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My first car was an old brown Mercury that had the annoying habit of breaking down when I needed it most. One day, as I was getting ready to drive from New York University to Northern New Jersey where I lived at the time, I put the key in the ignition, but the car just wouldn’t start.

Luckily, a fellow student offered me his help. He noticed that the battery cables looked very rusty and suggested that I buy a cola at the corner coffee shop and simply pour it on the battery. I was quite incredulous, but for the 50 cents that it cost back then, I figured I had nothing to lose. I poured the drink on the battery and waited a few minutes. Much to my amazement, after a little hesitation, the car started.

Indeed, the phosphoric acid in the cola worked its magic on my corroded battery connectors. Little did I know back then that the same drink that solved my car problem can wreak havoc on your bones and your body.

In this incredible demonstration you can watch how cola can literally melt your bones away (disregard the typos):

As I write in the Save Our Bones Program, drinking acidifying cola – both diet and ‘regular’ – is a very bad idea if you want to take care of your bones and increase their density. What’s more, I write that the acidic cola “attack” is so severe that,

“To get a 12 oz. soda to a pH of 5 (from a pH of less than 3) it would require a dilution of 100 fold, an additional 7 gallons of urine.”

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  1. ruth Henderson October 8, 2012, 3:37 pm

    dear Vivian, I have had my thyroid reomoved and am taking 3000mg of calcium a day. I would like to find a calcium that would be better for me then the one I was given and I am suppose to take it.the name of what I am taking is gramcal and you desolve it in water.it fizzes up. it also has aspartame in it?

  2. Joel April 4, 2012, 2:21 am

    Dear Vivian,

    Your regular interaction on the Save Our Bones program and the meaningful and sensible and logical thoughts expressed by you are eye openers. Your views and recommendations are so human, refreshing and full of hope. I am asking our son who is in the USA to procure The Save Our Bones book and surely benefit from your truly well researched approach. I am from India and eagerly await news from you. You are truly a philanthrophist. May God bless your endeavour to minimise bone disorders and bring back mobility into our lives. Thank you. Joel

  3. Armando August 11, 2011, 8:05 am

    Dear Vivian,

    I have your programme.
    You say on page 114 to take only organic calcium.
    Wich is the best brand?

    Regards.

    • Cyn August 12, 2011, 10:15 am

      Vivian, After watching your video on Coke with the hard boiled egg, the next video that came up was on coke with pork. It was disgusting. A worm came out of the pork. I really appreciate the information from your book and your emails, but please fix/edit your site. Thank you for saving us from awful medications. I appreciate all your help.

  4. Pauline Lalonde July 31, 2011, 11:09 pm

    As I just mentioned about the vinegar doing the same to the eggshell as the cola, well it will do it in about 24 to 48 hous if I remember correctly from an expirement I did long ago when my children were young, and that is ALOT less time then the cola. Should we stop eating salads also ? Vinegars, to some extent are supposed to be good for us. Good especially for diabeties, which my husband has. They say, “Eat the pickle (because of the vinegar) to help your acid reflux instead of antacids. No matter what you do, you are always helping one thing, and harming another. “Eat a little bit of everything, and not to much of anything.”

  5. Pauline Lalonde July 31, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Vinegar will do the same to the eggshell as the cola did.

  6. Rosemarie July 31, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I just love getting all your e-mails with all your advice. I am taking & eating all the good
    food & vitamins you recommend. I got your book a long time ago & do not remember getting a list of all the supplements & amounts that I am suppose to be taking. Can I buy that list since
    I don’t think I ever got one. I am taking the
    Calcium, Magenesium, K2 etc. I just don’t
    want to take too much. Thank you.

  7. Mardi Nagy July 31, 2011, 12:13 pm

    I’ve shown this to several friends (mostly engineers) who point out this egg was immersed for a year; a Coke is in your system for less than 24 hours. To get the same results you would have to drink several Cokes a day for a year. I’m still swearing off them but it’s food for thought….

