Some cool Autoimmune thyroid disease images:
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After reading about the dangers of soy I persuaded Catherine to stop drinking soy milk. We also had a full can of soy protein she used in shakes. Then there’s the fake meat we put in burritos and my vegetarian shepherd’s pie. I’m also going to throw out the mayonnaise made with soybean oil. Our bread is baked in soy oil, but I can’t throw that out because almost all bread is. Then there’s soy lecithin which shows up in chocolate and just about everything needing an emulsifier to keep oil from separating from other ingredients. But the Weston Price site which has a campaign against soy does not seem so worried about that.
Because of her endometriosis Catherine was already limiting her soy intake since it is an estrogen mimicker that would make her endometriosis worse. Treatment involves surgically removing the extra growth outside of the womb.
When I mention the dangers of soy to others, they immediately think I am talking about GMO soy and that it is okay to eat tofu and fake meats and what all as long as it is organic. Somehow it escaped us that soy is actually an anti-nutrient. Unless it is fermented as is the case in traditional use of soy, it is, in fact, a toxin; an industrial waste product left over from making soy oil. When I saw, at the museum of science and industry, that the U.S. was the biggest producer of soy I was suspicious.
Then in my research for my diet makeover (following my pre-diabetes diagnosis), I learned the truth about soy and found many articles online that confirmed my reading. The worse affect, in my eyes, is that it interferes with the function of the thyroid and has been linked with autoimmune thyroid disease in infants. One of the symptoms is that your voice goes all croaky and I was beginning to feel that. I also don’t like that it has Trypsin inhibitors which interfere with protein digestion and phytates that reduces the assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. It also has a compound that mimmicks B12 which can cause B12 deficiency and some companies add a synthetic vitamin D2 which is toxic. The aluminum, manganese, MSG and the blood clotting compound isn’t good either. A vegetarian diet is already poor in nutrients so why would you make it more difficult for those nutrients to be absorbed?
I was told three years ago that I was deficient in Vitamin D and Catherine is even more so and was given a prescription for clinical doses of Vitamin D as well. We already knew about B12 being a deficiency of a vegetarian diet. When I met Catherine I was already a convert to eating low on the food chain and made a lot of veggie tofu stir fry. I was not a diehard vegetarian because I don’t believe in being a diehard anything, but Catherine did become a vegetarian after watching a documentary about factory farming. And I complied as far as the meals I cooked for us. And apart from an egg for breakfast and salami or ham in a sandwich I only got to eat meat at restaurants. Catherine also remained a salami consumer and there was always pepperoni pizza. She did still eat eggs and fish. Otherwise she would probably have even more health issues.
The Buddhists at IMC (Insight Meditation Center) have vegetarian potlucks every month which I quite enjoyed going to. And at Tassajara, the Buddhist monastery near Carmel, the meals are also strictly vegetarian. This appealed to the Buddhist philosophy to do no harm, but considering that industrial agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to global warming, uses huge amounts of fossil fuels, causes desertification which leads to destruction of wild life habitat to clear more land for crops, you really have to ask what is the impact of a vegetarian diet when observing this do-no-harm precept.
Soy milk doesn’t even taste good. I did like tofu because of the many ways it could be cooked, but not that much. Fermented soy is okay so tempeh may become a new staple for us. Fermented soy is a traditional food of Asia. They only ate tofu when they were starving. I didn’t once see it during my years growing up in Asia.