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Beware of this risky bone-scan scam – whether you’re a woman or a man

It’s a dangerous trap that only we women used to worry about.

But now, guys, they’re coming for you, too.

For years I’ve been warning you how the mainstream uses unreliable bone scans to force millions of women onto osteoporosis drugs they don’t need.

And some of these meds are the riskiest around.

Now there’s a new push to start screening men the minute their AARP cards show up in the mail.

It’s a scheme that could make Big Pharma a fortune — and that could leave you battling everything from serious bone breaks to cancer.

A bone to pick

Believe it or not, May is National Osteoporosis Month.

And if the mainstream has its way, it’s going to be bigger than Christmas and Thanksgiving put together.

You see, a new study out of Houston Methodist Hospital is the latest to tell guys they should line up for bone density scans.

And they want men to start up even sooner than women — at age 50!

Dr. Mary Ruppe, who authored the report, said that women have a “screening safety net” that men don’t, and it’s time to change that.

But that safety net is more like a dragnet.

Because the DXA scan used to diagnose bone problems — and the drugs handed out to treat them — come with some dark secrets that specialists like Dr. Ruppe won’t be talking about. For example:

DXA Secret #1: Experts call the DXA scan the most unreliable medical test you can get. And just about anything can throw off the results, like the clothes you’re wearing or the technician’s method of giving it.

DXA Secret #2: Different brands of scanners give out wildly different results. While one may say you’re fine, another might diagnose you as ready to fall to pieces any second.

In other words, DXA scans regularly result in people getting bone meds they never needed.

And the drugs that are dispensed to strengthen your bones after a low-score DXA scan, ones such as Fosamax, Boniva and Reclast, are as dangerous as they get.

For one thing, they’re known to actually cause bone fractures. And Fosamax has been linked to esophageal cancer and an irregular heartbeat. Boniva’s side effects include vision changes, severe stomach pain and difficulty breathing.

Plus that, women — and men — who take these bisphosphonate drugs can’t even get a tooth pulled if necessary. These meds can cause a jaw condition called ONJ that can leave an open, non-healing socket in your gum that can require reconstructive surgery.

And even if you aren’t diagnosed with osteoporosis after a DXA scan, you’re still at risk of being prescribed one of these drugs for the non-condition called “osteopenia.”

No matter what you read on your news feed or see on the nightly newscast, there are plenty of ways for both men and women to keep their bones strong without ever going near one of these drugs.

Regularly taking vitamin D is one very important way. Another is taking vitamin K supplements made from natto or nattokinase.

Vitamin K actually works with with D to protect bones. And adding K is especially important if you’re taking calcium.

“Men aren’t routinely screened for bone loss” HealthDay, May 13, 2016,