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Want Healthy Bones? Dump Dairy

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Want Healthy Bones? Dump Dairy by Alisa MullinsResearchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, recently compared the bone density of 105 post-menopausal vegan Buddhist nuns and 105 nonvegetarian women and found that their bone density was essentially the same.

This really shouldn’t come as any surprise to us educated PETA Primers because, contrary to what we’ve been told by the dairy industry’s relentless advertising campaigns, we know that drinking milk doesn’t really do much to prevent osteoporosis.  In fact, clinical and epidemiological evidence indicates that dairy products may actually cause, rather than prevent, osteoporosis. That’s because the excessive protein in milk leeches calcium from the body. Studies have shown that postmenopausal women who drank three glasses of milk a day actually lost bone mass twice as fast as those who didn’t drink milk.

But wait—there’s more! Harvard University’s landmark Nurses Health Study, which followed 78,000 women over a 12-year period, found that the women who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk. Summarizing this study, the Lunar Osteoporosis Update (November 1997) explained: “This increased risk of hip fracture was associated with dairy calcium. … If this were any agent other than milk, which has been so aggressively marketed by dairy interests, it undoubtedly would be considered a major risk factor

So there you have it. Find out more about how you can protect your bones here.

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    Ann says...

    June 19th, 2009, 2:47 pm

    This is good to know. I drink soy milk actually. I hope to see more emails regarding bone health and healthy recipes for vegetarianswhich is hwat I am.

    Christina says...

    June 19th, 2009, 3:29 pm

    Would you please post links to the primary literature? I would like to see the actual research articles.

    John says...

    June 19th, 2009, 10:31 pm

    I looked this topic up on the net/google, this topic has no merit to it.

    Beth says...

    June 19th, 2009, 11:26 pm

    I, too would like to see the references for this information. I am not a vegetarian and do enjoy milk and other dairy products and so does the rest of my family. In fact, my post-menopausal 64 year old mother has been told by her doctor that she has the bone density and strength of a woman in her 30s and she drinks at least 2 large glasses of milk a day. I’m not knocking the findings, I’m just a bit skeptical about them.

    Janna says...

    June 20th, 2009, 4:29 pm

    For those who want more info on the studies: another source for rigorous studies on this topic is the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. You can see who funded by whom studied what and their results. Usually the work is published in peer-reviewed medical jounals, which I find to be a strong assurance that it is valid data. See http://www.pcrm.org and click on ‘clinical research’ on the right side of the page.

    MARGARET LARDIERE says...

    June 21st, 2009, 6:37 pm

    I too am skeptical since I am post-meno and told am lacking Vitamin D since I don’t drink that much milk or diary since I was told to avoid it because of heart problems. I never had problems before I cut down on diary. I would like to actually read all those medical articles. Perhaps they followed women who were just “clumsy” themselves. Who knows who they tested. Sounds fishy to me. What hasn’t this been reported by news agencies. As they say I’m from Missouri, “show me”.

    John says...

    June 21st, 2009, 7:40 pm

    Billions of people have been drinking milk for thousands of years, so why is soy milk is better? I trust billions of people and the law of nature first!

    Sherif Hamdy says...

    June 22nd, 2009, 1:57 pm

    Hi All,

    There have been many requests for further information. For starters I would go to the below which has sources at the bottom:

    http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=98

    Also for more detailed information you can visit the below resource as well:

    http://www.milksucks.com/more.asp

    Marilian says...

    June 22nd, 2009, 2:28 pm

    my doctor always tells me to drink more milk and i simply refuse. I’m going to take this email to her next time i go to the doctor and rub it in her face…..
    HA!

    Lacey Matthews says...

    June 23rd, 2009, 10:34 am

    The nurses study is one of the largest studies ever conducted on women. It has been widely reported on. 78,000 women were “clumsy”? I don’t think so. The Harvard School of Public Health has a very informative Web page on this topic: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/calcium-and-milk/index.html.

    Harvard’s Dr. Walter Willett and Dr. Frank Oski, former director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, are strong critics of dairy. It is a testament to the dairy industry’s marketing might that they’ve managed to so effectively convince people that milk is an essential “health food” that they even doubt respected scientists and studies that say otherwise.

    It’s quite an amazing feat, when you think about it, convincing people that they will die if they don’t drink the milk of another species–and long past infancy, at that!

    Dixie Dunham says...

    June 23rd, 2009, 10:56 am

    Until recently, dairy consumption wasn’t very widespread in many parts of the world, especially China. There, they drink soy milk, just as they have for thousands of years. And, surprise, surprise, they have a fraction of our heart attack, stroke, and obesity rates.

    Trust the laws of nature? What’s “natural” about drinking the milk of another species? Cow’s milk is intended for baby cows, who have four stomachs and double their weight in 47 days (as opposed to 180 days for human babies). Human breast milk is what’s natural for human babies.

    Daisy says...

    July 15th, 2009, 2:30 am

    Very well said Dixie!!! If that doesn’t answer your doubts skeptical friends, then keep on over eating dairy products, ahh…specially those where the animals were treated with high concentrations of hormones, antibiotic , and are feed with pesticide/fertilized grains and other grounded animal parts, which, by the way, naturally they are not intended to eat because they can only eat grasses. After all everybody if free to choose their own destiny and if it makes it easer for you to believe what the dairy industry is persuading you to do…so be!

    Jen-X says...

    July 24th, 2009, 3:57 pm

    It’s sad to read that John and some others here have never questioned the rationale behind drinking cow’s milk. If it’s such a perfect food for humans, would it not be more logical that the milk should then come from the same species–ie. humans?

    Don’t listen to the dairy council; they want people to think that it’s “natural” to consume another species’ milk. Seriously, could humans really have evolved so differently from other primates that they’d have to rely on this stuff to survive? Doesn’t even make sense.

    If you choose to use dairy products, that’s your choice. But don’t do so because you think you have to, just to be healthy. Many, many other cultures don’t rely on cow and goat milk and have far healthier profiles than Americans. Besides, look around…we’re pretty unhealthy as a nation. Read “Skinny Bitch” and “The China Study” for more info on this subject.

    Amy Brown says...

    July 24th, 2009, 5:19 pm

    Dido Dixie!!! i was allergic to milk my entire childhood so i couldnt drink it. I never broke a bone!!! After i found out that i was no longer allergic i started to drink milk. And guess what? I broke a bone and gained weight…. I stopped drinking it and have lost the weight that I had gained and havent broken any other bones. Not to mention that my body feels so much better since i dont drink it!!!

    Lucy says...

    July 25th, 2009, 7:47 am

    MARGARET LARDIERE ,

    You can get vitamin D (D2) in soy milk. The vitamin D in milk is (D3) which is derived from animal sources such as fish parts, pig skin, animal parts of all kinds and is added does not come naturally. The reason the dairy industriy puts vitamin D in their milk is because milk is animal protein which leeches calcium from your bones not build your bones.

    Pamela says...

    July 25th, 2009, 7:49 am

    Yes, I no longer belive in the validity of drinking milk. I have allergies and milk is TERRIBLE. When you are sick, milk and milk products are about the worst thing you can eat.

    The dairy industry isn’t about selling us a product that is good for us and will contribute to a better and longer life, its just about selling a product.

    Suck it says...

    August 29th, 2009, 2:48 pm

    ha ha suckers . i drink cow milk all the time and do i have cancer or osterporitis or whatever ? Nope !

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