What links milk and osteoporosis? What do scientists have to say about it?

by Heena Modi on August 1, 2009

I was sent an email via the Jain Vegans group and one of the links in the email discusses the link between milk and osteoporosis.

The common perception is that milk will prevents bone disorders such as osteoporosis. If this is true then why has the following been stated by NOTMILK?

American women have been consuming an average of two pounds of milk per day for their entire lives, yet thirty million American women have osteoporosis. Drinking milk does not prevent bone loss. Bone loss is accelerated by ingesting too much protein, and milk has been called “liquid meat.”

So we are feeding ourselves with the very thing that causes osteoporosis?

A quote from Science 1986;233(4763): -

“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein.”

Sixteen years ago the Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993 said: -

“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.”

The American Journal of Epidemiology 1994;139 said: -

“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.”

So if all this is clear, out in the open and the information is readily available, why is it not communicated more effectively? Why is the health organisation not warning us about it? Why is the government not doing the same? Why are GP’s not getting involved?

Why are dairy products rammed down our throats everywhere we go? They’re in crisps, some breads, pastries, desserts and so much more!

Are they all buying into it and keeping quiet about the negative affects because they want us to be addicted to their products to ensure their pockets are lined well?

Should WE buy into the message in the poster below?

This is what osteoporosis looks like: -

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