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The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis: How to Improve Bone Strength and Reduce Your Fracture Risk (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series) Paperback – May 1, 2009

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“Keith McCormick is a brilliant, courageous pioneer who, in this long-awaited guide, has torn away the curtain from the mystery of osteoporosis. Anyone seeking to renew their bone health will find the information presented in this meticulously researched handbook totally accessible, eminently usable, inspiring, and life-changing. This is a seminal work that will transform the way osteoporosis is treated in this country and will be referenced for years to come both by physicians and the general public.”
—Richard L. Gerstein, MD, chief medical officer at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA


“To build better bones, you’ll need to do way more than pop calcium pills and take walks. Now you can get inside information from the bone health guru. If you are planning on living a long life, you will need great bones. Don’t hesitate—grab this book and take action!”
—JJ Virgin, Ph.D., CNS, CHFI, nutritionist, fitness expert, and author of The Art of Losing It



“A savvy and practical self-help approach to osteoporosis. This necessary manual is crafted by a healer keenly attuned to the subtle interdependencies between bone health and exuberant, whole-body health.”
—David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous



“Who would have thought that a reference guide on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis could be such a page-turner? This delightful gem of a book is truly a masterfully crafted, informative, and deeply satisfying read. It is most certainly destined to become a classic in the field of bone health.”
—Martha Stark, MD, clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School



“McCormick has written a clear and concise guide to achieving optimal bone health. You will come away with a deep understanding of the complex causes of osteoporosis. Most importantly, the wide variety of practical tools and solutions he provides will empower you to live your very best life.”
—Liz O’Dair, MD, MPH, integrative medicine physician at Northampton Wellness Associates in Northampton, MA



“McCormick has done a masterful job at informing the reader about the ‘big picture’ of maintaining optimal bone health. Control of the osteoporosis epidemic will require more than reflexive prescribing of osteoporosis medications and calcium supplements. His recommendations, including advice on medications, nutritional supplements, diet, and lifestyle, are right on the money.”
—David M. Brady, ND, DC, CCN, DACBN, director of the Human Nutrition Institute and associate professor of clinical sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT



“Having traversed the wilderness of osteoporosis himself, McCormick now provides us with an invaluable guidebook in a very accessible format. I have no doubt many individuals with osteoporosis and their clinicians will benefit greatly from the wisdom presented here.”
—Kara Fitzgerald, ND, clinician, Advanced Diagnostic, Yale-New Haven at Longwharf; consultant at Metametrix Institute



“Faced with severe osteoporosis and multiple fractures at age 45, Keith McCormick, a chiropractor and athlete, undertook the formidable task of understanding the complex nature of bone weakness and its healing. This book provides the public with the most updated, advanced, and comprehensive approach to bone health regeneration available today.”
—Susan E. Brown, Ph.D., author of Better Bones, Better Body and director of the Center for Better Bones in East Syracuse, NY

From the Publisher

In The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis, nutrition and bone health expert Keith McCormick offers a holistic, ten-step approach to help readers increase bone density and bone flexibility, reduce the risk of fracture, and engage in more active and healthy lifestyles.
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Product Details

  • Series: The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245952
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 2011 Dr. R. Keith McCormick founded OsteoNaturals, LLC, (OsteoNaturals.com) a company dedicated to providing information and quality nutrition products to individuals with bone loss. He is passionate about helping individuals with bone loss regain their skeletal health through a functional medicine approach. Dr. McCormick is also a Board Certified Chiropractor in the states of Massachusetts, Colorado, and California and has been in clinical practice since 1982. In addition to a general practice, Dr. McCormick is a Board Certified Sports Chiropractic Physician and is a team physician for the University of Massachusetts Sports Medicine Department. His professional memberships include the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the International Bone and Mineral Society, and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. McCormick earned his bachelor's degree in Human Biology at Stanford University and his doctorate at the National College of Chiropractic.

Sports have always played a vital part in Dr. McCormick's life. At Stanford, he competed on the varsity cross-country and fencing teams. As a junior, he was the silver medalist in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships. Then in 1975 he won the North American Championship and the following year was a member of the United States Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team competing in the XXI Olympiad in Montreal. Dr. McCormick continues to compete in triathlons of all distances including Ironmans. Most recently he competed in the 2005 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, and finished 7th, 9th, and 12th respectively in his age group at the 2010, 2011, and 2014 70.3 Ironman Triathlon World Championships; all this after recovering from multiple osteoporosis-related fractures over a period of five years.

