endocrine disruptors in soy.
You've probably heard quite a bit about phytoestrogens.
The plant compounds that mimic estrogen are touted by some as miracle agents that will prevent cancer, coronary heart disease
and osteoporosis (just to name a few).
But there is a much darker side to these compounds
which are phyto-endocrine disruptors by any other name. You'll be shocked to learn that these compounds may actually
increase the risk of breast cancer and cause thyroid disease, and angry to discover that soy formulas manufacturers refuse
to remove them from their products despite knowing that babies fed soy-formulas risk irreversible damage.
And for a touch of the bizarre how about:
- Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company informing the FDA that they had found that soy phytoestrogens were
generally recognised as safe (GRAS).
- Protein Technologies International
(PTI) determining that the soy phytoestrogens reduced the risk of coronary heart disease. The PTI petition was so bad
it was even contradicted by the American Soybean Association (ASA).
Follow these links for information on the following topics:
Safety and Benefits of Phytoestrogens in Food - translated from a release from the French Food Safety Agency and the French Health Product Safety Agency.
|CANCER patients are
being warned to avoid foods rich in soy because they can accelerate the growth of tumours.|
|The Cancer Council NSW will issue guidelines in January 2007, warning about the dangers of high-soy diets
and soy supplements for cancer patients and those people in remission from cancer. "The Cancer Council does not support
the use of health claims on food labels that suggest soy foods or phyto-oestrogens protect against the development of cancer.'' Read the article here!|
Phytoestrogens and the risk of cancer - They can promote Cancer - Do phytoestrogens prevent cancer?? The evidence to support the industry claim
is scant and recent work indicates that phytoestrogens may actually increase the risk of breast cancer. And HOT
OFF THE PRESS are two articles that propose a link between bioflavonoids and soy and infantile leukemia.
Phytoestrogens in the Environment - Hormonally active agents in the environment.
Phytoestrogens and the thyroid. - We're sick of hearing that there are no harmful effects of phytoestrogens. However, like many endocrine
disruptors, phytoestrogens disrupt thyroid function. The damage can be permanent but obviously the soy industry think
that goitre and hypothyroidism doesn't qualify as evidence of harm!
Phytoestrogens and Male Health - Phytoestrogens can affect male animals health and fertility, what about people?
Phytoestrogens and your baby. - Don't doubt it - phytoestrogens are bad for your baby. If you are feeding your infant a soy formula our advice
is STOP immediately. Why? Soy formula fed infants receive the same daily dose of phytoestrogens that has been shown
to be biologically active in adults! By exposing your baby to such large amounts of phytoestrogens you are risking permanent
endocrine system damage to your child. There are alternatives to soy formulas that are both lactose and dairy protein
free; use one of those instead of soy. But don't just take our word for it, read for yourself the work of FDA's
Dr Dan Sheehan, sex-hormone and thyroid expert Professor Cliff Irvine and phytoestrogen researcher Professor Kenneth Setchell.
If you have fed your child a soy formula and have evidence that they have developed thyroid
or developmental disorders we invite to contact us.
Phytoestrogens and infertility. - Phytoestrogens can make animals infertile, what about people? There is clear potential for phytoestrogens to reduce
male fertility. And If you are a woman trying to conceive our advice is AVOID soy.
Phytoestrogens and Your Pets - Yes, soy can also affect your pets health too!
Phytoestrogens and cognitive function. - Do phytoestrogens rot the brain?
Archer Daniels Midland's GRAS application for soy phytoestrogens. - It's almost too weird to contemplate, but food giant ADM applied to the FDA for Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS)
status to be granted to compounds that are known reproductive toxins! Read for yourself ADM's bizarre determination
that soy phytoestrogens exhibit no adverse affects in humans or animals! Read also the counter submissions that led
to ADM withdrawing their application.
Protein Technologies International's Health Claim petition. - For more soy industry deceit, read excerpts of PTI's Health Claim petition for yourself and how PTI have petitioned
the FDA to approve labelling that will promote the consumption of between 25 and 100g per day of soy protein as lowering the
risk of coronary heart disease. But, oops, PTI forgot to mention that such an amount of soy protein could easily result
in a megadoses of phytoestrogens; up to 600mg per day!