The Anti-Radioactive stylings of Miso Soup

   Thoughts from our founder, Peter Teevan:

"In the early 90’s I became 100% plant based and raised my family that way. During this journey I would read 3- 6 hours a night on everything from physiology (human and animal) to biochemistry (breakdown of foods absorption and assimilation of different foods and their combinations).

While I was doing this I was also getting heavily into Martial arts as a way to get and stay in shape, but more importantly, to become more spiritual and relieve the severe mental stress I was under. When researching Chinese thought and how the monks actually lived I stumbled across Soy products that they used and their history (tofu, miso, etc.). At that particular time, I was looking for things that could be eaten hot (like soup in particular) for my girls and I. It had to be something they would like and be beneficial consuming on a regular basis with no long term side effects.

When I started to learn about Miso, I stumbled on a research paper on a Japanese doctor who claimed that it might have anti-radioactive properties. Physician Shinichiro Akizuki was actually in Nagasaki or very close by when he noticed that himself and the patients he was treating were not affected by the radiation from the blast. The one thing that he attributed it to was the daily serving of Miso soup with Wakame as the possible antidote. If you look a little closer Wakame has natural iodine in it. It helps protect the thyroid, and the fermentation process of the young soybeans gives it properties of not only being anti-radioactive but a powerful probiotic to help good bacteria flourish in the gut.

Not bad for a bowl of soup, huh? I started making it for everyone as much as I could and still eat it to this day."

In the years after the bombing at Nagasaki, Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, Director of the St. Francis hospital in Nagasaki, Japan discovered that his patients were experiencing little, if any negative effects from the radioactive fallout. After years of research, he attributed this to the fact that he had made certain to incorporate miso soup into the diets of all his patients and employees.

Many years later, in 1972, researchers who were following up on Dr. Akizuki's theory confirmed that miso soup, did in fact possess anti-radioactive  properties, as it contains dipilocolonic acid, which binds and expels radioactive materials from the body.

Most notably of all, however, were the experiments of Professor Akihiro Ito in which he discovered that mice exposed to radiation who were not fed miso developed cancer at quadruple the rate of mice who were fed miso soup. Also important is the fact that, after the Chernobyl incident, European countries imported miso soup in large quantities!

So get out there and get a bowl of miso, especially if you spend time exposed to any kind of radiation! (microwaves, cell phones, hospital x-rays, etc) 

Learn more by clicking here, or look up Dr. Akizuki and come to your own conclusions!