The wrong Osteoporosis solution
If you keep losing money, what is the solution?
- A. Stop the loss?
- B. Earn more money so that, after you lose some, you hope you still have enough left?
Clearly, the better solution is “A. Stop the loss.”
Find out why you are losing money. Perhaps thieves have been breaking into your home. Perhaps you gamble too much. Or you spend too much. Once you identify and fix the problem, you will be okay. You will have enough.
If you don’t fix the problem, however, you will have to work hard to try and earn more money – perhaps by taking on a second, or even a third, job. You end up being exhausted and sick. You have to spend money seeing doctors. You end up with more problems than before.
The same with calcium….
In modern societies, many older people suffer from osteoporosis, a disease in which the body break easily. In serious cases, the person might die from broken bones.
But what is osteoporosis?
It is a problem of the body losing calcium. It is not a problem of the body not getting enough calcium.
The correct way to solve this problem, therefore, is to stop the body from losing calcium.
How? Simple: Eat less protein – especially meat, eggs and other animal protein – sugar and food chemicals.
These three foods make your blood acidic. When your blood becomes too acidic, you will die. So to prevent you from dying, the body dissolves calcium, which is alkaline, to neutralise the acid.
Americans and Europeans have the highest intake of calcium – between 800 mg and 1,000 mg per day. Yet they also have the world’s highest rate of osteoporosis because of their diet high in protein, sugar and food chemicals.
In rural parts of Asia and Africa, people consume only between 300 mg and 500 mg of calcium per day. Yet few suffer from osteoporosis.
Clearly, the solution is to eat less protein, less sugar and less chemicals. But this is not what doctors and nutritionists tell us to do. Instead, they tell us to take in more calcium.
Worse still, they encourage us to increase our calcium intake by drinking lots of milk and eating dairy products – even though these foods contribute to a host of health problems, including cancer, allergies and respiratory problems.
Milk is also a high protein food. So while milk does provide calcium, it also causes the body to lose calcium. Drinking milk will not help osteoporosis but will WORSEN the problem instead.
It’s not that doctors and nutritionist want us to get sick. Most of them are simply not aware of the many scientific studies that link milk with various diseases.
There are just so many thousands of studies reported in various scientific journals and doctors / nutritionists cannot be expected to know about all of them.
To make matters worse, the milk and dairy industry (at least in the US) is the largest provider of “health information”. A lot of doctors and nutritionists get their information about milk from literature given out by the industry, rather than directly from scientific journals.
It does not help that milk companies are among the biggest advertisers in newspapers, magazines and television . And so the media seldom highlight the adverse effects of drinking milk. The media, too, gets most of its (mis)information about milk from the industry. Or, they get it from doctors and nutritionists who got it from the industry.
Here is one glaring example of the misinformation – lies – that gets circulated. We are constantly told that “milk is the best source of calcium”.
This is NOT TRUE.
Sesame seeds contain about 14 times more calcium than milk. Other types of seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower and melon seeds, are also richer in calcium than milk.
Seaweeds, too, are very rich in calcium. Hijiki contains about 14 times more calcium than milk. Other seaweeds, such as kombu, wakame, nori, arame, agar, dulse, etc, generally contain between 7 and 14 times more.
Maybe the calcium in milk is more easily absorbed?
NO. That’s the other problem. The calcium in cow’s milk is actually harder for the human body to absorb – especially if the milk has been pasteurised, homogenised, UHT (ultra-high temperature) treated or artificially treated in other ways.
Even the calcium in dark green vegetables is more easily absorbed by the body than the calcium in milk!
Think about it. Cow’s milk is rich in calcium – it contains about three times more calcium compared to human milk.
Where do cows get their calcium from? Milk? No, no, no. They get calcium from eating grass!
Do you know what happens if cows drink milk? Some scientists wanted to find out, so they conducted a simple experiment. They fed cow’s milk to adult cows. The cows became very sick!