Someone recently sent me a New York Times article I’d missed about the controversy over WHO’s FRAX tool. The article makes the point that FRAX uses only a few risk factors and doesn’t account for many, many others — including vitamin D deficiency, use of bone-eroding medications, and amount of physical activity — in determining […]
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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
There’s been so much information this fall about flu, particularly swine flu, that it’s hard to make sense of it all. But one piece of information that I think gets missed in all the discussion is the importance of vitamin D in preventing influenza infections and boosting immunity. Research is accumulating about the relationship between […]
Become a Patron! These days, it seems like the media is full of folks talking about aging bone loss in women. What they seem to often forget, however, is that just as we lose bone mass over time, so we also lose muscle mass — and most often, the two are linked. Let’s look at […]
For years at the Center for Better Bones, we have been touting the bone-preserving benefits of a diet high in alkalizing fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices. This important component of the Alkaline for Life® diet is a great way to create abundant bone-protecting alkaline reserves. And there are fantastic side benefits, too, because this […]
My Alkaline For Life® diet classifies protein foods as acid-forming, which makes many people wonder if a lower protein intake might be better for bones. But protein is essential for bone health and almost half of all bone (by volume) is actually made of protein in the form of the flexible bone protein matrix which […]
Some of my readers might be worried after hearing about a safety alert from the FDA regarding prunes and dried plums contaminated with lead. I want to reassure you that this warning does not concern the prunes from California found in most US supermarkets that we recommend for bone health; instead, it refers to candied, […]
Many of the clients we see at the Center for Better Bones come to us because they’re scared — especially the women. They’ve been told that they’re at high risk for bone loss, and they fear that they will become “one out of every two women … over 50 [who] will have an osteoporosis-related fracture […]
At the 2009 annual meeting of the American Society for Bone Mineral Research, I had the opportunity to chat with an NOF health educator and was pleased to hear that this powerful organization is coming the recognize the importance of acid-alkaline balance for bone health. As you know, our research suggests that pH balance and […]
If you saw my earlier blog on the osteoporosis drug Forteo™, you will recall that the drug was found to cause a rare, serious bone cancer (osteosarcoma) in rodents, but drug proponents suggested such cancers would not occur in humans. But this week I found that there have already been three reported cases of this […]
This week, I’m at the 2009 national meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research in Denver, Colorado, learning about the most recent findings in bone research. I wanted to pass along an intriguing bit of information about magnesium deficiency and bone health. If you’ve been following our work at the Center for […]
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