Soy Expert Links New Research to America's Infertility Epidemic
Washington, DC/October 17, 2007– Estrogen-like compounds in soy foods can lower sperm count according a Harvard School of Public Health research presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The report, by Jorge Chavarro, MD, ScD, bolsters concerns expressed by scientists, doctors and nutritionists who have warned that soy can adversely affect male fertility.
America is in the midst of an epidemic of infertility, according to Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food. “Soy is heavily marketed as a health food, despite adverse effects on male fertility. Men who eat soy foods and drink soy milk are less likely to father children and more likely to experience loss of libido. This latest study shows lowered sperm concentration. Other researchers have linked soy consumption to poor sperm quality as well as lowered testosterone levels.”
Dr. Chavarro and colleagues studied 100 men who were members of couples having trouble getting pregnant. Semen analyses showed that the men with the highest levels of soy food intake-- approximately a half serving per day – had 41 million sperm per milliliter fewer than men who did not consume any soy. The researchers used a questionnaire listing 15 soy-based foods to determine soy consumption over the preceding three months.
“These men were eating – on average – only a half serving of soy foods per day,” says Dr. Daniel. “That is far less than the amount of soy foods and soy milk consumed by many vegetarians and other health conscious men. Yet it was enough to seriously lower their sperm count.”
According to reports in several respected scientific journals, including the Lancet, British Medical Journal, and Environmental Health Perspectives, sperm counts have been declining at the rate of two percent per year since the 1970s, and sperm quality has also suffered. “The most probable cause is a combined assault by the environmental estrogens in pesticides and plastics along with the plant estrogens from soy,” says Dr. Daniel. “I hope this study will put the spotlight on soy's contribution to the estrogenization of our men.”
Many independent scientists and doctors share Dr. Daniel's concerns. In July 2005, the Israeli Health Ministry warned adult men to “exercise caution” regarding soy consumption because of adverse effects on fertility. The Ministry issued an even stronger warning against soy for babies and children, saying that infants should not be given soy formula except as a last resort and that children up to age 18 should not eat soy more than once per day to a maximum of three times per week. “The Ministry was primarily concerned about the negative effects that soy estrogens could have on the children's developing brains and reproductive systems,” says Dr. Daniel. “Clearly, the Israelis take seriously the Biblical injunction to' be fruitful and multiply.'”
“The message of the latest study is 'better safe than sorry,'” concludes Dr. Daniel. “I want all men to know that soybeans are estrogenic. I strongly recommend that men avoid eating soy foods and soy milk if they value their fertility, their masculinity and their sex drives.”
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Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, is THE WHOLE NUTRITIONIST®. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, is board certified as a clinical nutritionist (CCN) by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists in Dallas and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Weston A. Price Foundation. As a clinical nutritionist, she specializes in digestive disorders, women’s reproductive health issues, infertility, and recovery from vegetarian and soy-based diets.
Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food (New Trends, March 2005), which has been endorsed by leading health professionals, including Kilmer McCully MD, Doris J. Rapp MD, Jonathan V. Wright, MD, Russell Blaylock, MD, Larrian Gillespie, MD, Joseph Mercola, OD, Debra Lynn Dadd and Larry Dossey, MD, who called it “science writing at its best.”
Comfortable in front of radio, television and live audiences, Dr. Daniel has been “media trained” by Joel Roberts, formerly co-host of KABC, Los Angeles' most highly rated talk radio program, who calls her a “class A entertainer” and a “naughty nutritionist” with the ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths.”
Dr. Daniel has been extensively quoted in major newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, USA Today, Toronto Globe & Mail, Glamour, Utne Reader and Alternative Medicine, and has appeared as a guest on NPR's People's Pharmacy, the Discovery Channel's Medical Hotseat and ABC's View from the Bay. Online her book has been featured prominently on www.mercola.com, the world’s leading natural health and dietary website. She has also appeared as an expert witness before the California Public Safety Committee and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.
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In this lecture, you will learn the who, what, why, where and how of GE issues. You will also learn what other countries have done to protect their citizens and the environment, and what we can do here to get the same protections and rights. At least 70% of all GE foods are grown in the US, with Canada and Argentina making up most of the balance. The food fight of the century began in the US and what happens here will be pivotal to defeating this technology worldwide.
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Treating Breast Cancer with Raw Living Foods by Mary Lou Sackett January 26, 2005
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2003. I agreed to have the original incisional biopsy, which determined breast cancer, but without a clear margin. I then agreed to a second surgery to remove the lump and to have a sentinel node biopsy. I was told that I had stage 2 breast cancer. The doctors wanted me to have radiation and a mastectomy, or radiation and chemotherapy. I also was diagnosed with cancer cells on my cervix.
