Within the past month three vegetarians that I know of fell on the ice onto an outstretched hand and all three shattered the bones in their wrist in so doing. The orthopedists said of one that the bones in her wrist shattered like a china plate, which to me indicates some very brittle bones.
Conversely, last year I fell from my bongo board, (balancing-exercise board) falling from a height where my feet were over 6″ off the floor, onto an outstretched hand which resulted in severe swelling, bruising, and soft tissue damage, but x-rays showed no broken bones.
I don’t say this lightly
I don’t say this to disparage anyone’s dietary choices, but I really do think that over the years of eating vegetarian, these three people have compromised the health and strength of their bones. I’m just saying.
Just relating what I see
My observations are just that, observations, and obviously, not a scientific study with all of the necessary rigors and controls. However, I find it interesting that in my circle of association I suddenly have seen three vegetarians with the same injuries, shattered bones in their wrists from a fall. Yet my fall with outstretched hand onto a hard surface from a height higher than floor level resulted in no bone breakage.
The other important thing to note is that I am much older than any of the three vegetarians, (in fact one is a teenager who has been raised vegetarian) and I am in my mid fifties, an age when many women are experiencing osteoporosis and bone loss. The oldest of the three vegetarians is in her forties.
High quality meat, fat, and bone broth are the key
I am convinced that my bones stay healthy and strong because of the nutrient dense food that I eat, including lots of high quality meat and animal fat. I also believe that my bones stay strong and healthy because I consume so much bone broth (stock) from beef, chicken, and turkey.
Our American society has been duped for decades into believing that eating vegetarian is the healthy alternative, but common sense, experience, and yes, scientific evidence refute that notion.
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