Stories from Aunt Ruth

There are so many things I’m excited to share on this site! Here a few ideas that I’m eager to write about, as something I can look forward to, and hopefully you will too :)… Continue reading “Stories from Aunt Ruth”

A Delicious Mistake

Tonight I made a super yummy dinner by accident!


I had prepped a salad in advance because I’m staying with some friends and it’s easier to eat in a way that makes my body happy if I have veggies ready for salad, or to toss into scrambled eggs, or rice, or whateves. Then I can still hang out with my friends, instead of bringing whole food and chopping the whole time :).

All tossed together in the salad was organic:

  • spinach
  • cucumbers
  • red bell peppers
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • thinly sliced zucchini
  • avocado
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • a little bit of raw apple cider vinegar
  • thyme spice
  • dill weed spice
  • freshly ground black pepper

I’m here visiting friends in Burbank to be part of my first Seder Passover Dinner! Continue reading “A Delicious Mistake”

Nutritionist Says Avoid Soy Unless It Is Fermented

To Soy or Not to Soy?

by Tracie Hittman, MS 608-213-2021

Article from Dustin Maher’s Fitness website

Can you believe that as a nutritional consultant, I actually warn my clients about the potential heath dangers that the consumption of soy can cause?

You may be thinking to yourself, “What the heck? The media tells me that if I include a lot of soy into my diet, I will decrease the risks of cancer (especially breast and colon) and also reduce my chances of getting heart disease.”  Those sound like positive claims, right?  This is where the controversy begins: To soy or not to soy?

If you really read your food product and supplement labels, you will quickly discover that soy is everywhere.  Some examples of soy derivatives that you can run across while reading labels arehydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), vegetable protein concentrate, vegetable oil, MSG (monosodium glutamate), soy protein isolate, soy lecithin, TVP (textured vegetable proteins) and, the most prominent of all, soy oil.  Other popular soy products include: soy milk, soy yogurt, soy cheese, soy protein powders, soy baby formula, tofu, soy sauce, vegetarian burgers and meat alternatives.  According to the media and some health experts, this would be a good thing, but I would encourage you to think again! Continue reading “Nutritionist Says Avoid Soy Unless It Is Fermented”

Soy Dangers

Confused About Soy? Soy Dangers Summarized

From an article by the Weston A. Price Foundation

Click here for full article including references: Soy Alert

  • High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders. In test animals soy containing trypsin inhibitors caused stunted growth.
  • Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and have the potential to cause infertility and to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Soy phytoestrogens are potent antithyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Vitamin B12 analogs in soy are not absorbed and actually increase the body’s requirement for B12.
  • Soy foods increase the body’s requirement for vitamin D.
  • Fragile proteins are denatured during high temperature processing to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein.
  • Processing of soy protein results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines.
  • Free glutamic acid or MSG, a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing and additional amounts are added to many soy foods.
  • Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys.

Continue reading “Soy Dangers”

Research Reminder #9 Read “The Whole Soy Story”

For the author’s website, visit

Written by:

Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, is THE WHOLE NUTRITIONIST®. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences and AntiAging Therapies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, is board certified as a clinical nutritionist (CCN) by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists in Dallas and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Weston A. Price Foundation. As a clinical nutritionist, she specializes in digestive disorders, women’s reproductive health issues, infertility, and recovery from vegetarian and soybased diets.

Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food (New Trends, March 2005), which has been endorsed by leading health professionals, including Kilmer McCully MD, Doris J. Rapp MD, Jonathan V. Wright, MD, Russell Blaylock, MD, Larrian Gillespie, MD, Joseph Mercola, OD, Debra Lynn Dadd and Larry Dossey, MD, who called it “science writing at its best.”

Comfortable in front of radio, television and live audiences, Dr. Daniel has been “media trained” by Joel Roberts, formerly cohost of KABC, Los Angeles’ most highly rated talk radio program, who calls her a “class A entertainer” and a “naughty nutritionist” with the ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths.” Dr. Daniel has been extensively quoted in major newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, USA Today, Toronto Globe & Mail, Glamour, Utne Reade and Alternative Medicine, and has appeared as a guest on NPR’s People’s Pharmacy, the Discovery Channel’s Medical Hotseat and ABC’s View from the Bay. Online her book has been featured prominently on , the world’s leading natural health and dietary website. She has also appeared as an expert witness before the California Public Safety Committee and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

Soy’s Affect on Male Fertility

Soy Foods Lower Sperm Count

October 17, 2007

by Kaayla T. Daniel, Phd

Soy Expert Links New Research to America’s Infertility Epidemic

Washington, DC – Estrogenlike compounds in soy foods can lower sperm count according a Harvard School of Public Health research presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The report, by Jorge Chavarro, MD, ScD, bolsters concerns expressed by scientists, doctors and nutritionists who have warned that soy can adversely affect male fertility. America is in the midst of an epidemic of infertility, according to Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food. “Soy is heavily marketed as a health food, despite adverse effects on male fertility. Men who eat soy foods and drink soy milk are less likely to father children and more likely to experience loss of libido. This latest study shows lowered sperm concentration. Other researchers have linked soy consumption to poor sperm quality as well as lowered testosterone levels.” Continue reading “Soy’s Affect on Male Fertility”

Drinks + Bone Health

By Madeline Behrendt, D.C.

Back in the kitchen, some quick comments on what we reach for and how they affect bones:

COFFEE – Chemically can create a negative calcium balance. Coffee is also one of the crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides and questions are raised how those hormones can affect bone health. People actually do live without coffee, if that sounds unbearable, many also try organic, drink less or boost up other bone builder factors.

MILK – Innate has designed us to become lactose intolerant (3 of 4 adults), let’s listen. Milk is NOT a preferred calcium source, in fact after 3 generations of milk promotion, osteoporosis has reached epidemic proportions in the West, while in countries where it is not consumed, it hardly exists. Calcium can be found in many user-friendly sources, try there.

SODA – Bubbles and bones don’t mix, studies show it leeches calcium and children consuming soda had low blood calcium levels. Another study reported DOUBLE the urinary calcium loss in teens 13-19 (remember those are the years spent building towards peak bone density.)

JUICE – Natural is best, when calcium is artificially encouraged (as in fortified) reports indicate calcium can be deposited in the wrong place (cardiovascular, kidneys, female organs.)

SHAKE – can be a great start to the day, depending upon what is put in it. Good stuff: organic fruits, almond or other nut butters, rice milk. Have fun experimenting.

WATER – One of the best ways to start the day is with a glass of clean (filtered from chemicals/hormones) water, hot or cold, with lemon. Then on to a good breakfast.