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Written by Weston A. Price Foundation   
Saturday, 01 January 2000 02:39

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Myth: Use of soy as a food dates back many thousands of years.

Truth: Soy was first used as a food during the late Chou dynasty (1134-246 BC), only after the Chinese learned to ferment soy beans to make foods like tempeh, natto and tamari.

Myth: Asians consume large amounts of soy foods.

Truth: Average consumption of soy foods in Japan and China is 10 grams (about 2 teaspoons) per day. Asians consume soy foods in small amounts as a condiment, and not as a replacement for animal foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods confer the same health benefits as traditionally fermented soy foods.

Truth: Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens.

Myth: Soy foods provide complete protein.

Truth: Like all legumes, soy beans are deficient in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine. In addition, modern processing denatures fragile lysine.

Myth: Fermented soy foods can provide vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets.

Truth: The compound that resembles vitamin B12 in soy cannot be used by the human body; in fact, soy foods cause the body to require more B12

Myth: Soy formula is safe for infants.

Truth: Soy foods contain trypsin inhibitors that inhibit protein digestion and affect pancreatic function. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders. Soy foods increase the body's requirement for vitamin D, needed for strong bones and normal growth. Phytic acid in soy foods results in reduced bioavailabilty of iron and zinc which are required for the health and development of the brain and nervous system. Soy also lacks cholesterol, likewise essential for the development of the brain and nervous system. Megadoses of phytoestrogens in soy formula have been implicated in the current trend toward increasingly premature sexual development in girls and delayed or retarded sexual development in boys.

Myth: Soy foods can prevent osteoporosis.

Truth: Soy foods can cause deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, both needed for healthy bones. Calcium from bone broths and vitamin D from seafood, lard and organ meats prevent osteoporosis in Asian countries—not soy foods.

Myth: Modern soy foods protect against many types of cancer.

Truth: A British government report concluded that there is little evidence that soy foods protect against breast cancer or any other forms of cancer. In fact, soy foods may result in an increased risk of cancer.

Myth: Soy foods protect against heart disease.

Truth: In some people, consumption of soy foods will lower cholesterol, but there is no evidence that lowering cholesterol with soy protein improves one's risk of having heart disease.

Myth: Soy estrogens (isoflavones) are good for you.

Truth: Soy isoflavones are phyto-endocrine disrupters. At dietary levels, they can prevent ovulation and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Eating as little as 30 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of soy per day can result in hypothyroidism with symptoms of lethargy, constipation, weight gain and fatigue.

Myth: Soy foods are safe and beneficial for women to use in their postmenopausal years.

Truth: Soy foods can stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent tumors and cause thyroid problems. Low thyroid function is associated with difficulties in menopause.

Myth: Phytoestrogens in soy foods can enhance mental ability.

Truth: A recent study found that women with the highest levels of estrogen in their blood had the lowest levels of cognitive function; In Japanese Americans tofu consumption in mid-life is associated with the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease in later life.

Myth: Soy isoflavones and soy protein isolate have GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.

Truth: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently withdrew its application to the FDA for GRAS status for soy isoflavones following an outpouring of protest from the scientific community. The FDA never approved GRAS status for soy protein isolate because of concern regarding the presence of toxins and carcinogens in processed soy.

Myth: Soy foods are good for your sex life.

Truth: Numerous animal studies show that soy foods cause infertility in animals. Soy consumption enhances hair growth in middle-aged men, indicating lowered testosterone levels. Japanese housewives feed tofu to their husbands frequently when they want to reduce his virility.

Myth: Soy beans are good for the environment.

Truth: Most soy beans grown in the US are genetically engineered to allow farmers to use large amounts of herbicides.

Myth: Soy beans are good for developing nations.

Truth: In third world countries, soybeans replace traditional crops and transfer the value-added of processing from the local population to multinational corporations.

