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After drinking soymilk for about three years, I now am finding out that I have a malfunctioning thyroid gland. A Naturopath Doctor tells me that it’s from drinking all that soy milk. What do you think? Yes, it seems that all that hype about soy milk being so good for us, could have been just that - a lot of hype. I expect that I’m going to get some flack here from some of you, but please let me share what I’ve learned: Archer Daniels Midland is one of the leading manufactures of soy products. Now if that doesn’t send shivers up and down your spine, nothing will! Monsanto is another name you should know - they manufacture the popular herbicide, Roundup, which profits them millions each year. (I hate Roundup, do you?) They have produced several transgenic crops that resist Roundup. Soy is one of them. Being resistant to this powerful herbicide, farmers are able to spray more of it on their crops, resulting in higher levels of toxins in the harvested product. Sprayed soybean crops have an elevated xeno-

during the Chou dynasty. such as breast development or pubic hair before the age of THREE: by age eight. “ ADM’s document (seeking GRAS-generally recognized as safe status from the FDA) claims that ‘these isoflavones have been consumed in Asia for hundreds of years. 3).“1% of all girls in this country now show signs of puberty.” (Soy: Too good to be true. Mike Fitzpatrick. Inhibition (of T3 and T4) can be expected to generate thyroid abnormalities including goiter and autoimmune thyroiditis. which makes T3 and T4.even Wall Mart carries Soymilk now. a lot of soybeans are used for food for dairy and beef cows in this country.if you don’t drink soymilk? Well. In a recent pediatric study. Okay. Additionally. Then the soybeans are sprayed with herbicides. which is a bad idea. What ADM’s report fails to say is that soy did not form a significant part of the Asian diet until the discovery of fermentation techniques. These foods were fermented products like tempeh.” Dr. 14. this cannot be assumed to be true of all ages. He concluded that. such as Archers Daniel Midland (ADM) or Monsanto. isoflavones are inhibitors of thyroid peroxidase. Dr. would they? Dr. no meat and no cow milk . say . Sally Fallon). which already have natural estrogen properties. 22. So the cows are eating soybeans.another Monsanto multi-million dollar product). much higher than the soybean’s already high levels of natural estrogen. Infants who are being fed soy formulas are at risk in a large and uncontrolled human infant experiment. S. Sheenhan believes that “The addition of isoflavones to foods needs to be considered just as would the addition of estrogen to foods.Vol. there are hardly any regulations placed on biotechnology industry giants. so how might this effect you. which produce even more estrogen compounds. Daniel Sheenhan. “There is abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones (in soy products).7% of Caucasian girls and a whopping 48. While isoflavones may have beneficial effects at some ages or circumstances. This together with the use of BGH (Bovine Growth Hormone . Surely they wouldn’t sell it if it wasn’t good for us. Isoflavones are like other estrogens in that they are two-edged swords.how could this affect you? You buy your Soymilk from your local grocer . a biochemist and former Auckland University professor has carefully analyzed the safety of soy isoflavones and presented his findings in an article.estrogen level. Soy Iso-flavones: Panacea or Poison (Price-Pottinger Nutrition Foundation. so you don’t have children and say you’re a vegetarian. Okay. . having both benefits and risk. or both of these characteristics” (Price-Pottinger. including genistein are toxicants. Susan DeSimone and Brandon Finucan).3% of African-American girls had one. investigators found that . now brings the elevated estrogen levels to a dangerously high level. In the U. director of the Estrogen Base Program at the National Center for Toxicological Research states that. miso and soy sauce.

while we have been inundated with stories and news clips over the years about the amazing health benefits of soy food products and soy/isoflavone supplements. As always. or long-term use of soy products. Tragedy and Hype. I encourage you to do your own research and read. They also contain haemagglutinin. This is very important: Soy products increase the risk of thyroid disease.com). read! . the traditional soybean was quite different from the soybean as we know it today. The fermentation process (for tempeh.mercola.” (Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and cancer of the pancreas.The Chinese DID NOT eat unfermented soybeans.com/articles/soydangers.thyroid-info. read. regular. So. They act as potent antithyroid agents and are capable of suppressing thyroid function and causing or worsening hypothyroidism. miso and soy sauce) deactivates trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin. we have not been told about the downside of heavy. In test animals.3rd International Soy symposiumwww.htm). (www. a great concern for infants on soy formula. because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or ‘anti-nutrients’. Furthermore. such as enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion. a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.

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