Our SAD* Soy Story
by Guest blogger, Ralph DiPalma
My wife has an allergic reaction to soy. She also has a similar reaction (nasal congestion sometime leading to a sinus infection) to dairy and citrus. Needles to say we examine the ingredient labels of all products before we place the items in our grocery cart. As well, we ensure the wait staff / chef at eating establishments know of her allergies in advance and most often take exceptional care to avoid the problem foods or techniques (she can tell within 15-30 minutes after eating how well they did).
So what have we learned, how do we cope and why are we pleading for manufacturers and government health organizations to “honestly” review the dangers? We ask that they take action to eliminate SOY from our foods and from animal feed since we are recipients when we eat the animals and the animal’s products.
What we Have Learned about Soy
The “DANGERS” are many. To name a few:
Illinois convicts have gone to court, claiming that too much soy in their diets has left them with severe health problems, including heart issues and thyroid damage, along with allergic reactions and gastrointestinal distress. Consult Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit, tax-exempt nutrition education foundation Soy Alert campaign. You can also follow the Soy Alert campaign on Facebook.
Search the internet for “dangers of SOY” and read as numerous doctors relate adverse effects of unfermented SOY, such as written by Dr. Mercola for Huffington Post, who cites dangers like: “growth problems in children, interference with protein digestion, thyroid cancer, formation of highly carcinogenic nitrosamines, and high levels of aluminum – which wreaks havoc to baby’s immature metabolic system.
Another web site, “Foodrenagade” Dangers of Soy article also provides a scary summary of the dangers.
Finally, the FDA “Poisonous Plant Database” contains 100 “matches” for the word “SOY”.
How to cope with a soy allergy
As a person allergic to SOY, demand to have a choice in every product category.
Search nutrition labels looking for “SOY” as an allergen (manufacturers may include a “SOY” ingredient but do not always list “SOY” as an allergen).
Alert the grocer as to the dangers of “SOY” and question why it is in so many of their products. We don’t have a choice anymore – even a bottle of horseradish contains soy. What to do – don’t buy the product and maybe the grocer will soon learn to avoid products containing soy.
Call attention to the manufacturer and to the FDA (if you can find someone interested in knowing) who are the violators of the “labeling laws”.
Ask the wait staff / chefs to read the labels of the products (soybean oil mixed into olive oil because it is cheaper, soy in bread because flour with soy is cheaper). Encourage them to ask themselves “am I using it because it is cheaper (doesn’t always make it taste better)”? “Can I make a good meal without soy” – you did it before why not go back to being noted for quality meals that are also healthy?
Why we suggest you plead with manufacturers, state and federal agencies and farmers to avoid soy?
The prime reason is to bring healthy foods back to the shelves; give people with a SOY allergy the ability to choose (like people with gluten allergies).
Secondary reason, ensure the manufacturers and grocers get the message and avoid products containing unhealthy ingredients.
When we eat foods containing soy we also consume the modifications supporting the growth of soybeans. More than 90% of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified. Soybean crops are sprayed with herbicides, such as glyphosate, which French researchers have found to be carcinogenic.
When chickens are fed genetically modified feed containing soy, we consume the soy in the eggs and the meat of the chickens. The same exists when the beef and pork are fed genetically modified feed.
Give true chefs the ability to produce healthy and flavor full foods again.
Ralph DiPalma graduated with a degree in Political Science. He retired from the Navy after almost 29 years of active duty in the fields of aviation and intelligence. Ralph was employed by six defense contractors in the areas of technology integration, telemedicine, maritime intelligence and staff support to several senior Naval officers and their staffs. He currently does volunteer work at the local hospital and at an Air & Space Museum.
Editors Note: SAD is an acronym for Standard American Diet. Double meaning intended. :). Please see more Hartke is Online! posts about the Prison Soy lawsuit.