May 29, 2009

According to most mainstream and “alternative living” media, soy
beans are the most versatile, natural, heart-friendly, healthimproving,
fat-preventing, growth-promoting and generally “allaround
good for you” foods ever grown on God’s green earth. With
food aisles brimming with hundreds of soy products, including soy
protein, soy breakfast bars, soy burgers, soy ice cream, and an
endless array of soy beverages, is soy beer soon to follow? Actually,
it’s already here! Doctors, athletes, nutritionists, farmers,
government officials, and respected companies all make a point of
telling us how safe and wonderful soy is for us and about soy’s
myriad of health benefits. They tell us that it is so excellent and so
safe that it doesn’t even need to be listed as an ingredient in many
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processed foods. But we don’t mind, do we? I mean, everyone knows
it’s safe, right?
Along with being the new “health food,” soy has also become the
latest “cash cow” for companies like Monsanto. Across the globe,
billions of acres are earmarked for soybean cultivation, thus
providing a secure cash crop for millions of farmers who gladly
disburse a “tariff” to Monsanto, the developers of their genetically
modified soybeans. What is the modern gospel of food production?
“Soy is Good For You.”
Or is it? Sadly, for several decades, corporations have been aware of
(and suppressed) the evidence that ingestion of soy causes cancer,
destroys bones, and creates havoc with our hormonal systems. The
truth behind the blatantly commercial integration of soybeans into
our diet is a distressing tale of fraud, greed, propaganda, suppression,
corporate irresponsibility, corruption, bad science, and political
Have you ever seen the “soy cows” that soy milk comes from? Not
sure if you’re aware of this, but you can’t milk a soy bean! According
to Elaine Hollingsworth in her book Soy – The Abominable Bean,
“in order to obtain that pure-looking, inviting stream of white liquid
pictured so appealingly in the ads, many processes are needed. It is
necessary to grind the beans at high temperature, and then extract
the remaining oils with dangerous solvents, some of which remain
in the meal. Then the meal is mixed with an alkaline solution and
sugars, in a separation process designed to remove fibre. Then it is
precipitated and separated, using an acid wash. At each stage of
processing a tiny amount of poison remains within the soy.
Government regulators say it’s so small an amount that it doesn’t
count. I wonder who told them that? And why don’t they take
notice of the scientists who say it does count, due to its
accumulation in the body over long periods of soy ingestion? Are
you really happy to accept the manufacturer’s assurance that it’s
safe to eat a tiny amount of poison each day, perhaps several
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times a day, until you have a serious health problem?”
One of the many marketing ploys for soy is that it contains
isoflavones (estrogen-like substances). Despite the fact that he/she
has no idea what an isoflavone is, your typical soy milk drinker will
repeat the mantra they hear on the nightly news about isoflavones.
What you won’t hear on the news is that scientists have known for
years that isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function,
causing autoimmune thyroid disease and even cancer of the thyroid.
Scientists have known for over half a century that soy negatively
impacts the thyroid gland. Research in Japan concluded that daily
consumption of only 1 ounce of soybeans over the course of 90 days
caused enlargement of the thyroid and suppressed thyroid function.
Some subjects even developed goiter. The subjects returned to
normal when they quit eating soy. (Y. Ishisuki et al, “The effects of
the thyroid gland of soybeans administered experimentally in
healthy subjects”, Nippon Nibunpi Gawk Zasshi, 1991). As a matter
of fact, the isoflavone genistein inhibits thyroid function more
effectively than prescription drugs developed to control
As far back as the 1950s, phytoestrogens (estrogen-like substances
derived from plants) were being linked to increased cases of cancer,
infertility, and leukemia. According to Dr. William Wong, “Soy is
poison, period!” In his article entitled “Soy: The Poison Seed”
(, Dr. Wong
describes several reasons why soy is poison. Two of the isoflavones
(genistein and daidzein) which soy contains are basically built in
insecticides for the soybean. He asks, “If they kill bugs, are they
good for humans?” Hmmmmm…… Good point.
Dr. Mike Fitzpatrick, a respected toxicologist who is at the forefront
of the New Zealand campaign against soy, wrote a paper in 1998
citing much of the published work on the dangers of soy isoflavones,
which he submitted to the FDA. This paper was also published as an
article in the New Zealand Medical Journal entitled “Soy Formulas
and the Effect on the Thyroid” (The New Zealand Medical Journal,
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February 2000). In this paper, Dr. Fitzpatrick states, “The toxicity of
isoflavones to animals first raised the awareness of the scientific
community to the fact that soy isoflavones are endocrine
disruptors... There have been profound negative endocrine effects in
all animal species studied to date… Soy isoflavones increase the risk
of breast cancer... Soy isoflavone disrupts the menstrual cycle
during, and for up to three months after, administration... Dietary
concentration of genistein may stimulate breast cells to enter the cell
cycle... Concern was expressed that women fed soy protein isolate
have an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia.”
