The Failure of the Food Pyramid

•October 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Background

United States Department of Agriculture created The Food Pyramid which is based on the USDA’s Dietary Goals for Americans (DGA).  It was designed to be a visual aid to promote healthy eating then by following the suggestions of the food pyramid Americans would have better nutrition and health.  Grains, located at the bottom where the pyramid is larger, represent the largest number of servings, while salts and fats, which are recommended to be used sparingly, appear on the top.

The DGA are federal guidelines that were released in 1977 advises all people in America to reduce the fat in their diet and increase the carbohydrates, know to millions of adults and children symbolized by the Food Pyramid.

The Food Pyramid

The Food PyramidAccording to a report “While the DGA are the bedrock of conventional nutrition today, what has been forgotten is that when they were issued, the benefits of eating more carbs and less fat were hotly debated within the scientific community.  Simply put, there wasn’t a lot of evidence to support the notion that reducing fat would lead to better health or weight loss.

Many prominent scientists openly questioned the DGA.  Philip Handler, president of the National Academy of Sciences, summed up their concerns in a rebuke he delivered to Congress in 1980:
“What right has the federal government to propose that the American people conduct a vast nutritional experiment, with themselves as subjects, on the strength of so very little evidence that it will do them any good?”

The DGA prevailed in spite of Dr. Handler’s protest (that’s a whole other story), and since 1977 Americans have dutifully increased the ratio of carbohydrates to fat in their diet.

Significant is that during  “…that time, the obesity rate has risen from 15% of the population to 35% today while the rate of diabetes has skyrocketed.”

“The development of an epidemic of overweight and diabetes under the guidance of the DGA would seem to call for a critical review of the guidelines. So when the DGA review committee recently rubber-stamped the goals, basically telling Americans to keep doing what they’ve been doing, a group of prominent health researchers had had enough.”

Adele Hite of the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina led a scathing review of both the DGA and the DGA committee in “In the Face of Contradictory Evidence”.  Which appears in the respected scientific journal Nutrition  and accuses the DGA committee of “inaccurately representing, interpreting, or summarizing the literature [and] drawing conclusions and/or making recommendations that do not reflect the limitations or controversies in the science.”

The authors present a conclusion that is nothing short of scandalous: “The [DGA committee] report does not provide sufficient evidence to conclude that increases in whole grain and fiber and decreases in dietary saturated fat, salt, and animal protein will lead to positive health….It is time to reexamine how US dietary guidelines are created and ask whether the current process is still appropriate for our needs.”

The foundation of the popular belief about nutrition is that fat is bad, carbohydrates are good, that plant foods are better nutrition than animal foods, is not based on scientific evidence.  It never was, and in fact may be doing us harm.

For example is the use of low fat diets.  Fats are required for hormones and neurotransmitters as well as many other functions.  It is not a surprise that we have such an enormous number of the population on anti-depressants, anti-inflammatory drugs, pain pills, sleep aids, hormone replacement and more.  Essential Fatty Acids are required by the body for biochemical competency and balance.  A low fat diet is nothing short of dangerous.

WHY???
Decisions about the design of the food pyramid and Daily Requirements were highly influenced on the one hand, by the affordability of meeting the nutritional needs for the Food Stamp program, Vitamin E in particular.

Food Sources of Vitamin E

Food Sources of Vitamin EThis is due to the failure of policy makers to use science as a foundation in implementing government policy.  Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate the people and end tyranny.” As a clinical nutritionist for over thirty years I am thrilled that this widely applied tool is being questioned at a high level.  information to educate patients and keep them healthy.  As a chiropractor I want to be able to provide science based information to educate patients and keep them healthy.

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Healthy Pregnancy with Chiropractic

•July 22, 2010 • 1 Comment

Chiropractic care provides many benefits such as maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing length of labor, easing delivery, relieves back, neck and joint pain, prevents cesarean section and assists new mothers back to prepartum health.  It can eliminate many of the discomforts of pregnancy and make the birth process and postpartum experience easier for mother and baby. 

According to The American Pregnancy Association: “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine treatment for most chiropractors.”

