Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wheat Legumes and Soy: Hidden Evil Part 2

Hidden Evils: Part 2
The Studies!
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Part 2, Im going to share a few well written pieces, and then link to alot of Studies. My point remains, Even if there are "some" benefits. They are easily replaced by Real Food. Meat, Vegetables, even Fruit.

Name that food

What common food can:

• Cause destructive intestinal damage that, if unrecognized, can lead to disability and death?
• Increase blood sugar higher and faster than table sugar?
• Trigger an autoimmune inflammatory condition in the thyroid (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)?
• Create intestinal bloating, cramps, and alternating diarrhea and constipation, often labeled irritable bowel syndrome?
• Trigger schizophrenia in susceptible individuals?
• Cause behavioral outbursts in children with autism?
• Cause various inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, systemic lupus, pancreatic destruction, and increase measures of inflammation like c-reactive protein?
• Cause unexplained anemia, mood swings, fatigue, fibromyalgia, eczema, and osteoporosis?

The food is wheat. Yes, the ubiquitous grain we are urged to eat more and more of by the USDA (8-11 servings per day, according to the USDA food pyramid), American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association, and the American Diabetes Association. Wheat is among the most destructive ingredients in the modern diet, worse than sugar, worse than high-fructose corn syrup, worse than any fat.

What other common food can result in such an extensive list of diseases, even death?

Celiac disease alone, a severe intestinal inflammatory condition from wheat gluten, affects an estimated 3 million Americans (Celiac Disease Foundation). The medical literature is filled with case reports of deaths from this disease, often after many years of struggle with incapacitating intestinal dysfunction and the sufferer's last days plagued by encephalopathy (brain inflammation).

What happens when you remove wheat from the diet?

The majority of people quickly shed 20-30 lbs in the first few weeks, selectively lost from the abdomen (what I call “wheat belly”); blood sugar plummets; triglycerides drop up to several hundred milligrams, HDL increases, LDL drops (yes, wheat elimination is a means of achieving marked reduction in LDL cholesterol, especially the small, heart disease-causing variety); c-reactive protein plummets. In addition to this, intestinal complaints improve or disappear, rashes improve, inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis improve, diabetes can improve or be cured, and behavioral disorders and mood improve.

Along with the ill-fated low-fat dietary advice of the last 40 years, the advice to eat plenty of "healthy whole grains" is responsible for untold disease and suffering. Yes, if you start with a fast food and junk diet and replace some of the calories with whole grains, you will be better off. (That was the logic--the Nutritional Syllogism--of the studies that established the benefits of whole grains over processed, "white" grains.)

But eliminate wheat grains and health takes a huge leap forward. And, no, there is no such thing as wheat deficiency--B vitamins, insoluble fiber, some protein--can easily be replaced by other foods.
Another good read:
Gluten: What you don't know might kill you. Mark Hyman MD

of particular note, A review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 "diseases" that can be caused by eating gluten. (iv) These include osteoporosis, irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia,cancerfatigue, canker sores, (v) and rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and almost all otherautoimmune diseases. Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric (vi) and neurological diseases, includinganxietydepression, (vii) schizophrenia, (viiidementia, (ixmigraines, epilepsy, and neuropathy (nerve damage). (x) It has also been linked to autism.(ix)

288 Studies Showing the Toxicity of Soy in the US Food & Drug Administration's Poisonous Plant Database
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A Nice Summary of Soy Dangers by

  • High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
  • Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body's requirement for B12.
  • Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D.
  • Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
  • Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy food 
  • Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

by no means a definitive list, merely a small splash in the pond. 

