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Drinking three glasses of milk doubles the risk of early death, warn scientists. New research also shows that milk does NOT help to prevent broken bones.

Throughout most of our lives milk has been recommended as a way to boost our calcium intake and help to keep bones strong. But milk, like the majority of dairy and animal products, is an acid-forming food and our bodies use calcium (borrowed from our bones) to neutralise excess acid in the body.

A new study that tracked 61,000 women and 45,000 men for 20 years found there was no reduction in broken bones for those who consumed the most milk. In fact, for women it was associated with an INCREASED chance of suffering a fracture.

The NHS recommends milk to help with osteoporosis and says that a pint (about 550ml) provides a healthy amount of calcium for the day.

In the study, those who drank three glasses or more a day (680ml) were twice as likely to die early than those who consumed less than one.

The study’s lead author, Professor Karl Michaelsson, of Uppsala University in Sweden, said: “Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures. A higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death.”

Calcium is needed for bone building, which would suggest milk should be beneficial. But researchers believe the fat in milk cancels out the positive effects of calcium, triggering inflammation and increasing the risk of heart attacks.

My belief is that the acid-forming nature of milk is the problem.

For your body to function, your blood, saliva, urine and the fluids in and around your cells must maintain a proper balance between acidity and alkalinity, otherwise known as pH balance. The pH of healthy, oxygen-rich blood is between 7.365 and 7.45, or slightly alkaline. The food you eat affects this pH balance, either by helping your body maintain its natural state of alkalinity or temporarily shifting it slightly toward acidity, according to a review in the 2012 issue of the “Journal of Environmental and Public Health.”

The concept of acid alkaline imbalance as the cause of disease is not new. In 1933 William Howard Hay published a ground-breaking book, A New Health Era, in which he maintains that all disease is caused by autotoxication (or “self-poisoning”) due to acid accumulation in the body:

Now we depart from health in just the proportion to which we have allowed our alkalies to be dissipated by introduction of acid-forming food in too great amount… It may seem strange to say that all disease is the same thing, no matter what its myriad modes of expression, but it is verily so.

William Howard Hay, M.D.

Dr. Theodore A. Baroody, author of Alkalize or Die says, “The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause…too much tissue acid waste in the body!”

Juicing can be a great way to help alkalise the body, especially wheatgrass juice and green juices with including kale, spinach, parsley, broccoli and cucumber.

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