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The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food [Hardcover]

Kaayla Daniel
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10 Sep 2009
A groundbreaking expose that tells the truth about soy that scientists know but that the soy industry has tried to suppress. Soy is not a health food, does not prevent disease and has not even been proven safe.Epidemiological, clinical and laboratory studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive problems, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders, even heart disease and cancer.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: New Trends Publishing Inc,US (10 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967089751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967089751
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the most important nutritional book of the decade. Every concerned American should read this brilliant and entertaining expose.--William Campbell Douglass II, Author of The Milk Book and editor of Real Health Breakthroughs

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Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN THE WHOLE NUTRITIONIST(r) holds a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies and is a board-certified clinical nutritionist based in Santa Fe, N

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 28 Jan 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book provides very well written and easy to take in information on why soy should be eaten only in the traditionally fermented forms (tempeh, natto, miso) and only in very small amounts, if at all.

The facts on soy are shocking. Not only are the many health claims made about soy extremely dubious, there are many serious concerns about its safety as a food.

Soy is hardly the health food it is promoted to be by the soy industry and in the highly processed form it is almost always eaten in, it is not very 'natural' either, and should not be considered a 'whole food.'

The idea that huge amounts of soy are eaten in asian countries, and have been for very long periods of time, and that this contributes to their good health is just a myth!

Products containing soy protein isolate, soy oil, hydrolized vegetable protein etc. should be avoided - especially by pregnant or lactating women, babies and children and women who are trying to become pregnant. (Sterol containing margarines should also be strictly avoided by this group.) Soy supplements are also to be avoided.

Giving a baby soy formula is like giving them 3-5 birth control pills a day and can have permenent effects on their reproductive health such as precocious puberty, small penis size, overdeveloped male breasts, longer more painful periods and infertility. Eating lots of soy has a drug-like or hormone-like effect.

Soy can inhibit enzymes in the body, reduce testosterone levels, reduce libido, cause a number of thyroid problems, increase cancer risk, cause cardiac arrhythmias, cause a toxic build up of manganese or aluminium and low iron levels and many other problems. Soy is also one of the top 8, 7, 6 or 4 top food allergies - depending on whose numbers you listen to.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarier than Stephen King! A must read 11 Aug 2011
This is a great and unique book. I am not aware of any other book that has dissected the soy(a) myth at all, let alone so comprehensively. (The UK refer to the substance as soya and the USA as soy - same horror).

Written in easy to understand language, well referenced and beautifully argued, this should be compulsory reading for anyone working in the field of diet and nutrition, all parents and especially anyone currently consuming this substance. From the history of soy being used (appropriately) for manufacturing of car parts and textiles to the difference between what Japanese people actually consume vs what Western nations produce - every thing you never knew about soy(a) is covered.

There are nice touches of humour, which is just as well because there's nothing funny about the health concerns linked to soy(a) - from cancer to the impact on fertility and the threat to reproduction. If your infant is on soy based formula then you'll understand that you've effectively got them on a birth control pill. The claims that soy(a) helps with the menopause ('natural HRT' kind of claims) are an admission of the hormone content of the substance (plant isoflavones in your cappuccino anyone?)

You will learn about the structure of the plant from which soy comes, the anti nutrients that it comes with, the toxicity and allergens and more and more. If you care about your health, or anyone around you and/or if you consume or have consumed soy(a), please read this book and then pass it on to a friend.
Many thanks - Zoe Harcombe
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 13 Nov 2008
This books is a great read, very well written and on top of that its super informative and really explains why soy is really no food.
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3.0 out of 5 stars moderation is key 1 Mar 2006
By J. Wang - Published on Amazon.com
One of the most interesting facts I find about people today is they don't use common sense. We all know that orange juice is good for you, it has vitamin C. But orange juice consumed by the gallon daily is NOT GOOD for you. So if someone consumes a gallon of orange juice everyday and becomes diabetic, does this imply that orange juice is evil and has no merits? Overdoing anything, even the best nutrient, and you can overdose.

As a Chinese, and still eating Chinese food 90% of the time, no one in our family overdoses on soy. We drink 16 oz of soymilk at the most per day. Fresh soybeans (edamame), only a handful twice a week. Fresh tofu, freshly fried tofu, miso, tempeh, real fermented soy sauce, fermented soybean pastes, are consumed in larger quantities. But we never eat soy alone. And we don't have these strange soy hotdogs, soy burgers, soy powders, soy shakes, engineered soy products.

Babies are never fed soymilk. As soon as babies can start eating food, they are fed fresh silken tofu, as it is an easily digested protein. But tofu is never the only source of protein. Small amounts of ground meat, milk and regular food are fed to babies.

As for adults, tofu will always be eaten with eggs, or meat or fish in a meal. Never by itself. The same with soybeans, miso and soy sprouts and soy sauce, etc.

