The New Paradigm in Healing Newsletter | Spring 2010
Articles in this issue:
- Blog Post: Helping the Children
- The Dark Side of Unfermented Soy
- Recipe: Amazing Almond Butter Balls
- Ginger Compress for Spring
- A Great Website for Spiritual Seekers
- Video Meditation: The Interview with God
- Humor: From the Mouth of Babes
Helping The Children
I am so grateful to working with many young children and making a major difference in their lives. Although ideally I would want to work with mothers before they become pregnant, children with health issues tend to heal quickly and often with amazing results.
I just saw a young boy who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is a mild form of autism. After just a few months of treatment he is now in a regular school and doing regular kid stuff, like a fascination with Star Wars. Basically he has been cured.
Yesterday I saw another young boy who was on prozac for depression, and had severe digestive symptoms. He is off the medication and no longer depressed. I found his nervous system is stressed from mercury in his fillings and nickel in his braces.
I am also working with a young girl who has an autoimmune problem with her thyroid. The doctor put her on medication and expected the thyroid to get worse and worse and eventually need her thyroid removed. The good news is that the tests are now showing the thyroid to be getting better and better.
So if you know any children that are having health or even emotional issues, the natural methods of healing I use really do get results. It can make a difference for the rest of their lives.
I think you will really enjoy the content of this month’s newsletter. There is nourishment for the body, mind and soul. Learn how all soy products are not good for you, make a delicious dessert with almond butter. Put a ginger compress on your liver to feel the joyous energy of spring. Find websites that will feed your soul. And finally laugh, I laughed out loud (lol) when I read the humorous insights of young children.
The Dark Side of Unfermented Soy
Writings about the soybean date back to 3000 B.C., when the Emperor of China listed the virtues of soybean plants for regenerating the soil for future crops. His praises centered on the root of the plant, not the bean. These ancient writing suggested that the Chinese recognized the unfitness of soybeans for human consumption in their natural form. Now 5000 years later, we are once again catching on to the anti-nutritive qualities of the soybean, and realizing that the only soybean worth eating is one that has been fermented.
The key to releasing the nutrients of the soybean has been known for thousands of years. About 1000 B.C. some smart person in China discovered that a mold, when allowed to grow on soybeans, destroyed the toxins present and made the nutrients in the beans available to the body. This process became known as fermentation and led to the creation of the still popular foods tempeh, miso, and natto. A few centuries later, a simpler process was developed to prepare soybeans for consumption. After lengthy soaking and cooking, the beans were treated with nigari, a substance found in seawater. The end product was tofu. During the Ming dynasty, fermented soy appeared in the Chinese Materia Medica as a nutritionally important food and an effective remedy for diseases.
Unfermented soybeans contain potent anti-nutrients. In their natural form, soybeans contain phytochemicals with toxic effects on the human body. The three major anti-nutrients are phytates, enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens. These anti-nutrients are the way nature protects the soybean plant so that it can live long enough to effectively reproduce. They function as the immune system of the plant, offering protection from the radiation of the sun, and from invasion by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. They make the soybean plant unappetizing to foraging animals. All plants have some anti-nutrient properties, but the soybean plant is especially rich in these chemicals. If they are not removed by extensive preparation such as fermentation or soaking, soybeans are one of the worst foods a person can eat. Unfermented soy has been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD and ADHD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition, and loss of libido. Groups most at risk of experiencing negative effects from the anti-nutrient properties of soy are infants taking soy baby formula, vegetarians eating a high soy diet, and mid-life women going heavy on the soy foods thinking they will help with symptoms of menopause.
Soybeans contain high levels of phytates All legumes contain phytate (also known as phytic acid) to some extent, but the soybean is particularly rich in this anti-nutrient. Phytate works in the gastrointestinal tract to tightly bind minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, magnesium and calcium. It has a particularly strong affinity for zinc, a mineral that supports wound healing, protein synthesis, reproductive health, nerve function, and brain development. It is believed that people living in developing countries are shorter than those in developed countries because of zinc deficiency caused by eating too many legumes. There is also evidence that mental development can be negatively impacted by a diet high in phytate. In most legumes such as other varieties of beans, soaking is enough to break down most of the phytate content. However the soybean requires that the enzymes be released in the fermentation process to reduce its phytate content to the point where it becomes fit for consumption. This means that fermented soy foods like miso and tempeh have the lowest levels of phytate and are the best choices for anyone wishing to eat soybean products. Tofu is also a good choice, as long as care is taken to replenish loss nutrients. Whole soybeans, soy milk, soy chips, soy protein isolates, soy flour and all the other myriad of products made from processed soybeans and advertised as health foods have much higher levels of phytate and are not worth eating.
