Osteoporosis Linked to Milk Comsumption
Jun 03, 2016 04:25PM
By Dr. James Lemire
Many consumers have adopted the adage, “For strong bones, drink plenty of milk.” But there is a strong case to be made for milk not to be part of our diet at all. It’s full of drugs, hormones and antibiotics. It’s processed until void of nutrition, and then “fortified” to put artificial nutrients back in. It’s an allergen, not meant to be consumed by humans.
We are the only species that crosses over to another to get milk after the baby has been weaned from its mother. Cow’s milk takes a calf from 200 pounds to 1,000 pounds in a year. Also, a cow has a stomach with four compartments to break it down. It makes no difference whether milk is “raw” or “organic”. The molecules are not intended for humans.
Many people make sure to drink two glasses a day in the hopes of keeping their bones healthy, but they may be doing just the opposite. Drinking milk and eating dairy products isn’t the answer to shoring up bones and preventing osteoporosis, because although milk contains plenty of calcium, like the majority of animal products, it’s also an acid-forming food. When it’s consumed by humans, it causes the pH in our bodies to become acidified.
Calcium is great at neutralizing acid, so when this acidic state occurs after drinking animal protein, this essential element is drawn from our bones to neutralize it, setting the stage for bone loss and osteoporosis. We can get all of the calcium we need without throwing our body into acid overload and depleting calcium stores by observing the 80/20 rule. We should get 80 percent of our diet from alkaline food sources (plants) and not more than 20 percent from acid-forming foods (animals).
The best way to put the body into a more alkaline (less acidic) state is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Men and women that eat the most of these fresh foods tend to have stronger bones and a lower chance of falls and fractures. There are plenty to choose from, such as arugula, artichokes, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, greens, mushrooms, peas, radishes, tomatoes and turnips, and organic is best. Fruits include apples, apricots, cantaloupe, cherries, dates, figs, kiwi, peaches, pears, pineapple. Broccoli, kale, turnip greens, arugula, dates, figs, almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds all have high calcium content, too. For a milk substitute, try coconut milk. It’s alkaline-forming and a great way to provide the brain with the mid-chain fatty acid that it needs, plus also an excellent way to get calcium.
Acid-forming foods include milk, bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potatoes, beef, pork, poultry, sugar, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, coffee, soda and other dairy products.
Calcium isn’t the only nutrient needed for strong bones. Magnesium, potassium and vitamin D work hand-in-hand with calcium to protect us from fractures, breaks and a shrinking skeletal frame. Our bones are continually breaking down and rebuilding themselves, and magnesium is fundamental to the activity of bone-forming cells. Potassium neutralizes the acid, leaving the calcium in the bones. The sun provides Vitamin D in just 15 minute of unscreened exposure. Look for vitamin D3 in the cholecalciferol form, as a supplement. This is the type that’s most bioactive. Taking 2,000 IU daily should do the trick, but those that suffer from a vitamin D deficiency may increase it to 5,000 IU.
James Lemire, M.D., conducts free patient education seminars on the first Monday of each month in Ocala. For more information, call 352-291-9459 or visit LemireClinic.com.