If you’ve just arrived as a Pioneer member this is where it all begins. HealthUnlocked is a social network for health advocates like yourself to start an online movement. It’s about reaching other people and pooling together a mixture of information, support and experience to empower and change the lives of others. Most people with similar health interests also have something unique in their own experience that can help others. Everything here is designed to help you unlock the power of the crowd.

Back in 2007 I was a resident surgeon in a leading UK hospital. Our government was launching a series of changes to the way specialist doctors like myself were being accredited, and 99% of us felt it was a damaging step for the nation’s health, harmful both to us and future generations of patients we’d be treating. Big health institutions weren’t interested, so myself and a handful of doctors got together online. We started bringing more and more doctors into the group through the web. At first many thought we were crazy but quickly we became grassroots advocates for a generation of UK doctors, and in a couple of months we had a movement of 15,000 that provided support, inspiration and information to each other. We organized the biggest medical rally in UK history, an ongoing media campaign and, eventually, a high profile legal action. We got the health reforms radically changed for the better. See the article: bit.ly/R3tCM4

I learnt a lot about the immense power of togetherness, so when I joined forces with Jorge (our CEO) to dream up HealthUnlocked one of the main goals we shared was to make creating an online movement easier for inspired health advocates like you. From my own experience the importance of the group pioneers is the key.

That’s why you being here and reading this today is an important moment. In my experience if you can summon up the persistence to connect with other pioneers, create some activity, and trigger the spirit of a community, there’s no end to what you will go on to achieve together.

This 3 minute TED lecture speaks volumes about it

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  • It's a fantastic resource matt. I belong to five communities, all really supportive and helpful.

  • I am 68 yr old with osteoporosis and would like to find out more about this condition and treatment. Many thanks Rose

  • Thank you so much Matt. I joined up to Health Unlocked a few months ago after my husband had a very mild heart attack and find the support really useful. My husband had a 1mm stent put in. His blood pressure, cholesterol etc at the time was perfect and after an angioplasty was told that otherwise his heart is in "pristine" condition. It's a family problem. After adverse reactions to statins and increasingly reading so much bad press publicity about them plus gut reaction he is for now pretending to take them! We imagine the consultant, when he next reviews him won't be impressed! Likewise I refused chemical treatments for osteoporosis 8 years ago. We both exercise daily and eat a good diet and are in good health. Just after signing up to osteoporosis blog. After years of no defined, progressive exercises programmes for building bone density there are now scientific backed suggested programmes online. I hope to bring the info to a trusted personal trainer and get started. Way to go!! Thanks so much again.

  • I was diagnosed after a Daxa scan 8 years ago then the osteoporosis was in my spine had test three weeks ago and it is in to my hip and knee .Down my leg pain is so terrible pain I would like some information what treatment I am likely to get .prior to this last scan I was on calcium and Androlic Acid this tablet was taking weekly and had to sit up for period time after taking I would like to hear from someone that may have some information on what my treatment will be now . Thank,s Margaret

  • Delighted to find this site - I am a regular reader of the 'eye' community, so I know I will find everything I need about bones and joints here. From Annie69

  • Hi I'm a member of the COPD , polymyalgia rematica , lupus, and now the osteoporosis communities , don't post a lot but like to read the advise of others to try and help me understand why this happened to me , thank you .

  • Having spent three months last year flat on my back due to 7 fractures from osteoporosis, am keen to take steps to stop this happening again. The survey into potential re Bone Marrow sounds interesting, but how does one log into this without getting an error message?