 “In one study, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving Chiropractic, and multiparous subjects reported 39% shorter labor times. Thirty-nine percent-that’s a massive difference. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with Chiropractic care. Because the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better, there is significant less likelihood of back labor when receiving Chiropractic care through pregnancy.” (“Pregnancy and Chiropractic” By Martha Collins, D.C., Planet Chiropractic website)

 Common Complaints of Pregnancy

The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the nervous system and thus the entire body work more effectively.  During pregnancy, there are many changes that occur to a woman’s body that may result in a misaligned spine or joints which affects the nervous system, joints, muscles, organs and functioning of all of the systems of the body. 

Increased curve in low back: This is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy.   Back pain is uncomfortable and frustrating, especially when your medical doctor tells you that it’s “normal.”   From “Low Back Pain During Pregnancy,” in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology: 862 pregnant women participated in a study in the community of Linkoping, Sweden answered detailed questionnaires in the 20th, 30th, and 35th week of pregnancy. All women had symptoms of low back pain. Seventy-nine had such severe pain that they were unable to continue work, and were referred to an orthopedic surgeon for …examination.”

Neuromuscular and Biochemical Changes: During pregnancy, most women experience a number of neuromuscular and biochemical related complaints which respond well to chiropractic care including: the release of the hormones affecting the elasticity of muscles and ligaments may cause joints to more easily misalign, therefore lifting is not recommended and posture is crucial during pregnancy.  Chiropractic care will keep the joints healthy and in proper alignment. 

Increased weight gain puts an increased demand on spinal and pelvic muscles causing fatigue which is a common complaint.  In addition there is increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments, changes in the normal curvature of the spine in the mid and low back, increased joint stress and the occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments.

These changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues and may cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

Pelvic changes:  When the pelvis is misaligned it reduces the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. 

Changes in posture: Joints and ligaments in the woman’s pelvis loosen and become more flexible making room for the enlarging uterus and in preparation for delivery. As her center of gravity changes  it alters weight bearing on the joints throughout pregnancy.  This added stress and changes in posture can make pregnancy uncomfortable for many women as well as creating misalignments.

Benefits 

Chiropractic care helps during pregnancy and labor and helps the mother and baby after the birth. “In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state-to prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems. “  (American Chiropractic Association website, “Chiropractic Advice for Moms-to-Be”)

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that “women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.”


Health Care is a Choice

Seek options that support your body’s natural abilities to function by choosing providers who are respectful of your choices.  If you need help covering the cost of chiropractic care ask your chiropractor about Care Credit.

Chiropractic Care for Babies

•July 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Chiropractic exams during the first month of life can play a significant role on a physical and mental health and ability to develop to its full potential.  Even during the gentlest and most natural of births physical pressure can force the baby’s neck to twist and bend, causing misalignment to the upper cervical vertebrae.  Research shows that over 80% of newborn infants examined shortly after birth suffer from injury to the neck, causing all types of health problems.  It was determined that the amount of force it takes to severely injure a baby’s neck during delivery is 90 pounds.  That is enough to cause still birth.  The spinal joints can also be sprained with less force. Injury can be mild to severe which may go unnoticed resulting in:

 

•    Irritability
•    Frequent regurgitation
•    Inability or poor feeding ability
•    Sleeping difficulty
•    Cerebral palsy
•    Digestion problems
•    Colic
•    Reoccurring ear infections
•    Asthma
•    Chronic colds and flu
•    Headaches
•    Neck and back pain
•    Childhood bedwetting
•    Scoliosis
•    Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity
•    Respiratory failure
•    And more

Traumatic Birth Syndrome

Even if your medical doctor says your baby is fine understand that Medical doctors get no training in the detection and correction of the spinal joint misalignment and nervous system interference from what is called vertebral subluxation. Chiropractors, on the other hand are specialists trained in detecting and correcting issues from Traumatic Birth Syndrome. 
In an article by chiropractor Dr. Peter Fysh: “Brain injuries were found in one out of every 664 infants delivered with forceps; one out of every 860 deliveries by vacuum extraction and one out of every 907 infants delivered by c-section….”Tremendous stress is placed on baby’s the neck and head during the birth process especially during the pushing stage of labor as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones of the spine may be pushed out of natural alignment.  Damage to the spine and delicate nerve tissue is also common. 

