Is Soy Good for Breast Health?

Photo by GlobalCitizens01 flickr CreativeCommons

Photo by GlobalCitizens01 flickr CreativeCommons

Soy wasn’t considered fit to be eaten in China, where it originated, until they discovered fermentation. The Chinese knew that soybeans contain natural toxins and enzyme inhibitors that block protein digestion. High in phytic acid, they can interfere with mineral absorption. Soy is a known endocrine disrupter. Most soy crops are genetically engineered and heavily sprayed with pesticides. The list of problems related to eating soy is a long one, so is soy good for breast health?

We’re told soy is a preventative to breast cancer. But, I think it will be revealed that unfermented soy products are not good for us. Japanese women, who have low rates of breast cancer, don’t eat as much soy as we’ve been led to believe. They eat miso, which is fermented soy, and they eat tofu, but I think the reason there are fewer Japanese women with breast cancer is because their traditional diet is based on whole foods. It also includes iodine-rich seaweed. They rarely eat sugar and white flour products, nor do they eat big pieces of meat or dairy products laced with hormones. They consume lots of vegetables, fish, and green tea.

Based on what we know about soy and how it is marketed to us, products made with soy protein isolate are also suspect, even though it’s in imitation meat products eaten by vegans and vegetarians and people wanting to be healthier by avoiding meat. For optimum breast health, I ignore unfermented soy products: soy milk, soy nuts, soy protein powders and bars, soy cheese, soy ice cream, supplements with soy, and also tofu. I use organic fermented soy only in moderate amounts: miso, tamari, tempeh, and natto.

To learn more, read The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel. And to find out more about a healing, nourishing approach to breast health, see my book The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer.

The Healing Power of Art

Jim Dine, artist. "Four Hearts" 1969

Jim Dine, artist. “Four Hearts” 1969

Creativity can be deeply healing. A wise colleague told me that in his 30 years as a healer he never saw a person with growths in the body who didn’t also have repressed creativity. This makes sense. We are born to create. Whether we design, invent, paint, draw, color, write, sculpt, build, weave, bake, or tend a garden, creative energy needs an outlet. Let’s talk about the healing power of art.

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form to another. The energy inherent in the desire to create is given outward expression and transformed into a song, a garden, a new deck, a soup. We don’t have to think of creativity only in the form of art such as painting. When we watch children they show us a variety of creative expression. Maybe you pushed your creativity aside as you grew older, but your ability to create something new is still there.

When creativity is held inside it’s like a stream blocked by a dam. The water has no place to go. When a stream is blocked, it changes into a puddle or a pond. There isn’t any forward movement, only stagnation. What if the same thing happens in the human body when creativity has no place to go? Since creativity can be seen as energy, a force desirous of movement, what happens when it’s blocked? Could it contribute to growths in the body?

Do you remember a time when you created effortlessly? What did you love? Colored pencils, fabric, paint, clay, daydreaming, crayons, crafts, yarn, dirt, plants, and flowers? Take a moment to remind yourself of all the ways you loved to create. Which of these could you begin again?

Welcome to the Holistic Woman Blog!

I’m happy to be starting my new Holistic Woman blog today to share information with you about holistic health and wellbeing. There are many reasons to view your life from a holistic perspective. You’ll feel better, heal more fully, find underlying reasons for imbalances or disease, settle your emotions, have better relationships, create peace of mind, and nourish your soul.

The world is one large vibrational force and everything in this world has its own vibration. This means you have your own unique vibration and so do I. Like vibrations attract other like vibrations. When we know this, it becomes difficult to deny that your personal vibration at any given moment attracts your experiences to you, whether you like them or not.

You can alter your vibration so you attract what you want to see in your life, whether it is greater harmony in your relationships, a healthier body, inner peace, better sleep, more love, or even a better financial future. We begin by viewing you as what you are: a beautiful, whole being whose body, mind, emotions, and spirit want to flow together in a natural vibration of harmony. When you experience emotional upset, disease, pain, or other symptoms, that’s your cue to focus on bringing yourself back into holistic balance.

I’m a big advocate for taking responsibility for how we feel and how we respond to life. Now is the moment to step into your power more fully. That old helpless victim paradigm is dying out. It’s from a different consciousness that is fading fast and there isn’t a foundation anymore to support it. The new foundation is more mature and balanced, with a powerful feminine presence.

As soon as you decide to be in charge of your own wellbeing, when you honor your wholeness and pay attention to your entire self, when you begin to listen to deeper messages that tell you how to adjust your life to make yourself happier and healthier, you’re vibration will begin to shift. You will have taken a big step toward becoming a more empowered human being. Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

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