It’s funny how things that seem harmless–even good–can do a number on your health.
Diabetes, obesity, endocrine problems and autoimmune diseases are exploding. Just about everybody’s dragging his or her patooty around–with no idea what to do about it.
Let’s talk about one contributor to our woes: Canned tuna.
No! Not canned tuna! Oh, indeed. There’s a lot more in that can than just tuna.
And, no, it’s not about the problem of mercury in the fish. While tuna can pick up mercury from polluted waters, it has a natural defense, a balancer. Tuna contains lots of the fabulous mineral (and aren’t they all fabulous?) selenium, which defangs mercury.
So, if mercury isn’t the problem, what is?
The REAL problem with canned tuna
Canned tuna has two problems: Bisphenol A (BPA), because it monkeys around with estrogen, testosterone and the like, and soy, which also does dastardly things to our estrogen, testosterone, etc., messes with our DNA, creates kidney stones, dries up our minerals and causes brain damage.
Food companies line their cans with BPA to avoid deterioration of the can. Problem is, BPA is synthetic estrogen, which goes into the food, then into our bodies.
This bogus estrogen throws our natural estrogen into a conniption fit.
BPA is an estrogen mimic that puts our health in jeopardy
Women get PMS, a difficult menopause, endometriosis and problems with all the other estrogen-related processes.
Men get to deal with lower male function. For instance, sperm count can drop by 20% in the presence of BPA. That could make the difference between having a baby and not having a baby.
And BPA sets boys and girls up for a lifetime of problems, too.
Here’s a tidbit to stir things up: Safe substitutes for BPA are readily available, but as long as nobody complains (HINT! HINT!), food companies won’t undertake the expense and inconvenience of changing.
Adding to the BPA merriment, most canned tuna comes packed in either soy oil or soy broth–both disasters waiting to happen.
Pseudo-estrogens in soy wreak havoc on our health
Like BPA, soy contains pseudo-estrogens and wreaks the same kind of havoc. Carve this in stone: Soy creates a big mess in anything involving estrogen, testosterone and/or progesterone–which includes the entire endocrine system–even our immune system.
And soy gives your DNA a thumping like you wouldn’t believe. Most soy comes as a genetically modified organism (GMO). That doesn’t mean they tweaked the seeds just a little, but that they made a whole new organism never before known to man. And we have no idea what the impact of this new organism will be, except for the fact it creates DNA damage in animal studies. Offspring of animals in GMO studies have major health problems, and grandchildren are sterile.
Europe banned GMO products. The FDA, beholden to agribusiness, is studying the issue.
Then there’s the little problem of brain damage.
Soy’s loaded with the amino acid glutamate. Glutamate can be an upstanding citizen when accompanied by its balancing amino acid buddies. Alone, though, it heads straight for the hypothalamus, intent on mayhem.
The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls both the endocrine system and the nervous system. You do not want anything in steel-toed boots jumping up and down on your hypothalamus, but that’s what glutamate does.
And you end up with a damaged hypothalamus, which cripples your endocrine and nervous systems–which then does a number on everything else, too.
In ways yet to be figured out, a damaged hypothalamus plays a big role in autoimmune diseases–hashi, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and on and on. Can lead to peripheral neuropathy, too.
Here’s my advice: Whenever you see the word ‘soy,’ translate it to ‘not for me.’
And that’s the story of canned tuna. The tuna’s fine, but what they do to it is criminal.