Day 54: The Whole Soy Story

The Whole Soy Story; Soy Allergens; Soy and Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1); Drs. John McDougall and Dr. Mercola on Soy; Delicious Soy Updates; The World According to Monsanto Documentary; Seeds of Death Documentary

Welcome to Day 54!

My years as vegetarians were filled with soy. Soy burgers, soy ice cream, soy milk, soy sauce, soy cheese… My life sometimes looked like this, and if you are vegetarian, you will know what I mean:

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Little did David know that soy products were making his over-acid condition, inflammation, and health worse. Why is that? Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D., CCN, wrote a book called The Whole Soy Story to explain:

“Soy Allergens: Shock of the New”

Soy is one of the top allergens.

In the 1980s, Stuart Berger, MD, labeled soy one of the seven top allergens — one of the “sinister seven.” At the time, most experts listed soy around tenth or eleventh. Bad enough, but way behind peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fin fish and wheat. Today soy is widely accepted as one of “the big eight” that cause immediate hypersensitivity reactions.

Food allergies are abnormal inflammatory responses of the immune system to dust, pollen, a food or some other substance. Those that involve an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) occur immediately or within an hour. Reactions may include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, hives, diarrhea, facial swelling, shortness of breath, a swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, lowered blood pressure, excessive perspiration, fainting, anaphylactic shock or even death.

Delayed allergic responses to soy are less dramatic, but are even more common. These are caused by antibodies known as immunoglobulins A, G or M (IgA, IgG or IgM) and occur anywhere from two hours to days after the food is eaten. These have been linked to sleep disturbances, bedwetting, sinus and ear infections, crankiness, joint pain, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal woes and other mysterious symptoms.

Food “intolerances”, “sensitivities” and “idiosyncrasies” to soy are commonly called “food allergies”, but differ from true allergies in that they are not caused by immune system reactions but by little-understood or unknown metabolic mechanisms. Strictly speaking, gas and bloating, common reactions to soy and other beans are not true allergic responses. However, they might serve as warnings of the possibility of a larger clinical picture involving allergen-related gastrointestinal damage.

DavidHence the worsening of my acid reflux disease, joint pain, gastrointestinal distress, etc.

Soy and The Brain

“Tofu Shrinks Brain!” No science fiction scenario, this sobering soybean revelation is for real. But how did the “poster bean” of the ’90s go wrong? Apparently, in many ways–none of which bode well for the brain.

In a major ongoing study involving 3,734 elderly Japanese-American men, those who ate the most tofu during midlife had up to 2.4 times the risk of later developing Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the three-decade long Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, 27 foods and drinks were correlated with participants’ health. Men who consumed tofu at least twice weekly had more cognitive impairment than those who rarely or never ate the soybean curd.

“The test results were about equivalent to what they would have been if they were five years older,” said lead researcher Dr. Lon R. White from the Hawaii Center for Health Research. For the guys who ate no tofu, however, they tested as though they were five years younger.

What’s more, higher midlife tofu consumption was also associated with low brain weight. Brain atrophy was assessed in 574 men using MRI results and in 290 men using autopsy information. Shrinkage occurs naturally with age, but for the men who had consumed more tofu, White said “their brains seemed to be showing an exaggeration of the usual patterns we see in aging.”

(Source: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy/soyandbrain.html By John MacArthur)

IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor 1) and Soy

This is new information and is HUGE.

I got turned onto this while writing the dairy section in There is a Cure for Diabetes. I was researching IGF-1 and dairy, and found a video (seen at right) by long-time vegetarian Dr. John McDougall on IGF-1 levels and soy protein intake. Now, IGF-1 is a growth factor that is great for children, but in adults it can act as a growth factor in cancer. I knew that IGF-1 levels were higher in persons eating dairy, but I did not know about the soy link. McDougall, who has been advocating soy for years, is now backing away from this vegetarian staple. What he found in his research may shock you:

In 2003, a study was done comparing the bodily IGF-1 increase promoted by 40 grams of soy (the amount in one soy candy bar and a soy shake, or 4 soy patties) vs. 40 grams of milk protein.

Soy was found to be almost twice as powerful as milk protein in increasing IGF-1 levels (36% for milk, 69% for soy). This new IGF-1 data potentially places soy in the category of a powerful cancer promoter of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon. The implications are first that this establishes soy as a very kaphagenic food, as IGF-1 is the end product of growth hormone stimulation. Although it is controversial, there are many in the medical world that feel that excessive IGF-1 could stimulate the aforementioned cancers if they are already present. This is why Canada does not allow rBGH milk from the U.S. because it is so much higher in IGF-1. In essence, this is still at the level of theoretical speculation but that we feel merits a preventative attention. Our sense is that one should have at best a minimum of soy in the diet if including any cooked food as part of an 80% live, 20% cooked food cuisine. The following chart is to show you how pervasive soy is in our so-called health foods. The 40 gram level of IGF-1 creating soy protein from the study, as you will see in the chart, is easy to achieve.