  1. Wheat Gluten linked to Diabetes Type 1 in some individuals; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, news release, Aug. 20, 2009
  2. A strong, relationship between grain intake and schizophrenia..Dohan FC et al 1984 and Singh MM et al 1976 and Zioudrou C et al 1979
  3. A Paleolithic diet confers higher insulin sensitivity, lower C-reactive protein and lower blood pressure than a cereal-based diet; Nutrition & Metabolism 2006, 3:39doi:10.1186/1743-7075-3-39
  4. Antinutritive effects of wheat-germ agglutinin and other N-acetylglucosamine-specific lectins.The British Journal of Nutrition 1993 Jul;70(1):313-21. PMID
  5. Lectin binding in benign and malignant thyroid nodules. Arch Pathol Lab Med.1989 Feb;113(2):186-9. PMID
  6. Wheat germ agglutinin and concanavalin A inhibit the response of human fibroblasts to peptide growth factors by a post-receptor mechanism. J Cell Physiol. 1985 Sep;124(3):474-80. PMID
  7. Natural human antibodies to dietary lectins. FEBS Lett.1996 Nov 18;397(2-3):139-42. PMID
  8. Metabolic and physiologic improvements from consuming a paleolithic, hunter-gatherer type diet. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 Aug;63(8):947-55. Epub 2009 Feb 11.
  9. Gluten linked to Autism lCochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004;(2):CD00349
  10. Dietary Lectins linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis; British Journal of Nutrition (2000), 83, 207–217
  11. The number of children with life-threatening peanut allergies has tripled during the last decade. N Engl J Med 2003 Mar 13;348(11):977-85. 
  12. Soy protein supplementation increases serum insulin-like growth factor-I in young and old men but does not affect markers of bone metabolism *linked to hormone Cancers. J Nutr 2002 Sep;132(9):2605-8
  13. Soy foods were found to be high in oxalates and likely to contribute to kidney stones. J Agric Food Chem 2001 Sep;49(9):4262-6. 
  14.  Soy-fed infants had more reproductive problems and more asthma as adults.JAMA 2001 Nov 21;286(19):2402-3.
  15. Soy protein intake was significantly correlated with stomach cancer mortality rate in men" and "soy product intake estimated as total amount as well as isoflavone and soy protein intake were significantly positively correlated with colorectal cancer mortality rates in both sexes." In other words, men who consumed lots of soy had more stomach cancer and men and women who consumed lots of soy had more colorectal cancer.International Journal of Epidemiology Oct 2000; 29(5):832-6. 
  16. Participants who consumed tofu in mid life had lower cognitive function in late life and a greater incidence of Alzheimer's and dementia.White L. Association of High Midlife Tofu Consumption with Accelerated Brain Aging. Plenary Session #8: Cognitive Function,The Third International Soy Symposium, Program, November 1999, page 26
  17. Individuals with cholesterol levels over 250 mg/dl would experience a "significant" reduction of 7 to 20 percent in levels of serum cholesterol if they substituted soy protein for animal protein.*(That means Eat Meat) Anderson JW and others. Meta-analysis of the Effects of Soy Protein Intake on Serum Lipids. New England Journal of Medicine, 1995 333:(5):276-82

  18. Soybeans are listed as having some of the highest levels of phytic acid of all legumes. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of zinc, iron, copper and magnesium.El Tiney A. Proximate Composition and Mineral and Phytate Contents of Legumes Grown in Sudan. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 1989;2:67-68
  19. Diets of soy protein isolate high in trypsin inhibitors caused depressed growth and enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer, and enlarged thryoid gland; Rackis JJ and others. The USDA trypsin inhibitor study. I. Background, objectives and procedural details. Qualification of Plant Foods in Human Nutrition, 1985;35.
  20. The phytic acid in soy is highly resistant to normal phytate-reducing techniques, such as soaking or long, slow cooking.Journal of Food Science. January/February 1984;49(1):199-201. 
  21. Consumption of dietary phytoestrogens resulting in very high plasma isoflavone levels (in many cases over a relatively short interval of consumption in adulthood) can significantly alter sexually dimorphic brain regions, anxiety, learning and memory.Lephard ED and others. Neurobehavioral effects of dietary soy phytoestrogens.Neurotoxicol Teratol 2002 Jan-Feb;24(1):5-16
  22. A link between soy consumption and goiter Doerge DR and DM Sheehan. Goitrogenic and estrogenic activity of soy isoflavones. Environ Health Perspect 2002 Jun;110 suppl 3:349-53.
  23.  Soy protein isolates containing increasing concentrations of genistein stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells in vivo in a dose-dependent manner.Allred CD and others. Soy diets containing varying amounts of genistein stimulate growth of estrogen-dependent (MCF-7) tumors in a dose-dependent manner.Cancer Res 2001 Jul 1;61(13):5045-50.
  24. Genistein and daidzein may stimulate existing breast tumor growth and antagonize the effects of tamoxifen. Women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumor growth when taking soy products."de Lemos ML. Effects of soy phytoestrogens genistein and daidzein on breast cancer growth. Ann Pharmacother 2001 Sep;35(9):118-21. 
  25. Lolas GM, Markakis P. "Phytic acid and other phosphorous compounds of beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 1975. 23(1):13-15.
  26. Hallberg L, Brune M, Rossander L. "Iron absorption in man: ascorbic acid and dose-dependent inhibition by phytate." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1989. 49(1):140-144.
  27. Koiwa H, Bressan RA, Hasegawa PM. "Regulation of protease inhibitors and plant defense." Trends in Plant Science. 1997. 2(10):379-384.

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