Ever wonder what we might be able to learn about bone health from our ancient ancestors? I have. And I am doing that now as I reflect on my recent interview with Ayurvedic master and best-selling author, Acharya Shunya. In this interview, I ask Acharya to discuss the ancient Vedic perspective on the link between […]
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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
I love gardening, working the soil, planting tiny seeds, and watching them grow. A few weeks ago, while plucking crabgrass from the kale, I found myself thinking about my clients and their bone health concerns. I was entranced pondering the extent to which mental and emotional stress robs us of both happiness and bone health. […]
Most of us know from experience that tossing and turning at night means feeling rotten the next day. And many of us understand that there are long-term health consequences when we’re short-changed on sleep. But recently I found out something new from a fascinating study on sleep and its effect on how fast postmenopausal women’s […]
“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.” – The Buddha Now that winter is finally over — after what seems like forever — more and more of us are getting outside and being active. It’s a time that I like to go for walks to watch the world wake up from its long sleep. […]
Did you know that heart disease and osteoporosis are closely linked — to such an extent that it’s been suggested those with heart disease should be screened for osteoporosis and vice versa? According to emerging science, the two conditions are tied together by one major factor— inflammation. So that’s why, for February Heart Health Month, […]
Muscle testing will become as important as bone density testing as doctors understand the intertwined aging loss of both bone and muscle. “Everything Is Energy” will become a familiar concept and the popularity of energy medicines will surge. You will see more homeopathy, acupuncture, Qi Gong, Reiki, and many other treatments including Chakra balancing and […]
By Cameron Vazquez, MPH For many years now, we here at the Center for Better Bones — as well as our clients! — have been singing the praises of weighted exercise vests and belts. And how can we not? Not only does weighted exercise equipment allow us to do less and accomplish more, but numerous […]
In my home, Thanksgiving involves the gathering of family and friends for a mega cooking event and the once-a-year pie baking contest. This Thanksgiving, more than ever, we will pause and appreciate our good health, and many blessings. Beginning this holiday season, I also want to take a moment to appreciate you, my readers. I’m […]
Here in the Northeastern US, Fall is a time of harvest and abundance. A season when we are naturally led to celebrate the generosity of Mother Earth and a time to collectively take a few deep breaths and give thanks for all that has enriched our lives in the past year. Gratitude lists are powerful […]
Are you at risk of losing up to 20% of your bone in the years around menopause? Women with accelerated bone loss – called “fast losers” in a new study – run a greater risk of developing osteoporosis and weaker bones than the average woman. The average woman only loses 8-10% of her bone mass […]
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