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Experts Denounce High Soy Diet of Illinois Prisoners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sally Fallon Morell   
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:11

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Too Much Soy Causes Serious Health Problems, Plaintiffs Claim


Washington, DC, June 26, 2012 -- Plaintiffs in the lawsuit Harris et al. v. Brown, et al., Case No. 3:07-cv-03225 have submitted testimony of four qualified experts confirming the claim that large amounts of soy in the prison diet can cause serious health problems. In 2004, the state of Illinois began using large amounts of soy in prison menus to save money and use less meat.


Sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit foundation, the lawsuit claims that the soy being fed to the plaintiffs, in the amounts being fed to them, constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, as well as a denial of plaintiffs’ liberty in violation of their due process rights under the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution.


Plaintiff health complaints include chronic and painful constipation alternating with debilitating diarrhea, vomiting after eating, sharp pains in the digestive tract, especially after consuming soy, passing out, heart palpitations, rashes, acne, insomnia, panic attacks, depression and symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as low body temperature (feeling cold all the time), brain fog, fatigue, weight gain, frequent infections and thyroid disease.


Public Health Expert Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, submitted an analysis of prison menus showing that soy protein in prison meals approaches 100 grams per day, four times greater than the amount recommended by the Food and Drug Administration. Soy protein is added in large amounts to meat patties, meat mixes and sauces, and in smaller amounts to almost all baked goods. The soy in the prison food is a deliberate artificial manipulation using processed soy products, manufactured using highly technical process and toxic chemicals


Toxicologist Mike Fitzpatrick, PhD, provided evidence that even 50 grams of soy can cause thyroid problems, including thyroid cancer. Soy contains compounds called phytoestrogens, which depress thyroid function and cause endocrine disruption.


Physician David Brownstein, MD, submitted his opinion that the amount of soy fed to the plaintiffs is, to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, responsible for causing their health problems, including gastrointestinal distress and bowel dysfunction, vitamin deficiencies (vitamins B12 and D) as well as thyroid disorders.


Laboratory analysis expert William Shaw, PhD, noted that soy protein has the highest oxalate level of any known food and that the prisoners are receiving hundreds of milligrams of oxalates per day. According to Shaw, virtually all of the plaintiffs’ health problems can be explained by their high-oxalate diet. The toxicity of oxalates is well established; oxalates can deposit sharp crystals not only in the kidneys, but in virtually every tissue and organ of the body, including joints, heart, blood vessels, teeth, gums, eyes, skin, brain, nerves, thyroid and thymus glands. Oxalates also block the absorption of many essential minerals, leading to malnutrition.


The defendants have responded by arguing that the Illinois prisoners receive only minimal amounts of soy protein in their diets.


“Presiding judge Harold Baker has stated the importance of scientific and medical testimony in the case,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. “We have provided both the science and the medical evidence and look forward to the next steps in this trial.

The Weston A. Price Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nutrition education foundation with the mission of disseminating accurate, science-based information on diet and health. Named after nutrition pioneer Weston A. Price, DDS, author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, the Washington, DC-based Foundation publishes a quarterly journal for its 14,000 members, supports 572 local chapters worldwide and hosts a yearly international conference. The Foundation phone number is (202) 363-4394,, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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written by Dawn Ruhl, Apr 04 2014
I have always felt like soy was bad, saw cases of how it effected dogs I groom, believe it or not. It is one of the TOP 3 food allergy triggers in our carnivorous pets. Can't be good for us either! Sick and tired of commercialism ruining all our food supplies.
written by Penny Kersey , Nov 26 2013
My son has type 1 diabetes and Gastropareses ,
He currently is in jail, his diet consist of a lot of potatoes,
Rice,bread and soy products. I have requested several
times for his diet to be adjusted to meet his medical issues.
And I told that there is nothing they can do!

