Cow’s Milk is for… well, Cows

For anyone who is a leche lover, I’m afraid today’s World Wide Web blog posts will have you shifting uncomfortably in your seat as evidence is revealed that milk and other dairy products may not be as healthy as they once seemed. Dr. Thomas Levy returns in his book, Death by Calcium presents a plethora of research that serves to convince the reader of the dangers associate with excess calcium intake. This post, just as an FYI, will cover the skeleton of the data. If you want the real deal, well, here’s a link to buy the book:

Now, on to the important stuff. For the most part, dairy is accepted as a staple of the standard American diet, or as I like to say, the SAD. Dr. Levy discusses that calcium is indeed a vital nutrient for many physiological processes that go on in the body, but that most foods will give more than adequate amounts. He condemns dairy and its delicious fatty rich goodness, but gives a measure of grace at the end by giving a “detox” like protocol to allow his readers some freedom.

Dr. Levy’s book revolves around calcium and its unfortunate association with increased risk of stroke, cancer, and heart attacks when there is too much in the body. This is especially a risk factor for people with osteoporosis, who are already losing calcium (via a process called resorption) that is moving throughout the body and being deposited and causing oxidation and inflammation. Now, you may cry out indignantly, “Hey! You sod! People with osteoporosis need that calcium so they don’t break their bones!!” Well, actually… they don’t. Sorry Charlie!

Death by Calcium

People who suffer from OP do NOT, I repeat NOT, need to supplement calcium. Dr. Levy prescribes a protocol, the focus of which is to increase the density of the bone matrix by a regimented supplementation of many nutrients. These nutrients include: vitamin C, K, D, Omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium. Dr. Levy also encourages testing for hormone levels to make sure they’re in an optimum range.

Whew. ~350 words in 5 minutes of typing. 70 words per minutes. Man, and I swore I’d never be a desk jockey. But on a serious note: calcium supplementation is not a good suggestion due to the raise in risk factors for cancer, heart attacks, and strokes that it causes. Dr. Levy’s book explains the physiological mechanisms and research that fuel his book, and hopefully you’ll be interested enough to check it out. I would sincerely urge you to purchase the book, but a quick jog to Wikipedia is always a blast.

Btw: we used to play a Wikipedia association game where you see how many clicks it takes you to get from one word to another. I got from “Hitler” to “unicorns” in 2 clicks. Try it, and tell me what ya find!!!


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