Should we drink milk?

Well, if anybody wants to get osteoporosis (look at the statistics below the videos), congested sinuses, problems with their lungs and if one continues with dairy, you just might get “lucky” and get diabetes, cancer, and some other “nice” diseases and get totally depended on a doctor and prescription drugs then yes, one can get it all by consuming dairy or other animal products. Drinking milk also makes a person a “lucky” participant of one of the hugest cruelty projects in the world by helping to clear our planet from forests and ultimately it’s very skin – the fertile dirt.. (See the movie “Meat the Truth”).

Even The Harvard School of Public Health “Declares Dairy NOT Part of Healthy Diet”. Harvard’s nutrition experts pointed out that the university’s food guide was based on sound nutrition research and more importantly, not influenced by food industry lobbyists. They write that “high intake (of milk products) can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer.” Experts suggesting that collards, bok choy and some other fresh produce is safer choices than dairy for obtaining calcium and other important minerals.

So… what do you say? Do you want to drink milk and get all these nice “cookies” with it? Or do you want to get (or continue to be ; ) healthy, happy, free, spiritual and kind human being? Everybody is free to decide for themselves ; )

For further details you can look at the statistics below or go to http://www.notmilk.com/

Statistics

Here are some facts found from the paper called “What causes osteoporosis” www.spiritouch.com/en/pdfs/WhatCausesOsteoporsis.pdf
In Greece the average milk consumption doubled from 1961 to 1977 (21) (and was even higher in 1985), and during the period 1977 – 1985 the age adjusted osteoporosis incidence almost doubled too. (22)

In Hong Kong in 1989 twice as much dairy products were consumed as in 1966 (21) and osteoporosis incidence tripled in the same period. (23) Now their milk consumption level is almost “European”, and so is osteoporosis incidence. (24)

Where the most milk is consumed, the osteoporosis incidence is highest. Compared to other countries, the most milk is consumed in Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and The Netherlands (300 to 400 kg / cap / year), and osteoporosis incidence in these countries has sky rocketed. (25)

Like Australians and New Zealanders, (26) Americans consume three fold more milk than the Japanese, and hip-fracture incidence in Americans is therefore 2½ fold higher. (27) In racial groups within America that consume less milk, like the Mexican-Americans and Black Americans, osteoporosis incidence is two-fold lower than in white Americans, (28) which is not due to genetic differences. (29)

Chinese consume very little milk (8 kg / year), and hipfracture incidence, therefore, is among the lowest in the world; hip-fracture incidence in Chinese women is six fold lower than in the US. (30) (The average American consumes 254 kg milk / year) The less milk consumed, the lower is the osteoporosis rate. (31)

In other countries where very little milk is consumed, on the average, as in Congo (32), Guinea (33) and Togo (34) (6 kg / year) osteoporosis is extremely rare. In the Dem. Rep. Congo, Liberia, Ghana, Laos and Cambodia even less milk is consumed (average person: 1 to 3 kg a year !!), and they’ve never even heard of age-related hip fracture.

Of course, ‘the milk industry’ will say : “that’s because blacks and Asians are genetically different from whites”, but that is rubbish ; Osteoporosis incidence in female Asians is much lower than in Asian females living in the USA (35) just like osteoporosis incidence (and calcium consumption) in African Bantu women (36) is much lower than in Bantu women living in the USA. (37) And both calcium intake and hip-fracture rate is far lower in South African Blacks than in African
Americans. (38)
Of all humans, babies need the most calcium because their bones are still weak and need to be calcified much more. And mothers’ milk does, of course, contain all the calcium (and other nutrients) babies need in their first two years. Babies fed on mother’s milk are perfectly able to increase bone-mineral density.
So, exactly how much calcium does mothers’ milk contain ?
Not much:
Calcium in mg / 100 g
226 Hazelnuts , 132 Brazil nuts, 96 Olives, 87 Walnuts, 54 Figs, 44 Black berries, 42 Orange, 40 Raspberries, 38 Kiwi, 33 Mandarin, 32 Human milk, 20 Coconut, 18 Grapes, 16 Apricot, 16 Pineapple, 14 Plum, 12 Mango, 11 Watermelon, 10 Avocado, 9 Banana

Vitamin D
Some say osteoporosis incidence is higher in countries with little sunlight. Is osteoporosis incidence really lower in countries with more sunlight?
No. Italy is much sunnier than Poland, hip-fracture incidence in Italy is much higher (40) than in Poland (and Spain) (41), simply because in Italy 25% more dairy products are consumed. (21) Kuwait is extremely sunny, but, nevertheless, osteoporosis in Kuwait is about as high as in Great Britain and France (35), because in Kuwait, also, drinks a lot of milk. (21)

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(21) FAO database on the internet ; www.fao.org/ Statistical Database / Food Balance Sheet Reports. Hong Kong has been removed from the database since the unification with China.

(22) Paspati, I. et al, Hip fracture epidemiology in Greece during 1977-1992. Calcif. Tissue Int. 1998 / 62 (6) / 542-547.

