Natural Bone Health examines the components of bone health – from submolecular to macromolecular – and offers a quantitative approach to epigenetic factors, providing simple, clinically-useful integrative tests and a targeted action plan including, diet, hydration, supplementation and lifestyle recommendations that will protect bone health as we age.

The book describes an “Alkaline Way” approach to bone health, consisting of a three-pronged program: measuring and correcting net acid excess, measuring and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, and evaluating neurohormone status.  By addressing, optimizing and balancing these three control factors, Dr Susan Brown and her team at the Center for Better Bones have achieved remarkable success stabilizing and rebuilding bone, time and time again for over more than three decades.

Over the years, thought-leading scientist and integrative healthcare pioneer, Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD, CCN, and medical anthropologist and certified clinical nutritionist Susan Brown, PhD, CCN, have guided thousands of individuals to build and maintain lifelong bone strength, while at the same time maximizing overall health using this “Physiology First” principle of the Alkaline Way approach, which dictates that every action taken to strengthen bone should be of benefit to the entire fabric of human biology. They, along with co-contributors Jayashree Mani, MS, CCN and Marcy Jaffe, MPA, MBA, share the science behind and the details of their approach to overcome the challenges of the 21st century and improve bone and total body health.


Natural Bone Health is a quick read that it is chock-full of information that provides an easy three-step plan to maintain a healthy skeleton from birth until death.

~Michael Holick, PhD, MD

I feel that the authors have written the most comprehensive resource specifically addressing bone health that is available today.  The thorough review of the literature and solid scientific/medical foundation is evident and impressive however, the strength of this book is how the science is delivered in a very practical and applicable way. In addition to the focus on  healthy long-term eating strategy, the evidence that regular exercise and quality sleep are equally important for a healthy lifestyle is discussed and recommended In a society that is highly stressed, sleep deprived, mostly sedentary, and far too reliant on pharmaceutical solutions, this book has clearly and concisely provided a healthy alternative to one of today’s most debilitating challenges based upon our body’s own physiological capabilities.

~Kevin  Steele, PhD,  Exercise Physiology, Health and Fitness Expert


Russell Jaffe, MD, Ph.D., CCN
, is an internist and immunologist. He is board-certified in clinical pathology, with subspecialty board certification in chemical pathology. Russ is a Fellow of the following medical societies: ASCP, ACAAI, ACN, ASIP, and FRSM. Dr. Jaffe helped advance several adjunctive healthcare approaches including medical acupuncture (TCM), certified clinical nutrition (CCN), health coaching, and predictive biomarkers. Enabling primary, proactive prevention in clinical practice is part of Dr. Jaffe’s mission to speed the transition from sick care to healthful caring in policy, practice and research. With over 100 peer reviewed publications, invited chapters, and books, Dr. Jaffe speaks at continuing professional education conferences and in technology innovation forums. Dr. Jaffe is director of ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies (Sterling, VA), PERQUE (Ashburn, VA), RMJ Holdings (Vienna, VA) and serves as a founding Fellow of the Health Studies Collegium. He works and lives in Virginia.

Susan E. Brown, Ph.D., CNS, is a medical anthropologist and certified clinical nutritionist (CCN). She directs the Better Bones Foundation and Center for Better Bones in East Syracuse, NY. Dr. Brown conducts primary research, and lectures widely on osteoporosis, teaching her natural Better Bones, Better Body Program for the regeneration of bone health. Dr. Brown’s publications include The Acid Alkaline Food Guide (Square One Publishers 2006, 2013) Better Bones, Better Body: Beyond Estrogen and Calcium: A Comprehensive Self-Help Program for Preventing, Halting & Overcoming Osteoporosis (New Canaan: Keats, 1996, 2000); The Mend Clinic Book of Natural Remedies for Menopause and Beyond (Dell, 1997), co-authored with Dr. Paula Maas. Information on Dr. Brown’s works can be found at www.betterbones.com. Susan works and lives in East Syracuse, New York.

Jayashree Mani MS, CCN is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist  and has focused on diabetes, weight management, integrative nutrition and lifestyle management. She has been providing nutritional counseling and education to patients in various medical settings for more than 20 years. With her expertise in the field of autoimmunity, she has also co-authored chapters and articles in key reference books and scientific journals and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist supervisor. Jayashree is also involved in product formulation and actively educating practitioners and helping patients achieve lifetime wellness. Jayashree works and lives in northern Virginia.

Marcy Jaffe, MPA, MBA, serves as a health advocate with Thinking of  You since 1997: http://www.vitamins-today.com. She successfully achieves improved bone health outcomes one client at a time, through increasing magnesium reserves and recommending the Alkaline Way Lifestyle. Marcy successfully completed the PIH Academy Course 1 Certification in 2019. Marcy works and lives in small towns of western Washington and southern Arizona.