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Friday, June 29, 2007

be a vegetarian, risk violence and effeminate behavior

This is going to be a long post, and probably boring. i've selected a couple of paragraphs from several sources as backup info. i'm not cherry picking, just cutting to the chase. each article has a URL listed so that you can go see the original and read it for yourself.
what got me started was an article i read in this month's UTNE Reader. the article that twigged my interest is called The Dark Side of Soy. i've had an interest in the whole soy vs. meat thing ever since my daughter decided she didn't want to eat meat any more. at 14. she's 28 now, and still adhering to a semi-vegetarian lifestyle. the things i read in this article just reaffirms many others i've come to believe in. in Britain, the prison administration is considering doing away with all soy based products as a means to reduce violence.
in my own experience, i've felt most of the vegan males i've met had some serious female components, and now i know why. not that they are wimps, just that they have serious masculinity deficiencies (that is a directed jab at a friend of mine. the rest of you, don't take it too personal. or you can, your call. just don't cry about it, ok?) what the hell am i talking about? from the article:
Although soy's isoflavones may have an adaptogenic effect (contributing to an estrogen-boosting or -blocking effect where needed), they also have the potential to promote hormone-sensitive cancers in some people. Studies on the effects of isoflavones on human estrogen levels are conflicting, and it's possible that they affect people differently. In men, soy has been shown to lower testosterone levels and sex drive, according to Daniel.
Epidemiological studies have shown that Asians, particularly in Japan and China, have a lower incidence of breast and prostate cancer than people in the United States, and many of these studies credit a traditional diet that includes soy. But Asian diets include small amounts--about nine grams a day--of primarily fermented soy products, such as miso, natto, and tempeh, and some tofu. Fermenting soy creates health-promoting probiotics, the good bacteria our bodies need to maintain digestive and overall wellness. By contrast, in the United States, processed soy food snacks or shakes can contain over 20 grams of nonfermented soy protein in one serving.
and the fact that soy is high in plant estrogens in it's unfermented form explains a lot when you look inside the door of vegan restaurants in san francisco.......

in an article from Organic Consumers a reply to a post regarding parents jailed for murder because they fed their baby only soy milk and apple juice follows:
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Soy milk does not contain the nutrients that children need for their growth. In fact, the idea that soy milk is healthy, in and of itself, is a complete myth. Feeding your baby soy milk will lead to severe vitamin, mineral, fatty acid and amino acid deficiencies that can clearly be deadly.
...An earlier pilot study on 30 patients with violent records found that those given omega-3 supplements had their anger reduced by one-third, measured by standard scales of hostility and irritability

followed by THIS ARTICLE from an Aussie newspaper: (snippets of the article follow)
Hibbeln's theory is that because the omega-6 fatty acids compete with the omega-3 variety for the same metabolic pathways, when omega-6 dominates in the diet, we can't convert the omega-3s to DHA and EPA, the longer chain versions we need for the brain. Then it seems the brain picks up a more rigid omega-6 fatty acid DPA instead of DHA to build the cell membranes - and they don't function as well. These effects were also predicted in the 1970s by a leading fats expert in Britain, Professor Michael Crawford, now at London's Metropolitan University. Two decades later the first study of the effect of diet on behaviour took place in a British prison. It was conducted by Bernard Gesch, now a senior researcher at Stein's Oxford laboratory, at Aylesbury prison.
His study, a placebo-controlled double-blind randomised trial, took 231 volunteer prisoners and assigned half to a regime of multivitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid supplements and half to placebos.
The results, published in 2002, showed that those receiving the extra nutrients committed 37 per cent less serious offenses involving violence, and 26 per cent less offenses overall. Those on the placebos showed no change in their behaviour. Once the trial had finished the number of offenses went up by the same amount.

The leading source of omega-6? soy. unfermented soy, to be exact. so ditch that tofu, forget that soy milk crap. meat. meat and dairy. some veggies to keep it all in balance. do it for you. do it for the rest of us that have to deal with your nutrient deficiency fueled outbursts and politics....



Blogger Sabra said...

Soy formula is a bad, bad thing too. (Even more so than normal formula.)

Link: Australian Pediatric Soy Protein Formula Policy

It says in part:

Soy may cause loss from the gut of vitamins, minerals and trace elements and it has been suggested that 10% more calories are needed in soy preparations in order to promote equivalent growth to infants breastfed or fed a milk formula (11). Low levels of chloride have been reported and may result in serious hypochloraemic alkalosis in infants fed soy formula (12).

Manufacturers currently attempt to compensate for these potential problems by adding extra protein, trace elements and chloride to soy formulae. Growth of infants fed soy formulae is similar to that of infants fed formulae based on cow's milk protein but there is concern about poorer bone mineralization in infants fed soy formulae (13).

The carbohydrate content of soy formula differs in each of the three commonly available preparations (Isomil: sucrose 36%, corn syrup solids 64%; Prosobee: maltodextrins 100%; Infasoy: sucrose 25%, corn syrup solids 75%). Sucrose is not the preferred carbohydrate in infancy because of its potential effect on teeth and development of inappropriate eating habits.

High aluminum content has also been documented in soy formula (14).

Mind you, that is only a very small snippet of the issues found with soy formula. But there are people who use it from the get-go because they believe the soy hype.

Most health food stores are enamoured with soy products, another thing that drives me nuts. I make a conscious effort to avoid soy-containing products, which is much harder than you'd think. Many protein powders have it added. It struck me as funny that the health food store I went to in Hawaii had a petition against genetically modified organisms and yet sold a huge variety of soy products. There isn't any more genetically modified food out there.

6/29/07, 5:21 PM  
Blogger bhd said...

Oh, honey. You do not want me to drink milk. I am among the legions of people with lactose intolerance.

6/29/07, 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always enjoyed veggies. As long as they were pre-processed by a Black Angus.

6/30/07, 8:16 AM  
Blogger LBJ said...

I tried to do the soy thing as it was "healthier" and after a week I was ready to take hostages at the local Outback Steakhouse.

Thanks for the blog and the Seawolf link

from: Skywriter
aka. . Roger "Bull" Durham's little sis

6/30/07, 2:24 PM  

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