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Should I Drink Milk to Prevent Osteoporosis?

So, apart from being the source of whey protein, there do not appear to be any other benefits of dairy and to make matters worse, dairy seems to have detrimental effects to your health. Milk should be for calves (baby cows), most humans have a problem digesting it. I cannot tell you how many patients I have seen over the years whose chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, chronic sinusitis and allergies cleared up when they stopped eating dairy. When people come to see me in my practice and I put them on a diet, I almost always remove dairy.

So what do I suggest?

  • Don’t rely on dairy for calcium. Rather eat lots dark green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables, canned salmon or sardines with bones, sesame seeds and nuts. And you can always take a calcium supplement.
  • For healthy bones, exercise frequently and supplement with at least 2,000 IUs of vitamin D as well. Get your vitamin D levels checked!!

Try this test and see how you feel. Remove dairy for 2-3 weeks and see how you feel. Then introduce it again and see how you feel. Most people feel better when they remove it and worse when they re-introduce it. If you don’t seem to have a problem with dairy, then I suggest using only small amounts of organic dairy products, preferably fermented products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, and preferably raw if possible (hard to get in most states).

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3:39PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:54AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

Great article, thanks for sharing.

3:56PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Whey is a waste product that the industry has convinced people it has value much like we were sold on the idea that diamond engagement rings are necessary. Now people pay to take it rather than the industry having to pay to have it hauled away. Super bonus based on super gullibility.

Snake oil selling at its finest especially as it seems to have convinced the writer here that we even need more protein than we are getting in our foods. Of all the macro nutrients protein is probably the one we least need to be concerned with, other than getting way (ha ha play on words) too much!

It's protein that is acidic causing calcium to be leached from our bones to balance our blood. Animal products are far more acidic & consuming them also displaces the alkaline plants we need for health.

Really I wonder how many patients the writer has seen with a deficiency (as it's usually not a lack of protein but other issues such as a lack of food in general), but I can bet he's seen numerous with the opposite issue which is diseases of affluence many of which have too much protein at their core.

4:48AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

I have read elsewhere that calcium from dairy is inorganic, whereas the body already contains organic calcium within the matrix of the bones and thus needs the same kind in the diet, not recognising or utilising the incorrect calcium from dairy milk. Also, the proteins from meat/dairy diets leaches out the calcium from the bones. Nothing else for it...GO VEGAN...!!

4:44AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Since I am not lactose intolerant, milk is no problem for me to digest and drink organic milk not factory farmed milk.

10:43AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

So interesting. I've become more and more sceptic about milk or dairy products with time, now I consume them as little as possible, if you think about it, it is just not natural. I feel reassured now. Thanks!

6:50AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

the countries with the highest milk consumption have the highest rates of osteoporosis

6:49AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

No one food is a fix for all your problems! Vitamin D is useless w/o Vitamin A and, for one of them, the only useful source for the vitamin is to get sunlight! Living goes hand in hand with Life; you can't have one without the other, so get out there and live, eat lots of variety, in the sunshine! then, walk it off! Best way to live, ever!

5:30AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013


4:18AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

The closest I get to milk is cheese.

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