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04-08-2005, 02:59 PM
I have been discussing, quite frequently lately with my mom about Raw Food, hoping that perhaps it will help her turn to Raw with me (though I am only part way tomorrow I am starting out at 3 days raw! yeah) anyway she was concerned because she has a severe problem with loss of bone density which is a serious bout of osteoporosis. I have read through Doctor Joel Robbins that most any disease can be healed through whole/raw food (preferrably juicing) anyway my question is can anyone give me some answers about calcium and perhaps, which according to Doctor Don Lawson this is possible, replacing bone density loss. Thanks all!
04-08-2005, 03:36 PM
Here is something VERY useful that was posted a while back by Caramba:
A 100-gram portion of human breast milk (3.5 ounces) contains
33 milligrams of calcium. Human adults need calcium too, but
human adults should not be drinking human breast milk. Let's
compare the amounts of calcium contained in adult foods to
the level of calcium in human breast milk:
Calcium content of foods (per 100-gram portion)
(100 grams equals around 3.5 ounces)
1. Human Breast Milk 33 mg
2. Almonds 234 mg
3. Amaranth 267 mg
4. Apricots (dried) 67 mg
5. Artichokes 51 mg
6. Beans (can: pinto, black) 135 mg
7. Beet greens (cooked) 99 mg
8. Blackeye peas 55 mg
9. Bran 70 mg
10. Broccoli (raw) 48 mg
11. Brussel Sprouts 36 mg
12. Buckwheat 114 mg
13. Cabbage (raw) 49 mg
14. Carrot (raw) 37 mg
15. Cashew nuts 38 mg
16. Cauliflower (cooked) 42 mg
17. Swiss Chard (raw) 88 mg
18. Chickpeas (garbanzos) 150 mg
19. Collards (raw leaves) 250 mg
20. Cress (raw) 81 mg
21. Dandelion greens 187 mg
22. Endive 81 mg
23. Escarole 81 mg
24. Figs (dried) 126 mg
25. Filberts (Hazelnuts) 209 mg
26. Kale (raw leaves) 249 mg
27. Kale (cooked leaves) 187 mg
28. Leeks 52 mg
29. Lettuce (lt. green) 35 mg
30. Lettuce (dark green) 68 mg
31. Molasses (dark-213 cal.) 684 mg
32. Mustard Green (raw) 183 mg
33. Mustard Green (cooked) 138 mg
34. Okra (raw or cooked) 92 mg
35. Olives 61 mg
36. Orange (Florida) 43 mg
37. Parsley 203 mg
38. Peanuts (roasted & salted) 74 mg
39. Peas (boiled) 56 mg
40. Pistachio nuts 131 mg
41. Potato Chips 40 mg
42. Raisins 62 mg
43. Rhubarb (cooked) 78 mg
44. Sauerkraut 36 mg
45. Sesame Seeds 1160 mg
46. Squash (Butternut 40 mg
47. Soybeans 60 mg
48. Sugar (Brown) 85 mg
49. Tofu 128 mg
50. Spinach (raw) 93 mg
51. Sunflower seeds 120 mg
52. Sweet Potatoes (baked) 40 mg
53. Turnips (cooked) 35 mg
54. Turnip Greens (raw) 246 mg
55. Turnip Greens (boiled) 184 mg
56. Water Cress 151 mg
04-08-2005, 03:40 PM
And here is something from NotMilk.com regarding osteoporosis:
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."
In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another mineral element, magnesium. Milk and dairy products contain only small amounts of magnesium. Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll:
"Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein."
"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."
Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993
"What appears to be important in bone metabolism is not calcium intake, but calcium balance. The loss of bone integrity among many post menopausal white women probably results from genetics and from diet and lifestyle factors. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the use of animal protein, salt, caffeine, and tobacco, and by physical inactivity."
Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, Understanding Health, December, 1999
"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton."
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)
"About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis."
Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)
"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)
"Increasing one's protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double."
Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)
"The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more."
Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988
"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
"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
"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
04-08-2005, 03:45 PM
Very interesting. Thank you for posting that!!
04-09-2005, 01:52 AM
Thanx muchly, Rawkinlocs. That pretty much confirms my suspicion that I'm on the right track to prevent the osteoporosis that many of the women in my family have had. I'm in a so-called high-risk group as I'm pretty small-boned (just 5'3" with very skinny wrists, the size of which is supposed to be an indication of risk, or so I've read) and Caucasian with a family history.
I'm thinking that staying raw is also the very best way to avoid adding to the family history of cancer and heart disease, too.
04-09-2005, 11:47 AM
Rokinlawks thanks so much for taking the time to post all that information. I am going to print it off and let my mom read it! thanks again
Helen Of Tennessee
04-09-2005, 03:02 PM
Here are some more good articles about dairy & calcium:
Cows Milk is for Calves
by Michael Dye
by Dr Gina Shaw, MA
What About Dairy Tasha Ann
What About Dairy?
Should you drink your milk? & Milk and Calcium
Who Gets Bone Disease?
Exercise and Vit. D is important for bones (not milk or calcium supplements):
Is Dairy Good?
Why dairy products wont help you maintain healthy bones
Milk and dairy products cause Crohn's disease, mucous and irritable bowel syndrome -- interview with Robert Cohen
Homogenized Milk: Rocket Fuel for Cancer
by Robert Cohen
<>< Helen of Tennessee
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