I am a chiropractor who has never agreed with the traditional medical approach, but wasn't sure what to do this time.
A friend of mine who I hadn't seen in about nine years showed up and told me that I needed wheatgrass and that I needed to go to the Creative Health Institute for help. I agreed to try it and went to CHI for two weeks in December 2003. I was still recovering from the second surgery when I arrived, and I also had a coffee addiction to conquer.
I graduated from the two-week program at CHI, went home for six weeks, then returned for three months to participate in the Energy Exchange program. I have followed the program taught at CHI nearly 100%.
I had no idea at first if this would help my breast cancer or how much it would change my life. Now, a year later, I would like to list the exciting "side effects" of my new lifestyle:
- shed excess fifty pounds easily! - complexion has improved - joint pains disappeared - hair growing faster and improved color - sleeping better - went through menopause this year with NO symptoms! - no longer have chest pains or shortness of breath when climbing stairs or walking - feel calmer, more peaceful - no more constipation (was severe) - no more cravings for coffee or sugar - increased stamina - no more phlegm problems - skin tans more easily without burning (I'm fair skinned and normally burn easily) - fibromyalgia-type symptoms gone (a year ago, I could barely walk because my feet hurt so badly) - bees didn't bother me this summer! (I hope that continues!) - latest pap smear showed only mild dysplasia. Each test has improved significantly. The doctor keeps saying to me that I need to keep doing whatever it is I'm doing. - I don't feel "old" anymore - and best of all, I had an AMAS cancer antibody test in August which was NORMAL.
Thank you CHI, Don, Jeanie and all the staff for supporting me and teaching me what I needed to restore the quality of my life! I am so grateful to my loving family and many friends who have also been very supportive of my efforts.
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Is Whole Foods Wholesome? The dark secrets of the organic-food movement. By Field Maloney Posted Friday, March 17, 2006, at 1:34 PM ET http://www.slate.com/id/2138176/
It's hard to find fault with Whole Foods, the haute-crunchy supermarket chain that has made a fortune by transforming grocery shopping into a bright and shiny, progressive experience. Indeed, the road to wild profits and cultural cachet has been surprisingly smooth for the supermarket chain. It gets mostly sympathetic coverage in the local and national media and red-carpet treatment from the communities it enters. But does Whole Foods have an Achilles' heel? And more important, does the organic movement itself, whose coattails Whole Foods has ridden to such success, have dark secrets of its own?
Granted, there's plenty that's praiseworthy about Whole Foods. John Mackey, the company's chairman, likes to say, "There's no inherent reason why business cannot be ethical, socially responsible, and profitable." And under the umbrella creed of "sustainability," Whole Foods pays its workers a solid living wage—its lowest earners average $13.15 an hour—with excellent benefits and health care. No executive makes more than 14 times the employee average. (Mackey's salary last year was $342,000.) In January, Whole Foods announced that it had committed to buy a year's supply of power from a wind-power utility in Wyoming.
But even if Whole Foods has a happy staff and nice windmills, is it really as virtuous as it appears to be? Take the produce section, usually located in the geographic center of the shopping floor and the spiritual heart of a Whole Foods outlet. (Every media profile of the company invariably contains a paragraph of fawning produce porn, near-sonnets about "gleaming melons" and "glistening kumquats.") In the produce section of Whole Foods' flagship New York City store at the Time Warner Center, shoppers browse under a big banner that lists "Reasons To Buy Organic." On the banner, the first heading is "Save Energy." The accompanying text explains how organic farmers, who use natural fertilizers like manure and compost, avoid the energy waste involved in the manufacture of synthetic fertilizers. It's a technical point that probably barely registers with most shoppers but contributes to a vague sense of virtue.
Fair enough. But here's another technical point that Whole Foods fails to mention and that highlights what has gone wrong with the organic-food movement in the last couple of decades. Let's say you live in New York City and want to buy a pound of tomatoes in season. Say you can choose between conventionally grown New Jersey tomatoes or organic ones grown in Chile. Of course, the New Jersey tomatoes will be cheaper. They will also almost certainly be fresher, having traveled a fraction of the distance. But which is the more eco-conscious choice? In terms of energy savings, there's no contest: Just think of the fossil fuels expended getting those organic tomatoes from Chile. Which brings us to the question: Setting aside freshness, price, and energy conservation, should a New Yorker just instinctively choose organic, even if the produce comes from Chile? A tough decision, but you can make a self-interested case for the social and economic benefit of going Jersey, especially if you prefer passing fields of tomatoes to fields of condominiums when you tour the Garden State.
