When osteoporosis is diagnosed in men, a great effort is made to uncover the causes of the excessive bone loss. In fact, most male osteoporosis is considered to have a secondary cause, that is, to be caused by something, whether it’s a disorder like celiac disease, the use of various medications, or habits such as […]
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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
It’s long been held that menopause is a time of rapid bone loss. This oft-cited generalization has now been carefully researched, and it appears that on average, women in the US and Canada lose about 8-9% of their bone mass in the few years just before and just after their last period. Some women, however, […]
I hate to say “I told you so,” but for years here at the Center for Better Bones, I’ve said that Fosamax and similar drugs had the potential to actually make bones weaker. This is because these strong bisphosphonate medications dramatically reduce both bone breakdown and bone formation, and thus can lead to the creation […]
Breaking a bone can stop us all in our tracks, no matter what age we are. But particularly for women in their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, a fracture can come with a lot of fear and, worst of all, the feeling of helplessness. With 9 million osteoporotic fractures occurring every year, you should know that […]
Last December, many news outlets were reporting the latest finding to come from the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative in articles that trumpeted the finding that women who were taking Fosamax and other bisphosphonates for their bones had 32% fewer breast cancers than women who weren’t. At first blush, the idea that you could prevent two […]
The nine million osteoporotic fractures that occur worldwide each year give us reason for concern, and recently colleagues to the north asked two interesting questions about who fractures and how much. How much of the Canadian fracture burden occurs in folks with an osteoporotic bone density, and how much in those with osteopenic or normal […]
Occasionally I like to share some of the interesting bone health cases I see at the Center for Better Bones. As the one-liner goes, “We should learn from the mistakes of others because we don’t have time to make all of them ourselves.” We can also learn from the wise choices of others. In this […]
If you’ve heard the term osteopenia, and especially if you happen to be one of the millions who’ve been “diagnosed” with this “disease”, I urge you to listen to or read NPR’s noteworthy investigative report about Fosamax from December 21, 2009. I have noted in a prior post that osteopenia is not a disease, just a […]
You may have heard recently all the news stories that talked about the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) new guidelines for vitamin D and calcium. These guidelines were updates from those issued in 1997, and the reason for this fuss was that people were surprised and confused by the recommendations related to vitamin D. The message […]
At the Center for Better Bones, I frequently see middle-aged women who have just received a bone density test and have been told they have the bones of an “80-year-old” or something equally frightening. Many become terrified, and some start to wonder if that lower back pain they experience from time to time could really […]
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