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written by kayla, Jan 31 2014
While the proof may not be laid in the pudding (soy based of course) in these myth-truth statements, the actuality behind it all is that too many consumers are unaware of the chemical ahd nutritional breakdown of many of our highly advertised foods. The fact alone that mass media has been heavily consumed by the soy trend is a warning enough that the claims of health, and environmental consciousness need to be questioned. Massive corporations should not run our food industry and we should not believe all the "studies" we are told, generally with media and corporate interests. Do your research, as all aware and rightfully opinionated consumers should, and you will see the true complexes that soy possesses.
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written by Sonja, Jan 28 2014
Eh...nah dude. Soy is a huge part of most Asian diets. I've never even seen tempeh at the markets--just soy, and TONS of it. And we all know that Asians tend to live longer. Why? Who knows. It doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the consumption of soy though. Their sugar consumption is extremely low too. I see both vegans and meat-eaters alike addicted to that stuff. Sugar and all its forms (including alcohol) is the culprit of most disease.

Meat and dairy is on every "bad list" too. But I enjoy soy as a source of protein because I like to keep my mind and conscious clear. My body handles it better as well. We are all different though. Some of us are repulsed by the idea of chomping down on animals,and can't even digest it even if we wanted to. And others of us don't give eating meat any thought at all, and seem to be able to process meat just fine.

There is no magic protein that we can all thrive on and enjoy. I think we need to relax and enjoy the foods we like in moderation. After all, nearly everything will kill you these days anyway. Stress and worry is probably worse than both soy and meat put together.
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written by christoforos, Nov 24 2013
As for the last two arguments, you are probably aware that 70% of soy's world production is used for animal feed (check UN's report: Livestock's Long Shadow, full text available online)

Think of it ... Why is of soy one the most genetically engineered plants? Which is the reason of deforrestation and other sorts of land abuse and misuse in developing nations? Who, finally, consumes GM soy, produced by multinational companies, which abuse land, forests and whole nations? Vegans who choose non-gm soy, which is available at a reasonable price all around the world, or omvivorous comsumers, who consume animals (or animal products such as milk) fed mostly with soy?

Food for thought ...

As for the rest, a simple search on the internet can debunk many of the statements made. At the same time, there are some statements which are downright wrong, like "vegeterians/vegans consume soy to replace meat". No. No one needs soy to replace meat. We eat soy, just like any other food. A varied plant based diet doesn't require specific foods to cover up for meat or dairy.
galactosemia
written by dressedinblack dibby, Nov 21 2013
legumes and expecially soy is poisoning galactosemic people we got multiple chemical sensitivity now....smilies/shocked.gifsmilies/shocked.gif
The Soy Myth Crushed And The Truth Exposed
written by Anwell Steve, Oct 22 2013
Well, I believe that soy may have a lot of good effects according to what people know. But in fact, it has a lot of negative effect in our body according to research. What you have provided is a really helpful information for people to be aware the effects of soy foods. Thanks for this post!
Reply to Marc
written by tjboyd, Jul 31 2013
You can find a long list of studies at these 2 links:
http://www.westonaprice.org/so...ts-of-soy
http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/studies-showing-adverse-effects-of-isoflavones
Studies
written by Marc, Jul 31 2013
Where can I find the references that back up all these statements?
Soya vs red clover
written by Vera, Jun 12 2013
I understood that red clover is good for infertility and women in menopause, but contain lot of isoflavonides like soy. I red clover also supressing thyroid? Or only if not enough iodine.
Never trust doctors
written by DoctorsAreAllLiars, Mar 12 2013
You have to be completely insane if you do not think that the medical profession is in cahoots with the Big Business. SOY IS TOXIC, I don't care what the lying doctors say. There is tons of proof out there that shows the destruction that soy does to the body - and so long as they can keep the people sick and in constant need of physicians, the physicians will support any evil thing and make you think they are wise by their stupid doctorates that they got by being brainwashed by the very psychos who are behind the madness. If I knew that there was even the slightest question that a product could hurt my child, I would NEVER buy it. Oh, but I forget; you don't care about killing your baby outside the womb any more than you did when it was inside the womb.
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Really!?
written by Shane, Jan 17 2013
Is this website for real? There is nothing about this page that would confirm the alleged dangers of soy. Quite the opposite, it appears this organisation has a specific agenda against soy products and do not cite any of their assertions with peer reviewed scientific evidence. These are biased allegations against a product that reduces the need to consume meat and animal based products. Ever wondered what happens to all the calves of the milk producing cows that are forcibly impregnated year upon year for their entire lives? They are a useless and disposable by-product of an industry that has us convinced we need bovine milk to live!
If anything this page has convinced that I should keep consuming soy based products!
GM soy
written by jennab, Sep 14 2012
All the nastiness that is spoken of soy is probably because of the genetic modification. None of the soy claims mentioned on the site if they're including GMO-free soy or not, would be good to be able to clarify.
Response to Candace Beringer 4/23
written by John Burchard, Ph.D., Sep 01 2012
"Tofu has calcium carbonate (a binding agent)added in... which upon further research found it is "Plaster of Paris" which explains why it has constipating results."

