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Osteoporosis and Dairy

Dairy does not strengthen bones, but weakens them!

Most SHAMELESS dietetic lie!

One of the two* most insolent, most shameless and the most dangerous marketing lies used by producers of dairy products is a fairy tale about milk – its wonderful healing effect on bones and teeth.

*) The second of lies is a fairy tale about super-healthy animal protein. I have already argued with this “Protein Doctrine” in articles: “Protein and Cancer“, “Animal Protein and Breast Cancer“, “Dairy and Prostate Cancer“, “Meat and Colorectal Cancer”  

This lie, which stupefies us every day in TV and radio commercials, is so dangerous for at least three reasons:

  • The first is that it carries all the hallmarks of propaganda: it has been repeated for so long and so often, so intrusively and so persistently, that nobody ever wonders whether it is true; we consider them to be a dietetic axiom.
  • The second reason is that the slogan is taken over – in good faith – by its ‘apostles’: teachers, dieticians and some doctors. These proponents – assuming they are public health ambassadors – become free dealers in the industry that shorten the lives of millions of people for millions of years.
  • The third reason – probably the most dangerous – is that this lie is a perfect lie, because it contains quite a huge grain of truth: milk contains a lot of calcium, and calcium is really needed to build bones … However, it is also true that the more we drink milk, the weaker the bone we have * – but of course this second truth is always concealed.

*) An indicator of the prevalence of osteoporosis is the frequency of hip fractures. The highest rates of hip fractures are in those countries where milk consumption is highest (New Zealand, Australia, USA).

There are also studies (covering 10 countries), showing a significant relationship between the increase in the risk of fractures and the increase in calcium intake (mainly from dairy products).

Other studies show the relationship between the increase in the incidence of osteoporosis (the number of hip fractures in women in different countries) and the increase in animal protein intake.

In one of the previous entries on this blog I wrote that – in my opinion – treating osteoporosis with milk is like quenching thirst with sea water. Just as milk contains calcium, seawater contains water. However, we do not quench thirst by drinking water with salt, because it increases thirst, not quenches it. The mere fact that something contains water is not enough! Most poisons contain water.

Why do I call it a shameless lie?
Because it was stripped over 100 years ago, but it is still being repeated.

Lets recall – explicitly – an incredibly simple mechanism that makes eating large amounts of milk and meat unwise: They do not help build bones, and even weaken them, favoring the emergence of osteoporosis (or even causing it).

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bone structure, making them more susceptible to fractures. The essence of the disease is calcium deficiency in bone tissue.

Milk contains a lot of calcium, but it also contains large amounts of animal protein. Consuming large amounts of animal protein – regardless of whether it comes from milk or meat – causes a significant increase in body acidity *.

*) In contrast to animal protein – vegetable protein acidifies the body much less.

In order to maintain the right acid-base balance, the body must defend itself against acidification and do it… by leaching calcium from the bones: Ca2+ ions appearing in the blood restore the normal pH of body fluids. The end of “philosophy”.

animal product in diet causes osteoporosis

Not only that: calcium that has been taken from the bone into the blood – it must now be expelled from the body. It will appear in the kidneys, and its excess in the urine – as seen, for example, in the Atkins diet – will result in the formation of stones in the renal pelvis.

Besides all this – long-term rich intake of calcium (milk) impairs physiological mechanisms * controlling the calcium management of the body.

* The mechanism mentioned uses the active form of vit. D (calcitriol) for determining the amount of calcium absorbed from food, delivered to the bones and excreted; in the case of excess calcium, this mechanism is deregulated. Such “deregulation” of the control mechanism by “abuse” is a phenomenon well known in biology.

Kidney Stones and Diet

Kidney stones – urolithiasis – is a disease that is quite common in developed countries, but rarely in developing countries. This fact is the premise to recognize it as one of the so-called civilization diseases (excess diseases) – diet-related diseases.

Animal protein is responsible for
as many as four (out of six) risk factors for kidney stones.

There is also another theory of kidney stone formation. This theory takes into account the role of free radicals. As free radicals can be fought only with the help of antioxidants (contained in vegetables and fruits), regardless of which of the two theories is right – using the PLANT-BASED diet (i.e. based on unprocessed vegetable products) reduces the risk of urolithiasis.


And if I limited dairy to milk only?

Someone might argue that – after all, milk itself is not dangerous, because in comparison with other sources of animal protein – it contains little (1-3% protein).


Nobody drinks milk only!

Apart from the influence of milk on the development of osteoporosis and kidney stones – let’s remind ourselves that 80% of milk proteins is CASEIN*, which consumed in an amount greater than 5% of energy in food is CARCINOGENIC. Our health depends also on how much of this casein we eat.

*) In fact CASEIN gained fame as”the most significant carcinogen we consume”!)

So – OK, let us consider four cases: Omnivores, Vegetarians, WHPB and Vegans.


