The calcium-losing effect of animal protein on the human body is not a matter of controversy in scientific circles. Researchers who conducted a recent survey of diet and hip fractures in 33 countries said they found 'an absolutely phenomenal correlation' between the ratio of plant to animal foods. The more plant foods people eat (particularly fruits and vegetables), the stronger their bones, and the fewer fractures they experience. The more animal foods people eat, on the other hand, the weaker their bones and the more fractures they experience. . . ."
WHAT WE KNOW
Countries with the highest consumption of dairy products: Finland, Sweden, United States, England
Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis: Finland, Sweden, United States, England
Daily calcium intake for African Americans: More than 1,000 mg
Daily calcium intake for black South Africans: 196-350 mg
Hip fracture rate for African Americans compared to black South Africans: 9 times greater
Calcium intake in rural China: One-half that of people in the United States
Bone fracture rate in rural China: One-fifth that of people in the United States
Foods that when eaten produce calcium loss through urinary excretion: Animal protein, salt, and coffee
Amount of calcium lost in the urine of a woman after eating a hamburger: 28 milligrams
Amount of calcium lost in the urine of a woman after drinking a cup of coffee: 2 milligrams
… many physicians–including well-known authors Frank Oski, M.D. (former Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief, John Hopkins Children's Center), Benjamin Spock, M.D., Neal Barnard, M.D., John McDougall, M.D. Michael Klaper, M.D. . . . and many others–have publicly and emphatically recommended against consuming dairy products. . . .
From the Dairy Bureau of Canada: "A low calcium intake in the children of vegans is a cause for major concern."
But from Health Canada's Nutrition Recommendations: "Beyond weaning age, children and adults of various countries and food cultures subsist on diets differing markedly in their calcium content. These differences in calcium intake . . . have not been demonstrated to have any consequences for nutritional health. . . ."
You've probably seen dairy industry ads telling us that consumption of dairy products will build stronger bones in the elderly. But in 1994, the American Journal of Epidemiology published a study of elderly women and men that found something quite different. Elderly people with the highest dairy product consumption actually had double the risk of hip fractures compared to those with the lowest consumption. . .
Many studies have shown that the more animal protein we eat, the more calcium our bodies lose. The blood is slightly alkaline at Ph 7.37 to 7.45. In order for the blood to be constantly maintained within this narrow corridor, the body engages in heroic efforts. If the blood gets too acidic (from eating acid forming foods like: meat, poultry, fish, wheat, cola and dairy) calcium from the bones is dissolved and utilized to adjust the blood's pH.