As some of you might know, I’m an anthropologist turned bone health nutritionist, and a recent nine-foot fall made me glad I made the career change!
So here’s the story…
My move to bone health nutritionist was precipitated by three events:
(1) My beloved grandmother in the photo below fractured a hip at 101 (a sure sign of osteoporosis).
(2) I was told I had receding gums at age 36.
(3) I was told I had osteopenia (both of the latter being my own personal early warning signs of osteoporosis).
These events motivated me to comprehensively rethink the true nature of osteoporosis, and to develop the Better Bones, Better Body Program®. Confident in my approach, I followed my own Better Bones approach over the years, and I found out three weeks ago that it really paid off.
As I reached the roof of a house I was inspecting, my “foldable ladder” folded on me. In an instant, I fell nine feet to the ground, landing full force on my right shoulder and back. Even now, three weeks later, I shudder when I think of the fall.
While I suffered a concussion, whip lash and needed several stitches where the unfaithful ladder hit me, I did not break a single bone. I was honestly amazed (and very pleased). Sure, I suspect my guardian angels helped me a bit, but I also credit my long-term Better Bones philosophy with the building and maintenance of strong bones. As they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
You can bet I’ll never use that ladder again, and you can bet I’ll stay with my Better Bones approach! For more information on strengthening your bones, read my article on a natural approach to osteoporosis and bone health.
I’m Dr. Susan Brown. I am a nutritionist, medical anthropologist, writer, and speaker. Get my free weekly newsletter here.