Vertebrae are also easily pulled out of alignment by excessive and forceful extension of the infant’s head with forceps. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted, and this vital communication system is then disrupted and can result in a wide variety of problems. These neurological disturbances are called subluxations, and may result in interference of the nervous system so that one or more parts of the body are affected, as well as health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens.

All body functions are controlled by the brain sending and receiving messages over nerves. During a natural birth, newborns frequently suffer injury as they are pulled, twisted, and compressed. These injuries are considered “normal” by birth attendants and are not typically evaluated.  Damage may be more severe in a difficult delivery and infants may sustain skull fractures, intestinal hemorrhage, cord compression, brain damage, damage to the facial nerve and facial paralysis.

Spinal care affects internal organ disease, brain function, I.Q., the immune system, arthritis, colic, bed-wetting, pregnancy, gynecological conditions, respiratory problems, learning disorders, sports performance, digestion, elimination, emotional well-being, vision, hearing, ear infections, disc problems, low back, TMJ, carpal tunnel, allergies, torticollis, headaches, migraines, crib death, trauma, muscular dystrophy, neurological problems and much more.”

“Dr. Abraham Towbin of Harvard Medical School and the Department of Pathology, presented his research at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy.  He found that “the birth process, even under optimal conditions, is potentially a traumatic, crippling event for the fetus.” 
Traumatic Birth Syndrome (TBS) occurs when the spine is injured during or shortly after the delivery process resulting in nervous system damage or nerve interference.  It is typically found in the infant’s neck and occasionally in the mid and lower back.  TBS can come from:
•    Pulling or twisting the head, neck, spine or pelvis 
      during birth
•    Prolonged labor
•    Difficult delivery
•    Forceps, vacuum extraction, or other extraction
      aids are used during delivery.
•    Caesarian section deliveries

Injuries can be painless in about 95-97% of infants who may go up to adulthood with mild complaints they are told are “nothing” or “just growing pains”. An examination by a Chiropractor is the best way to determine if nervous system damage or interference as occurred.

All babies should be examined by a Chiropractor immediately after birth and through out childhood. It has been shown that they perform better in school and sports activities. 

By Dr. Nancy Taylor © 2010

Bee Medicine

•January 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Benefits of Honey and Honey Bees
Apitherapy is the therapeutic use of honey bee hive products such as honey, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax, pollen, and venom. It is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-allergic, expectorant, cancer-preventing, relaxing, sedative and has no or minimal side effects (allergies and other negative reactions of the body are possible mainly in the case of overdose).

Honey
No other single natural substance is more beneficial than honey as an earthly food and medicine and a divine healer. As a drink for energy it is quickly absorbed; it is the least harmful sweetener. Honey is one of the most useful and valuable natural remedies. In Ancient Greece, honey was used for its remarkable anti-bacterial, anti-viral and wound-healing properties.

Recently “Australian scientists have discovered that honey is a powerful natural medicine capable of killing almost all types of bacteria, including drug-resistant superbugs that threaten the lives of hospital patients around the world. The miracle sweet liquid is Manuka or jelly bush honey and is made only by bees collecting pollen and nectar from trees in Australia and New Zealand.”

Other research is finding that “…an extract of propolis (also called Bee Glue) was found to inhibit PANC-1 human pancreatic cancer cells.” (Chemical Constituents of Propolis from Myanmar and Their Preferential Cytotoxicity Against a Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell Line. J. Nat. Prod, July 2, 2009

Honey can improve our skin and immune system, lower heart disease risk, help us to calm down, as well as give us a plenty of positive energy. In Ayurveda honey is called as “Madhu and is used to treat bed wetting disorders.

Healing Honey

Honey contains many nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, sodium, potassium, iodine, sulfur, manganese and chlorine, Vitamins E, D, C, K, Vitamin A and betacarotene, B-group Vitamins, folic acid, caffeic acid and other organic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, hydrogen peroxide and many others. It has only 25-30 calories so the property of honey to be converted easily into energy causes no extra fat storage!

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine in Pennsylvania, studied the effects of honey as a cough suppressant also reported about the excellant properties of honey as a sleep stimulator. Small doses of honey can be used by diabetes patients as a safe natural sweetener. In addition the abundance of antioxidants contained in honey make this food a source of beauty, youth and vigor.

