By Ray Fosterrlf@mt-rushmore.net


Three Guesses:

  1. What modern disease is found in those parts of the world where the populations take the treatment for the disease on a regular basis and not found in those parts of the world where the treatment is seldom if ever taken?
  2. What modern disease is painless until it is so far advanced that it is very difficult to treat?
  3. What modern disease is caused in part by what is advertised to us in the media as the cure?

I don’t expect you to guess the answer!

The answer is osteoporosis.

Q1. What is osteoporosis?

A simple answer is osteoporosis is porous or soft bones that squash or break too easily.

Q2. What causes osteoporosis?

An acid diet is what causes osteoporosis in connection with too little exercise.

Q3. What is an acid diet and what does that have to do with soft bones that break or too easily?

The body chemistry is very sensitive to what is called pH. PH is what you learned in high school chemistry that is the acid/base relationship. The body’s chemistry cannot work unless the pH balance is maintained within very strict limits. What this means is that if what you eat is acid, then the body rigorously neutralizes the blood to keep the pH balance where it is wanted. Now it is the protein in our diet that causes our diet to be acid. A high protein diet means a high acid diet. We have all heard that protein is made up of amino acids. Those proteins from animal sources are particularly high in acid, specifically the sulphur amino acids from animal sources makes sulphuric acid that must be neutralized. The source of calcium to neutralize the acid comes from your bones. And that is why an acid diet softens your bones in time. This is the cause of the epidemic of osteoporosis that we are experiencing in this country.


I have always been told that you needs lots of protein for strength. So you have to eat proteins!

There are some important misunderstandings and misinformation that is currently believed by most people. That protein gives strength is one of these pieces of misinformation. Protein does not give strength. Protein is a body building material. If you don’t have muscles built from proteins, you cannot have strength. Strength is a measure of the use of the muscle, not a measure of what makes muscle. It would be like saying that the student with the biggest pencil is going to write the best essay. Carbohydrates not proteins are the energy foods. It is the student with best and sharpest mind, not the biggest pencil that writes the best essay.

Q5. How much protein does a body need every day?

About 25 grams of protein has been established by laboratory studies is what the average adult person need to eat each day.

Q6. What happens if I get too little protein?

It is important to understand that every food has protein. It is not possible to get too little protein if you are getting enough food to eat. If you are getting too little protein, you are getting too little food and you starve without enough food.

Q7. What happens in my body if I get too much protein?

Too much protein in the diet is a serious problem that causes liver and kidney failure as well as softening of the bones. The reason for this is that the body does not store protein. It has to get rid of the excess protein in the diet which is done by the liver and the kidneys working together. The protein must first be neutralized. This takes calcium to neutralize the acid proteins. This calcium comes from the bones. So for the same reason – excess protein in the diet causing an acid diet, we have three epidemics going on together from the same cause – an epidemic of liver disease, an epidemic of kidney failure with dialysis units springing up working around the clock and an epidemic of osteoporosis with hip fractures and spine compression fractures taking place in younger and younger people. This is caused by too much protein giving a too acid diet.

Q8. So what is the solution to these epidemics caused by too much protein in the diet?

The obvious answer to the problem is to eat less protein in the diet.

Q9. What foods do we need to eat less of to avoid too much protein in the diet?

Meat and dairy products are the two sources of most of the excess protein in the Standard American Diet.

Q10. How much meat and How much Dairy can I safely eat?

You could eat all the meat and all the dairy you wanted to on Christmas day once a year if you wanted to and probably would not get osteoporosis or liver or kidney failure. That is as long as you left the meat and dairy out of your diet the rest of the year.

Q11. Where will I get the needed proteins without eating meat and where would I get enough calcium in my diet without using dairy?

Did you know that lettuce and apples and oranges and potatoes and greens all have adequate levels of protein. As long as you get enough food, it is impossible not to get all the proteins the body needs.

Q12. Where will I get my calcium if I don’t use dairy products?

Cows get their calcium from greens. Greens are an excellent source of calcium. Calcium as well as all of the other minerals that our body needs comes from the ground. Those countries of the world who live on greens and vegetables get all the calcium they need for excellent bones and strong teeth. It is hype from the media to sell dairy that has led to the idea that we need dairy for calcium. We can get all the calcium we need from greets, fruits, grains and vegetables without the excess protein that is found in dairy products.

Q13. So give us some numbers from science to prove the points you are making about the relationship between protein intake and osteoporosis.

The countries of the world that have the highest intake of meat and dairy have the highest incidence of osteoporosis. The index of osteoporosis that is used is the hip fracture rate for 100 thousand of the population. In the USA our hip fracture rate per 100 thousand is 98. The average protein intake per day in home town USA is 106 grams per day.

Compare this with the lowest incidence for Blacks in South Africa where the average mamma has ten children and breast feeds all ten and eats an average of 21 grams of protein a day. The average hip fracture rate is 6 per 100, thousand.

Q14. Eating one fifth the protein a day and having less than one tenth of the hip fracture rate is impressive. What can be done for someone with osteoporosis?

The first thing to do is to be checked out by your doctor to see if you have any of the rare causes of osteoporosis. The important thing is to know why you have osteoporosis. While the great reason people have osteoporosis is because of excess protein intake, there are other factors that can also cause osteoporosis or be an added factor in the cause of osteoporosis. What is wanted is to eliminate all and every cause of osteoporosis.

Q15. What are some other causes of osteoporosis?

Prolonged use of cortisone-like drugs will contribute or cause osteoporosis. Inactivity is an important cause that predisposes to osteoporosis. Smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis. Smoking more than doubles your risk of getting a hip fracture. Using anticonvulsant drugs increases the risk of hip fracture 2.8 times. The excess phosphorus in soft drinks increases the risk of osteoporosis. Rare medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, and diabetes type 1 are also causes of osteoporosis.

Q16. Besides eating fruits, nuts, whole grains and vegetables, and drinking 8 glasses of water a day, is there anything else I can do to prevent and to treat osteoporosis?

Walking 2 miles a day is important. People who are on their feet 4 hours a day have almost ? the risk of getting a hip fracture compared to sedentary people.

 Q17. But we love to take pills and supplements. Are there any pills or supplements that can help osteoporosis?

If you protein intake is more than about 80 grams/day there is no amount of calcium that you can take that will do anything but tend to spare your bone loss a bit. With 80 or more grams of protein in the diet a day, no amount of calcium supplements will ever put you into positive calcium balance.

Q18. What does positive calcium balance mean?

Positive calcium balance means that you are putting calcium into your bones and making your bones stronger. A negative calcium balance, which everybody has that eats 80 or more grams a day of protein, means that you are taking calcium out of your bones every day.

Q19. So if I am eating unrefined grains and fruits and vegetables, the calcium supplements I take will help build strong bones?

Yes, you will probably be getting a calcium excess on that diet, but it will do you no harm, and yes, you will be in positive calcium balance. Vitamin B12 and vitamin K supplementation has been shown to help build strong bones. B12 supplementation is a good idea for those who are eating fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables.

Q 20. When is the best time in life to begin building strong bones?

Now time is the best time.  It matters not how young you are.  The younger you start the better the results to avoid osteoporosis!