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October 06, 2005

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October 6, 2005 Issue #025


1) Soy and Fertility
2) Barking Up The Wrong Tree
3) Food For Thought
4) Healthy Products and Services

Soy and Fertility

I recently saw a news story about soy causing damage to fertility in men. Specifically, genistein, which is one of the soy isoflavones that have been heavily marketed for their health benefits, "can cause human sperm to 'burn out' and lose fertility." The article also advised women trying to conceive to avoid soy since the chemical in her body can affect the sperm in the process of fertilization.

Of course, they ended the article saying the results are surprising since "Asian societies eat a diet rich in soy and show no signs of reduced fertility." However, one of the major misconceptions about soy consumption and Asians is that soy is a major component of their diet. In fact, they eat about 6-8 grams of soy a day as a condiment along with fish or pork. This amounts to about 2 teaspoons of soy a day in contrast to some Americans who use soy to replace meat and dairy.

Kaayla Daniel, in her book, "The Whole Soy Story," states that "In America, soy is aggressively marketed as an upscale 'health food' that can prevent heart disease and cancer, build healthy bones and stop menopausal symptoms. Despite a lack of any real proof for these claims, soy foods are one of the fastest growing sectors in the food industry… While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a heart health claim for soy protein, the agency also lists soy in its 'Poisonous Plant Database.' A search of the word 'soy' in the database reveals 256 references, including studies that warn about goiter, growth problems, amino acid deficiencies, mineral malabsorption, endocrine disruption and carcinogenesis."

I have a patient, who several years ago I advised to stop taking soy supplements and eating soy foods. She stopped the supplements, but continued with the soy milk, soy nuts and other soy foods. About 6 months ago she came to see me frantic, feeling like she was going crazy, having all kinds of joint pain and other symptoms. Again I advised her to stop all soy and she just couldn’t believe that soy was harmful, but this time she complied. She called me 3 days later to tell me that she stopped all soy and she was feeling better than she has ever felt in her life.

Soy is not a health food. It is best avoided, or used minimally in its most fermented forms of natto, tempeh or miso.

This Food Can Damage Men's Fertility

The Whole Soy Story, by Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., CCN

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your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Every time I hear an ad on the radio about raising money for breast cancer research, alzheimer’s research, diabetes research or participating in a new study for an investigational medication to treat cyclic breast pain, osteoporosis, low back pain, etc., it really pushes my buttons!

No, I’m not insensitive and opposed to helping people with these problems. What makes me really angry is that this approach is all wrong! Why not educate people on how to prevent all these diseases and symptoms instead of trying to fix them after they occur? After all, they’re lifestyle diseases that can be prevented if people only had the right information and used it!

If the same amount of money was spent on educating people about healthy eating and how to prevent these diseases, there would be little need for the research.

The top ten leading causes of death in the U.S. are:

1. heart disease
2. cancer
3. doctor error
4. stroke
5. chronic lower respiratory diseases
6. adverse drug reactions
7. accidents
8. diabetes
9. influenza
10. alzheimer’s disease

These are lifestyle diseases and can be prevented with proper care of your body, mind and spirit. I focus on taking care of your body by getting proper nutrition and exercise, but you need to also be aware that the mental, emotional and spiritual are also important factors in your overall health.

The time to take care of your health is now. No matter whether you feel perfectly healthy or are losing hope. The time to take action is now. If you buy packaged food, any food besides fresh whole food, you need to read and use FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide..., HEALTHY EATING and DYING TO LOOK GOOD.

Food For Thought

What would happen to western medicine and the food, drug and cosmetic industry as we know them today if everyone took responsibility for their health and ate healthfully, took top quality nutritional supplements, exercised daily, used only safe and healthy cosmetics and personal care products and household products?

Healthy Products and Services

The 2004 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists 800 food additives classified according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions and if they are GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. New to this edition is information on how to identify genetically modified produce in the grocery store. It's a handy pocket-sized book that you can carry with you when you shop to help you read food labels and make sure the food you're buying has only healthy ingredients. It will help you choose healthy foods when you shop and keep harmful chemicals out of the food you feed your family.

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HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It tells you what's healthy and what's not in a clear, concise and easy-to-use format. It gives you a system so easy to use that you can't help but succeed at eating healthfully. In less than 15 minutes, you will know how to choose healthy food and be on the right track to eating healthfully.

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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2004

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