  8. Sarah July 31, 2011, 10:50 am

    Doesn’t lemon juice do the same thing – dissolve egg shells? And I always drink my water with lemon juice (thought it was cleansing to the liver)

  9. Judy July 29, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I’m certainly not defending Colas, but I wonder how the egg would have looked after a year in any liquid including water. My husband worked for a company that sold bottled “spring” water that was really just tap water.

  10. Nu Ly July 29, 2011, 8:52 am

    Thank you for the video, I don’t drink Cola for
    20 years. I seldom eat all sweet foods, even
    birthday cake, just a little for a polite manner.

  11. Helen July 28, 2011, 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the great video – very informing!

    • shardul July 29, 2011, 4:32 am

      you doing good job you open my eyes thanx good luck for the fight against osteoporosis campaign.and tell me how we fitness professionals effectively aware people about osteoporosis

  12. mary gumpenberger July 28, 2011, 7:43 pm

    So interesting to find other people asking questions I also want to find answers to. I stopped drinking cola 7 yrs ago and have held
    my osteopenia at bay but cannot seem to build
    additioal bone. This year I lost some in the hip so creeping very close to osteoporosis in that area.

    • nadine September 7, 2011, 6:52 pm

      I HAVE THE SAME ISSUE. MY SPINE T SCORE IS IMPROVED BUT MY LEFT HIP SHOWS OSTEOPENIA. WHAT DID I DO WRONG? OTHER THAN I SUSPECT MY EXERCISES ONLY IMPROVED THE SPINE.

  13. Shula July 28, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the video, However, to my understanding any carbonated drink, including soda-plain-water will have the same effect on bones.
    Shula

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 28, 2011, 8:52 pm

      Hi Shula,
      Carbonation isn’t the problem. The problem is the phosphoric acid (as well as chemicals and sugar or artificial sweeteners) in colas and similar drinks. Carbonated water is perfectly OK.

  14. nancy July 28, 2011, 4:36 pm

    You just gave me a GREAT project for my son’s Science Fair… hopefully he can demonstrate it and educate kids about the dangers of drinking soda!!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 28, 2011, 8:53 pm

      Sounds great, Nancy! Let us know how it goes. :)

  15. Marsha July 28, 2011, 4:23 pm

    WOW! What a great DEMONSTRATION! Thank You so much for sharing it with all of us.

  16. LESLIE July 28, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Hi! Vivian,

    WOW! That Was REALLY SOME DEMONSTRATION! Thank You VERY MUCH For Sharing It With Us.

    LOVE, LESLIE

  17. Jackie July 28, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could have the FDA MAKE Coca-Cola and Pepsi put a WARNING label on their cans??? Hey, Michele Obama – this would be a worthwhile (finally) cause for you to undertake that would affect the health of kids and adults alike.

    • job July 28, 2011, 5:36 pm

      The “finally” comment wasn’t needed. Mrs. Obama has taken on plenty of good causes. People need to use their own good judgement.

  18. Elan Van Ness July 28, 2011, 11:39 am

    I grew up in Europe, so no coca cola for me. What a hideous concoction and now we know how deadly it is for us. Have a grandson who has never touched the stuff, He’s 13 and has never had a cavity.

  19. Janet July 28, 2011, 9:27 am

    I have just watched the video on cola.
    This drink should be banned. I worked for 22 years in a dental practice and the young peoples teeth were shocking after having so much cola.
    If you put a tooth just for a few days in a glass of cola the tooth would disolve to nothing. Frightening.

  20. Diane Buchanan July 28, 2011, 9:22 am

    Hi Vivian,

    I have been wondering about the effects of enzyme therapy on acidic pH. I know there is a product by enzymedica. I’m having trouble getting myself back to balance…it must be my stress or thyroid acting up. Any help would be appreciated. I’m only 54 with osteoporosis!

