June 28, 2009
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Several years ago, I found out I have hypothyroidism. My thyroid had all but quit doing what it was supposed to and my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) had sky-rocketed. I started a search to see what could either cause or worsen the problem. I found a site about Kaayla T. Daniel’s work uncovering some disturbing facts. As the press release pdf states, it is both controversial and authoritative. There are many sites on the Internet protesting the validity of her material but I know it’s true. I’ve lived it.
There was a pre-publishing download of the book in pdf format with a promise of a copy of the finished product. Almost everything I read in The Whole Soy Story resonated with me. That’s when I essentially gave up all the yummy fake steak and phony baloney. I had cases of it and gave most of it away. I’ll have to admit I would eat what had minimal amounts of soy now and then, but for all intents and purposes, it was history but the damage had been done.
Ms. Daniel’s site has a wealth of information but what sounded like how I could have ended up is is found on page 322 of the book. The difference was, I wasn’t an avid runner and I have never been anything but a vegetarian, and, for the last four years, a vegan. There are many personal stories throughout the book but this one speaks of adding soy products to the vegetarian diet. Just as this person chronicled, I had been eating large quantities of tofu, prepared soy foods, drinking soy milk and snacking on soy “nuts”. In my case, I was trying to get off hormones. In hers, she was hoping to “naturally” relieve the symptoms of menopause. I was lucky. The writer had to have surgery for a goiter with multiple nodules. I haven’t had to go that far.
Soy proponents will argue that people have eaten soy safely for centuries. While that may be true, it has never been consumed in the quantities it is today. There are the obvious sources—the meat analogs, tofu and soy milk—but pick up almost any prepared food and you will find soy as an ingredient in one form or another. It is almost as pervasive as the ubiquitous corn. It is far more dangerous. In a years old copy of Vibrant Life is an article stating some researchers urge people to proceed with caution when adding soy to the diet. Personally, it’s my belief that, if you can live without it then live without it. It isn’t necessary for good health and it can, in fact, have the opposite effect. And it isn’t just the thyroid that can be impacted in a negative way. This book details many different personal stories and conditions.
And now for the giveaway. I have had this book until the pages have yellowed somewhat with age. The truth in its covers is ageless, though, and I feel compelled to share it. I read the pdf. The hardcover book has never been perused. If you have thyroid disease or know someone who does, then you can be counted as a citizen of the civilized world.
You can click here for the Giveaway Rules.
One note: Even if you don’t eat soy, there is someone in your life who needs this information.