Recently, data from a study of 10,000 Americans supported once again our contention that vitamin D is more important to bone health than is calcium. Even more, this new research suggests that high calcium intakes only aid bone density in those with very low vitamin D status. Data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition […]
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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
Exercise builds muscle and bone, but the benefits are held to disappear upon exercise cessation — or so it appeared, anyway. A recent exercise study from the Mayo Clinic, however, documented powerful spinal fracture reduction eight years after cessation of a back strengthening exercise program. Eight years after stopping this two-year exercise program, past exercisers […]
You might have seen the recent news headlines proclaiming that “Vegetarian Diet Weakens Bones.” This headline, which was published by news sources all around the world, stemmed from an overview analysis (known as a “meta-analysis”) of nine published studies which compared the bone density of vegetarians and omnivores. From the way the news headline was […]
Thirty years ago, I was impressed to hear a panel of cancer survivors declare that they were glad they had developed cancer. Looking back, they appreciated the cancer because facing this serious challenge caused them to move ahead and improve their lives in unprecedented ways. Recently, I was equally impressed by a call from a […]
Osteoporosis is indeed becoming a household word, with more and more women being told they are likely to suffer an osteoporotic fracture. With this growing “fracture fear” in mind, we make special note of the recent data on declining US hip fracture incidence. As detailed in a study by the Mayo Clinic, the hip fracture […]
Forteo™ is promoted as a rising star on the osteoporosis scene, a bone drug that actually builds new bone, rather than just halting bone loss. By various mechanisms, Forteo “tricks” the body into building substantial new bone mass and short-term studies show Forteo actually reduces fracture more than other bone drugs. Sure, it is very […]
Become a Patron! While exercise is generally good for bone, a study of male endurance cyclists reports that serious cyclists lose significant hip bone mineral density during the biking season. This new research as well as earlier studies document that over time many endurance cyclists end up with low bone density. If exercise is good for […]
Does being Asian-American really increase your risk of fracture? Being “Asian or Asian-American” always figured high on the standard list of osteoporosis risk factors. So naturally, one is led to think that Asians and Asian-Americans are at high risk for osteoporotic fracture—particularly Asian-American women who are in or past menopause. When we actually look at […]
My recent blog on the bone-building action of prunes drew a lot of attention and generated several interesting follow-up questions. Let me answer your questions as best I can. Q. Wouldn’t eating 9-10 prunes a day cause diarrhea and/or gas? A. As we well know, prunes have a laxative effect. The studies using 9-10 prunes […]
In April 2008 the U.S. National Osteoporosis Foundation published its new criteria for osteoporosis treatment, “Clinician’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis.” This handbook sets forth their official suggestions for treatment, which basically boil down to two sets of criteria for determining if a person should be given osteoporosis drugs. One criterion is based […]
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