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I just found this delightful article that is so perfect that I'm going to quote the whole article, with minor visual changes and ((my comments)). Feel free to read and comment at the source:

Dangers of Soy
. Written by Kristen Michaelis at Food Renegade.

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Soybeans: greens are good for you, but soy is an exceptionAre you convinced yet about the dangers of soy? Many aren’t. “Is soy bad for you? …Really?” I hear the question so often I want to scream.

After decades of hearing marketing spin about how soy is a wonder food, a protein-rich legume able to rescue us from our dependence on meat, I suppose it’s understandable why so many people have yet to understand fully the dangers of soy. Really, you’re not going to get the full story unless you research it on your own. And why would you, when soy is “universally” touted as a health food?

Well, it isn’t.

Dangers of Soy

Thankfully, more and more independent research (at but the page can't be found) has been done regarding the dangers of soy, and what it’s revealed should scare you.
  • Phytoestrogens: mimic estrogen, mess with your hormones
  • Goitrogenic: mess with your thyroid which regulate your whole metabolism.
  • Phytates: blocks mineral absorption
  • Trypsin inhibitors: bad protein digestion, hinders absorption.
Soy Danger #1: Phytoestrogens

Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies.

In recent years, you may have read about studies which indicate phytoestrogens are good for you. But ask yourself, who funded those studies? The soy industry, that’s who. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is downright dangerous for the human body.

It’s only common sense. No one argues, for example, that a leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is unopposed estrogen, or estrogen dominance. Why, then, would anyone argue that we should consume more of a food high in estrogen?

An infant taking the recommended amount of soy formula is consuming a hormone load equivalent of 4 birth control pills a day! Is it any wonder we’ve seen such a dramatic rise in precocious puberty with young girls starting their periods at 6 and 7?

((I'll add: excessively painful menstruation and men with breasts...))

Soy Danger #2: Goitrogenic

Soy will destroy your thyroid. Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine.

Friends, I believe this is what happened to Oprah’s thyroid. She pushed soy for years, featured it in everyone one of her “healthy” diets, and it destroyed her thyroid.

If your thyroid fails, what happens?
  • You gain weight.
  • You have a harder time regulating your moods.
  • You get colder more easily.
  • You’re more easily fatigued.
  • You demonstrate an inability to concentrate and remember details.
The list goes on. You simply don’t want to mess with your thyroid.

Soy Danger #3:

Phytates are enzyme-inhibitors that block mineral absorption in human digestive tract. They are naturally present in all grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes (which is why everyone should read this primer on How to eat grains, if you eat them at all.)

But soy is so high in phytates that it’s almost impossible to get rid of them. Simply soaking soy overnight in an acidic medium won’t do the trick. Soy must be fermented in order to be digestible to humans. That means that if you eat soy at all, you should stick to fermented soy products like miso, tempeh, natto, or a naturally fermented soy sauce (tamari).

Soy Danger #4: Trypsin inhibitors

Finally soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme we need to properly digest protein.

Without enough trypsin, you’ll experience many digestive problems including:
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • and bleeding.
  • You’ll also be leaving yourself open to future problems with your pancreas.

Debunking the Asian soy myth

Soy sauce KikkomanBut, people say, what about Asians? They eat soy every day, and they’re so healthy!

In the article The Billion-Dollar Myth: How did soy get its reputation as a cure-all for modern ailments? Follow the money... (at propertyrightsresearch) Nina Planck writes:

"Soy farming started around 1100 BC in China, where it was used to build soil fertility and feed animals. Soy beans were not considered fit for humans until the Chinese learned to ferment them, which makes them digestible. Asian diets now include fermented soy beans in the form of natto, miso, tamari, and tempeh.

Soy producers want you to eat more soy; more than the Asians eat, and more than is good for you.

The Japanese and Chinese eat 10 grams of soy per day; it's about two teaspoons.

Yet a soy manufacturer recommends Americans eat ten times what the Japanese eat: 100 grams of soy protein per day. In The Soy Zone, Barry Sears recommends a daily diet of a minimum of 50 grams of soy, and up to 75 grams for women and 100 grams for men.

It's like red wine: a glass or two a day may be good for you; a bottle or two every day rots your liver."

Did you catch that? Asians only eat 2 teaspoons of soy a day, usually as a condiment, and it’s highly fermented! Fermentation takes care of many of the dangers of soy. Plus, the typical Asian will also consume soy with mineral-rich and nutrient-dense foods such as fish broth (naturally high in iodine & other minerals which support the thyroid).

((The image is from "Kikkoman's naturally brewed soy sauce contains just four ingredients: soybeans, wheat, salt and water. It's completely natural with no artificial additives. Its rich, mellow flavour comes from long months of unhurried natural brewing. Use it to bring an authentic taste to your stir fries. And remember it makes a superb store cupboard seasoning for everything from sushi to shepherd's pie."

