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So what’s the big deal if the majority of our food contains soy? Well, if you’re like Kathy Kottaras’ daughter M, it may mean yet another ear infection and up to six months of antibiotics. Why? Both M and her dad, Matthew Frey, have soy allergies.

Matthew and M struggled with constant illness. For Matthew it was digestive problems and for M it was sinus infections, ear aches and congestion. Matthew’s visits to the doctor always led to more antibiotics and it was only after an elimination diet that he finally figured out he was allergic to soy. I chatted with Kathy Kottaras of Subtract Soy Now to understand what’s going on with soy in our foods, why it’s problematic, and why she’s fighting to get soy out of America’s most popular cookies.
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Dina (left) and Jonas (right); Be Food Smart booth at the Crohn's & Colitis Take Steps Walk, May 22, 2011

I arrived at the Santa Barbara Crohn’s & Colitis support group a bit early. I was surprised at the diverse nature of the group as attendees ranges from age 16 to 70ish. Like most support groups, people went around the room, introduced themselves and began sharing how they’ve been managing their disease. In between discussions of dietary restrictions and past intestinal surgeries, drug names like Humira and Remicade flew back and forth making the attendees sound more like pharmacists than regular folk. I guess that’s what happens when your life revolves around this disease.  I was fascinated and saddened by the world they lived in.
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