I’ve told you before about the dangers of eating processed soy… That it throws your hormones out of whack and increases your risk of certain cancers… makes digesting protein much …
“Let me look at some of these…” I reached out and put the soursop fruit right up to the lens of my video camera.
I said to my friend Westi, “I love soursop. I wish I could grow it in Florida. But the tree dies if the temperature gets below about 40 degrees.”
Westi and his wife Lelir were taking me on a tour of their garden deep in the mountains of Bali near the little town of Ubud.
I’ve written to you before about his endless turmeric plants and hundreds of aloe, basil, and other healing plants growing there.
People still mistakenly believe that eating a lot of protein from meat hurts your bones.
The reason is that some studies found that people would lose lots of calcium through their urine after eating protein.
Scientists have speculated for decades on the reason for all that calcium leaving people’s bodies. Way back in 1968, a piece published in The Lancet theorized that you use calcium from bones to counter the acidity produced when you break down the meat you eat when you digest it.
And the theory stuck.
But just speculating it was “because of meat” doesn’t make it true.
I have some news for you that goes against almost everything you hear on CBS News, or read on WebMD… osteoporosis isn’t caused by a lack of calcium.
Mainstream medicine still has its head in the sand on this. I just read a new study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association claiming – again – that you aren’t getting enough calcium, and that calcium is what prevents osteoporosis.
Don’t get me wrong, calcium is critical for making bone. But you’re getting enough calcium. It’s in almost everything you can think of – like bread, milk, orange juice, pasta, yogurt, toothpaste, chewing gum, snack crackers and granola bars… it’s even in your water, depending on where you live. That’s a lot of calcium.
In fact, two studies back up what I’ve known for years. Higher calcium intake doesn’t prevent fractures due to bone loss,1 and can damage your heart.
Calcium is everywhere these days. It’s hard to get away from it even if you try. They put it in bread, milk, orange juice, pasta, yogurt, toothpaste, chewing gum, snack crackers and granola bars… it’s even in your water, depending on where you live.
That’s a lot of calcium.
But supplementing with even more calcium is not a good idea.
A review done by the British Medical Journal carefully analyzed 11 different calcium supplementation studies. The BMJ found that taking more than 500 mg a day increased heart attacks by 31 percent.1
Mainstream medicine has missed the boat on this one.
You’re constantly warned about the danger of high-protein diets.
And this is the worst part. They tell you that the reason you have to avoid a high-protein diet is that it weakens your bones.
The truth is the exact opposite. High protein strengthens your bones…
Taking calcium supplements will give you a short-term boost in bone density, but that’s it. Over time, your hormones will work against the extra calcium and actually leave your bones more brittle than before.
Consider this: The U.S. has the highest intake of calcium, yet our rates of osteoporosis are the highest in the world. Countries with lower intakes of calcium have lower rates of hip fracture and osteoporosis.
A lack of calcium isn’t why your bones become weak…
Don’t waste your money on calcium supplements.
If you’re taking them hoping to build strong bones and avoid osteoporosis you’ll be let down on both fronts.
Doctors and drug companies push the idea that the best way to treat and prevent osteoporosis is by taking lots of calcium. This simply isn’t true.
Osteoporosis isn’t caused by a lack of calcium…
Do you think that popping a calcium supplement will make your bones stronger?
Despite what you hear on TV, calcium supplements have little to do with the strength of your bones.
That’s what I tell my patients … and it always surprises them…
I’ve seen patients who eat Tums like candy. They claim relief from heartburn. Plus, they think the calcium in Tums would help keep their bones strong.
Unfortunately Tums are not a good source of calcium… and they’re not a good solution for chronic heartburn either. In fact, taking over-the-counter antacids does you more harm than good.