Newsletter & Specials

September Special

Start to unwind in a detoxifying lavender and sea salt foot soak while we take the world off your shoulders with a 20 minute head, neck, and shoulder massage.  Then retreat to a private massage room and enjoy a 60 minute deep tissue massage.  $115

Referral Program:

 If you have visited us and enjoyed your experience — tell your friends. We will send you a $35 gift certificate every time you send us 3 new clients. Also, ask us for referral cards and give them to your friends and family and when they bring them in they will get $5 off their treatment.

Making Sense of Soy

- Peter Borten, L.Ac., M.Ac.O.M. - Dragontree Acupuncturist and Herbalist

The soybean is an amazingly useful, versatile plant. It has been manufactured into everything from printing inks to a fire-extinguishing foam to a fiber that can be woven into cloth. Soybean oil and soy protein have found their way into an enormous portion of manufactured foods. Big claims have been made of soy’s health benefits, including protecting against heart disease, lessening symptoms of menopause, reducing bone loss in osteoporosis, and reducing the risk and progression of breast and prostate cancers. In 1999, the FDA allowed food makers to begin labeling foods which contain 6.25 grams of soy protein per serving as “heart healthy.” Soy products have been cherished as foods for thousands of years in East Asia. Soybeans are a “complete” protein, as they contain all the essential amino acids our bodies cannot manufacture.

In stark contrast to these praises are the many negative claims about soy: that it reduces function of the thyroid gland, increases risk of breast cancer and rate of tumor growth, does not improve menopausal symptoms or osteoporosis, is harmful as a baby formula, causes brain shrinkage and memory loss, and is altogether unfit for human consumption. The details of this great debate would take pages to cover. The focus of much of the attention is a group of chemicals called soy isoflavones, sometimes termed “phytoestrogens” (“phyto” means plant) because they bind to estrogen receptors on cells. Since many breast cancers grow in response to estrogen, women with this disease are typically prescribed a drug which blocks estrogen receptors so estrogen cannot stimulate tumor growth. Soy proponents say soy isoflavones plug into these receptors, keeping estrogen out. Opponents say soy isoflavones act just like low doses of estrogen, potentially stimulating tumor growth the same!
way estrogen does.

Where does this leave us?

Yours in the pursuit of whole health,
Peter and Everyone at The Dragontree