A few months ago one of our readers asked me to estimate just how many people in the U.S. actually experience an osteoporotic fracture. Sometimes it is difficult to tell fact from fiction and to sort out a pharmaceutical-induced “osteoporosis scare” perception from real fracture data. Taking this reader’s question to heart, I asked myself […]
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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
Recently, two international studies verified what we in the Center for Better Bones have been saying for years about the fact that you cannot predict who will fracture by bone mineral density. In a 2006 German study, it was determined that 7.8 million Germans have osteoporosis as defined by bone density. That is, 7.8 million […]
Ever wonder if or why you should up your dietary potassium intake? Potassium is a “hidden,” yet great, bone builder due to its role in protecting bone from the ravages of metabolic acidosis. As it occurs, the typical Western diet leads to an accumulation of excess acids in the body. These acids must be buffered […]
It has long been suggested that smoking and bone loss are connected, but the extent to which smoking increased fracture risk was uncertain. Now, a recent meta-analysis of studies from all over the world has found that smoking is associated with a significantly increased risk of hip and other osteoporotic fractures in both men and […]
In September of 2008, I attended the large American Society for Bone Mineral Research Meeting held in Montreal, Canada. Generally these meetings are dominated by pharmacological approaches to bone health, but, looking at the big book schedule of lectures, I was delighted to find an entire session on vitamin K. In this session, several of […]
While most doctors tend to monitor bone density with the dual-energy x-ray absorptiomentry (DEXA) test, there is another, less expensive test helpful in determining if you are currently losing bone. This test, called the cross-linked N-teleopeptide (or NTx for short), is a simple urine or blood test known as a “marker of bone resorption.” When you […]
Nearly every day I see women and physicians themselves getting very worried when a woman’s bone density tests show even a small 1-2% decline. Women are often told their fracture risk has greatly increased and that they should immediately begin osteoporosis drug therapy. For many women, the growing “osteoporosis fear” is fueled by small reductions […]
The recent explosion of research on vitamin D has made most of us aware that adequate vitamin D is essential for bone health. The degree of its importance, however, is underscored by world-wide research suggesting that practically everyone who experiences an osteoporotic (low-trauma) hip fracture has a Vitamin D deficiency. In Minnesota, they looked at […]
When I was researching the first edition of my book, Better Bones, Better Body, I came across a single scientific study reporting that tubal litigation disrupted endocrine functioning and was likely linked to increased risk of fracture. As the body is one whole, interacting unit, it made sense to me that the natural hormonal flow […]
Vitamin D2 vs D3 Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is the natural form of vitamin D for humans. Vitamin D3 is produced in the skin with sunlight exposure. Vitamin D2, known as ergocalciferol, is a compound produced by irradiating yeast with ultraviolet light. A substantial body of research documents that vitamin D3 is the […]
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