This is an important article mainly because so many people eat soy. Please take just a few minutes to read this article as I’ve done my best to really keep it short and just get to the point and state the facts.
One last comment before I start. I know there are MANY people who eat soy and think it’s great because in many ways, they have been “brain washed”. So, I DO understand that you’ve been told differently and the information in this article may go against everything you’ve ever heard or read about soy.
But I don’t have an agenda with this. Think about all the places you’ve seen “pro-soy” information. Were they trying to sell you a soy product? Chances are they were.
I’m just reporting the FACTS below with the THOUSANDS of REAL life clients we’ve had for the past decade who have ALL benefited by getting OFF of soy products.
Soy Puts Your Body In “Emergency Mode”
A few paragraphs below, I’ve listed a few of the diseases attributed to soy intake, but the most important one (for most of us anyway), is that fact that excess soy in the diet pretty much KILLS your thyroid gland (which means … yes, you guessed it – EXCESS body fat !)
The Committee on Toxicity in Foods and the Environment in Great Britain reports that soy phytoestrogens “modulate thyroid hormone synthesis”. They also say: “soy phytoestrogens disrupt the pituitary-gonadal axis”.
This basically means – CASTRATION!
So you have these power glands – the pituitary, the adrenals, and the sex glands – harnessed together, and if one of them is suppressed, the others react, sending the system into “emergency mode”. And that can make you very sick.
Soy definitely suppresses the pituitary, leading to a decrease in thyroid hormone (thyroxin) production, which can cause narcolepsy, infertility, obesity, learning disabilities, constipation, hair loss, and stunted growth. And that is only the short list.
Below are some of the other medical conditions possibly attributable to soy consumption:
- Chronic fatigue
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Premature or delayed puberty
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid conditions: Graves’ or Hashimoto’s disease, Goiter, Hypothyroidism,
- Uterine cancer
The Real SCAM About Soy
Before I go any further … do you even know why soy became popular all of a sudden a few years ago? There was an EXCESS in soy production worldwide! And, they had to figure out a way to “get rid of it” basically.
That my friend, is the basic truth. I know this to be FACT because I know very “important” people high up at the FDA and DEA. I knew about this years ago. But, as usual, it’s all about the money.
Anyway, let’s continue ….
Big Problems For Women!
One of the biggest reasons soy became popular a few years ago was its supposed attributes in helping women “fight off” various cancers and menopause problems. Unfortunately, this hasn’t turned out to be true.
NOTE: If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Or, if you are nursing, for sure stay away from ALL soy products. It screws up your hormones in a big way, as well as causing hormonal problems for your baby.
Five recent studies have all shown that soy is worthless in treating the symptoms of menopause. These studies were performed at Monash University (Australia), Iowa State University, the University of Milan (Italy), and Helsinki University (Finland). Wouldn’t you think that your gynecologist would be warning you of this, rather than prescribing artificial estrogen and progesterone, both of which have been proven to be carcinogenic, and thus adding to the problem of soy-induced disease?
Another study, this one out of the University of Pittsburgh, might be the most significant of the damning studies on soy. The researchers found that hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness improved in the placebo group, but NOT in the soy group!
Allow me to summarize these remarkable studies that should blow the lid off the soy ploy (but probably won’t):
- Soy does not improve menopausal symptoms compared to placebo.
- There is no beneficial effect on frequency, duration, or severity of hot flashes or night sweats with soy.
- The best soy could do was to have an equal reduction in symptoms compared to placebo in some studies.
- In one of the studies, symptoms were relieved in the placebo group but not in the soy group.
- Soy causes insomnia in many patients.
Final Thoughts …
I know for a FACT that soy is horrible for both your thyroid and hormonal levels since I have done many blood tests on myself, friends and family. Now, I’m not saying soy will kill you and maybe ONCE a week or so having some soy won’t do anything bad at all.
But for those of you who are having soy daily, especially if it’s 10% or more of your daily protein intake, STOP it as soon as possible!
You’re going to get fatter, have muscle-loss, get depressed and have much lower SEX drive. In fact, one of the reasons Lean Optimizer® works so well is because it reverses many of the thyroid related problems of soy. Hence, users see AND feel results within the first few weeks, since their thyroids are normalizing for the first time in YEARS thanks to the active ingredients.
And here’s another interesting note … I realized just a few months ago that those who needed higher dosages of Lean Optimizer® to see results, were often people who ate soy. Just some “food for thought” …
Summary: Soy has many BAD qualities. For many people, just a little bit of soy intake can shut down their thyroids and cause problems with other hormones (such as testosterone and estrogen). This can lead to increase fat, loss of muscle, depression, hair loss, always feeling cold, brittle nails, watery or swollen eyes, lethargy, sore bones and joints.
Unfortunately, soy is used in many products these days – especially DIET products and low-carb foods. Please read the labels. Reduce ANY and ALL soy consumption. Personally, I think the most soy one should have is just once or maybe twice a week – MAXIMUM.
You don’t need to eliminate it, but for sure MINIMIZE its consumption!
- “Soy: Food, Not Pills,” UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, 1/01
- “Dietary supplements of soya flour lower serum testosterone concentrations and improve markers of oxidative stress in men.” Eur J Clin Nutr 2003; 57(1): 100-106
- “Possible Legal Action On Medical Problems Caused By Soy,” Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org), 3/30/04
- “Soy: More studies,” Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org), accessed 4/26/04