OMNIVORES drink milk and also consume dairy products in other forms: yogurt, white cheese, blue cheese, yellow cheese, hard cheese (like parmesan cheese), butter, sour cream and so on. They also eat eggs, white meat (poultry), red meat (beef, pork), processed meat (cured meat) in various forms. And they buy in stores thousands of ready-to-eat products, not caring about what they contain (and how much they contain animal protein).

Beyond any doubt – omnivores think that 1. milk is healthy and 2. other types of animal products are healthy as well. These people are always in line with the modern “protein doctrine” that says that the more protein the better, and the best is animal protein. Ultimately – they consume huge amounts of animal protein – which is even more than 30%* of energy.

*) Our body copes well with the content of animal protein in an amount not exceeding 5% of energy in food.

In my opinion, 5% of energy from animal protein in food – corresponds to a modern pure vegan who buys processed products (I mean animal protein hidden in products).


VEGETARIANS do not eat meat or eggs, but the whole dairy is fine for them. Let’s look at protein content in animal and vegetable products.

the table of % protein content, comparing animal and vegetable products

As you can see from 1-3 % of protein in milk – 15-30% of protein in cheese is made (in hard cheeses there are even more – over 40%, which corresponds to over 32 g of CASEIN in every 100 g of product).

There are no yoghurts on the graph, which on average contain 4% protein, but there are also those with 10% content.

Dairy is an animal protein that acidifies the body. How much of this protein eats a statistical vegetarian?

First of all, I do not know anyone who would be a vegetarian and drink only cow’s milk, avoiding eating cheese (i.e. his only source of animal protein would be cow’s milk). Answer honestly: do you know such a vegetarian?

Secondly – vegetarians often eliminate meat and eggs from food – and stop there. They are no longer interested in health-related issues: they often buy thousands of processed products in the store containing difficult to estimate amounts of animal fat and animal protein.

But – if by some miracle – there are vegetarians who only drink cow’s milk and do not consume dairy in other forms – how much milk do they drink? One glass a day? One liter? In one liter of milk there is about 20-25g of casein. Who needs this casein? For what?


Pure WHPB fans (WHOLE FOOD PLANT-BASED diet fans) do not eat animal products or processed products at all – here the situation is clear.


Pure VEGANS, on the other hand, may have trouble with ready-made processed products. This is because their producers often hide animal additives in supposedly non-animal products (which is unpredictable). Usually, however, it does not exceed 5% of energy from animal protein in the diet.

A mysterious problem concerns non-pure WHPB and non-pure VEGANS.

People who are just beginning their adventure with non-animal cuisine, use small amounts of dairy products to prepare their dishes. The addition of a teaspoon of yoghurt to a vegetable salad helps them change old culinary habits into new ones. I would not make a tragedy out of it. Unfortunately, it happens very often, which I see by observing quarrelsome discussions on vegan groups in social media.


It remains to answer the last question:

Where should I get calcium
if not from milk?

One would like to ask – what do you really ask about?

How to treat osteoporosis?

What osteoporosis?!

If you do not eat dairy and do not eat meat – you will have no problem with osteoporosis, because you do not acidify your body with animal products!

If you stop eating dairy products, eating still a lot of meat – there is NO WAY to stop osteoporosis! Osteoporosis is the result of acidification, and you’re still acidifying. Even if you eat a lot of calcium that does not come from dairy products – it doesn’t change anything.

Your problem is not a calcium deficiency in the diet (!),


its excessive removal from the bones,
which is the result of A-CI-DI-FI-CA-TION!

The solution is NOT: eat more calcium.

The solution is:

(The fewer the better.)

Only this will stop the further development of osteoporosis!
Only this, nothing else!

Anyway – you have proved to yourself (eating dairy products) that excess calcium in food is pointless, because it does not stop osteoporosis. See how much you ate it:

  • milk: 120 mg Ca / 100g;
  • yogurt: 130-170 mg Ca / 100g;
  • yellow and blue cheese: 300-1000 mg Ca / 100g;
  • feta cheese: 500 mg Ca / 100g,
  • hard cheese (parmesan): 1380 mg Ca / 100g;
  • pizza: ~ 300 mg Ca / 100g

Calcium contained in plant products is enough for you.

Take a look at some examples:

  • beans: 160 mg Ca / 100g;
  • dried figs: 200 mg Ca / 100g;
  • cocoa: 140 mg Ca / 100g
  • nuts: 130-180 mg Ca / 100g
  • soy: 240 mg Ca / 100g;
  • almonds: 240 mg Ca / 100g,
  • poppy seeds: 1260 mg Ca / 100g;

These above have quite a lot of calcium.

(!) But now read carefully:

Believe me: just (for 30 minutes) I searched the table of the nutritional value of most food products. I was looking for a plant that does not contain calcium at all – and I did not find any!

All plants have calcium in them!

What conclusion would be appropriate?

Just fall in love with the PLANT-BASED diet and avoid not only osteoporosis and kidney stones, but thousands of other diet-related health problems.


This and several other entries in our blog regarding the relationship between health and diet – are based on data disclosed in “The China Study” [T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell, 2004]. 
The book discusses the results of epidemiological studies on the widest scale in the world on the relationship between diet and the morbidity of various disease entities.


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