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Why are Soy Products so bad for Endometriosis?

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I often get women asking me why I suggest cutting out Soy Milk and any Soy products from their diet. The main reason I recommeded this initially was because they contain isoflavones or phyto-oestrogens which essentially mimick our Oestrogen levels. Over time, this causes an excess of Ostrogen in the body and our symptoms with Endometriosis become much worse, rather than better.

 

That was my basic understanding of Soy and I have been avoiding it ever since. Today however, I received an article from a website I subscribe to from Dr.Mercola. You should seriously subscribe because it has some awesome information about our health!

 

What I read in there about Soy totally scared me!

It basically states that we have Endometriosis because of Soy products and that Soy products are not just in milk but in many foods that we currently might be consuming! – especially if we are replacing our diet with vegetarian options!

 

The problem starts with how the Soy is produced. Most of the soy beans are farmed in the USA and are genetically modified. There are now over 72 million acres of Soy Farmland in the States! What they have done is created a bean that is designed to withstand heaps of herbicides without dying! The main ingredient in these herbicides is an ingredient called glyphosate which is responsible for MASSIVE problems! It disrupts our natural hormonal balance by producing even more Oestrogen! It is a toxin and disrupts the placenta within women who are carrying a child. This damage causes miscarriages! The growth of the unborn child are also affected.

 

The sad thing is we are told that Soy is a great natural alternative, especially if you have decided to go Vegetarian. Unfortunately, the amount of foods that now contain this ingredient is frightening! Everything from Tofu, Soy Milk, Soy Yoghurt, Soy Cheese, Protein bars, Protein Shakes and even breakfast cereals contain it. Recognise MSG? TSF(Textured soy flour) and Licithin? All the same stuff!

What is also scary is that they tested all this on rats – just to make sure and guess what….. it was directly linked to Endometriosis.

Read this article:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/05/dont-eat-these-beans-if-youre-thinking-of-having-children.aspx?aid=CD945

Direct links to Endometriosis!

  • Retrograde Menstruation
  • Abnormal or heavy menstrual periods
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Damage to the Pituitory gland
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and mood swings
  • Food Allergies

Wow! How scary is that?

Now, what do we do?

 

Here is my solution:

Make it or grow things yourself!

That is really the only way you know where things have come from and what is in them! How can we trust anything anymore?

Here are other great sources of protein that don’t need to be Soy or Meat:

  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Maca Root

We have got the means to decide what we buy. Be informed. Read the label and if it’s packaged with clever marketing – be even more weary!

Would love to hear your experiences with Soy. Have you been eating it? Drinking it? What about Protein shakes?

 

I LOVE hearing your comments and feedback. Please feel free to post a comment or question below.

 

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  • Belinda

    Several years ago a naturopath recommended that I switch to soy and avoid dairy. Within weeks I stopped ovulating and just bled for weeks without relief, I truly believe soy disrupted my hormones and created oestrogen excess – being a PCOS sufferer with mild Endo, I was already battling oestrogen dominance so switching to soy was the worst thing I could have done :-(

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    • Melissa

      Thanks for sharing Belinda! That is scary stuff isn’t it? I hope you have found a way to heal yourself by balancing back your hormones!

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    • Melissa

      That is scary! I never realised just how bad Soy was until I read these articles. I hope you have found a way to get the balance back now though?

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      • Belinda

        Unfortunately, no, I haven’t found any proper dietary answers for PCOS. People will often suggest alot of things based on something they read or anecdotal evidence but nobody has actually said “this really works” and then back it up. I have tried following several “PCOS diets” but always felt that they were depriving my body of what it really needs. The sugar cravings are the worst part of being a PCOS sufferer.

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        • Melissa

          Hi Belinda,
          It sounds like a very similar condition to Endometriosis as it relates to our hormones and their imbalance. I don’t think you can find a single cure for any condition. Wouldn’t it be lovely if there was! I think it is all about combining diet, lifestyle, de-stressing and getting rid of bad emotions and yes using specific healing remedies such as herbs and foods to heal. The body needs to do the healing, not a tablet or surgery! You just need to guide it in the right direction. Try some Turmeric – my new article it indicates that it can help with irregular periods too!
          http://www.endoempowered.com/the-amazing-healing-powers-of-turmeric-for-endometriosis/

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  • Danielle

    Hi,

    I suspect I might have endometriosis but I have not been diagnosed because my doctor won’t give me a laproscopy. All I know is when I started eating organic, cut out dairy and SOY, cut out preserved foods and started supplementing with evening primrose twice daily and exercising my cramps improved by nearly 80%. I also have hypothryoidism and I am only 26 years old. I pray that I can have children one day. Thanks for your wonderful information.

