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Is Milk a Healthy Source of Calcium?

Excellent Source of Calcium

Calcium is one of the essential minerals needed by the body to function properly. It is the most abundant mineral in the human body, with 99% found in the bones and teeth and 1% in the blood. Calcium is used for building strong bones and teeth, cell signaling, blood clotting, maintenance of heart beat, and muscle contraction. Humans get the majorit...

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Milk May Raise Mortality Risk

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An increase in mortality risk is associated with frequent consumption of milk, according to a 2014 study published in the British Medical Journal. A team of Swedish researchers analyzed the diets of more than 100,000 men and women recruited from 3 counties in Central Sweden and estimated the mortality hazard ratios of all the subjects that particip...

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Milk Makes Estrogen Levels Rise

Milk Makes Estrogen Levels Rise

Moo-ve over, Reality; we've gotta make room for the dairy producers. And the dairy producers have a version of reality they'd really like us to believe. The California Milk Advisory Board has launched a beautiful new marketing campaign, "Return to Real." The commercials feature real farmers on real farms. The gentle music, natural lighting, and...

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Cure Cancer by Eating Meat? (Beware of Clickbait)

Cure Cancer by Eating Meat? (Beware of Clickbait)

Have you ever been tempted to click on the link to an article whose title contained an outrageous proposal? Beware the lure of Clickbait. The titles of these articles suck us in with annoying half-truths. Each time we click, the site earns ad revenues. Judging from the rise in the number of misleading clickbait articles...

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Do You Need a Doctor's Note to Give Up Dairy?

Do You Need a Doctor's Note to Give Up Dairy?

I was an 18-year-old college student with a big problem. Gas. The issue started seemingly out of nowhere. But the quiet potency of the problem soon had me extremely nervous about any social situation, including my classes. Normally, a college-age woman might be embarrassed to talk to a doctor about such a delicate issue, but...

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Endocrine Disrupting Hormones Found in Food

Endocrine Disrupting Hormones Found in Food

As a doctor who specializes in nutritional medicine, I stay up-to-date on the most current scientific literature regarding how our food choices impact our health and wellbeing. For this reason, I'd like to share with you the findings of several medical studies regarding a group of chemical compounds called phthalates. Phthalates are ubiquitous in the...

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Following the Finns to Find Finer Health

Following the Finns to Find Finer Health

The Mediterranean region of the world is famous for its supposed Mediterranean diet. An emphasis on whole plant foods — fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, and replacing butter with a plant-based oil — gives the Mediterranean diet some strength. But who would have thought of Finland as a leader in health? In the 1970s,...

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Michael Klaper MD Speaks From His Heart

Michael Klaper MD Speaks From His Heart

Physicans like myself who follow the wise words of Hippocrates: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" — witness amazing transformations in the lives of our patients when disease-promoting foods are removed from their diets and their bodies are instead nourished with the finest ingredients. When animal products, refined oils/sugars and processed...

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How the Calcium Paradox Baffles Bone Beliefs

How the Calcium Paradox Baffles Bone Beliefs

Diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis are rather hidden -- out of sight out of mind for many of us. But osteoporosis? We've all seen an older neighbor with a bowed back or known an elderly relative whose health quickly tumbled downhill after breaking a hip. The specter of our bones crumbling,...

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Could Mouth Ulcers be Caused by Dairy?

Could Mouth Ulcers be Caused by Dairy?

Aphthous stomatitis, or better known as mouth ulcers or canker sores, affect approximately 20% of the general population to varying degrees; many are plagued by recurring ulcers. These non-contagious, non-infectious sores usually last between 7-10 days, interfering with eating and drinking. Hitting these inflamed areas accidentally while chewing or brushing the teeth exacerbates the condition,...

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Opiate-Like Chemicals in Cheese are Physically Addictive

Opiate-Like Chemicals in Cheese are Physically Addictive

If you eat a diet based on whole plant foods, what food item was the most difficult for you to give up? Although most people assume that meat would be difficult to leave off of their plates (especially for men), nearly everyone says that cheese was actually much more difficult to eliminate than meat. It's...

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Dairy Intake Blocks Antioxidant Absorption

Dairy Intake Blocks Antioxidant Absorption

Milk + Berries = No Antioxidants - What's more enjoyable than a big bowl of fresh, juicy berries with a little milk poured on it? Simple. Classic. Healthy... Or is it? While berries are brimming with antioxidants, researchers have discovered that you cannot absorb these little powerhouses of health if you eat your blueberries or...

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