History of Sacred Bee Medicine
In Ibn Qayyim’s The Prophet’s Book of Medicine (13th – 14 Century) the following is said about honey: It whitens the teeth and keeps the gums healthy; it cleanses the stomach, breaks up mucus, opens the pours is good for the hair, benefits the kidneys, prostate, liver, chest, veins intestines, digestion, circulation and more. It stimulates digestion, gives energy and clears the eyes. It preserves meat for 3 months, and vegetables for up to 6 months. It is known as the true preserver. It makes bitter medicines palatable, it is good for the flu and hepatitis, it eases PMS and warms the stomach.

Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, wrote, “Honey and pollen cause warmth, clean sores and ulcers, soften hard ulcers of lips, heal carbuncles and running sores.”

Many American Indian tribes used honey and other bee by-products that were readily available and widely used. Long before European settlers brought honey bee “Apis Mellifera,” to America in the seventeenth century, the early Maya and Aztec Indians kept bees and collected honey from the wild bees, of which there are more than 3,500 species in North America.

“Make hives in the mountain and in the trees and walk in the ways of your Lord submissively. There comes forth from within it a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for men; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect.” — The Koran – Chapters 16.68/69
Sacred Geometry
Ancient Ayurvedic medicine texts state that honey speeds up healing, strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases; is very good for eyes and eye sight; reduces effects of poison; is very useful in urinary tract disorders, worm infestations, bronchial asthma, cough, diarrhea and nausea, vomiting. And it enhances the medicinal qualities when used with other herbal preparations. Honey should not be heated.

Traditional Bee Wisdom
Throughout history in many cultures a mystical relationship to honeybees can be found. In Egypt bees were the tears of Ra, the sun god, and the giver of life and resurrection. King Menes’ wife was named after the bee-goddess, Neit. The oldest recognized temple in Egypt, at Sais in the Nile delta, was named “Hwt-bit”, ‘Castle of the Bee.’ In India bees are used symbolically in association with the deity as Krishna who has a blue bee in the middle of his forehead. Shiva is represented as a triangle surmounted by a bee and Kama the god of love, has a bow-string of bees.

Bee medicine in Cherokee is wadulisi nvwati means hard work, community and communication. When Bee Medicine grabs your attention it is reminding you to work within your community or family and to do your part. The bee is a hard-worker and each bee is dependent on the next to support the entire hive community. The bee is mostly concerned with the needs of her intricate hive family. The bee community runs easily and effortlessly due to the perfected communication between all of its members by way of the “waggle dance” or “dance language.” The bee will communicate what she has found in the flowering plants to other bees in order to recruit worker bees of the hive to forage in the same area. The Bee’s message is about communication, working hard and doing your part to aid the community in which you are a part and enjoying the fruits of your labor . . . Nectar!

In the Ancient Mediterranean world the Great Mother was known as the Queen Bee or the Bee Priestesses, and her priestesses were called Melissae, in Greek or the Deborah in Hebrew. They served the Bee Goddesses: Aphrodite, Artemis, Cybele, Demeter, Persephone, Neith, and later the Virgin Mary. Many of the bee priestesses functioned as oracles, a highly valued and honored position. They are also associated with the frame drum. In Australia and Africa bees are found as tribal totems. Kung Bushmen believe bees are carriers of supernatural power.

Bee Sacred Geomentry

In Celtic areas bees are thought to possess a secret wisdom garnered from the otherworld. In Imperial France bees were a regal symbol, and Napoleon wore robes decorated with honeybees.

Coming Soon: More Sacred Bee Wisdom on: Bee pollen, bee venom therapy, royal jelly and propolis, one of the oldest and successful medicines of the world!

The Reinvention of Your Health

•January 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Invest in your health, wealth and happiness!

TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH TODAY!


BASIC STEPS

1) Choose to begin a whole food, simple yet powerful rejuvenation program with a trained specialist to improve your energy, digestion, immunity and overall wellness for a powerful natural anti-aging program.

