Cancer in Zambia: Is Soy a Culprit?

Cancer’s on the rise in Zambia, a country in southern Africa, and soy might be the culprit.

Martin Sampa, a researcher from the University of Zambia School of Agricultural Sciences, appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Community Development and Social Welfare yesterday, and squarely blamed soy for the alarming and recent increase in breast and cervical cancers, leukemia, diabetes and high blood pressure suffered by the Zambian people.   The committee has been investigating cancer and other disease  in Zambia with the aim of prevention.

Sampa reported soy has become part of the diet for most Zambians, as widely found in grocery store products such as mealie meal, biscuits, instant soups, margarines, cooking oils and bread.  He said he “regrets” how soy has been marketed as a health food in Zambia and been promoted to help overcome protein malnutrition.   Soybeans, he said, are listed in the US FDA’s Poisonous Plant Database, and warnings have come out from government agencies in Israel, France and Great Britain.about the risks of consumption by infants and children.

In conclusion, Sampa advised the Zambian government to quickly come up with a policy review at the highest level on whether soy — “a toxic food” — should be included in Zambian diets.

Brian Chituwo, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Community Development and Social Welfare, said Sampa’s information will help establish why cancer has become so common in Zambia.   First lady Christine Kaseba is leading the fight against cancer in her country.

The soy industry, of course, heavily markets its products as the ticket to cancer prevention and reversal.  The truth is another soy story, with numerous studies showing soy can cause, contribute to and accelerate the growth of cancer, especially breast cancer.  Modern soy ingredients as found in packaged and processed food products are the most dangerous of all, including not only the plant estrogens and other risky components inherent in all soybeans, but the MSG, other additives and carcinogenic residues that result from modern, industrial, food processing methods.

So far this news has come out only in the Lusaka Times. Will the New York Times and other establishment news sources carry this story in the U.S.?    Not likely, but “we the people” can always help this news from Lusaka go viral.

Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, is The Naughty NutritionistTM because of her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths. A popular guest on radio and television, she has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, ABC's View from the Bay, NPR's People's Pharmacy and numerous other shows. Her own radio show, "Naughty Nutrition with Dr. Kaayla Daniel," launches April 2011 on World of Women Radio. Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food, a popular speaker at Wise Traditions and other conferences, and recipient of its 2005 Integrity in Science Award. Her website is and she can be reached at

One Response to Cancer in Zambia: Is Soy a Culprit?

  1. Thandi Zulu Alexander says:

    I eat everything made with soy 9 years ago I was found with cancer 2016 I have been a healthy eater since 2005, but how long.It was 9 years not !9

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