When I first began on the health trail while still working on the sickness trail, I noticed how many healthy products were slammed by medicine. And how we were taught to treat them like the traitors they actually were. Of course I eventually was on the receiving end and it took me almost 2 decades to even try and stop defending natural health. Around that time, ‘evidence based’ medicine had reared its ugly head. It was no more than a blatant attempt by big pharma to stop the public from finding out the truth.
Once when I was working as a practitioner at a health shop, I was followed around by a rather obnoxious young guy who spouted evidence based medicine as if he knew the alpha and omega of all health care. He really got under my skin as I realised that this was the way my health field was being steered by default.
He quoted scientific studies verbatim – especially those on soy. Just how toxic it was, how it caused cancer and various hormone disease. How naturopaths have been lying for decades so that we could ensure sick people were here to stay. Then around that time, my Dad told me a story, of how he had gone to the doctor as I was too far away, and how he overheard the good doctor telling an obese patient that soy was the reason why she was unable to lose weight, and that her insides were being destroyed.
How does one argue with the god-doctor when you know they have no experience but the backing of big pharma? One in two people, when advised to use soy, will tell me that they have seen a documentary or study on how toxic soy is. Remember, these are the same people, same experts, who have been telling us that dairy, wheat and meat is part of a healthy diet; the same who say naturopathy is quackery; that vaccines have never killed a child, that antibiotics actually fix ill health.
Finally, proper research is becoming available. For 20-odd years, we’ve had to put up and shut up while the rumours went crazy – and while thousands of naturopaths, frightened by our medical counterparts, joined in the soy-slamming game.
This article is by Dr Robert Young, a scientist who is arguably the most advanced pathologist in his field. He has spent his entire professional life disproving the very foundations of disease – that pathogens are not responsible for disease, that we can eat whatever we like and still be healthy. He has been so thorough in his work that medicine is sitting up and taking notice –
Soy Isoflavones Blocks Acids That Add Weight and Cause Cancer
Soy isoflavones block cancer cells’ DNA repair mechanisms while protecting normal tissue A component in soybeans increases radiation’s ability to biological transform cancerous lung cells, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the official monthly journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.
“To improve radiotherapy for lung cancer cells, we are studying the potential of natural non-toxic components of soybeans, called soy isoflavones, to augment the effect of radiation against the tumor cells and at the same time protect normal lung against radiation injury,” said Dr. Gilda Hillman, an associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.
“These natural soy isoflavones can sensitize cancer cells to the effects of radiotherapy, by inhibiting survival mechanisms which cancer cells activate to protect themselves,” Hillman said. “At the same time, soy isoflavones can also act as antioxidants in normal tissues, which protect them against unintended damage from the radiotherapy. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, we demonstrated that soy isoflavones increase killing of cancer cells by radiation via blocking DNA repair mechanisms, which are turned on by the cancer cells to survive the damage caused by radiation.”
Human A549 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells that were treated with soy isoflavones before radiation showed more DNA damage and less repair activity than cells that received only radiation.
Researchers used a formulation consisting of the three main isoflavones found in soybeans, including genistein, daidzein and glycitein.
Previously, researchers had found that pure genistein demonstrated antitumor activity in human NSCLC cell lines and enhanced the effects of EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors. This study showed that the soy mixture had an even greater antitumor effect than pure genistein. The soy mixture also is consistent with the soy isoflavone pills used in clinical studies, which have been proven to be safe, researchers said. (The study was supported by the American Institute for Cancer Research.)
Also, preliminary research suggests that a daily serving of soy may help postmenopausal women avoid gaining fat around the middle.
In a study of 18 postmenopausal women, researchers found that those who drank a soy-based shake every day for three months tended to gain less abdominal fat than those who had a milk-based shake.
Soy contains compounds called isoflavones that are help to buffer the hormone acid estrogen.. So in theory, soy isoflavones could help reduce the amount of stored fat that binds to hormones like estrogen.
The new findings appear to be the first to show that soy protein may affect abdominal fat distribution, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia K. Sites of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They report the results in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.
The study included 18 women in their 50s who had been menopausal for one to five years. Half were randomly assigned to drink a soy-based shake each day, while the rest were given a shake containing the milk protein casein.
The women were told to drink half of a shake with breakfast, and the other half with dinner, and to substitute the daily drink for other foods in their diet in order to avoid weight gain.
After three months, the researchers found, women who drank the soy shake showed less of a gain in abdominal fat, even though both groups showed similar changes in weight and overall body fat.
It’s not clear why soy protein might affect belly fat in particular, according to Sites and her colleagues.
“Whatever the mechanism,” they write, “our data suggest that soy protein containing isoflavones may prevent the accumulation of fat in the abdominal depot.”
Because excess abdominal fat is especially related to higher risks of symptoms associated with excess acidity, such as diabetes and heart disease, limiting the well-known middle-age spread is important. They think larger, longer-term studies should continue to investigate the potential of soy protein.
Dr. Young has found that “organic sprouted soy contains the highest concentrations of isoflavones. Isoflavones are excellent buffers of dietary and metabolic acids, especially hormones. I recommend a low heat dehydrated organically sprouted soy, with a 28 to 1 ratio. That means it takes 28 pounds of soy sprouts to make 1 pound of finished concentrated soy sprout powder. This soy sprout powder is great to add to water or to a green shake. It is also a great source of protein at 41% by volume. I recommend at least 1 to 2 ounces a day of the concentrated soy sprouts which would be the equivalent of eating 2 to 4 pounds of organic sprouts.”
(Oh, so science has proven it’s okay. That bastion of health care, the Lancet, says it’s okay NOW. )
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