Squidgy Guidelines Don’t Serve Patients:
Join our Movement to #ShowMoreSpine against the Widening of Disease Definitions.
Show More Spine
We had a soft launch of our campaign at Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference in September 2016. Thank you to all those who've provided feedback on our website and campaign. We have listened and are updating our site and hoping to launch ShowMoreSpine 2.0 by February - stay tuned!
Vertebral Fractures – A Prime Example of Disease Mongering
We’re kicking off our #ShowMoreSpine campaign with Vertebral Fractures which we think is a perfectly “mongered” disease definition threatening tens of thousands of women with a label that will leave them more medicalized and medicated but not any healthier. Like other conditions considered “Pre-diseases” such as pre-diabetes or pre-hypertension, vertebral fractures has the unfortunate side effect of labelling many perfectly healthy people as being sick.
You would think that a fracture is a fracture, right?
Current definitions of vertebral fracture are so vague that depending on the criteria used, either 3% or 90% of the same group of people get the disease label.
A disease label would obviously be justified and helpful if we had an effective treatment for the disease. However, the proof that drugs prevent fractures is weak, at best. Nevertheless, our experts and their guidelines emphasize vague x-rays changes, and thus justify putting patients on a new drug.
On a wider scale, the #ShowMoreSpine campaign aims to bring people together to stand up to the excesses of medicine, the selling of sickness and the overdiagnosis that comes from ever-widening disease definitions, threatening to turn more and more of us into patients.
Is it not outrageous that experts in the fields of cardiovascular medicine, diabetes and osteoporosis have come up with disease definitions that label at least 75% of our fellow citizens “sick” and in need of preventive medication? Clearly this is a problem affecting all of us at some point in our lives.
Sign the #ShowMoreSpine Manifesto if ... :
- … you share our concerns that the definition of vertebral fractures is vague, causing potentially more harm than good, and should thus be re-evaluated/put under proper scientific scrutiny.
- … you agree that we need to show more spine in resisting the unfounded widening of disease definitions and that we can all work together to protect our fellow citizens from being falsely labeled sick and unnecessarily infected with health anxiety.
We feel that:
- Patients should be at the heart of medical decisions, especially those imposed on otherwise healthy people.
- Patients can only make wise health decisions if they know the full picture of what is being offered to them, the nature of their disease, the likelihood that they would benefit from a diagnosis and a label, and the likelihood that long-term medications will help them and not harm them.
Some may feel this campaign should be a petition, but we feel it should be something larger - that is why we’ve called it a manifesto. 😉
About the Team
Who’s behind the #ShowMoreSpine movement? What do we love, believe and are committed to?
We love a stiff backbone, those who are not afraid to stand tall against excessive and unnecessary medical interventions imposed on healthy people. We love to see action and debate and we want to see these controversies discussed openly and fully with all concerned.
We believe that everyone needs to #ShowMoreSpine -- and be empowered to call out situations whenever excessive medicine is working to capture more people in its web. We believe that squidgy guidelines don’t have the patient’ best interests at heart, and overly wide disease definitions need to be challenged, confronted, debated and changed.
We are committed to building a movement of like-minded people, people willing to #ShowMoreSpine and commit to sharing ideas and strategies that can counter the squidgieness that we know is threatening to hurt us all.
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