2) Choose to eat healthier and smarter by making NATURAL, simple health care choices.  If you don’t know what is best for you, check with a natural health care provider. Keep in mind that the closer to nature the easier for your body to benefit. Synthetic nutrients, flavors, binders and preservatives are NOT simple for your body to process. It is actually creating more of what ails you.

Rejuvenation = Natural Health Restored, Anti-aging and Longevity

Top 7 Benefits

Increased Energy

Natural Weight Loss

Increase flexibility

Decrease inflammation and pain

Improved Digestion

Enhanced Physical Function

Balanced Emotions, Improve Memory & Mental function


Rejuvenation is to energize your life, revitalize your activity level, increase flexibility and emotional and mental clarity and give you a renewed zest for living.  Simply Radiant is a program which has the potential to alleviate symptoms of lowered vitality and improve general health and well being through a scientifically based approach.

This 21-day program focuses on rejuvenation through whole food nutritional therapy and simple dietary changes to detoxify, nourish, rest, improve biochemical functioning and restore the body’s vitality.

Natural Rejuvenation

Once widely publicized, fasting is no longer considered the best form of detoxification.  To function optimally, our body’s processes are dependent upon adequate levels of supporting nutrients, which are depleted during traditional fasting programs.  Regular rejuvenation therapy encourages organs to detoxify, function better and even amplify their performance.
“Many people experience new clarity of purpose in life during cleansing processes.” Élan Haas, nutritionist

This nutritionally sound program signals your liver to burn fat rather than store it.  The program includes a comprehensive nutritional exam and 3 consultations. You will also receive professional coaching through your comprehensive 21 day program which includes therapeutic grade organic whole food supplements to support your individual biochemical needs, rather than synthetic micronutrients your body may or may not need use. If functional medicine laboratory testing if indicated fees apply.

To learn more…

Call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor (828) 733-4848.  Fees apply. This and other educational articles and programs are not a substitute for medical care.

What’s Next?

3) Begin a program of swimming, yoga, or other physical improvement program NOW. Choose the one you like, not the one you think you are “supposed to do.”

4) Practice healthy mental habits: take a program in personal transformation, read a book about positive thinking, start biofeedback, hire a life coach. Ask Dr. Taylor about her own training and transformation.

The Dangers of Soy to Human Health

•January 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

Excerpt from
The Holistic Health Doctor’s Family Guide to Natural Wellness © 2010
By Dr. Nancy Taylor

Most people do not realize that soy is no longer considered a health food. “Over the past decade or so, soy has been touted by the media and certain dietary organizations as a health food. This is nothing more than a multi-million dollar marketing strategy. In fact, the soy industry is one of the world’s most wealthy and powerful multi-billion dollar industries…” (Soy On Line Services)

Soy contains a number of chemical toxins and currently there is no effort to remove these potent toxins. It contains high levels of phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors, toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines. “(There is) an impressive array of scientific evidence that soy is not a fit food for man … the widespread use of non-fermented soy is part of the chronic disease problem since soy is known to wreak havoc with the human thyroid and other hormone systems.” True Health, the magazine of Carotec Inc., Naples, Florida. May/June 2004.

Commercial Soy Field

Phytoestrogens which act like estrogen in the body, are found in soy and disrupt endocrine function. They are toxic to healthy thyroid functioning. Infants fed soy-based formula have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen compounds in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula, which is the equivalent of five birth control pills a day. Infant soy formula has also been linked to auto immune thyroid disease.

In 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an opportunity for public comment: “…on its intent to reevaluate the scientific evidence for two previously authorized health claims (dietary lipids (fat) and cancer; soy protein and risk of coronary heart disease) and two qualified health claims that were the subject of letters of enforcement discretion (antioxidant vitamins and risk of certain cancers; selenium and certain cancers). The agency is undertaking a reevaluation of the scientific basis for these authorized health claims and qualified health claims because of new scientific evidence that has emerged for these substance-disease relationships. The new scientific evidence may have the effect of weakening the substance-disease relationship for these authorized health claims and either strengthening or weakening the scientific support for the substance-disease relationship for these qualified health claims.” The Federal Register, December 21, 2007.

Soy is linked to infertility, breast cancer, hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer as well as many other health problems. The premature sexual development of girls has been linked to the use of soy formula, as well as the underdevelopment of males.

