The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach

Annemarie Colbin

New Harbinger Publications,  February 2009

A pioneering nutritionist shows you:

  • How to strengthen bones with the food you eat
  • How to rebuild bone mass naturally
  • Why estrogen therapy, calcium supplements & prescription medications are not the answer
  • Which foods weaken the bones& diminish bone mass

It's essential to maintain strong bones to keep an active lifestyle, but aside from taking a daily calcium supplement, is there really anything you can do to improve your bone health? With this complete program for stronger bones created by health educator Annemarie Colbin, you'll learn the best foods to eat to build bone mass and find out which foods actually weaken bones. You'll also discover how exercise and finding personal balance can improve your health and prevent fragility fractures, menopause-related bone loss, and osteoporosis.


  • What puts you at risk for bone fracture
  • Why medication and estrogen therapy may not work for you
  • How the nutrients in whole foods build bone mass
  • 85 easy recipes that maximize the bone-building effects of whole foods

paperback | ISBN: 9781572245808 | Publication Date: February 2009

"The bones of the body renew themselves every seven years. With the wholesome wisdom of this book, you can help your bones provide a firm scaffold for your body."
--Mehmet C. Oz, MD, coauthor of YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: Staying Young

"Annemarie Colbin is a long-time mentor of mine. The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones combines her wisdom with much common sense."
--Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones gives readers the recipe for maintaining bone health without medication. It is a must-read for anyone interested in preserving or restoring the health of their bones."
--Joel M. Evans, MD, assistant clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, founder and director of the Center for Women's Health in Stamford, CT, and author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook

"The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones provides the knowledge and inspiration for maintaining a lifelong healthy skeleton. This brilliantly written book is a must-read, especially for those who may be at risk for osteoporosis."
--Carol Ellis, MD, medical director of Natural Medicine and Rehabilitation in Branchburg, NJ

"This book by Annemarie Colbin, one of America's most respected food therapists, gives us a definitive guide to maximizing bone health as nature intended -- with a balanced diet and lifestyle. Her evidence-based approach (replete with discussions of hundreds of published clinical studies) makes this book an important reference for both consumers and healthcare professionals. Plus, the recipes are fabulous."
--Woodson Merrell, MD, chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, author of The Source

"Annemarie Colbin is a brilliant nutritionist who has once again shown that optimal well-being can be found through living a naturally healthy lifestyle. At a time when our healthcare specialists rely too much on medications, she presents a program that relies on whole foods, exercise, and spiritual understanding. I'm happy to prescribe this book first for anyone wishing to keep their bones strong and live long."
--Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, cofounder and chairman of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, author of Time Shifting, and coauthor of The Omega Vitality and Wellness Book

"Movement and exercise are necessary to healthy living. But exercise is difficult if you do not have a healthy, strong bone structure to support muscle function. I look forward to giving my patients Annemarie Colbin's newest book, The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones, as it presents the most comprehensive yet understandable approach to bone health that I have encountered."
--Nancy L. Shaw, MA, MTPT, director of the Myofascial Pain Treatment Center in Washington, DC, founder of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists and the Shaw Myotherapy Institute

"Another classic from the mother of whole food eating, who influenced so many of us with her book Food and Healing over twenty years ago. Her sage advice in The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones is essential for everyone concerned about bone loss and what to do about it."
--Frank Lipman, MD, author, Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again