Another heading on the Whole Foods banner says "Help the Small Farmer." "Buying organic," it states, "supports the small, family farmers that make up a large percentage of organic food producers." This is semantic sleight of hand. As one small family farmer in Connecticut told me recently, "Almost all the organic food in this country comes out of California. And five or six big California farms dominate the whole industry." There's a widespread misperception in this country—one that organic growers, no matter how giant, happily encourage—that "organic" means "small family farmer." That hasn't been the case for years, certainly not since 1990, when the Department of Agriculture drew up its official guidelines for organic food. Whole Foods knows this well, and so the line about the "small family farmers that make up a large percentage of organic food producers" is sneaky. There are a lot of small, family-run organic farmers, but their share of the organic crop in this country, and of the produce sold at Whole Foods, is minuscule.
A nearby banner at the Time Warner Center Whole Foods proclaims "Our Commitment to the Local Farmer," but this also doesn't hold up to scrutiny. More likely, the burgeoning local-food movement is making Whole Foods uneasy. After all, a multinational chain can't promote a "buy local" philosophy without being self-defeating. When I visited the Time Warner Whole Foods last fall—high season for native fruits and vegetables on the East Coast—only a token amount of local produce was on display. What Whole Foods does do for local farmers is hang glossy pinups throughout the store, what they call "grower profiles," which depict tousled, friendly looking organic farmers standing in front of their crops. This winter, when I dropped by the store, the only local produce for sale was a shelf of upstate apples, but the grower profiles were still up. There was a picture of a sandy-haired organic leek farmer named Dave, from Whately, Mass., above a shelf of conventionally grown yellow onions from Oregon. Another profile showed a guy named Ray Rex munching on an ear of sweet corn he grew on his generations-old, picturesque organic acres. The photograph was pinned above a display of conventionally grown white onions from Mexico.
These profiles may be heartwarming, but they also artfully mislead customers about what they're paying premium prices for. If Whole Foods marketing didn't revolve so much around explicit (as well as subtly suggestive) appeals to food ethics, it'd be easier to forgive some exaggerations and distortions.
Of course, above and beyond social and environmental ethics, and even taste, people buy organic food because they believe that it's better for them. All things being equal, food grown without pesticides is healthier for you. But American populism chafes against the notion of good health for those who can afford it. Charges of elitism—media wags, in otherwise flattering profiles, have called Whole Foods "Whole Paycheck" and "wholesome, healthy for the wholesome, wealthy"—are the only criticism of Whole Foods that seems to have stuck. Which brings us to the newest kid in the organic-food sandbox: Wal-Mart, the world's biggest grocery retailer, has just begun a major program to expand into organic foods. If buying food grown without chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers has been elevated to a status-conscious lifestyle choice, it could also be transformed into a bare-bones commodity purchase.
When the Department of Agriculture established the guidelines for organic food in 1990, it blew a huge opportunity. The USDA—under heavy agribusiness lobbying—adopted an abstract set of restrictions for organic agriculture and left "local" out of the formula. What passes for organic farming today has strayed far from what the shaggy utopians who got the movement going back in the '60s and '70s had in mind. But if these pioneers dreamed of revolutionizing the nation's food supply, they surely didn't intend for organic to become a luxury item, a high-end lifestyle choice.
It's likely that neither Wal-Mart nor Whole Foods will do much to encourage local agriculture or small farming, but in an odd twist, Wal-Mart, with its simple "More for Less" credo, might do far more to democratize the nation's food supply than Whole Foods. The organic-food movement is in danger of exacerbating the growing gap between rich and poor in this country by contributing to a two-tiered national food supply, with healthy food for the rich. Could Wal-Mart's populist strategy prove to be more "sustainable"than Whole Foods? Stranger things have happened.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 12:00pm Whole Foods Market Lifestyle Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Whole Foods Market in West Hollywood will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with the City of West Hollywood and the Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the new lifestyle department. The Whole Foods Market Lifestyle department sells eco-friendly and sustainable products for body and home. Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a sidewalk event featuring designer organic cotton clothing lines for babies and adults and representatives from numerous lines of housewares, furniture, and gift items made from sustainable materials. Organic snacks, beverages, raw, vegan foods sampling and book signing with Dorit, Certified Living Foods Chef and author of Celebrating Our Raw Nature . The will be live music, and customer giveaways will be provided while supplies last. Dorit will be speaking on the Benefits of adding Raw, Vegan Foods to our diet. The new Whole Foods Market Lifestyle selections range from organic blue jeans and recycled handbags to paints free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), all providing options and education for a sustainable lifestyle. The 2,000-square-foot area was built using sustainable and environmentally friendly materials—flooring, shelves, walls, paint, hemp curtains for the dressing rooms and even reclaimed and reused furniture as displays and for sale.
