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Don't Consume more Soya!

Discussion in 'Healthy Living' started by safa, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. safa

    safa Bronze IL'ite

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    This is a forwarded message. I thought this might help ladies who face similar problems..I am not sure all these are true, but you can check with the following links.

    ONE WOMAN'S STORY ON SOYA...All Males-PLEASE pass this info to ALL your
    female friends... It may save their lives! Something to take note of. This
    is my true story, nothing altered.

    These are facts, as they relate to my experience, my opinions based on
    what I have read and felt. I am relating them to warn other young
    health-conscious women who are unwittingly arming themselves. In 1989, I graduated from high school in Texas and couldn't wait to hit the big college city. One of the
    changes I wanted to make was to eat healthier. Once I moved to
    health-conscious Austin, Texas, I began to fortify my body with the best
    and healthiest foods I could find. Tofu was the main ingredient in every healthy dish and I bought soya milk almost every day used it for everything from cereal to smoothies or just to drink for a quick snack. I bought soya muffins, miso soup with
    tofu,soybeans, soybean, sprouts, etc. All the literature in all the health and fitness magazines said that soya protected you against everything from
    heart disease to breast cancer. It was the magical isoflavones, the
    estrogen-like hormones that all worked to help you stay young and healthy.

    I looked great, I was working out all the time, but my menstrual
    cycle was off. At 20, I started taking birth control pills to regulate my
    menstrual cycle.

    In addition to this I began to suffer from painful periods. I began to get
    puffy, it was as though I was losing my muscle tone. I began to suffer from
    depression and getting hot flashes. I mistook all this for PMS since my
    periods were irregular. By the time I was 25, my periods were so bad, I
    couldn't walk. The birth control pills never made them regular or less
    painful so I decided to stop taking them. I went on like this for another
    two years until I realized my pain wasn't normal. At 27, my gynecologist
    found two cysts in my uterus. Both were the size of tennis balls.

    I went through surgery to have them removed and thank God they were benign.
    The gynecologist told me to go back on birth control pills. I didn't. In
    1998, he discovered a lump in my breast. Again, I went through surgery and again it was benign.

    In November 2000 my glands swelled up and my gums became inflamed. Thinking
    I had a tooth infection I went to the dentist who told me that teeth were
    not the problem. After a dose of antibiotics the swelling still did not go
    down. At this point I could feel a tiny nodule on the right side of my neck. I told my mother I had thyroid trouble. She thought I was being silly.

    No one in the family suffered from thyroid trouble. Going on a hunch I saw
    a specialist who diagnosed me with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. After a
    series of tests he told me it was cancer. My fiance and I sat stunned. We were not prepared and I was so scared. We scheduled surgery right away. The specialist told us that it would only be after the operation that a pathologist would be able to tell
    us for sure if it was cancer. They found a tumor at my right lobe composed of irregular cells and another smaller tumor growing on the left,so the entire thyroid was removed. They told me that after undergoing radioactive iodine I would be safe and assured me that I could live a long life. After treatment I began to search for the cause of all these problems. I never once thought it could be all the soya I had consumed for nearly ten years. After all, soya is healthy.
    I came upon a web page that linked thyroid problems to soya intake and the conspiracy of soya marketed as a health food when in
    fact it is only a toxic by-product of the vegetable oil industry. This was
    insane, after all, the health and fitness

    magazines had said nothing about soya being harmful. I visited a herbalist
    who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1985. She informed me that soya
    was the culprit. She had a hysterectomy due to cysts and other uterine problems. A few months later another acquaintance who had consumed soya came down with thyroid cancer. A girl in England I met through the Internet in a thyroid cancer forum had just undergone surgery and she was only 19. What was going on? Breast
    cancer is linked to estrogen. What mimics estrogen in the female body, SOYA! But I
    never suspected soya because until now I never once found a single article
    that stated soya could be dangerous. Women who took soya prior to thyroid problems will continue to take it after if they are not aware of what soya actually does',
    what it contains and how it reacts in the female body. I think this is the reason that women with thyroid cancer often develop breast

    cancer later. My co-worker is big into soya and I see her losing hair and
    gaining weight despite a walking workout during her break and after work,
    and apples and oranges for lunch. She just had cysts removed from her
    uterus too. I warned her to stay off soya. I referred her to websites but until it
    is on the evening news on all four networks, women will suffer. Since the
    thyroidectomy, I do not touch soya, haven't for two years.

