Nutrition and Bone Health: A Chiropractor’s Perspective

Updated: March 24, 2023

Hi, I’m Dr. Robert Silverman, a practicing doctor of chiropractic in New York and Amazon best-selling author of Inside-Out Health: A Revolutionary Approach to Your Body.

For the last 22 years I’ve been helping people with their bone health through my chiropractic practice; people come to me specifically for help with bone injuries and bone health.

In over two decades of practice, the most important discoveries I’ve made are… 

Bone health is a critical element of your overall health, and good nutrition is the key to bone health.

You see, in chiropractic school they teach you all about the human body—and you can do some amazing things with that knowledge. But I’ve always had an inquisitive mind and wanted to know more about treating the body from the inside-out. I realized that the missing link is nutrition.

That’s why nutrition plays such a big role in my chiropractic practice.

I’ll share some eye-opening insights with you about the link between nutrition and bone health in a moment, but first I’ll answer the question people love to ask, which is… 

“Why did you become a doctor of chiropractic?”

When this question comes up I always have to take a step back and hold the emotion in, because the answer reminds me of my very difficult, very personal health journey.

I suffer from a condition called congenital torticollis, which means I was born with my neck positioned at a discernible angle due to a short neck muscle.

This condition caused me severe and constant back and neck pain that made it hard to walk and perform other everyday physical activities that most people take for granted.

Unfortunately, the traditional medical model had nothing that could help me.

At age 21, the doctors had tried almost everything they could think of to alleviate the pain, but nothing had worked. Surgery seemed like the only remaining option, and the doctor gave me no guarantee that the surgery would work either.

But at the end of the conversation, the doctor said something that changed everything for me. He said… 

“Why don’t you try chiropractic first? Because all I can guarantee you is a scar, and I don’t know if the surgery will solve the problem.”

Supplement and leaf

So with my last bit of hope, I went to a chiropractor…

And that visit changed the course of my life.

As I laid down on the chiropractic table and the doctor treated me and talked to me, I felt 21 years of chronic pain start to lift away. When I got off the table I could walk without pain for the first time in my life!

I was hooked, line and sinker.

With a sense of excitement and purpose I’d never felt before, I said to myself… 

“This is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to help people like this doctor helped me.”

At that time I was in college studying to be an accountant. After my chiropractic epiphany, my parents asked that I finish my degree, so I did. I took the sacred job at IBM, worked one morning, left at lunchtime to enroll in pre-chiropractic classes, and never looked back.

Fast forward a few years , and there I was a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.

What’s interesting about chiropractic is that a chiropractor is always someone who’s been touched by somebody else. I can’t say that a brain surgeon became a surgeon because he had life-changing surgery, but I can tell you that a chiropractor becomes a chiropractor because he’s been helped by one. And I believe in taking that mantra forward.

That’s why my goal has always been to help somebody else like I was helped. Treat every patient like you would with your own mother, but something was missing…

Woman wearing green

What was the missing piece? Nutrition.

As it turns out, nutrition is everything. It’s key to all parts of health—including bone health. So, I started incorporating nutrition into my practice, and the results I saw were stellar.

Patients’ bones that had previously been healing very slowly suddenly started healing much faster. And in what seemed like no time at all, I was seeing patients who had put their active lifestyles on hold due to fear of fracture finally find the confidence to start being active again.

The transformations in my patients’ physical health and in their emotional health were incredible, and it was very fulfilling for me to see!

So, why does nutrition matter so much when it comes to bone health?

Because a large portion of our bones are made up of minerals, and those minerals deplete as we age. For our bones to be healthy and strong, we have to replace those missing minerals.

And in my practice, I’ve found that there’s no better way for people to get all the minerals their bones need than to eat lots of healthy, nutrient-dense foods and take a daily complete bone-building supplement.

The supplement I recommend to my patients is AlgaeCal Plus.

Why AlgaeCal Plus?

