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[MOL] Soy and babies

Well, Lil, it is a question of which food is more dangerous! The best
food for babies is human milk, There a LOT of reasons we should feed our
babies, one interesting one is that human milk gives a cancer
preventative effect to babies, plus give them essential protection
against diseases and helps them build a better immune system. Soy is
better in the bean as well and more tasty.

Personally, I have been tested and I am not estrogen sensitive and I
don't have a thryoid gland left. I am suspicious here are they are
trying to get us to stick to our meat/milk diets?

good morning to you, Jeanne
> Lillian wrote:
> Thyroid Disease: The Dangerous Downside of Soy Products
> Dateline: 08/30/99
> It seems that there's isn't a newspaper, magazine or news
> program that hasn't recently featured a story on the
> amazing health benefits of soy food products and
> soy/isoflavone supplements. Soy is promoted as a healthy
> alternative to estrogen replacement for some women, as a
> possibly way to reduce the risk of breast cancer, as a
> way to minimize menopause symptoms, and as a healthier,
> low-fat protein alternative for meats and poultry. But
> what all the positive stories fail to mention is that
> there is a very real -- but very overlooked -- downside
> to the heavy or long-term use of soy products.
> Soy products increase the risk of thyroid disease. And
> this danger is particularly great for infants on soy
> formula.
> This is not information that the powerful and profitable
> U.S. soy industry wants you to know. The sale of soy
> products is big business, and the increasing demand for
> soy protein products, soy powders and soy isoflavone
> supplements is making that an even more profitable
> business than ever before.
> In researching my upcoming book, which covers the issue
> of soy products and the thyroid in great depth, I talked
> to Dr. Mike Fitzpatrick, an environmental scientist and
> phytoestrogen researcher who has conducted in-depth
> studies on soy, particularly the use of soy formulas. Dr.
> Fitzpatrick makes it clear that soy products can have a
> detrminental affect on both adults and infants. In
> particular, he firmly believe that soy formula
> manufacturers should remove the isoflavones -- that part
> of the soy products that act as anti-thyroid agents --
> from their products.
> Researchers have identified that the isoflavones act as
> potent anti-thyroid agents, and are capable of
> suppressing thyroid function, and causing or worsening
> hypothyroidism. Soy is a phytoestrogen, and therefore
> acts in the body much like a hormone, so it's no surprise
> that it interacts with the delicate balance of the
> thyroid's hormonal systems. High consumption of soy
> products are also proven to cause goiter, (Anti-thyroid
> isoflavones from soybean: isolation, characterization,
> and mechanisms of action, Divi RL; Chang HC; Doerge DR,
> National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, AR
> 72079, USA, Biochem Pharmacol, 1997 Nov, 54:10, 1087-96)
>  Note: The best source of information on
>  soy and its negative impact on health can
>  be found at the Soy Online Service, and in
>  particular, its page on phytoestrogenic
>  effects of soy, and impact on the thyroid.
> Isoflavones belong to the flavonoid or bioflavonoid
> family of chemicals, and are considered endocrine
> disruptors -- plants or other products that act as
> hormones, disrupting the endocrine system, and in some
> cases, this disruption involves acting as an anti-thyroid
> agent. (The grain millet, for example, contains high
> levels of flavonoids, and is commonly known as
> problematic for thyroid function). Flavonoids inhibit
> thyroid peroxidase (TPO), which disturbs proper thyroid
> function.
> The March 1999 issue of Natural Health magazine has a
> feature on soy that quotes Daniel R. Doerge, Ph.D., a
> researcher at the Food and Drug Aministration's National
> Center for Toxicological Research. Dr. Doerge has
> researched soy's anti-thyroid properties, and has said
> "...I see substantial risks from taking soy supplements
> or eating huge amounts of soyfoods for their putative
> disease preventive value. There is definitely potential
> for interaction with the thyroid."
> One UK study of premenopausal women gave 60 grams of soy
> protein per day for one month. This was found to disrupt
> the menstrual cycle, with the effects of the isoflavones
> continuing for a full three months after stopping the soy
> in the diet. Isoflavones are also known to modify
> fertility and change sex hormone status. Isoflavones have
