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Posted by Than you, sounds reasonable-Grandma Peg on September 10, 2000 at 13:48:23:

In Reply to: Reply to Grandma Peg's Question on Soy posted by Ann on September 09, 2000 at 23:02:45:

: Hi Grandma Peg,
: You pose some very good questions and I hope this information helps.
: First of all, all the fuss about soy being harmful is just someone trying to
: cause trouble and make money.From, my own research, and I also consulted some
: top nutritionists and MD's is that there is no harm in eating soy products and it
: really has no strong effect on a male's hormone level. Here is some info I thought would be helpful.
: Research has now shown that consumption of soy has increased benefits in reducing heart disease.
: It possibly can protect women from breast cancer in that , phytoestrogens, most notably soy
: isoflavones, have the ability to block the action of estradiol in certain tissues-thus protecting
: both men and women from breast cancer.
: Scientist's at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, compared the urine samples of
: two groups of people, one who ate a soy diet and one who did not. Since , high estrogen levels
: were the main concern, which could increase breast cancer risks, researchers looked for a
: certain protein in the urine that would indicate how much estrogen was present in the body.
: For female particiapnts, eating the soy diet, their estrogen levels were actually slightly lower
: than before they started the study. Therefore, I conclude that men had little hormone change-
: certainly no increase in estrogen levels.
: Dr. Andreas Constantinou of the University of Chicago tested pure isoflavones, a component found
: in soy that has been known to mimic estrogen and compared that to two soy protein mixes. One
: with isoflavones and one without. He fed these to rats.
: All mixtures lowered the incidence of breast cancer in the animals, but the soy protein mix without
: the isoflavones was the most effective. Dr. Constantinou says that soy appears to work
: to increase production of 2 enzymes that detoxify free radicals, the harmful molecules that cause
: damage to cells.
: I also have found thru research that soy protein has been shown to reduce cholesterol and lower
: bad cholesterol which has been shown to be high in alot of autistic children.
: My little girl drinks a milk substitute called Moo Not that is gluten and casein free, but is made from
: a soy and tofu protein. I feel safe in saying you do not need to worry about using soy protein products.
: I hope this answers your question.
: Sincerely,
: Ann

REPLY; Thanks so much, Ann. Part of that report I think was sent to us in FEATnews...or maybe I read it in newspaper from the H.F. store..I have also drank soy milk every day as hormone repacment pills make 'me' swell and sore. I also think the public is being pulled and pushed, many times, by FDA or other monied 'concerns' just for that reason. I just don't trust the gov't reports for that reason. And, when lab rat tests are done, they tend to feed them a carload of the stuff being tested, which would kill anyone. If the gov't agencies would just do their testing and reports in a moe timely and unbiased fashion,...they might restore any faith in them. Grandma Peg

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