The Better Bones Blog

by Dr. Susan Brown, PhD.

how do you want to be, feel, and look in 2018?

2018: The Year of Deliberate Creation

On these long winter nights, my attention is often drawn inward. Cozying up to a blazing wood stove, I am ready for my favorite topic of contemplation:

“Knowing that my choices will determine my life experience, what life experiences and personal transformation do I want in 2018? More important, what deliberate actions am I willing to take to achieve my goals?”

As the new year begins, I encourage you to take advantage of these quiet winter nights to answer your own soul-searching questions:

  • How do you want to be, feel and look in the coming year?
  • Have you joined the critical mass of women taking responsibility for their health, perhaps starting with bone health?
  • The ancient Chinese proverb notes, “If we keep going in the same direction we will end up right where we are headed.” Where are you headed, and is that the direction you want?

As for me, I’m using the winter’s quietude to reset my sights and plant new seeds, knowing that after a few months of rest, these uplifting initiatives will sprout, bringing joy, growth, and fulfillment in 2018.

Here’s my plan for 2018:

  • Working with my colleagues at the Center for Better Bones, we will build an even stronger, more informed tribe of women willing and able to take charge of their bone and overall health.
  • I will share my knowledge with women worldwide so they may do what women have done throughout the ages: protect and nurture the fires of health and well-being.
  • I’ll offer a new weekly “Wisdom” social media posting for you to consider, respond to, and share with others. Together we can create an uplifting, positive energy capable of moving everyone forward.
  • My dedicated team at the Center for Better Bones will make our time-tested Better Bones, Better Body Program more affordable and available to every interested woman through our new community online classes. (More on this coming soon!) Together we’ll transform both the way women themselves,and the medical profession, view and treat bone health concerns.
  • Finally, in a spirit of sisterhood and joy, we at the Center for Better Bones are offering “Love Your Bones, Love Your Life,” our first ever 4-day education/inspiration retreat in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 2018. (Learn more.) Don’t worry if you can’t attend this time… there will be other retreats!

New Year’s is a logical time of year to appreciate your personal growth and plan for the coming year. I invite you to join me as we create Better Bones and a Better Body in 2018. I’ll be here to support you all along the way.

Together will rewrite the book on women’s bone health!

My Better Bones Builder

Why I created Better Bones Better Body® and the Better Bones Builder

As an anthropologist I could see that osteoporosis was not something that occurred to aging women and men all over the world. Even more, it was obvious that conventional medicine did not hold the answer to lifelong bone health.

As I came to fully understand the nature and causes of osteoporosis, I developed a burning desire to help solve the growing epidemic of poor bone health.

My goal became to develop a nutritional and lifestyle program which would allow all motivated individuals to enjoy life-long bone health. And, after two decades of research and clinical practice, I reached that goal when I developed the Better Bones Better Body® Program.

To provide motivated individuals with the optimum bone health supplement, I realized I had to create it — so I did just that.

See the video of Dr. Brown’s Grandma at 102 years old with Osteoporosis & Rickets which inspired Dr.Brown to make this her life’s work. 

Filling the gap with the best bone supplement for women

Early in my career, I uncovered a huge problem when it came to bone health supplements. No supplement existed that had all the nutrients in the dosage and forms I knew women really needed. Thousands of hours of research made this shortcoming very clear to me. Sure, there was calcium, but hundreds of research reports made it obvious that getting more calcium alone won’t do much for the health of your bones.

In one way of another all the bone supplements women could buy over the counter were incomplete and doomed to be ineffective.

Here’s why other supplements didn’t work:

  • None of the available bone supplements contained all the 20+ key nutrients I knew to be essential for optimum skeletal health
  • None offered the best form and proper dosage of the included nutrients,
  • None were designed to alkalize.

And even more, I formulated this product to be not only the optimum bone builder, but also to serve as your “all in one” comprehensive multivitamin/mineral. The unique supplement is known as Better Bones Builder.

