According to mainstream and “alternative living” media, soy beans are the most versatile, natural, heart-friendly, health-improving, fat-preventing, growth-promoting and generally “all around good for you” food ever grown on God’s green earth.  With food aisles brimming with hundreds of soy products, including soy protein, soy breakfast bars, soy burgers, soy ice cream, and an endless array of soy beverages.

 Doctors, athletes, nutritionists, farmers, government officials, and respected companies all make a point of telling us how safe and wonderful soy is for us and about soy’s myriad of health benefits.  They tell us that it is so excellent and so safe that it doesn’t even need to be listed as an ingredient in many processed foods.  But we don’t mind, do we? I mean, everyone knows it’s safe, right?

  Along with being the new health food, soy has also become the latest cash cow for many companies like Monsanto.  Across the globe, billions of acres are earmarked for soybean cultivation, thus providing a secure cash crop for millions of farmers who gladly disburse a “tariff” to Monsanto, the developers of their genetically modified soybeans.  What is the modern gospel of food production?  “Soy is Good For You.”

Or is it?  Sadly, for several decades, corporations have been aware of (and Suppressed) the evidence that ingestion of soy causes cancer, destroys bones, and creates havoc with our hormonal system.  The truth behind the blatantly commercial integration of soybeans into our diet is a distressing tale of fraud, greed, propaganda, suppression, corporate irresponsibility, corruption, bad science, and political opportunism.

Have you ever seen the “soy cows” that soy milk comes from?  Not sure if you are aware of this, but you can’t milk a soy bean!  According to Elaine Hollingsworth in her book Soy – The Abominable Bean, “In order to obtain that pure-looking, inviting stream of white liquid pictured so appealingly in the ads, many processes are needed.  It is necessary to grind the beans at a high temperature, and then extract the remaining oils with dangerous solvents, some of which remain in the meal. Then the meal is mixed with an alkaline solution and sugars, in a separation process designed to remove fibre.  Then it is precipitated and separated, using an acid wash.  At each stage of processing a tiny amount of poison remains within the soy.”

She continues, “Regulators say it’s so small an amount that it doesn’t count.  I wonder who told them that?  And why don’t they take notice of the scientists who say it does count, due to it’s accumulation in the body over long periods of soy ingestion? Are you really happy to accept the manufacture’s assurance that it’s safe to eat a tiny amount of poison each day, until you have a serious health problem?”

One of the many marketing ploys for soy is that it contains isoflavones, which are basically plant hormones (aka “phytoestrogens”).  Despite the fact that he/she has no idea what an isoflavone is, your typical soy milk drinker will repeat the mantra they hear on the nightly news about isoflavones.  What you won’t hear on the news is that scientists have known for years that isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function, causing autoimmune thyroid disease and even cancer of the thyroid.  Scientists have known for over half a century that soy negatively impacts the thyroid gland.

Research in Japan concluded that daily consumption of only one ounce of soybeans over a course of ninety days caused enlargement of the thyroid and suppressed thyroid function.  Some subjects even developed goiter.  The subjects returned to normal when they quit eating soy.  (Y. Ishisuki et al, “The effects of the thyroid gland of soybeans administered experimentally in healthy subjects”, 1991)  The soy isoflavone genistein inhibits thyroid function more effectively than prescription drugs which control hyperthyroidism.  According to a 1996 NIH/NCI report, the Japanese (and Asians in general) have much higher rates of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, thyroid , and liver.  This makes light of the fact of the above facts, doesn’t it?

As far back as the 1950’s, phytoestrogens were being linked to increased cases of cancer, infertility, and leukemia.  According to Dr. William Wong, “Soy is poison, period!”  In his article entitled “Soy: The poison Seed,” Dr. Wong describes several reasons why soy is poison.  Two of soy’s isoflavones phytoestrogens (Genistein and Daidzein) are basically built in insecticides for the soybean.  He asks, “If they kill bugs, are they good for humans?”

Dr. Mike Fitzpatrick, a respected toxicologist who is at the forefront of the New Zealand campaign against soy, wrote a paper in 1998 citing much of the published work on the dangers of soy isoflavones, which he submitted to the FDA.  This paper was also published as an article in the February 2000 New Zealand Medical Journal entitled “Soy Formulas and the Effect on the Thyroid.”  In this paper, Dr. Fitzpatrick states, “The toxicity of isoflavones to animals first raised awareness of the scientific community to the fact that soy isoflavones are endocrine disruptors…  There have been profound negative endocrine effects in all animal species studied to date…  Soy isoflavones increase the risk of breast cancer…  Soy isoflavones disrupts the menstrual cycle during, and for up to three months after, administration…   Dietary concentration of genistein may stimulate breast cells to enter the cell cycle…  Concern was expressed that women fed soy protein isolate have an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia.”

Charlotte Gerson, of the Gerson Cancer Clinic, has published detailed research proving that genistein is more carcinogenic than DES, a synthetic estrogen drug that was given to millions of pregnant women primarily between the years 1938 and 1971.  (Gerson Clinic: Cancer Research, June 1, 2001 – 61)  DES inflicted death and misery on countless women and their daughters during this period.  In an article entitled “Dietary estrogens stimulate human breast cells to enter the cell cycle” published in the 1997 issue of Enviromental Health Perspectives, Dr. Craig Dees found that soy isoflavones cause breast cancer cells to grow!

