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Re(1): Article Opinion

Hi Ted,

I see they are still spouting a lot of the same old soy myths that have already been disproven. Here are some old posts I wrote on the various soy myths being spread around the internet:





The one myth I have not heard before was the claim about saponins causing leaky gut syndrome. Fact is that steroidal saponins are used to treat leaky gut and to kill fungal Candida that can contribute to leaky gut, which is really an inflammatory disorder.

And it is not the saponins that bind cholesterol as they claim but rather the sterols that can be bound to the saponins.

Another misleading statement they made was that saponins are dangerous because they can cause hemolysis. This is true IF the saponins come in to direct contact with red blood cells. Problem is that saponins are not absorbed in to the bloodstream. If they were then there would be a lot of beer drinkers dead since beer is rich in saponins as is root beer. That is what makes the foaming head on these beverages. Saponins are also found in numerous other foods and herbs.

There are a lot more misleading claims such as the high oxalate claims, but I covered these in the posts above.

A few things the author was apparently unaware of though are 1. That oxalates do not only bind calcium, they also bind iron preventing iron overload. 2. That osteoporosis is not from a lack of calcium as is being implied. Osteoporosis is a loss of the collagen matrix. 3. Since oxalates bind with calcium in the diet and already in plants most of the oxalic acid in plants does not absorb, and thus does not bind with serum or bone calcium. Instead the complex is passed in the feces. Most serum oxalate comes from the breakdown of excess vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

In short, it appears to me that the author really has no concept of how things really work inside or outside the body and decided to merely repeat the same old disproven anti-soy claims being spewed on other anti-soy websites.

As far as pulse and food allergies there is a basis. The idea is that if a person is allergic to a food then the body will respond by releasing epinephrine (adrenaline)to counter the histamine. The epinephrine increases the pulse and blood pressure.


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