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SOY . . . and RATS . . . your HEALTH

Updated on February 20, 2011
Soy beans before the nastiness.
Soy beans before the nastiness.
Test mice. The one on the right was fed generically modified soy from Monsanto.
Test mice. The one on the right was fed generically modified soy from Monsanto.

SOY . . . Almost ruined my life.

It took me over 30 years to discover that soy was giving me violent headaches, body pain, palpitating heart and itching scalp.Wow, all that?

You know, Soy, that healthful, weight reducing, wonderful product you are fold to feed to your baby.

It took me another few years to read all the labels on all the thousands of products in a super Wal-Mart. I discovered that out of all those products there are maybe 2 that do not contain Soy. I found one yesterday! A tasty little snacky thing that looks like French fries.


Most of what is labeled “vegetable oil” in the U.S. is actually soy oil, as are most margarines. These days it can be hard to find foods that don't contain soy flour, soy oil, lecithin (extracted from soy oil and used as an emulsifier in high-fat products), soy protein isolates and concentrates, textured vegetable protein (TVP), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (usually made from soy) or unidentified vegetable oils.

Soy oil is the most widely used oil in the U.S., accounting for more than 75% of our total vegetable fats and oil intake AND MOST OF OUR SOY PRODUCTS ARE NOW GENETICALLY ENGINEERED.

And for me and millions like me, that is a problem.

There is widespread use of hexane in the processing. Hexane is strictly prohibited in organic food processing, but is used to make “natural” soy foods and even some that are “made with organic ingredients,” Hexane is a neurotoxic petrochemical solvent that is listed as a hazardous air pollutant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mom, reaction to soy may take a few hours or a few days or a few minutes. Are you sure your child is allergic to peanut butter or is it the neurotoxic petrochemical solvent in the peanut butter? Yikes!

This is a picture of two female mice. Scientist Irina Ermakova added 5 to 7 grams of Genetically Modified soy flour to the diet of the mouse on the right.. This picture was taken when the mice were l9 and 20 days old.

In the study within three weeks 55.6% of the mice receiving the GM soy had died. Out of the other group only 9% had died.

The soy she was testing was Monsanto's Roundup Ready variety. Its DNA has bacterial genes added that allow the soy plant to survive applications of Monsanto's "Roundup" brand herbicide.

Since soy derivatives, including oil, flour and lecithin, are found in the majority of processed foods sold in the US, many Americans eat ingredients derived from Roundup Ready soy everyday.

The FDA does not require any safety tests on genetically modified foods. If Monsanto or other biotech companies declare their foods safe, the agency has no further questions

I spend time at health food stores because they sometimes have products without soy and there are some peanut butters that have only peanuts and salt but I will tell you it is not easy to find prepared foods that are not hiding soy in their makeup.

As a grandma I'm concerned. Children these days start the mornings with cereal filled with harmful chemicals from GM soy and at lunch they may eat bread loaded with genetically altered soy as well as lunch meat and for dinner they may eat a boxed macoroni and cheese, or hot dogs also loaded with GM soy. All soups I've looked at contain soy and although the FDA does not require that food manfacturers label them GM, it is estimated that from 85% to 91% of all soy in our food is genetically modified.

And we wonder why our kids are devloping diseases and attention deficits. For myself, now a grandma, Ive gone back to cooking most things for myself. It is either that or suffer through hours of debilitating headaches and other awful things.

Anyway, just thought I’d share my experience with soy. Maybe you will catch on in less than 30 years and save yourself a lot of grief.

Now, I have bread to bake, soup to make, spaghetti sauce to create SANS SOY.



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