Soy: The Dark Side of America's Favorite
From tofu and tacos to burgers and baby formula, soy products
have swept the nation as a healthy source of high protein, with a
reputation for being all natural and all good. But a 20/20
investigation has found that amid all of this praise, some
scientists are now challenging this popular wisdom, and suggesting
there may be a downside to this “miracle food.”
Researchers at Cornell University Medical College said that
children who got soy formula were more likely to develop thyroid
disease and that twice as many diabetic children had received soy
formula in infancy as compared to non-diabetic children. In fact, in
other countries such as Switzerland, England, Australia and New
Zealand, public health officials recommend highly restricted
medically monitored use of soy for babies and for pregnant women.
Dr. Mercola - "Soy formula is one of the worst foods that you
could feed your child. Not only does it have profoundly adverse
hormonal effects as discussed above, but it also has over 1000% more
aluminum than conventional milk based formulas.
"While even in 1966 there was considerable research on the
harmful substances within soybeans, you'll be hard pressed to find
articles today that claim soy is anything short of a miracle-food.
As soy gains more and more popularity through industry advertising,
we are moved once again to raise our voice of concern. Soybeans in
fact contain a large number of dangerous substances.
There was considerable research done in 1966 about the harmful
substance within the soybean. Soy contains several naturally
occurring compounds that are toxic to humans and animals. The soy
industry frequently refers to these toxins as anti-nutrients, which
implies that they somehow act to prevent the body from getting the
complete nutrition it needs from a food. The soy toxins (such as
phytic acid) can certainly act in this manner, but they also have
the ability to target specific organs, cells and enzyme pathways,
and their effects can be devastating. As with any toxin, there will
be a dose at which negative effects are not observed.
- One among them is phytic acid, also called phytates. This
organic acid is present in the bran or hulls of all seeds and
legumes, but none have the high level of phytates that soybeans
do. These acids block the bodyís uptake of essential minerals
like calcium, magnesium, iron and especially zinc. Adding to the
high-phytate problem, soybeans are very resistant to phytate
reducing techniques, such as long, slow cooking.
- Soybeans also contain potent enzyme inhibitors. These
inhibitors block uptake of trypsin and other enzymes that the
body needs for protein digestion. Normal cooking does not
deactivate these harmful "antinutrients," that can
cause serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and
can lead to chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake.
- Beyond these, soybeans also contain hemagglutinin, a clot
promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump
together. These clustered blood cells are unable to properly
absorb oxygen for distribution to the body's tissues, and cannot
help in maintaining good cardiac health. Hemagglutinin and
trypsin inhibitors are both "growth depressant"
substances. Although the act of fermenting soybeans does
deactivate both trypsin inhibitors and hemagglutinin,
precipitation and cooking do not. Even though these enzyme
inhibitors are reduced in levels within precipitated soy
products like tofu, they are not altogether eliminated. Only
after a long period of fermentation (as in the creation of miso
or tempeh) are the phytate and "antinutrient" levels
of soybeans reduced, making their nourishment available to the
human digestive system. The high levels of harmful substances
remaining in precipitated soy products leave their nutritional
value questionable at best, and in the least, potentially
harmful." Brandon Finucan
and Charlotte Gerson
Scientists have known for years that the isoflavones in soy
products can depress thyroid function and cause goiters in otherwise
healthy children and adults. A combined research team of Cornell
University Medical College and Long Island Community Hospital
medical experts have found that children who develop Type1 diabetes
are twice as likely to have been fed soy formulas as those fed all
other foods This confirms concerns based on animal studies
raised in the 1980's and 1990s by Health Canada researcher Dr Fraser
Scott and led to the American Academy of Pediatrics issuing their
warning to pediatricians against any use of soy based formulas.
