Each year for the past decade, I’ve sifted through new research and thinking to foresee what’s coming next in bone health. I am excited by all the advancements that could be on the horizon in 2022. Here’s a look at my top predictions. 1. Awakened by the pandemic, self-care and self-education become a priority for […]
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30 years ago Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD began to “rethink” osteoporosis — its nature, causes, prevention, and treatment — starting a revolution in bone health that continues to this day.
Dr. Brown first became interested in bone health when she lost her grandmother, at the age of 102, to complications from a hip fracture. Dr. Brown couldn’t help wondering, how much longer might this alert and active woman have lived had she not fractured her hip? Her interest grew into a compulsion as she sought to understand why the disease existed and what we could do about it.
As an anthropologist using a cross-cultural perspective, Dr. Brown discovered that the nature of osteoporosis is very different than commonly believed. She found that cultures with the highest calcium intake also have the highest osteoporosis rates, despite conventional wisdom that calcium levels dictate bone health. Dr. Brown’s research found that though people in many countries have lower bone density than we do in the United States, their fracture rates are significantly lower. Her research led her to a startling conclusion: the disease of osteoporosis is a preventable disorder created by our lifestyles and eating habits.
Dr. Brown’s “rethinking” has led to Better Bones — a comprehensive, whole-body approach to bone health that reaches beyond the estrogen and calcium myths to truly support healthy bone growth and regeneration through nutrition and lifestyle.
Through more than 20 years of research, Dr. Brown has learned that our bones need a variety of nutrients in addition to calcium to repair themselves, and that the body needs to maintain a balanced pH to prevent further loss of bone.
There is a Better Way, a way that will not only naturally improve your bone health, but also naturally improve the health of your entire body. We call this “Better Way,” The Better Bones Revolution.
The Better Bones Revolution will give every woman the knowledge and tools she needs to enjoy strong bones for life, naturally. Read the Better Bones Revolution Manifesto here.
Dr. Brown has devoted her career to exploring promising nutritional and lifestyle bone-building therapies, educating the public about these therapies, as well as working one-on-one with patients from around the world. Osteoporosis is not inevitable, and it is never too late to support and rebuild bone naturally.
About Dr. Brown
Susan E. Brown, PhD, is a medical anthropologist, a New York State Certified Nutritionist, and the author of Better Bones, Better Body — the first comprehensive look at natural bone health. She has more than 20 years of experience in clinical nutrition, bone health research, and lay and health professional education. She has consulted widely on socioeconomic, cultural, educational, and health issues. Dr. Brown has taught in North and South American universities and authored numerous academic and popular articles. For more information, see Dr. Brown’s biography. Dr. Brown is a regular contributor to Women’s Health Network where she writes about bone health.
Consults at the Center for Better Bones
Susan E. Brown, PhD conducts consultations at the Center for Better Bones in East Syracuse, New York, and via telephone with patients world-wide. Dr. Brown will assist you in estimating your real risk of experiencing an osteoporotic fracture, help you understand your bone-health-related test results, determine whether further assessments are needed by your physician to detect any underlying medical or biochemical causes of your bone loss, estimate your current rate of bone loss, and work with you to create a personalized lifestyle, diet, and supplement plan to support healthy bone growth, bone regeneration, and overall wellness. Initial consultations are 60 minutes long and follow-up appointments range from 15-60 minutes. For more information see our page on consultations.
Try Dr. Brown’s Approach, at home.
In 2008, Dr. Brown partnered with Women’s Health Network to develop a comprehensive approach to women’s bone health concerns.
This regimen is designed to help you harness your body’s healing power naturally at home. Based on the clinical experience at the Center for Better Bones and the research conducted by the Better Bones Foundation, the approach uses Dr. Brown’s latest thinking about the four pillars of bone health:
-good nutrition and the highest quality, medical-grade supplements
-maintaining the proper acid-alkaline balance (pH)
-reducing physical and emotional burdens
-physical wellness and exercise
Entries by Dr. Susan E. Brown
Muscle mass is a major predictor of quality of life and longevity. Aging muscle loss begins around age 30 and accelerates after 50. Both men and women lose 30 to 40% or more of their muscle with age, and, with poor health, one loses even more. Aging muscle loss can lead to reduced functional capacity, […]
Making the most of your exercise session The many benefits of using a weighted vest or belt How much weight should you put in a weighted vest or belt? MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR EXERCISE SESSION Most of us realize that physical exercise is essential for building and maintaining muscular/skeletal strength. For most of us, […]
It’s tomato season! The brilliantly-colored summer treats common in all our gardens are major players in one of today’s leading-edge research topics in osteoporosis: how oxidative damage causes the inflammation which leads to bone breakdown. What makes tomatoes so interesting to the scientists studying the effects of oxidative damage? Tomatoes are particularly highly in a […]
Studies from around the world document that a diet high in whole-food vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices reduces disease risk. Witness a new study from Iran (1) reporting reduced inflammation and lower bone breakdown in those consuming more plant foods; a Spanish study (2) linking higher plant intake to lower blood pressure; a […]
Have you ever experienced heading down the highway of life full steam ahead and everything is going just fine . . . and then you hit a detour? However, to your amazement that detour leads you to beautiful new scenery with endless possibilities. This is exactly what happened to us here at the Center for […]
Four decades ago I became fascinated with how we gain, maintain, and lose bone mass and bone strength. As a young anthropologist I was struck by the fact that so many individuals in our culture experienced needless low-trauma fractures, yet osteoporotic fractures were uncommon in many other parts of the world. Further, why did so […]
Did you ever stick your foot in a device that measured your bone density at the heel? If so, this was an ultrasound device that attempted to detect bone density and bone strength by sending soundwaves through the bone. I have been watching the evolution of ultrasound testing over the decades and have seen several […]
Key Points In This Blog Silicon Is Abundant in the Natural Environment It Is An Important Yet Overlooked Key Trace Mineral Silicon is More Bioavailable as Choline-Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid Key to Healthy Bone, Skin, Hair, Nails, Joints, Arteries Promotes Aluminum Detoxification Abundant in the Natural Environment: When you hear the word “silicon,” your first thought is probably not […]
I do not know if you’ve ever had this experience, but at times I wish I could stop the world in its rapid spin and push the pause button on our accelerated change. Recently I did just that, and in a moment of quietude I decided to celebrate Women’s History Month this year remembering my own […]
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