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    • Melissa

      Hi Danielle,
      I am glad you have taken things into your own hands are starting to feel better! I am sure you will have children one day! Just keep healing your body with good nutrition and healthy herbs and supplements! It is my pleasure! :)

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  • SJT

    Wow! This is a little bit scary for me- especially considering that a few months back I went on a vegetarian kick and drank a lot of soy milk/ate a lot of soy protein stuff. While my discovery of endo is fairly recent, however, I don’t think it is a result of the soy- though it very well could have increased my symptoms. I have always had issues with my cycle for as long as I can remember, but my mom always told me to drink milk. Personally, I’m not a big fan of milk or dairy, hence what got me started on soy milk- it had better taste and was “healthier” for you. My question is: do dairy products actually help out women with endo? Supposedly it helps other women with cramps, but I’m not so sure what to do. =/

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    • Melissa

      Milk and dairy are said to aggravate the pain we have every month with our period. I shall do a longer explanation shortly but essentially it encourages the Prostaglandin 2 hormones to be more active which basically stimulate inflammation. So, not one we want to encourage. I also don’t like milk because it comes from cows and they have been often been pumped with hormones, anti-biotics and all sorts of stuff, which we land up drinking. The best is Almond milk but not always easy to find or make. I usually have rice milk and quite a little with my muesli/porridge in the morning.

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      • Belinda

        I would like to comment on the claim that cows have been “pumped with hormones, anti-biotics and all sorts of stuff”.

        Being a former dairy farmer in Australia (and this also applies in the UK), I know for a fact that cows are NOT given hormones to make them produce more milk. This is actually allowed in the US and some other countries but certainly not in the UK, Australia and I’m 90% sure that it is illegal in New Zealand as well.

        If a cow is treated with anti-biotics the milk it is only to combat a health problem like mastitis. There is a very strict withholding period which means that any milk a cow produces, while being treated and for up to 7 days from the finish of treatment, is not allowed to be used for human consumption and that contaminated milk is sent straight down the drain.

        Milk processing companies will test the milk and if the bacteria count is too high or traces of anti-biotics or other drugs are found then the farmer can either be fined or lose their contract, so it is in the farmer’s best interest to ensure that the milk is not contaminated.

        Something that may be of interest to readers who love their dairy is organic “biodynamic” milk which tastes beautiful and many people who have had difficulty digesting supermarket brands of regular milk have giving glowing reports of biodynamic milk.

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        • Melissa

          Hi Belinda, thanks for pointing that out. I had no idea it was so well regulated here and in Australia. Unfortunately our poor girls from the states aren’t so lucky!
          I guess it is not so much about it being “biodynamic” but more that it aggravates the hormone balances in our body which causes extra pain. I miss milk too :) Especially cheeses but the pain just aint worth it for me!

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  • SJT

    Thanks you guys! I was just curious about the whole dairy consumption issue. I can’t believe that is not illegal in the United States! Does this mean most dairy products are best to avoid? (Going hypochondriac now) How much is it that we endo sufferers have to cut out? I’ve heard soy and dairy, but I’ve also heard of things like meat being bad for you as well as gluten or sugars. . . it’s really too bad there’s not just a cure for this thing, because it seems like a lot of things to sacrifice for it- though I suppose it beats constant pain.

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    • Melissa

      Hi SJT. I guess it depends on how you look at it. I think those things are bad for most people and they perhaps don’t really realize it until much later in life. We have a real opportunity to be healthy and treat our body well, even if it is endo pain that encourages us to do this :)

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  • Gracie

    I too am a sufferer of Endo. I have gone through 1 laparotomy to remove 2 cysts from my right ovary in 2010 but after my 3-month Lucrin shots, the endo pain was still there.

    I’d just like to share that I’ve just started on Alpha Lipid’s Colostrum (cow’s first milk) powdered drink. I was introduced to it by my husband’s aunt. I have consumed it for 18 days now. My first period after taking colostrum, the pain is less severe than the ones I normally have. I am still taking painkillers though the pain is less. I have read that many consumers of Alpha Lipid’s colostrum have been healed of their Endometriosis pain after their 2nd or 3rd canister. So, I’m hoping that this will be the case for me! So wish me luck!

    And just to let you know, Alpha Lipid’s colostrum drink is derived from cows in New Zealand. Like Belinda implied, countries like Australia and New Zealand have the strictest guidelines and practices for rearing cows. The colostrum is derived from only pasture-fed cows that are pesticide, antibiotic and hormone-free.

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    • Melissa

      Hi Gracie. That sounds really interesting. Funny I had not heard of it since I live in New Zealand :)
      Thanks for sharing. Will look into it some more.

