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Boneheaded News Release

PR NewsWeb: July 17, 2011
Got Too Much Milk?

"The British Medical Journal recently published surprising
results about calcium intake and the risk of bone fractures.
(BMJ 2011;342:d1473.) This long term study of over 60,000
women in Sweden, born anywhere from 1914 to 1948, followed
the calcium intake of these women and their actual history
of fractures for nineteen years..."

The authors surprise? They write:

"...those in the upper quintile for calcium intake actually
had a paradoxically higher rate of hip fractures."

Lead author Michael Rosenbaum M.D. comments:

"High calcium intake may backfire and increase the risk of
fractures. High doses of calcium can actually reduce bone
remodeling or reshaping which is necessary for the maintenance
of strong bones. Bone that is not remodeled can become brittle
over time and becomes more prone to fractures."

QUESTION: How did Dr. Michael Rosenbaum ignore the
following evidence which I so easily obtained???

ANSWER: Because he is a medical doctor trained in a medical
college and his nutritional education was ignored as is the
case with modern medicine.

This new study astonished the researchers, but should be
of no surprise to Notmilk readers. In my book (MILK A-Z)
I offered this evidence from peer-reviewed scientific journals:

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"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose
up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming
a high-protein diet."
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)

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"Increasing one's protein intake by 100% may cause calcium
loss to double."
- Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)

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"Calcium intake demonstrated no protective in preventing bone
fractures. In fact, those populations with the highest calcium
intakes had higher fracture rates than those with more modest
calcium intakes."
- Calif Tissue Int 1992;50

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"There is no significant association between teenaged milk
consumption and the risk of adult fractures. Data indicate
that frequent milk consumption and higher dietary calcium
intakes in middle aged women do not provide protection
against hip or forearm fractures... women consuming greater
amounts of calcium from dairy foods had significantly
increased risks of hip fractures, while no increase in
fracture risk was observed for the same levels of calcium
from nondairy sources."
- 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women
American Journal of Public Health 1997;87

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"Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years,
were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures...
metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary
excretion of calcium."
- American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139

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"Most people don't realize that osteoporosis and thinning
bones are preventable. And, the good news is that no matter
what the condition of your bones, there are things you can
do to make them stronger and help reverse the condition."
- Miriam Nelson

Robert Cohen

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