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3 bones to thrive in life

By Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD

To thrive in life you need 3 bones: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.

Oh, how I wish I had been the one to come up with the quote above.  Instead, the credit for this wise — and clever — thinking needs to go to the famous country music singer Reba McEntire. 

I wonder if Ms. McEntire realizes how paying attention to your wishbone, backbone and funny bone can also help build and strengthen the 206 other bones that are in your body? 

How 3 special bones benefit your bones

Wishbone. I believe that we put our attention on grows stronger in our life.  And putting attention to something often begins as a simple wish. 

For all of the things that I wish for, I make a clear list, carry it wherever I go, and take time to give attention to those things.  At the same time, I intentionally release worries and concerns that could be harmful to my goals.

Backbone. You have a wise inner guide when it comes to your health — have the confidence to listen to it!   Remember, you always have the right to question the information you’re being given about your health and to make the ultimate decisions about what to do.  If a recommendation “doesn’t feel quite right” but you can’t put your finger on why not, use your backbone to pay attention to your inner voice. 

Funny bone. Every action we take to strengthen our bones should also increase our overall health and enjoyment of life.  What’s more enjoyable than laughter, joy and celebration — all which benefit our bones?  Many studies show that laughter helps to decrease stress, improve immune function and even reduce our response to pain.

If you want to get started with your funny bone, to the right is one of my favorite cartoon drawings.

Here's to the health of all of your bones!

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We created the Better Bones blog as our forum to express opinions and educate the public about natural means of supporting and improving bone health and overall wellness. As part of this forum, we sometimes discuss medical issues and medications, and their effects on bone health in general. However, we cannot advise readers about specific medical issues in this forum. If you wish to obtain advice from Susan E. Brown, PhD, about your specific bone health and nutritional concerns, please visit our Consultations page. Other specific medical questions should be referred to your healthcare provider.


June 22. 2015 21:38

Dear Mr. Brown,

Do you have solution to my allergy? Every time when I a back to my NY upstate home from Hong Kong, I have terrible allergy, sneezing, stuffy noise and watery eyes...etc.

Thank you!



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