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While in the last 40 years soy has occupied an important place in the transition from an unhealthy meat-based diet to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, it is time for us to upgrade our food choice to one having more benefits, and fewer negative possibilities.

For more great information on side-stepping the negative health effects of soy, go to the file, and be sure to check out the section, “Kicking Soy Out of Your Life.”

The Delicious Plant-Based Update to Soy

Finally, you may find yourself missing soy milk as a vegetarian, or cow milk if you are at that place in the Spectrum of Diet. Wait for Day 79 for great information on easy-to-make nut and seed mylks loaded with accessible nutrient density.

We promise, when you discover how delicious nut and seed mylks can be, you will wonder why you ever drank soy milk!

See you in The Green Room!

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Why Soy is NOT a Health Food. Dr. Joseph Mercola provides review of the health problems with soy and why it is not the health food you were led to believe it is.

Theme Music: “Promises, Promises” by Naked Eyes.

Bill Maher on GMO Labeling. In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher calls out deregulators for shielding corporations at the expense of consumers. Political comedian Bill Maher weighed in on Monsanto and GMOs on the June 22 2012 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher - panel included Nick Gillespie, Rachel Maddow, Mort Zuckerman and Mark Ruffalo.

John McDougall MD discusses cancer growth promoter IGF-1 from eating SOY. Blood levels of IGF-1 are raised by consuming isolated soy protein. If you avoid dairy because it promotes cancer and instead you eat veggie burgers and drink lots of soymilk, you may want to rethink your dietary choices :)

The Whole Truth About Soy. Presentation by Kaayla T. Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story. Soy is present in many modern foods. Find out the dangers of soy and how to avoid it.

Monsanto’s Dirty Secret About Soy. Part of the GRAND LIE is that soy is good for us. That's what the scientists write in their reports in exchange for grant funds. After researching this topic, unfermented soy is poison. It costs money to process soy correctly, and to cut costs, we are told improperly processed soy is good for us and that is a lie!

Juicy Tips: Boredom

Juice Feasting: one of the most exciting and transformative things you can possibly do for your health, can get boring at this stage in the Feast.  There are Six Main Stages of an extended Juice Feast (60-92+ Days) which our students have strongly identified:

1. EXCITEMENT: The Call to Adventure and Acceptance of the Call
2. CLEANSING: The Releases! and the Trials
3. BOREDOM: Still Juice! And Weight loss has slowed!
4. SOLIDITY: Mastery and Ease. Oh, I was healing the whole time!
5. FREEDOM to LIVE: The Return as a Transformed Person
6. COMMAND: You are the Artist of Your Life

This is the time to get yourself ready for the final third of the Feast: Rebuilding. And when we say rebuilding, we mean your body and life in general. With your body, you can begin weight training, so look at getting weights, doing push-ups and sit-ups, and plan on drinking more juice and doing more greens to build muscle. In rebuilding your life, go back and read some of the initial chapters of Sunfood Diet Success System, and if you have not done it, read Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins. Write down your Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being (Day 10 of the Juice Feasting Program) for the person that you are becoming. What do you want to manifest that is passionate, beautiful, true, and life-affirming? You are worth it! Head over to the Juice Feasting Motivation Group!


Today’s Downloads

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WE HONOR THE PLACE OF SOY IN THE VEGETARIAN MOVEMENT. Soymilk has enabled many people to leave animal milk drinking behind for a much more healthful and ecologically, animal-friendly, plant-sourced milky drink. The flavor-adaptability of tofu products has made for some very creative and hilariously-named products like Tofurky. Soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy crisps, soy yogurt – all have greatly benefited our journey thus far in the West in moving up the Spectrum of Diet in favor of better personal and environmental health.

However….SOY is a low-mineral food that contains phytin, which robs the body of minerals by chelating essential minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium etc. out of the body before they can be absorbed. Soy is often genetically modified, and it is one of the top 7 allergens. In 2003, a study was done comparing the bodily IGF-1 increase promoted by 40 grams of soy (the amount in one soy candy bar and a soy shake, or 4 soy patties) vs. 40 grams of milk protein. Soy was found to be almost twice as powerful as milk protein in increasing IGF-1 levels (36% for milk, 69% for soy). This new IGF-1 data potentially places soy in the category of a powerful cancer promoter of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon.


Online Articles

Myths and Truths About Soy

Myth: Use of soy as a food dates back many thousands of years.

