The Damage That Dairy Does
Osteoporosis is primarily caused by calcium loss due to excessive intake of protein, not due to insufficient intake of calcium.
This point is very important. Most Americans get way, too much protein. Excess protein intake leeches calcium from the bones. Dairy products have lots of protein. Therefore, consuming more dairy products in an attempt to get more calcium can actually contribute to osteoporosis!
Cow's milk contains many proteins that are poorly digested and harmful to the immune system. Christiane Northrup, a gynecologist based in Yarmouth, Maine states that "Dairy is a tremendous mucus producer and a burden on the respiratory, digestive, and immune systems. If women eliminate dairy foods for an extended period and eat a balanced diet, they suffer less from colds and sinus infections."
The Institute of Medicine has declared that most Americans now need 1000-1300 mg per day of calcium to maintain healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis. This is an increase from the previous recommendation of 800-1200 mg. Naturally, the Dairy Council is going to be overjoyed at this recommendation, as most everyone associates calcium with cow's milk.
There is no need for animal milk in the human diet, other than human mother's milk for infants. There are many good non-dairy sources of calcium, not just tofu and broccoli as some news articles may lead you to believe.
Look at the facts in layman's terms. Americans eat huge amounts of dairy products: pizza, ice cream, and other dairy treats are heavily advertised and almost universally enjoyed. Yet, we have a high rate of osteoporosis. Now look at Asian and African countries, where people have traditionally eaten minimal dairy products. The people there have far lower rates of osteoporosis!
It should be common sense, but the government agencies are trying to confuse the issue. The Dairy Council lobbyists have the money, not the tofu or sesame seed lobbyists. Don't believe them. You can have strong, healthy bones without drinking a drop of milk, and without obsessing over how many milligrams of calcium you're getting from vegetables or other sources.
I don't expect you to take my word alone on this. Here are a few sources, each of which point to many studies confirming and explaining what I have said above:
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