(23) Lau, E.M. & C. Cooper, Epidemiology and prevention of osteoporosis in urbanized Asian populations. Osteoporosis 1993 / 3 / suppl. 1 : 23-26.

(24) Ho SC, et al, The prevalence of osteoporosis in the Hong Kong Chinese female population. Maturitas 1999 Aug 16;32(3):171-8.

(25) Versluis, R.G. et al, Prevalence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women in family practise (in Dutch). Ned. Tijdschr. Geneesk. 1999 / 143 (1) / 20-24. , Oden, A. et al, Lifetime risk of hip fractures is underestimated. Osteoporosis Int. 1998 / 8 (6) / 599-603. , Smeets-Goevaars, C.G. et al, The prevalence of low bone-meineral density in dutch perimenopausal women : the Eindhoven perimenopausal osteoporosis study. Osteoporosis Int. 1998 / 8 (5) / 404-409. , Lippuner, K.o et al, Incidence and direct medical costs of hospitilizations due to osteoporotic fractures in Switzerland. Osteoporosis Int. 1997 / 7 (5) / 414-425. , Lips, P. ,Epidemiology and predictors of fractures associated with osteoporosis. Am. J. Med. 1997 / 103 (2A) / 3S-8S / discussion 8S-11S. , Parkkari, J. et al, Secular trends in osteoporotic pelvic fractures in Finland : number and incidence of fractures in 1970-1991 and prediction for the future. Calcif. Tissue Int. 1996 / 59 (2) / 79-83. , Nydegger, V. et al, Epidemiology of fractures of the proximal femur in Geneva ; incidence, clinical and social aspects. Osteoporosis Int. 1991 / 2 (1) / 42-47. , Van Hemert, A.M. et al, Prediction of osteoporotic fractures in the general population by a fracture risk score. A 9-year follow up among middle aged women. Am.J.Epidemiol. 1990 / 132 (1) / 123-135.)

(26) Lau, E.M. et al, Admission rates for hip fracture in Australia in the last decade. The New South Wales scene in a world perspective. Med.J.Aust. 1993 / 158 (9) / 604-606.

(27) Fujita, T. and M. Fukase, Comparison of osteoporosis and calcium intake between Japan and the United States. Proc.Soc.Exp.Biol.Med. 1992 / 200 (2) / 149-152.

(28) Bauer RL, Ethnic differences in hip fracture: a reduced incidence in Mexican Americans. Am J Epidemiol 1988 Jan;127(1):145-9.

(29) Kessenich CR, Osteoporosis and african-american women. Womens Health Issues 2000 / 10 (6) / 300-304.

(30) Xu. L. et al, Very low rates of hip fracture in Beijing, People’s Republic of China ; The Beijing Osteoprosis Project. Am.J.Epedemiol. 1996 / 144 (9) / 901-907.

(31) Schwartz, A.V. et al, International variation in the incidence of hip fractures: cross-national project on osteoporosis for the World Health Organization Program for Research on Ageing. Osteoporosis Int. 1999 / 9 (3) / 242-253.Rowe, S.M. et al, An epidemiological study of hip fracture in Honan, Korea. Int. Orthop. 1993 / 17 (3) / 139-143.

(32) Bwanahali, K. et al, Etiological aspects of low back pain in rheumatic patients in Kinshasa (Zaire). Apropos of 169 cases. (in French) Rev. Rhum. Mal. Osteoartic. 1992 / 59 (4) / 253-257.

(33) Barss, P., Fractured hips in rural Melanesians : a nonepidemic. Trop. Geogr. 1985 / 37 (2) / 156-159.

(34) Mijiyawa, M.A. et al, Rheumatic diseases in hospital outpatients in Lome. Rev. Rhum. Mal. Osteoartic. 1991 / 58 (5) / 349-354.

(35) Memon, A. et al, Incidence of hip fracture in Kuwait. Int.J.Epidemiol.1998 /5 / 860-865.

(36) Walker, A., Osteoporosis and Calcium Deficiency, Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1965 / 16 / 327.

(37) Smith, R., Epidemiologic Studies of Osteoporosis in Women of Puerto Rico and South-eastern Michigan … Clin. Ortho. 1966 / 45 /32.

(38) Abelow BJ, et al, Cross-cultural association between dietary animal protein and hip fracture: a hypothesis. Calcif. Tissue Int.1992 / 50 (1) / 14-18.

(39) Holly Smith in : Leakey, R. & Lewin, R., Origins Reconsidered : In Search of what Makes Us Human, London 1992 / 144-145. , Mc Henry, H.M. ,Femoral lengths and stature in Plio-Pleistocene hominids. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 1991 / 85 (2) / 149-158. , Brown, F. et al, Early Homo erectus skeleton from west Lake-Turkana, Kenya. Nature 1985 / 316 (6031) / 788-792.

(40) Mazzuoli, G.F. et al, Hip fracture in Italy : Epidemiology and preventive efficiency of bone active drugs. Bone 1993 / 14 / suppl. /581-584.

(41) Lips, P., Epidemiology and predictors of fractures associated with osteoporosis. Am. J. Med. 1997 / 103 (2A) / 3S-8S / discussion 8S-11S.

 

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