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Margie Bissinger is a Physical Therapist and Integrative Health Coach. For nearly twenty years she has devoted herself to helping women with osteoporosis. Margie would love to help you discover your path to the best, healthiest version of yourself.

During this podcast series, Margie will share many natural approaches to optimizing and strengthen your bones while at the same time increasing your happiness and reducing your stress. Expect to learn from leading experts on what you can do to make sure you have healthy bones throughout your life.

From exercise to nutrition, mental health to happiness, toxins to stress reduction, we bring you on an incredible journey to live your best life!

Happy Bones, Happy Life Margie Bissinger

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Margie Bissinger is a Physical Therapist and Integrative Health Coach. For nearly twenty years she has devoted herself to helping women with osteoporosis. Margie would love to help you discover your path to the best, healthiest version of yourself.

During this podcast series, Margie will share many natural approaches to optimizing and strengthen your bones while at the same time increasing your happiness and reducing your stress. Expect to learn from leading experts on what you can do to make sure you have healthy bones throughout your life.

From exercise to nutrition, mental health to happiness, toxins to stress reduction, we bring you on an incredible journey to live your best life!

    Inflammation Is a Root Cause of Osteoporosis With Dr. Tom O’Bryan

    Inflammation Is a Root Cause of Osteoporosis With Dr. Tom O’Bryan

    Are you diagnosed with Osteoporosis and have no idea how it happened? It’s important to identify the root causes of Osteoporosis, which can be different for each person. But, there are some common factors, one of which is inflammation. 
     
    Now, we know that inflammation in itself is not a bad thing. However, a majority of all chronic diseases are linked to excessive or chronic inflammation, and Osteoporosis is no different. 
     
    Today, Dr. Tom O'Bryan and I talk about the effect of inflammation on our health and how different inflammatory drivers, such as food, bugs, toxins, and our lifestyle, could affect our bone health. 
     
    Dr. O'Bryan is considered the Sherlock Holmes for chronic disease. He teaches that recognizing and addressing the underlying mechanisms that activate an immune response is the map to the highway toward better health. He holds teaching faculty positions with the Institute for Functional Medicine and the National University of Health Sciences. 
     
    He has trained and certified tens of thousands of practitioners worldwide in an advanced understanding of the impact of wheat sensitivity and the development of individual autoimmune diseases.
     
    This is such an exciting and informative conversation, so make sure you catch today's episode of the Happy Bones, Happy Life podcast! 
     
    “Whatever the manifestation, it doesn't matter. It's always inflammation; that's the bottom line.” - Dr. Tom O'Bryan
     
    In this episode:
    - [01:48] - Why it's important to understand the role of inflammation in our health and wellbeing
    - [05:52] - What is inflammation, and how does our immune system work?
    - [12:40] - How would you know if you have inflammation?
    - [27:43] - How do toxins affect us?
    - [32:42] - Why is it necessary to have regular medical testing?
    - [34:30] - Acute vs. chronic inflammation
    - [36:42] - 3 Tips to a healthier you
     
    Resources mentioned
    - The Inflammation Equation: Decoding the Steps for Optimal Wellbeing - free 7-Day Docuseries - https://theinflammationequation.com/MargieB/
    - Happy Bones Club - https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/bones-club
     
    More about Margie
    - Website - https://margiebissinger.com/ 
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/p/Margie-Bissinger-MS-PT-CHC-100063542905332/ 
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/margiebissinger/?hl=en 
     
    DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and Happy Bones, Happy Life Podcast.
    *In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links on this site: Some of the links going to products are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you (sometimes, I even get to share a unique discount with you). If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support, and would recommend. I personally vet each and every product. My first priority is providing valuable information and resources to help you create positive changes in your health and bring more happiness into your life. I will only ever link to products or resources (affiliate or otherwise) that fit within this purpose.
     

    • 49 min
    Osteoporosis FAQs: Answers to Your Common Questions

    Osteoporosis FAQs: Answers to Your Common Questions

    I recently hosted a summit on Osteoporosis and bone health and had a Q&A. There were almost 900 questions, and I couldn't answer all of them during that time. 
     
    So, I decided to continue answering some of the usual questions I hear all the time. I also talk about my Happy Bones Roadmap to help you in your journey to creating and maintaining strong, healthy bones.
     
    If you are ready to hear the answer to the most common questions I get about Osteoporosis, then you are in the right place.
     
    Thank you for joining me in today's informative episode of the Happy Bones, Happy Life podcast! 
     