Current publications by Dr. McCormick include Osteoporosis: Integrating Biomarkers and Other Diagnostic Correlates into the Management of Bone Fragility published in Alternative Medicine Review, June 2007, and The Whole-Body Approach to Osteoporosis released by New Harbinger Publications in May 2009.

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Finally! A clear and comprehensive overview of the real contributing causes of osteoporosis, and what you need to do to overcome it. It is always refreshing to see health guidance that is truly holistic, and written with intelligence and integrity. Keith McCormick, a chiropractic physician specializing in bone fragility management, distills the complex and interactive lifestyle, nutritional and environmental factors involved in osteoporosis and osteopenia, its precursor. He clearly explains the biochemistry involved, and offers bone-building strategies that can dramatically reverse the condition with a combination of corrective nutrition, supplementation and appropriate exercise.
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Dr McCormick provides an informative, instructional approach to natural ways to treat osteoporosis that can be used in addition to or in place of traditional osteoporosis therapy.

Unlike many books on alternative therapies, McCormick encourages the reader to work with his/her doctor. By considering a patient's Dexascan, blood/urine test results and physical symptoms, the book allows the reader to assemble a program of medicine and nutrition to heal and strengthen bones through various complementary methods.

The book is presented as a balanced combination of case studies, explanations and instructions for the reader.

I highly recommend this for anyone looking to take control and treat their osteoporosis with more than the usual bisphosphonates.
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I have been a patient of Dr. McCormick's for over 20 years, and I would put my life in his hands. In recent years I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, and he and his book have been a godsend to me.. His book goes into detail that's understandable by the non-medical mind, but still helps people like me deal correctly with my osteoporosis, and the improvement and benefits from following his recommendations have helped me immensely. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone with osteoporosis or even osteopenia, as it will help you either get better, or at least not get worse, and it explains when medicines are needed, and when they can be avoided, as they have side effects, and they don't always accomplish what we all want, which is a lowered fracture risk. I can't say enough how this book has helped me and how easy it is to read and understand and follow his proven program.

Maggie Frank O'Connor
Granby, MA
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I was skeptical, because this book is written by a chiropractor, and it bothers me that some chiropractors give advice to patients on nutrition and supplements. I question their training and qualifications for that. Even if they have courses, are they truly adequate for them to extend their scope of practice so much? And, to me, only MDs are physicians, but this author's bio calls him that. HOWEVER, what won me over about this book author is that he has severe osteoporosis and has had multiple fragility fractures. Through extensive research and, sometimes, through trial and error, he's found what's helpful and what's not, to the extent that anyone can. He's also a former Olympic athlete and an Ironman triathalon athlete. PLUS, the info is detailed, quite specific, consistent with what I've read in books by experts that I know something about and trust, and, as far as I can tell, trustworthy and a reasonably balanced approach. I got the book from the library, but I'm going to buy a copy, so I can do more research on the nutrients, supplements, and modify what I'm taking and doing. The only thing that's essential to rebuilding and maintaining bone density but missing -- and quite surprisingly so, coming from an athlete and a chiropractor -- is a chapter about exercising and guidance about what to do and what to avoid. Maybe that's his next book.
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At the beginning of the book, the author mentions that the book is meant to be read straight-through. Take that literally, because it is not structured in a way that makes it an ongoing reference. He does a great job of explaining osteoporosis and bone health in an easily understood way. There is, however, no index! There are also no charts regarding nutrients or foods, so be prepared to take notes or use a highlighter on your first read-through.
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This book is a wonderful resource with very detailed nutritional information that is helpful to people who have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Of all the books I have read, this is the most helpful. The author is a former Olympian triathlete who was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of forty five years old. Having osteoporosis made no sense to him because he thought he had done everything right to keep his body healthy. Keith McCormick shares the nutritional knowledge he gained from years of research as to what caused him to develop osteoporosis and how to improve his condition. His book offers hope. I highly recommend it to anyone concerned about this chronic condition.
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This work is an excellent example of the integrated approach to a pervasive chronic health condition....osteoporosis.

I have begun recommending it to my patients.

Thank you Dr. McCormick for an easy to understand approach to the control and prevention of bone loss.

Anthony W. Hamm, DC, FACO
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