Acid Blood = Heart & Bone Disease

It’s all about the body’s fuel; the foods we eat.

Proteins consist of amino acids. We manufacture
19 of those aminos in our livers. Nine essential
amino acids must be obtained from the foods we eat.
Many people believe that animal and plant proteins
are exactly the same. That is not true, and therein
lies the key to acid blood.

One of those “essential” amino acids is methionine.

One needs methionine for many human metabolic
functions including digestion, detoxification of heavy
metals, and muscle metabolism. However, an excess
of methionine can be toxic and create that acid condition
in your blood.

The center atom of methionine is sulfur. That’s the problem.
Eat foods containing too much methionine, and your blood
will become acidic. The sulfur converts to sulfates and weak
forms of sulfuric acid. In order to neutralize the acid, in
its wisdom, the body leaches calcium from bones.

“Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood
which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the
skeleton.” {American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61,4}

Animal proteins contain more methionine than plant
proteins. Let’s compare cow’s milk to soymilk:

Methionine in 100 grams of soymilk: .040 grams
Methionine in 100 grams of whole milk: .083 grams
Methionine in 100 grams of skim milk: .099 grams

Now, let’s compare 100 gram portions of tofu to meat:
(All of the meat products are lean and without skin)

Silken soft tofu: .074 grams of methionine
Hamburger: .282 grams of methionine
Hard boiled egg: .392 grams of methionine
Roast ham: .535 grams of methionine
Baked codfish: .679 grams of methionine
Swiss cheese .784 grams of methionine
Roast chicken: .801 grams of methionine

Why do nations with the highest rates of bone disease
disease also have the highest dairy consumption rates?
The highest rates of osteoporosis are to be found in
Denmark, Holland, Norway, and Sweden.

When the etiology of osteoporosis is examined:

It’s not how much calcium you eat. It’s how much calcium
you prevent from leaving your bones.

Why does calcium leave bones?

In 1988, N.A. Breslau and colleagues identified the relationship
between protein-rich diets and calcium metabolism, noting that
protein caused calcium loss. His work was published in the
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology (1988;66:140- 6).

A 1994 study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition (Remer T, Am J Clin Nutr 1994;59:1356- 61) found
that animal proteins cause calcium to be leached from the
bones and excreted in the urine.

“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one
of the most important being too much dietary protein.”
{Science 1986;233, 4763}

“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.” {American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
1979;32,4}

“Increasing one’s protein intake by 100% may cause calcium
loss to double.” {Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111, 3}

“The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the
recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats
144% more.” {Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and
Health, 1988}

“Consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years,
were associated with an increased risk of hip fractures…
metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary
excretion of calcium.” {American Journal of Epidemiology
1994;139}

How does this relate to the cardiovascular system?

The Framingham Heart Study is the largest and most
respected heart study in American history. Some
of the highlights of this exhaustive 50 year study:

In 1960, Cigarette smoking was found to increase the risk
of heart disease.

In 1970, high blood pressure was found to increase the risk
of stroke.

During the 1980’s, high levels of HDL cholesterol were found
to reduce risk of death from heart disease.

In the 1990’s, homocysteines were identified as key factors
in heart attack deaths.

Homocysteines are metabolized from methionine.

Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk. com