Should I Eat Dairy?No?! Well what about my calcium?!

“The myth that osteoporosis is caused by calcium deficiency was created to sell dairy products and calcium supplements. There’s no truth to it. American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, and they still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. And eating even more dairy products and calcium supplements is not going to change that fact.”

–Dr. John McDougall
The McDougall Program for Women (2000)

Here’s my perspective and again it’s just that…and educated perspective, so please share your thoughts below.

The Dairy industry spends $300 million annually on marketing and ‘research’, doctors, dieticians and sponsorships to spread the word “drink milk and you’ll have strong bones”.

Calcium consumption has been so well marketed that North American women are the highest dairy consumers world wide and oddly enough, have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

Maybe not so odd…more like carefully publicized.

Most other parts of the world don’t experience the rates of Osteoporosis and related fractures as North Americans and most other parts of the world are not drinking cows milk…and if they are it’s nothing like the ‘quality’ or lack there of, of generic milk we have here. It’s usually raw or fermented.

Often the high protein diet is blamed for osteoporosis and not milk consumption, however, there’s also protein in dairy…and sugar. Both of these substances leave an acidic state after digestion. How does your body deal with acidity?? Minerals. Minerals are basic and the most available is Calcium and Magnesium stored in our bones and tissues.

My point is, you may be drinking milk (12oz with 11g protein and 18g of sugar) once or multiple times a day, but you’re also eating processed foods and refined sugars. Possibly, to go along with that, a diet too high in animal protein (yeah a 22oz porter house steak is excessive for one meal) chased down by a few beer. You’re maybe not eating enough alkaline forming foods like fresh vegetables and some fruits. You’re likely eating more sodium and condiments than you think while drinking more coffee than should be humanly possible.

Does all of these factors create a situation where the health of your bones should be questioned? Yes. And remember diet is a product of accumulation. So what you have done over the course of your life in repetition adds up.

It’s true that calcium is a very abundant nutrient so we don’t need to stress all that much about getting it, and trust me there’s better sources than grain-fed, antibiotic treated, hormone injected beef commercial farming practices gives us. If you want to find quality dairy, how about even grass fed, free range cow products! Truthfully, getting enough trace minerals is how our bodies deal with calcium intake; properly placing it in the bones and tissues and available enough for balancing the effects of our diet. Logically, exercise, stay hydrated with water, eat whole foods and a clean diet of high quality foods and you won’t have to worry about your bones. Athletes and people under high stress should consider supplementing. Contact me for specific recommendations on trace minerals or for booking a nutrition coaching session.

Eat clean, train mean and stay lean.

Jana Finkbiner, RHN

I found this article and wanted to share it. We often wonder what’s going on when we hit these highs and lows throughout the day. Ever think it’s the food you are consuming? It usually plays a large factor. Like we always say you can heal your body with food, well you can also heal your mood!


I had the pleasure to meet the staff and experience Innovative Fitness in Langley. Owners, Paul Chung and Guy Demong are very welcoming. They have put together a great team of trainers who are friendly and well educated.

I’d like to give a special Thank You to Rafal and Samantha for each giving me a great training session! It was neat to experience the different styles of teaching. Keeping in mind my injuries, they were able to work around them and still give me a challenging workout.

Innovative Fitness is a beautiful gym with an awesome Team in an upbeat environment. They offer free consultations and I would encourage you to check them out!

Always greeted by name and with a smile is what you can count on when you go to Lynn Valley Meats in North Vancouver. Not only are they friendly, Fred, Amir and the rest of the team always help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Lynn Valley Meats offers high quality products including Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken at an affordable price. Even if you don’t live in the area it’s worth the trip to go there and stock up!



1264 Lynn Valley Rd
North Vancouver, BC V7J 2A3
Lynn Valley
Why eating clean sourced meat is better…
Grass Fed Meat – Since the late 1990s, a growing number of ranchers have stopped sending their animals to the feedlots to be fattened on grain, soy and other supplements. Instead, they are keeping their animals home on the range where they forage on pasture, their native diet. These new-age ranchers do not treat their livestock with hormones or feed them growth-promoting additives. As a result, the animals grow at a natural pace. For these reasons and more, grass-fed animals live low-stress lives and are so healthy there is no reason to treat them with antibiotics or other drugs. A major benefit of raising animals on pasture is that their products are healthier for you. For example, compared with feedlot meat, meat from grass-fed beef, bison, lamb and goats has less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It also has more vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a number of health-promoting fats, including omega-3 fatty acids and “conjugated linoleic acid,” CLA about 3 times more then grain-fed products. CLA has been long investigated for its anti-cancer activity as well as for its ability to reduce accumulation of belly fat. It also has much more vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega 3 fatty acids, this makes sense as grass contains far more of these nutrients then grain. 
Resources: Jo Robinson –
Organic, Free Range Chicken and Eggs – Free range chickens have access to the outdoors where they are able to graze for insects, worms, grass and wild plants. Because they are outside they are getting more exercise they aren’t as fat and they are happier then your chicken cooped up in a dark cubicle. They are also less likely to be pumped full of hormones and antibiotics that the poultry industry routinely uses on factory – farmed animals.
Resources: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth ~ Jonny Bowden

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