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  • Sara

    Good info! I have been avoiding soy since you told us to, except the occasional italian soy sausage with sauerkraut lol… I used to eat tons of the stuff though, and I was in teen years so i am sure that mucked with things. I cannot believe all those years I thought I was eating healthy. I remember my mom buying me weight loss shakes and what not and those were probably high in all sorts of artificial flavors and colors and soy and sugar….gross! That was years ago but I am sure those poor eating habits and all the soy (and maybe birth control pills too?) contributed to, if not caused, this darned endo.I am outraged at our government for allowing such destructive practices to occur with our food. Food is the new poison, it is scary. I think we need to grow more of our own food and eat organic, it is the only way really for the long haul…

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    • Melissa

      I totally agree! I have started my winter garden already :) It is really the only way we can guarantee what we are getting. We decide what goes in the soil, what we protect the plants with and they are super fresh :) Unfortunately, it does make it hard to trust anything you can buy at a supermarket.

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  • Julie

    I was diagnosed with rectovaginal endometriosis and have suffered cramps in my bowls and uterus for many years. I had an operation and all symptoms disappeared. The other day, I had doritos chilli flavour and suddenly all pain came back in my bowels after 2 years of no pain. I read the ingredients and it said it contained a significant amount of soya. I have realised that everytime I eat soya, I get this pAin. Avoid soya!!!

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    • Melissa

      Wow! Such an instant reaction from chips! Frightening!

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  • Terry

    I stopped eating daily cereal with soy protein and my endometriosis pain went away. I was on Lupron for a year prior to that. Once off Lupron, the pain returned and didn’t stop until I eliminated soy from my diet!

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    • Melissa

      Wow! That is amazing! I am discovering more and more how much we should avoid oestrogens in our diets :) Thanks for sharing.

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  • Katherine

    I just recently added soy to my diet after hearing so many articles and studies about how bad cows milk is for you, but now that ive read this some recent events in my life are starting to connect. I recently changed bc( 4 periods a year) and my first period was fine and then sometime inbetween my first and second period i added soy milk. My second period was horrible and my third was not so nice either, i thought maybe it was the bc, which it still could be, but i may try eliminating soy this next few months and see if that makes a difference.

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    • Melissa

      Hi Katherine,
      It could certainly also be the BC :) hope you figure it out.

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    • Robin

      I also do not like cows milk buy I have endometriosis and pcos. I use almond milk, coconut milk, flax milk and hemp milk instead of soy milk. Maybe you could try those, the coconut with no added sugar in vanilla is amazing

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  • aurelie

    hello Melissa! Thank you for this article! I am very aware of the danger of modern soy products. There is a reason why asian people ferment soy for weeks and even months before they consume it….. when i was a vegetarian, i started drinking soy milk too and it made me really sick, after eating/drinking it i would feel really tired and bloated. But i also think milk is not as bad as people think. Modern processed milk make people sick because it is bad quality. but if you get nice organic raw milk, i think for most people it is a very healthy food. it not because water is polluted that water is bad for you and its not because vegetables are coverd in pesticides that they are bad for you…..you see what i mean? Food is all about quality and it is exactly the same thing with meat in y opinion.
    Keep on the good research and info Mel!!! thank you for you work!!

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    • Melissa

      Hi Aurelie,
      I can agree, that there are certain differences in the quality of what we are eating :)
      I know that fermented soy products are actually quite good for us – probably where all the research comes from!
      Pleasure :)

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  • Princess_Mia

    Great post! I went vegan for a few years awhile back (I did a stint as both soy and soy free vegan to see if there was a difference). When I went soy free I discovered shan tofu. That stuff is amazing! And it’s super easy to make (it’s basically just chick-pea flower).

    Now when I get a craving for tofu I go for shan tofu. It’s got a different texture and flavor, but it’s a pretty good substitute for anyone avoiding soy tofu.

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  • Nikki

    This is another great reason to stop with the soy … My paternal aunt was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at 35 years old and after seeing so many oncologists she finally got one that specialized in not only breast cancer but women’s health. She was told that because of the increased levels of estrogen in soy products, some of the birth control she had taken, and other products with heightened levels of hormones that that was the cause of her cancer. She has always been one of the healthiest people I know. She runs. She was a gymnast who was still that flexible at 35 after having 2 children! She has always eaten very healthy. Other than a love for good red wine (and maybe a little too much of it), she was seriously one of healthiest people I knew before her cancer. That experience has obviously changed other areas of her health. I didn’t want to believe at first all of the things her doctor was telling her can create hormonal imbalances in women and lead to all kinds of health problems including “womenly” cancers! Be careful everyone!

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