They even have a gluten free version without wheat and no preservatives. I use the one on the left. I completely approve of using it on special occasions, not drinking a glass of it everyday...))

So, is soy bad for you?

Industrial waste, polluted waterThe short answer? YES! Let’s be clear on the recent history of soy. The soybean was a modest and unpopular crop until food manufacturers intent on creating cheap vegetable oils convinced the U.S. government to start subsidizing it. The soy was turned into oil, and the industry was left with an industrial waste product. Then somebody had a brilliant idea:

Let’s take this industrial waste product full of toxins and carcinogens, isolated soy protein, and turn it into food that people will eat!

Soy "foods" were born.

((Industrial waste image from watergettingpolluted. Do you want to drink industrial "milk"? Soy milk is an abomination too!))

Soy protein & soy milk dangers

Soy protein isolate From Nina Planck’s article again:

"The FDA refused to approve isolated soy protein as a safe food additive with the designation “Generally Recognized as Safe”.

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland withdrew its application for the coveted GRAS status for soy protein, after an outcry from scientists about the toxins and carcinogens that come with isolated soy protein.

They can still put soy protein in your food
, but they have to get pre-market approval for every product.

Isolated soy protein is no health food. But we don’t eat soy protein with a spoon. How do we eat it? It is the main ingredient in soy burgers, ice cream, milk shakes, and fake cheese. These soy protein products are phony foods, but they must look like the real foods they imitate. So the soy industry transforms a small yellow soy bean into something resembling a hamburger. They make soy “milk” and “ice cream” white and creamy.

The other ingredients in these foods are no better for you than the soy protein that goes into them:

Soy milk, for example, is simply a cocktail of soy protein, sugar, and vegetable oil.

The “natural” MSG formed in soy processing is already bad for you, but even more MSG, and more flavorings, are added.

Imitation foods need a lot of help to be tasty. Many savory soy foods are loaded with additives to give them the flavor of the real foods they mimic.

Most imitation meat, for example, contains man-made MSG, which causes migraines and is associated with brain cancer."

Soy foods aren’t real food. They aren’t traditional. They aren’t old.

They’re industrial waste products dressed up in pretty clothes and marketed to an ignorant public.

((I took the image from findthebest: NOW Soy protein isolate non-GMO unflavored. When they also modify it genetically, it's an even bigger disaster! Every brand, I picked this one because I like the color and it reminded me of the GMO problem that makes soy even worse, as if it wasn't bad enough without human intervention.

Soy protein isolates can't be a mal replacement, soy isn't even a meal. It can't help you get more protein: soy's Trypsin inhibitors cause bad protein digestion and therefore stops its absorption!))

Healthy alternatives to soy milk

Juice green vegetablesIf you can’t do dairy and are looking for healthier alternatives than soy milk, please see Healthy milk substitutes with recipes for a couple of excellent alternatives you can make at home.

One alternative I particularly enjoy is coconut milk. It’s full of the best kinds of saturated fat, the medium chain triglycerides, which help speed your metabolism. It’s also exquisitely flavorful and perfect stirred into curries, soups, and sauces.

Sadly, almost all coconut milk available at your grocery store comes in BPA-lined cans. To my knowledge, only Native Forest and Aroy-D brands are BPA-free, and not all stores carry them. You can find guar gum-free coconut milk sold in BPA-free packaging online at Amazon.

((Forget brands. Buy a fresh coconut, the flesh is delicious! If you want to spare yourself the struggle: buy coconut oil, which is solid, and drink water. If you want calcium, eat and/or juice vegetables like cows do, or go nuts. Eat the simplest way and your health won't get complicated. You don't need to drink milk, and if you eat well, you'll be able to make your own for your baby. You want calcium? Eat greens like cows are supposed to, and you too! Magnificent image from Get juiced at stivii. I tried it, it's delicious!))

Soymilk and non-fermented tofu are NOT healthy traditional foods

traditional Chinese festivalETA: Reader comments below (see the original article Dangers of soy) prompted me to include a couple of additions to this post.

The questions:

What about (non-fermented) tofu or homemade soy milk? Their consumption is quite widespread in Asian cultures, and they’re non-fermented soy foods. Are they okay?

The answers:

Tofu originated around the 2nd century BC in China, and it was made from fermented bean curd. That is how it was traditionally made before the days of refrigeration. Most modern tofu isn’t fermented anymore. You can still buy varieties of fermented tofu (aka “Stinky Tofu” or “Pickled Tofu”) in some Asian markets, though.

Also, according to the most comprehensive online account of soymilk’s history, its use was rare before the 20th century and widespread usage was highly unlikely.

In other words, soymilk is not a traditional food. Nor is non-fermented tofu.

