# 1 - WHY FOLLOW "SCD"? > SOY FOODS HAVE DOWNSIDE FOR HEALTH OF INFANTS & ADULTS


Soy is an important crop on American farms, and there is a strong soy lobby. The health claims of the soy industry have one purpose and one purpose alone - to sell more soy! But scientists have known for years that the isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function and cause goiters in otherwise healthy children and adults. Researchers at Cornell University Medical College said that children who got soy formula were more likely to develop thyroid disease and that twice as many diabetic children had received soy formula in infancy as compared to non-diabetic children. In fact, in other countries such as Switzerland, England, Australia and New Zealand, public health officials recommend highly restricted medically monitored use of soy for babies and for pregnant women. Soy formula is a lifesaver for the 3 to 4 percent of babies allergic to cows milk, but it is so widely advertised that it is sold to 25% of the entire formula market.

Soy also contains a natural estrogen, which is why it is recommended to women at menopause. The president of the Maryland Nutritionists Association, Mary Enig, Ph.D. stated that "The amount of phytoestrogens that are in a days worth of soy infant formula equals five birth control pills." Dr. Enig believes that soy infant formula may be associated with early puberty in girls and slower physical growth in boys. Others say it may effect fertility and normal brain development.

Brain.com reports an ongoing study involving 3,734 elderly Japanese-Americanmen. That research has found that the men who ate the most tofu during mid-life had up to 2.4 times the risk of later developing Alzheimer's disease. Lead researcher Dr. Lon R. White said that men who ate tofu at least twice weekly showed brain aging about five years faster than those who seldom ate tofu. Soy has also been implicated in  interference with the absorption of zinc, calcium, protein enzymes and amino acids. Visit Soy Online Services for more information

Excerpt from:
Newest Research On Why You Should Avoid Soy

by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD

"...the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or "antinutrients". First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion. These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. Trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors."

"Dr Fitzpatrick's literature review uncovered evidence that soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders, including infertility, increased cancer and infantile leukemia; and, in studies dating back to the 1950s, that genistein in soy causes endocrine disruption in animals."read moe about the this fascinating document 

 

·  The danger of soy: Infant soy formula: High Soy Diet During Pregnancy And Nursing May Cause Developmental Changes In Children - Soy Can Cause Severe Allergic Reactions - and more.

·  Soy in parrot's diets results in  bone and beak disorders The harm that soy causes animals has been known for decades, but this fact currently appears to be ignored by manufacturers of animal feeds who are ever eager to utilise cheap sources of protein in their products.

·  More on the danger of soy: Soy May Cause Cancer and Brain Damage - Soy Supplements Fail to Help Menopause Symptoms - Soy Formulas and the Effects of Isoflavones on the Thyroid - 20/20 Feature on the Dangers of  Soy The health claims of the soy industry have one purpose and one purpose alone - to sell more soy!  That's why you'll only hear about the benefits of soy from the industry, but Soy Online Services  thinks all consumers deserve the right to make an informed choice about what they are eating and feeding to their children, their household pets and their livestock.