Author: Amanda Pritts
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Soy - The miracle food, right? Or at least that’s what we’ve all been told by everyone from the FDA, chefs, cooking shows, popular books, news articles, talk show hosts, and athletes. Unfortunately, this is all completely false. In fact, soy is actually harmful to our health, especially men and infants. Soy is what’s known as an environmental estrogen, or a phytoestrogen, which is a natural estrogen found in plants, meaning it’s not produced naturally by the human endocrine system.
Today in 2017, soy baby formula is now consumed by 25% of infants in America. Infants are at the highest risk for problems further down the line, due to formula being the only food they receive. When infants consume soy baby formula, they are also consuming the equivalent to 5 birth control pills per day. What does this mean for the health of the infants? The effects are not seen until puberty. For girls, this means being overly estrogenized and going into puberty earlier. For boys, this means going through puberty late, or not at all requiring doctors to intervene. This also means from birth, we’re creating effeminate men who will suffer extraordinarily in every category from coping mechanisms, to relationships, and the ability to produce children as adults.
Soy Therapy, is well known in the medical field as a treatment for post menopausal women who need additional estrogen. You’d think this would be a clear indicator for men to stay away from it, and for some athletes it has been an eye opener, for others, they still use soy protein energy bars, soy shakes, and even soy lattes from places like Starbucks. A more complete list of problems that stem from soy goes as follows:
Soy Therapy, is well known in the medical field as a treatment for post-menopausal women who need additional estrogen. You’d think this would be a clear indicator for men to stay away from it, and for some athletes it has been an eye opener, for others, they still use soy protein energy bars, soy shakes, and even soy lattes from places like Starbucks. A more complete list of problems that stem from soy goes as follows:
*Inability to handle stress
*Loss of muscle mass
*Low testosterone (often lower than that of an 85-100 year old man)
*Increase in breast cancer
*Low sperm count
Men who consume soy products are losing testosterone at a rate of 1% per year. That doesn’t seem like much, right? Let’s put that into a new set of terms. Men who eat just half a serving of soy a day have 34,000,000 fewer sperm per milliliter than men who didn’t consume any. Result? A much harder time having children, if they can have any at all due to the high levels of estrogen found in their system. Men’s testosterone levels have steadily been declining since the 80’s, and according to New York (Reuters Health) it has nothing to do with age, but with the increased consumption of soy products.
Just how high is the increase? In 1992, American soy food consumption stood at 300 million a year, now in 2017, it stands at 4 billion a year. That’s quite a leap. It’s no surprise that linked with this dramatic increase, there’s been an 80% boom in gynecomastia surgeries. According to Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel, the men receiving the surgeries are not obese, in fact they are very healthy and in good physical health - athletes! Over the years, soy has been the ultimate go to for many athletes because of it’s numerous “health benefits” that unfortunately the FDA backtracked on and admitted they had made a mistake back in 2011.
What else could this mean? Surprisingly, in 2006, a ‘Pew Study’ was done by political scientists and psychologists who came to the same conclusion that the vast majority of soy consumers were Liberal Democrats, either vegetarian or vegan. The Results of their study consistently found that 47% of Republican non-soy consumers, reported themselves as being “very happy,” compared to just 25% of Liberal Democrats. These results have remained unchanging regardless of which party was in office. From this we can conclude that the affect of “depression” in those who eat soy is accurate.
It’s recommended that a replacement of rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or even raw milk should be implemented immediately for adults, and an overall elimination in soy for infants. No soy, is the best soy when it comes to babies. Soy in moderation for adults, like anything, is fine, but by moderation doctors recommend no more than twice a week for men, or an absolute maximum of three times a week for women. Any more than this will have negative effects on the consumer. Do your body, and you psyche a favor, and put down the soy.
Thank you for reading,