Milk Soy Protein Intolerance is commonly acknowledged and
diagnosed by both pediatricians and family physicians. In the
medical field the occurrence is also known as eosinophilic
gastroenteritis or protein intolerance. MSPI is diagnosed through
the history of an infant who displays irritable, colic-like
behavior, poor growth, and abnormal stools, some of which visibly
show blood. Confirmation of the diagnosis is made by a biopsy of the
intestinal tissue showing an increased amount of eosinophilic cells,
eroded intestinal villi, and hemorrhagic tissue. An increase in the
level of eosinophilic cells may also correlate with an allergic
response of the intestinal tissues due to the introduction of an
allergic compound. Many physicians request that parents alter the
infant's formula, or the mother's diet (for breastfed infants) prior
to having a gastroenterologist perform an invasive biopsy, then if
the symptoms diminish, or even cease, the diagnosis of MSPI is
Both formula-fed and breast-fed infants can develop an
intolerance to cow's milk protein and also soy protein. For infants
fed with the formula, it is easy to change to a different formula,
but more specialized formulas are more expensive. For many families
the costs of these formulas are prohibitive. For an infant who
is breastfed, the mother's diet must be altered to avoid milk and
soy proteins in order continue breastfeeding. This approach is
certainly a much less costly solution to the dietary demands of an
Dr. Mercola - "This
"Miracle Health Food" Has Been Linked to Brain Damage and
Breast Cancer" Watch the video
Newest Research On Why You Should Avoid Soy
by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD
"...the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins
or "antinutrients". First among them are potent enzyme
inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed
for protein digestion. These inhibitors are large, tightly folded
proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary
cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein
digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test
animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and
pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer. Soybeans
also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes
red blood cells to clump together. Trypsin inhibitors and
haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors. Approximately 25 per cent of
bottle-fed children in the US receive soy-based formula - a much
higher percentage than in other parts of the Western world.
Fitzpatrick estimated that an infant exclusively fed soy formula
receives the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at
least five birth control pills per day. Scientists have known for
years that soy-based formula can cause thyroid problems in
Early in 2007, the Weston A. Price Foundation began hearing from
inmates who were suffering from a myriad of serious health problems
due to the large amounts of soy in the diet. These prisoners had
found us through the Soy Alert! section of our website. Complaints
include chronic and painful constipation alternating with
debilitating diarrhea, vomiting after eating, sharp pains in the
digestive tract, especially after consuming soy, passing out, heart
palpitations, rashes, acne, insomnia, panic attacks, insomnia,
depression and symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as low body
temperature (feeling cold all the time), brain fog, fatigue, weight
gain, frequent infections and enlarged thyroid gland. Since soy
contains anti-fertility compounds, many young prisoners may be
unable to father children after their release.
Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage - Two senior US government
scientists have revealed that chemicals in soy could increase the
risk of breast cancer in women, brain damage in both men and women,
and abnormalities in infants.
"Dr Fitzpatrick's literature review uncovered evidence that
soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders, including
infertility, increased cancer and infantile leukemia; and, in
studies dating back to the 1950s, that genistein in soy causes
endocrine disruption in animals."
The health claims of the soy industry have one purpose and one
purpose alone - to sell more soy! That's why you'll only hear
about the benefits of soy from the industry, but Soy Online Services
thinks all consumers deserve the right to make an informed choice
about what they are eating and feeding to their children, their
household pets and their livestock. Uncovering the truth about
Eating soy linked to memory loss Frequently consuming foods
containing soy may contribute to memory loss, British experts say.
Experts at England's Loughborough and Oxford Universities researched
the impact of soy consumption in 719 senior citizens on the
Indonesian island of Java, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.
Researchers determined people who ate soy at least twice a day had
20 percent less memory function that those who ate it significantly
less. "Soy consumption is on the increase in the West and is
often promoted as a 'superfood.' Soy products are rich in
micronutrients called phytoestrogens, but it is not entirely clear
what their effect on the aging brain is," said Professor Eef
Hogervorst of Loughborough University. Hogervorst said vegetarians
and elderly women seemed to be highly susceptible to potential
memory loss from soy consumption.
John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America writes:
"There are legitimate questions about certain soyfoods, and
much we have yet to learn. Becoming soy-a-holics and
automatically downing anything made from soybeans is not the road to
health, but neither is shunning and stigmatizing soyfoods. The
anti-soy crusade has needlessly frightened many away from a food
source that has long been a boon to humankind, a food source that
can, if we are respectful of our bodies and of nature, nourish and
bless us in countless ways."
SOY AS A MALE CONTRACEPTIVE
Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD - "In September of this year,
researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health presented
evidence at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Society for
Reproductive Medicine showing that soy phytoestrogens can seriously
lower a man’s sperm count. This is old news to Weston A. Price
Foundation members. Over the years, we’ve often reported on
research that links soy consumption to poor sperm quality,
lower testosterone levels and sagging libidos. Dr. Chavarro and
colleagues studied 100 men whose partners were having trouble
getting pregnant. Semen analyses showed that the men with the
highest levels of soy food intake-approximately a half serving per
day-had 41 million sperm per milliliter fewer than men who did not
consume any soy-that’s 41 million fewer sperm per milliliter on
just one-half cup of soy food per day! The researchers used a
questionnaire listing 15 soy-based foods to determine soy
consumption over the preceding three months."
