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From: Bob Waite (
Subject:         Re: Vegan diet and Osteoporosis
Date: August 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm PST

In Reply to: Vegan diet and Osteoporosis posted by Ricardo (Brazl) on August 24, 2011 at 9:48 am:

Hi Ricardo
First of all, I am glad you keep this discussion board going, and I always look forward to you posts. I know nothing about osteoporosis, but I do know that there are many vegetables that are high in calcium. Also, blackstrap molasses is very high in calcium and I take a tablespoon full every day. I also take a calcium supplement because of Dr. Essyltyn's recommendation. There are some people, like McDougal who seem to think that calcium and vitamin D supplementation is not a good idea. I think it is simply some kind of anti supplement prejudice rather than anything that is well-researched. His recommendations for vitamin b-12 supplementation seem to me to be too low based on other sources I've read. I also know that magnesium is necessary for calcium to be used correctly by the body, so I also take a magnesium supplement. Some of these doctors believe that a vegan diet is completely natural and is all that people need, but I agree with the consensus that without using animal products, I need some supplementation. I am not ideological about this and I don't do it for environmental or animal rights reasons, but only for my health. So, if I find an animal product would be helpful to me, then I would use it without qualms. I am not a vegan by principle, but I do believe that for someone like me, with heart disease (I had a heart attack and have a stent), can reverse the disease with a vegan diet. I do not believe it is utopian, cures all diseases or any of the outrageous claims that are sometimes made for it, but I do believe there is evidence that can reverse coronary artery disease.

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