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Ep. 96: Understanding Osteoporosis with Dr. Lisa Weeks, ND and Elizabeth Stark

This week Joy chats with two guests about all things osteoporosis: Elizabeth Stark & Dr. Lisa Weeks. If you want to learn how osteoporosis can impact people of any age & natural solutions to support bone health then you won’t want to miss it!
Jul 11, 2023 | Joy McCarthy

This week is a special episode where Joy chats with two guests about all things osteoporosis: former client Elizabeth Stark and naturopath, Dr. Lisa Weeks. Dr. Weeks is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been practicing for over 15 years. She works with many women who struggle with hormonal challenges in perimenopause and menopause and to support healthy aging. She is also the co-host of the Perimenopausal Mamas podcast. Elizabeth Stark is passionate about health and wellness and she is a singer in the musical group called Starklight.

Osteoporosis in Young Women Joyous Health Podcast

In this episode Elizabeth first shares her journey recovering from an eating disorder and how she developed osteoporosis at a very young age as a consequence of her ED. Next, Dr. Weeks outlines the causes of osteoporosis and shares actionable steps you can take today to improve your bone density. This episode is a great combination of first hand experience with practical, evidence-based solutions to give you a well-rounded perspective on this important health issue!

If you want to learn how osteoporosis can impact people of any age and natural solutions to support bone health then you won’t want to miss this episode. So settle in with an ultra nourishing cuppa tea and get ready to be inspired to support strong, healthy bones today!


Episode Highlights:

  • Elizabeth’s relationship with her eating disorder and its connection to control.
  • The lack of awareness of osteoporosis in young people.
  • Why exercise is so important for bone health.
  • The importance of bone density scans at every age.
  • Why she took a combined approach of conventional medicine and natural supplements.
  • How eating disorders can lead to osteoporosis.
  • The impacts of hormones like estrogen on bone health.
  • Her experience with the birth control pill.
  • How Elizabeth manages her healing journey.
  • Dr. Week’s breakdown of the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia.
  • How bone density is measured.
  • Why osteoporosis is called the silent thief.
  • Who should have bone density scans at a younger age.
  • Risk factors for osteoporosis.
  • How prednisone and long term steroids impact bone health.
  • Instances where premenopausal people may develop osteoporosis.
  • Diet and lifestyle suggestions to support optimal bone health at any age.
  • The shocking statistics related to osteoporosis.
  • Steps you can take to stabilize and improve bone density even after diagnosis.
  • Medications that are prescribed for osteoporosis, their risks, and effectiveness.
  • Nutrients and foods required for healthy bones & muscles.
  • Why Dr. Weeks doesn’t suggest taking calcium on its own and which forms you should take for best absorption.

Dr. Lisa Weeks Natural Osteoporosis Treatments Joyous Health Podcast


Dr. Weeks on Instagram

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Dr. Weeks’s FREE Strong Bones Guide

Dr. Weeks's Website

Perimenopausal Mamas Podcast

Elizabeth Stark on Instagram

Osteoporosis Canada


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