I beg to differ. Calcium carbonate is limestone, coral skeletons, clam shells, egg shells etc. "Plaster of Paris" is calcium sulfate, a different compound. "P of P" powder is pure CaSO4, without water of hydration; when you add water it quickly turns to crystalline form (giving off heat in the process) and becomes the familiar solid plaster, used by sculptors, for immobilizing broken bones (at least formerly), and by me as a schoolboy (70 years ago) to make ant farms

Calcium carbonate is also the main ingredient in Tums and other "traditional" antacids. If you consume enough of it you can upset the body's acid-base balance, but that takes a LOT.
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written by Renee, Jul 18 2012
"Myth: Modern soy foods confer the same health benefits as traditionally fermented soy foods.

"Truth: Most modern soy foods are not fermented to neutralize toxins in soybeans, and are processed in a way that denatures proteins and increases levels of carcinogens."

Okay, so what are the "health benefits" of "traditionally fermented soy foods?"

And are these foods available on the market?

The omission of this information makes this myth/fact sheet not only obviously unbalanced but calls into question the honesty of the information presented on the entire site.
@ Anna
written by Mary, Jun 25 2012
Soy used to be used as a condiment in Asia - ie 2tsp/day. That is no longer the case. Tofu etc are cheaper than meat & milk, which are still in high demand, but costly. Additionally, iodine-rich foods, like seaweed, are often consumed, which mitigates some of the damage.
Gluten
written by Rose, Jun 24 2012
If people were only aware of the dangers of gluten as opposed to soy, we might get a more balanced argument. Gluten underlies ALL illness. The celiac disease centre of the University of Chicago lists over 300 different symptoms and illnesses caused by gluten. It certainly made a mess of me! I'd eat soy rather than grains any day of the week. The Okinawans are among the longest lived people on this planet, but ingest the highest amount of soy. Work that one out!
If you actually read the china study, read this now.
written by GC, Apr 11 2012
@Sal

The China Study was debunked by a 23-yo statistician who went back to the original data and re-interpreted it by including important control cases and other data that were ignored in the book.

Here is a link to it published on the web:
http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/

It's about 9000 words and while very technical, is also highly informal. If someone without an MD after her name can make such thorough arguments against the MD, using the same data, what does that say about the conclusions arrived at by the MD in question?

