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by 5132 · September 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Dairy is rejected by vegans and many in Paleo. Some consider it "your mileage may vary" (Kurt Harris). I've been examining the argument against dairy from both angles. Not surprisingly, the arguments against dairy are fairly similar (at least... (more)

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Stabby 0 · September 06, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Hi, Namby. Ever the Persian messenger into Spartan territory you are :-) First bullet: Magnesium raises serum IGF-1, and prevents cancer. The evidence for magnesium preventing all sorts of cancers including prostate cancer is extensive. Just... (more)

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by 20787 · September 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Tracking my nutrient intake, I have noticed that I am consistantly low on my daily calcium intake. According to the RDA, I should be getting 1000mg per day. I am finding that hard to do on a consistant basis. Many of the foods high in calcium... (more)

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Ikco 0 · August 05, 2010 at 7:12 AM

Foods highest in Calcium @ Nutrition Data Spices, cheese, milk and all sorts of dried stuff make most of the first 206 foods. The first meat product is "Beef, variety meats and by-products, mechanically separated beef, raw" with 485mg of calcium... (more)

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by 10984 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Bones are extremely alkaline. Bones have a form of calcium that is shown to be superior to calcium salts in clinical trials for bone mineral density. Bones are a solid source of calcium,phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Bones naturally occur... (more)

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January 0 · May 26, 2013 at 4:06 AM

A fascinating experiment was done in 1994 to learn how well humans digest bone: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2012/10/shrew-eating-scientists-show-humans-can-digest-bone/ (more)

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by 45 · September 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I'm 14 years old, and want to become "completely" Paleo. I'm having no problems with giving up grain products, however, dairy is much more difficult. I have to admit I'm kind of insecure about the idea, even though I know dairy isn't very... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 05, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Don't get caught up in paleo "purity" striving for "complete" paleo. Just do what works. Minimizing things like dairy, gluten, other neolithic foods, etc is 90% (SWAG) as effective as eliminating them all together. I was a milk-addict when I was... (more)

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Have you re-introduced dairy and seen noticeably (not neutral) positive results? I don't doubt that there are people who just can't touch dairy, however, I do think that the health-minded have been too eager to extrapolate from there and judged... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · July 01, 2011 at 3:38 PM

After introducing cheese into my diet, I feel happier and more able to comply with avoiding neolithic agents of disease. It's SO HARD for me to get paleo calories on the go. If I just have some yogurt or some cheese, it helps me avoid the... (more)

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Hi everyone. I am going to pass off my daily calcium supplementation program: 1 eggshell(with meal #1) 1 eggshell/1 500 mg. calcium carbonate tablet with 150iuVitD3(with meal #2) repeat same dose for meals #3 and #4. Total calcium 'per... (more)

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Heidi_1 0 · March 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Do you eat a lot of food with high oxalate content (most nuts, spinach, rhubarb and chocolate are some of the really big offenders.) Oxalic acid is an anti-nutrient that binds with the calcium in your food to form calcium oxalate. This keeps the... (more)

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by 313 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

So I have read of a study which tested the water after 18 hours or more or something of a bone broth that was acidic to leach calcium from the bones and the water contained less than 50 mg of calcium per serving, so I am considering eating the... (more)

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Kewpie 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Any time you make something as variable as bone broth, you are going to get a different nutritional profile. It is good to understand the nutritional content of the foods you eat, but it's just a general guide, not an unwavering law. Once you... (more)

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by 3742 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Those of you who don't consume dairy, have you checked your typical routine to see if you're getting enough calcium? Have you had any lab tests to confirm? I suspect I'm getting most of my calcium from my lunch, which is a big salad of spinach and... (more)

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Mscott 0 · December 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I think calcium is a nutrient that we should focus on a bit more. I guarantee most people who eat a diary free paleo diet will have total intake of calcium well below the RDA, unless they eat a lot of green foliage and/or supplement. I gave an... (more)

