I had given the low-cholesterol, high-carbohydrate diet the No. 1 ranking as the Biggest Nutritional Mistake of the 20th Century-until I came across the Soy Ploy. Now I must appoint it co-winner of this dubious distinction.
The fluoride battle, which we are winning, is nothing compared to the fight ahead of us on the soy issue. Mottled teeth are easy to see, but with soy the indictment is a little more sophisticated: You have to talk to people about things like phytoestrogens, genistein, and thyroxin deficiency.
To be perfectly candid, I wouldn't know a phytoestrogen from a phylactery, and you probably wouldn't either.
And even if you're a nuclear physiologist, there is still a good chance that you don't know much about genistein. So let's keep it simple: They're plant hormones similar to estrogen, and that's really all you need to know about the chemistry of soy.
The more important thing to learn is what the indiscriminate use of these plant estrogens is doing to your health and longevity.
Soy puts your body in "emergency mode"
I've listed the diseases attributable to soy below, but special mention needs to be given to thyroid diseases connected to excess soy in the diet. The Committee on Toxicity in Foods and the Environment in Great Britain reports that soy phytoestrogens "modulate thyroid hormone synthesis." They also say: "soy phytoestrogens disrupt the pituitary-gonadal axis."
So you have these power glands-the pituitary, the adrenals, and the sex glands-harnessed together, and if one of them is suppressed, the others react, sending the system into emergency mode. And that can make you very sick.
Soy definitely suppresses the pituitary, leading to a decrease in thyroid hormone (thyroxin) production, which can cause narcolepsy, infertility, obesity, learning disabilities, constipation, hair loss, and stunted growth. And that is only the short list.
Here are some of the other medical conditions possibly attributable to soy consumption:
- Chronic fatigue
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Premature or delayed puberty
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid conditions: Graves' or Hashimoto's disease, Goiter, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism
- Uterine cancer
Even placebos work better than soy
One of the problems with soy is that it doesn't seem to know what it wants to do. Sometimes it is anti-estrogen in action and other times it's pro-estrogen. This is somewhat analogous to having a pistol and not knowing whether it is loaded or unloaded-until you pull the trigger.
But based on its pro-estrogen actions, the main claim for soy is that it is a "natural" way to replenish the aging body's declining estrogen levels and thus relieve menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, as well as decrease the risks of heart disease and osteoporosis, without promoting breast cancer. None of this has turned out to be true.
Five recent studies have all shown that soy is worthless in treating the symptoms of menopause. These studies were performed at Monash University (Australia), Iowa State University, the University of Milan (Italy), and Helsinki University (Finland). Wouldn't you think that your gynecologist would be warning you of this rather than prescribing artificial estrogen and progesterone, both of which have been proven to be carcinogenic, and thus adding to the problem of soy-induced disease? Can't he do anything right? Well, not much.
Another study, this one out of the University of Pittsburgh, might be the most significant of the damning studies on soy. The researchers found that hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness improved in the placebo group but not in the soy group!
Allow me to summarize these remarkable studies that should blow the lid off the soy ploy (but probably won't):
- Soy does not improve menopausal symptoms compared to placebo.
- There is no beneficial effect on frequency, duration, or severity of hot flashes or night sweats with soy.
- The best soy could do was to have an equal reduction in symptoms compared to placebo in some studies.
- In one of the studies, symptoms were relieved in the placebo group but not in the soy group.
- Soy causes insomnia in many patients.
Mark Messina, an apologist for soy, claims that it is better than hormone replacement therapy because soy "seems unlikely to increase risk because it has no progestin activity." Come on, Mark, who do you think you're kidding?
"Protection" based on misinformation
And for pure trash in science, consider the following study, published recently in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A group of male volunteers ate three scones per day in addition to their normal diet. Half the group ate scones made from wheat flour and the other half ate scones made from soy flour. This "high-tech" study was continued for six weeks. At the end, the researchers reported "significant improvements in two of the three markers of oxidative stress" and they concluded, "these findings provide a putative mechanism by which soy supplements could protect against prostatic disease and atherosclerosis."
