DEXA Scan – Fear Promoter and Drug Marketer – Avoiding the DEXA Scan Won’t Cause a Broken Leg

ANOTHER TEST THAT PREYS ON FEAR

Back in 1994, some very enterprising entrepreneurs found a new way to make a buck. They invented the DEXA SCAN. DEXA, which stands for Dual Energy X-Ray Absorpiometry, is designed to look into a person’s bones and predict the risk of future fractures. And the marketing moguls came out full force on this, assuring everyone, especially women approaching, in, or past, menopause, that they were destined for a fatal hip fracture if they failed to undergo the test.

And then, embracing the best of both worlds, when the test indicated a thinning of bones, as it does with all of us as we age, the patient absolutely needed to be placed on one of the expensive and dangerous bisphosphonate drugs in a heroic effort to avoid the fracture that was certainly lurking in the patient’s future. The marketing people even came up with a new disease to help enhance the profit picture. Osteopenia was invented as a forerunner to Osteoporosis and became the byword of the bisphosphonate manufacturers and vendors.

Today, thousands of women have availed themselves of the DEXA Scan and have been suitably frightened into taking the poisonous drugs that are supposed to protect them against fractures.

INDICATORS SEEM QUESTIONABLE

Well, just how accurate are the DEXA Scans in predicting fractures? Some people simply break bones very easily as they age. Others are sturdier and more resistant to fractures. And age, much more than DEXA Scans predicts these fractures. In a study conducted in Finland, it was found that annual fracture rates increase about one per 10,000 women in their early fifties up to about one in 100 women in their late eighties. So while DEXA scores decline (worsen) with age, fracture rates increase much faster than can be explained by the DEXA scores. A number on a test score is a very poor way of rating an illness.

This is simply a way of marketing with fear. The same forces that invented osteopenia also define an entirely natural process, menopause, as an illness! Any physician who follows the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) guidelines and treats all patients with that organization’s defined low DEXA score will find that he’s failing to address the more than 95% of women who will have a fracture even though they score well on the test. So based on this, you may as well take a look at the birth date on your driver’s license to predict your risk of a fracture.

BETTER OPTIONS

Shamefully, a therapy available worldwide with the exception of the U.S. has appeared which is astonishingly successful in treating osteoporosis without the very dangerous and negative side effects the routinely prescribed bisphosphonate drugs have for Americans. It’s a simple, cheap, readily available mineral that was discovered by the Mayo Clinic in 1955, to be effective in the treatment of osteoporosis. As quickly as it was discovered, the Mayo Clinic discarded it.

Fortunately, our community of alternative physicians have not been sleeping. They know about it too, and have been quietly offering it to their patients for the past twenty years. This mineral, one of the most abundant elements on earth, is strontium. This is not to be confused with Strontium 90, the radioactive isotope! This element has been found to work as a “dual-acting bone agent.” Not only does it reduce the rate of bone turnover, but it also helps build new bone of high quality. Studies conducted with more than 5,000 women over three years has revealed improvements in bone density of 8-14% And the beautiful thing about it is, you can get the stuff in your local health food store for about $150.00 a year!

In Europe and other countries, a patented product, developed in France, has recently made its appearance. Strontium Ranelate, marketed under the name Protelos, has recently appeared. This is not available in the U.S. However, strontium carbonate is readily available here. This is every bit as effective as the patented product. Since it’s a naturally compounded substance and there is no potential for patentability, the pharmaceutical giants have no interest in it as they continue unabashedly promoting their faulty and destructive products.

WHY BOTHER WITH A DEXA SCAN?

When all is said and done, the DEXA scan is hardly ever a necessary expense and always an undesirable exposure to radiation. We all lose bone mass as we age. Thinning bones are a consequence of living longer and we can reduce this bone loss, and rebuild our bones in a way that is so simple, it is almost too good to be true And in a rare instance, the old axiom “when it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” has encountered an exception.


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Exercises for Nurses to Control Back Pain

Industrial studies have shown that nursing has the second highest incidence of all types of non-fatal work-related injuries in the United States. The main factors contributing to back injury and/or back pain for healthcare professionals are lifting or transferring patients and bed-making. In hospitals, nurses working on orthopedic floors, in operating rooms and in the ER are at the greatest risk for occupational injury.

