APPOINTMENTS

Susan is available for an in person consultation in Northern Virginia or by phone or via Skype.  In person appointments are held in Great Falls, VA or at Virginia Therapy and Fitness Center, 1831 Wiehle Ave, Reston, VA

To schedule an appointment:

  1. Call Susan at her office at 703-738-4230 or email her at susan@nurturedbones.com to set up a time.
  2. Download and Fill out the following forms:
         5 Day Dietary intake form
         Health History questionnaire
  3. Mail, email or bring the above forms with you for your initial consult
  4. Labs (see list below)
  5. Payment is due at time of service. Cash, check or credit card payment is accepted.
  6. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. If canceling within 24-hours of your scheduled appointment time, we reserve the right to charge you for this visit.

Labs to request from your physician if able:

  • CBC with differentials
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Lipid panel
  • Fasting blood glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1c
  • CRP
  • Homocysteine
  • Osteocalcin
  • Vitamin D: 25(OH)D
  • TSH
  • Free T4
  • Free T3

Fasting is required 12 hours prior to blood being drawn.
Please continue to drink plenty of water.

Vitamin K2 and You

Vitamin K2, a little known nutrient just until a few years ago, has emerged as having a critical role in how the body uses calcium. It is tasked in moving and keeping calcium in the bones and out of places where it shouldn’t be, such as arteries, joints, the kidney and bladder where it can contributed to calcification, heel spurs, bone spurs and kidney and bladder stones.

Vitamin A: How much is too much?

This past week I had a new patient seeking advice on what supplements she should be taking to support her bone health, along with the health of her eyes and her immune system, and aid in preventing urinary tract infections. She came carrying a bag with over 20 different supplement bottles and explained why she took each one and the various websites or healthcare professionals who recommended each.

How much protein do your bones need?

Over the years there has been a lot of controversy as to whether protein is detrimental or beneficial to bone health. Early research suggested that a high protein diet caused an increase of calcium excretion in the urine. It was assumed that the increase in urine calcium was due to calcium loss from the bones, suggesting that high protein diets were detrimental to bone health.

Osteoporosis: East meets West

Western Medicine looks at the body as machine, each organ a gear that must turn correctly for the machine to work. Eastern medicine looks at the person as an extension of all life and effected by all entities on earth, and to be truly healthy, needs to be balanced within as well as with the surrounding environment.

Are you eating the right fats for your bones?

You’re living a healthy lifestyle, but why are you still losing bone? Maybe you have been exercising more, increasing your consumption of green leafy vegetables, and have even cut down on the so called “bad” fats in favor of consuming more “healthy” fats. Well, it may have something to do with the kind of “healthy” fat you are eating.

TESTIMONIAL

While providing rehabilitation after my two hip surgeries, Susan also educated me in the importance of proper nutrition for strengthening my bones and improving my bone density. She encouraged me to eat an alkaline-based diet and to eliminate the junk food I was so fond of. Not only did I heal quickly, but also the doctors were amazed by the rapid bone growth as noted on my x-rays. I continue to include chia and pumpkin seeds in my diet, as well as other foods that are alkaline based. I honestly have Susan to thank for this complete transformation in my diet which has allowed me to go back to wearing heels which I thought I would never be able to do again. Nutrition matters — I am a perfect example of good bones from good food! ~R.G.

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