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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Newtrends Publishing, Inc.; First Edition edition (Feb. 17 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967089751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967089751
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Anyone in America who is interested in safe, healthy nutrition must come to terms with Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel's The Whole Soy Story. This book is a gauntlet thrown at the feet of the soy industry, whose reputation often seems based as much on self-promotion as science. Well-written, authoritative and accessible to the layperson, this is science writing at its best. (Larry Dossey, MD, Author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words)

Dr. Daniel's book contains everything you ever wanted to know about soy and much, much more and will make you wonder just why our nation, our bodies and our children are not being properly protected. Soy is just one more example of risks to the public that far outweigh the greedy benefits derived by big business and politicians. It is another serious wake-up call. (Doris J. Rapp, MD www.drrapp.com, Author of Our Toxic World, A Wake Up Call:How Chemicals Damage Our Bodies, Brains, Behavior and Sex.)

The Whole Soy Story is a devastating and authoritative indictment of the safety of soy foods and a "must read" for consumers who are under the misconception that soy foods promote health. Convincingly argued and extensively supported by the medical and scientific literature, it exposes the misleading propaganda of the soy industry in promoting the supposed benefits of this inferior food. (Kilmer McCully, MD, Author of The Homocysteine Revolution and The Heart Revolution)

Bravo to Kaayla for digging up the whole story on soy and telling the truth. (Debra Lynn Dadd, Author of Home Safe Home)

Kaayla Daniel exposes soy for what it is, a substance that, when processed, packaged and marketed by unscrupulous companies―not to mention overconsumed by the public―becomes a harmone-disrupting drug capable of causing a host of health problems, including thyroid conditions. In The Whole Soy Story, Kaayla Daniel dismantles the marketing mythology that sells soy as a health food, replacing it with the fascinating, well-researched and fully referenced truth about soy's very real health dangers. (Mary J. Shomon, Thyroid patient advocate, author of the bestselling Living Well With Hypothyrodisim:What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You)

Kaayla Daniel blows the lid off nutritional dogma. Soy is NOT a miracle food. (Dr. Joseph Mercola)

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

There is a disturbing number of safety issues surrounding soy that have yet to be resolved. Dr. Kaayla Daniel begins an important dialogue. (Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN Director, Holistic Nursing Consultants, Santa Fe, NM, Holistic Nursing Consultants, Santa Fe, NM, and author of Florence)

About the Author

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

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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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Kaayla Daniel's PhD. CCN, has written this very informative book for anyone who wants to know both the pro's and con's of Soy as well as it's history in the food industry. I especially recommend anyone with an allergy to Soy or anyone who suspects that they have such an allergy to read this lengthy, but extremely important book. It is crucial knowledge for this generation plagued with so many illnesses!
Deborah in Elliot Lake, ON
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It's about time that we have both sides of soy. I have avoided it for over 30 years knowing about it's dangers. People would say I was crazy. Now that we are in the era of whistle blowers we can make our own choice. What worries me the most is good parents give their babies soy feeling that they are make a healthy choice.
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HASH(0x9e3b6e4c) out of 5 stars moderation is key - (UPDATED no longer recommend soy) Feb. 28 2006
By J. Yu-Sian Wang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.

UPDATE 7/21/2015
SOY NOT RECOMMENDED in your diet, or eat very tiny amounts (like only soy sauce for sushi). This is my personal journey, and yours may vary. Listen to your body and do what's best for YOU.

I had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue and leaky gut in 1995. The western trained doctor did not know what to tell me; he just said that there's nothing I need to do and it doesn't cause any medical issues. At the time, I didn't know any better, and just left. Since the leaky gut issue was not fixed, hence my gut has been "leaking food debris" for close to 20 years now, no wonder I started developing autoimuune conditions, like eczema that won't go away, hair loss, thinning hair, low thyroid, fertility issues, and finally celiac. I remember I went to another doctor, who after reviewing blood tests, said that my thyroid number is lower than she liked, but not low enough to give me medication. "What can I do?", I asked; she replied, "there's nothing you can do." Then many years later, I met a naturapath doctor, who said I need iodine tablets supplement, which helped. Then I stopped one day many years later, thinking I no longer need supplements since I started eating lots of nori and wakame.

