Top bone health blog topics you requested for 2016

A big thanks to each one of you in the Better Bones Blog community who took the time to complete our first ever survey!

To my great pleasure, more than a thousand of you sent us your thoughts and suggestions about what you find useful and how to best move forward with the Better Bones blog. Here are some of the major points that jumped out at me that will help guide my blog writing this year:

Your top 5 areas of interest

I will definitely be writing more blogs about new bone health research — which was a favorite topic for an amazing 72% of readers.

1. New bone health research
2. Exercise
3. Successful aging
4. Special bone health concerns of thin women
5. Alkaline diet

If you would like to get even more frequent updates on research, you can always like the Better Bones Facebook page where I post daily.

You’ve got great ideas

I read with great interest all the 125 topic comments and suggestions for additional topics. Here are just a few of your ideas that caught my eye:

• Menopause and bone
• Bone concerns for women over 75
• Osteoporosis in men
• Loss of cartilage
• What negatively affects bone health
• Anxiety
• Inflammation and the effect on bones
• Functional medicine
• Essential nutrients
• Absorbability of various forms of calcium, magnesium, other minerals
• Why would bone breakdown be elevated?

You like recipes too!

As so many of you said you liked recipes, here’s a fun St. Patrick’s Day cabbage recipe to accompany corned beef. While it is impossible to make corned beef alkaline, that’s OK—we need 60 grams of protein a day for strong bones. Cabbage, the typical St. Patty’s Day corned-beef companion, however, is highly alkalizing and here is a tasty variation. And for the Irish green, why not a serving of lightly steamed baby kale sprinkled with apple cider vinegar!

St. Patrick’s Day cabbage recipe

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ head green cabbage, cut into 4 wedges
• 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste
• 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste
• salt and ground black pepper to taste
• 2 lemons, halved

1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
2. Brush both sides of each cabbage wedge with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper over each wedge. Arrange wedges on a baking sheet.
3. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; flip cabbage and continue roasting until browned and charred in some areas, about 15 minutes more. Squeeze lemon over each wedge.

Printed From 2/19/2016

What stood out to me about the survey results?

Finally, you are an impressive group when it comes to your commitment to finding natural solutions to bone health issues — no matter what! For example, many of you asked for information about “how to scientifically and knowledgeably argue back to doctors who push big pharma drugs and use scare tactics to do so” or “Find a way to educate physicians. When there is a bone problem for aging women they prescribe Fosamax®.”

Empowering women like you to make the best choices for their own bone health is one of my life-long goals. Based on my experience, creating bone health without drugs is possible and I will continue to provide you with the information you need to do so. Thank you again for everything you do to help me make that possible.

All the best,


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