The Toxicity of Soy Products
Contrary to popular belief that soy is a health food, evidence reveals that soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders, including infertility, increased cancer and infantile leukemia, Type1 diabetes, and precocious puberty in children have been fed soy formula (early maturation, such as breast development and menstruation as early as 6 years of age).
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 researchers.
Soy Lowers Mens' Sperm Count
Here’s a good article on how soy specifically lowers mens' sperm count and will make you… well, you know... http://healthtruthrevealed.com/full-page.php?id=09184229810&&page=article
The Dangers of Feeding Soy Milk to Your InfantFrom Dr. Mercola:
Two vegan parents have been convicted of murder and given life sentences in prison for starving their 6-week-old baby to death.
Though the parents may have thought they were doing the right thing, they were feeding their child a completely inadequate combination of soy milk and apple juice along with a small, but insufficient, amount of breast milk.
Now, soy experts are again calling for clear and proper warning labels on all soy milk products -- indicating that it should NEVER be used in place of infant formula -- following this and several other babies' hospitalizations or deaths under similar circumstances.
Soy infant formula, which currently constitutes 25 percent of the bottle-fed market, is required by law to be heavily supplemented with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids that are not found in brands of soy milk. Though it does not pose an immediate danger to babies, as is the case with soy milk, the Israeli Health Ministry, French Food Agency, British Dietetic Associations and other government bodies have warned parents and pediatricians that it poses health risks to the developing baby and should only be used as a last resort.
Why Soy is NOT a Health Food
VIDEO - Avoid being deceived by the soy industry and learn the reasons why you are better off avoiding all forms of non-fermented soy: http://www.mercola.com/2006/nov/16.
See also "the problems with Soy": http://chidiet.com/problemswithsoy.htm.
The Dangers of Using Soy
Nearly 60% of All Manufactured Food Products In The U.S. Today Include Soy
Soy Can Cause Severe Allergic Reactions
Soy Weakens Your Immune System
Soy contributes to thyroid disorder, especially in women promotes kidney stones
Soy weakens the immune system
Soy contributes to food allergies and digestive intolerances
Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage
Pregnant Women Should Not Eat Soy Products
Soy foods contain high levels of aluminum which is toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys
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More Evidence Soy is Not as Healthy as Originally Believed
Some of the earliest evidence that soy was a health risk rather than a health food began with an investigation of a dead parrot that was fed soy: http://www.mercola.com/2006/aug/10/more_evidence_soy_is_not_as_healthy_as_originally_believed.htm.
(Guardian, UK) Background article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,,1828158,00.html.
I'll Never Eat Soy Again
The problems with soy:
Soy Should be Outlawed
From: Dr. William
Campbell Douglass II, MD
Dr. Douglass' Real Health Breakthroughs (203-699-4420)
If you've been a reader of mine for any length of time at all, you no doubt know how I feel about soy. If you don't, here's a brief summary of it: soy should be outlawed.
Despite its status as darling of the vegetarian "meat martyrs," soy is NOT a health food. In fact, it's neither healthy nor is it food, if your definition of that word includes some measure of actual nourishment. And it isn't merely worthless as a food, it's downright harmful.
Hundreds of studies have linked soy proteins and derivatives to:
- Heart disease
- Cancer, especially of the breast
- Allergies and reduced immunity
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Malnutrition and digestive problems
- Nutrient deficiencies, including calcium (vital for the prevention of osteoporosis)
- Reproductive disorders
- Cognitive and mental decline
- and more
And these are just the NATURAL side effects of soy foodstuffs. I shudder to think of how many other ills we're risking by ingesting the residues of the acid and alkaline baths, petroleum solvents, and God knows how many other hazardous chemicals involved in the manufacture of some of the most common soy variants...
These facts notwithstanding, soy byproducts and proteins have found their way into just about everything - usually in the place of truly healthy animal-based fats: Milk and milk substitutes, cheeses, yogurts, desserts, breakfast foods, and even many burger patties have some degree of soy content nowadays.
In fact, it's estimated that 60% of the refined foods on store shelves and sold in fast-food joints have some kind of harmful soy protein in them. And if those madcaps over at the Food and Drug Administration have it their way, the amount of soy Americans are consuming will likely double in the very near future.
Why? Because they're about to allow the manufacturers of every Twinkie, breakfast cereal, veggie burger, energy bar, milk substitute, and every other doggone thing under the sun with harmful soy protein or byproduct in it to claim that it PREVENTS CANCER.
Yep, you read that right.
Despite the findings of stacks of bona-fide research, the FDA is about to buckle yet again to the Big Food business (like it did with that Food Pyramid farce) and let them claim their soy- and sugar-saturated junk as the key to dodging cancer.
Absurd as the notion is, the FDA is about to give a big rubber stamp to refined-food makers that says "Prevents Cancer" on it. This, despite the fact that many toxicology texts list the plant estrogens found in soy protein products as CARCINOGENS.
How can this happen, you ask? As usual, it's all about money. This move will mean billions in the pockets of American food makers, and who knows how many needless corpses in American morgues... What really kills me is that the FDA doesn't think we're smart enough to see how shamelessly profit-driven this shenanigan is.
Think about it: There are lots of safe, natural substances out there that REALLY DO prevent cancer. But does the FDA allow makers of these things to make that claim? Of course not. The supplement and natural foods industries represent an insignificant source of income for the government next to the food business. Besides, people might stop taking those expensive drugs if they knew about the benefits of vitamins, herbs, minerals, and truly healthy foods - that would mean less money in the Feds' pockets in taxes and drug application and approval fees. But since the food industry will flood the government with corporate tax revenues generated by the sale of soy-inclusive products, they get to claim these foods prevent cancer.
You see, it doesn't matter if it's true, as long as it's truly profitable. As you know, I don't often try to rally my readers to action. With a couple of notable exceptions in the past, I prefer to inform and expose, then let folks decide for themselves whether or not to get involved. But this time, I'm urging anyone who cares about not only their health, but their rights to unbiased government oversight of big business to take action now - because the clock is ticking... The FDA must hear from Americans in sufficient numbers to make them think twice about giving the food industry carte blanche to bill their junk foods as the "magic bullet" for cancer.
[While I don't agree with Dr. Douglass about consuming animal protein, my research into soy is in full agreement with his statements. See http://chidiet.com/problemswithsoy.htm for research links. - Jim]
Sides of the Soy Issue
Summary: Soy may have beneficial uses like boosting estrogen levels in menopausal women (and in men to inhibit testosterone), providing antioxidants, and lowering thyroid output for those who have the unusual problem of excess thyroid production, but for others, it may not be wise to eat large amounts daily.
Soy is controversial. Some say it is a healthy source of protein, nutrients, and fiber. Others think it can cause problems like hormonal imbalance, low thyroid output, and allergies, not even considering the new worry some have about how common genetically modified soy now is.
Several articles about both sides of the soy issue: http://www.electroherbalism.com/Naturopathy/Therapies/Diet/Soy/index.htm.