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by 1146 · September 16, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I am constantly getting only 45% of daily calcium needs, according to CW RDA's, and that's only when I consume sardines. I could eat as much vegetables as I want, but I can't seem to reach the 50% percent margin at least. Am I looking at a serious... (more)

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Dave_5 0 · January 16, 2011 at 12:33 AM

The importance of calcium is over emphasized in bone health at the expense of other important nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D. This is partly due the SAD's (Standard American Diet) effect on calcium absorption (eating grains decreases... (more)

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by 1655 · September 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

So, on my very exciting Friday night -- Researching on the Interwebs about milk + health (believe me I'll have some questions over the next few days for y'all, don't want to overwhelm everyone at once;), I found some pretty strong criticisms of... (more)

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Ed 0 · May 23, 2010 at 3:58 AM

I'm not convinced of the whole acid/base food balance concept. From an evolutionary perspective, it makes no sense that our staple food, meat, would throw us into acid/base imbalance and destroy our bones. Here's a rebuttal of the acid-producing... (more)

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by 480 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

How can we integrate these points: Calcium/Magnesium has an optimum ratio - perhaps 2:1 (ive seen this elsewhere as well): http://nutritionbreakthroughs.posterous.com/studies-confirm-best-calciummagnesium-ratio-d (more)

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Eugenia 0 · November 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I will go against popular wisdom here and say that the Paleo recommendation for calcium is too low. Sure, the paleolithic people didn't have goats or cows with them, but they had lots of bone broths, and ate all the marrow from bones. Today, it's... (more)

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by 20787 · September 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Overall, I think we all feel that eating paleo is healthy and highly nutritious. But since paleo is not an exact diet and each of us will choose different foods according to preferences and availablity, I think it is only fair to admit that it is... (more)

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Paleo_Seb 0 · August 16, 2010 at 3:41 AM

As for calcium, I think the present recommendations are for those bone leaching, low fat, irritated gut, vitamin D and K2 deficient heavy dairy SAD eaters. No matter how high an amount of calcium someone seems to get in their diet when eating a... (more)

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by 123 · September 16, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Wondering if anyone had seen anything further on this and whether it is an issue or not. I think the only argument I could find was the acid/base deal but not really concerned with that. Other than that i'm not sure where i reead it, does anyone... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · July 26, 2011 at 12:38 AM

It has published that intake of caffeine causes small amounts calcium to be excreted in urine. For every cup of coffee with standard caffeine dose (150 mgs), approximately 5 mg of calcium is lost in the urine. The research on the effects of... (more)

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by 1159 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

In the Paleosphere there is this recommendation to supplement Magnesium based on the fact that soils are depleted and it's hard to achieve the RDA. There is also this general consensus that if one follows a diet low in Phytic Acid there is no need... (more)

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No_more_ 0 · August 23, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Magnesium is a part of the paleo plot for reducing the amount of necessary calcium. Cellular calcium levels are regulated in large part by magnesium. Magnesium shuttles excess calcium out of the cell inorder to prevent calcification. WAPF has a... (more)

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by 58 · September 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

So I just found out I was pregnant (Yay!) but I sell want to continue eating paleo, and after not eating dairy for so long I am now really turned off by it so I don't really want to add it back in but will if I have to. So I know I can get calcium... (more)

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Lizzish 0 · September 06, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Don't forget bone broth!

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

My question is how to avoid this state? I am apprehensive that I may be overconsuming calcium in the form of two eggshells per day. What is the best dose per day for the athletic young man and what are the best arguments pro and con?