Whole Foods Market West Hollywood 7871 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 (323) 848-4200
Tuesday March 21, 2006 12:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sustainable living fair and refreshments.
In 2000 Jerrod’s doctors delivered the gut-wrenching news that he had stage IV melanoma.
“They told me that I had about a five percent chance of living 10 years," Jerrod says. They told him his treatment options were chemotherapy, radiation, interferon or simple ‘monitoring’. "They said that these treatments or combinations of them would improve my odds up to 15 percent or so,” Jerrod said.
Doctors also warned him that the chemical treatments and radiation made it unlikely that he and his wife would be able to have children.
However Jerrod wasn't planning on settling for that:
Following a period of intense research, discernment, and prayer, Jerrod and his young wife Nikki decided against traditional treatments and opted for radically changing Sessler’s diet.
It took them weeks and month to do an “extreme makeover” of their diet to revamp their habits and their pantry. The result was what they still follow today: a strict vegan diet, mostly raw foods that haven’t been processed, with no dairy or meat.
In the end it all paid off!
Today all Sessler family members are healthy and thriving, including three new additions to the family; two boys and a girl whose ages range from eight months to four years old.
Jerrod is thrilled to have defeated his cancer and happy to continue racing cars, a lifelong passion that started at age four when he announced that he wanted to be a race car driver. He raced go-karts as a boy and raced stock cars professionally in l998.
Vegetarian chef and health educator Ken Rohla will present "Balancing Flavors in Live Vegan Cuisine" at 1 p.m. Sunday at Dragonflies and the Gallery Spa, 205 South 2nd St. in Flagler Beach.
Rohla will discuss his experience teaching Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., about the living foods lifestyle.
Bring a raw vegan covered dish that contains nothing processed and no cooked ingredients (i.e. mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar, bottled salad dressing, etc.) and your own beverage, or a $10 donation. For more information, call (386) 439-6715.
Fries and Potato Chips Aren't the Only Cancer-Causing Foods
While French fries and potato chips are the most well-known sources of the carcinogen acrylamide, prompting a lawsuit by California's attorney general, there are many other food sources of the chemical, including black olives, coffee, bread, and breakfast cereal.
Present in 40 Percent of Calories
Acrylamide was once believed only to be the product of industrial waste; it was not until 2002 that it was discovered to be almost everywhere in the human diet. It is a tasteless, invisible byproduct formed when foods -- particularly high-carbohydrate foods -- are fried or baked at high temperatures.
The chemical is present in 40 percent of the caloric intake of most Americans, although French fries and potato chips contain the highest concentrations.
Universal Presence Affects Lawsuit
The almost universal presence of the chemical has led to some doubts about the possibility of success in the California attorney general's lawsuit against fast food companies and potato chip manufacturers.
The suit argues that the companies are required, under California law, to warn the public about toxic chemicals in their food.
Eight Hundred Times the Safe Dose
The EPA considers acrylamide so dangerous that it has the safe level for human consumption at almost zero; the maximum safe level in drinking water is 0.5 parts per billion. A small serving of French fries contains over 400 parts per billion of the chemical.
It is universally agreed that acrylamide causes cancer; however, no one is certain exactly how much of the chemical represents a dangerous dose.
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Dr. Mercola's Comment:
It's somewhat ironic that the fact that this dangerous carcinogen is present in so many foods -- not just French fries, potato chips or meats -- makes California Attorney General Bill Lockyer's recent lawsuit less likely to succeed.
So, because the problem is so widespread as to require immediate action, it's likely that nothing is going to be done at all. Somehow, this is not the kind of logic that makes me confident that your health is being looked out for.
However, there are experts, including some respected scientists, who believe the dangers of acrylamide are certainly worth your attention. After all, do you really think it will improve your health when you eat fries and potato chips?
To protect yourself from a chemical that is universally agreed to be both a neurotoxin and a cause of cancer: • Stop eating processed foods and retool your diet based on your metabolic type. • Increase your intake of raw and minimally cooked foods. • Get rid of your Teflon-coated cookware today!
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