discovered something we didn't expect -- that the main premise of osteoporosis is wrong. Low bone density alone does not predict fractures. It appears that doctors may be prescribing billions of dollars worth of medications and tests we don't need." Instead, men and women should look to a number of lifestyle, medical, and dietary factors that contribute to the loss of bone mass.

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