ARTICLE 18) Osteoporosis

Excess amounts of animal protein cause an acidic condition in the blood. In order to neutralize this acidity and maintain a blood pH of around 7.35, the body takes calcium from the bones. This can result in large amounts of calcium being lost from the body. Studies show that the protein levels commonly consumed by Americans (90 grams and more - 15% of the calories) will cause more calcium to be lost from the body than can be absorbed from the food, even when the person is consuming very high levels of calcium. This is why populations around the world that eat rich diets loaded with animal proteins (as in the USA, England, Israel, Finland, Sweden etc.) have high rates of osteoporosis, while people in countries who consume small amounts of animal proteins (including dairy foods), such as those living in Asian and African countries, have strong bones and little osteoporosis.

An African woman can have 10 babies, nurse each of them for 10 months and still be expected to have good solid bones when she reaches the age of 70, bones which are comparable to those of a 20 year old woman in America. Eskimos, who daily consume 250 to 400 grams of proteins in fish, walrus, or whale meats and 2,200 mg of calcium from fish bone, have the highest incidence of osteoporosis of any population in the world. And proof of the Eskimos' affliction can be found in bodies that are centuries old. Two women, about 20 and 40 years old when they died, were buried in an ice flow in the Arctic more than 500 years ago. Recently their well-preserved frozen bodies were discovered and autopsied. The examination showed that both women had suffered from extensive atherosclerosis and osteoporosis.

In spite of what the dairy industry would have us believe, drinking a glass of milk causes more calcium to be lost from the bones than is in the milk. This is called a Negative Calcium Balance. This calcium that is taken from the bones often ends up in places it does not belong. It leaves the body through the kidneys and can result in kidney stones. Sometimes calcium builds up on a heart valve (aortic valve calcification), resulting in the need for valve replacement.

Biphosphonate drugs, like Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva work by killing off osteoclasts which are supposed to resorb old, infirm bone. So when you take these medications, your bones may stay denser, but they will be composed of a higher amount of old, poor quality bone cells. The bone structure is made up of both of collagen and calcium, which means they will be more brittle and weak. You must have balanced bone resorption and creation. These drugs create an unbalanced environment which can't create strong healthy bones. They actually make bones more brittle over the long term. They also cause degeneration of bone in the mouth (osteonecrosis) and sometimes make the use of dental implants impossible.

So, the way to build strong bones is to adopt a vegan diet with no animal protein and to take a good calcium supplement, like coral calcium. Be sure to get a product made from above-ground coral, like that available from envirohealthtech.com

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