The Hidden Dangers of Soy We are eating soy products
today at levels never before seen in history. Advances in food
technology have made it possible to isolate soy proteins,
isoflavones, and other substances found in the bean and add them to
all kinds of foods where they have never been before. The number of
processed and manufactured foods that contain soy ingredients today
is astounding. These days it can be hard to find foods that don't
contain soy flour, soy oil, lecithin (extracted from soy oil and
used as an emulsifier in high-fat products), soy protein isolates
and concentrates, textured vegetable protein (TVP), hydrolyzed
vegetable protein (usually made from soy) or unidentified vegetable
oils. Most of what is labeled "vegetable oil" in the U.S. is
actually soy oil, as are most margarines. Soy oil is the most widely
used oil in the U.S., accounting for more than 75 percent of our
total vegetable fats and oil intake. And most of our soy products
are now genetically engineered.
Kaayla Daniel’s research, presented in The Whole Soy Story,
brings bedazzled consumers to their senses with her dispassionate
history and straightforward analysis of the science behind soy. She
tells the whole soy story, the story that the public needs to hear,
the story that will burst the soy bubble and turn modern seekers of
good health towards real food again, foods that soy has attempted to
usurp. She also brings us a message of great urgency: the estrogenic
compounds in soy are natural antifertility agents. Soy thus
represents a threat not only to our health, but to our future.
Soy contains goitrogens - substances that depress
thyroid function - Oprah's Soy Milk Habit
Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD - " Oprah Winfrey’s
announcement last month on Good Morning America that she “blew
out” her thyroid brought much
needed attention to the underreported epidemic of thyroid disorders
in this country. Sadly, few commentators noted that Oprah’s
consumption of soy milk and other soy products might have played a
key role in the development of her thyroid problems. Oprah
has told her viewers that she loves shakes made with soy milk and
blueberries. She has applauded when guests such as Julia Roberts
have talked about how much they “love” their soy milk.
Unfortunately, soy can seriously damage the thyroid gland, most
often causing hypo-thyroidism, with its symptoms of weight gain,
leththargy, fatigue and malaise. In Oprah’s case, soy may have
initially over stimulated her thyroid, causing a revved up
metabolism and sleepless nights. With Hashimoto’s thyroiditis-the
likeliest diagnosis for Oprah-it is quite common for someone’s
thyroid gland to go hyper for a period before falling into the
exhaustion of hypothyroidism."
THE RISE IN SOY ALLERGIES
In the 1980s, Stuart Berger, MD,
labelled soy one of the seven top allergens—one of the
Soy is one of the top allergens—substances that cause allergic
reactions. In the 1980s, Stuart Berger, MD, labelled soy one of the
seven top allergens—one of the "sinister seven". At the
time, most experts listed soy around tenth or eleventh—bad enough,
but way behind peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, fin fish
and wheat. Today, soy is widely accepted as one of the "big
eight" that cause immediate hypersensitivity reactions.
Allergies are abnormal inflammatory responses of the immune
system to dust, pollen, a food or some other substance. Those that
involve an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) occur immediately
or within an hour. Reactions may include coughing, sneezing, runny
nose, hives, diarrhoea, facial swelling, shortness of breath, a
swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, lowered blood pressure,
excessive perspiration, fainting, anaphylactic shock or even death.
Delayed allergic responses to soy are less dramatic, but are even
more common. These are caused by antibodies known as immunoglobulins
A, G or M (IgA, IgG or IgM) and occur anywhere from two hours to
days after the food is eaten. These have been linked to sleep
disturbances, bedwetting, sinus and ear infections, crankiness,
joint pain, chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal woes and other
are commonly called "food
allergies", but differ from true allergies in that they are not
caused by immune system reactions but by little-understood or
unknown metabolic mechanisms.7–9 Strictly speaking, gas and
bloating—common reactions to soy and other beans—are not true
allergic responses. However, they may serve as warnings of the
possibility of a larger clinical picture involving allergen-related
PROFIT vs RISK
The soybean industry knows that some people experience severe
allergic reactions to its products. In a recent petition to the US
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Protein Technologies
International (PTI) identified "allergenicity" as one of
the "most likely potential adverse effects associated with
ingestion of large amounts of soy products". Yet PTI somehow
concluded that "the data do not support that they would pose a
substantial threat to the health of the US population". This
statement is hardly reassuring to the many children and adults who
suffer allergies to soy products. And it ignores a substantial body
of evidence published during the 1990s showing that some of these
people learn for the first time about their soy allergies after
experiencing an unexpectedly severe or even life-threatening
reaction. Severe reactions to soy are rare compared to reactions to
peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish, but Swedish researchers
recently concluded that "Soy has been underestimated as a cause
of food anaphylaxis" (Foucard T., Malmheden Yman, I., Allergy
1999, 53(3):261-265).11 read
the entire article
Just How Much Soy Did Asians Eat? In short, not that much, and
contrary to what the industry may claim, soy has never been a staple
in Asia. A study of the history of soy use in Asia shows that the
poor used it during times of extreme food shortage, and only when
the soybeans were carefully prepared (e.g. by lengthy fermentation)
to destroy the soy toxins.
