A Cup of Coffee: How Not To Die (Part VII in a Series)

Welcome Back!! Last week, we chatted about fiber and why it’s so important to our body. If you missed this blog and would like to catch up, click HERE to be redirected to Part VI in our Series on nutrition.

This week, Dr. Ross will explain the relationship between dairy and our body. So grab A Cup of Coffee and let’s chat!


Let’s talk milk and dairy and how you get your calcium. Milk builds strong bones is a myth. One large Harvard study of 72,000 woman showed no evidence that drinking milk reduced hip fractures.  Another study on teenage males also showed no reduction in fractures.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24247817  

Milk and other dairy products are the top sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet, contributing to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  Studies have also linked dairy to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.  

More than 60% of people are lactose intolerant (do not have the enzyme to break down the sugar lactose in cow milk), which can lead to symptoms like bloating, cramping, and diarrhea.   https://www.pcrm.org/nbBlog/white-lies-five-milk-myths-debunked    Looking at the science has led Canada to encourage water in place of milk.   

So where do you get your calcium?  There are plenty of plant based milks like Almond or Soy….but the healthiest sources are those with fiber like the beans and green veggies in your diet.   And if you are getting calcium from supplements you may want to watch these two videos and ask your doctor about the increased risks of heart attacks and strokes when taking calcium supplements

This is relatively new information.  “Are Calcium Supplements Effective” and “Are Calcium Supplements Safe”    https://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-calcium-supplements-effective/  https://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-calcium-supplements-safe/  

Best of Health

Charlie Ross DO, Westfir, Oregon


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