He also has two peptic ulcers, hyperthyroidism and severe neuraphy.
I purchase commissary for him to be able to supplement his diet .
Because of the Gastroparesis he is unable to eat 80% of what
they feed him. I wanted to know where to turn to for help! I read about this
case and are seeding this in hopes that yourFoundation might be able
To assist my sons situation.
written by Terry Bolo, Jun 11 2013
It the problem soy itself, or GMO soy? I think even too much organic soy is not that good for you. I try not to eat it at all, GMO, or not.
In support of prison inmates
written by LORI ALTMAN, May 09 2013
I have my own page in support of incarcerated loved ones. It upsets me greatly
that there is no oversight in these area's from the food they are forced to eat that is labled "not fit for human consumption" to the toxic amount of soy that is put into their food at the prisons! please stop by my page and keep informed too.
written by bonnie, Apr 10 2013
i apologize...i should have said "products", not resources. maybe that will clarify a bit.
soy in drink powders
written by bonnie, Apr 09 2013
does anyone know re: the soy in the diet and protein drinks? someone is saying that this soy is not processed, hence it's okay. (soy esolate, soy lecithin)i find soy in supposedly healthier resources as well as in others i wouldn't necessarily have reason to trust.
written by Dee, Mar 29 2013
I am new to a paleo diet, just started researching it in the last couple of weeks, and came upon your site today. Thank you so very much for this information. I kept reading not to eat soy, but had no idea why. I even went to our local library for a few particular books today, but they didn't have any in the regions database - one of the books was on soy.
soy is crap
written by raymond cooper, Feb 03 2013
i used to drink lots of soy milk starting in 1998 because i dont do well with dairy, i also was led to believe by my doctor that soy was a really great health food, so i started drinking soy milk and eating more tofu and i cut out fast food and was also eating lots more fruit and veggies, even added soy protien powder to the soy milk, my doc told me to cut back on meat, so i did all this, by the end of 2001 i was a mess, i was depressed like never before, inflamation in my body in sevaral areas increased and had alot more bloating and gas, i didnt even look all that healthy (i was in my early 30's) Well in 2007 i finally got burned out and tired of the taste of soy milk so i stopped drinking it and started drinkin almond and coconut milk and started eating nutiva coconut oil right off the spoon, i started to research soy and started to see a connection on why i was sickly and tired all the time, today i eat no soy stuff with the exeption that there might be some soy in restaurant food, but i rarly eat out, i switched to grass fed meats, tropical oils, still eat fruits and veggies and added raw sesame oil and seeds and other nuts and seeds, today i am 47 and i am in far better health than i was at 37, leaner, no depression, very minor inflamation, my coworkers in their 20's envy my health, my family thinks i am crazy because of the saturated fat in tropical oils that i use, they are used to me being sick and weak, they are uncomfortable with it, so what, they dont pay my bills or live my life, gotta go because i am starting to rant.
written by Nick, Dec 06 2012
Health insurance already costs as much as food if you are single. How can bad food save money? We should provide nutricius food to everyone, especially those who can't afford it and are saving money on food.
Soy 91% GMO
written by Kay, Nov 23 2012

According to this article, 91% of US grown soybeans are GMO.

After spending a month in school studying GMO and their building blocks, I will not eat GMO products. (The way they were discovered is that they found a bacteria that could withstand being poisoned and put those genes in the crops we eat.) I don't want to intentionally eat bacteria.

If you want your brain to age faster than normal, eat tofu (soy).

There is growing research that says that soy is bad for a person. If I just had to have soy, it would be in very minimal amounts.
written by Gloria Prater , Oct 22 2012
Pardon me Sally but I read some of the ignorant comments that were made above and it pains me to know that people cannot see the bigger picture. It pains me that people are so judgmental. To the person who said we should help children > If won this case will set a precedent and send a message that soy causes health issues and cancer. This is how we save children's lives, and someone like me who lost her daughter due to SOY INFANT FORMULA could use this precedent and maybe they greedy B-tards will finally remove soy from the shelves. And just because these men are prisoners we are not suppose to care. Shame on you, you have no right to judge anyone, there crimes are between them and God.
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written by karen wilfong, Sep 23 2012
Can you send me some information on your foundation and how they help prisoners?
My son recived information from you awhile back saying you wanted information and 200 dollars to take his case into court. I want to be sure you handle his type of problems. One is the soy products served in Florida prisons and the other is medical problems the State does not want to pay for. His illness could become terminal.
written by nwo2012, Sep 02 2012
Pam, any substance that suppresses your immune function will alleviate arthritis. X-rays also do the same. Do you belive X-rays are good for you too?
written by DePaw, Aug 10 2012
Pam, the calcium in soy milk is a supplement, they add it to the milk!

