March 12: Healthy Bones: Facts, Myths and the Science Behind It All

Prominent NYC nutritionist/professor Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., dishes out the facts.

Dr. Annmarie Colbin will discuss her research-grounded approach to building and maintaining strong, resilient bones

Dr. Annmarie Colbin will discuss her research-grounded approach to building and maintaining strong, resilient bones

Attend this free event!

When: Thursday March 12, 6–7:45 pm

Where: The New York Public Library
Science, Industry & Business Library
188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street
Lower Level, Conference Room 014/015

RSVP by March 5 to: Sheila Haas,

Seating is limited.

Healthy bones are a critical factor in aging with energy, grace, and independence. Yet the osteoporosis incidence among older people and the burden of fractures are alarming, and conventional solutions are coming under scrutiny. A large prospective study of healthy women age 50 and over (part of the Women’s Health Initiative) published in 2006 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed little fracture-reduction benefit from standard-dose calcium supplements. Reports of disturbing adverse effects from long-term use of bisphosphonates (anti-osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax) are increasingly published in the medical literature—jawbone necrosis, musculoskeletal pain, atypical fragility and fracture of the thigh bone, severe suppression of bone turnover, with some data also pointing to atrial fibrillation. Although regarded as rare, some physicians suspect that they are just the tip of the iceberg. A sizeable institutional study in this January’s Journal of the American Dental Association found the incidence of jaw necrosis among oral bisphosphonate users startlingly high, and of sufficient concern to have changed their screening practices and dental surgery consent form.

SWINY has invited Annmarie Colbin, Ph.D., to discuss her research-grounded approach to building and maintaining strong, resilient bones, which has been honed through years of working with patients. She understands the dynamic biochemistry of healthy bones and applies this to the nutrients we need and the foods we eat — those that build bone mass, those that diminish it — and to the effects of anti-osteoporosis drugs, estrogen therapy, and calcium supplements. Dr. Colbin explains why each of these may not work as desired.

About Dr. Annmarie Colbin

Dr. Colbin earned her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on wholistic nutrition and is particularly interested in applying advanced scientific concepts to gain a new understanding of how food relates to health. She has just published The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach. Dr. Colbin until recently taught her approach to nutrition at Empire State College in New City, NY and at Touro College. She is on the faculty of the annual Integrative Healthcare Symposium for healthcare professionals, teaches a course on Food Therapy for healthcare professionals, and leads workshops and lectures across the country. She has had her own clinical practice for many years, and over 30 years ago founded the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in Manhattan where she lectures on food and health and provides public and professional courses in healthful cooking with whole foods.

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