The title of this article is misleading since I already knew about soy and suspected that fermented soy was harmful. However, yesterday, I felt just how dangerous it is. I have been cleansing my body with herbs, short fasts and a fruitarian diet so my system is a lot cleaner than usual. I feel the blood flowing through my head and many parts of my body. It’s a really great feeling that I promise to share with you in another article.
FROM DELICIOUS TO DISASTER
Tuesday evening, I decided to treat myself to a raw meal at one of New York’s tastiest raw food restaurants and it was delicious. Within two hours, I started feeling burning sensations running through my head and I knew that the dish must have contained soy. This had happened to me before, when I was fasting in April. It was a different dish which I vowed never to eat a gain. I selected a new dish, last night, but failed to inquire about soy.
Wednesday morning, I awoke with burning blood shot eyes and pain all over! Luckily, The Fig Tree products (herbs) were available to help me detox quickly. While this was a severe pain, I feel fortunate to have this awareness. I have eaten fermented soy, when I was not cleansing and the affects were unnoticeable. I only avoided it due to its sodium content.
Ironically, I read about the health hazards of fermented soy, Tuesday morning. Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT wrote, “Fermentation and fermentation only- largely neutralizes trypsin inhibitors and phytic acid. Goitrogens or thyroid inhibitors, however remain intact even following fermentation, so care must be taken not to overconsume even these soy foods.” – PRIMAL BODY PRIMAL MIND
The acid was neutralized? Not totally. That was definitely acid burning throughout my body last night and this morning. It is a fact that food acid is a top pain producer; I will follow-up with details in another article. What if I had eaten some unfermented soy last night?
The first time I remember having soy, I had just moved to New York and could not cook for myself. I frequented a local Jamaican owned vegan spot. A week later, my face broke out and I had hard stools. Two weeks later, I came down with conjunctivitis. I asked a friend, “Why is this happening to me?”
After four weeks of eating tofu, a life-changing event occurred. While I’m stopped at a traffic light in Harlem, a guy named Asa Ahla walks up to my car and hands me an essay titled, “Killing Our Families In The Name Of Love.” The essay covered the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and crop seeds as well as genetically engineered foods. His article was so compelling that I attended one of his lectures and eventually, heard about soy.
SOY DANGER BREAKDOWN
I love to research so I began my soy research journey there and, years later, I am still learning new ways in which it harms the body. Here is the breakdown of what I have learned:
1. Soy causes cancer. The term is “carcinogenic.”
2. Soy goitrogens (phytoestrogens) damage the thyroid leading to many issues, including hyperthyroidism.
3. Soy causes infertility.
4. Soy interferes with testosterone production and the development of the male reproductive system in infants.
5. Soy produces estrogen which causes premature development in female infants.
6. The high aluminum content in soy is toxic to the nervous system and kidneys.
7. The neurotoxin, monosodium glutamate (MSG), is produced during soy processing.
8. “The high levels of phytic acid in soy reduce the assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking sprouting and long, slow cooking.” –Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT
The list is much longer but I hope that I have provided enough for you to decide what is next for you. According to Nora Gedgaudas, it was deemed unfit for human consumption, since ancient times. Unfortunately, corporate interests used chemical processing to create a new product which they marketed as healthy. The process involved alkaline solutions, acid washing and high temperatures forming carcinogenic nitrates. To top it off, “natural flavoring” (MSG) is added.
You have to really inspect labels for words like bean curd, bean sprouts, dofu, edamame, kinako, kori-dofu, miso, natto, nimane, okara, shoyu, soy sauce, soya, soy bean (curds, granules), tamari, tempeh, tofu and yuba.
Ingredients created from soy; hydrolyzed soy protein (HSP), Mono- and di-glycerides, MSG, teriyaki sauce, texturized vegetable protein (TVP), Soy (albumin, cheese, fiber, grits, milk, nuts, sprouts, yogurt, ice cream, pasta)
If a product has these words, you will have to call the manufacture to find out if there is soy; bulking agent, hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP), vegetable protein (HVP), Gum Arabic, guar gum, lecithin, mixed tocopherols, natural flavoring, stabilizer, thickener, vegetable gum, starch, oil, shortening, vitamin E
Common foods with soy; Asian cuisine, baked goods, baking mixes, bouillon cubes, candy, cereal, chicken, chicken broth, chocolate, deli meats, energy bars, nutrition bars, imitation dairy products, vegan cheese, vegan ice cream, infant formula, margarine, mayonnaise, meat products with fillers ( ie, burgers or sausages), nutrition supplements, vitamins, peanut butter, peanut butter substitutes, protein powders, sauces, gravies, soups, smoothies, vegetable broth, veggie meats (boca burgers, imitation chicken, imitation duck, imitation bacon, etc.) (Soy lists created by Jeanette Bradley About.com Guide)
I know this is a long list. The simplest solution is to avoid packaged products, when you don’t have time to read labels. I hope to provide more solutions for you, in the near future.
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PRIMAL MIND PRIMAL BODY, Nora T. Gedgaudas
Numerous Articles on the web like mayanmajix.com health section http://www.mayanmajix.com/art_ht.html
The Whole Soy Story, Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D., CNN
The Soy Deception, Dr. David Brown M.D. and Sheryl Shenfelt, C.N.
Soy: The Poison Seed, Dr. William Wong
Herbalist Review Issue 2000#4: Health Fads From Hell: Margerine, Canola Oil, Soy Products, Green/Black Tea, Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D.
Soy Toxicity: A Summary of the Toxic Effects of Soy, Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D