Soy is an important crop on American farms, and there is a strong
soy lobby. The health claims of the soy industry have one purpose
and one purpose alone - to sell more soy! But scientists have known
for years that the isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid
function and cause goiters in otherwise healthy children and adults.
Researchers at Cornell University Medical College said that children
who got soy formula were more likely to develop thyroid disease and
that twice as many diabetic children had received soy formula in
infancy as compared to non-diabetic children. In fact, in other
countries such as Switzerland, England, Australia and New Zealand,
public health officials recommend highly restricted medically
monitored use of soy for babies and for pregnant women.
Soy also contains a natural estrogen, which is why it is
recommended to women at menopause. The president of the Maryland
Nutritionists Association, Mary Enig, Ph.D. stated that "The
amount of phytoestrogens that are in a days worth of soy infant
formula equals five birth control pills." Dr. Enig believes
that soy infant formula may be associated with early puberty
in girls and slower physical growth in boys. Others say it may
effect fertility and normal brain development.
Brain.com reports an ongoing study involving 3,734 elderly
Japanese-Americanmen. That research has found that the men who ate
the most tofu during mid-life had up to 2.4 times the risk of later
developing Alzheimer's disease. Lead researcher Dr. Lon R. White
said that men who ate tofu at least twice weekly showed brain aging
about five years faster than those who seldom ate tofu. Soy has also
been implicated in interference with the absorption of zinc,
calcium, protein enzymes and amino acids.
Precocious (Early) Puberty - Beware of infant soy
formulas and other soy products
Precocious puberty in children have been fed soy formula. Early
maturation, such as breast development and menstruation as early as
6 years of age.
Dr. Mercola - "Soy formula is one of the worst foods
that you could feed your child. Not only does it have profoundly
adverse hormonal effects as discussed above, but it also has over
1000% more aluminum than conventional milk based formulas. It is
becoming increasingly common for young children, even 5- and
6-year-olds, to go through precocious puberty (aka early sexual
development). The introduction of this report even states that
studies have found girls as young as 2 years old entering puberty!
This is clearly a multi-faceted problem, but I believe one of its
main causes stems from your environmental exposure to a whole slew
of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even the conservative US
government has recognized that soy formula is a potent endocrine
disruptor. There is absolutely no reason to ever give your child soy
formula or soy milk. It is one of the worst foods you could possibly
give your child and the long-term health complications can be quite
significant. Prostate and breast cancer, early puberty,
endometriosis and infertility, irregular and painful menstrual
periods are only a few of the things your children will have
increased risk for if they are given soy formula or soy milk. If you
have already given your child these foods the best way to reverse
the damage is to have them rigidly follow the eating plan. The
nutrition from whole organic foods is the most potent corrective
force for these disruptions in hormones. If you still aren't
convinced of the dangers of soy you might want to review the protest
letter two FDA experts wrote earlier this year which points to
studies that show a link between soy and health problems in certain
and Soy: A Word of Caution Considering all of
soy's health benefits, it is tempting for new and expectant mothers
to see soy-based infant formula as a "miracle food" and to
stock their pantries sky-high with the stuff. Well, hold on there
mama. That most vulnerable member of the population, an infant
unable to breastfeed, stands at great risk of developing a serious
thyroid disorder due to a diet based entirely on soy formula. That
disorder is hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid and it is a
common cause of fatigue, depression, obesity, constipation, extreme
sensitivity to cold and a number of other symptoms, most so common
that the disorder can go undiagnosed for years.
Problem of Precocious Puberty Early sexual development, or
precocious puberty, is a growing problem around the world; and while
endocrine disruptors and oestrogen mimics are implicated, the
medical profession generally regards this trend as perfectly normal.
Elaine Hollingsworth, director of the Hippocrates Health Center
of Australia and author of Take Control of
Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry, writes about the
terrible effects of soy products on children:
"I am not
exaggerating when I say that HUNDREDS of people have rung me during
the past year to tell me about dreadful health problems that started
after taking up the soy habit. Serious thyroid malfunctioning is one
of the most common complaints. This is not surprising, since
it has been known for years that isoflavones in soy can depress
thyroid function, causing autoimmune thyroid disease and even
It is a medically recognised fact that our body absorbs
significant amounts of what we put on our skin. With Certified
Organic food rapidly becoming the nutrition of choice by the health
conscious amongst us, why would you accept any less for your skin?
of the thyroid. By far the worst calls are from women whose children
have been fed soy formula.
