How Do We Decide
By Tim Triche, Jr
Milk in New Zealand
I came across an
article recently which solidified a lot of what I
have been reading lately (in between studying and
working out a lot to kill the stress) about calcium,
phosphorus, excretion studies, and Haversian system
degeneration from calcium loss. I'm disturbed by what
I've seen in the journals and scientific literature,
and before anyone dares to blast "those
scientists", I'd like to remind you that
so-called common sense is often heavily influenced by
advertising. Dairy advertising, in this case.
I like milk a lot. I have a glass of cold skim milk
with any meal where I eat peanut butter or cookies or
the like, and that's a lot of meals, for me (most
breakfasts, for example, I have a raisin bagel with
PB, strawberries, water, and a glass of milk). As I
edge closer and closer to being a vegetarian
full-time, milk has begun to replace meat as my
primary source of concentrated protein. So I'm not
going off on milk for spite or malice.
But the association of bone degeneration with calcium
loss (Walker, 1965) has led to a recent media blitz
from the dairy industry encouraging consumers to
drink lots of milk to prevent osteoporosis in old
age, especially for women. (Fitzsimons, 1995)
This is simply not the way to prevent progressive
skeletal weakening. Milk and other proteinaceous
foods can actually cause calcium to be lost in the
kidneys as excessive urea is filtered, though it is
unlikely that the overall balance of Ca+2 is
negative. (G & G, 1989) Furthermore, excess
protein can cause binary calculi (kidney stones) to
form even in the absence of excessive Ca+2. So there
are good reasons not to add more milk to a typical
American diet, which already gets 40% of its calories
from fat (primary source: ground beef), 20% from
protein - already quite adequate; 12% is enough for
most elite athletes, let alone sedentary adults
(Heany, 1993) - and the remaining 40% from
carbohydrates, of which approximately half are mono-
and disaccharides, i.e. "simple sugars".
(NRC, 1989) Despite the dairy industry's vested
interest in promoting milk as a cure for
osteoporosis, the sad fact is that they are lying to
Phosphorus supplementation will not do the trick,
either. Although it does reduce the urinary excretion
of calcium in healthy patients, it causes faecal
excretion of Ca+2 to rise. (Recker & Heany, 1983)
So we are back to where we started in terms of waste
<--> Ca+2 <--> bone influx and efflux.
Phosphorus is not the answer to broken hips and
What, you might ask, is the answer to fighting
osteoporosis and skeletal degeneration in later life?
I am not so brazen as to submit "the"
answer, but I will forward one answer to the
question. Consulting the appropriate studies will
confirm the belief that it is a solid answer, but we
cannot rule out many other possible treatments.
Exercise and good dietary habits are the keys to
health, in many respects. It may come as no small
surprise to the meat and dairy industry-indoctrinated
public that certain populations consuming less than
half the RDA for calcium (1200 mg as of 1989) have a
much lower incidence of bone matrix degeneration and
osteoporosis than their "adequately"
nourished, Ca+2 and P(i) stocked
The Bantus of northern Africa consume a diet almost
devoid of dairy products, and low in protein,
averaging only 350 mg daily. In spite of this, tooth
loss and broken bones are rare among the Bantus, and
life expectancy is over 65 years, vastly greater than
that for most populations of similar circumstance and
income. Osteoporosis among the Bantu is almost
unknown - except for those who move to America.
What about drinking extra milk for extra protein?
Only if you would like to urinate and see blood in
your toilet bowl one morning. Kidney dysfunction is
painful and irreversible in many cases. And that, in
short, is where excess protein goes - it is deaminated in the liver, with the nitrogenous end
being bound into urea and excreted actively by ports
in the Loop of Henle, and the deaminated
CHO skeleton is used for energy or stored as fat.
