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Hops...are you ready to hear this?

 
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This is something I discovered a couple of years ago, but I am amazed how few people know about this...
Hops is one of the most estrogenic plants/ingredients we know about. It was aslo used as a sedative (and against insomnia etc...) in Antiquity, before being used in beer. People in the last century working the hops fields in Germany complained of being tired, and would sometimes fall asleep during the job. Working girls would start menstruating much earlier, and many brewers in England handling the hops all day long, would suffer from something called "brewers droop", meaning... impotence... Estrogen is libido inhibiting, for both men and women...
The interesting thing is, beer wasn't always brewed with hops, before, in the early middle ages in Europe, we had something called "gruilt" or "gruit", and there were other herbs used together with the grains, and these herbs were slightly sexually stimulating and energising, among other- they did not sedate.
The protestant church and the politicians at the time created a law stating that all beer had to be brewed with hops, otherwise one would have been given a heavy fine... It all started in Germany, and soon the other states followed. A lot of people were against this! In the beginning in England even the rulers were against this practice, many complained that this substance was actually dangerous and made people "melancholic" (read=depressed), among other...
Why do heavy beer drinkers grow man breast and/or a soft body...? It's not a coincidence... There are herbal supplement for women who want to grow bigger breast, and the first ingredients is... hops... Even for women too much oestrogen is bad: risk of cysts in breasts and reproductive organs, weight problems, mind fog, lack of libido, adrenal disfunction...
Unhopped beers are rare unfortunately... Btw, people say we hops is used because it keeps the beer from going bad, but the truth is that there are other herbs that can do that job as well.
Here we have an ingredient imposed by the protestant church, that is a sedative and a libido downer... Not that fun in my opinion !
 
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The Church has done many things to control libido... I doesn't surprised me at all.

Such as game that I have a cultural preference for beer w. hops... At least we don't drink it every day (as they used to do bc of water contamination) - or even every week
 
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Whenever the leaders of the church conspire with the leaders of government, freedom of the people is lost. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Yarrow is a much better preservative without the negative effects. I never did like beer that much, but I haven't touched a drop after I heard this. If I want something, I will brew it myself....
 
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I found this about hops:

"Hops were once taken by Christian monks to suppress the sex drive. They drank large quantities of beer in order to resist the temptation of the natural sex drive, which they attributed to the devil. Around the end of the middle ages, these monks began to brew hops in to their beer, as the soporific effects of the plant assisted them in remaining chaste. Thanks to these sexually suppressed monks, hops are now the most common additive to beer (Ratsch 1998, 270)."
(from the site "entheology.com")
This is funny, because 2 years ago I found the same idea, but this time with buddhist monks and tofu!! In Asia the monks discovered that soy products and especially tofu was helping them stay away from sex and women, because soy is also very estrogenic... Religion still has a strong influence on our daily lives and habits...
 
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Btw, I just read that hops is also used as a food additive in beverage, ice cream, candy, baked goods, and also as hops oil in flavouring ("grape", "raspberry", "whisky", "spice" etc...) for chewing gum, ice cream, condiments, etc... One more reason to stay away from all that junk.
 
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