Soy Milk is a perfect, no-cholesterol food that actually lowers cholesterol levels.

Gary's doctor recommended that he shift from dairy milk to soy milk in order to lower his cholesterol levels, but the 100 point drop in just one month surprised even his doctor! 

Gary lowered his cholesterol levels by 100 points by switching from dairy milk to soy milk. 

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"I had a heart attack and a quadruple bypass last August. Recently my doctor suggested that I stop drinking cow milk and drink soy milk in order to help get my cholesterol down. I bought your machine and have been using it and saw my doctor last Thursday. My cholesterol rate was down 100 points to 166. My doctor attributes a lot of that decrease to the soy milk. Your soy milk machine has helped me a great deal."  -- Gary Phelps

Gary is very excited with the results and has told many of his friends. In order to leave us with no doubt of his results, he even provided his cholesterol test results for us to publish here.

Just one month after replacing dairy milk with soy milk, Gary lowered his cholesterol levels from 266 to 166. 

"Normal cholesterol is a rate below 200. That rate applies to people that have not had a heart attack. Once you have had a heart attack, and/or open heart surgery, most Cardiologists want the rate to be below 100. As I told you before, mine is currently 62." 

Gary uses an automatic Soy Milk Maker to make nutritional fresh soy milk for about 50Ę per gallon! The machine does everything automatically. All Gary has to do is add soybeans and water and push a button.

Here is Gary's original email:

From: "Gary" <>
To: "Wendy Wang" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 20, 2001 10:25 AM
Subject: Hi

Hi Wendy,

I sent you an e-mail about rice syrup and you responded. Thank you very much for your response. I finally found a store that sells it.

Just a little information for you. I am a heart patient. I had a heart attack and a quadruple bypass last August. Recently my doctor suggested that I stop drinking cow milk and drink soy milk in order to help get my cholesterol down. I bought your machine and have been using it and saw my doctor last Thursday. My cholesterol rate was down 100 points to 166. My doctor attributes a lot of that decrease to the soy milk. Your soy milk machine has helped me a great deal. I know of at least two other people that will be buying one from you also. I have been telling them of your product and how much I like it.

Once again, thanks for your help and information.


Editor's note: Gary emailed us and gave us his permission to publish the information without our ever having asked for it. We asked for the picture later.

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Backed by abundant research, soy is the only food to have earned this statement from the conservative FDA:

The FDA on Soy...

"25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."

The American Heart Association (AHA) has joined the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in urging Americans to eat more soy.

Soybeans contain compounds called isoflavones (natural estrogens), which provide many benefits to human health.

Study after study has shown that soy is an amazing natural remedy that prevents and fights cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases. Best of all, this remedy is also the perfect food. There are even special crops of soybeans that are used to make soy milk without a beany taste. Chances are you will love soy milk (and the beany taste) after a while, even if you do not at first.  Soy milk tastes great!

"Scientific research has discovered that adding two ounces of soy to your daily diet can help fight breast and prostate cancer, battle coronary artery disease, ease menopause symptoms, lower your cholesterol, and give a boost to your immune system" - Dr. Earl Mindell (Soy Miracle, Fireside, New York, 1995)

Best of all, making soy milk with the automatic SoyaJoy soy milk maker is easy and quick. Homemade fresh soy milk is more nutritious and costs much less - as little as $0.20 per gallon!

The soybean is called "health insurance in a pod" for good reason. Soybeans contain rich amounts of protein, iron, B vitamins, calcium and zinc. Soybeans are cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat. Researchers reported in the August 3, 1995 New England Journal of Medicine that soy protein significantly lowers cholesterol levels of people with moderately high to high cholesterol.

Patricia Greenberg, author of "The Whole Soy Cookbook," and a leading soy nutrition expert who has appeared on the NBC Today Show and The Food Channel, concludes:

Soy foods help reduce the risk of heart disease because they are cholesterol free and high in fiber. Soybeans naturally contain Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E.

Soy foods reduce the risk of breast cancer and helps ease the symptoms of menopause.

Soy foods contain isoflavones known as genistein and daidzein, a naturally occurring plant form of estrogen that will replicate the function of estrogen in post-menopausal women.

Soy foods reduce the risk of prostate cancer by inhibiting cell growth. The mechanism is not yet clear, but research has shown that men who eat a diet high in soy have a much lower incidence of the disease.

