Soy Sorry

Interesting that it takes a prison diet to reveal the potential of soybean toxicity. The nonprofit Weston A. Price Foundation has a pending lawsuit in defense of Illinois prisoners who are repeatedly sickened by a soy diet, a cheap prison substitute for meat protein.

Besides alleged as toxic to adult prisoners, it is frightening to take a look at the multitude of existing published studies found on NIH [National Institutes of Health] website TOXNET all reporting adverse soybean effects caused to exposed fetus (due to maternal transfer), infants, and children. While the sale of soy foods, soy fillers, soy infant formulas, and soy infant foods have increased throughout the U.S. marketplace, there remains no public disclosure revealing FDA acknowledgement of “natural” soybean plant toxins. You can read an example of these published TOXNET studies at

The 1999 FDA Federal Register reports: “GRAS [generally recognized as safe] status of soy did not include a thorough evaluation of the safety of potentially harmful components, e.g., lysioalanine, nitrites and nitrosamines, typsin inhibitors, phytates, and isoflavones.”

Deputy Director the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Janice Oliver states, “FDA acknowledges that ‘concerns’ have been voiced about possible effects of isoflavones (estrogenic hormone disruptors) in soy infant formula on sexual development, neurobehavioral development, immune function and thyroid disease.”

According to U.S. food laws, FDA “concerns” regarding possible adverse health effects caused by soybean plant toxins promises public disclosure, but there are none. The American Soybean Association is loaded with powerful profits.

Susan Daniels assistant to Dr. Thomas Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Chairman of Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), reports, “Dr. Insel is aware of the endocrine disrupting properties of soy, as he has personally done research in this area … . Soy may indeed be one of many environmental factors that contributes to various disorders and deserves further study.”

Dr. Insel also disregards public disclosure of his confessed “endocrine disrupting properties of soy” that are repeatedly reported to cause severe and irreversible adverse physiological, reproductive, and neurological effects. The IACC has determined that toxins with endocrine disrupting properties are capable of causing behavioral disorders, such as autism, all the while evidence of “endocrine disrupting properties of soy” remains critical health information withheld from public disclosure.

“FDA Scientists Against Soy” is a letter written to the FDA from renowned scientists from the NIH Department of Toxicology, Dr. Doerge and Dr. Sheehan, who both confess, “No (soy) dose is without risk,” and conclude soy toxicity is caused to men, women, and especially children.

A National Institutes of Health 2010 publication by written by renown toxicology biologists Heather Patisaul and Wendy Jefferson looks at the controversy: “The Pros and Cons of (soy) Phytoestrogens.” Overwhelming and horrific soybean “cons” remain withheld from public disclosure.

The question remains: How much damage will be done before decades of existing published studies — all concluding the soybean cause of multiple disorders and diseases — will be equally allowed as public information as it is acknowledged by our FDA and NIH health officials? Ask them, because neither the FDA or NIH can promise you soybean health or safety.


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