Thursday, January 03, 2008


Info to ALL your female friends... It may save their
Lives! Something to take note of.

This is my true story, nothing altered. These are
Facts, as they relate to my experience, my opinions
Based on what I have read and felt. I am relating them
To warn other young health-conscious women who are
Unwittingly harming themselves. In 1989, I graduated
From high school in Texas and couldn't wait to hit the
Big college city. One of the changes I wanted to make
Was to eat healthier.

Once I moved to health-conscious Austin, Texas, I
Began to fortify my body with the best and healthiest
Foods I could find. Tofu was the main ingredient in
Every healthy dish and I bought soya milk almost every
Day used it for everything from cereal to smoothies or
Just to drink for a quick snack. I bought soya
Muffins, miso soup with tofu, soybeans, soybean,
Sprouts, etc. All the literature in all the health and
Fitness magazines said that soya protected you against
Everything from heart disease to breast cancer. It was
The magical isoflavones, the estrogen-like hormones
That all worked to help you stay young and healthy. I
Looked great, I was working out all the time, but my
Menstrual cycle was off. At 20, I started taking birth
Control pills to regulate my menstrual cycle.

In addition to this I began to suffer from painful
Periods. I began to get puffy, it was as though I was
Losing my muscle tone. I began to suffer from
Depression and getting hot flashes. I mistook all this
For PMS since my
Periods were irregular. By the time I was 25, my
Periods were so bad, I couldn't walk. The birth
Control pills never made them regular or less painful
So I decided to stop taking them.

I went on like this for another two years until I
Realized my pain wasn't normal. At 27, my gynecologist
Found two cysts in my uterus. Both were the size of
Tennis balls. I went through surgery to have them
Removed and thank
God they were benign. The gynecologist told me to go
Back on birth control pills. I didn't. In 1998, he
Discovered a lump in my breast. Again, I went through
Surgery and again it was benign. In November 2000 my
Glands swelled
Up and my gums became inflamed. Thinking I had a tooth
Infection I went to the dentist who told me that teeth
Were not the problem. After a dose of antibiotics the
Swelling still did not go down. At this point I could
A tiny nodule on the right side of my neck. I told my
Mother I had thyroid trouble. She thought I was being
Silly. No one in the family suffered from thyroid
Trouble. Going on a hunch I saw a specialist who
Diagnosed me with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. After a
Series of tests he told me it was cancer. My fiance And I sat stunned. We were not prepared and I was so
Scared. We scheduled surgery right away. The
Specialist told us that it would only be after the
Operation that a pathologist would be able to tell us
For sure if it was cancer. They found a tumor at my
Right lobe composed of irregular cells and another
Smaller tumor growing on the left, so the entire
Was removed. They told me that after undergoing
Radioactive iodine I would be safe and assured me that
I could live a long life. After treatment I began to
Search for the cause of all these problems. I never
Once thought it could be all the soya I had consumed
For nearly ten years. After all, soya is healthy. I
Came upon a web page that linked thyroid problems to
Soya intake and the conspiracy of soya marketed as a
Health food when in fact it is only a toxic by-product
Of the vegetable oil industry. This was insane, after
All, the health and fitness magazines had said nothing
About soya being harmful. I visited a herbalist who
Was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1985. She
Informed me that soya was the culprit. She had a
Hysterectomy due to cysts and other uterine problems.
A few months later another acquaintance who had
Consumed soya came down with thyroid cancer. A girl in
England I met through the Internet in a thyroid cancer
Forum had just undergone surgery and she was
Only 19. What was going on???? Breast cancer is linked
To estrogen. What mimics estrogen in the female body,
SOYA! But I never suspected soya because until now I
Never once found a single article that stated soya
could be dangerous. Women who took soya prior to
thyroid problems will continue to take it after if
they are not aware of what soya actually does, what it
contains and how it reacts in the female body. I think
this is the reason that women with thyroid cancer
often develop breast cancer later. My co-worker is big
into soya and I see her losing hair and gaining weight
despite a walking workout during her break and after
work, and apples and oranges for lunch. She just had
cysts removed from her uterus too. I warned her to
stay off soya. I referred her to websites but until it
is on the evening news on all four networks, women
will suffer. Since the thyroidectomy, I do not touch
soya, haven't for two years.

Dear readers, please use my story in any way you can.
There are so many young girls who are consuming soya
because they think they are taking care of themselves,
and women taking soya because they want to be healthy.
It is so unfair that the information about the dangers
of soya isn't more widely circulated. It is sad. There
are many out there who feel this way and it is a
terrible blow when you realize you are not as healthy
as you thought
and that the information that you depended on was

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