  21. Lucy July 28, 2011, 7:09 am

    I got the best news!
    I have a hip t-score of -3.1. On April 6th, my n-telepeptide test was 52. This urine test measures bone loss. Normal is 4 to 64, and you want it to be as low as possible. I started the Save our Bones program, a gluten-free diet, and an intense weight workout. I took another test on July 14h, and my tesgt results were a 23!! My doctor said my bone loss is suppressed. When I spoke to an Osteoporosis specialist, she said it was due to my diet!!! So, the gluten-free diet and the changes with Save Our Bones made the difference!!!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 28, 2011, 9:13 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear, Lucy! Thanks so much for sharing your good news, and keep up the good work! :)

  22. Joyce Hall July 28, 2011, 6:39 am

    I just dropped in to see what condition my condition is in. I am presently taking the “SaveOurBones” seriously, but still thinking like I did before I had my Bone Scan. It is sometimes heart warming to be In part of the solution. Other times it seems restrictive and harsh. Either way, i’m here to stay for the “ISavedMyBones” part. I Thank godness for Vivian and the SaveOurBones Community!

  23. sue tristem July 28, 2011, 6:38 am

    Great – If only people would take note of this – only yesterday I saw a woman buy 2 diet cokes and wanted to tell her – DON’T!!

  24. Esther Oldham July 28, 2011, 6:38 am

    what a demonstration !!!!!!!! I’m in my 80s and have NEVER even tasted cokes/colas of any kind. It’s shocking to think what these younger kids will be like in a few years with wobbly bodies that have no strong spines who walk around with a can of cola of some kind. It would be even more shocking for them if they knew where this phosporous acid came from. Several years ago my husband and brother were remodeling a horse sales barn in Ohio.
    A large tanker truck came in and hauled away the manure from the horse barn to be used in a cola drink of some kind. (I don’t remember if it was Coke Cola or some other company) but the driver told my husband and brother that it was going to be used in their drink. In other words this acid came from the horse manure. Of course it has been given a different name but it is horse manure/urine no matter what name the company gives it. So if you see ‘uric acid’ on a label, rest assured it is from urine of some kind.

  25. Joyce Hall July 28, 2011, 6:25 am

    Is it just cola that does the damage or is it all carbonated drinks? How about beer? Hard cider? Sounds like i’m looking for something I can drink that is a little fizzy. I am hooked on having something “Fizzy” I must admit, I have given up most of my drinks that tickle my nose. I gave up soda when I started your Program. Then decided One or Two a week wouldn’t hurt? Yes I deserve a break today but not in the back area please! Thanks for the visual it really shows me the truth that I hate watching yet I needed to see. Joyce Hall

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 28, 2011, 9:18 pm

      Hi Joyce,
      Plain carbonated water is fine, and you can add a bit of fruit juice for a healthy, refreshing drink.

    • Mardi Nagy July 28, 2011, 4:35 pm

      I could have written Joyce’s comment! I miss “fizzy” too but at what cost? This video demonstration got my attention! I too thought just 1 a week or so – what could it hurt? Guess it could hurt a lot! Why is it that so much we love (crave!) is bad for us??? Thanks for yet another eye opener Vivian!

  26. Cheryl July 28, 2011, 5:12 am

    I have also used coke to remove tar on a car.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 28, 2011, 9:20 pm

      That’s about the only good use for it, Cheryl! :)

  27. Heidi Reber July 28, 2011, 3:49 am

    Do the phosphates in some cheeses (those that melt) have the same effect?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 28, 2011, 11:53 pm

      Hi Heidi,
      Some cheeses contain disodium or trisodium phosphate, which is a a sodium salt of phosphoric acid. In a lab, mixing sodium hydroxide with phosphoric acid will yield these products. That’s one reason I recommend eating natural cheeses.

      You can read more about this at: http://www.livestrong.com/disodium-phosphate/#ixzz1TSAqROCP

  28. Tom Grimshaw July 28, 2011, 3:20 am

    G’day Vivian,

    Great post!

    Clicked the Facebook Like button and a link to your page was not posted to my site.

    Tom Grimshaw
    CEO
    Healthelicious Foods

  29. Natasha Dolan July 28, 2011, 3:19 am

    Any thinking person will know that colas are not good for them, or anyone
    else. I have not had a cola in over 50 years and I’m in my 70′s.

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