From the Report of the New Zealand House of Representatives Health Committee:
“We accept that there is evidence that soy-based formulas have a high phytoestrogen content that may pose a risk to the long-term reproductive health of infants…”(www.soyonlineservice.co.nz)

Corporate Golden Nuggets

Soy is Added to Our Food Supply
Soy can be found in many ingredients including dog food. It may be added as a filler or allowed to be used to meet an FDA nutrient labeling requirement. “Imagine drugs that are known, by years of scientific documentation, to be both carcinogenic and to also cause DNA and chromosome damage being prescribed and administered through the food supply to populations of many countries around the world without the knowledge or consent of the individuals consuming these foods … with no way to track dosage, individual reactions, or harmful side-effects … and without any concern for some people’s increased vulnerability to these drugs, such as cancer patients. It sounds crazy, but that is exactly what is happening around the world when Soy is added to our food supply. Soy contains the scientifically documented carcinogenic and DNA damaging and chromosome damaging natural chemicals genistein and daidzein.” True Health, the magazine of Carotec Inc., Naples, Florida. May/June 2004.

“(Soyfoods) are not nutrients. They are drugs.”
Dr. L. White, Honolulu Aging Study.

“…even the American Heart Association confirms that neither the safety nor efficacy of soy isoflavone supplements have been proven…(and) recently reversed their position regarding the health benefits of soy, now stating that the food has little effect on cholesterol and is unlikely to prevent heart disease.” http://www.soyonlineservices.co.nz

Myths about Soy from Soy on Line Services
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.

Myth: Asians consume large amounts of soy foods.
Truth: Average consumption of soy foods in Japan and China is 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) per day. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts as a condiment, and not as a replacement for animal foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods confer the same health benefits as traditionally fermented soy foods.
Truth: Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens.

Myth:Soy foods provide complete protein.
Truth: Like all legumes, soy beans are deficient in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine. In addition, modern processing denatures fragile lysine.

Myth: Fermented soy foods can provide vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets.
Truth: The compound that resembles vitamin B12 in soy cannot be used by the human body; in fact, soy foods cause the body to require more B12.

Myth: Soy formula is safe for infants.
Truth: Soy foods contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders. Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth. Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailabilty of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system. Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys.

Myth: Soy foods can prevent osteoporosis.
Truth: Soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, both needed for healthy bones. Calcium from bone broths and vitamin D from seafood, lard and organ meats prevent osteoporosis in Asian countries—not soy foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods protect against many types of cancer.
Truth: A British government report concluded that there is little evidence that soy foods protect against breast cancer or any other forms of cancer. In fact, soy foods may result in an increased risk of cancer.

Myth: Soy foods protect against heart disease.
Truth: In some people, consumption of soy foods will lower cholesterol, but there is no evidence that lowering cholesterol improves one’s risk of having heart disease.

Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.
Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.
Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

Myth: Phytoestrogens in soy foods can enhance mental ability.
Truth: A recent study found that women with the highest levels of estrogen in their blood had the lowest levels of cognitive function; In Japanese Americans tofu consumption in mid-life is associated with the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease in later life.

Myth: Soy isoflavones and soy protein isolate have GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.
Truth: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently withdrew its application to the FDA for GRAS status for soy isoflavones following an outpouring of protest from the scientific community. The FDA never approved GRAS status for soy protein isolate because of concern regarding the presence of toxins and carcinogens in processed soy.

Myth: Soy foods are good for your sex life.
Truth: Numerous animal studies show that soy foods cause infertility in animals. Soy consumption enhances hair growth in middle-aged men, indicating lowered testosterone levels. Japanese housewives feed tofu to their husbands frequently when they want to reduce his virility.

Myth: Soy beans are good for the environment
Truth: Most soy beans grown in the US are genetically engineered to allow farmers to use large amounts of herbicides.

Myth: Soy beans are good for the environment.
Truth: Most soy beans grown in the US are genetically engineered to allow farmers to use large amounts of herbicides.

Myth: Soy beans are good for developing nations.
Truth: In third world countries, soybeans replace traditional crops and transfer the value-added of processing from the local population to multinational corporations.

