Part whistle-blower book, part bone health bible, Dr. Lani's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide exposes the shocking difficulty involved in getting an accurate bone density reading and the serious risks of long term use of the most recent osteoporosis medications.
Author Dr. Lani Simpson, both a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Certified Clinical Densitometrist cuts through the confusion and inaccuracies surrounding osteoporosis to explain her whole-body approach to bone health, which includes discussions of digestive health, diet, supplements, and exercise. You may be surprised to learn which foods and medicines hurt bone health and which ones help in building strong bones.
The book also sheds light on basic bone biology, how aging affects the bones, the risks and benefits of drugs and alternative treatments, a comprehensive breakdown of calcium supplementation and some delicious recipes for bone-building meals.
We all share concerns about bone health and osteoporosis. Whether you are one of the nearly 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, or a younger person building a healthy body, Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide will answer your questions and help you live long, healthy, and fracture-free into your golden years.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Let me be clear--this book is informative and useful. But I do have a couple of reservations.
1. The book is extremely repetitious. The author tends to make certain points over and over again e.g. DXA results can be unreliable. Perhaps it's understandable inasmuch as Dr. Lani advises readers to go straight to the chapters of most interest to them. So maybe she wants to make sure that all readers get the most important information. Still, it's a bit wearying when you're trying to read the book all the way through.
2. I don't have the time, nor the energy, nor the financial resources to pursue every piece of Dr. Lani's advice. (I'd have to quit my job and devote all day every day to this project.) Her detailed, extremely time-consuming, all encompassing suggestions range from getting private lab tests to buying a vibration machine and/or a trampoline, working with a personal trainer, and exploring a variety of supplements, foods, and exercises including yoga, core...
I found Dr. Simpson's No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide to be a comprehensively thorough, clear, and objective look at the science of bone health, density scans, medication treatments, and possible alternative (or additional) approaches to managing bone loss and improving bone integrity. I came to be especially grateful for this book after my most recent density scan when I was told that I had a 9% decline in my hip bone. One doctor I spoke with told me that I needed to get on medication immediately--"Time is running out." Having read Dr. Simpson's book, I knew that such a decline--especially in only one year's time--is extremely rare. So I consulted with my primary care physician and then had blood work done to ensure that there was no other underlying problem. There wasn't, and so I requested a second opinion from a certified clinical densitometrist. She assured me that an obvious error had occurred in a prior scan, seriously skewing the comparison with my most recent one...
This is an outstanding book on the health of our bones and on understanding and treating osteoporosis. Dr. Simpson is a chiropractor who has been trained to read dexa-scans and understand these tests. She works closely with a medical doctor. Her research and experience with patients is detailed in the book and is thorough and convincing. She experienced bone loss herself and tells her own story. Dr. Simpson says that many of the medications given to promote bone growth actually cause harm. (I have had difficulty with these same medications so was glad for the validation of this.) She also says that often dexa-scans are not accurate and gives help in how to assure you receive valid tests. I was most surprised by Dr. Lani’s connecting the health of the digestive system of the patient and the health of the bones. When the digestion is off the body does not absorb the needed nutrients especially calcium and magnesium. (I’ve had digestive problems and never connected this with...
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