AS if we need more damning evidence, soy also contains phytic acid.  The presence of phytic acid in soy totally destroys credibility of the manufactures’ claim that soy is a good source of calcium and helps prevent osteoporosis.  Here’s why: phytic acid blocks the uptake of essential minerals (calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc) in the intestinal tract.  Since soy contains more phytic acid than any other grain, it literally sucks the nutrients right out of your body!  Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytic acid content in soy.  Scientists are in general agreement that diets  high in phytic acid contribute to widespread mineral deficiencies in third world countries.

Soy is not a complete protein, as it lacks the essential amino acids methionine and cysteine.  And soy protein is difficult to digest because it contains substantial amounts of trypsin inhibitors.  Remember, trypsin is essential in protein digestion, and cancer cells are protected by a protein coating which makes them “invisible” to the immune system.  Soy also contains hemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.  These clustered blood cells are unable to properly absorb oxygen for distribution to the body’s tissues, which can damage the heart and lead to cancer.  We all know about the relationship between oxygen and cancer, don’t we?

According to Dr. Tim O’Shea, “Yet another toxin found in some processed soy products is aluminum, which is said to be higher in infant soy formulas than in milk-based formulas-and 100 times higher than in unprocessed milk.  Levels are even higher when soy products are hydrogenated.  Aluminum, a cause of Alzheimer’s, can also damage the newly forming kidneys of an infant who drinks soy formula.  Worse yet, aluminum can directly damage the infant brain because the blood-brain barrier has not formed yet.  Processed soy can also contain a known carcinogen called lysinoalanine.  It is a by-product of a processing step called alkaline soaking, which is done to attempt to eliminate enzyme inhibitors.  Even though the beans are thoroughly rinsed, the lysinoalanine by-product can remain from the interaction of the soybeans with the alkaline solution.”

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a recent study of Japanese men (living in Hawaii) found that consuming 2 or more weekly servings of tofu was linked to the development of dementia!  (L.R. White, et al, “Brain aging and midlife tofu consumption,” Journal of American College of Nutrition, April 2000)  But don’t the Chinese and Japanese eat lots of soy?  The answer is “no they don’t.”  And the majority of the soy products which they do eat are fermented (tempeh, tamari, natto, and miso).  Long ago, they discovered that fermentation caused the protein to be more easily digested, and the phytic acid, toxins, and “anti-nutrients” to be destroyed.  This being so , fermented soy products are acceptable, but only in small amounts.

Concerning soy, other countries are light ears ahead of the USA.  In July of 1996, the British Department of Health issued a warning that the phytoestrogens found in soy-based infant formulas could adversely affect infant health.  The warning was clear, indicating that soy formula should only be given to babies on the advice of a health professional.  They advised that babies who cannot be breastfed or who have allergies to other formulas be given alternatives to soy-based formulas.

And in case you need one more reason to stay away from soy, “natural” food manufactures are now using a toxic chemical called hexane to process soy in their products.  Yes, hexane is the same substance in glue that gets you high and in gasoline that makes it explode.  The fumes from hexane go straight to your brain and cause damage almost instantaneously.  Hexane is so toxic that the EPA has it listed as a hazardous chemical that causes cancer and birth defects and even Parkinson’s disease.

In 2009, an independent lab found levels of hexane as high as 21 parts per million in soy oil and soy meal (used in soy infant formula and protein bars).  But everyone is “hush hush” about this dirty little secret because the soy industry is powerful and the FDA doesn’t require testing for hexane in food or baby formula.  Soy formula is one of the worst foods that you could feed your child.  Not only does it have profoundly adverse hormonal; effects as discussed above as well as dangerously high levels of hexane, but it also has over 1000% more aluminum than conventional milk based formulas.

But that’s not all!  According to GMO Compass, an online mecca of genetically modified (“GMO”) industry information, 91% of soybeans grown in the USA are GMO.  In a recent Russian study, researchers found that GMO soy caused sterility in 3rd generation hamsters!  In 2005, Dr. Irina Ermakova reported that over 50% of the babies from mother rats that were fed GMO soy died within three weeks.  When she wanted to further investigate, her documents were burned.

Conscious of the public’s growing awareness of the dangers of GMO and displaying the kind of “creative duplicity” which even Prince Machiavelli would applaud; Monsanto Corporation has almost 50 million acres of GMO soybeans growing in the USA.  Here’s the catch: American law permits these crops to be mixed with a small amount of organic soybeans, and the resultant combination may be labelled “organic”!  And you still think the government wouldn’t let them lie to you?  This deadly “food” belongs in the toxic waste dump, but multinational corporations like Monsanto are disposing of it in you, your family, and in baby formulas!  For those who ask if organic soy is safe, I say, “Would you eat organic anthrax?”

This blog post was taken from” Cancer-Step Outside the Box” by Ty Bollinger.  A MUST read for all!

2 Responses to Soy: “The Magic Bean”?
  1. What is a good soy milk alternative?


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