A reader recently wrote to ask me if I had taken a Dexascan to prove that my body is now healthy and my bones strong. I replied to her that, after all the research I’ve done over the past four years, I no longer have any faith in Dexascan testing or what it purports to “prove.” I received all the proof I needed that my bones were working perfectly when I my shoulder break healed in record time from a bike accident that happened in June, 2008.
You can read the whole story of how the drug companies escalated the diagnosis of osteoporosis by reading “How a Bone Disease Grew to Fit the Prescription” at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121609815. If the article makes you mad, remember that the emotion of anger is meant to move you to action, not to be held inside where it can fester. What to do? Choose what you know is best for your body, and stay the course. Let your anger be the seed of a renewed determination to protect your health, regardless of pressures put on you by family, friends, or physicians. Then, once you have found your way, spread the word to others.
Like the featured woman in this article, I am past the age of menopause, and a natural thinning of the bone is to be expected as normal. After all, I am no longer bearing children, and my body knows this. Also, I am a small-boned woman, and I will never have the bone density of a woman of a regular or heavy build. What’s important is that I eat healthy foods–preferably in an 80% alkaline, 20% acid ratio, exercise daily (including weight bearing exercise and stretching), get 20 minutes of sunlight every day, and sleep 7-8 hours per night. That’s the natural prescription for strong bones and a flexible, energetic body. And, the only side effect of this prescription is good health!
God bless you,