They’re the Asian equivalents of margarine, hot bath canning, “vegetable oil,” or soda pop. They're something relatively new on the food scene which became very widespread with the industrialization of the food supply. And like these industrialized food products, they are bad for your health.

((Image from China celebrates upcoming Lantern Festival at showchina. Admire their many magnificent pictures. Imagine them saying: "Ferment soy! The dragons have spoken!" or "Ferment soy, dumb Americans!"))

Still not convinced of the dangers of soy? Read more.

If the sources cited below and a blog post alone aren’t going to convince you, then perhaps you’d like to read an entire book on the subject written by Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel:

The whole Soy story book The whole Soy story: The dark side of America's favorite health food
((at amazon, or a search with eBay))

In her groundbreaking book on the subject, Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel uncovers the truth about soy that the government and the soy industry has tried to suppress:

She’ll wow you with research, entertain you with her witty writing style, and have you believing that soy is simply not as safe as we’ve been led to believe.

Similar stories you may enjoy:

((Also by by Kristen Michaelis at Food Renegade.)) ((Inmates filed a lawsuit against the state protesting their high soy diet, which they contend has been systematically destroying their health, including:
  • chronic constipation alternating with diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • sharp pains
  • passing out
  • heart palpitations
  • rashes
  • acne
  • insomnia
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • hypothyroidism
If it's not even good enough for prisoners, why would you give that to your baby? Nothing says brain damage like seizures... except maybe sudden death. And that happens too... mysteriously~))


((All from the The Weston A. Price Foundation at westonaprice, but the pages can't be found anymore))

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The food industry tries to fool you with many other unhealthy things

Thank you, Kristen Michaelis, for this great article. I'm not paid to say it; I even pay myself to put it online. I only support what my body approves.

She compares unfermented tofu and soy milk to junk food with reason! It tastes like drinking margarine, which is also bad, who in their right mind would think that it's healthy!? It has to be fortified because it doesn't have the nutrition of the milk it tries to replace! So you might as well drink water and supplements; or even better: eat vegetables like the cows already!!!

About margarine, it's believed that vegetables oil is healthier than animal fat like butter. But it's not if you put toxic synthetic ingredients to make it thick and yellow like butter!!! That's what hydrolyzed means... to chemically thickens something that is not. (Hydrolysis: “a chemical reaction in which a compound reacts with water to produce other compounds” it’s even worse, it means mutated denatured monster…)

Your brain is made of fat, if a chemical can thicken the oil you eat, it will thickens where it goes: your brain! Those hypocrite oils masquerading as something else don't have the same nutrition, like the vitamin A in butter. Cholesterol is actually vital to produce your hormones.

Coconut oil is naturally hard, you can't spread it on toasts but grains are also worthless anyway, corn is one of them.

I also compare unfermented soy to the corn disaster: it used to be treated with lye to bring out its nutrition, because otherwise it's worthless and dangerous.

From Hominy at wikipedia: "in addition to providing a source of dietary calcium, the lime reacts with the corn so that the nutrient niacin can be assimilated by the digestive tract"

Also from Wisdom from the Past: Nixtamalization of Corn at thenourishinggourmet "Corn was introduced in Africa without nixtamalization. Because it became a staple food for many, it caused many nutritional deficiencies. When corn is nixtamalized, it released the vital nutrient B3. This prevents the painful disorder, pellagra. Pellagra makes you develop sore skin and mouths, makes you thin, listless and could cause depression, hallucinations, irritability, and other mental disorders. In reality, Pellagra can and has ruined many lives."

It still does, now society is simply blind to the causes and tries to cover up the symptoms with even more dangerous drugs than the problem itself. The first American colonials also got sick and were rescued by the natives… and the mistake is happening all over again! They skip this important step to maximize profits of course; they don’t care if they feed you the nutritional equivalent of Styrofoam. Forget brands. Make your own food without worthless fillers like wheat, soy and corn. Being sick is a bigger waste of time and money... and lives.

Something similar is happening with soy. By the way it's also toxic... it's a poisonous plant. The FDA only approved it to be used in the cardboard box! Never in the food!!! When the corrupt FDA refuses to approve something, it can be really bad news. I guess the soy industry didn't give them enough bribes.

Soy is like the canola oil; the plant it's made of is called RAPE seed. It should be called rape oil. But it would have been too hard to convince you of that it's healthy to put it in your mouth. It isn't!

They wanted a substitute for the healthy olive oil that they had to import, it's healthier for their local industry, but awful for your health. Processed oils are as bad as motor oils and they're rancid!

It’s like RAW maple syrup and honey… If you take high fructose corn syrup, add a drop of the real thing and load it with artificial flavors… it won’t have the same health properties!!! The food industry really takes us for fools and use worthless filler everywhere. Soy is one of them.

