Garry lowered his cholesterol level 100 points by shifting from diary 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."  -- Garry Phelps

Garry 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 result for us to publish here

In just one month after replacing diary milk with soy milk, Gary lowered his cholesterol level 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." 

Garry uses an automatic Soy Milk Maker to make more nutritional fresh soy milk for about $0.50 per gallon! The machine does everything automatically. All Garry needs to do is to add soybean and water and push a button.

Here is the original email from Gary:

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 us ever asking for it. We asked for the picture later.

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Backed by numerous researches, soy is the only food that 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 contains compounds called isoflavones (natural estrogens), which have many health 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 makes soymilk without a beany taste. Chances are you will love soymilk (and the beany taste) after a while even if you do not at first.  Soymilk tastes great!

"Scientific research has discovered that adding two ounces of soya 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 soymilk with the automatic SoyaJoy soy milk maker is easy and quick. Home made fresh soymilk is more nutritional and costs much less - as little as $0.20 per gallon!

A Great-Tasting Weapon to Health  ó Also Soy Food Nutrient Analysis (Table)
     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 will 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 reduces the risk of breast cancer and helps ease the symptoms of menopause.

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

Soy reduces 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 reduces 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 are dairy-free (there are a few 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 are 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 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.

How does exercise (physical activity) affect cholesterol?

For some people, exercise affects blood cholesterol level by increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol. A higher HDL cholesterol is linked with decreased risk of heart disease. Exercise can also help control weight, diabetes (di"ah-BE'teez or di"ah-BE'tis), and high blood pressure. Exercise that uses oxygen to provide energy to large muscles (aerobic exercise) raises your heart and breathing rates. Regular exercise such as brisk walking, jogging and swimming also condition your heart and lungs.

Physical inactivity has been established as a major risk factor for heart disease. Even moderate-intensity activities, if done daily, help reduce your risk. Examples are walking for pleasure, gardening, yard work, housework, dancing and prescribed home exercise.

How does cigarette / tobacco smoke affect cholesterol?

Cigarette and tobacco smoke is one of the six major risk factors of heart disease that you can change, treat or modify. Smoking has been shown to lower HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.

How does alcohol affect cholesterol?

In some studies, moderate use of alcohol is linked with higher HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. However, because of other risks, the benefit isn't great enough to recommend drinking alcohol if you don't do so already.

If you drink, do so in moderation. The incidence of heart disease in those who consume moderate amounts of alcohol (an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women) is lower than in nondrinkers. However, with increased consumption of alcohol, there are other health dangers, such as alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, cancer, suicide, etc. In light of these and other risks, the American Heart Association believes it isn't advisable to issue guidelines to the general public that may lead some to increase their intake of alcohol or start drinking if they don't already do so. It's best to consult with your doctor for advice on consuming alcohol in moderation (no more than 1-2 drinks per day).

Related AHA publication(s):

  • Heart and Stroke Facts
  • An Eating Plan for Healthy Americans...American Heart Association Diet
  • Understanding and Controlling Cholesterol
  • Targeting the Facts... heart disease, stroke and risks
  • Easy Food Tips for Heart-Healthy Eating (also in Spanish)
  • "What Do My Cholesterol Levels Mean?" and "How Can I Lower High Cholesterol?" in Answers By Heart kit (also in Spanish kit)
  • "What Are High Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides?" and "What Is Cholesterol-Lowering Medicine?" in Answers By Heart kit

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.

Small Changes Give Low Cholesterol Diet Added Punch

Study Shows Benefits From Soy, Water-Soluble Fiber

By Jeanie Davis
WebMD Medical News

Feb. 11, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Veggie burgers, soy milk, heart-healthy margarine -- consider them options in a well-diversified, cholesterol-lowering 'portfolio,' say authors of a new study. Their results show that small daily investments in these readily available foods can improve blood cholesterol levels significantly -- when combined with a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Ratios of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol are important indicators of heart disease risk.

Describing his results as "very hopeful," lead author David J. A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, professor of metabolic/nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, tells WebMD that 13 to 14 grams daily of soy or vegetable protein foods -- such as the typical veggie burger -- increased good cholesterol (HDL) levels and reduced total cholesterol. The study was published recently in the scientific journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental.

"We showed that people can make big differences in their cholesterol ratios -- and without eating particularly large portions. [People in the study] quite easily accommodated 14 grams of soy protein on a regular basis, just one meal in the day," says Jenkins. "Many companies are producing soy products, taking it quite seriously. There's much to choose from. It's much easier for our Western-diet eaters to get satisfaction from the manufactured products than from a block of tofu."

Previous research has shown that dietary changes can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by as much as 18%. By increasing intake of soluble fiber and vegetable protein, total cholesterol levels can be reduced by an additional five to 10% or more. Also, other plant products -- including flavonoids in fruits and vegetables, isoflavones in soy, and lignans in flaxseed -- may help prevent harm from cholesterol.

Cholesterol-lowering medications can achieve reductions of 15-20% -- but Jenkins says the same can be achieved through dietary changes.

In this study, the authors recruited 15 men and five women, average age 58, and all with high cholesterol. The 20 people were already participating in an eight-week National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) study that required a daily diet low in saturated fat (less than 7 mg daily) and cholesterol (less than 200 mg cholesterol daily). Every day, each person in the study substituted a meal item with something from a list of readily available soy, fiber, or vegetable protein foods.

The study participants were divided into two groups. Frozen dinners, veggie burgers and wieners, and vegetarian cold cuts were among the treatment group's choices. Soluble-fiber food choices consisted of dried soups and breakfast cereals containing oat, barley, and legumes. On the comparison group's list: typical low-fat items such as skim-milk yogurt, low-fat cheese, and cottage cheese, and a number of low-fat, low-soluble-fiber microwavable frozen foods.

At the end of the eight-week study, the treatment group's cholesterol levels showed significantly higher HDL cholesterol. The LDL cholesterol was also significantly reduced. While one woman was on hormone replacement therapy and one man was being treated with a cholesterol-lowering medication, neither responded differently from the other subjects, says Jenkins.

While describing this study as "a modest attempt at introducing soy foods into the diet," Jenkins says that even higher dietary levels of soy, water-soluble fiber -- and other new options like cholesterol-lowering margarines -- could bring the 15-20% reductions possible with medications.

Providing objective commentary, William Wong, PhD, research scientist at Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston, tells WebMD, "The findings are very interesting. ... But at this time, you cannot tell if it was the soy protein or the soluble fiber [that created their results]. Especially since the amount of soy protein they were given was 14 grams a day, which was pretty small. To my knowledge, the lowest amount [of soy protein] to be shown effective is about 20 grams. I wish they had put one group on soluble fiber, one group on soy protein, then combined the two. That would be a very, very interesting study."

Erica Frank, MD, lipid researcher at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, tells WebMD, "They did a really good job. ... It's pretty fair to say that the results were attributable to soy. Putting this in the context of other studies, it's pretty clear this is another vote for plant-based diets and soy. ... People need suggestions for good-tasting soy products ... soy milk, soy nuts, smoked tofu is fabulous. It's easy to marinate tofu, sprinkle soy sauce on it and marinate it for an hour and it actually tastes pretty good."


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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