An esoteric teacher, George Gurdjieff, once said:
“Man is made in such a way that he is never so attached to anything as he is to his suffering”.
As true as that may be, in order to prove a point, I made a slight change…
Man is made in such a way that he is never so attached to anything as he is to his…Cheese.
Whenever I talk with someone about the option of a vegan diet, what the great majority expresses is that they can give up meat but to give up cheese, and in general, dairy products, would be a major challenge. Meat…not so hard. Dairy…hard. For me it was no different. I became a vegetarian in 1976, but until 8 years ago, I found it difficult to sacrifice my cheese. My brother, who has been following a vegan lifestyle for 12 years and is a healthy, energetic and productive individual at the age of 82, suggested I read up on dairy products. So I did. What I found from my reading and watching videos was that, besides the high saturated fat, cholesterol and hormone content, another major concern with milk and dairy is…calcium.
If you ask the average person why is milk so important? The answer will almost inadvertently be calcium.
So, what about the calcium in cows milk?
The problem is not the calcium…there´s plenty of that in milk and dairy products. The problem is the acidity in the animal protein found in all dairy products.
According to Vivian Goldschmidt, MA, founder of the Save Institute, The Save Our Bones Program and an expert on treating osteoporosis, naturally:
Milk depletes the calcium from your bones.
“The milk myth has spread around the world based on the flawed belief that this protein and calcium-rich drink is essential to support good overall health and bone health in particular at any age. It is easy to understand that the confusion about milk’s imaginary benefits stems from the fact that it contains calcium – around 300 mg per cup.
But many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium in cow’s milk (especially if pasteurized), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is!
Here’s how it happens. Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.
Knowing this, you’ll understand why statistics show that countries with the lowest consumption of dairy products also have the lowest fracture incidence in their population.
But the sad truth is that most mainstream health practitioners ignore these proven facts. I know it firsthand because when I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, my doctor recommended that I drink lots of milk in addition to taking Fosamax”.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of “Eat to Live”, and one of my wise doctors, writes:
“Hip fractures and osteoporosis are more frequent in populations in which dairy products are commonly consumed and calcium intakes are commonly high. For example, American women drink thirty to thirty two times as much cow´s milk as New Guineans, yet suffer forty-seven times as many broken hips. A multi-country analysis of hip fracture incidence and dairy product consumption found that milk consumption has a high statistical association with higher rates of hip fractures”.
Dr. John McDougall, another wise doctor, adds:
“All minerals, including calcium, come originally from the ground and enter animals through plants. Which means plants are loaded with calcium, iron, zinc, copper, etc., and the more plants you eat the more minerals you acquire. The relationship between people and plants works so well that there has never been a case of dietary calcium deficiency ever reported. To put it even more clearly: all-plant diets are sufficient to meet the needs of growing children and adults (infants need breast milk). Calcium pills have a few adverse effects like constipation and inhibition of iron absorption. The most serious mistake a person can make is to believe cow’s milk is a “good” and necessary source of calcium. Heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, arthritis, and infectious disease are only a few of the common consequences of drinking milk from other animal species”.