    “When it comes to our bones, it's never too early, and it's never too late. There's always something we can do to improve ourselves.” - Margie Bissinger
     
    In this episode:
    - [01:04] - Is it still possible to build bone as I age?
    - [02:28] - Where do you start?
    - [09:09] - How do I begin exercising safely?
    - [18:32] - Should post-menopausal women take supplemental collagen?
    - [26:59] - What are oxalates, and how do they affect bone health?
    - [31:50] - How can you decrease oxalate content in food?
    - [33:27] - Does gluten sensitivity cause Osteoporosis?
    - [35:58] - What is the impact of PPI medications on Osteoporosis?
     
    Resources mentioned
    - Happy Bones Roadmap - Use Coupon Code SAVE150 for $150 savings - your cost is $47 for a limited time - live classes start February 22nd - https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/the-happy-bones-roadmap-optin-page-1-14099a29-3a00-4c5c-911c-b82f8f459834 
    - Happy Bones Club - https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/bones-club
    - See Margie's recommended osteoporosis and bone health supplements - https://us.fullscript.com/plans/mbissinger-osteoporosis-and-bone-health-supplements 
    - Margie’s Bone Health Q&A Replay - https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/bone-health-qa-replay
    - MORE Osteoporosis & Bone Health Summit Replay https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/more-natural-approaches-to-osteoporosis-and-bone-health-summit-2-0
     
    More about Margie
    - Website - https://margiebissinger.com/ 
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/p/Margie-Bissinger-MS-PT-CHC-100063542905332/ 
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/margiebissinger/?hl=en 
     
    DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and Happy Bones, Happy Life Podcast.
    *In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links on this site: Some of the links going to products are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you (sometimes, I even get to share a unique discount with you). If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support, and would recommend. I personally vet each and every product. My first priority is providing valuable information and resources to help you create positive changes in your health and bring more happiness into your life. I will only ever link to products or resources (affiliate or otherwise) that fit within this purpose.

    • 41 min
    Using Bioidentical Hormones Safely for Osteoporosis With Dr. Felice Gersh

    Using Bioidentical Hormones Safely for Osteoporosis With Dr. Felice Gersh

    Today, I have someone who recognizes the unique needs of women, and she's here to answer many of your health questions, specifically about bioidentical hormones and Osteoporosis. She also leaves us with the hope that we can all live longer and healthier lives if we commit to doing what we can for our health.
     
    Dr. Felice L. Gersh is a board-certified OB/GYN and Integrative Medicine healer. As such, she can utilize the most cutting-edge and high-tech diagnostic testing while incorporating science-based therapies, from herbal to surgical, to assist in the healing process. 
     
    She is the founder and Medical Director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. Adept in all areas of women’s health, Dr. Gersh is especially renowned for her expertise in female hormones, with a unique specialization in PCOS, the most common endocrine problem faced by women. 
     
    If you’re looking for information about bioidentical hormones and women's health, listening to the wisdom of Dr. Gersh is a good starting point.
     
    Thank you for listening to another fabulous episode of the Happy Bones, Happy Life podcast! 
     
    “I want everybody to feel optimistic that there is so much you can do, and there's a whole long lifespan ahead of you if you just make the commitment. And then every day, try to do healthy things to support every organ system and, of course, that vital musculoskeletal system.” - Dr. Felice Gersh
     
    In this episode:
    - [02:46] - Can bioidentical hormones help a 78-year-old female with Osteoporosis who, for medical reasons, cannot take anabolic and antiresorptive medication?
    - [07:30] - Is the bioidentical estrogen safe if you have estrogen+ or progesterone+ breast cancer?
    - [13:56] - Is there any age that's too young to go into hormones?
    - [21:40] - Practical tips to prevent falls and fractures
    - [25:47] - If you start bioidentical hormones due to Osteoporosis, are they contraindicated if you have a history of polyps that cause bleeding?
    - [28:30] - If you have uterine fibroids and Osteopenia, are you not a good candidate for bioidentical hormones?
    - [33:03] - What test can you take to measure estrogen levels?
    - [35:20] - How would you know if your doctor is qualified to lead you down the path of bioidentical hormone therapy?
    - [38:30] - What is the ideal estradiol level?
    - [42:04] - If you can't find a doctor who understands how thyroid hormones interact with bioidentical sex hormones, what can you do? Would taking herbal teas help?
    - [46:47] - Are there any issues with taking estrogen when you have fibrous breasts?
    - [52:18] - After increasing my estrogen dose from one pump to two, I've developed migraines almost every other day. What could be the cause? What are some strategies to manage severe migraines?
    - [56:26] - Does using estradiol cream help?
    - [56:40] - When you say take progesterone for 14 days to mimic a menstrual cycle, would that apply to someone who's had a hysterectomy?
     