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Matt_1 0 · July 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Firstly, if you eat calcium rich dairy products such as cheese or milk then I doubt you need any extra calcium. So how much calcium is in an eggshell? I shall assume you are talking about averaged sized chicken eggs. Most of the estimates seem... (more)

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by 35 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I'm wondering if anyone one here heard about meat and poultry leading to poor bone health from a loss of calcium? There are a number of studies showing animal protein causes a high excretion of calcium from the urine. I've spoken to another paleo... (more)

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Mscott 0 · November 10, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Ok, so I've evaluated this theory before and found a bunch of studies confirming that meat protein is definitely not bad for your bones. Basically, meat protein increases the calcium lost in urine, but it also increases the calcium absorbed in... (more)

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by 396 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I've noticed in many vitamin C supplements that the ascorbic acid is "buffered" with some kind of mineral: eg, calcium, magnesium, sodium. Apparently this makes it easier to digest. If you take one of these supplements, say, calcium ascorbate,... (more)

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Firestorm 0 · December 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Buffering does often include adding a mineral to regulate the pH of the final product. In most cases, magnesium is buffered with chlorine (MgCl2). Magnesium is an alkali, so in this case, buffering would add an 'acidic' to bring it to the same pH... (more)

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by 16131 · September 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

I just read this fascinating interview about bone health with Ron Rosedale. The interview is long, but well worth reading. Here are a few takeaway points: Current medical treatments for osteoporosis like Fosamax inhibit old bone turnover. They... (more)

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Andre_Chimene 0 · July 02, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Meredith, I work with Dr. Rosedale. He believes that you should take mag/potassium, not calcium. The cell uses lots of energy getting calcium out of the cell. I have yet to hear anyone prove him wrong. Bones will be strong on a low carb/moderate... (more)

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by 543 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Possible Duplicate: How to get enough paleo calcium? I'm about to cut out all dairy, and am a bit worried about my calcium. Where did paleolithic people get their calcium? Can I possibly get it all from veggies? It doesn't seem like I... (more)

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by 197 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Kevin Ware is a basketball player playing in the NCAA right now. News is spreading of how he broke his leg today. It is one of the most gruesome injuries I have ever seen in basketball. How can we prevent injuries like this with better diet? And... (more)

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jimmy__1 0 · April 01, 2013 at 7:58 AM

From the video it seems that Ware jumped about four feet in the air to defend a shot, landed 100% on his outside foot and his shoe stuck. In other words, his lower leg stopped while the rest of his body, carried by substantial momentum, kept... (more)

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by 3521 · September 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I just came across Denise Minger's article on tooth problems and she mentions that the calcium to phosphorus ratio should be 2:1 in favor of calcium, but mine is currently at a 3 to one in favor of phosphorus. I just don't see how it could be... (more)

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Ron_Brown_PhD 0 · February 13, 2012 at 6:32 PM

True, dairy has a good calcium-phosphorus ratio of about 1.3/1, but the problem with dairy is that cow milk is so high in absolute amounts of phosphorus. When your phosphorus intake gets too high, say over 1000-1200 mg or so, it produces a toxic... (more)

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by 4936 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I have been trying to eat eggshells as a good way of getting more calcium into my diet, as well as lots of other minerals which eggshells are rich in. I have been thoroughly washing the shells, drying them, grinding them in a small processor sort... (more)

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air_hadoken 0 · December 21, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I don't, personally, but from what I hear, cowboys used to drop the eggshells in their coffee pots to extract the calcium into their morning coffee. Just something to consider; you don't necessarily have to consume them whole.

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by 3521 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Many people believe you should eat a varied diet because you could develop food allergies to foods you eat regularly, but the Kitavan diet mainly consists of sweet potato, coconut and some fish. We all know they don't suffer from diabetes or heart... (more)

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Heidi_1 0 · January 03, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I believe the problem is usually the reverse. Oxalates don't usually cause leaky guts, but leaky guts can really cause oxalate problems. Leaky guts allow an increased amount of oxalate into the blood stream and this causes excess inflammation... (more)

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by 1652 · September 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Hey kids, I'm new to paleo -- week 3. Hooray! I've struggled with bloating, constipation that started one morning 5 years ago. I went through a battery of tests back then and was treated for h.pylori (antibiotics--boo!). There was also an... (more)

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Ashley_Roze_ 0 · May 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Are you taking Magnesium? If you're taking Calcium you have to take magnesium, first of all to help with absorption but also it helps prevent the constipation. I'm not a sciency person so I can't give you the medical reason why it's important but... (more)