Conventional medical researchers
around the world are scratching their heads over new research published in the
Archives of Internal Medicine that shows a strong correlation between
depression and osteoporosis. Amazingly, none of them apparently have the presence
of mind to consider the simple, common cause behind both conditions: Chronic
vitamin D deficiency.
This new research found that 17 percent of women with depression showed thinner
hip bones, while only 2 percent of non-depressed women showed the same thinness
of hip bones. The mainstream media is reporting on the study in articles like
this one at the BBC:
The more idiotic media outlets are even reporting that depression causes
osteoporosis. See this article in The Hindu:
Note that the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine makes
absolutely no causal relationship between depression and osteoporosis. It only
points out a correlation. Leaping to the conclusion that one disease actually
causes another disease is a common error of intellectually challanged
journalists who have no understanding of basic logic or the difference between
causation and correlation. The truth is that many news reports that claim one
disease “causes” another are blatantly wrong: Most of these
correlated diseases simple have a common root cause.
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The common cause behind these
Depression and osteoporosis share a
common cause: Chronic vitamin D deficiency. A lack of vitamin D in your body
will make you depressed. It will also cause your bones to become brittle,
leading to a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Vitamin D, you see, is necessary for
the body to successfully use calcium, and if you don’t have sufficient levels
of vitamin D in your body, you can take all the calcium you want and you’ll
never boost bone mineral density.
The vast majority of Americans (and Canadians and Brits, for that matter) are
chronically deficient in vitamin D. Estimates range anywhere from 60 percent to
75 percent of the population, depending on whom you ask and which geographic
region you’re talking about. People who live closer to the equator (in Southern
U.S. states, for example, or parts of Australia) get more sunlight and therefore
have lower rates of vitamin D deficiency. People who live in rainy climates
where clouds block the sun most of the year have much higher rates of vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency also strongly promotes breast cancer, prostate cancer and
other cancers. And wouldn’t you know it: Breast cancer rates are lowest in
Southern U.S. states. Depression rates, at the same time, are highest in
Seattle and similar places where clouds block out the sun.
To say that depression “causes” osteoporosis is remarkably ignorant.
It’s a mistake that a seventh-grade science student might make on a school
paper, but I would hope that adult medical research and news reporters would at
least be intelligent enough to get past this simple logic error. Saying that
depression “causes” osteoporosis is as silly as claiming that
depression causes cancer, or that osteoporosis causes cancer. All three of
these have the same common cause.
The Flat Tire Diagnosis
Let me give you an example of how
conventional medicine might report on certain car problems. Let’s say you’re
driving down the interstate at 75 miles per hour and all of a sudden your car
suffers a tire blowout. Certain symptoms start to appear:
Your car pulls to the right
There is a strange flapping sound coming
from underneath the car
Your car suffers a reduction in fuel
Your ride suddenly becomes bumpier
Now, if this situation were examined by the same medical researchers looking at
this correlation between osteoporosis and depression, they would first have
names for these symptoms:
Your car being pulled to the right would
be called, “Right’s Disease”
The strange sound coming from underneath
your car would be called, “Flapping Disease”
The reduction in fuel efficiency would
be called, “Hypofuelenemia”
The ride becoming bumpier would be
called, “Comfort Deficiency Syndrome” or CDS
Now then, these medical researchers would document that Right’s Disease is
always present at the same time that you have Comfort Deficit Syndrome.
Therefore, they would conclude that
Right’s Disease is CAUSED by Comfort
Instead, of fixing the flat tire, they would proceed to prescribe numerous
fixes to treat all the various symptoms. Right’s Disease, for example, might be
“treated” with a giant piece of duct tape that pulls the steering
wheel to the left.
Flapping Disease could be eliminated by using radiation therapy to destroy your
ear drums (so you no longer hear the flapping noises). Once you are deaf and
can no longer hear the flapping sound, you would be considered to be in
Hypofuelenemia could be “treated” by injecting high-grade fuel
additive into your car to make up for the loss of fuel efficiency. (The
high-grade fuel additive, of couse, would be manufactured by Big Pharma.)
Comfort Deficiency Syndrome could be treated with powerful narcotics that take
your mind off the bumpy ride. (Never mind the fact that it would also make you
a terrible driver. One-third of auto accidents today are already caused by
people on medication…)
In all this, the true underlying cause of these problems — the flat tire —
would be utterly ignored. Why fix the flat tire when they can make so much
money managing the “symptoms” of those diseases over many years?
Why vitamin D is never mentioned
There is a great reluctance in both
conventional medicine and the mainstream media (which is largely funded by drug
ads, after all) to admit that a nutrient has any importance whatsoever in the
prevention of disease. Modern medicine likes to pretend that nutrition has
absolutely no role in human health; that diseases are largely a matter of luck;
and that only expensive pharmaceuticals (not nutrients) can prevent or treat
The idea that a nutrient like vitamin D — available free of charge from
sunlight — might actually prevent depression, osteoporosis and cancer all at
the same time is downright horrifying to conventional medicine. How would
doctors, hospitals and drug companies handle the loss of tens of millions of
revenue-generating patients if people suddenly learned the truth about vitamin
D and started preventing all three of these diseases at home, without a
prescription, and without paying any fees whatsoever?
Conventional medicine doesn’t like to admit that sunlight has any healing
powers whatsoever. In fact, it goes out of its way to try to scare people into
avoiding the sun, claiming the sun actually causes cancer, and that everybody
should wear sunscreen all the time — a product that almost always contains
numerous chemicals that actually do promote cancer!