The food industry tried to force feed you a lot of poisons disguised as healthy, it’s bad when it’s synthetic, but it can be when it’s natural too, especially if it' refined until it looses it's benefits and concentrate its poisons. Something healthy for their industry doesn’t mean healthy for you! But they sure try hard to make you believe it.

They did it before, and they will do it again. Don't mindlessly follow health fads, not from an ad. If you want health, going green is usually a good choice… but soy is a toxic exception.

The Asian way

Asians had the genius to ferment soy sauce to solve problems. But using chemicals, to obtain the same texture faster, won’t have the same benefits and their toxicity even worsens the problem!

They don't use tofu as a meat or protein substitute, they eat meat WITH it! Asians use meat to flavor dishes, not as main food, and they sure don't eat soy as a majority ingredient either! But the cheap processed food does with soy, wheat and corn. All worthless on their own and without being properly prepared.

If you eat too much meat, don't replace it for fake meat... eat more vegetables! (Soybean is probably more of a bean than a vegetable.) Eat a variety of vegetables; don't limit yourself to only one worthless crop, transformed chemically to imitate anything with artificial flavors and colors! It's rubbish! That’s not an ancestral healthy meal, not just because there’s a similar ingredient, somewhere in all that toxic industrial nonsense.

Soy is bad for the thyroid, but sushi uses nori, a sheet of sea weed full of iodine that the thyroid needs; so the whole meal ends up being healthy even with soy sauce, which probably won't harm the thyroid if it's fermented.

But even so, are Asians truly the proof that soy is ok? Soy mimics estrogen, the female hormone. Could it be the reason why Asians males are believed to have the smallest penis size? (I prefer big brains.) Most Asian women aren’t very voluptuous either (but they're magnificent anyway). Soy acts just like steroids: they stop the natural hormone production, as seen in the bodybuilders who abuse them and anyone who get a prescription.

But maybe it’s a good thing if it ends up making people less sexually hyperactive; perhaps that’s what allowed Asians to polish their brains so much; using it on technologies and art, instead to be obsessed with porn. And if it makes people less apt to reproduce, it's good, the world is overpopulated anyway.

It would be wonderful if the modern American way of making soy products didn’t make people sick. But it does. You can't improve something that's perfect; you can only make it worse. Industries are "good" at doing that with nature.

Toxic process

From Hexane soy at cornucopia:

"Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. Soybean processors use it as a solvent; a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans, a necessary step to making most conventional soy oil and protein ingredients. Whole soybeans are literally bathed in hexane to separate the soybeans’ oil from protein."

A neurotoxin is a brain destroyer
. You're basically drinking/eating your car's gas and setting your brain in fire. Unless you want to die with painful sparkles, I wouldn't recommend it. I guess that' how people end up believing that soy is healthy: it destroys their ability to think intelligently...

Hexane is banned in organics products.

Solvent: "having the power of dissolving". Like nail polish remover, do you want to drink that?

Hmmm~ Petrol. Can't get enough of it? Drink it. But they even put soy in it!!!

Healthy food + poison = poison. And soy isn't even healthy.

And that's what I managed to find out. Imagine what you don't know yet~ I wouldn’t even be surprised if the soy industry's CEOs rubbed the soybeans all over their crotch, before making you eat them, thinking about how rich they’ll get as you get malnourished and sick. Think about that next time you see the ingredient.

The food industries don't care about your health and they sleep well at night, on that big pile of money. They’d put their own beans in your mouth if they could and make you thank them for it. That's what capitalism is about: it’s not just about what you have, but also what others don't… after you took it from them.

That's the American dream: being on top while others are crushed under you. Yup, sounds good... except that the probabilities that you’ll be above is so little that it’s as insignificant as you. It also means that people ARE out to get you, especially if you are on top actually, and you better watch out, especially if you’re under and not one of their rich friends. That’s individualism: you're on your own, you against the world… so you might as well make your own meals.

You think having someone spit in your meal at a restaurant is bad? Then don't trust industrial companies, they LOVE to make people pay and eat their own waste. That's how fluoride got into tap water, even though it's toxic and actually destroys teeth.

There's also the fact that soy is one of the most common allergies, and you can also be sensitive to it. The human body is just telling you that he doesn’t want that junk, and you should listen.

Soy is basically in everything processed! Make your own balanced meals from living ingredients; it's the best way to be well fed and healthy... without some industry making a sick fool out of you. And not even then... they spray death right on crops and splice their genes with viruses... That's why the organic movement started; because enough is enough… and soy is bad from the start.

Do you get it yet? Just because someone tells you that something is healthy doesn't make it so! And if they make a ton of cash if you believe them, you can be sure that they manipulated it into a lie, even if it was good at first... skipping vital steps by rapacious ignorance, to make even more profits at the expense of your health.

You're nothing but cattle to the slaughter for the food industry.

Enjoy almost any other green~

Lisa Of Shades
23 July 2014
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