They tell me heartbreaking stories
about baby girls who show signs of early maturation, such as
underarm odour, breast development, body hair and even
menstruation as early as two, three and four years of age! The risk
appears to be greatest in girls who ingest soy formula for nine
months or more. In baby boys, 12 months of soy feeding can
lead to gross effects by the age of 11 or 12. Breasts can
appear and testicles do not develop. Several women have rung
asking what to do for these pathetic boys, who refuse to participate
in sports, fearing shower-room ridicule, and who will be dependent
upon thyroid drugs for life. I can't help, and I don't think anyone
Nature did not intend infants to be fed hormones, and
life-threatening consequences occur when they are. Of course, these
horrible problems do not occur with every soy-fed baby, but is it
worth taking such a chance? Your child will not thank you, and
you may never have grandchildren. Drinking soymilk during pregnancy
can cause a failure to produce breast milk, which can
lead to feeding the baby soy formula. By far the worst cases
of soy damage are reported to us by women who have drunk soy milk
while pregnant, and then fed their babies soy formula. This is
a deadly combination.
These women cannot restrain their tears
when describing the dreadful health problems their children have.
They keep repeating to me, "I didn't know, I just didn't know,
the doctor told me to drink it for my bones and give him soy
Working Group on Phytoestrogens Draft Report The British
government's Committee on Toxicity in Food and the Environment (C o
T) has assessed the risks to consumers of the phytoestrogens (isoflavones)
in soy foods and other products, especially the risks to infants of
hormonal disruption from consumption of soy infant formulas.
- Chapter 09 -
Phytoestrogens and Fertility and Development
- Chapter 10 -
Phytoestrogens and the Thyroid
- >Chapter 11 -
Phytoestrogens and CNS and Immune systems
- Chapter 12 -
Phytoestrogens and Osteoporosis
- Chapter 13 -
Phytoestrogens and the Cardiovascular system
- Chapter 14 - Hormonal
- Chapter 15 -
Phytoestrogens and Cancer
- "Soy formula is one of the worst foods that you could
feed your child. Not only does it have profoundly adverse
hormonal effects as discussed above, but it also has over
1000% more aluminum than conventional milk based
- Soy Formulas and the
Effects of Isoflavones on the Thyroid - Environmental
scientist and long-time campaigner against soy-based infant
formulas, Dr Mike Fitzpatrick, warns about the risk of
thyroid disease in infants fed soy formulas, high soy
consumers and users of isoflavone supplements.
- High Soy Diet During
Pregnancy And Nursing May Cause Developmental Changes In
Children Two separate studies – one in animals and the other
in humans, suggest that a diet high in soybeans and other
legumes during pregnancy and breastfeeding may have a subtle
but long-term impact on the development of children.
- Soy Can Cause Severe
Allergic Reactions Soy, like its botanically-related cousin
the peanut, could be responsible for severe, potentially
fatal, cases of food allergy, particularly in children with
asthma who are also very sensitive to peanuts. Natural
Alternative Treatment for Asthma and Allergies
Pregnant Women Should Not Eat
Soy Products In-utero exposure to genistein increases the
incidence of breast tumors.
feeding with soy formula milk: effects on the testis and on
blood testosterone levels in marmoset monkeys during the period
of neonatal testicular activity. In short, it reduces male
infants' testosterone by up to 70%
Legal Action On Medical Problems Caused By Soy
The Weston A. Price Foundation is undertaking a new initiative to
investigate instances and arrange possible legal assistance for
individuals who believe that they or their child may have suffered
serious physical or medical consequences as a result of ingesting
one or more products containing soy.
A growing body of credible medical and dietary research suggests
that soy products may cause adverse medical and developmental
conditions in susceptible persons, especially children – who in
some instances may be affected by soy products consumed either by
themselves (for instance, in baby formula) or by their mothers prior
to giving birth. more
Cheetahs and Soybeans
by Sue Ann
This article is provided as a public service
by the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, in
cooperation with the UAF research community. Dr. Sue Ann Bowling is
an Associate Professor of Physics at the Institute.
Pity the poor cheetahs! These speedy spotted cats
managed to survive one population crisis, which left them the most
inbred wild animal known. Then human inroads on their habitat and
hunting for their fur shoved them toward a second population crisis,
which seemed headed off by captive breeding. Now it appears that the
zoo diet in North America is simultaneously killing them off with
liver disease and preventing them from breeding effectively.