Unfermented soy products are rich in enzyme inhibitors. When food is eaten, digestive enzymes such as amylase lipase and protease are secreted into the digestive tract to help break it down and free nutrients for assimilation into the body. The high content of enzyme inhibitors in unfermented soybeans interferes with this process and makes carbohydrates and proteins from soybeans impossible to completely digest. When foods are not completely digested because of enzyme inhibitors, bacteria in the large intestine try to do the job, and this can cause discomfort, bloating, and embarrassment. Anyone with naturally low levels of digestive enzymes such as elderly people would suffer the most from the enzyme inhibiting action of soy.
Soybeans can block production of thyroid hormone Soybeans have a high content of goitrogens, substances that can block the production of thyroid hormone as well as cause goiter formation. Low thyroid activity plagues women in America, particularly middle-aged women. Thyroid hormone stokes the cellular furnaces, known as mitochrondia. When thyroid production is low, energy levels as well as body heat are also low. Low thyroid level is what makes old people move so slowly and seem like every action is a huge chore. Low thyroid means the action of the heart is reduced, resulting in lack of oxygen to the cells, a prime condition for cancer. Genistein, an isoflavone found in soybeans, can also block thyroid production. Phytate can accentuate these effects because it binds up zinc and copper, leaving little of these important minerals available to make thyroid hormone. A transport protein called GLUT1 is shut down by genistein. This protein sends glucose into the cells where it is used to generate energy. Slowing the transport of glucose means less energy production not only of thyroid hormone, but of every other action in the body. Another way in which soy isoflavones reduce energy in the body is by inhibiting tyrosine kinases, enzymes involved in the transfer of energy from one molecule to another. These enzymes drive cell division, memory consolidation, tissue repair, and blood vessel maintenance and regeneration. It is this action of regulating cell division that made genistein a popular substance for fighting cancer. When research on this anti-cancer effect of genistein became know, the soy industry feverishly developed products that would appeal to Western women looking for genistein. In the middle of all this excitement, little attention was paid to how the energy reducing effects of genistein lowered cellular energy in normal cells. The benefits of genistein come at a high cost Women have been encouraged to use high genistein soy products to alleviate symptoms of menopause and as a guard against bone loss and breast cancer. But given the full range of effects of genistein in the body, high consumption could result in age-related memory loss. Commercial soybean products offer genistein levels as high as 20 to 60 mg per serving. Asians are presented as an example of the benefits of eating soybean products because their incidence of breast cancer and osteoporosis is low. However, the Asian diet of fermented soybean products such as miso and tempeh includes only around 5 mg of genistein a day. Genistein slows the growth of blood vessels to tumors, another action that makes it popular as a cancer fighter. However, it has the same effect on blood vessels serving normal cells. Eating a regular diet high in genistein could result in the starvation of healthy blood vessels, resulting in a reduced supply of oxygen to cells, setting up a cancer promoting situation. In a graphic example of how genistein slows cellular energy, a study found that eating high levels of it slowed hair growth by 60 to 80 percent A decade ago a study of 8,000 Asian men showed that those consuming the highest amounts of tofu had smaller brain size and nearly three times the rate of senile dementia as those who ate the lowest amounts. These results suggest that eating foods high in isoflavones such as soy protein isolates may accelerate the aging of the brain.
Fermentation releases nutrients and transforms soybeans into nutritious food People filling up their shopping carts with raw or cooked soybeans, soy milk, and other non-fermented soybean products do not realize that the isoflavones they contain will not be available to their bodies. Most of the isoflavones in soy products are bound to carbohydrate molecules called glucosides. In this form genistein is actually called genistin. It is fermentation that transforms genistin into genistein. Many products in the U.S. do not distinguish between genistin and genistein on their labels. Even with fermented soy foods, a little goes a long way. The nutrients found in miso, tempeh, and natto can be beneficial in the moderate amounts found in the typical Asian diet, but have the potential to do harm in higher amounts. In China and Japan, about an ounce of fermented soy food is eaten on a daily basis. When fermented soy foods are used in small amounts they help build the inner ecosystem, providing a wealth of friendly microflora to the intestinal tract that can help with digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and boost immunity. Dr. John Lee, author of several books on the health of women, recommended that women wishing to consume soy production eat only miso, tempeh, natto. Tofu can also be eaten provided it is accompanied by fish or some other protein source and some seaweed or kelp to replenish bound minerals. Eating small amounts of these foods will provide the cancer protective effects of genistein without causing the other potential problems of genistein. Dr. Lee recommended avoiding genistein and isoflavone supplements, and soy protein isolates.
Recipe: Amazing Almond Butter Balls
5/8 cup (1/2 cup + 2 Tbs. crunch or smooth almond butter
3/4 cup brown rice syrup (or other natural sweetner like maple syrup)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
3.5 cups of Erewhon brown rice crispies
Mix the first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl. Slowly stir in the crispies, folding the bottom to the top without crushing the crispies. Wet hands and take a heaping tablespoon of mixture and squeeze into small balls with hands.