> been shown to have serious health effects -- including
> infertility, thyroid disease or liver disease -- on a
> number of mammals.
> Dr. Fitzpatrick believes that people with hypothyroidism
> should avoid soy products, because, "any inhibition of
> TPO will clearly work against anyone trying to correct an
> hypothyroid state." In addition, he believes that the
> current promotion of soy as a health food will result in
> an increase in thyroid disorders.
> The Dangers of Soy Formulas
> Since the late 1950's, it has been known that soy
> formulas contain anti-thyroid agents. Infants on soy
> formula are particularly vulnerable to developing
> autoimmune thyroid disease when exposed to high exposure
> of isoflavones over time. ( Breast and soy-formula
> feedings in early infancy and the prevalence of
> autoimmune thyroid disease in children. Fort P; Moses N;
> Fasano M; Goldberg T; Lifshitz F Department of
> Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital-Cornell
> University Medical College, Manhasset, New York 11030. J
> Am Coll Nutr, 1990 Apr, 9:2, 164-7) This study found that
> the frequency of feedings with soy-based milk formulas in
> early life was noticeably higher in children with
> autoimmune thyroid disease, and thyroid problems were
> almost triple in those soy formula-fed children compared
> to their siblings and healthy unrelated children. Dr.
> Fitzpatrick even believes that long-term feeding with soy
> formulas inhibits TPO to such an extent that long-term
> elevated TSH levels can also raise the risk of thyroid
> cancer.
> Not much is being done in the U.S. to make parents aware
> of the thyroid-related dangers of soy formulas, or to
> alert the public that heavy soy consumption may be a
> danger to thyroid function. Other countries, however, are
> far ahead of the U.S. In July of 1996, the British
> Department of Health issued a warning that the
> phytoestrogens found in soy-based infant formulas could
> adversely affect infant health. The warning was clear,
> indicating that soy formula should only be given to
> babies on the advice of a health professional. They
> advised that babies who cannot be breastfed or who have
> allergies to other formulas be given alternatives to
> soy-based formulas.
> Why more information is not available about these
> concerns is probably a function of the tremendous
> strength of the large agricultural companies that
> dominate America's soy market. One thing is clear,
> however. At the same time that health experts, and nearly
> every radio and television health program in the nation
> touts soy as the miracle health food of the new
> millenium, the United States pediatric and medical
> community needs to get more on top of this issue, and
> begin to counsel their patients regarding the serious
> impact use of soy products can have on thyroid function.
> How Much Soy is Safe?
> According to the Soy Online Service, for infants, any soy
> is too much. For adults, just 30 mg of soy isoflavones
> per day is the amount found to have a negative impact on
> thyroid function. This amount of soy isoflavones is found
> in just 5-8 ounces of soy milk, or 1.5 ounces of miso.
> For more information on how much soy is too much, see the
> Soy Online Service guidance page.
> The USDA has launched a website that is promoting the
> health benefits of use of soy and soy foods. The USDA
> site lists the isoflavone content of a total of 128
> foods, including foods such as vegetarian hot dogs
> soybeans, chickpeas and tofu. This can help you in
> deciding how much soy to include in your diet.
> More information
> For more information on soy products, see:
>    * Soy Online Service
>    * Soy's Negative Impact on The Thyroid: Thyroid
>      Disease Net Links, a comprehensive listing I've
>      developed
>    * All About Soy, About.com's Nutrition Guide Rick
>      Hall's excellent list of soy-related resources
>    * Food and Drug Administration Approves New Health
>      Claim for Foods Containing Soy, October 1999 article
>      discussing this FDA approval, from About.com
>      Nutrition Guide, Rick Hall.
>    * Concerns Regarding Soybeans, from the Rheumatic
>      Diseases website
>    * Are Soy Products Dangerous?, from the Gerson Healing
>      Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 5, Sep./Oct. 1997
>    * About.com's Vegetarian Guide covers "The Joy of Soy"
>    * Guide to Soy Isoflavones
>    * Soy to the World: A Guide to Incorporating Soy into
>      Your Diet
> Warmly, lillian
> We invite you to take a look at our
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> more....
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