The Evils of Soy, Menstruation, and Cancer related issues
THIS IS PERSONAL AND SOME MEN MAY FIND IT UNCOMFORTABLE,
BUT I URGE ALL WOMEN TO READ AND SHARE THIS!!!
We all know that what we eat can affect our health, and food is the cause of many insidious health problems.... One of the biggest culprits in our age of modern convenience and processed food is SOY.
I no longer eat anything with soy in it because of the phyto-estrogen in it. Even soy lecithin. And soy is in EVERYTHING (or just about) which makes it very difficult for me to go out to eat at most restaurants, or even just grocery shop.
When I started my period, I was 12 years old; from the beginning I have been very irregular and plagued with very bad cramps. Worried I asked my doctor at the time what could be done about it. I was told "well, we can put you on birth control, and that will help this all out."
Leave it to the Doctors to resort to drugs first thing. I did not take his advice. Why?
First of all, I do not like foreign chemicals in me whenever I can help it, and all the girls I knew as teens who were on BC were gaining weight, had skin problems, etc etc etc....
Secondly, cancer runs rampant in the women in my family and birth control is linked to many forms of womanly cancers...
And thirdly I am hardheaded as hell and if I can avoid needless drugs/chemicals I will. So I refused birth control after confirming with the doctors that there was no harm in my being irregular other than inconvenience. (I assumed the cramps were normal. And they are, but not like I was having, they were debilitating.)
As a child, my mother sold Shaklee vitamins and one of the things I liked most was the protein powder, which I now know was soy based. Not to mention how much soy is just in our daily diets. In the form of lecithin, oil, meat substitute, flavor enhancers.... etc etc etc...
Later in life I tried to go vegetarian, so of course I was eating LOADS of soy, all the time. Around this time I started becoming REALLY irregular and at one point went almost 10 months without my period. But for the most part I would have one every 3 or 4 months. However, I went through hellish PMS monthly, just no period. My body was trying to do what it needed to, but I was overloading it with so much extra estrogen that it couldn't complete the cycle. I must add here, that once I started having sex it was frequently quite painful for me.
It got to the point where I was really unable to handle it, so I did some research about all my symptoms (I also had horrific cramps that would put me downfor a day or more) and after said research I was convinced I had endometriosis.
I still had never linked any of this to my diet... But then recently (a few years ago) an ayurvedic
healer friend of mine and I were discussing my problems and foods and soy came up in the conversation... she said that women who are going throuh menopause should eat soy because it helps calm down the symptoms brought about by menopause. I asked her why and she told me about the phytoestrogen in it.
Since then I have experimented with my diet and found that by avoiding all forms of soy in my diet (which takes assiduous attention to all of your ingredients labels: avoid "vegetable oil" "natural flavorings" and unnamed emulsifiers) I no longer have the debilitating cramps, I am regular as a clock, and my PMS moods have settled down noticably.... Oh yea, I didn't mention, I was up and down more than a yoyo. Also, dairy can make cramps worse because of the mucus they cause, but ginger can help with that...and by the way, flax or linseed, also has a plethora of phytoestrogen and I avoid that as well.
Most of the women I have known in my life have had some kind of problems with their "equipment" but most of them have gone the way of the doctors and the drugs and sometimes even surgery... Which is fine for them if they chose that route....however, if you or anyone you knows suffers from these same issues...I pray you would try to be strong and take the route of diet manipulation.
Drugs that stop your period are not natural and are linked to many forms of cancer!!! Your body needs to follow it's natural rythms!!!
A friend of mine told his girl about my experiences and she changed her diet and she has said that is has changed her life!
It isn't easy, in fact it is a lot of work and take a lot of self will, but it is worth it!!!!!!