Beer Phytoestrogens

The Most Potent Phytoestrogen is in Beer


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Why do alcoholic men develop so-called man boobs and other feminine traits? We know estrogens produce feminization, and our liver clears estrogens from the body. As such, the original theory was that alcohol-induced liver damage led to the retention of excess estrogens. The problem was that when researchers measured estrogen levels, they weren’t elevated. What’s more, even those with cirrhosis of the liver appeared to clear estrogens from the body normally, and men’s testicles started shrinking even before serious liver disease developed.

So, alternative explanations were considered. If it’s not due to estrogens produced endogenously, meaning within the body, maybe alcoholics are being exposed to “exogenous estrogenic substances from dietary sources”—perhaps from phytoestrogens in the plants that alcoholic beverages are made from. The discovery that plants could contain hormonal compounds was made back in 1951 by two Australian chemists charged with finding out the cause of an “epidemic of infertility in sheep that was ravaging their nation’s wool industry.” It took them ten years, but they finally figured out the cause: a compound called genistein, present in a type of clover, and the same phytoestrogen found in soybeans.

You can read about the dreaded clover disease on scare-mongering websites, but you’ll note they never talk about the difference in dose. To get as much as the sheep were getting from clover, you’d have to drink more than 1,000 cartons of soymilk a day or eat more than 8,000 soy burgers or about 800 pounds of tofu a day.

This is not to say you can’t overdo it. There are two case reports in the medical literature that describe feminizing effects associated with eating as few as 14 to 20 servings of soy foods a day. But at reasonable doses, or even considerably higher than the one or two servings a day Asian men eat, soy phytoestrogens do not exert feminizing effects on men.

So, back in 1951, we realized plant compounds could be estrogenic. Two German researchers realized that perhaps that’s why women who handle hops start menstruating, and, indeed, they found estrogenic activity in hops, which is the bittering agent used to make beer. They found trace amounts of the soy phytoestrogens, but in such tiny quantities that beer would not be expected to have an estrogenic effect. In 1999, however, a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin was discovered in hops, which I discuss in my video The Most Potent Phytoestrogen Is in Beer. In fact, it’s the most potent phytoestrogen found to date, fifty times more potent than the genistein in soy, “provid[ing] an obvious explanation for the menstrual disturbances in female hop workers in the past.” Today, we have machines to pick our hops, so our only exposure is likely via beer consumption, but the levels in beer were found to be so low that they shouldn’t cause any concern.

Then in 2001, a study on a hops-containing “dietary supplement for breast enhancement” raised the concern that another phytoestrogen in hops called isoxanthohumol might be biotransformed by our liver into the more potent 8-PN, which would greatly augment the estrogenic effect of hops. This study was conducted on mice, though. Thankfully, a study using human estrogen receptors found no such liver transformation, so all seemed fine…until 2005. “[T] he liver is not the only transformation site inside the human body.” The human colon contains trillions of microorganisms with enormous metabolic potential. It’s like a whole separate organ within our body, with a hundred livers’ worth of metabolizing power. So, let’s effectively mix some beer with some poop and see what happens.

Indeed, up to a 90 percent conversion was achieved. Up to then, “the concentration of 8-PN in beer was considered too low to affect human health. However, these results show that the activity of the intestinal microbial community could more than 10-fold increase the exposure concentration.” This can explain why you can detect 8-PN in the urine of beer-drinkers for days: Their gut bacteria keep churning it out. Obviously, the amount of straight 8-PN in beer is not the only source of estrogen effects given this conversion. So, a decade ago, the question remained: Might drinking too much beer cause estrogenic effects and feminize men? See my video What Are the Effects of the Hops Phytoestrogen in Beer? for the update.

Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2019/06/04/beer-phytoestrogens/

Debunking the anti-soy myth

Many people have been scared off from healthful foods by the anti-soy propaganda, whitch claims that soy is  almost a poison.

Soy  is simply a bean.

Research has shown overwhelmingly that whole and minimally processed ( non GMO) soy foods (like  tofu and tempeh,other homade variations ) provide meaningful health benefits.

They can protect against breast cancer.

There were concerns that these plant estrogens could potentially promote hormonal cancers, such as breast and prostate cancers; however, those fears were unfounded – whole and minimally processed soy foods protect against those types of cancer.

this effekt come from the isoflavones, which have a number of anti-cancer effects that are unrelated to their ability to bind the estrogen receptor.
Accordingly, soy foods are not only associated with decreased risk of hormonal cancers, but also lung, stomach, and colorectal cancers.

Summery from article by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Reasons why we should avoid milk and dairy products

“Many people, including vegetarians, consume substantial amount of diary products depite scientific evidence that questions about their health benefits and indicates their potential health risks. Milk and dairy products are not necessary in the diet and can, in fact, be harmful to health. It is best to consume a healthful diet of grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fortified foods including cereals and juices. These nutrient-dense foods can help you meet your calcium, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin D requirements with ease—and without facing the health risks associated with dairy product consumption.”

Here are some reasons why we should avoid milk and dairy products.

  • little benefit for bones
  • fat content can cause cardiovascular problems
  • riskfactor of various cancers
  • lactose intolerance
  • milk proteins and diabetes
  • harmful containments
  • health concerns for children, infants and their developement

Read the full article from PhysiciansCommittee: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/vegdiets/health-concerns-about-dairy-products

Avocados Help Lower Cholesterol

According to this new study eating one avocado per day can help lower LDL cholesterol significantly.