    Resources mentioned
    - Free 50-page e-book on Menopause - https://integrativemgi.com/lp/menopause-sos/
    - Dr. Felice Gersh's website - https://integrativemgi.com/
    - Happy Bones Roadmap - Use coupon code SAVE150 for $100 OFF:  https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/the-happy-bones-roadmap-optin-page-1-14099a29-3a00-4c5c-911c-b82f8f459834
    - See Margie's recommended osteoporosis and bone health supplements - https://us.fullscript.com/plans/mbissinger-osteoporosis-and-bone-health-supplements
     
    More about Margie
    - Website - https://margiebissinger.com/ 
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/p/Margie-Bissinger-MS-PT-CHC-100063542905332/ 
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/margiebissinger/?hl=en 
     
    DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Biss

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Uncovering the Secrets to Longevity With Chris Burres

    Uncovering the Secrets to Longevity With Chris Burres

    How long do you want to live? How long do you think people can live?
     
    We all want to live longer. But what is the point of living longer if you don’t look and feel younger or have full mental acuity or purpose? 
     
    Wouldn't you want to be fit and active at 80 or even 90 years old doing what you love? That's the essence of longevity–to feel energized, youthful, and in the prime of your life regardless of age. 
     
    In the “Uncovering the Secrets to Longevity” Summit, Chris Burres expertly curated a gathering of over 50 thought leaders, including doctors, researchers, genetic testing experts, biohackers, and NY Times bestselling authors, who are revolutionizing our understanding of graceful aging.
     
    Chris is the co-owner of SES Research Inc. and the co-founder of MyVitalC. He is a scientist and an entrepreneur with an intensive knowledge of the science of aging. 
     
    Today, he shares his thoughts on longevity and impactful takeaways from the Longevity Summit. This episode is full of tips you can use immediately, so I highly recommend you listen to this informative episode of the Happy Bones, Happy Life podcast! 
     
    “For me, longevity is living longer with kind of the undertone, which I think maybe a lot of people need the overtone, like the more powerful tone—same mental capacity, same physical capacity.” - Chris Burres
     
    In this episode:
    - [01:30] - How would you define longevity?
    - [11:42] - Big takeaways from the Longevity Summit
    - [15:03] - Tests to understand your current health status
    - [18:34] - What happens when you have a leaky gut?
    - [29:20] - Other factors that strongly affect our longevity
    - [37:43] - What is it about Chris's products that extend life?
    - [40:16] - Why use this face serum?
     
    Resources and products mentioned
    - The Happy Bones Club - https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/bones-club
    - Uncovering the Secrets to Longevity Summit - https://secretstolongevity.byhealthmeans.com/?idev_id=22547
    - Products Chris mentioned - https://myvitalc.com/happybones - use coupon code HAPPYBONES for 15% off your purchase. The product I mentioned in the episode that I love is the Skin Reduõ Set.
     
    More about Margie
    - Website - https://margiebissinger.com/ 
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/p/Margie-Bissinger-MS-PT-CHC-100063542905332/ 
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/margiebissinger/?hl=en 
     
    DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and Happy Bones, Happy Life Podcast.
    *In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links on this site: Some of the links going to products are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you (sometimes, I even get to share a unique discount with you). If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support, and would recommend. I personally vet each and every product. My first priority is providing valuable information and resources to help you create positive changes in your health and bring more happiness into your life. I will only ever link to products or resources (affiliate or otherwise) that fit within this purpose.

    • 48 min
    What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis Medications With Dr. R. Keith McCormick

    What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis Medications With Dr. R. Keith McCormick

    When discussing Osteoporosis treatment, your physician will most likely prescribe some medications. With the different drugs out there, how do you know which one to take? Is it safe if you have other medical conditions? What are the long-term side effects? Which is a better brand? And the list goes on.
     
    Today, I have someone who will answer your questions about Osteoporosis medications to put your mind at ease.
     
    Dr. R. Keith McCormick is a chiropractic physician specializing in the management of patients with osteoporosis. He is the author of the recently released book Great Bones: Taking Control of Your Osteoporosis and The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis.   

    Sports have always played a vital part in Dr. McCormick’s life. He is the former U.S. record holder for the most points scored in a pentathlon competition. Dr. McCormick continues to compete in triathlons of all distances and has completed six Ironman competitions, five of them after recovering from multiple osteoporosis-related fractures.
     
    So, if you have questions about Osteoporosis medications, listen to this informative episode of the Happy Bones, Happy Life podcast! 
     