Pushing policy and personal opinion is the conclusion I myself arrived at. Please note that the author of the linked article lived as a vegetarian for years. (WTG, Denise.)
re SOY
written by Karen Halabi, Apr 09 2012
I was just in Japan and I can tell you they eat a LOT more than two tspns a day. IN fact soy was in everything. The traditional diet includes a lot of soy. Kyoto is a centre of soy production and the market is full of it - in all its forms. IN fact Zen monks in temples eat a huge amount of soy fashioned into all sorts of things and shapes and forms - even cut out like flowers and in deserts. Milk isn't in thir diet unless they are very westernised (ire younger generation).
Chinese only eat 2 teaspoons a day??
written by Anna, Apr 07 2012
smilies/cry.gif I live in China. I've been here the past 7 years. If Chinese only eat 2 teaspoons of tofu a day, Americans only eat 2 grams of steak per year. That is the most ridiculous fact I have ever seen. Tofu is an essential part of the chinese diet. It is often mixed with meat to create meatballs, it is eaten by itself or prepared with vegetables or meat. The tofu section of the market is stocked full of various types... and this such variation does not come about from a 2 teaspoon a day consumption rate. If you factor in all the soybean oil used for cooking and the soy sauce used to flavor things and the hot soymilk often bought with breakfasts across the country, the soy consumption rises even further. I am happy to read things, but posts like that make me question the rest of the research and advice.
Read this
written by Sal, Feb 02 2012
Check out "The China Study" Just to be an informed person. Has a bunch of interesting information on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. Take this information and do as you please! But if you are not fully informed you can not make an informed decision!
Ferment
written by Gaffigan, Jan 17 2012
Ferment it. Miso. Tempeh. mmmmm.
soy is dangerous
written by Amy, Oct 23 2011
I just wanted to add that I thought soy was a health food until it suppressed my thyroid function three years ago. My husband and I became vegetarians and ate soy-based foods constantly. We ate that type of food in large quantities every day for about a year. Six months into becoming a vegetarian, I became overly anxious and stopped sleeping. I ended up being diagnosed with subclinical hypothyroidism. I did research and found out that soy can cause thyroid issues and insomnia. There was a prison that was feeding its inmates soy-based meat and the inmates were complaining of the same symptoms that I had. I've been on thyroid medicine for three years and avoided EVERYTHING that has soy in it, which is hard. My thyroid was recently tested and I'm hyperthyroid and have been taken off my medication. I feel great and haven't felt this good since before becoming a vegetarian.

My husband, after eating large quantities of soy, developed issues with his testosterone levels. So it seems to me there may be a correlation between soy and the health issues the both of us have had. Both of us developed these issues in our early 30s.
2 MORE CAVEATS ABOUT SOY
written by LAURENCE MCFERREN, Sep 10 2011
LET'S NOT FORGET THE HIGH AMOUNTS OF COPPER AND PHENYLALANINE IN SOY, DETRIMENTAL FOR CHILDREN WITH PYRROLURIA AND/OR AUTISM. PHENYLALANINE IS A NEUROMUSCULAR POISON THAT PREVENTS THESE CHILDREN FROM HAVING ENOUGH COORDINATION TO WALK CORRECTLY OR EVEN SPEAK AT ALL. ALSO, I HAVE NOTICED MANY VEGETARIAN WOMEN AFFLICTED WITH THYROID AND BREAST CANCERS (HIGH COPPER RAISES ESTROGEN LEVELS AND IS DETRIMENTAL TO THYROID)
MILK
written by Cornelius, Sep 02 2011
"...we are the only mammals that still drink milk as adults..."

I get so tired of this glib, facile, and specious argument that is so often put forth by anti-dairy people. We may be the only animals who regularly drink milk as adults, but this is because we are the only mammals who possess the technology to do so. Other adult mammals certainly will drink milk, it is just that they are seldom given the opportunity. If you doubt this, put a bowl of milk in front of an adult mammal of any species of your choosing, and watch what happens.

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rancher
written by Debbie P Davis, Sep 19 2010
I recently heard if soy is cooked, most of the fats that contain phyto-estrogens and trypsin inhibitors are released and cooked out. To counter the phytic acid that is not removed, Phosphorus can be added to animal feed rations. I've never read anything in Sally Fallon's materials that differentiates the nutrient densities between raw and cooked soy. Is it true that most the bad stuff is removed by cooking and what is left can be countered with supplements--or is that just a soy marketing ploy?
Reply to Dan
written by Igor, Aug 21 2010
"I can buy a whole gallon of regular milk for about $4.50. So for those who can't afford the specialty food and have to stick to either cow or soy milk, which one is better?"


