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The Myth about Milk and Protein
From Dr. Lydia & Connie D’Astolfo

   Statistics show that nearly one third of North American women will develop osteoporosis, severe enough to cause a fracture. A 12-year perspective study was performed among 77,761 women aged 34-59 years of age who had never used calcium supplements. Dietary intake was assessed with a food frequency questionnaire in 1980, 1984 and 1986. Every two years these women reported any fractures. Women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day had a higher risk of hip and forearm fractures than women who consumed one glass or less per week.

   The result of this study suggests that drinking milk does not protect women against the development of osteoporotic fractures. In fact there was a 45% increase in hip fractures among women who drank at least two glasses of milk per day compared to those who rarely drank milk. This certainly suggests that milk does not do the body good!

   We all know that meat, fish and dairy are concentrated protein sources. What we are not told however, is that high amounts of animal protein depletes calcium from the body into the kidneys leaving calcium deficient bones and increased kidney stones. The high acid in protein foods withdraws calcium from bones to balance the pH in the blood. Acid forming foods also creates excess uric acid, which builds up in muscles and organs causing pain and congestion.

   Osteoporosis is more common in countries where dairy products are consumed in large quantities. The African Bantu women take much less calcium from concentrated protein sources like milk and animal bones than Americans (350 mg a day compared to the National Dairy Council of 1200mg a day). Yet even the oldest women are free of osteoporosis, as well as other degenerative diseases. Research has shown that the Bantu’s lower protein consumption has kept the bones of Bantu women healthier. (The Bantu’s are vegetarian). The Inuit on the other hand, have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world because they consume more than 1500 mg of calcium daily from concentrated protein sources such as fish bones.

   Calcium is a vital mineral in preventing osteoporosis, but. its action does not end there. Calcium is found in every cell throughout the entire body. Some of its other important functions include a role in muscular contraction, nerve conduction and transmission, blood coagulation, cell membrane permeability, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties and regulates fluid secretion.  The big nutritional hype is that milk is a great source of calcium. But that’s overrated. The high amount of phosphorus in cow’s milk interferes with calcium absorption. Aging magnifies the problem even more, so the older you are the less calcium you are going to get from milk. Cow’s milk is also high in lactose, a carbohydrate sugar. Humans (and most mammals) naturally lose the ability to digest lactose somewhere between the ages of 18 months and four years. The loss of the ability to digest lactose causes adverse symptoms for most people in the world. When undigested milk sugar gets into the colon, bacteria ferment it, converting it to gas and lactic acid.  Cow’s milk may also cause allergies from the antibody’s reaction to the milk proteins. The most common reaction is chronic diarrhea in which the stools frequently contain mucus and blood, half the iron deficiency in infants and women maybe caused by gastro- intestinal bleeding induced by cow’s milk. The allergy connection also may be more correct, resulting in urticaria i.e. eczema, or atopic dermatitis. Credible evidence also links milk to many severe disorders such as; rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, heart attacks, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis.

   It has been suggested that a predisposing infection is the primary cause of rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have shown that the infectious agent exists in milk. Investigators have correlated higher levels of milk anti bodies with rheumatoid arthritis. Cow’s milk may also be responsible for an irreversible inability to metabolize blood sugar. Studies suggest that a diet rich in milk may be responsible for type I and type II diabetes.  Type I or juvenile diabetes occurs as a result of the body’s attempt to protect itself from foreign milk protein. After attacking the bovine albumin  (protein), these antibodies target a similar protein on the surface of the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas, destroying them also.

   There is a controversial debate in medical literature over the high levels of xanthine oxidase, a potential source of free radicals found in milk and is linked to heart attacks and angina.
In one comparative study, people who suffered heart attacks possessed higher levels of the xanthine oxidase antibodies than those who had not suffered a heart attack.
In addition, many investigators have found a link between multiple sclerosis and milk consumption. It has been shown that milk contains an additional unknown toxic substance and certain fats that alter the myelin sheaths surrounding axons.
Besides the long list of associated diseases, milk is also responsible for gastro-intestinal, respiratory, behavioral and skin disorders. It is also the culprit in childhood ear infections.

   The hazards inherent in milk consumption compelled me to conclude that it should not be a part of anyone’s diet. For babies there is no question that breast milk is best. If you choose to use dairy I would restrict your selection to butter, yogurt and goat cheese because they contain
almost no lactose. For a dairy like drink consume moderate amounts of soya or rice milk or other nut beverages. For a good calcium source eat plenty of sesame seeds, almonds, broccoli and leafy green vegetables. To ensure a proper calcium balance in the body limit acid forming foods like meat, dairy, refined foods and coffee.
   To prevent or treat osteoporosis and other degenerative diseases consult a professional natural care physician who can advise on a specific diet plan and rehabilitation suited to your condition and prescribes herbal and or homeopathic medicine.


Feskanich D. et al. Milk, dietary calcium and bone fractures in women: A 12 year prospective study. Am. J. Public Health 87: 992-997. 1997

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Dr. Lydia D’Astolfo , B.A.,  DI Hom. has a degree from York University and is a Homeopathic Doctor, CranioSacral Therapist, Applied & Educational Kinesiologist.
Dr. Connie J. D’Astolfo, Hons. B.A., DI Hom, has a degree from The University of Toronto and is a Homeopathic Doctor and CranioSacral Therapist. Dr. C. D’Astolfo is presently completing her doctorate in chiropractic medicine in the United States.
Both Dr. Lydia & Connie D’Astolfo have been featured on TV stations though out Canada and the United States. They have also published many articles on natural health care in various popular magazines. Dr. Lydia D’Astolfo can be reached at The Centre For Innate Healing at (905) 738-1948 Email address: and Dr. Connie J. D’Astolfo can be reached at her Chicago office at 1-630-495-0564 Email address:

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