Soy foods reduce the risk of many digestive disorders because of its high fiber content. This aids in healthy digestion, and has shown to reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer.

Soy milk is dairy-free (there are a few soy cheeses that contain milk proteins, so be careful when purchasing them) and can be used as a substitute for lactose intolerance and milk allergies.

Soy milk is great for the dietary treatment of diabetes because soybeans have a low glycemic index and are cholesterol free (heart disease is a diabetic related condition).

Soy foods can be used as a protein source in vegetarian diets because they contain
the necessary amount of essential amino acids for tissue repair and growth.

Soy is essential for the future of our planet. Soy can be used to feed large numbers of people and animals. Soy is inexpensive to produce, and replenishes the soil rather than depletes it.

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AHA Scientific Position

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. It's an important part of a healthy body because it's used to form cell membranes, some hormones and other needed tissues. But a high level of cholesterol in the blood -- hypercholesterolemia (hi"per-ko-les"ter-ol-E'me-ah) -- is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack.

Cholesterol and other fats can't dissolve in the blood. They have to be transported to and from the cells by special carriers called lipoproteins (lip"o-PRO'te-inz). There are several kinds, but the ones to be most concerned about are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

What is LDL cholesterol?

Low-density lipoprotein is the major cholesterol carrier in the blood. If too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the walls of the arteries feeding the heart and brain. Together with other substances it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog those arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis). A clot (thrombus) that forms in the region of this plaque can block the flow of blood to part of the heart muscle and cause a heart attack. If a clot blocks the flow of blood to part of the brain, the result is a stroke. A high level of LDL cholesterol (130 mg/dL and above) reflects an increased risk of heart disease. That's why LDL cholesterol is often called "bad" cholesterol. Lower levels of LDL cholesterol reflect a lower risk of heart disease.

What is HDL cholesterol?

About one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein or HDL. Medical experts think HDL tends to carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it's passed from the body. Some experts believe HDL removes excess cholesterol from atherosclerotic (ath"er-o-skleh-ROT'ik) plaques and thus slows their growth. HDL cholesterol is known as "good" cholesterol because a high level of HDL seems to protect against heart attack. The opposite is also true: a low HDL level (less than 40 mg/dL) indicates a greater risk.

What is Lp(a) cholesterol?

Lp(a) is a genetic variation of plasma LDL. A high level of Lp(a) is an important risk factor for developing atherosclerosis (ath"er-o-skleh-RO'sis) prematurely. How an increased Lp(a) contributes to heart disease isn't clear. The lesions in artery walls contain substances that may interact with Lp(a), leading to the buildup of lipids in atherosclerotic plaques.

What about cholesterol and diet?

People get cholesterol in two ways. The body -- mainly the liver -- produces varying amounts, usually about 1,000 milligrams a day. Another 400 to 500 mg (or more) can come directly from foods. Foods from animals (especially egg yolks, meat, poultry, fish, seafood and whole-milk dairy products) contain it. Foods from plants (fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds) don't contain cholesterol. Typically the body makes all the cholesterol it needs, so people don't need to consume it.

Saturated fatty acids are the chief culprit in raising blood cholesterol, which increases your risk of heart disease. Trans fats also raise blood cholesterol. But dietary cholesterol also plays a part. The average American man consumes about 337 milligrams of cholesterol a day; the average woman, 217 milligrams.

Some of the excess dietary cholesterol is removed from the body through the liver. Still, the American Heart Association recommends that you limit your average daily cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams. If you have heart disease, limit your daily intake to less than 200 milligrams. Still, everyone should remember that by keeping their dietary intake of saturated fats low, they will also be able to significantly lower their dietary cholesterol intake. Foods high in saturated fat generally contain substantial amounts of dietary cholesterol.

People with severe hypercholesterolemia (hi"per-ko-les"ter-ol-E'me-ah) may need an even greater reduction. Since cholesterol is present in all foods from animal sources, care must be taken to eat no more than six ounces of lean meat, fish and poultry per day and to use skim (fat-free) and low-fat dairy products. High-quality proteins from vegetable sources such as beans are good substitutes for animal sources of protein.