Once a back injury or back pain has occurred muscular stretching and toning is an important part of the healing process. A serious strength and training routine for the back should be faithfully executed as soon as the back is no longer inflamed and painful. Muscular strengthening exercises are important once the back irritation has subsided to help build stability in weak tissue. However, muscles can become damaged further if strengthening exercises are started premature to the healing of the injured area.

It is also equally important to follow a muscular strength and toning regime before back pain or injury occurs. It is important to keep in mind that the body’s musculoskeletal system is all connected. Muscles do not act independently, so in order to stretch and strengthen the back muscles it is also necessary to stretch and strengthen the muscles connected to the back, i.e. the shoulders, neck, arm, hip, thigh, calf and foot muscles. When exercising it is not necessary to feel the stretch in the back itself. For instance, stretching the hamstring loosens the leg muscles, but also takes the strain off the back without directly exercising the back area.

Muscle stretching is a very important element in the healing of most stressed back muscles. Strengthening and lengthening shortened back muscles is essential in preventing further back injury, especially for nurses who go back to work and immediately return to the same tasks that initially caused the back strain.

Talking to a doctor before undertaking an exercise program is recommended. The most effective exercise regimes for back pain are specifically designed for individual cases. Most people who experience back pain find relief from the pain in one of two ways; either by sitting, where the back and hips are in a flexed position, or by standing, where back and hips are extended.

Exercise should be geared toward movements that place the body in the most comfortable position to be of positive effect. For people who find sitting to be an alleviating position, flexion exercises that bend the body forward such as knee to chest movements and sit-ups or curl-ups are recommended. Flexion exercises stretch the back and strengthen the stomach and abdominal muscles.

For those in which standing is the most comfortable position, i. e. usually those with herniated discs, extension exercises which stretch the tissue in the front of the spine are usually more effective. Press up back exercises such as those recommended by Australian doctor Robert MacKenzie often can bring fairly immediate relief from back pain. Back bridges can also serve to strengthen lower back muscles.

Aerobic exercise is recommended to make the heart and other muscles that use oxygen function more efficiently and remain healthier. Aerobic exercise includes walking, swimming or walking in waist-deep water. For those with current back pain, non-weight bearing exercises like those done in water or while swimming are beneficial. Walks should be kept short and easy, avoiding inclines and rough terrain. It is helpful to do aerobic exercise every day.

In addition to the appropriate flexion or extension exercises the following exercises can help prevent or reduce pain:

• Aerobic exercise

• Prone buttocks squeeze

• Pelvic tilts

• Hamstring Stretch

• Hip flexor stretch

• Wall sits

If low back pain is present, there are some exercises that can aggravate back injury and accompanying pain. It is best to avoid the following exercises:

• Straight leg sit-ups

• Bent leg or partial sit-ups if acute back pain is present

• Lifting both legs while lying on the back

• Toe touches while standing.

One often forgotten aide to help prevent back pain, or if injury and pain is already present, is to always wear a nursing shoe with a broad heel for good stability and good support through the arches. A tie shoe that can be tightened with the laces as the shoe stretches is ideal. Comfort should be a priority when choosing shoes. Nursing shoes with run down heels should be replaced as they can result in improper alignment of ankles, knees and hips, making the body more susceptible to injury.

Remember, it is important to work all the connected areas of the body when strengthening the back. Exercise and staying active can make the body less susceptible to occupational injury and may relieve back pain and speed recovery from back injury. Strong stomach, back and leg muscles support the spine better, reducing pressure on the spinal discs and lessening the chances of occupational back injury.


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Lower Back Pain Exercises – Restore Back Health

If a strain or minor injury is causing you lower back pain, then a short period of rest and limited activity for 24 to 72 hours is recommended. However, a lack of motion can make the problem worse. Therefore, it is wise to start gentle movement once you feel it is safe. Don’t allow your fear of pain to keep you down for too long. Use small, gentle movements to start, and build from there.

Your best bet is to use lower back pain exercises that move toward comfortable positions. So combining comfortable, non-strenuous exercise with gentle activity is the way to stay flexible and strong while reducing lower back pain.

There are three basic groups of exercise for this condition:

(1) stretch;

(2) strengthen; and

(3) aerobics.

The easiest form of aerobic exercise for most of us is simple walking. It reduces stress on the lower back by shifting the weight from leg to leg, which is a gentle, steady motion that releases lower back tension. Plus, it’s fun! Who doesn’t want a break in the routine at least once a day? So go for a walk at least three times a week for at least 20 minutes.