This is what ketogenesis is all about - when there is
inadequate carbohydrate to fuel activity, proteins
and fats are deaminated and acetylated for use in the
Krebs cycle. It's a painful process and feels like
hell, both for you and for your organs. We, as
Americans, Europeans, and Australians with the
finances to read USENET news, are unlikely to ever
even meet someone with kwashiorkor (protein
deficiency), let alone experience it ourself. It's
simply unknown outside of parts of Asia and Africa,
where the only food eaten is a vegetable (cassava
root in Africa) with almost no protein...and even
then, only when it is not fermented, as in the ngiri
and dawa dawa processes of alkaline bacterial
PROTEIN DEFICIENCY IS ALMOST ALWAYS SECONDARY TO
My answer, then, is to exercise vigorously and
regularly, try not to over eat, especially steaks,
ice cream, and other high-fat and high-protein foods,
and to emphasize vegetable sources of calcium in the
diet. How about broccoli? (Margen et al., 1992) It
contains more calcium, per calorie, than corned beef
(Fitzsimons, 1995), and at the same time it provides
numerous phytochemicals that may aid in delaying
carcinogenesis and promotion - i.e.,
"cancer-fighters". Even milk cannot offer
this advantage. And meat may be carcinogenic when
consumed to excess (Campbell et al., 1994). So
perhaps it's time to look towards other sources of
Ca+2 in the diet besides milk.
I cannot emphasize enough that vigorous activity,
done over a lifetime, may be the most protective
action you can take to reduce your risk of skeletal
degeneration. Excretion and bone-loss studies
(Shepard et al., 1992) show that athletes retain more
dietary and ossified calcium than their sedentary
counterparts by a wide margin, and studies with
middle-aged runners have confirmed this. (Costill et
al., ??) Furthermore, weight-bearing and resistance
exercise in women raises the serum concentrations of
testosterone, not enough to cause masculinization, but certainly enough to add
to retention of Ca+2 and tensile strength increases in muscle. (Shepard et al.,
1992) Muscular girths are not significantly affected except in very rare cases
and in examples of women athletes using androgens (steroids). So get up, go
outside, run around, do whatever, and enjoy yourself regularly, it will improve
your quality of life today and tomorrow.
The health of the United States dairy herds are undermined by farming practises
that would not be tolerated in Europe and New Zealand. They are fed on
genetically modified crops and treated with
what is listed on the image right.
Antibiotics are passed on to consumers which contribute to the weakening immune
systems and the growth hormones contribute to foetal deformities and growth
defects like gynomastia.
New Zealand Milk
New Zealand all milk is pasteurised, this is a heat
treatment process intended to eliminate any viruses
or bacteria in the milk. Many people feel concerned that this reduces the
bio-availability of the nutrients in the milk. Of course the bottom line here is
that cows milk is for calves. Human milk is for human babies. As human adults
cows milk is an unsuitable food and today most mil is sold in cartons and there
are now a multitude of flavours and fortified milk formulas available.
milk - Silver top bottles, this is supposed
to be only pasteurised milk that has not had any
Milk- green top milk (green/yellow cartons) has most of the milk
fat removed and we consider this form of milk to be
the safest to consume in small quantities.
Milk - Blue top (blue cartons) - we consider this to be
dangerous to health as in the processing the milt is
treated so that the molecules of milk fat are
shattered. This means that we are ingesting parts of
molecules which the body reads as digested. This
leads to the body absorbing undigested fat/ protein
and it is thought that this could be a major cause of
A1 & A2 Milk a dispute at present, however A2 milk may be healthier,
2013 Botulism scare
Milk products made by the New Zealand company Fonterra were recalled Aug 4th 2013 including two Nutricia products - Karicare Gold+ Follow On Formula Stage 2
(6-12 months) with batch No D3183, and Karicare Infant Formula Stage 1 (0-6 months) with batch Nos 3169 and 3170. This follows on from a related incident known as the
2008 Chinese milk scandal where poisoned milk claimed the lives of many children.
A new scare in August 2013 involving the Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is the most toxic substance known to man and the causative agent of botulism.
It is not clear what strain of the botulism in the Fonterra milk. Clostridium botulinum is a large anaerobic Gram-positive bacillus that forms subterminal endospores and due to its high toxicity and the availability of the producing organism
Clostridium botulinum, BoNT is regarded as a potential biological warfare agent.
The symptoms in adults are paralysis and possibly death, in children the fatality rate is less than 1% for infants hospitalized with botulism.
Milk and osteoporosis
A1 & A2 Milk