I believe that Chinese and Japanese have eaten this way for centuries. And because we consume mostly tofu and fermented soy products, you don't hear people having these kinds of problems. Soybeans are naturally high in trypsin. The process of fermentation and tofu making is what deactivates trypsin, and makes it safe for consumption. That is why soymilk and edamame are not eaten in large quantities.

Also what is unknown to most people is that Chinese eat larger quantities of soy bean sprouts and black soy beans. The black soy beans are commonly mistaken as "black beans", but they are not the Mexican or South American black beans. Black soybeans have higher protein content, and are considered superioer to yellow soybeans.

Even though soybean sprouts have phytoestrogens, they contain less phytoestrogens than alfalfa sprouts. One birth control pill has 5000 times as much estrogen as 20 grams of soy sprouts. So eating soy sprouts occasionally (as in once or twice a week) does not hurt you. But going overboard and eating large quantities everyday is not good for you.

And until Americans started producing soybean oil, the majority of Chinese was raised on peanut oil and safflower oil (made by pressing you choy).

The first written record of the soybean plant is contained in the book "Ben Ts'ao Kang Mu", describing the plants of China by Emperor Shen Nung in 2838 BC. They have been cultivated and eaten since then.

If a food has been eaten for 4800 years, I'm pretty sure there is enough empirical data to show that soy itself is not evil. If the plant was toxic in any way, it would be listed as such in the "Ben Ts'ao Kang Mu" and the Chinese Materia Medica. Perhaps engineered soy foods, such as soy hot dogs, soy protein powders, and such should be eaten sparingly.

But if you have any doubts about soy, you shouldn't eat too much of it, and definitely do not eat engineered foods. As in everything, moderation is key to good health.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Truth at Last! 7 April 2005
By Tom Whittier - Published on Amazon.com
As a former vegetarian who relied heavily upon commercial soy products, and suffered because of it, I loudly applaud this important, timely work! It is exhaustively researched and provides for the first time, a revealing glimpse into more industry greed at the expense of consumer's health. I suffered from a compromised Thyroid due to my reliance on Tofu, Soy Milk, and phony burgers to get me through the day. I suffered doubly, from the poor palatability of the products, as well as their hidden hormones. The resulting Thyroid complications, flatulence, and loss of libido caused much unnecessary suffering. I have studied about Soy independently, being a Pharmaceutical chemist, so am somewhat familiar with some of the problems associated with the modern processed varieties. However, I was unprepared and shocked by what I found out from this wonderful book. Being a scientist, I am very impressed with the research that went into it. The author makes it easy reading and humorous as well which helps one to get through the dark truths revealed. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the health of themselves and their loved ones. The current belief that processed Soy is somehow equated with health is just another example of how we are so often controlled by marketing hype.
195 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Soy Ever Written 21 Jun 2005
By Russell L. Blaylock - Published on Amazon.com
The nutritional literature is littered with books extolling the virtures of soy and soy products. Unfortunately, most are based on hype, poor research and manipulated science. This book explores the history of soy, defines the various types of historical soy products and then proceeds to explore the science of soy and soy prooducts in great detail. I have found it to be a tremendous encyclopedia of knowledge concerning the subject. Having studied soy products for some years, Dr. Daniels taught me a considerable amount about soy. The sections on soy and cancer are especially valuable, since so many women have been convinced that soy products prevent breast cancers, when in fact, there is compelling evidence the opposite is true. I strongly recommend this book for all those interested in the truth about soy and soy products.
109 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay Off the Soyfeed! 3 Jun 2005
By Nicole Timberlake - Published on Amazon.com
As a college student studying to be a veterinarian, I learned that there are good reasons why high quality animal feeds do not contain soy protein and even advertise themselves as "soyfree." Animals fed too much soy grow poorly, are prone to disease, show less frequent "mounting behavior," infertility, birth defects and even cancer. I never understood why this same food could be advertised as a "health food" for human animals. Common sense said "NO WAY" and I've seen a lotta poor health among the many veggies who eat soy, soy and more soy on campus. I was glad to find this book because it confirmed that my instincts were right and because it has satisfied my curiosity with good science. Don't think it's boring though. It has thousands of references in the back of the book yet is a surprisingly good read.
164 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars State of Israel Warns "Don't Eat Soy" -- but not the corrupt FDA 26 Aug 2005
By Albert Ray Jones - Published on Amazon.com
In Israel parents are now being warned not to give soy formula to babies and not to feed children up to age 18 soy more than 3 times per week. Adults are told to be cautious. But in America the FDA tells us this stuff is a health food. How can that be? Think what else the FDA has given us. "Safe" drugs like Vioxx that have killed people, excitotoxic sugar substitutes such as aspartame that cause neurological and brain damage. Why on earth should you believe the FDA when it tells us that soy stops heart disease? You shouldn't that's what. Nearly everything else you'll read about soy is provided by the people selling it to you . Big business - big profits -- big corruption -- big pulling the wool over the eyes of the public. It takes a big book to expose all this and this book is it.
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