Makes 40 balls, and takes about 15 minutes to make.
GINGER COMPRESS FOR SPRING
The ginger compress is very easy, safe and effective. It works very quickly and will afford relief to anyone suffering from discomfort and pain. It can be used in any part of the body. Some of the conditions it can be used for include back pain on any part of the spine, congested or weak intestines, ovaries or prostate, arthritis, hepatitis, cystitis, diarrhea/dysentery or kidney pain.
Pot with a close-fitting lid. The size depends on your purpose, but for general use a gallon size is best.
Cheesecloth, cotton or muslin sack to hold the ginger
4-6 cotton towels about 2 feet square plus 1 bath towel
4 pints water
1 ounce of ginger per quart of water
Pour water into pot, cover, place on stove, and bring to a boil. Meanwhile grate the unpeeled ginger and place it in the cotton sack, which is tied off. When the water has come to boil, turn off the heat. Wait until the water has ceased boiling, squeeze the sack of ginger so the juice runs into the water, place the sack in the pot, and replace the lid. It is very important that the ginger is not placed in the pot while the water is boiling, as this will markedly reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. The same water can be used for three or four treatments.
Fold the towels so that they are 4 to 6 inches wide, and immerse them so that the edges are dry and the bulk of the towel is in the ginger water. When thoroughly soaked, remove, squeeze excess liquid back into the pot, and replace the lid.
The area of skin over the organ you wish to treat should be exposed. The person being treated should be lying in a comfortable, relaxed position. The towels are then placed so they cover the area of treatment completely. It is preferable to use two layers of towels. These are then covered with the bath towel, which helps to keep the heat in. The temperature of the hot, soaked towels should e as warm as the person being treated can stand. They should not be so hot that they burn.
Leave the hot towels in place until cool, then repeat the procedure until the skin becomes red. Try to keep the temperature of the skin constant. The treatment should last for approximately half an hour; you will know it is working when the patient’s skin becomes reddened.
In the spring the best place to do the ginger compress is over the liver, which is under the right rib cage.
A Great Website for Spiritual Seekers
Working with Warren King Changed my Life
I had the privilege of being referred to Warren King through a friend, which it seems all great things happen that way! She knew of the depression I had suffered for years having heard my stories of my past. My father had been an alcoholic and had threatened the lives of our family. My father took his own life when I was 9 years old. There have been many memories of my childhood that haunted me and kept me from living and sometimes wanting to live. I went to psychologists for years. When it was advised I was going to have to have to take anti-depressants, I took my friend’s advice and called Warren.
Warren has a “waiting list” of clients wanting to get in to be treated by him. I called to make an appointment for my 40th birthday present to myself. Fortunately, there was an opening for me and I got in within a week. All my anxieties of seeing a “healing arts” practitioner were put to ease with his peaceful office and warm office staff. At first, I came to see him every 2-3 months and for the last several years, I come every 6 months mainly because I want to come!
In describing Warren, there are no words to encompass all that he is. He is amazingly skilled in all his areas of training but has great intuitive abilities that assist him in his work. He heals the mind, body, and soul so that each Being can be whole with peace within themselves. He offers workshops on nutrition and wellness, recommends great books, refers you (if need be) to other sources/people too if it would aide in your healing. In all sincerity, if one of my own 3 children were dying, I would bring them to Warren’s King office before any place at all. I trust and respect him more than any other doctor.
My next birthday I’ll be 48 and I couldn’t be happier. I truly never thought I’d live past the age of my own father…..I have by 4+ years! I live in the present now celebrating the beauty of life. Fortunately, I have the job of being a 1st grade teacher where I can influence and teach children what I have learned through Warren. I know that by taking the time, care and investment to heal myself and by being in a healthy, happy state, I am making the world a better place through the words I speak and the actions I take. That gives me purpose and a reason for being!
There are no words to describe my gratitude for Warren’s office, his staff and the work he is doing. I truly believe by his helping heal one person at a time, “Peace on Earth” is occurring.
Bless you on your journey of wellness. With love, light and healing to you, Joni McBrien
Video Meditation: The Interview with God
Humor: From the Mouth of Babes
JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked: ‘Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?’
MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Melanie said, ‘ If you don’t remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.’
STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom good night. ‘I love you so much that when you die I’m going to bury you outside my bedroom window.’
BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: ‘How does it know it’s me?’
SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. ‘Please don’t give me this juice again,’ she said, ‘It makes my teeth cough.’
DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: ‘How much do I cost?’
MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his Dad: ‘Why is he whispering in her mouth?’
CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, ‘I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?’
JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: ‘The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.’ Concerned, James asked: ‘What happened to the flea?’
TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, ‘Why doesn’t your skin fit your face?’
The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget…. This particular Sunday sermon…’Dear Lord,’ the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. ‘Without you, we are But dust…’ He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, ‘Mom, what is butt dust?’