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Grass fed girl is soy sorry

From the Grass Fed Girl blog:

“Soy products have flooded the market since the vegetarian craze of the 1970’s. It has been touted as a way to save the earth and our own health. I believed this hype and and dove head first into eating loads of soy when I was on a low fat diet from about 2000-2008. The peak of my soy over consumption was during 2009. I ate a large serving of tofu everyday because I was trying to be a vegetarian to save the animals/earth. I still ate fish but the majority of my meals had a soy products like tofu or veggie burgers. During this time I was running a lot and and training for a half marathon. After a year of this soy-centric diet I started to feel terrible. I wanted to sleep all the time, and along with gaining weight, I had terrible constipation. I went to the doctor and found out my thyroid was out of balance and I had an autoimmune thyroid problem. Continue reading

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Is soy diet for prisoners “cruel and unusual”? Judge gives green light to lawsuit in prisoners’ soy diet case

From Kimberly Hartke at the Weston A. Price Foundation:

WASHINGTON, DC. October 25, 2011.  Honorable Judge Harold Baker of the United States District Court for the central district of Illinois has ruled that litigation challenging the use of soy foods in Illinois prisons will go forward. In his September 9, 2011 ruling, Judge Baker denied motions by the State and Wexford Health Sources for a summary judgment in their favor, thus bringing the case closer to trial. The ruling emphasized the importance of scientific and medical testimony at the trial. Continue reading

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Uncovering the dark side of soy

From Mary Vance Terrain in the Utne Reader:

Origins of the name "Vegan". From the internets.

As someone who is conscious of her health, I spent 13 years cultivating a vegetarian diet. I took time to plan and balance meals that included products such as soy milk, soy yogurt, tofu, and Chick’n patties. I pored over labels looking for words I couldn’t pronounce–occasionally one or two would pop up. Soy protein isolate? Great! They’ve isolated the protein from the soybean to make it more concentrated. Hydrolyzed soy protein? I never successfully rationalized that one, but I wasn’t too worried. After all, in 1999 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved labeling I found on nearly every soy product I purchased: ‘Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease.’ Soy ingredients weren’t only safe–they were beneficial.

After years of consuming various forms of soy nearly every day, I felt reasonably fit, but somewhere along the line I’d stopped menstruating. I couldn’t figure out why my stomach became so upset after I ate edamame or why I was often moody and bloated. It didn’t occur to me at the time to question soy, heart protector and miracle food. Continue reading

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Farmers choose cotton over food crops

From William Neuman in the New York Times:

“SPEARMAN, Tex. — Tight supplies of corn, soybeans and wheat have sent prices skyrocketing in the last year, prompting worries of a looming global food crisis.

In other years, American farmers have responded to high prices by devoting more land to staple food crops.

But this spring, many farmers in southern states will be planting cotton in ground where they used to grow corn, soybeans or wheat — spurred on by cotton prices that have soared as clothing makers clamor for more and poor harvests crimp supply.

The result is an acreage war between rival commodities used to feed and clothe the world’s population.

“There’s a lot more money to be made in cotton right now,” said Ramon Vela, a farmer here in the Texas Panhandle, as he stood in a field where he grew wheat last year, its stubble now plowed under to make way for cotton. Around the first week of May, Mr. Vela, 37, will plant 1,100 acres of cotton, up from 210 acres a year ago. “The prices are the big thing,” he said. “That’s the driving force.” Continue reading

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Emergency! Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GMO Crops?

From the Institute for Science in Society website:

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“An open letter appeared on the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance founded and run by Judith McGeary to save family farms in the US [1, 2].  The letter, written by Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, warns of a pathogen “new to science” discovered by “a team of senior plant and animal scientists”. Huber says it should be treated as an “emergency’’, as it could result in “a collapse of US soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies.”

The letter appeared to have been written before Vilsack announced his decision to authorize unrestricted commercial planting of GM alfalfa on 1 February, in the hope of convincing the Secretary of Agriculture to impose a moratorium instead on deregulation of Roundup Ready (RR) crops. Continue reading

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GMO soy linked to sterility, mortality

Author Jeffrey Smith report on recent research into the health effects of GMO soy, in the Huffington Post:

Product Placement -- ad for soy beverage right next to headline for GMO damage report

“This study was just routine,” said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry.

After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups. Continue reading

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Weston A. Price Found. Wise Traditions conference in Chicago Nov 13-16, 2009

The Weston A. Price Foundation has been THE major advocate for raw milk and other nutrient dense foods since it was founded in the 1999. Based on the work of a pioneering dentist who traveled the world in the 1930s investigating the dental health of indigenous peoples and documenting how they ate, the WAPF’s dietary recommendations run counter to many fads and fashions in contemporary dieting — which makes them all the more valuable a resource for those of us who just want to get to the truth on dietary and nutritional questions. For details on the WAPF Wise Traditions conference click here.

One of the issues the WAPF has addressed has been the overuse of soy products in human diets in recent times. Below are some youtube clips featuring WAPF founder Sally Fallon, talking about the dangers of Soy as a food for people:

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