    “I always talk about medications as being a short-term solution to a long-term issue. And that is, when you're taking the medications, all that time you're (also) doing things to improve your overall bone health—your diet and supplements, all that.” - Dr. R. Keith McCormick
     
    In this episode:
    - [02:10] - How long can you stay on Prolia?
    - [05:31] - How can I prevent the rebound effect from quitting Prolia?
    - [10:47] - Should I continue using Prolia? 
    - [12:08] - How long do most people use Prolia?
    - [13:56] - How to achieve long-term success in your battle with Osteoporosis 
    - [17:52] - What can I do to prevent the adverse effects of taking teriparatide?
    - [19:55] - Forteo vs. Tymlos
    - [21:59] - What are the effects of MGUS, and is there anything we can do about it?
    - [24:43] - Can I safely quit taking Prolia with my current medical condition?
    - [26:57] - Will mast cell activation affect your bone health?
    - [27:36] - I have Osteoporosis and breast cancer. My oncologist prescribed Raloxifene. I'm not sure about taking it. Who do I see for testing and the meds?
    - [33:42] - I used to take Forteo, then stopped. If I use it again, will it have the same effect as building bone density the first year?
    - [37:32] - It's important to do these things before taking tests and medications
    - [42:21] - I'm 74 and have scoliosis. My doctor has recommended I take either Forteo or Prolia. Which drug should I take?
    - [44:15] - How important is Vitamin K2 to your bone health?
     
    Resources mentioned
    - The Happy Bones Club - https://www.happyboneshappylife.com/bones-club
    - Great Bones: Taking Control of Your Osteoporosis - R. Keith McCormick, DC - https://www.osteonaturals.com/product-page/great-bones-taking-control-of-your-osteoporosis
    - Consult with Dr. McCormick - https://www.osteonaturals.com/consult-osteonaturals
     
    More about Margie
    - Website - https://margiebissinger.com/ 
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/p/Margie-Bissinger-MS-PT-CHC-100063542905332/ 
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/margiebissinger/?hl=en 
     
    DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and Happy Bones, Happy Life Podcast.
    *In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links on this site: Some of the links going to products are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you (sometimes, I even get to share a unique discount with you). If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I persona

    • 55 min
    5 Steps to Achieve Success in Your Osteoporosis Program

    5 Steps to Achieve Success in Your Osteoporosis Program

    Having healthy bones is something you must not take for granted. Bones support your body and aid in your balance and movement. So, how do you optimize your bone health?
     
    Minerals are incorporated into our bones during childhood and adolescence. But once we reach 30, our bone density has reached its peak. And as we age, we see a decline in our bone health. However, there are tools and strategies to help us build strong, healthy bones. 
     
    Today, I discuss the five positive steps to help you improve bone health and prevent Osteoporosis. The steps I discuss are detailed in the recently concluded Osteoporosis and Bone Health Summit. 
     
    If you were unable to join the Summit, I am giving you the recap and an opportunity to access the replay. 
     
    Thank you for listening to another informative episode of the Happy Bones, Happy Life podcast! 
     
    “We want a path forward. You just want to start the moment. We don't need to know the end... You just need to start going; then you can go to the next step and the next.” - Margie Bissinger
     
    In this episode:
    - [01:02] - Knowledge is power
    - [02:53] - How to cultivate a victor mindset
    - [08:17] - Start your morning routine by asking yourself three questions 
    - [09:40] - Other daily practices to have a fantastic day
    - [17:31] - Determining the root cause of your Osteoporosis
    - [25:07] - Exercises to help improve your bone health
    - [33:17] - Foods and nutrients to nourish your bones
    - [39:59] - The impact of stress and happiness on your overall health
    - [44:50] - Recap of the steps to achieving success in your Osteoporosis program
     
    Resources mentioned
    - Encore Weekend - MORE Natural Approaches to Osteoporosis and Bone Health Summit - https://morebonehealth.byhealthmeans.com/?idev_id=22547
     
    More about Margie
    - Website - https://margiebissinger.com/ 
    - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/p/Margie-Bissinger-MS-PT-CHC-100063542905332/ 
    - Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/margiebissinger/?hl=en 
     
    DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and Happy Bones, Happy Life Podcast.
    *In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about links on this site: Some of the links going to products are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from sales of certain items, but the price is the same for you (sometimes, I even get to share a unique discount with you). If I post an affiliate link to a product, it is something that I personally use, support, and would recommend. I personally vet each and every product. My first priority is providing valuable information and resources to help you create positive changes in your health and bring more happiness into your life. I will only ever link to products or resources (affiliate or otherwise) that fit within this purpose.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Big_Cat ,

So Valuable!

Margie’s expertise and passion are evident in her episodes. Our team at OsteoStrong has learned so much from her! Thank you!

MayaR61 ,

A must-listen for anyone with osteoporosis!

This podcast shows how much osteoporosis takes a whole-body approach. Margie does an amazing job of bringing in different guests to speak to different facets of osteo, and she shows up with thoughtful questions and undeniable joy in each episode. Highly recommend!

Blueprint Doc ,

Easy to listen to! She will make you smile!

Margie’s messages are always transformative. She is easy to listen to, will make you smile, and you always leave having learned some thing! I enjoyed the opportunity to be one of her guests!

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