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Informative, educational and fun, Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD — osteoporosis expert, clinical nutritionist and medical anthropologist — offers public lectures around the country and internationally. In these lively lectures, Dr. Brown informs the public about a broad range of subjects, from the general, such as how to create better bone health in menopause, to the specific, such as a state-of-the-science review of key bone-building nutrients like vitamin D.

Lectures are tailored to audience need, and geared to provide greater understanding of the dietary and lifestyle choices that maximize health on all levels. The following are a few of her most commonly requested lecture topics for the general public. Click through for a description of each presentation.

Please contact us if you are interested in having Dr. Brown talk to your organization. We will be happy to provide information on the format and fees for these enjoyable and uplifting seminars.

Vitamin D: The sunshine vitamin that could save your life

Over the past few years we have witnessed a virtual explosion of research on vitamin D. This vitamin, which the body turns into a hormone, impacts every organ in the body. It is now linked not only to osteoporosis, but also to disorders as diverse as 16 types of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and many other autoimmune diseases, diabetes, seasonal affect disorder, and depression. For example, studies show proper levels of vitamin D can cut osteoporotic fractures by 25–50%; reduce the risk of colon cancer by 50%; significantly reduce the risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer; and reduce the risk of developing type 1 diabetes by 80%.

Given the enormous public health importance of the new research on vitamin D, the Syracuse-based Better Bones Foundation has initiated a national “Vitamin D Awareness Campaign.” As a part of this wide education effort, Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, Director of the Better Bones Foundation, will summarize the latest vitamin D research in this lecture.

Learn about the role of sunlight and the different types of vitamin D supplements, why and how vitamin D is so important, how to assess the level of this essential nutrient in yourself, your children and your family, and how to best achieve optimal blood levels of this key nutrient.

The Women’s Health Network Better Bones Package: A protocol for preventing, halting, and managing osteoporosis

As little as 20 years ago it was uncommon to hear mention of osteoporosis. But nowadays, this “silent crippler” is a household word. As with heart health and cancer prevention, the preservation of life-long bone health is a topic of growing public concern. Current statistics on osteoporosis in the US are as follows:

  • Today, 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis.
  • Each year, more than 1.5 million osteoporotic fractures occur.
  • One out of six women will suffer a hip fracture during their lifetime.
  • The cost of osteoporosis in the US now exceeds $38 million a day, or $13.8 billion a year.
  • For those who live into their late 80’s, one out of three women will suffer a hip fracture, as will one out of six men.

In this presentation Dr. Brown will:

  • Provide new science-based perspectives on the nature, causes, and best prevention/treatment of osteoporosis.
  • Help you develop your own comprehensive Women’s Health Network Better Bones Package.

Reclaiming natural menopausal well-being

For several millennia, women all over the world have experienced menopause as a transition out of fertility without medical intervention. Until very recently (when their media coined one), the Japanese did not have a word for hot flashes. The Mayan Indians do not recognize any of our common symptoms of menopause. Folk remedies, herbs, and the “wise women ways” have been all that was needed to rectify a difficult menopause transition.

Things have changed radically, however, and menopause in our society has become a medical issue. The years just before and after menopause are often a time of accelerated bone loss. As such, menopause often signals the onset of concern about osteoporosis.

In this lecture, Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, first provides insight into menopausal well-being from around the world and through time. Next she details and reanalyzes the bone loss/menopause link. She then offers her clinically tested, step-by-step program to regain endocrine balance, correct menopausal symptoms, and build lifelong bone and heart health as we age.

Therapies discussed include:

  • Diet therapy
  • Vitamin and mineral therapy
  • Herbal therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Stress reduction
  • Exercise therapy
  • Hormone therapy and alternatives to hormone therapy
  • The new mind–body medicine

The workshop is richly illustrated, uplifting, entertaining, and invigorating. Come learn how natural menopause is experienced around the world, and what you can do to regain natural menopausal well-being!

The nutrition detective

Do you have questions about nutrition and health?

Do you want to feel and look better?

Do you want to lose weight without compromising your health?

