By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

Milk Consumption Does Not
Prevent Hip Fractures

A publication in the February, 2003 issue of the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 77, No. 2, 504-511)
clearly demonstrates that eighteen years of milk consumption
did not prevent hip fractures for post-menopausal women.

How many subjects participated in the study?

A mere 72,337. As part of Walter Willett's Harvard Nurses
Study, investigator Diane Feskanich performed statistical
tests of significance for 18 years of data including dietary
intake of calcium (dairy and supplements) to determine her

The conclusion reached from this observational analyses, is
that dietary calcium plays little or no role in preventing
bone loss. Drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis. A
total of 603 hip fractures were analyzed. Scientists
determined that milk consumption was in no way associated
with hip fracture risk. The same conclusion was reached for
total calcium consumption.

The Harvard Nurses study previously determined that there is
no positive association between teenaged milk consumption
and the risk of adult fractures. (American Journal of Public
Health 1997;87). As a matter of fact, just the opposite was
found to be true. Women consuming greater amounts of calcium
from dairy foods suffered significantly increased risks of
hip fractures.

In light of these findings, the dairy industry milk mustache
campaign has been proven to be one enormous deception. Bones
break because women eating the wrong foods create an acid
condition in their own bloodstreams, which must be
neutralized by available calcium. The body achieves balance
by taking calcium out of its own bones. Ergo, people eating
the greatest amount of total animal protein are the ones
experiencing accelerated rates of bone loss. The same
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (1995; 61, 4) confirmed this

"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood
which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the

Eighteen years earlier, as the Harvard Nurses study was just
beginning, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
(1979;32,4) reported:

"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up
to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a
high-protein diet."

Why do you imagine that today's most recent study will not
be publicized on tonight's 6 PM news, or headlined in your
local newspaper? Because it lacks one critical ingredient.
Cash. For a story to be released, it must be accompanied by
paid dairy industry advertising. In this deceptively
dangerous manner, most of us get our biased health

Milk? It does not do the body good.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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