There are many reasons, actually.

One reason is because it’s a calcium supplement that contains all 13 essential bone-building mineralsplus 3 additional vitamins to help those minerals do their work. 

The fact is, most calcium supplements only contain one mineral: calcium. But AlgaeCal Plus, with its 16 minerals and vitamins, is a complete bone-building supplement that contains everything our bones need to grow strong.

AlgaeCal Plus is a plant-based calcium

which is so much easier for your body to digest and absorb than all those rock-based calcium supplements.

And as a healthcare professional, I love that there’s research and clinical studies behind the supplement. The studies are unique, and they’ve been shown through DEXA bone scans to actually increase bone mineral density.

 You can read them here.

AlgaeCal + beaker

From a scientific and medical standpoint, the AlgaeCal Plus formulation is outstanding. When it comes to calcium supplements, there’s simply no comparison.

In my chiropractic practice, I see AlgaeCal Plus strengthening my patients’ bones every day…

Which lets them put the fear of bone fractures behind them and live a healthy, active, confident life.

For the full details on AlgaeCal Plus, click here.

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  1. CINDY

    May 10, 2022 , 4:44 pm

    Good article, left me encouraged

  2. Linda

    May 10, 2022 , 5:09 pm

    Thanks…. I’ve been a believer in chiropractor care for a LONG time.

  3. Steve Schklair

    May 10, 2022 , 6:10 pm

    Algaecal is a plant based supplement most of the others on the market are rock based calcium, realizing this ingredients in plant based calcium far exceed performance to promote bone density.

  4. Jean Olthoff

    May 11, 2022 , 9:04 am

    I have been taking AlgeaCal for 2 yrs and have been refining eating and supplements. In addition, since my last dexa scan revealed weakness in my wrists, I am working with a physical therapist to create a good resistance/wgt exercise system to build bone and strengthen my muscles. I hope for more progress to reduce bone loss at my next dexa scan.

  5. Shirley Lenoir

    May 14, 2022 , 2:53 pm

    11/2021 I was diagnosed with T2D, an adverse reaction to medicine. It affected my left hip, leg, and feet, and later my left leg. I had to make a choice. I reduced the medicine from 7 days a week to 3 days. On 04/15/2022 I stopped taking medicine, my blood sugar was 9.8 now average between 5.2 – 6.3. I know I have a bone loss because I can feel it in my left thigh and see it in my right leg. I enjoyed your article. You are educating a lot of people.

  6. Kirby Johnson

    May 19, 2022 , 2:05 pm


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  7. Sharon Van Boven

    May 15, 2022 , 3:09 pm

    Very informative article. Very inspiring!

  8. Joy w.

    May 15, 2022 , 9:06 pm

    Sorry but an over exuberant chiro is what started my back pain. I was advised to NEVER go to one again!!!

  9. Sue Raeburn

    May 22, 2022 , 1:15 pm

    So reassuring and encouraging to read this chiropractor’s testimony about AlgaeCal. A local chiropractor has made my husband able to exercise again.

  10. Kirby Johnson

    May 26, 2022 , 2:50 pm


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    – Kirby @ AlgaeCal

  11. Susan Roth

    May 22, 2022 , 2:39 pm

    I enjoy reading about people who have strengthened their bones and changed their health profile for the better taking Algae Cal. Their stories are inspiring and give people hope to improve outcomes.

  12. Kirby Johnson

    May 26, 2022 , 3:30 pm


    We couldn’t agree more – thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. You can explore our entire library of success stories and testimonials from some of the thousands of individuals who’ve naturally increased their bone density with AlgaeCal HERE. Keep up all your fantastic bone-health efforts and please keep us updated on your progress <3

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  13. Rita Spears

    May 25, 2022 , 9:25 pm

    God has a definite path for each of us to follow, we just have to allow Him to guide us.

  14. Marcie

    May 26, 2022 , 10:10 am

    Helpful, thanks.

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