Become a nutrition detective!

  • Do you know that bleeding gums or a tendency to bruise easily most often indicates a deficiency in vitamin C, and can be corrected with vitamin C supplementation?
  • Ever think of nighttime leg cramps as a sign of calcium or magnesium inadequacy?
  • Do you know there are such things as good dietary fats and bad dietary fats?
  • Do you know the “best diet” for you may vary according to your blood type?
  • Do you know if you are taking the best vitamins and minerals for your unique situation?

These are all important questions, but their answers can be difficult to find. Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, and the Better Bones Foundation offer a talk that can help you find answers to these questions and others like them. Learn how to become a nutrition detective, and discover how signs from your body can reveal which nutrients you may be lacking.

In this talk, Dr. Brown will give a 45–90-minute presentation on nutrition and health. She will help you see how you can use nutrition to regain well-being. From allergies and asthma to fatigue, osteoporosis, and weight control, you can use this new nutrition knowledge to build your own recovery program. Dr. Brown will open up the discussion to the audience for questions about the sometimes confusing field of nutrition.

Geriatric fracture reduction

The majority of hip fractures, and the most burdensome of all osteoporotic fractures occur within the elder segment of our population. In fact, the longer a person lives, the more likely she or he is to experience one or more osteoporotic fractures. Reduction of geriatric fracture would provide for a higher quality of life and substantially reduce the healthcare costs of aging.

In this lecture, Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, first interprets for the public the latest research findings on how to use lifestyle and nutrition to prevent fracture among the elderly, including an overview of the current scientific literature documenting the special nutrient and lifestyle needs of the elderly. She then details how meeting these special needs can substantially reduce the incidence of fracture among the elderly.

For example, the recurrence of vertebral fractures can be more than halved, and the incidence of hip fractures can be decreased by over 40% by simply administering appropriate nutritional supplementation. Additionally, muscle mass can be increased 90% or more, even among 90-year olds, with simple strength-building exercises. Balance can be improved and falls reduced with vitamin D therapy. And the gentle movement and breathing exercises embodied in yoga, t’ai chi, and qi gong reduce fracture risk through many mechanisms. Further, simple lifestyle modifications and attention to the special nutrient needs of the elderly can significantly reduce the incidence of falling, and thus further enhance well-being and reduce fracture risk.

Hot topics lectures

There is a virtual explosion of information in the field of osteoporosis and bone health. Within her lecture service, Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD, offers individual lectures on current hot topics. These lectures can be conducted via telephone conference call, or by Dr. Brown in person.

Should you or your group be interested in sponsoring a lecture on any of the bone health hot topics, please call 1-888-206-7119.

Bone health hot topics include:

  • Alkaline diet
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stress fractures
  • Compression fractures
  • Bone mineral density tests
  • Bone resorption tests
  • Vitamin D
  • Building bone at any age
  • Rethinking bone loss

Building bone strength at any age

It is never too early, nor too late, to begin building and rebuilding bone strength! Designed by nature to last us a lifetime, our skeleton is a dynamic, ever-changing living structure. At each stage of life we can take simple steps to build stronger bones. Even the wheelchair-bound elderly have been able to build bone density and reduce fracture risk with simple exercises and nutrition supplementation. With an estimated 50% of US women over the age of 50 expected to experience at least one osteoporotic fracture in their lifetimes, today is the day to begin building bone strength.

In this presentation, Dr. Brown outlines how her simple yet powerful Women’s Health Network Better Bones Package can enhance bone health and reduce fracture risk.

This presentation looks at the nutrition which influences bone health, moving beyond calcium to a full range of key bone-building nutrients. She highlights the myriad causes for low bone density and decreased bone strength, and moves step-by-step through a powerful guided self-help program to build bone strength.

Lifestyle factors are key to good bone health. In fact, they help explain why fractures are much more common in some cultures than in others. As the story unfolds, you will see how lack of exercise, weight loss, certain medications, and even stress and worry can damage bone. Most importantly, you will learn simple lifestyle modifications to reduce the impact of these bone-negative factors.


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