Monday, 22 Jul 2019

How to Get Calcium

Vegucation Over Medication

Dr. Bobby Price

Plant-Based Pharmacist; Fitness & Nutrition Expert

How to Get Calcium

Calcium. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, and mustard greens are great sources of calcium. The daily recommended requirement for calcium is based on the average absorption of 25%. This does not take into consideration the diet of the vegan and raw enthusiast, who will absorb at much high rates due to a cleaner and healthier digestive tract. Sesame seeds are also packed with calcium. Just one tablespoon provides 88 mg (one cup is 1,404 mg). But since the likelihood of anyone having a cup of sesame seeds is zero to none, tahini, a Mediterranean sesame seed paste, is an ideal source that can be used in a variety of recipes like delicious salad dressings. Another alternative is adding one cup of flaxseed to a green smoothie, salad, or collard greens, which provides 266 mg of calcium per cup. If your sweet tooth calls for a more intriguing option, fruits are bursting with calcium. So if you’re eating dark green leafy vegetables, fruits, and seeds daily, you will never have to concern yourself with a calcium deficiency. Calcium.

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Calcium. Ironically, vitamin D isn’t a vitamin at all but a hormone. But because of its significance and the body’s inability to self-synthesize this hormone, it is referred to as a fat-soluble vitamin required from food or supplements. Or is it? Vitamin D is also made by the skin’s exposure to UV rays from the sun. The plants we eat receive the same vitamin D via the same photons. For a fair skinned person, exposing the face, hands, and back without sunscreen for 20 minutes four times a week would be an adequate dose for health. That’s free vitamin D, with a priceless amount of health in exchange. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to several chronic diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is because vitamin D is essential to every cell in the body. I know what you’re probably thinking: There’s so much conflicting data as to whether dairy is a source of health or a producer of disease; most people are caught in between the two like a deer in headlights. This is why I always encourage you to do your own research and ask better questions. Always find out who funded a particular study. Calcium.

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Calcium. Determine if they stand to benefit from the study. An agency receiving funding from the dairy industry, an institution of higher learning receiving a grant from a pharmaceutical company, a professor at a university seeking tenure, or a policymaker who’s been heckled and bribed by a lobbyist? The China Study, for instance, was a partnership between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine. The project was jointly funded by both universities and the Chinese government. The Emperor of China was dying of cancer at the time of the study and was seeking real answers. Does this sound like a study you could probably trust? There’s a dysfunctional system making a living off the public’s misery, and to a certain degree, we’re being asked to be co-conspirators in our own demise. Did you know that we as taxpayers subsidize dairy products to the tune of $38 billion annually? This subsidizes both the dairy and meat industry, as opposed to $17 million spent to subsidize fruits and vegetables. Calcium.

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Calcium. So the federal government’s food guidelines are urging us to eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce foods that are cholesterol-rich (which are meat and dairy products), yet the tax funding is completely contradictory. These subsidies include emergency supplemental ‘market loss’ payments of $1 billion to compensate dairy producers for  low prices between 1999 and 2001. As a caveat, in 2002, Congress enacted the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program to make these compensations permanent, which provides direct payments to dairy farmers when the average monthly price of milk falls below standard pricing. In the past fifteen years, only one-third of American farmers actually received these subsidies, which were valued at $100 billion, while the remaining two-thirds went to large corporations. Our system encourages the growth of factory farms and strangles the local farmer and surrounding community. With a name like United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), you would think this agency would be primarily pushing fruits and vegetables; however, the bulk of their advertisement has always been for beef and dairy. Calcium.

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Calcium. They are primarily financed by the meat industry and educated by nutritional scientists who are bankrolled by the same industry. The recommendations are not evidence-based, which can be easily seen today on our kids’ lunch menus. They now consider pizza and packets of ketchup a vegetable. Do frozen processed pizza and ketchup laden with high fructose corn syrup remotely resemble any vegetable? The Harvard University School of Public Health concluded, “The USDA’s recommendations are based on out-of-date science and influenced by people with business interests.” The USDA began endorsing the campaign of a non-profit that promoted ‘Meatless Monday,’ and the slogan suggested going meatless on Mondays. The support for the campaign was posted on their July 2014 edition of the USDA’s internal ‘Green Headquarters’ newsletter, advocating for employees to refrain from eating meat in the cafeteria on Mondays. The newsletter has since been removed. One thing that’s for sure is, if beef (cow) were able to tell its story, it would be more of a horror film than a happy ending. Calcium.

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Calcium. Our citizens are drowning themselves in beef, chicken, pork, and fish raised in factory farms that drench these poor animals with antibiotics, growth hormones, and chemicals. Not to mention the diseases manifested as a result of the poor farming conditions. This consistent miseducation of the public with crooked science and manipulative financial tactics, is the foundation of why America is the most obese and sickest country in the world. Despite having the best medical technology, America is ranked 37th in the world’s health polls. These numbers don’t lie. But some do like the dairy industry’s ingenious use of numbers that often tricks you into buying a seemingly healthier product. In calculating nutritional values for dairy products, weight is used instead of the total number of calories. With milk, for instance, if we used calories instead of weight, a more accurate analysis of nutritional value is discovered. We find that whole milk is 49% fat (that’s half of what you drink), and that 2% milk (the proposed ‘healthier’ alternative) is 35% fat. What the heck? Nutritionally, 2% milk is just as bad as whole milk. Calcium.

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Calcium. Your liver naturally makes cholesterol as you sleep, which is essentially the creation of hormones and a number of other important functions. This cholesterol is sufficient for the body’s needs, so all other dietary cholesterol consumed in meat, dairy, and processed foods products in the form of saturated fats ends up creating occluded plaque in your coronary arteries, which leads to heart disease—the number one cause of death. The number one killer of humans globally is poor nutritional habits that can be prevented by embracing a plant-based lifestyle. So ditch the dairy! Calcium.

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2 thoughts on “How to Get Calcium

  1. When I got land snails, I began to study in great detail information about products
     sources of calcium, because snails cannot live without it, since it is necessary for them to grow and build shell. And once, at one of the sites, I discovered a group of people who met their calcium needs in a very unusual way. They ate chalk! But not the one that is used for writing on the blackboard, but another, special food chalk. Looking for more people like this, I learned that this chalk has many varieties and tastes. Of course, it costs much more than ordinary chalk, but this does not stop many people. I personally did not try to eat chalk, but it was very interesting to find out such information)

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