Adverse side effects like malaise, weight gain and exhaustion are being blamed on specific raw vegetables.

The NEJM (New England Journal Of Medicine) reported a case where an 88-year-old Chinese Woman was trying to control her diabetes through eating bok choy, a Chinese cabbage. This goitrogenic vegetable is healthy but for her it became deadly.

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When she ate 3-4 heads a day it damaged her thyroid to the point of crisis. After several months of her “healthy habbit” she was so lethargic that she could not walk. Her throat began to close on her and soon she could not swallow. After three days of extreme lethargy and an inability to swallow she was taken to the emergency room.

Her thyroid was not palpable which means it could not be felt to the touch, not engorged, not filled with life.

She was suffering because vegetables from the brassica family were not being well tolerated by her body.

The NEJM reported she experienced, “Respiratory failure and (was) admitted to the intensive care unit with a diagnosis of severe hypothyroidism with myxedema coma. She was treated with intravenous methylprednisolone and levothyroxine (thryoid medicines) and was eventually discharged.”

Brassica family vegetables contain compounds that are termed goitrigins because they inhibited the thyroid gland’s uptake of iodine. Click here for one of the best ranked iodine supplements that nourish the thyroid as well as eliminate bromide, fluoride and chlorine poisoning.

In 1920 The New Zealand Medical Journal reported the deaths of two teenage girls and one teenage boy as the result of exophthalmic goitre, a result of thyroid deficiency.

The NZMJ reported, “In 1928, Chesney and colleagues at Johns Hopkins found they could produce goiters in rabbits by feeding them a cabbage diet. This was the forerunner of medical treatment for thyotoxicosis. Cabbage contained a positive goitrogenic substance, as opposed to the negative goitrogenic effect of iodine deficiency.”

Dr. Barbara A. Hummel, a family medicine doctor on Healthtap says, “There are no food (sic) that reverse hyperthyroidism or make it worse.” Dr. Ed Friedlander, a pathologist agrees with her statement as does another unrecognized MD on the site.

The term goitrogen means goiter producer. A goiter is a growth on the thyroid gland.

Goitrogenic foods are known as being very beneficial for breast health yet large amounts of uncooked goitrogens suppress the thyroid by causing inflammation.

Cooking or fermenting goitrogens removes the problematic oxilitc acid but some people receive this information too late.

Goitrogenic foods are: kale, cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, canola, kohlrabi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, rutabaga, turnip, cauliflower, kohlrabi, radishes, millet, cassava, soy flour, soybean oil, soy lecithin, soy, strawberries, pears, peaches, rapeseed and turnips.

However avocado, coconut, caffeine,  and saturated fat are showing they stimulate the thyroid.

Dr. Andrew Weil says, “Other foods that contain these chemicals include corn, sweet potatoes, lima beans, turnips, peanuts, cassava (YUCA), canola oil and soybeans. Fortunately, the goitrogens in these foods are inactivated by cooking, even by light steaming, so there is no need to forego the valuable antioxidant and cancer- protective effects cruciferous vegetables afford.

Vegetables that are goitrogens are negatively amplified if they are non-organic.

Juicing goitrogens are a major cause of negative goitrogenic side effects. A better source for juicing would be cucumber or celery which contain high quantities of potassium with a low sugar hit like apples, carrots and pineapple. To keep your health at an optimum level choose non-goitrogenic vegetables for juicing and be sure to eat all vegetables in organic form.

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7 Responses to Vegetables That Damage Your Health

  1. Steve says:

    I think it would be nice if thee was an option to print the article without all the ads.

    • Becky Plotner says:

      unfortunately i have no choice but to run ads as it pays for the site (well, almost, so far). Last time we put apps on that allowed people to print sections it caused the whole system to crash several times which caused an enormous amount of repair which still affects the page months later. The best way around this is to cut and paste the article for print to a word doc. Sorry this has caused you any inconvenience.

  2. Leanna says:

    I wonder if making sauerkraut (unheated) deactivates the goitrogens?

  3. Lori says:

    Another vegetable family that can be bad is nightshade, I have fibromyalgia, and some of my favorite vegetables fall under this category and when I eliminated them from my diet, I was eating one of them at least once a day, I noticed a big improvement, it’s amazing how foods that we think are good for us, can actually be harming us.

  4. D. John says:

    I found this site because of someone’s Facebook post. I think this is great, very well done, and I’m grateful to the publisher for doing this, but first and most of all to God for giving me the discovery. It happens that I not only have an interest in this subject, but I have also been involved with affiliate marketing for years myself. In my opinion the author has incorporated that in perhaps the most tasteful and palatable way I have ever seen (palatable – partial pun intended here). So definitely visit her links if you have an interest, at least check them out. I just looked at the product link.

    Now on the subject itself, I also just read this (hope Becky doesn’t mind me referring to another site): “All About Goitrogens” – thyroid (dot) about (dot) com / od / symptomsrisks / a / All-About-Goitrogens-thyroid (dot) htm

    You find these quotes there:

    “The enzymes involved in the formation of goitrogenic materials in plants can be at least partially destroyed by heat, allowing you to enjoy these foods steamed or cooked.”

    “If you are a heavy consumer of cooked goitrogens, however, and have a difficult time balancing your thyroid treatment, you may consider cutting back on the amount of goitrogenic foods in your diet.”

    This would seem to be at odds with the Dr. Weil quote here above:

    “Fortunately, the goitrogens in these foods are inactivated by cooking, even by light steaming, so there is no need to forego the valuable antioxidant and cancer- protective effects cruciferous vegetables afford.”

    This has me a bit concerned and feeling like maybe I should reconsider some items. Personally, I do really like broccoli, steamed or cooked. I also like peanut butter. I had already heard something about this overall topic a while ago, so I was already being mindful of raw vs. cooked/steamed broccoli, for instance. Never knew about peanuts, though. While I suppose I don’t “pig out” on these things, when I get broccoli it’s usually from a buffet, and I tend to get a lot when I do get it. I guess I’ll need to be even more mindful of all these things now, perhaps.

    Interestingly, I was also told about almonds being goitrogenic, but unless I missed it I didn’t see mention in what I’ve been reading here and at the other site.

    Becky, thanks again for what you’ve done here, and best of success to you. 🙂

  5. tammy miller says:

    never eat nightshades!!..the weed killed my horse I had no idea until after she was gone…we have a small pasture and didn’t know it was poisionous to horses

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