    Dear readers, please use my story in any way you can. There are so many
    young girls who are consuming soya because they think they are taking care
    of themselves, and women taking soya because they want to be healthy. It is
    so unfair that the information about the dangers of soya isn't more widely
    circulated. It is sad. There are many out there who feel this way and it is
    a terrible blow when you realize you are not as healthy as you thought and
    that the information that you depended on was wrong.



    Here are some references:

    http://www.netlink.de/gen/Zeitung/2000/000813.html

    http://www.biotech-info.net/soya.html

    http://www.haelan.co.uk/Wholefood-Soya.shtml

    http://www.haelan.co.uk/Wholefood-Soya.shtml
     
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  2. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Friends !

    I do not want to scare anybody about soya, but cannot help sharing, what I went through.
    I was having a daily intake of soya in some form like milk, tofu, soya granules etc.
    After one year, I went in for a near fatal kidney failure. The reason was attributed to a possible intake of more protein than usual. Anyway, not wanting to take anymore risk, with my doctor's advice , I cut off soya completely. I do not give soya recipes in my forum.
    I am also aware that mine might have been a freak instance. But I just wanted to share my experience, for whatever it is worth.
    Love & regards,
    Chithra.
     
  3. safa

    safa Bronze IL'ite

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    shared good information.

    Before posting this I was confused, since people are running for soya, after hearing a lot of it's advantages..
    It is so nice of you Chithra that you shared your experience..Thanks!
     
  4. Kamla

    Kamla Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    What next!

    What does one do?! Now it is Soya's turn. Already, eating salads are out with all the e-coli scare in US. I firmly believe in not going overboard with any one food product. A good variation in diet- be it oils, breads, wheat or veggies and fruit-is the way to go.

    L, Kamla
     
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    Too much of anything is bad for you!

    Hi All,

    Soya as such is a good source of protein. But then again when some one consumes too much of a good thing, it can turn against you. This goes for each and every food source out there. As Kamla said, rotating your food choices and eating in moderation is the best. Even Soya, if you notice, the story of the lady in Safa's post, was having too much of soya on a day to day basis. Added to that she would have got other protein and all other nutrients from other sources too. So over a period of time she was consuming in excess. Having soy ( say about 1 or 2 serving) once a week is not going to affect someone that badly. So all tofu lovers out there, proceed with caution. !!

    Vandhana
     
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    sudhavnarasimhan Silver IL'ite

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    Thanks for this posting and all the other info....i had also started on soya products...and past 2 years have had many similar probs....maybe it was soya....in fact Chitra, after you said about Soya, i kind of stopped buying them consciously , from past 2 , 3 months...
    It is so scary when we have to ponder all the time , what to buy and what is healthy....anyway, have to keep any of these newly declared healthy substitutes to minimum consumption i guess....
     
  7. Varloo

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    Hai,
    it is very correct that all food stuff should be taken modertely and in turns. I have made a habit of buying vegetables like this- I buy one set of veg. on the first day and the next time I buy different vegs. and so on. So almost all the veg types are consumed in a month.
    As the Tamil saying goes- alavukku minjinal amirthamum nanju.
     
  8. geeta_sathish

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    Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Soy Products

    Hi All,

    I once heard from a friend that pregnant women or women who are planning to have a baby should not eat soya at all. I browsed the web and found a lot of articles which vouched the same.

    I used to drink a large glass of soy milk everyday till I heard this from my friend. Anyways, it is better to feel safe than to feel sorry folks - so please be careful.

    Regards,
    Geetha Satish
     
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    meenu Bronze IL'ite

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    Very true, geetha

    Dear geetha,
    When my daughter wasinthefamily way a coupleof years back,the dietician gave a diet chart which specially mentioned soya products should be taken under medical advice.This has scared us off tofu and othersoya products,
    Regards,
     
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    dear safa,


    thank you for sharing your experiences to warn us.
    as i read thru your article i was feeling sad for you to go on thru all those medical complications.
    hope things are fine now
    regards
     
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