In 1985, 29 American zoo cheetahs died and only
18 were born, and 7 of the 18 died before adulthood. Only about 10%
of North American adult female cheetahs have been producing live
cubs in the last 5 years, compared with 60 to 80 % in other
Since North American cheetahs mostly eat a
commercial feline diet based on horsemeat and soy, while the
cheetahs living and breeding more successfully elsewhere are being
fed whole carcasses, a group of researchers in Ohio decided to look
at the zoo cheetah's food. They found that the soybean part of the
diet (the same textured soy protein and soy flakes used increasingly
as a meat extender in human diets) contained natural plant
estrogens, chemicals akin to mammalian female hormones and having
some of the same effects. When these chemicals were injected into
immature female mice, they caused damage to the mice's uteruses.
Experiments were carried out at the zoo as well
as in the lab. When four cheetahs in the Cincinnati Zoo were
switched to a diet based on chicken meat without soy, their liver
function improved. Right now we don't know whether they will breed
again or whether permanent damage has occurred.
What does this mean in terms of other soy
consumers? Cheetahs are likely to be exceptionally sensitive to
problems of any kind because they are so inbred. On the other hand,
soy made up a relatively small percentage of the cheetahs' diet, and
apparently all cats are rather poor at getting rid of extra
estrogens. Our pets might face some problems.
A quick scan of supermarket dog and cat food
labels indicates that about half of the commercial dry pet foods
have soy as the main protein source, with soy appearing as the first
ingredient after corn or (in some very high protein products such as
kitten food) as the first ingredient. As a dog breeder I would
hesitate to maintain my breeding stock on a commercial diet that
used soy as the primary protein source, or listed soy as one of the
top three ingredients. But other questions need to be answered, as
How about the human consumption of soy? At the
present time, our western diets don't contain all that much soy,
though what they do contain is often in the form of textured soy
protein, which has over twice the estrogen content of soy flakes.
This in itself indicates that the method of preparing soy may affect
the estrogen content of the final food. Oriental diets have used soy
for far longer than have Western ones. Do traditional Oriental
methods of preparing soybeans for consumption remove some of the
plant estrogens? I asked one of the researchers, and he replied that
tofu has far less plant estrogens per unit weight than does textured
soy protein. No measurements had yet been made, however, based on
the ratio of estrogens to protein.
Agriculturists and plant breeders need to look at
soybean estrogens, too. Do drought, temperature, soil fertility or
day length affect their concentration? Do different varieties of
soybeans differ in how much of these substances the beans contain?
Can low-estrogen varieties be developed? The cheetah study has
raised more questions than it has answered -- not an uncommon result
of scientific research!
Soy in parrot's diets results in bone and beak disorders
The harm that soy causes animals has been known for decades, but
this fact currently appears to be ignored by manufacturers of animal
feeds who are ever eager to utilize cheap sources of protein in
Immune Disorders, Soy and canola
" Recently there has been a tremendous increase in disorders
like systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, cerebral
palsy, "myelinoma", pulmonary hypertension
and neuropathy. Soy and canola oils are players in the
outbreak of these disease conditions. So are the organophosphates,
insecticides such as malathion used in food production in the name
"In 2004 I began to
experience a lot of joint swelling in my hands, shoulders, knees and
ankles. That pain would simply jump around in my body without
warning and I kept going to the doctor who concluded I had either
strained a muscle or had a torn rotator cup. Eventually after CATS
and MRIs showed no problems the doctor gave me a blood test and when
it came back she said that I had Lupus.
I was prescribed a series of medications that made me very ill.
After researching more about lupus it occurred to me that I needed
to find a doctor that specialized in autoimmune deficiencies. I
found a doctor who specialized in autoimmune diseases and after a
series of blood test this doctor told me I had RA, Rheumatoid
Arthritis. She said that my RA factors were over 200 and started me
on a methotrexate, and other RA combo drugs including, prednisone,
cortisone shots and painkillers. The side effects of the medications
were at times unbearable.
A friend of mine who at
one time had stage four pancreatic cancer introduced me to Marine
Phytoplankton and suggested that I talk to a friend of hers for
more information. It was suggested that I began with 1 1/2 oz of
Marine Phytoplankton a day and after 30 days I should see some
change in my body. After being on so many over the counter drugs and
prescribed medications I was a bit reluctant but decided to try it 3
days after purchasing it. After all, I really had nothing to lose.