Putative? What's this "putative" stuff? Putative is a wimpy word, which boils down to "Everyone knows that" or, direct from the dictionary's mouth: "commonly accepted or supposed to exist." What these researchers don't emphasize from their study is that testosterone levels fell in those volunteers eating the scones made with soy, and there was nothing putative about that. The medical consensus is that prostate cancer is "associated with" high testosterone levels. But a little common sense is all you need to figure out that that just isn't true. If it were, young men, with the highest testosterone levels, would be the ones getting prostate cancer. In reality, testosterone is probably protecting those young men against prostate cancer, and the decreasing levels in older men may just be causing it. But because the mainstream refuses to use common sense, they have been giving estrogen to men with advanced prostate cancer in order to counteract testosterone. All that assault on the patients ever did was give them large breasts-a final humiliation before they died. Soy won't be any different.
And soy is going to protect against atherosclerosis? Come on now, how can something that disrupts the entire endocrine system of the body, and especially thyroid function, be protective against atherosclerosis-or anything else, for that matter?
This is a touchy subject, but the University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter does give a diplomatic warning: "If isolated isoflavones have unpredictable hormonal actions in the body, that's risky business. Pregnant or nursing women, in particular, shouldn't risk taking isoflavone supplements." And neither should anyone else, in my opinion.
While worrying about "pregnant or nursing women in particular" the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter has nothing to say about children. Isn't it a bit odd, coming from one of the centers of liberalism and political correctness, that there is no mention of the devastating effect that soy "milk" and other soy products have on "The Children?" Nothing about retarded growth, obesity, thyroid disease, and diabetes in children that have become epidemics, according to the experts.
Did you know that babies on soy formula receive a daily exposure to isoflavones that is six to 11 times higher than the dose that has undesirable hormone effects in adults consuming soy products? The "FDA-recommended" amount of isoflavones for adults is 1.25 mg (per Kg body weight), yet babies on soy "milk" are getting 6.25 mg! Tell me, Dr. Berkeley, does that sound like a "wellness" program to you?
The soy industry, like the hormone replacement industry, the fluoride industry, the anti-tobacco industry, the anti-cholesterol industry, and the vaccine industry-and the whole dang pharmaceutical industry-only tell you half-truths and are therefore lying to you.
But even the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter calls soy supplements "risky business." Of course, it still concluded "Soy foods are well worth adding to your diet, since they may help reduce the risk of heart disease and may have other health benefits." Stick with soy foods, not soy supplements, they say. I think UCB needs to broaden their horizon a bit.
Actions to take:
Soy-based "kibble" has already ruined the health of our beloved pets. Now American politicized science, determined to remove animal food-meat and dairy-from the diets of the entire world is forcing it on us to We are being kibbleized. But we can fight back.
(1) Stay away from soy, in all its forms (and there is a plethora these days). While it is probably true that, like anything else, a little soy food won't hurt you, in the extreme, it is a road to ruin.
(2) Some of the symptoms associated with disorders brought on by excess soy intake include: anemia, always feeling cold or warm, brittle nails, eczema, watery or swollen eyes, thinning hair or hair loss, lethargy, low blood pressure, or sore bones and joints. If you've been experiencing any of these, make sure to discontinue any and all soy intake. This can be trickier than you might think-soy is sneaking its way into more and more products these days, especially ones labeled "low-carb." You'll have to pay extra close attention to labels.
(3) The Weston A. Price Foundation is undertaking a new initiative to investigate instances and arrange possible legal action for individuals who believe that they or their children may have suffered serious physical or medical consequences as a result of ingesting products containing soy. They're exploring the causal connection between soy and the various health conditions listed above and are in the process of getting legal assistance to gather evidence in a number of cases to pursue damages or other appropriate recourse against the manufacturers and sellers of soy products. They're dead serious about this fight against such a powerful and rich foe, the soybean industry. If you would like them to conduct a preliminary investigation of the circumstances of your potential claim, without cost or obligation to you, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Soy: Food, Not Pills," UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, 1/01
"Dietary supplements of soya flour lower serum testosterone concentrations and improve markers of oxidative stress in men." Eur J Clin Nutr 2003; 57(1): 100-106
"Possible Legal Action On Medical Problems Caused By Soy," Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org), 3/30/04
"Soy: More studies," Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org), accessed 4/26/04