May 22

Milk and Calcium

Breastfeeding is nectar for the newborn; breast milk should be the exclusive feed for the first six months of life. But consumption of animal milk later in life does no good to our body and may even cause harm. Supplementation of calcium also can be detrimental; it has been reported to increase the risks of vascular events.



Emerging evidence:

Exclusive Breastfeeding helps to Boost IQ, has Favourable Effects on Height, Weight and Blood Pressure: Largest Prospective Study Finds

Breastfeeding and Child Cognitive Development: New Evidence From a Large Randomized TrialEffects of prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding on child height, weight, adiposity, and blood pressure at age 6.5 y: evidence from a large randomized trialEffects of Prolonged and Exclusive Breastfeeding on Child Behavior and Maternal Adjustment: Evidence From a Large, Randomized Trial; Reports 123

Milk drinking, other beverage habits, and lung cancer risk. Mettlin C. Int J Cancer. 1989;43(4):608-612. [See]

Fractures, calcium, and the modern diet. Hegsted DM. Am J Clin Nutr 2001;74(5):571-573. [See]

The Milk Letter: A Message To My Patients. Kradjian RM. [See]

What’s Wrong with Dairy Products? At http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/dairy.html

Another Reason Not To Drink Your Milk: Betacellulin. Paleo Diet 2006;2:5. [See]

Milk is Not Necessary: See Article | More | More  | More

Does Milk Really Do The Body Good? Calcium and Protein: A Mixture for Disaster.  Occhipinti MJ. [See]

Addition of milk prevents vascular protective effects of tea. Lorenz M et al. European Heart Journal. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehl442. [See]

Calcium in evolutionary perspective.  Eaton SB, Nelson DA. Am J Clin Nutr 1991;54:281S-287S. [See]

Higher Calcium Intake May Not Lower Risk for Fractures and Osteoporosis: A 19 years prospective study of 61 433 women has revealed that highest quintile of calcium intake did not further reduce the risk of fractures of any type, or of osteoporosis, but was associated with a higher rate of hip fracture. [Eva Warensjö et al. Dietary calcium intake and risk of fracture and osteoporosis: prospective longitudinal cohort study. BMJ 2011;342:d1473 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d1473 Report]

Calcium Supplements Increase Vascular Events? See

High calcium intake as supplements may increase cardiovascular mortality [Mark J Bolland et al. Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events: meta-analysis. BMJ. 29 July 2010;341:c3691. doi:10.1136/bmj.c3691 Full text | Mark J Bolland et al. Vascular events in healthy older women receiving calcium supplementation: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 15 January 2008. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39440.525752.BE Full Text]

Cancers Linked To HRT (Once Promoted For Prevention Of Osteoporosis In Post Menopausal Women) See Report | One More Report | One More Report | Full Text Article

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