Link to original paper:  http://jaha.ahajournals.org/content/4/1/e001355.full.pdf 

In a recent study, researchers randomly assigned 45 overweight or obese people with high LDL cholesterol levels to one of three diets, including one lower fat diet and two moderate-fat diets. One moderate fat diet included one avocado daily and the other moderate fat diet was matched for macronutrients and fatty acids, mainly using oleic acid oils. Each diet was maintained for five weeks. After a 2 week wash-out period, participants then switched diets until all 3 diets were completed.

The researchers found that all three study diets resulted in lower LDL and total cholesterol levels when compared to cholesterol levels at the beginning of the study. However, the moderate fat diet including avocado resulted in significantly greater LDL and total cholesterol reductions than the other two diets. Furthermore, LDL/HDL ratios decreased significantly more on the avocado diet.

The authors concluded that eating one avocado per day decreases LDL cholesterol levels. Furthermore, the beneficial effects of eating avocados go beyond their fatty acid content and may provide additional cardiovascular benefits.

Aus der Schatzkammer – Testimonies

Build hospitalHeilstätten sind ein erfolgreiches Mittel, um alle Klassen der Bevölkerung zu erreichen. Unsre Krankenhäuser sind die rechte Hand des Evangeliums und öffnen Wege, auf denen leidende Menschen mit der frohen Botschaft der Heilung durch Christus erreicht werden. 

[…] ER hat uns beauftragt, das von ihm begonnene Werk der ärztlichen Mission fortzuführen. […] Mir wurde besonders Licht darüber gegeben, dass viele Seelen in unsern Krankenhäusern die gegenwärtige Wahrheit annehmen und ihr folgen werden. In diesen Anstalten soll man Männer und Frauen lehren, wie sie für ihren Körper sorgen und gleichzeitig zum Glauben kommen können. Unsre Krankenhäuser sollen Schulen sein, in denen man auf dem Gebiet der ärztlichen Mission Unterricht erteilt. Sie sollen den sündenkranken Seelen die Blätter vom Lebensbaum darreichen, die ihnen Frieden, Hoffnung und Glauben an Jesus spenden. Quelle: Schatzkammer der Zeugnisse 3 S. 316, 317

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Medical missionary work is to be carried forward with an earnestness with which it has never yet been carried. This work is the door through which the truth is to find entrance to the large cities, and sanitariums are to be established in many places. Sanitarium work is one of the most successful means of reaching all classes of people. Our sanitariums are the right hand of the gospel, opening ways whereby suffering humanity may be reached with the glad tidings of healing through Christ.

[…] He has commissioned us to carry forward the medical missionary work that He began. […] I have been given special light that in our sanitariums many souls will receive and obey present truth. In these institutions men and women are to be taught how to care for their own bodies and at the same time how to become sound in the faith. Our sanitariums are to be schools in which instruction shall be given in medical missionary lines. They are to bring to sin-sick souls the leaves of the tree of life, which will restore to them peace and hope and faith in Christ Jesus. Source: Testimonies of the Church Vol 9, pg.167, 168 

 

Porn viewing linked to less grey matter in brain

Scientists call for further study after failing to decide whether brain differences are cause or effect of porn consumption.

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Researchers found differences in volume in one area of the brain among men who consumed more pornography Photograph: Martyn Vickery/Alamy

Less grey matter is found in the brains of men who watch large amounts of sexually explicit material, a study has found. The research, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors called for more study on the topic.

“Future studies should investigate the effects of pornography longitudinally or expose naive participants to pornography and investigate the causal effects over time,” said researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

The institute recruited 64 male subjects aged 21-45 “with a broad range of pornography consumption”.

The men were not told initially that the research was monitoring their brains on porn, rather that it was “a scientific study including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements”.

The men were told during a later phone interview that questions about pornography would be part of the research, and none dropped out.

The men filled out surveys, describing how much porn they watched. Their responses averaged a little more than four hours a week.

Their brains were scanned with MRI technology while they were shown sexually explicit images from porn websites, along with non-sexual images of people exercising.

“Our findings indicated that grey matter volume of the right caudate of the striatum is smaller with higher pornography use,” the researchers said.

Furthermore, when sexually explicit material was shown, the men’s MRIs showed diminished function in a part of the brain that processes motivation.

But were men with smaller striatums seeking more porn, or did more porn make the brain smaller? Was it a consequence, or a precondition?

“Individuals with lower striatum volume may need more external stimulation to experience pleasure and might therefore experience pornography consumption as more rewarding, which may in turn lead to [more porn watching],” said the authors, concluding that more study is needed.

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/may/29/porn-viewing-linked-less-grey-matter-brain

Das Gebet als Therapeutikum?

Ist das Gebet eine „applizierbare Therapiemethode“? Soll der Patient selbst beten oder beten lassen? Einige wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zu diesem umstrittenen Thema liegen jetzt vor. Dr. med René Hefti stellt in diesem Artikel einige der neueren Studien über die Wirkung des Gebets bei Patienten vor. Die Ergebnisse reichen von einer Symptomverbesserung bis hin zum Fürbittegebet als Risikofaktor. Aber es gibt auch kritische Einwände.