Then I started having this heavy lead-ball feeling in my stomach after eating breads (gluten). The new western trained MD said, "you might be gluten sensitive; might be a good idea to remove all wheat products". He referred me to a GI specialist (this was back in 2007. The GI specialist said, "oh, that gluten sensitivity is only for people who have specific genetic markings; is anyone in your family allergic to gluten?" "No", I said; then he said, "well, I wouldn't put any faith in that unless you tested positive. It's probably just some indigestion, and you can use OTC and it'll go away." Once again, I left and took his word.

A couple more years later, when I started yet another naturalpath healer, who also did NET, EFT, Bodytalk, muscle testing, and a whole slew of other studies, she said that I need thyroid supplements, additional nutrition, and put me on a leaky gut healing supplement. Unfortunately the leaky gut supplement first started working, then stopped and I felt worse, like something's grating at my stomach lining. It turned out that I was allergic to aloe vera, and aloe vera is in a lot of gut-healing supplements. So I stopped that.

I seemed to be eating well, but still feeling foggy headed. We tested again, and I definitely had gluten allergy. I had no digestive issues at the time, so I thought she was quack. But it turned out, she was right and I was wrong. I went to another GI specialist, who said, there are many levels of gluten allergy. I didn't have to limit my grains intake. He was wrong. I went on a long family trip through route 66, which meant there was very little fresh food, and gluten-contaminated foods everywhere, plus everything is cooked in soybean oil ! Came home with horrible celiac skin rashes from my neck to my feet, which I still see the marks close to 2 years later. The GI specialist said that's not conclusive proof of celiac, he'd have to do a biopsy to confirm it. I don't need a biopsy to confirm something's damaging me !! When I eat even a bite of anything gluten, I start getting itchies within one hour after eating.

Even though my own soy intake involves gluten-free soy sauce (made from black soybeans and rice), soybean and rice miso, and the occasional organic nigari tofu, I had been continually damaging my GI system, my thyroid, and my immune system. I thought I was eating very clean, but it turned out a LOT of canned foods were canned with soybean oil, many XO special Chinese sauces are all made with soybean oil, lots of asian sauces are soy sauce based, like teriyaki, stir fry sauce, many Japanese prepared dressings and sauces all have soy sauce and MSG. I did NOT eat soy hot dogs, or soy chicken or fake meats. Still, I wasn't eating clean as I thought! My naturopath doctor confirmed that soy screws up my immune system, and confuses it, which is what all autoimmune diseases are about.

Now reading this book again, I realized had I stopped eating soy after this book, maybe my symptoms would NOT have developed; maybe I would heal myself long ago, and avoid all these autoimmune diseases, which all started because of leaky gut.

I'm not certain if it's the soy in this country that's different from the soy I grew up with (there was no monsanto, no archer daniel midlands, no cargill in Taiwan back then). But Taiwan now has all those companies selling their toxic wares over there and in China. The soy that we knew from long ago probably has changed there as well, and whether fermented soy or not fermented is no longer the issue. Fermentation used to reduce/eliminate all the trypsins and whatnots; now I'm not sure if it does anymore.

As delicious as soy sauce may be, my health is more important. I'm now on the autoimmune protocol (aka the AIP), and avoiding soy.
Hope this info helps someone to avoid getting sick from eating soy.
301 of 341 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3b6ea0) out of 5 stars The Naked Truth at Last! April 7 2005
By Tom Whittier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
131 of 146 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3b82f4) out of 5 stars Stay Off the Soyfeed! June 2 2005
By Nicole Timberlake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
205 of 233 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3b86b4) out of 5 stars Best Book on Soy Ever Written June 21 2005
By Russell L. Blaylock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
184 of 209 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e3b8798) out of 5 stars State of Israel Warns "Don't Eat Soy" -- but not the corrupt FDA Aug. 25 2005
By Albert Ray Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.