Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation

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    • Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation

      This was on Mercolas website:

      Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation

      The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has convened a scientific panel to review the safety of soy baby formula and genistein, a plant estrogen found in soy.

      Genistein can mimic the effects of estrogen in humans, which has raised concerns about effects on human development and reproduction. The panel intends to look into these possible effects, such as the research that suggests soy consumption could affect the menstrual cycle.
      The panel will create a report on the matter in six to eight weeks. Any possible government action would then be up to agencies such as the FDA.

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      Dr. Mercola's Comment:

      I've been posting warnings about the dangers of soy for more than six years. I am grateful that the government took a serious look at the serious safety issues of using soy in infant formula.

      Of course, the soy industry is up in arms about this new probe, arguing soy consumption affects animals differently than humans. I suspect the industry is getting worried consumers are finally catching on to soy's inherent problems, as evidenced by its slowing sales.

      The fact is, soy -- at least unfermented soy -- is hazardous to your health, and soy formula is one of the worst foods that you could feed your child.

      Not only does soy infant formula have profoundly adverse hormonal effects, but it also has over 1,000 percent more aluminum than conventional milk-based formulas. Many soy foods also have toxic levels of manganese. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.

      In terms of the hormonal dangers, a 1997 Lancet study showed that the daily exposure to estrogen-imitating chemicals for infants who consume soy formulas was 6-11 times higher than adults consuming soy foods.

      And the blood concentration of these hormones was 13,000 to 22,000 times higher than estrogen in the blood. An infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day.

      And there's more:

      * Soybeans are high in natural toxins, also known as antinutrients. This includes a large quantity of inhibitors that deter the enzymes needed for protein digestion. Further, these enzyme inhibitors are not entirely disabled during ordinary cooking. The result is extensive gastric distress and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake, which can result in dangerous pancreatic impairments and cancer.

      * Soybeans contain hemaglutinins, which cause red blood cells to clump together. Soybeans also have growth-depressant substances, and while these substances are reduced in processing, they are not completely eliminated.

      * Soy contains goitrogens, which can frequently lead to depressed thyroid function.

      * Most soybeans (over 70%) are genetically modified, and they contain one of the highest levels of pesticide contamination of all foods.

      * Soybeans are very high in phytates, which prevent the absorption of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, all of which are co-factors for optimal biochemistry in the body.

      Although the final report from the NIH should be posted online sometime in the next two months, you don't have to wait that long to make an informed choice about soy.

      The choice is yours, but when I am offered soy, unless it is fermented I routinely politely refuse and seek to enlighten the person about the above issues if they are open to learning more.

      There are just far healthier protein options available for you. So avoid getting caught in the soy deception trap, especially for your child. You just simply cannot take the chance.

      If you can't breast feed and your infant is not tolerating conventional formulas then please review a far safer and healthier option.

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    • Re: Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation

      I'm not sure I should be asking this here but since lecithin used to reduce cholesterol is also soybeans , does that pose a health risk too?Also does anyone have a toddler succesfully treated for what sounds like Gord?My friend's boy has been put on soy formula for this with no improvement.This goes on all day and all night.He is also on solids.
    • Re: Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation

      I recall reading once ages ago that the lecithin is proccessed in a way that the bad stuff is removed but I don't know how accurate that is. You can also get lecithin from eggs but it's hard to find as soy is cheaper!

      But you have to laugh at the irony regarding eggs being bad due to their cholesterol levels and their high lecithin levels.

      I don't know much about how to treat reflux with formulas but if I recall there is a reflux formula that is not soy based that is/was quite popular. I think it started with a K
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    • Re: Finally Infant Soy Formula Under Investigation

      Yeah I did a quick google but I'm not sure if its the one. I know that there's non soy ones like cow milk ones that thicken in the gut and there's goat milk ones. If you feel it might be caused by cows milk try a goats milk based one.

      My daughters 5 now so its been a long time since I have even thought about reflux and I breast fed my daughter so I am not all that experienced in formulas. I did formula feed my son but that was 16 years ago now!
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