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Tipsheet--Eating Right at Social Events

Eating at social events like parties, receptions and family gatherings, and other socials can be a challenge to your heart-healthy eating style. Since you canít control what is served, you may feel that you have no choice but to eat foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Here are some tips that will help you to stick to your low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet (TLC Diet):

At a buffet, look ahead in line to see what low saturated fat, low cholesterol foods are available. Fill up on low-fat foods and take only small servings of high-fat foods.

Bring a dish low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol to a pot luck dinner. That way, youíll have at least one heart healthy item from which to choose.

At parties, focus on activities rather than eating. Sit away from the area where the food is being served so you wonít be tempted to overeat.

Ask for help from your family and friends who know you are following a cholesterol-lowering diet. See if they will include some low saturated fat, low cholesterol dishes on the menu at gatherings.

Have a few ready answers to politely say no to high-fat foods. For example, "Thank you, but I couldnít eat another bite -- everything was delicious."

If you do eat too many high fat foods at a social event, donít feel guilty. Just eat lightly the next day and get back on track.


You can control high cholesterol, and the sooner, the better

By Craig M. Walker, M.D.
Medical Director,
Cardiovascular Institute of the South

Here's the problem with cholesterol: you're feeding cheeseburgers to a body that thinks you're a caveman living on roots, nuts and berries, with just the occasional mastodon steak thrown in. It still behaves as if obtaining cholesterol -- a vital nutrient -- is a much bigger problem than getting rid of it.

In our prosperous society with its fat and cholesterol-rich diet, the reverse is actually true, and it is a concern for everyone, not just for the middle-aged and elderly. Vietnam War era studies found that a significant number of physically fit American men in their late teens and early 20s had already developed advanced levels of atherosclerosis -- the buildup of waxy cholesterol plaque in arteries that ultimately leads to heart attacks.

We're more aware today of the risks posed by excessive cholesterol, a form of fat which comes entirely from animal products, and saturated fats, which have both animal and vegetable sources. Most people have even heard that there is a "good cholesterol" (HDL) and a "bad cholesterol" (LDL).

Unfortunately, that effort to provide a simple explanation of cholesterol measurement actually misrepresents it. HDL and LDL aren't cholesterol, and both are vital to our survival. They are lipoproteins, a low-density form (LDL), which transports cholesterol to the body's cells, and a high-density form (HDL), which carries away excess cholesterol the cells don't use. Chemically, they are detergents -- molecules which have one fat-soluble (lipo) end and one water-soluble (protein) end that allow them to hold fats in suspension in a water-based medium -- blood -- which, by itself, couldn't dissolve or transport them.

What we call cholesterol measurement actually measures the levels of these two transporting detergents, not the cholesterol itself. Theoretically, the higher the level of HDL, which carries away excess cholesterol, compared to LDL, which carries it to the cells, the less likely there will be excess cholesterol left around to start building up plaque accumulations in our arteries.

You can, with some effort, actually improve your own HDL-to-LDL ratio. Aerobic exercise -- jogging, walking or any other regimen which features lots of motion against little resistance -- can be one of the biggest factors in shifting your body's LDL /HDL ratio in your favor. Losing weight can also have a positive effect.

And, yes, there is evidence that alcohol, in moderation, can have some small beneficial effect in raising HDL levels. But the important word in this regard is moderation. If your alcohol consumption exceeds one or two drinks a day, you can raise your blood pressure and increase the levels of fatty triglycerides in your blood stream, thus undoing the benefit of more restrained consumption.

It has been learned recently that a third lipoprotein, called LP(a), figures in the type of high cholesterol that runs in some families with a high incidence of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and in some ethnic groups, including African-Americans. If you fall into one of these high-risk groups, it would be worthwhile for you to schedule a special test, called a vertical analytical profile, which can detect elevated LP(a) levels.. LP(a)-related high cholesterol can be controlled by physician-monitored administration of niacin, one of the B-complex vitamins.

If none of these remedies suffice to bring your cholesterol level into the "safe" zone, there are a number of medications your doctor can prescribe that are effective in controlling the condition.

I almost hesitate to mention that a sufficiently high level of HDL can even slightly reduce plaque accumulation in arteries, because so many patients make too much of the fact. HDL isn't some sort of biological Drano that can clear out badly clogged arteries. And you can't administer it like a drug. You have to make your own -- the hard way.



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