A headline in The Wall Street Journal read: “Men are new target for osteoporosis treatment.”
And that really hit the nail on the head, because turning men into a “target” is exactly what Big Pharma is doing.
Load. Lock. Shoot.
Not satisfied with all the women it has targeted for years with dangerous bone drugs that actually increase the risk of bone fractures, Big Pharma has now set its sight on men.
But where do you begin with such a grand (and wicked) plan? I mean, convincing men to take a drug that is usually given for a condition mostly found in women, like osteoporosis, is not exactly an easy sell.
Well, first you need a “study” or a “pilot programme”.
Then you need a researcher who will lead the programme… One like Prof. Peter Ebeling, who has a long list of “declared interests” linking him to top drug company executives. Pharmaceutical giants like Merck, Sanofi, Novartis, and Eli Lilly are just some of his Big Pharma friends who have him on their payrolls.
See, this “pilot project” is sponsored by Merck and it is already running in three medical centres, in the US. The plan is to clampdown on any man who ends up in one of these hospitals with a broken bone and to hustle him into taking a bone-density test or DEXA scan – the “gold standard” test that will tell you how likely you are to break a bone.
Previously, we told you how these DEXA scans produce plenty of false results, which in turn leads to the over-prescription of risky osteoporosis drugs being given to thousands of patients. (More on this a bit later).
And that’s exactly the goal of this project: To see how many men can be started on drugs like Boneva or Prolia.
One of the three hospitals that is part of the project, Georgetown University Hospital, is already reporting that the number of patients put on these drugs has increased “significantly.”
These osteoporosis drugs aren’t just your run of the mill dangerous drugs. They’re actually a step above dangerous. They can cause fractures all on their own, not to mention cancer, heart inflammation, bone death, and low calcium levels that can be life-threatening.
So if you’re a man (or a woman) and you’re being coerced into a bone-density or DEXA scan here’s what you need to know:
– The bone-density scan is said to be just about the most unreliable medical test you can get, one prone to problems and errors.
– You can get a different result each time, and different brands of scanners vary as much as 20 per cent in readings.
– It’s such an unreliable test that experts say it takes around 10 years to overcome its margin of error.
If you want to keep, or build strong bones, take vitamins D and K regularly. It is simple, inexpensive and it actually works. (And vitamin K is especially important if you’re taking calcium.)
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“Men are new target for osteoporosis treatment” Dana Wechsler Linden, March 23, 2015, The Wall Street Journal, wsj.com