Just got these letters in:
“Dear Dr. Daniel: I watched your interview on View from the Bay. Something you said alarmed me. You said giving soy to babies is bad because it’s the ONLY thing they’re getting. Further, you won’t see the damage till puberty. In boys, they may develop slower or NOT at all! My heart race picked up a little when I heard that. My son is 15 and was fed soy as a baby (as advised by our naturopathic doctor at the time). Well he is certainly slower than the other boys his age in developing. Did I screw up? If so, what do I do now? Can anything be reversed or improved from this point forward? Thank you for your time and consideration, I would love a response.” — Anne
Dear Anne: First of all, don’t blame yourself as you had no way of knowing that your ND was badly misinformed. I detail the reproductive risks of soy formula in Chapter 28 and 29 of my book The Whole Soy Story. However, risk is not certainty, so let’s hope your son’s development will move forward normally even if he’s on a slower timetable than the other boys. That said, I would strongly recommend that you begin working right away with an alternative MD or other health practitioner who understands the dangers of soy, does laboratory assessment and recommends a Nourishing Traditions type diet. Such a diet will not only help your son but your entire family enjoy optimum health. The more you can improve your son’s overall health, the more likely his body will find the strength and inner wisdom to develop properly. For more information on soy recovery, please read two articles on this site: “Soy Recovery Part I” and “Soy Recovery: The Toxic Metal Component.” Good luck.
“Dear Dr. Daniel: Is there any evidence that eating soy can cause behavioral changes? Recently my 7 yr. old son ate edamame and experienced a very noticeable change in behavior (extremely hyper, upset and not paying attention) which occurred approximately 2 ½ hrs. after eating soybeans. He ate the edamame at the food bar at Whole Foods; we know they were organic and not genetically modified. As a baby he was fed some soy formula to supplement breast milk. As a toddler we gave him soymilk; during this time, he also went through the same aforementioned behavior. This is why we suspect a food intolerance, but are not sure. Any information you can shed on this is greatly appreciated.”–WF
Dear WF: We have massive evidence linking soy to behavioral disorders, especially ADD/ADHD, as discussed in Chapter 21 of The Whole Soy Story. This could be caused by manganese toxicity, the phytoestrogens in soy or both. However, your son seems to be reacting to soy exposure rather than experiencing an ongoing problem due to manganese or phytoestrogen interference with brain function. I suspect he is allergic to soy and should eliminate it from his diet completely as discussed in my article “Soy Recovery Part I.” My second article “Soy Recovery: The Toxic Metal Component” may also help your son. Both are available on this website. Soy is now one of the top 8 allergens, and is increasing so much that many experts believe it will soon move into the top four. I discuss soy allergies in Chapters 24 and 25 of The Whole Soy Story, and have answered many questions about coping with soy allergies on my website www.soyfreesolutions.com. A Nourishing Traditions diet may prove very helpful. Good luck.