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    • I wish I had a better response, but I don’t know of a commercial source of organic pastured bone broth in the Houston area. We do have sources of grassfed beef and pastured chickens for making broth. Local sources for pastured meat: http://www.wapf-houston.org/wapf-houston-wp/local-food-milk/

      Three Stone Hearth seems to be a wonderful resource, but I don’t know of an equivalent in Houston.

      Bone broth can be ordered online or by phone, although I have not personally ordered or tried any of them. For example, U.S. Wellness Meats sells Beef Marrow Bone Stock Broth made with Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions recipe. Link: http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categories.bok. There are 15 others in the 2012 Shopping Guide from the Weston A. Price Foundation, although I don’t know if delivery is limited. If you need more online sources, let me know

      BTW, I don’t receive payment from any retailer for mentioning their products.

    • Jessica, you may want to check out http://www.thehippokitchen.com to order bone broth locally in Houston.. The Hippo Kitchen, located in Houston, TX sells, produces and delivers nutritionally supportive meals to people preparing for cancer treatment, undergoing cancer treatment and to those who have completed their treatment. We specialize in meals comprised of ingredients that have been proven to combat cancer and the many effects of treatment.

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  4. Hi Carolyn,
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I am 56 and my recent bone density test shows Osteoporosis in my lumbar spine and my doctor wants to put me on Fosamax. I want to try to build up bone mass with all your suggestions; however, I am a Vegetarian and so the idea of bone broth does not appeal to me. I might re-consider adding this to my diet if you feel that strongly about it. Any other suggestions? Thank you, Elizabeth

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      I do strongly believe that bone broth is an important, and even essential, part of a healthy diet. All healthy traditional diets included bones, usually as bone broths, but sometimes by adding ground up bones to their foods. Briefly, here are some important reasons to include bone broths in your diet: they supply calcium and other important synergistic minerals in an easy to assimilate form; bone broths help build cartilage; they supply amino acids that help the body use animal protein properly; and they provide gelatin that aids in digestion, which ensures that the nutrients you eat are available for the body to use. The articles I have linked at the end of this post provide much more information about the benefits of adding bone broth to your diet.
      I drink a cup of bone broth every morning and have noticed my nails are much stronger. It is easier to see and feel the nails, but I am sure that my whole body is healthier as well.
      The health benefits will increase over time as you add bone broth to your diet.
      Before you decide to take Fosamax, read my post Pros and Cons of Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. Several years ago, I was advised to take Actonel for osteopenia but did some research and opted to improve my diet and exercise instead.
      I believe eating a nutritious diet is much more beneficial that taking drugs, which only treat symptoms and do nothing for the underlying cause. Read my post How to get started with a Traditional, Real Food diet to learn about more ways to improve your health through a nutrient-dense diet.
      I hope you can improve your health and bone strength.

      • That’s interesting beaucse I have found that with increased fat and protein (no grains) I can go far longer between meals. When I was a vegetarian I wanted to eat constantly. I see that with my two grandsons who are vegetarians, as well; they never seem satisfied. I think we are all different, though. And I’m not saying a Paleo diet is cheap! I just wondered if it was as expensive as it would first seem. Also, you can replace cheap grains with cheap starchy vegetables with high nutrient content, e.g, sweet potatoes. Note: White potatoes don’t offer as much nutrient value.

  5. Hello,

    Where in Houston can one purchase Chicken feet, necks or other bony parts for making bone broth?

    I like the broth, however have made it using an entire chicken from Whole Foods( Whole paycheck). Its costly and wasteful because I never finish the meat( even with the cat and dog eating it).. I want the broth anyway not the meat.

    If location helps, I now work downtown & live off the 290 mess.

    Thank you!

    • There are several ways to get bones for broth. You can save bones from cooking chickens, whole or parts. You can ask the market, e.g., Whole Foods, if they have organic and/or pastured bony parts they could sell you. You could also ask local poultry farmers if they have parts like this for sale. To find local chicken farmers, look on the Local Food & Milk page on the website of the Houston chapter of the Weston A. Price foundation.

      The same recommendations would apply to bones for beef or other types of broth. Ask the market and ask the farmer about bones.

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