If you can't afford raw milk, then I wouldn't drink any milk at all (either cow's milk or artificial milks like soy or almond). I personally drink organic cow's milk which is unhomogenized and has been "pasteurized at low temperatures," since raw milk isn't legal where I live, and think it's a good product. However, I went for about 3 days drinking organic milk that was pasteurized and homogenized and had to stop because I started getting sick off it. A good rule of thumb is: if the milk sours rather than going rancid, then it's safe to drink.

If you can't find any good-quality cow or goat's milk where you live at a price you can afford, then eat yogurt, kefir, and raw milk cheese.

As for your general argument about price, well, one gets what one pays for. How much is your health worth to you?

It always amazes me how stingy people are when it comes to diet, which is one of the most important expenses one has to make. I never hear people complain about the high cost of Heinz Ketchup, Coca Cola, Rice Krispies, frozen pizzas, or Big Macs, but Heaven forbid that one should have to spend $5 for half a gallon of something that is actually good for you and that costs quite a bit more to produce than those other items.
Second reply to David Buchanan
written by Igor, Aug 21 2010
"All of these animal hormones and antibiotics are transferred to humans, especially in the 'real milk' you promote, but also in other milk products, like cheese, butter, yogurt, etc."

Hey hothead, maybe you should actually read what the WAPF means by "real milk" before going off on a rant like that. If you knew what they meant by real milk, you'd know that real milk doesn't come from animals that have been shot up full of hormones and antibiotics.
Reply to David Buchanan
written by Igor, Aug 21 2010
"All African-Americans, American-Indians and Asians are born allergic to cow's milk."

All Asians? Is that why milk and dairy products are a staple of the Mongolian diet?

"Billions of people worldwide are allergic to milk lactose."

So what? Does that mean that those who aren't should avoid it?
Read the ample research provided on this site
written by Cornelius, Jun 20 2010
Wow, so many "Soy is good, because, well, it just is, and you guys are bad!" posts. This article is just a summation of other articles that are also posted on this site. And this site is here, in part, to help you shed some of the misinformation you have been fed in the past by people who have an agenda, not to promote another one. Look around before you start throwing stones.

Read the other articles that are presented on this site, which reference and in most cases provide links to the actual studies. Read the reasons that some of the pro-soy studies are biased, or poorly conducted, and therefore not good science. Read actual studies that were conducted using good scientific method in an effort to learn, rather than to promote a cause. The truth is here for you to discover, if you have the courage to let real science challenge your myths and suppositions.
none
written by mike, Jun 14 2010
Interesting article and comments. I agree with the one guy that the way the article is presented makes it sound as if Soy products are similiar to cigarettes. Which strikes me as ridiculous. Plus, the article does not distinguish between different soy products. Tempeh is traditional...it's fermented...so is this ok? No answer. Plus they say the "average" consumption in asia(including Japan and China) is such a low amount. Well, if you include the Chinese, where most of them exist near poverty levels and maybe certain types of soy are to expensive to purchase. What if you just looked at Japan? I enjoy the site for the questions it raises, although the logic is far from air air tight.
Hmmmm.... Suspicious
written by JM Wong, May 23 2010
It's kinda dubious that almost ALL of the myths are positive and the truths are negative about soy. Is this site a soy hater? or an animal's milk promoter? At first, I wanted to believe in it but as I read along, I got bored because it seems that they are saying SOY can kill you... like cigarettes.
Some studies to consider before trusting in "facts" regarding soy
written by Gary Clack, May 02 2010
http://scholar.google.com/scho...as_sdtp=on

Strange that worldwide research, outside of US agri-business interests seems to indicate the protective and healing effect of soy products with regard to cancer rather than support your "facts".
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written by not-rocket-science, Apr 26 2010
I gave up eating meat about 3 years ago- while I still consume eggs, and dairy products, I have found that it is folly to rely too heavily on any one source for what my diet is now missing.

While soy probably does have its fair share of adverse effects, I would imagine that further study into almost any food would result in similar finding.

There are no 'magic' food.

Some things are better than others, but to claim anything besides balance will result in 'health' is foolish.

Our bodies require moderation and diversity.

Be smart about what you put into your body, obviously something that humans haven't 'messed around with' (read: processed) is going to be better for you than something they haven't. But ultimately it is up to you to make sure your body is getting everything it needs.

