Osteoporosis Awareness Month, Naturally

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, and I wanted to share a couple of books that approach osteoporosis from a holistic perspective for Mothering readers who want to know the risk factors to better prepare themselves for a healthier future. Your BonesYour Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis & Have Strong Bones for Life Naturally by Lara Pizzorno is a great place to start.  Pizzorno writes from experience: her personal experience with osteopenia and her professional experience with medical writing.  She is an editor of The World’s Healthiest Food’s web site, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, blogger for WebMD on integrative medicine.  In Your Bones, Pizzorno and co-author Wright present strong reasons to avoid conventional medicine when diagnosed with bone issues, and they also give clear advice about natural lifestyle choices for better bone health. The one thing missing from Your Bones is recipes.  For that, I recommend Annemarie Colbin’s The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach.  As I said in my review for Library Journal, “Nutritionist Colbin argues that bone health requires more than consuming calcium supplements or dairy products; diet and exercise affect our bones more than we may realize. The author takes a tour of how osteoporosis, calcium, and menopause influence bone health before making her prescriptions (e.g., limiting nightshade vegetables, over-the-counter medications, and coffee).”  The book features nearly 100 recipes featuring the healthy organic ingredients she recommends. As the National Osteoporosis Foundation says, “it’s never too early or too late to take steps to improve your bone health.”


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