Within the first half hour of taking the Marine Phytoplankton I
felt. The swelling had left my hands, completely (this is where the
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Fri, 16 Dec 2011
Promoting soy foods as health foods while ignoring the dangers of soy and soy
derivatives should be considered a crime against humanity. If you think this
statement is too extreme, read this article to the end, and then see what you
The dangers of soy are thoroughly documented in the scientific literature,
which makes it hard to believe that many health and fitness communities and
counselors, and most health food stores, still promote soy products as
Hopefully this harmful misrepresentation of soy foods will begin to change as
the dangers of soy become better known.
A Summary of the Dangers of Soy
If this list of the dangers of soy isn't enough to make you run out the door
of your local health food store, keep reading. It gets worse.
- Soybeans and soy products contain high levels of phytic acid, which
inhibits assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.
- Soaking, sprouting, and long, slow cooking do not neutralize phytic
- Diets high in phytic acid have been shown to cause growth problems in
- Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause
- Test animals showed stunted growth when fed trypsin inhibitors from soy.
- The plant estrogens found in soy, called phytoestrogens, disrupt
endocrine function, that is, the proper functioning of the glands that
produce hormones, and have the potential to cause infertility as well as
to promote breast cancer in adult women.
- Hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer may be caused by soy phytoestrogens.
- Infant soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
- Soy has been found to increase the body's need for vitamin B12 and
- Fragile soy proteins are exposed to high temperatures during processing
in order to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein,
making them unsuitable for human digestion.
- This same process results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and
highly carcinogenic nitrosamines. (Doesn't sound like anything anyone
would want to eat, does it?)
- MSG, (also called free glutamic acid), a potent neurotoxin, is formed
during soy food processing. Many soy products have extra MSG added as
well. (See video on the dangers
of Aspartame, MSG's chemical first cousin.)
- Soy foods contain elevated levels of toxic aluminum, which negatively
effects the nervous system the kidneys and has been implicated in the
onset of Alzheimer's.
Would you want to knowingly expose your tiny infant to the dangers of soy
- It's been found that babies given infant soy formulas have 13,000 to
22,000 times more estrogen than babies fed milk-based formulas.
- Babies fed exclusively on infant soy formula are receiving the
estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least four or five
birth control pills per day! You read that right. Four or five birth
control pills per day! Here's the reference so you can check this out for
yourself. [Irvine, C. et al., "The Potential Adverse Effects of
Soybean Phytoestrogens in Infant Feeding", New Zealand Medical
Journal May 24, 1995, p. 318.] By contrast, dairy-based infant
formula contains almost no phytoestrogens, nor does human milk, even when
the mother eats soy products. (Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.)
- There has been an increase of delayed physical maturation among boys,
including lack of development of sexual organs.
- Conversely, many girls today show signs of puberty, such as breast
development and pubic hair, before the age of eight, and some even before
the age of three.
- Both of these abnormal conditions have been linked to the use of soy
formulas as well as to exposure to "environmental estrogens"
such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene)a
breakdown product of DDT.
But Don't Oriental Cultures Eat Lots of Soy?
- It seems that historically, Oriental cultures consumed mostly
traditionally fermented soy products such as miso, tempeh, natto, shoyu
and tamari. (Tofu is not fermented, and falls into the dangerous soy foods
category.) They consumed these soy foods in small amounts, as a condiment.
- Soy foods account for only 1.5 percent of calories in the Chinese diet,
researchers found. (1977 Chang KC)
- The actual soybean consumed today is not the same one used by
traditional Oriental cultures.
Problems with Soy Protein Isolate
Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Effects of Dietary
- Furthermore, modern soy foods are very different from those consumed
traditionally in Asia. Most are made with soy protein isolate (SPI), which
is a protein-rich powder extracted by an industrial process from the waste
product of soy oil manufacturing. It is the industry's way of making a
profit on a waste product. The industry spent over 30 years and billions
of dollars developing SPI.
- In feeding studies, SPI caused many deficiencies in rats. That soy
causes deficiencies in B12 and zinc is widely recognized, but the range of
deficiencies was surprising.
- Although SPI is added to many foods, it was never granted GRAS status,
meaning "Generally Recognized as Safe". The FDA only granted
GRAS status to SPI for use as a binder in cardboard boxes. During the
processing of soy, many additional toxins are formed, including nitrates
(which are carcinogens) and a toxin called lysinoalanine. It was concerns
about lysinoalanine in SPI that led the FDA to deny GRAS status for SPI as
a food additive.
- In spite of all these dangers of soy protein isolate, SPI is the basic
ingredient of soy infant formula. The FDA even allows a health claim for
foods containing 6.25 grams SPI per serving.
The Weston Price Foundation has a list
of studies carried out from 1971 to 2003 showing the adverse effects of
To give you an idea of how condemning these studies are, here are just a few
summaries. There are over 50 more!