I look at people like my parents, who spend countless hours reading, talking, and thinking about their finances- but won't give their diets or health a second thought until their doctor warns them of trouble.

Are soy beans a perfect vegetarian staple? definitely not. But can they contribute toward a balanced diet for someone lacking animals? hope so.

ps- don't forget a multivitamin or two
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written by Candace Beringer, Apr 23 2010
I want to know if eating Tempeh... a fermented soy is safe, does that have a Phytic Acid reaction like processed Tofu?
Tofu has calcium carbonate (a binding agent)added in... which upon further research found it is "Plaster of Paris" which explains why it has constipating results.
Thanks for the years of research.
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written by Emily and Laura Matthews, Apr 19 2010
Edward, the survey cited by Weil was on MEN, not boys. To give soy formula to babies or to growing boys is to give them equivalents of birth control pills! Would you give your growing boys oral contraceptives?
funding
written by stephanie, Apr 05 2010
It would be illogical to say that there isn't any research out there that supports soy and its amazing "health benefits". However, and this is an important point, this expensive research has to be funded by somebody. There is a huge link between who funded the research and the conclusion of that research. (see one example of that here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...ool=pubmed) Be discerning. Then avoid soy!
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written by marti klever, Apr 03 2010
Whenever I read across-the-board negatives about any product, I am always suspicious.
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written by Dan, Mar 20 2010
I included the discussion about this topic on my blog. Check it out. I want to learn more about this topic. Please discuss and comment.
@Beto
written by Dan, Mar 18 2010
Your arguments made sense until you started addressing the bovine estrogen and hormones issue. Just because Weston A. Price Foundation has a long history and is more trustworthy than other places doesn't mean that this organization is always right. They are indeed run by humans and therefore not infallible. Then you started talking about raw milk and how great it is. However when I looked up the price of raw milk from the only place in NYC, I was taken aback by how expensive raw milk is: $5 for 1/2 a gallon!(goat milk is even more expensive)
I can buy a whole gallon of regular milk for about $4.50. So for those who can't afford the specialty food and have to stick to either cow or soy milk, which one is better? Even though more research is still needed, lets say that indeed soy has the harmful effects stated in this article. But cow milk has its own set of evils. So I believe the real question is which one is the lesser of two evils?
The superpositional state of nutrional truth: If it works for anybody, it works for everybody.
written by Edward, Mar 16 2010
I'm an avid consumer of health and lifestyle information and I've come to realize that every viewpoint imaginable has educationally pedigreed , sophisticated, and erudite proponents. A case in point concerning soy is the following excerpt taken from Dr. Andrew Weil's response to a question regarding whether soy can cause the feminization of boys:
"In March 2002 the Journal of Nutrition published results of a survey of men consuming soy foods or supplements containing 40-70 milligrams of isoflavones (the phytogenic components). None of the studies showed that consuming soy had any effects on reproductive hormones or semen quality, both changes that you might expect to see before any overt "feminization" would occur."
How does one explain these discrepancies? Obviously the Price Foundation is utterly convicted concerning their viewpoints and with scientific studies galore to back them up. And Dr. Weil and others are similarly armed as well, I'm sure. So what the hay?!
The answer to this dilemma seems to be this: try it and see. If you feel better, look better, perform better and are happier then it must be working. There's something that these studies seem to ignore and that's that the heterogeneity of the human response to input. Medications are an excellent example of this: some medications work almost across the board and some just don't. Same with food: there are across the board prescriptions such as eat fruits and vegetables and stay away from transfats. But beyond this, any categorical dietary presciption for the entire human race that doesn't acknowledge the heterogeneity of the human response seems provincial to say the least.
Former Herbalife distributor
written by Ryan , Mar 01 2010
What about JAMA's recent finding that soy decreased the risk of reoccurring breast cancer in women? JAMA Dec 09
@David Buchanan, Feb 18 2010
written by Beto, Feb 27 2010
"I agree that soy protein isolate products should be removed from the market, they are full of artifical ingredients. But if you include a soy protein concentrate in this catagory, you are wrong."
OK, David, where is your scientific evidence of this statement? Perhaps soy protein concentrate is not "full of artificial ingredients" but ALL unfermented soy products contain thyroid suppressive and estrogenic compounds, protein inhibitors, mineral disruptors etc etc. And this does include soy protein concentrate as well, David.

