Nov 23rd, 2008 by AhYap
Doctor say you should drink more milk to get more calcium so your bone can get stronger. All milk advertisements also say the same thing. You never doubt that. Anlene says 2 cups of anlene give you all the calcium you need in a day. By watching the TV ad every day you also think it is true, since no body ever tell you it is wrong. And newspaper also tell you it is true. Everyone (the blinds) is telling everyone else (the blinds) drink more milk for more calcium.
So as a good son or daughter you buy milk for your old mum to drink. Because you want to be ‘good’ to them, you force them to drink 2 cups of milk daily. She is also very happy because she got a good son that love her so much.
But what if I tell you instead of loving her you are actually trying to kill her?
Something that everyone else say is correct can be way wrong. And you have to always remember the story of Galileo, the man who said it is not the sun that circle around the earth but the earth that is circling around the sun. Everyone think he is way wrong at that time and even lock him up in his own house for his entire life.
That’s why I wrote a long post on be open minded and ready to investigate. A lot (almost all!) of things in this world that you think is right can be just way wrong. Remember Galileo, be open minded.
Why milk actually leak calcium out of your body instead of giving you the calcium?
There is no lie by the packaging of the milk that it indeed contain a lot of calcium in the milk. But unfortunately not only that the calcium will not be absorbed but it actually will leak more calcium that you originally have out of your body! That means the more milk you drink the more calcium will get out of your body! The more milk you drink, the more quicker you will get calcium deficiency and bone problem.
Did you brain just say, “No way!” ?
Why drinking milk leak calcium out of your body?
Because I want you to do the investigation yourself (using Google is enough), I will just explain it in a few short sentences. If that drive your curiosity, investigate on it and see if you will still let your mum drink milk.
Yes, milk contains calcium. But milk is also liquid protein that is called acid lactic. So milk is actually acidic! (gastric patients are asked to drink milk, which is also very foolish, I will explain in another post). When you drink too much milk, your body become acidic. But our body cannot tolerate acidic and cannot function well (and will even die) if it gets too acidic. But our body is a very intelligent machine that it will try to correct everything by its own. So when your body becomes too acidic, it starts to drain calcium (alkali) from your bone and teeth to neutralize your blood! Your body has choose to respond to the crisis by ‘borrowing’ calcium from your bone and teeth!
Skeptical? Investigate yourself.
It seems that the countries with the highest intake of dairy products are invariably the countries with the most osteoporosis.
For the key to the osteoporosis riddle, don’t look at calcium, look at protein. Consider these two contrasting groups. Eskimos have an exceptionally high protein intake estimated at 25 percent of total calories. They also have a high calcium intake at 2,500 mg/day. Their osteoporosis is among the worst in the world. The other instructive group are the Bantus of South Africa. They have a 12 percent protein diet, mostly p lant protein, and only 200 to 350 mg/day of calcium, about half our women’s intake. The women have virtually no osteoporosis despite bearing six or more children and nursing them for prolonged periods! When African women immigrate to the United States, do they develop osteoporosis? The answer is yes, but not quite are much as Caucasian or Asian women. Thus, there is a genetic difference that is modified by diet.
To answer the obvious question, “Well, where do you get your calcium?” The answer is: “From exactly the same place the cow gets the calcium, from green things that grow in the ground,” mainly from leafy vegetables. After all, elephants and rhinos develop their huge bones (after being weaned) by eating green leafy plants, so do horses. Carnivorous animals also do quite nicely without leafy plants. It seems that all of earth’s mammals do well if they live in harmony with their genetic programming and natural food. Only humans living an affluent life style have rampant osteoporosis.
Update: This post has sparked a debate here. Interesting!