Soy Alert! Update, Fall 2003

soy-iconListing of Studies Showing Adverse Effects of Soy

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep the public up-to-date on the problems with modern soy foods, we have compiled two lists of studies showing adverse effects of soy: one lists studies showing the toxicity of soy isoflavones (estrogen-like compounds in soy) and the other lists studies showing problems with consumption of soy foods in general. We looked only at studies published in scientific journals–the total was over 150! Very often, the conclusions posted in the abstracts of these studies glossed over negative findings, or even presented these findings as beneficial. Most interesting to us was the large number of recent studies showing carcinogenic and mutagenic effects of soy isoflavones. (We have been accused of citing only older studies and ignoring more recent “positive” findings.) These two lists were submitted to the COT in the UK, and the USDA in the US.

Get Wind of This!

Texas inventor Frank Lathrop has come up with the perfect solution for the soy gas problem – a seat cushion known as the “TooT TrappeR™.” Billed as a “reverse whoopee cushion,” it is packed with a carbon air filter that is guaranteed to absorb odors and stop toots in their tracks. The company also offers a panty liner made with the trademarked “Flatulence Filter.™” Both have been featured on Regis and Kathie Lee, in Business Week, and in at least two serious gastroenterology journals, Gut and Treatment Options in Gastroenterology. For more information:

Soy Bombs

ABC News reports that the U.S. Department of Defense is working on a “stink bomb” designed to disperse crowds and to drive terrorists from networks. Developed as part of the Nonlethal Weapons Program, it causes shortness of breath, nausea and panic.

Which smells have such an effect? Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia analyzed a variety of horrid smells ranging from burning hair and rotting flesh to human waste. The two rankest by far were rotting garbage and human waste full of sulfur-containing gases — the very stuff generated in the human gut from soy oligosaccharides. .

The Defense Department plans to recreate the two foul smells chemically, but a more natural solution to the human waste smell would be to create it by feeding recruits surplus soy. As yet stink bomb weaponry has not gone into development. Seems the chief problem to be solved is that of “friendly fire.” Whether released by a spray or bomb, it often backfires, so to speak.

SOURCE: Stink Bomb Science: A Weapon of the Future that Assaults the Senses. ABC News, January 7, 2002.

Meltdown at Emission Control

Soy eaters who complain that their favorite foods make them gain weight and pass gas at the same time will soon have their prayers answered with a hot, new product named Thermobean. It’s a gas-suppressing legume protein formula that’s literally full of beans — AND the galactosidase enzymes that will not only make those beans behave but go to work. Not to toot its horn, but Thermobean comes fully equipped with added antioxidants and other vitamins, the amino acid methionine, medium-chain fatty acids and flavor-rich spices. Everything needed to fuel a body generator, and provide for weight loss and energy needs.

SOURCE: New gas-suppressing legume protein formula named Thermobean. US Patents via NewsEdge Corporation, 2002.

Jill Nienhiser has been a Weston A. Price Foundation member since 2001, and has provided web maintenance, editing, and proofreading support for and for many years. She also helped launched the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund in 2007.

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