"No one has developed diabetes, heart disease or cancer from eating concentrated soy protein with fiber, but they have from dairy products."
Again where's your scientific proof, David? I will say that the overwhelming majority of the scientific studies done with animal flesh and dairy, are done using commercially produced products that are vastly inferior and dangerous compared to naturally fed & pastured organic &/or wild products.

"Milk proteins have long been associated with triggering diabetes". – New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Pediatrics. However, "50% of all children in the U.S. are allergic to cow's milk". – Natural Health, July 1994, Nathanel Mead, MD."
Well, goat milk & goat yogurt/kefir have loads of health benefits & none of the allergenic properties of cow's milk. I've friends who were truly "allergic" to pasteurized, homogenized commercial or even organic cows milk,cheese who have no issues w/ raw, organic pastured full fat milk, raw cheeses and yogurt. See any patterns here? Commercial dairy & meat/poultry products are not anything close in comparison to their organic, free-range, pastured, wild alternatives.

"All African-Americans, American-Indians and Asians are born allergic to cow's milk. Billions of people worldwide are allergic to milk lactose."
And more people worldwide consume goat's milk daily than cow's milk. Some Africans like the Maasai do drink cow blood(live!) and raw milk daily, and have done so for many generations, and they gain strength & longevity from these crucial sources of calories, proteins, fats and enzymes. And non-muslim Africans, African nomadic tribes with camels and horses, and Mongols too. My point: there are/have been some Africans and some Asians who have consumed raw milk (& blood) to survive and thrive.
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hematophagy
http://www.taa.org.uk/TAAScotland/LivestockasfoodforpastoralistsinAfrica2001.htm

"Congress has passed legislation to allow dairy farmers to inject Bovine Growth Hormone (BVH) and Bovine Estrogen into dairy cows to increase milk production. Dairy farmers and cattle ranchers also use pig and bovine (BN-99) insulin to make their cattle gain weight for slaughter. A calf grows from 100 lbs to over 1,000 lbs. in 180 days eating genetically modified corn. These cows develope diabetes and require hugh amounts of antibiotics to kill infections. All of these animal hormones and antibiotics are transferred to humans, especially in the "real milk" you promote, but also in other milk products, like cheese, butter, yogurt, etc."
C'mon, get real dude! This site, westonaprice.org, has for many long years been promoting highest quality animal quality flesh and dairy products, which are healing/strengthening for the humans consuming them, and less damaging for the planet from low impact, green practices on such farms & businesses.

I've always had mucus coating my mouth,& in my sinuses & throat after consuming commercial cow's milk and cheeses since childhood. And I drank LOADS of commercial milk until age 15 throughout my entire childhood. When I was in India for 6 months in 1997 @ age 32, I noticed the fresh, unpasteurized, non-homogenized daily milk and curds(yogurt) I consumed caused me ABSOLUTELY NO MUCUS and was an important and yummy part of my daily diet there! Unfortunately, most Indians are consuming mass produced dairy products similar to ours and the family cow has largely disappeared. Though it can be searched for & found obviously there. I was vegan/vegetarian for 17 years, and I got weak, thin & pale from deficiencies. Now I eat a modified Primal diet I can live happily with: I eat a lot of veggies, some nuts,some coconut & olives and olive oil, some fruits and very little grains. I eat generous amounts of avocados, wild seafood, organic organ meats, some raw dairy, and loads of organic spices and medicinal mushrooms. I am happy and healthier than when I was in the latter part of my veganism.
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written by geek001, Feb 13 2010
So do u say we should never eat soy !!
Soy Food not such Joy
written by kelly, Jan 28 2010
Excellent! Thanks!

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