In a nation where it seems that every disease known to (wo)mankind is on the rise, it causes pause to think most Americans are not aware of what has been done to our food supply. It is time to discard old nutritional belief systems and dedicate our health to the science of reality.
This Nugget Focus: Bone Health, Dairy and the Problems That Stem From It.
For decades our brains have been inundated with the message that our very health depends on us getting “much needed” calcium for bone health through daily servings of dairy products, especially milk. It’s been very effective marketing on the part of the powerful dairy industry, but today’s more advanced science is drawing a very different conclusion.
First of all, cow’s milk is made for cows, not humans. Animal protein is very acidic to our bodies. Acidic foods throw off our pH balance, leach calcium from our bones and play a part in feeding illness and disease. When you connect the dots, dairy products are proving to be part of the health problem, not the solution.
Harvard conducted a 12-year study of 78,000 women that helped to shine new light on milk consumption. Those who drank more milk experienced more bone breaks than those who rarely drank milk.
The fact is that today’s milk is not the same as your great-grandmother drank. For the sake of “increased production,” many of today’s industrial dairy cows are shot full of antibiotics and rGBH (a bovine growth hormone). What is shot into these cows comes to us through dairy products and meat.
Scientists fear this use of antibiotics is linked to the evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria in humans, which can lead to severe, prolonged illness or even death. As for the rGBH hormone, cows’ milk, cheese and other dairy products are suspected to feed hormone-related cancers in both men and women (i.e. prostate, testicular and ovarian). Breast cancer has been linked particularly to diets containing milk and cheese.
What to do about calcium intake?
So what are we to do about our calcium intake now that milk is turning out to be a myth? The answer is not to take more isolated calcium supplements. Clinical studies are now showing that calcium supplements are not protecting our bones, and may very well be linked to increased risks of heart attack and, to a smaller degree, strokes. The concentrated, isolated calcium supplement is now joining milk in the archives of mythical health solutions.
Now how are we supposed to achieve our FDA’s minimum requirement of 1000-1500 mg of calcium each day? Not to worry. Perhaps this is just another myth to be busted.
The fact is that countries such as India, Japan, China and Peru have calcium intake as low as 300 mg per day (5x less than Americans), yet have 5 times less bone fractures. What’s their secret? They eat 50% less dairy, have more physically active societies, and have higher plant-based, lower animal-product based diets.
When we set aside what humans have altered and/or designed, the answer has been right in front of us all along. Nature has provided us with solid sources of calcium and other necessary vitamins and nutrients in forms our bodies recognize and know what to do with in healthy ways.
Want to fight bone loss, osteoporosis and other bone diseases? Then you need to look a bigger picture.
We need more than just calcium to protect our bones, we need all of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients a wide variety of fruits and vegetables can give us. Within them are tens of thousands of phytonutrients all working in harmony with each other to nourish our bodies the way nature intended.
If you truly want to strengthen your bones, then get back to nature:
- Eat more calcium-rich whole raw foods daily (i.e. green leafy vegetables, brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, collards, mustard greens, squash, chickpeas, sesame seeds, and sea vegetables)
- Add whole foods that are naturally rich in vitamins C, D, and K as well as boron, zinc, iron, fluoride, copper, magnesium and manganese
- Include weight-bearing exercise in your life, and set a goal to walk 4 miles a day/5 days a week
- Get exposure to more direct sunlight
- Limit your intake of acid forming foods (i.e. caffeine, sugars, sodas, animal proteins)
- Avoid that which drains calcium from your body (i.e. dairy, meat, eggs, refined sugars, excessive sodium/salt)
The choice is yours. Feed the profits of an industry doing harm to American health, or take back your health and put it where it belongs … in your capable hands.
At ChooseHealth4Life we are dedicated to helping people to do just that through wellness presentations, nutrition education, personal coaching and supplementation using only select whole food nutrition products that have produced outstanding results in Gold Standard clinical studies using double blind placebo, crossover testing at top universities. These products and the research can be found at www.ChooseHealth4Life.com