Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis--Without Dairy Foods, Calcium, Estrogen, or Drugs

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May 22, 2009


Paperback, 256 pages

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0071600191 / 9780071600194


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Calcium pills don't work. Dairy products don't strengthen bones. Drugs may be dangerous.

For years, doctors have been telling us to drink milk, eat dairy products, and take calcium pills to improve our bone vitality. The problem is, they’re wrong. This groundbreaking guide uses the latest clinical studies and the most upto- date medical information to help you strengthen your bones, reduce the risk of fractures, and prevent osteoporosis. You’ll learn why there’s no proof of calcium’s effectiveness, despite what doctors say, and why a low-acid diet is the only effective way to prevent bone loss.

"This clear, convincing explanation of osteoporosis will change the way the world thinks about bone health. Lanou and Castleman prove beyond doubt that milk and dairy are the problem, not the solution."
-Rory Freedman, coauthor of #1 New York Times best seller Skinny Bitch

"The authors have tackled an almost intractable myth: that calcium is the one and only key to bone vitality. It isn't. Everyone who cares about preventing osteoporosis should read this book."
-- Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study

Table of contents

Part 1: Why Can't We Make Bone Loss Go Away?
Chapter 1 Calcium Is No Cure
Chapter 2 Not All Research Is Equal
Chapter 3 What a Closer Look Reveals about Milk, Calcium Supplements, and Vitamin D
Part 2: The Bone Vitality Cure: Low-Acid Eating and Daily Walking
Chapter 4 The Key to Building Strong Bones and Preventing Fractures: The Acid/Alkaline Balance
Chapter 5 If Calcium Is the Bricks, Where's the Mortar We Need for Strong Bones?
Chapter 6 Why a 40-Year-old "New" Theory Has Been So Long in Coming
Chapter 7 Evolving Toward Low-Acid Eating--Painlessly
Chapter 8 Simple, Delicious Low-Acid Recipes
Chapter 9 Walking Your Way to Stronger Bones
Chapter 10 Should You Take Osteoporosis Drugs Instead?
Part 3: Other Risk Factors for Osteoporosis and What You Can Do About Them
Chapter 11 Diabetes, Frailty, and Fractures
Chapter 12 Risk Factors for Fractures? Salt, Caffeine, Alcohol, Smoking, Depression, and Several Prescription Drugs
Afterword: Save Your Bones and Save the Planet

Author comments

Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of Healthy Eating for Life for Children and has appeared in Time and Newsweek and on National Public Radio.

Michael Castleman has been called “one of nation’s top health writers” by Library Journal. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Healing Herbs and Before You Call the Doctor, and his science journalism has been nominated twice for the National Magazine Awards.


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