If you’re among the millions of people who’ve been told they have osteopenia, I know it can be confusing and scary. But you’ve come to the right place. I am frequently asked Can I reverse osteopenia and what should I do? I always start with this: Osteopenia does not mean you will always suffer from […]
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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
Hardly a day passes without our attention being called to the growing burden of environmental pollutants and toxins. It is becoming clear, in fact, that we are literally swimming in a sea of toxic chemicals and pollutants. The good news is that we can provide a strong first line of defense for our physical body with […]
PEMF Therapy for Osteoporosis: Will It Help? At the most refined level the human body is seen not as blood and bones, but as a concentrated field of energy and information. In fact, the human bio-energetic field is measurable up to 15 feet into space (1). This localized field of energy and information is embedded within, and intertwined with, a universal matrix of energy and information. […]
It’s time to polish up my crystal ball and make my 2020 predictions for osteoporosis and your bone health! With so much new research to draw from, I see a year filled with bone health advancements. Take a look at what I think will become true in 2020 for osteoporosis, fracture risk assessment, bone health […]
Are you frightened by what you hear about bone loss and osteoporosis? You certainly don’t need to be! That’s because much of what we’re told about bone health is actually a myth. In reality, there’s a lot you can do to build bone strength, support osteoporosis prevention and reduce fracture risk. Let’s set the record […]
“Osteo” means bone and “penia” indicates a state of being low in quantity. The term osteopenia refers to a bone density which is somewhat less, but not excessively less, than a “standard” young person (someone in their mid to late 20s) of the same gender. If your bone density measurement indicates that your bone density […]
You’ve all heard me teach about the bone-enhancing value of our Alkaline for Life® diet, an eating plan high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices. Specifically, we suggest consuming 13 half-cup servings of these types of foods each day. This is more than the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends 2.5 cups of […]
The loading of bones through exercise and the use of external weights is well recognized to enhance bone strength. While everyone benefits from osteogenic loading, small, slender individuals, in particular, should exercise with additional weights to help maintain and build bone density. As Swedish researchers suggested, the advantage of using a weight belt for osteoporosis […]
Just as every animal in the forest has perfect bone health, so the human skeleton was designed to last a lifetime. Today, however, weak bones and needless low trauma fracture are all too common. Half of the US population over the age of 50 has either osteoporosis or osteopenia and one in two women and […]
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