For more on the dangers of soy:

The Chinese, etc, eat small amounts of fermented soy only, such as traditional soy sauce (not the modern stuff), AND eat a lot of other nutritionally rich foods to counter-act the soy, such as tons of fish to boost their thyroid from the iodine, animal fats and broth, and lots of organs meats (they eat all the animal).
written by amcken3, Aug 04 2012
Pam and others here who refuse to believe how evil soy is, DO SOME RESEARCH! Chinese eat FERMENTED SOY ONLY and in very small amounts...irritating, I guess the saying you can lead a human to knowledge but you can't make them think applies here. smilies/angry.gif
written by Pam, Jul 30 2012
I don't quite understand. I use organic soy milk and find it hugely helpful with my arthritis. Is it perhaps the GM soy and way it is being processed that's the problem? Judging only on personal use, since I cannot use regular milk, I have been using soymilk now for about 8 years without any issues, in fact, if I get acid reflux from something I use it for that as well and it immediately gives relief. The calcium from soy seems to be able to be used by the body, unlike most supplements/pills, and the effects of drinking soymilk is noticeable on the respite it offers from arthritic pain for me.

Chinese people have been using soy sauce for hundreds of years as well as tofu and other things made from soy. I find it possible to believe that soy can be MADE to be bad for you, or that it's possible to eat too much of it (like oxalic acid found in some veggies can be bad for you if you eat too much of them) but to say that all soy is poisonous period I find unbelievable, sorry.
written by Patience O'Dowd, Jul 23 2012
Sounds like it is the incorrect processing of Soy that is the issue. Corporate of A is responsible for this, not the Soy bean. I understand that many plants make thier own insecticide and especially GMO! This is what I have read needs the correct soaking or fermenting as the Chinese have long done. I understand that TOFU is soaked plenty and Tempeh is fermemnted. I understand these two Soy products are fine. In Japan they serve plates of soy beans too that are very tasty. I have had digestive issues possibly due to the incorrect processing of Soy, but in my research and experience, TOFU does not bother at all. Have not tried Tempeh yet.
written by Teresa, Jul 15 2012
my question to all the hype of soy is this soy washed in water or alcohol wash? This claim has not been cleared
as to what kind of soy is being used. I do keep an opened mind on issues such as this since an opinion can go
from one extreme to the other. I think it would be wised when making such claims or comments that both sides
are discussed and explained just what kind of product is being used wrongly, ie; water base or alcohol base.
With such comments being made I take information like this with a grain of salt.
written by Pat Jackson, Jul 04 2012
Would the members of the FDA and others who say there is nothing wrong with SOY foods eat it as much as the public,prisoners are being feed and giving it to school children,is it know wonder there are so many illnesses around.
written by Linda Hall Adair, Jul 03 2012
I have been speaking against this for years! Having family and friends in the Florida Department of Corrections, I know that they are actually replacing the meat rather than extending it as TVP (textured vegetable protein)was meant to be used. I hope this lawsuit prevails and goes nationwide. Inmates might deserve to be locked up, but they don't deserve to be tortured. They also need to look at nursing homes' food service as well as schools, jails and prisons.

We need to stop feeding our population with fake foods. If you can't recognize what the ingredients on the side of the boxes are, your body doesn't recognize it either. When will that soak in??
Long ago
written by Roger Bird, Jul 03 2012
Long ago in the 1970's an Anthroposophical MD from Holland named Robert Gorter or Gortor told a crowd of us that soy was poisonous. He said that you could tell because the beans are so colorful.
Child Health Advocate
written by Gail A. Elbek, Jul 02 2012
Thank you Weston A Price Foundation!!!! Hoping prisoner rights will lead to the rights for all people to someday be allowed truthful soy phyto-toxic labeling information. Soy is also repeatedly proven as toxic to developing fetus due to maternal soy consumption during pregnancy. Trusting parents feeding their infants soy formulas and foods have not been allowed the righteous opportunity to know horribly toxic soy hormone disruptor truth. What the FDA knows about decades of massive published study evidence repeatedly proving soy-cause of physiological, reproductive, and neurological adverse health effects while deliberately refusing truthful public disclosure is nothing less than criminal!
when will people get it?
written by Ann, Jun 29 2012
Wow! This is just amazing. When will the public get it that the soy is killing them? I wonder if the soy was given to the prisoners knowing it would hurt them? It really should just be illegal to sell soy anywhere.
written by r, Jun 29 2012
How about the fact that they feed soy foods to our CHILDREN in their school lunches...!!!?? We "save money" by feeding children and prisoners terrible food, then wonder why Medicaid costs are growing. Will they EVER put 2 and 2 together??

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