This week we are going to pick up where we left off in last week’s Health Tip regarding osteoporosis. This disease causes calcium to be drawn out of the bones, leaving the bones porous. This reduces bone density and subjects bones to easy fracture. An ever increasing number of Americans consuming the Standard American Diet, especially senior citizens, are experiencing low bone density. All the while, others are looking for ways to prevent their bones from becoming brittle. As we consider how to deal with osteoporosis, I’ll let you determine which system offers the greatest way to prevent and restore bone density – the world’s wisdom or God’s wisdom.
Why An Alkaline Diet Is Critical To Good HealthA highly acidic diet is not only the primary cause of osteoporosis, arthritis, and gout, but also numerous other physical problems. A diet rich in alkaline forming foods allows the body to maintain the blood’s crucial alkaline pH with ease. It also provides the body with an abundance of plant-based nutrients that helps the body defend against disease. Alkaline foods are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes (if raw), trace elements and phyto-nutrients. These alkalizing plant based nutrients helps the body build and maintain a strong immune system. They help the body to resist disease and, if disease has already present, give the body the building materials it needs to help restore health. On the pH scale, neutral is 7.0, while the pH of our blood is 7.4, which is slightly alkaline. Few people realize that if the pH of the blood drops below 7.0 and into the acid range, that person will die. The Hallelujah Diet is an alkalizing diet. It stands in sharp contrast to the highly acidic Standard American Diet (SAD) being consumed by the average person today. Sadly, most people are unaware of the potentially devastating consequences inherent in the highly acidic Standard American Diet or how quickly The Hallelujah Diet can restore alkalinity to their body.
What Doctors And Other Are Saying About OsteoporosisRussell Blaylock, M.D., in his December 2006 newsletter The Blaylock Wellness Report, tells us on page 11:
“People who eat little or no meat have very low incidences of osteoporosis and this is confirmed by worldwide studies. Meat is acidic and depletes the calcium in bones.”T. Colin Campbell, PhD, on page 19 of The Protein Debate writes:
“The consumption of animal-based proteins can lead to a chronic condition known as metabolic acidosis, which has been known since the late 1800s. Secondary effects of this condition are extensive and include, for example, bone calcium loss . . . “Ross Horne articulates the problem in his book Health & Survival in the 21st Century with these words on page 270:
“Osteoporosis is merely the natural reaction of the body trying to protect itself from the internal acidity caused by the intake of excessive protein, whereby calcium from the bones is sacrificed to neutralize the acid which if not so neutralized, would cause even greater harm. Osteoporosis is therefore the lesser of two evils and completely avoidable by avoiding the excessive protein intake which is a feature of the modern diet.”John Robbins, in his book Diet for a New America tells us on pages 199-200:
“The United States Department of Health and Harvard University . . . called the association of meat-based diets with the increasing incidence of osteoporosis inescapable. . . The more I’ve studied the conclusions of the hundreds of studies in the medical literature, the harder it has gotten for me to abide the National Dairy Council’s promotion of milk ‘for strong bones.’ In spite of its high calcium content, milk, due to its high protein content, appears actually to contribute to the accelerating of osteoporosis. The occurrence of this disease in the United States has reached truly epidemic proportions, and the promotion of dairy products as an answer to the suffering of millions seems, not only self-serving, but absolutely immoral and downright dishonest.”Gabriel Cousens, M.D., sheds more light on the subject in his book Conscious Eating on page 135-138:
“Most authorities agree that an over acid bodyNeil Nedley, M.D., in his book Proof Positive writes on pages 154-155:
is a precondition for the onset of either acute or chronic disease. . . An acidic system is a fertile ground for disease for several reasons. The more acidic a system becomes, the less the alkaline biochemic buffers are able to maintain the blood’s healthy pH of 7:4. One way the system compensates in order to preserve the blood pH is to deposit excess acid substances in the tissues and joints . . . which contributes to the development of arthritis and osteoporosis.”
“It is well established that a meat and high protein fare increases the risk of osteoporosis. . . One of the most comprehensive studies on osteoporosis helps to put the role of calcium in perspective. This study was not restricted to the lone effect of calcium intake, but in relation to hip fractures. Four major research centers worked together to analyze white women over 65. They found that a low calcium intake –even below 400 mg per day – did not cause hip fractures. . . Numerous additional studies have shown that the higher the animal protein intake, the lower the density of the body’s bones and the greater the risk for hip fractures.”