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David Moore
Posted on Monday, November 29, 2004 - 2:32 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Should we not be suspicious of lecithin and other soy derivatives (e.g. digestive enzymes) used as part of a "protocol" to cure leaky gut?

Soy lecithin is actually the toxic residue left after processing soy oil:

"Historian William Shurtleff reports that the expansion of the soybean crushing and soy oil refining industries in Europe after 1908 led to a problem disposing the increasing amounts of fermenting, foul-smelling sludge. German companies then decided to vacuum dry the sludge, patent the process and sell it as “soybean lecithin.” Scientists hired to find some use for the substance cooked up more than a thousand new uses by 1939." [1]

Amongst the uses of lecithin is in cosmetics and skin creams. Rather than being a hidden ingredient, lecithin is touted as being beneficial to the skin.

To the manufacturers, it is known as a "penetration enhancer". [2] This means it makes the skin more permeable, allowing more of the "active" component in the product to pass through the skin barrier.

If lecithin makes the skin more leaky, it does not take a giant leap of imagination to see it as a prime suspect in the cause of leaky gut syndrome.


[1] Daniel, Kaayla T., PhD, CCN, "Soy Lecithin - From Sludge to Profit",

[2] Environmental Working Group - A safety assessment of ingredients in skin care products: Lecithin,
Deb A.
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 8:19 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You bring up some interesting information for us to consider, David. I try to avoid it, chocolate being the one item I can't seem to find without it. I can only eat a little dark chocolate. If I get too much, I feel off. I've always suspected that lecithin was the culprit. Any highly processed ingredient can set us up for some kind of reaction, since most often, powerful acids and/or bases and other chemicals are used to isolate it. Thanks for sharing this.
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 1:26 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

At the suggestion of my biochemist, I have been taking 2 tablets twice daily of "phosphatidyl choline complex" by Country Life for the past 2 months. I do not take any other supplements (except Flora Biotics 16, a probiotic that I buy from Needs, after severe reactions)and expect to discontinue the Phosphatidly Choline in a few more weeks in hopes it has done the job I needed. I was having terrible soreness under my rib cage on right side (possibly gall bladder?) after having digestive reactions to food additives and overcooked foods (e.g., oatmeal). The pain has subsided and my digestion has improved 100%. It contains 1,200 mgs of soy lecithin. I was told that it reduces inflammation and helps with bile hence helps digestion. I fought taking this for a year because of the soy content but I must say, it has helped tremendously --- wish I understood more.
Deb A.
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 2:27 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There are various methods to produce certain by-products of soybeans. One has only to read the various package descriptions to see this is true. Some companies make a point of saying that the ingredient is organic or is "drived by natural means". Just like some coffees are decafeinated using acids, others use the Swiss water method.
This may be one reason you are doing well with the lecithin.
Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 4:30 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Deb! That's really interesting and useful to know.
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