Here are some lower back pain exercises to help you stretch and strengthen. As you do each exercise, pay attention to proper form — and again, don’t move any faster or further than you feel is safe.

– Two easy back stretches:

1. A lot of back pain comes from doing desk work. Every hour or so, stand up, spread your feet apart slightly, place your fingertips into the hollow of the lower back, and slowly stretch back so that your shoulders move toward the ceiling. Keeping your balance, reach a comfortable position, and go no further. Hold this position for five to ten seconds. You may want to inhale and exhale “into the lower back” once or twice to help relieve tension. Repeat several times. The reason this works is that it moves the body into a position that is contrary to the sitting at the desk position, so it’s great for breaking up tension. Try it!

2. Lie on the floor in a face-down position. Place the palms against the floor beneath your shoulders. Slowly lift your torso, keeping your hips on the ground as you support with the arms. When you start to feel tension, slowly return to the face-down position. Repeat several times.

– The idea is to curve the body as if you were a cobra. Try to increase the stretch over time, but be careful to avoid pain.

For many of us, it works best to see an exercise demonstrated rather than to read a description. For instance, you can search ” back stretches” on the YouTube site if you want some other ideas. And if you have any chronic back pain or other forms of injury, such as repetitive stress, working with a physical therapist may be your best long-range plan.

– Two easy back strengtheners:

Once you have stretched out, build strength with these exercises.

1. Lie face-down with your arms outstretched. Raise the right leg and left arm several inches above the floor. Count to ten. Rest, then repeat with the opposite leg and arm. As you build strength, think about attaching weights to your ankle and holding a can of soup in each hand. Do this once or twice for recent back pain, then increase your repetitions.

2. Lie face-up with your knees bent. Keep your feet on the floor. Raise your head and shoulders while looking at the ceiling. Count to two. Lower your head and shoulders slowly. Do this a total of 20 times.


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5 Exercises For Lower Back Pain – Right Side

One of the best ways to reduce lower back pain right side is through proper exercise and stretching techniques. The best time to do these is when you are not thinking about it-when you do not have lower back pain right side. Granted, it is very difficult to do exercises to prevent lower back pain right side because unlike exercises that build your physique, the results of back exercises are not apparent and the reward is not visual.

When you re-injure yourself, however, you will have regretted not doing the exercises. The best way to stick to them is by making it part of your daily routine. Do not view them as exercises. They need to be as much a part of you as going to work, walking the dog or playing with your kids and should be taken seriously if you want to reduce your pain.

The first point to remember is that you should always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise or stretching routine to make sure you are reducing your lower back pain right side and not increasing it. The second point to remember is that you need to warm up before you stretch. Do a few jumping jacks or jog around the block. You need to get the blood pumping and the muscles moving before you start stretching or you may end up with more lower back pain right side than when you started. You should warm up, stretch, exercise and warm down, in that order. The third thing to remember is to breath evenly throughout each exercise. Breath in deeply, then breath out slowly.

Exercises for Lower Back Pain Right Side:

1. Lie flat on your back with knees bent. Slowly tighten your abdominal muscles and hold for 5 seconds. Release and repeat up to 10 times. This is a good exercise with which to start.

2. In the same position, now raise your shoulders off the ground a few inches. This is not a crunch as you are not bending. You are lifting yourself only a few inches straight off the ground. Hold for 3 seconds and repeat 10 times and you will feel your core strengthening, a key to avoiding lower back pain right side.

3. The cat and camel has you on all fours. Lower your abdomen so it is completely relaxed and “pooching” out toward the floor. Allow your head to droop as well. Hold for a few moments. This should feel good as it takes all the stress off your lower back. Slowly arch your back in the other direction like a scared cat. Hold for a few seconds and then let yourself back down. Repeat 10 times.

4. Lie flat on your back with legs straight and hands slightly under your rump. Raise both your legs so they are pointing toward the sky. Slowly lower one leg until it is a few inches off the ground, hold for 3 seconds and lift back up. Repeat with the other leg. Do 10 repetitions.

5. Go back to lying on your back with knees bent. Slowly lower both knees to one side and hold. Feel the stretch? Pay attention to your lower back pain right side as you lower your knees to the left. Raise and lower toward the other side. This is an easy exercise to help reduce your pain.


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