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High Protein and Dairy Consumption are Suspect for Osteoporosis and other Disease
 
Don't think dairy when it comes to building strong bones, say proponents of the low-acid diet. Focus instead on a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, these nutrition scientists say.

The low-acid diet (also called the alkaline acid diet) has been the subject of scientific debate of late, as doctors and researchers question what, precisely, it takes to keep bones strong. The thinking behind the diet goes like this: Blood is slightly alkaline, with a pH just above 7. If the diet is rich in acids, the body tries to restore alkalinity by eliminating minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, which the blood essentially pulls from the bones.

Following a low-acid diet doesn't mean avoiding vinegar and citrus fruits. On the contrary, it means not overloading on proteins, which are made up of amino acids that, as the name suggests, are acidic in nature. Low-acid diet adherents point out that because humans did not evolve on a diet heavy in meat and dairy, the modern Western diet, which is rich in animal proteins, may be contributing to illness and disease -- including osteoporosis.

That's the theory. What about the science?

"There's good evidence to suggest that pH in diet can make a difference" when it comes to bone health, says Dr. Bart Clarke, an endocrinologist specializing in osteoporosis.

The theory was first proposed in the 1960s by scientists who hypothesized that human bones might be giving up calcium to compensate for pH imbalances caused by protein-rich Western diets. Evidence to support the theory accumulated in the 1980s, as scientists began to show that in rats, even small shifts in pH (such as a drop to pH 7.15 from 7.25) increased bone loss up to six-fold.

In a 1994 study, calcium levels in urine decreased in 18 post-menopausal women who took potassium bicarbonate daily to neutralize the acid in their diets. The authors concluded that taking the potassium bicarbonate reduced the women's bone loss and increased bone formation.

Larger populations also have provided support for a low-acid diet. A long-term osteoporosis study in Scotland found that bone health appeared better in participants who consumed more fruits and vegetables.
The researchers conducted a smaller study on just over 1,000 of the women, and found that those who consumed diets lower in protein and higher in potassium had greater bone mineral density in the spine and hip and greater bone mass in the forearm.

"The Western diet . . . generates a large amount of acid. Without sufficient alkaline-forming foods in the diet, bone health may be compromised," study author Helen Macdonald wrote "It would appear that even subtle chronic acidosis could be sufficient to cause considerable bone loss over time." "A plant-based diet is not only good for bones, it's good for a lot of other things too," including lowering the risk of hypertension, stroke and heart disease, she says.

Source: LA Times, By Elena Conis, August 26th 2009
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
Lo and behold some good press for pH testing and adhering to what the chemistry in the body is telling us. My mentor’s mentor discovered in the early 1930’s that he could drastically change health conditions by adjusting the diet and minerals necessary to balance pH. This article is just on the tip of the iceberg of information that the “old school” researchers have known about for decades and decades. 
 
This article is a bit too simplified. Meat is what is always getting the bad rap and it is unnecessarily so.   Our ancestors have eaten meat for thousands of years and maintained good bone and cardiovascular health. It is just in the last 100 years that we have gone hog-wild on artificially enhanced and chemically modified foods through processing and packaging. The real offenders are the rampant intake of processed sugar, processed salt, processed oils, processed meats, processed dairy processed flours, fast foods, etc etc etc. Add this to a complete lack of vegetables and you have the winning formula for an unhealthy pH! 
 
Vegetables and water and minerals act as the buffering agent against all these processed foods we are eating. If we ate more of them and less of the others then we could “get away” with eating these “junk foods” once in a while. The problem is that our diet consists almost entirely of these artificial and chemical foods and no buffers! You can see the benefit that simple mineral complex potassium bicarbonate did to buffer the hyper acidic conditions in the article above.
 
Get expert analysis of your pH today at our clinic TRILIUM HEALTH. You may be experiencing elevated or decreased pH and it may not be due to what you think it may be. There is not one treatment for every person; that is why it is important to have your unique chemistry tested, analyzed and treated. We have learned from the best teachers who have contributed over 70 years of research and experience so that we may streamline treatment to be practical and effective. 
 
Rather than taking a pill for this and a pill for that, balance your chemistry and so you can address the entire body and all its parts. This is the most beneficial way to address your health.
 
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