Additionally, the good news is that more and more there is strong research coming out on bone health. And I keep evolving the Better Bones Builder formula, based on new clinical practice evidence and the best research about how nutrients can prevent bone loss.

Would you like to learn more about a specific nutrient? All you have to do is click on each nutrient’s name to study a selection of the research studies and articles about it: 20 key bone-building nutrients — an overview.

Why I choose to sell my supplements online

Occasionally I am taken to task by a blog subscriber who asks why I design and sell supplements…Why don’t I just write about my solutions of the poor bone health epidemic? My response is simple, after decades of research and clinical practice I know a safe and effective way to help everyone develop Better Bones and a Better Body and I am happy and proud to offer this solution to as many people as possible.

By the way, I give kudos to my readers for being so diligent about health information and products! It always is important to ask questions and take a look at sources and references for information. I invite you to do so for every Better Bones blog, article and product.

Finally, I hope you’ll make the investment in yourself by using the Better Bones Builder. But if not, you can still get my weekly insights about current bone health research and how to incorporate it into your everyday life. I’ll keep sorting the fact from fiction when it comes to bone health so that you can continue to get all of the benefits of the natural approach.

I send each of you my very best wishes for Better Bones and a Better Body!

 

why bone talk is important to you

Your bones listen and talk…really!

Our skeleton might seem like a silent partner that quietly provides us with a solid framework, a place for muscles to attach, an incubator for red blood cells and a gigantic storehouse for alkaline mineral compounds. In reality, however, our bones are anything but silent. Like text messages pinging back and forth on a smart phone, our bones and our bodies are in constant conversation.

What are they talking about?

Bones are the body’s “great communicator”

When your body talks to your bones, it does so through chemical messengers you’re likely familiar with: hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, growth factors, thyroid and parathyroid hormones, and vitamin D, among others.  This larger endocrine system regulates the development, maintenance and renewal of bone. Your amazing skeleton listens to these silent chemical messages very carefully — but it not only receives messages, it also sends them out to every other tissue in the body, creating a complex network of information flowing out of the bones.

Here’s a simplified overview of how our skeleton “talks” through the hormones it produces:

Osteocalcin: This osteoblast-derived hormone helps regulate whole-body energy metabolism and blood sugar control by stimulating the production of insulin. It also stimulates the brain to impact memory and mood. In men, osteocalcin encourages the testicles to produce testosterone.

Lipocalcin 2: A hormone dispatched by bone to help fight bacterial infections, manage fat as an important fuel source, and talk to the brain about appetite control.

Sclerostin: A bone-derived hormone known to control bone growth. Sclerostin is also dispatched by bone to manage fat as an important fuel source. In mice this hormone helps convert “bad” white fat to energy-burning beige or brown fat.

Leptin and adiponectin: These two hormones are produced by the bone marrow and white adipose (fat) tissue. Leptin is a key regulator of energy homeostasis and acts as an indicator of the body’s long-term energy reserves.  This hormone signals the hypothalamus to regulate satiety, energy balance, fertility and immune function.  Without leptin, you have insatiable hunger and obesity develops.

Adiponectin: This is a protein produced by bone marrow fat cells (adipocytes). Decreased circulating adiponectin is an established biomarker for increased risk of cardiometabolic diseases.

Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF 23): Bones use this messenger to tell the kidneys to rid the body of extra phosphates that build up in certain genetic disorders.

Why “bone talk” is important to you

Our skeleton is a very complex and intelligent organ directing system-wide essential functions. Much of this bone-derived chat is aimed at regulating whole-body energy metabolism, glucose control and appetite control—areas where bones benefit from being in the driver’s seat because our skeleton needs a great deal of energy to maintain and renew itself on a constant basis. Caring for our bones, we literally help care for the entire body.

Modern science is only beginning to understand the vast field of information and intelligence we identify as our body, and it’s on the brink of linking bone health to the development of diseases like diabetes and obesity. Bringing your awareness to the “wonders of you” enlivens that intelligence and enhances your well-being.

 


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