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Dr. Debra Shapiro (vegan): Champion of Women’s Health, Part 2 of 3



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Today, we will find why dairy products are not good for our health. In the United States, 50% of women and 25% of men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. For generations, we’ve been taught that milk strengthens bones and helps prevent the condition. But does the scientific evidence really back that up? “Yes, another fallacy. And we've seen this over and over again in very large studies that milk does not prevent osteoporosis.”

How much calcium should we be getting daily and what are good sources? Dr. Shapiro weighs in. “I would really try to get close to 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. You get calcium from low oxalate greens and legumes and things like almonds and figs have calcium and sesame seeds in tahini have calcium, but it's really the low oxalate greens things like kale and collard greens that have much more calcium.”

Apart from making bones become more brittle, milk is dangerous for a number of other reasons, chiefly because it contains a protein called casein. “The casein gets turned in our body - this is the protein again - to be something called casomorphins.” “And you actually are chemically addicted to cheese because of the casomorphins.” “We know that milk protein increases something called IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1), and that makes tumors grow; that makes things grow.”

Lactose intolerance is a condition marked by bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps and occurs after eating or drinking dairy products. “It's an interesting thing that so many people are drinking dairy because, all over the world, most people actually cannot digest that lactose, that milk sugar.”

Surprisingly, milk also can potentially take away our ability to make insulin. “In addition, there's bovine insulin in milk. And bovine insulin can actually be a trigger for Type 1 diabetes in children that are genetically susceptible.”

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