Charlotte Gerson, of the Gerson Cancer Clinic, has published
detailed research proving that genistein is more carcinogenic than
DES (diethylstilbestrol), a synthetic estrogen drug that was given to
millions of pregnant women primarily between the years 1938 and
1971. (Gerson Clinic: Cancer Research, June 1, 2001 - 61 (11): 4325-
8). DES inflicted death and misery on countless women and their
daughters during this period. In an article entitled “Dietary
estrogens stimulate human breast cells to enter the cell cycle”
published in the 1997 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives,
Dr. Craig Dees has found that soy isoflavones cause breast cancer
cells to grow!
As if we need more damning evidence, soy also contains phytic acid.
The presence of phytic acid in soy totally destroys the credibility of
the manufacturers’ claims that soy is a good source of calcium and
helps prevent osteoporosis. Here’s why: phytic acid impairs the
absorption of all minerals, especially calcium! And since soy contains
more phytic acid than any other grain, soy actually strips your body
of calcium and other essential minerals.
Soy is not a complete protein, as it lacks the essential amino acids
methionine and cystine. And soy protein is difficult to digest
because it contains substantial amounts of trypsin inhibitors.
Remember, trypsin is essential in protein digestion, and cancer cells
are protected by a protein coating which makes them “invisible” to
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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, which can damage the heart and
lead to cancer. We all know about the relationship between oxygen
and cancer, don’t we?
Conscious of the public’s growing awareness of the dangers of
genetically modified crops, the recent movement toward organic
produce, and displaying the kind of creative duplicity which even
Prince Machiavelli would applaud, Monsanto Corporation has
almost 50 million acres of genetically modified soybeans growing in
the U.S. Here’s the catch: American law permits these crops to be
mixed with a small amount of organic soybeans, and the resultant
combination may then be labeled “organic”! And you still think the
government wouldn’t let them lie to you? This deadly “food”
belongs in the toxic waste dump, but the multinational corporations
like Monsanto are disposing of it in you, your family, and in baby
formulas! For those who ask if organic soy is safe, I say, “Would you
eat organic anthrax?”
According to Dr. Tim O’Shea, “Yet another toxin found in some
processed soy products is aluminum, which is said to be 10 times
higher in infant soy formulas than in milk-based formulas--and 100
times higher than in unprocessed milk. Levels are even higher when
soy products are hydrogenated. Aluminum, a cause of Alzheimer’s,
can also damage the newly forming kidneys of an infant who drinks
soy formula. Worse yet, aluminum can directly damage the infant
brain because the blood-brain barrier has not formed yet. Processed
soy can also contain a known carcinogen called lysinoalanine. It is a
by-product of a processing step called alkaline soaking, which is
done to attempt to eliminate enzyme inhibitors. Even though the
beans are thoroughly rinsed, the lysinoalanine by-product can
remain from the interaction of the soybeans with the alkaline
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a recent study
of Japanese men (living in Hawaii) found that consuming 2 or more
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weekly servings of tofu was linked to the development of dementia!
(L.R. White, et al, “Brain aging and midlife tofu consumption,”
Journal of American College of Nutrition, April 2000). But don’t the
Chinese and Japanese eat lots of soy? The answer is “no, they don’t.”
And the majority of the soy products which they do eat are
fermented (tempeh, tamari, natto, miso). Long ago, they discovered
that fermentation caused the protein to be more easily digested, and
the phytic acid, toxins, and “anti-nutrients” would be destroyed.
This being so, fermented soy products are acceptable, but only in
small amounts.
Concerning soy, other countries are light years ahead of the U.S. In
July of 1996, the British Department of Health issued a warning that
the phytoestrogens found in soy-based infant formulas could
adversely affect infant health. The warning was clear, indicating that
soy formula should only be given to babies on the advice of a health
professional. They advised that babies who cannot be breastfed or
who have allergies to other formulas be given alternatives to soybased
With their cash cow at stake, the market for soy must be
maintained. American soy farmers “contribute” almost $80 million
each year to help fund what must be considered one of the most
effective brainwashing campaigns ever known to man. The resultant
high-powered media blitz ensures that “news” stories about soy’s
myriad of benefits abound, from radio to TV to the internet. But
don’t fall for the labyrinth of lies! Soybeans are not a complete
protein, are not a natural food, contain several harmful carcinogens,
and most soybeans in the United States are genetically modified.
According to Dr. Wong, “any opinions to contradict the facts noted
above have been paid for by the agribusiness giants Monsanto and
Archer Daniels Midland. Once public knowledge of their
manipulation of public opinion and of the FDA becomes widely
known, expect monster class action lawsuits against these folks.
They’ll deserve it in spades!”

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