Fort P and others. Breast feeding and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in
children. J Am Coll Nutr 1986;5(5):439-441. Twice as many soy-fed
children developed diabetes as those in a control group that was breast fed or
received milk-based formula. It was based on this study that the American
Academy of Pediatrics took a position of opposition to the use of soy infant
formula. This objection was later dropped after the AAP received substantial
grants from the Infant Formula Council.
Hawkins NM and others. Potential aluminium toxicity in infants fed special
infant formula. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 1994;19(4):377-81
(1994). Researchers found aluminum concentrations of 534 micrograms/L in soy
formula, as compared to 9.2 micrograms/L in breast milk. The authors concluded
that infants may be at risk from aluminium toxicity when consuming formula
containing more than 300 micrograms/L.
Sheehan DM and Doerge DR, Letter to Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305)
February 18, 1999. A strong letter of protest from two government researchers
at the National Center for Toxicological Research urging that soy protein
carry a warning label rather than a health claim.
White L. Association of High Midlife Tofu Consumption with Accelerated Brain
Aging. Plenary Session #8: Cognitive Function, The Third International Soy
Symposium, Program, November 1999, page 26. An ongoing study of Japanese
Americans living in Hawaii found a significant statistical relationship
between two or more servings of tofu per week and "accelerated brain
aging." Those participants who consumed tofu in mid life had lower
cognitive function in late life and a greater incidence of Alzheimer's and
Strom BL and others. Exposure to soy-based formula in infancy and
endocrinological and reproductive outcomes in young adulthood. JAMA
2001 Nov 21;286(19):2402-3. Although reported in the media as a vindication of
soy infant formula, the study actually found that soy-fed infants had more
reproductive problems and more asthma as adults.
The FDA Had the Scientific Information about the
Dangers of Soy but Chose to Ignore It
You might think that people probably just didn't know about the toxic effects
of soybeans, that the food industry and the FDA must have just been
misinformed about the supposed benefits, and very real dangers, of soy.
Unfortunately for the FDA's credibility, this was not the case.
If you simply do a search on 'soybean' at the Poisonous
Plant Database of the United States FDA's Center for Food Safety and
Applied Nutrition, you can see this information yourself.
Right there in black and white you'll find 288 studies on soy, many focused on
the toxic properties and effects of soybeans. It's not very easy to understand
or get access to the actual studies, but it is cause for great concern that
the FDA had this information and knowingly chose to ignore the dangers, just
as it has done with so many other additives and pharmaceuticals.
It's tragic to think of the human suffering that could have been avoided had
the FDA just been more cautious and listened to their scientific advisors.
And it's mind-boggling to think that the very federal agency whose mandate is,
among other things, "to promote and protect the public health, to monitor
products for continued safety after they are in use, and to help the public
get the accurate, science-based information needed to improve health,"
could knowingly do the apparent opposite.
This is one more example that highlights the need to educate yourself by
finding good sources of information to base your health and diet decisions on,
rather than relying on the FDA's stamp of approval.
More Confirmation on the Dangers of Soy: Medical
Conditions Possibly Attributable to Soy Consumption
Symptoms of Disorders Possibly Attributable to Soy
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart Arrhythmia
- Heart or Liver Disease
- Infertility/Reproductive Problems
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities/ADD/ADHD
- Pancreatic Disorders
- Premature or Delayed Puberty
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Thyroid Conditions:
- Auto-Immune Thyroid Disorders (Graves' or Hashimoto's Disease)
- Thyroid Nodules
- Thyroid Cancer
- Other thyroid disorders
- Uterine Cancer
- Weight Gain
Do You Still Think We're Exaggerating the Dangers of
- Always feeling cold or warm
- Behavioral problems
- Brittle nails
- Hair thinning or loss
- Learning deficiencies
- Lethargy or low blood pressure
- Sore bones and joints
- Watery or swelling eyes
When there is a pretty good possibility that something is harmful, as is the
case with soy, common sense dictates that it's better to avoid it!
The corporations who make billions from selling soy would like us to believe
that until the dangers of soy are proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, we
shouldn't worry about them. This reminds me of Russian roulette: if a gun had
a hundred chambers, and only one was loaded, I wouldn't risk putting it to my
head and pulling the trigger. Would you?
Or, as Roger Eichman, DDS, succinctly summed up the precautionary principle:
"The precautionary principle requires action once the possibility of
harm exists. It does not require proof beyond a shadow of a doubt."
There's more than enough sound scientific evidence to convince me. I used to
think soy was a good dietary choice, but not anymore. I quit eating it a long
For more information about the dangers of soy, go to the Weston
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