References on the Dangers of Soy
1. Atanassova N et al. Comparative Effects of Neonatal Exposure of Male Rats to Potent and Weak (Environmental) Estrogens on Spermatogenesis at Puberty and the Relationship to Adult Testis Size and Fertility: Evidence for Stimulatory Effects of Low Estrogen Levels. Endocrinology. 2000 Vol. 141, No. 10.
2. Chorazy PA et al. Persistent hypothyroidism in an infant receiving a soy formula: case report and review of the literature. Pediatrics. 1995 Jul: 96 (1 Pt 1): 148-50.
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7. Pollard M et al. Prevention of spontaneous prostate-related cancer in Lobund-Wistar rats by soy protein isolate/isoflavone diet. Prostate. 2000 Oct 1; 45 (2): 101-5.
8. Strauss L et al. Genistein exerts estrogen-like effects in male mouse reproductive tract. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 1998 Sep 25; 144 (1-2): 83-93.
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Boosting Your Immune Health, Naturally!

•January 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Substantially improve immune strength, increase ability to be healthy, NATURALLY!

Excerpt from The Holistic Health Doctor’s Family Guide to Natural Wellness © 2010
By Dr. Nancy Taylor

Specific products mentioned in this article are available though your Holistic Health Doctor.

1. Lemon juice is an ideal food for restoring stomach health. This is primary to your overall health. You can drink freshly squeezed lemon juice in water, or add it to tea, salad dressings, and even by soaking your feet in a warm pan of water with cut lemons added. This supports healthy bacteria instead of the viruses and harmful bacteria which thrive in more acidic environments.

2. Herbs: supplements, tinctures, oils and liquid concentrations. The later are the most powerful and can be obtained in pharmaceutical grade. That means their active ingredients are kept at a particular standard and are reliable for potency. Oils are typically applied on the skin, however there are oils that are made for internal use.

3. Get a full night’s sleep. Your body needs from 6 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Sleep has been linked to balanced hormone levels (including human growth hormone and the stress hormone, cortisol), thyroid health (immune system monitor), weight maintenance, clarity in thinking and reasoning, mood, and skin health. Early to bed, early to rise, makes us healthy, wealthy and shine brilliantly.

4. Eat quality protein. Protein is a building block for a healthy body, mind, and immune system. Diets low in protein tend to be high in carbohydrates which convert to glucose causing a spike in blood sugar then stress the pancreas and immune system.

5. Drink water. This is almost, but not quite, a given; most headaches occur because despite the number of reminders, people still aren’t getting enough water! Winter heating can quickly dehydrate the skin and body. Often headaches a sign of dehydration. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. (i.e. Body weight in pounds, divided by 2 = number of ounces of water per day.)

6. Coffee can stress your immune system. Caffeine robs your body of minerals and vitamins, and dehydrates you. If you drink coffee, make sure you add an additional two glasses to your water intake per cup of coffee. Taking a mineral supplement can help to offset the damage.

7. Eliminate white sugar and use whole food forms of sweetener. This one thing can boost your immune system exponentially. You will see noticeable results in your energy levels, weight distribution, immunity and your ability to think clearly when you break the cravings and stop eating refined sugar. Many natural health care professionals consider sugar a drug for its impact on the human body. It can be as damaging as smoking to all the body systems. Try unprocessed forms of cane sugar, honey, agave or stevia. It may take time for you to readjust your taste buds, however it is recommended to AVOID artificial sweeteners as they are more toxic than cane sugar, affecting brain and nervous system health.

8. Eat your veggies and fruits for the vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre and enzymes are unparalleled. Many vitamins, such as vitamin C, will protect cells from damage by toxins in the environment. Dark-colored produce such as blueberries, kale, broccoli, collards, etc tend to be higher in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Seaweed is another.

9. Fresh Air! Try spending more time outside. Exercise releases endorphins, otherwise known as “the happy hormone”. A little fresh air helps to oxygenate the body after inhaling filtered air and even possibly germs. Be sure to wear a jacket and keep the chest and throat area covered.

10. Love your body and nurture yourself by taking time for you. Spend some time with friends, have a massage, relax in a hot bath, or walk 30 minutes a day. Pay attention to warning signs of fatigue, grumpiness, sore throat or “the blues”. Take a “mental health day” every few months.