Conventional medical researchers are almost always funded by commercial
interests, too, meaning they’re not really interested in looking for free of
natural cures for disease. They’re looking for a way to scare the public into
getting more disease “screenings,” taking more pills and submitting
to more invasive medical tests so that patients can be diagnosed and then
“treated” with high-profit prescription drugs. It’s all about
recruiting patients into their profitable medical scam where diseases are never
prevented or cured but managed with a lifetime of extremely expensive
To tell people the truth about vitamin D would cost Big Pharma billions of
dollars in lost profits from treating all the diseases caused by vitamin D deficiency.
The height of medical stupidity
Now here’s the most hilarious part
about this whole story. The researchers involved in this study claimed that
since antidepressants relieve “the symptoms of depression,” they may
actually help improve bone density!
Are you getting this? Let me rephrase this:
First, the researchers found a correlation between depression and osteoporosis.
Next, they believe that antidepressant drugs relieve the symptoms of
Therefore, in their little distorted brains, they believe that taking
antidepressant drugs may reverse osteoporosis!
It’s nothing short of astonishing. Did these people actually make it through
medical school? Did they fail logic class? How on earth did they leap to this
ridiculous conclusion? And just as importantly, how did all the journalists
working for U.S. News and World Report (and other mainstream media sources)
take this quote seriously and not even question the basic logic assumption
behind all this?
It just boggles the mind. And one reason it boggles the mind is because
women used in this study who were suffering from osteoporosis were, in fact,
already taking antidepressant drugs!
Okay, so get this: The researchers somehow believe that taking antidepressants
can reverse osteoporosis even while their own research shows that the women
suffering from the worst bone loss were already taking antidepressants!
Geesh. Sometimes I have to just sit back and shake my head in amazement when I
observe the idiocy in modern medical research. And then when the mainstream
media takes this garbage and reports it as fact, I have to vigorously shake my
head yet again like a 1980’s heavy metal band riffing on a guitar solo. It’s
like all these people are just complete idiots. I don’t mean that as a name-calling
insult. I mean it as an accurate description of their lack of mental capacity.
A personal really does have to be operating at an extremely low level of
intelligence to reach the conclusions promoted by these medical researchers.
And to think: This is the junk science that gets published in mainstream,
peer-reviewed medical journals! Incredible…
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The problems with modern medicine
and the mainstream media
This reporting about the link
between depression and osteoporosis brings up several important concerns:
1. The medical community is incapable of identifying the common nutritional
causes behind correlated diseases, even when those causes should be obvious.
2. The mainstream media is incapable of accurate scientific reporting on the
nutritional causes of disease.
3. Both mainstream journalists and medical researchers remain nutritionally
4. The public is being routinely misled by the mainstream media on health
Now, based on this reporting, you’re going to have women suffering from
osteoporosis who run out and get on antidepressants, thinking that the SSRI
drugs will reverse their osteoporosis.
Understand: This is exactly what Big Pharma wants to accomplish with this news!
The whole point of this exercise in junk science, lousy reporting and
astonishing nutritional ignorance is to get more women to take more drugs. It’s
really as simple as that.
In order to accomplish that, they have to get the medical researchers, the
mainstream media and members of the public to all play along and pretend that
vitamin D has nothing to do with these diseases. They also have to get
everybody to pretend that antidepressant drugs are a treatment for osteoporosis
— an idea that’s utter nonsense and, in fact, may be the exact opposite of
what’s really true. Notice, for example, that the women in the study showing
the lowest bone density were already on antidepressant drugs. So why didn’t the
mainstream media report, “Antidepressant Drugs Cause Osteoporosis?”
The answer, of course, is because that would hurt drug sales. So instead, they
report, “Depression Causes Osteoporosis” and somewhere in the story
they repeat the quote from the researchers claiming that taking antidepressant
drugs might actually reverse osteoporosis!
Why are there so many idiots in
medicine and the media today?
Sometimes, I’m just so astonished at
the lack of intelligent thought in medicine and the media that I wonder if I’ve
somehow been teleported to Planet of the Idiots where stupid people run
everything. When I’ve said things like this in the past, some readers have
complained that I’m sounding arrogant. So let me clarify: In no way do I mean
to imply that I’m the smartest guy in the room. I’m not some intellectual
genius. This is, in fact, my point: An intelligent high school graduate could
see through the holes in the logic of these medical researchers and mainstream
You don’t have to be a genius to find the flaw in the logic of mainstream media
stories covering health topics. This is what astonishes me so much: How on
earth is nobody else noticing these fatal problems in medical research and
mainstream media reporting? Why does this stuff just slip by? And why, by God,
do the readers of all these newspapers just swallow all this information
without a single skeptical thought?
This is what baffles me. I guess on the Planet of the Idiots, people just don’t
think to question anything they read in the newspaper. The internet, they’re
told, is where all the inaccurate information comes from. But newspapers and
magazines? They only report solid facts!
Facts like depression actually causes osteoporosis. Or that if you take enough
SSRI drugs, you’ll reverse bone loss (even though all the women taking those
drugs have the lowest levels of bone density). Or how about the fact that ADHD
is a “real” disease requiring treatment with amphetamine stimulants?
Or that sunlight will kill you?
There are all sorts of idiot “facts” promoted by the mainstream media
today. What’s truly hilarious in all this is that Big Pharma and the FDA claim
their pharmaceutical system of medicine is entirely “evidence based.”
You heard that right: It’s all based on rock-solid, scientifically proven
And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya.
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