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Alive and Well - January 16, 2013

Guest: Joseph Gonzalez - Dietician with the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine 

Topic: Why milk DOES NOT do a body good!

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Here is an excerpt from the article Karena was referencing:

“The 2012 report in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine must have rattled the dairy industry. Authored by Kendrin Sonneville from Harvard University, the study tracked fracture rates in 6,712 adolescents. The results showed that active children who consumed the largest quantities of milk actually had more bone fractures than those who consumed less. In other words, milk doesn’t actually build strong bones.

Previous studies have shown similar findings. Studies of young women published in the journals Bone and Pediatrics show that bone density was bolstered by physical activity, but that increased calcium intake made no difference.

Evidence suggests that milk is similarly unhelpful at the other end of the lifespan, when osteoporosis and bone breaks are particularly common. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. Those women who consumed the most milk were as likely to suffer a hip fracture as those who avoided milk.”

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When looking at Health information you want to look at where it is coming from and how large the study is, because not all health articles are necessarily true. Tomorrow I am going to San Diego and I am at the last stage of being approved to be a volunteer at the medical center down there and I will be able to work with the wounded warrior project. Amputees get these products called Shorties, they are kind of like stilts but for people who can no longer walk. I am doing Pilates at the medical center in San Diego. The Soldiers down there don’t have to wait for an appointment to see a therapist they have a private facility that is always open where the therapists work with them and the Soldiers stay there all day. I wont be here for the next two weeks. A way of building more bone density is Exercising, running, ballet, dancing are just some examples of working out that help build bone density. 

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