Truth: Soy was first used as a food during the late Chou dynasty (1134-246 BC), only after the Chinese learned to ferment soy beans to make foods like tempeh, natto and tamari.

Studies Showing Adverse Effects of Dietary Soy, 1939-2008

Soy: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite “Health” Food

Soy and the Brain

“Tofu Shrinks Brain!” No science fiction scenario, this sobering soybean revelation is for real. But how did the “poster bean” of the ’90s go wrong? Apparently, in many ways–none of which bode well for the brain. In a major ongoing study involving…

The Truth About Unfermented Soy and Its Harmful Health Effects by Teya Skae

With vegetarianism gaining increasing popularity from the 1970’s, reaching its peak in the 1990’s, soy has emerged as a ‘near perfect’ food, with supporters claiming it can provide an ideal source of protein, lower cholesterol, protect against cancer and heart disease, reduce menopausal symptoms, and prevent osteoporosis – among many other things. It seems like a good thing – or is it really?

How did such a ‘healthy food’ emerge from a product that in 1913 was listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) handbook not as a food but as an industrial product?

Soy Protein Used in “Natural” Foods Bathed in Toxic Solvent Hexane by Mike Adams

Virtually all “protein bars” on the market today are made with soy protein. Many infant formula products are also made with soy protein, and thousands of vegetarian products (veggie burgers, veggie cheese, “natural” food bars, etc.) are made with soy protein. That soy protein is almost always described as safe and “natural” by the companies using it. But there’s a dirty little secret the soy product industry doesn’t want you to know: Much of the “natural” soy protein used in foods today is bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent known as hexane.


Great Books

By Kaayla T. Daniel

A groundbreaking expose that tells the truth about soy that scientists know but that the soy industry has tried to suppress. Soy is not a health food, does not prevent disease and has not even been proven safe. Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, even heart disease and cancer.


Media, Films, & Documentaries

The World According to Monsanto | Documentary


Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's | Full Documentary HD | Gary Null

The global launch of a second Green Revolution, spearheaded by genetic engineering and corrupt corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont, shows every sign of being as catastrophic as the first revolution. As the big agro-chemical complex morphs into one of the world's most powerful lobbies, educating people about the dangers of genetically modified crops, or GMOs, and the growing threats of toxic intensive agriculture can hinder GMO's domination of our food supply. Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs, by award-winning documentary film director Gary Null, takes on the seed cartel's propaganda and political influence to expose a fabric of lies and deceit now threatening the safety and life of every species. Predictably, GMOs will reduce sustainable agriculture and humanity's ability to meet global food demands. GMOs are founded on a baseless science, originally approved through political maneuvering and disregard for human safety. Hundreds of scientific studies reveal GMOs' serious health risks to animals and these same adverse conditions are rapidly observed in the epidemic rise of human diseases. In addition to health risks, there is no evidence that GMOs will provide food security in the future. Industrial agriculture is dirty. It leaves a larger environmental greenhouse gas footprint compared to organic farming methods. It depends upon massive amounts of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and greater water resources. The result is soil devastation and lower crop yields. Seeds of Death features the voices and warnings of our world's most vital experts demanding the reassessment of GMOs, including Jeffrey Smith, Vandana Shiva, Ronnie Cummins, Shiv Chopra, Michael Antoniou, Rima Laibow, Bruce Lipton, Joseph Mercola, Arpad Pusztai, organic farmers, and others. The film's message is clear: the future of food security that relies upon GMOs will devastate the planet and create catastrophic health and food crises to the world population. Directors: Gary Null, Richard Polonetsky


[Audio Interview] The Whole Soy Story with Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel on Underground Wellness

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Want the real scoop on soy? Is it really the health food it claims to be? Get the real scoop on soy from Kaayla T. Daniel Ph.D, author of The Whole Soy Story. Visit Dr. Daniel’s website at http://www.wholesoystory.com. Her book is available in the UW Store. Hosted by Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness. www.undergroundwellness.com


[Audio Interview] Soy and Fertility with Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel on Underground Wellness

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Kaayla T. Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, returns to Underground Wellness Radio to discuss the effects of soy on fertility. Topics will include how soy can lower sperm count, startling results of animal studies of soy on fertility, and possible benefits of soy weighed against its proven risks. Learn more about Kaayla on her website, www.wholesoystory.com. Her book is available in the UW Store. Hosted by Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness.


[Audio Interview] Sex and the Soybean with Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel on Underground Wellness

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Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, returns to UW Radio to expose more truth about the dangers of soy, focusing on the connection between soy and lost libido. Topics will include how the plant estrogens in soy interfere can reduce your sex drive, how soy foods contribute to thyroid damage and low energy, and the link between soy foods, reproductive system damage, infertility and birth defects.


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