Dr. Russell Blaylock (M.D.), in the January 2007 issue of
The Blaylock Wellness Report, responds to a question from a reader:

Q: "My 6-year-old great grandson, who has ADD symptoms,
was always constipated from dairy. Since we switched him to soy milk, he has normal daily bowel movements. My concern after reading one of your recent columns is that SOY IS AN EXCITEMENT FOOD. DOES DRINKING SOY MILK CAUSE MEMORY PROBLEMS?

A: "The developmental learning and language problems are
all linked, that is, they represent defects in brain development. There is compelling evidence that the common denominator is an excess accumulation of the EXCITOTOXIC NEUROTRANSMITTER GLUTAMATE IN THE BRAIN during critical stages of brain development.

"Soy has been popularized by a number of people, mostly
those poised to make money from its sale. Recent studies
have shown that soy and soy extracts (soy proteins isolate,
soy protein concentrate, etc.) have a number of negative
side effects. I am concerned about the fact that soy has
one of the HIGHEST CONCENTRATIONS OF GLUTAMATE of any plant. GLUTAMATE is an excitotoxin that is known TO DAMAGE THE BRAIN. The developing brain (babies and small children) is five times more sensitive to its toxic effects than are adult brains.

"One 25 year long study, comparing adults eating tofu to
those on a soy-free diet, found a DRAMATICALLY HIGHER INCIDENCE OF BRAIN ATROPHY IN THOSE EATING THE SOY DIET. This was confirmed by serial CT scans. In addition, they had HIGHER RATES OF DEMENTIA. Experimental evidence in animals supports this.

"In addition, soy contains very high levels of manganese,
fluoride, and omega-6 oils, ALL OF WHICH INCREASE BRAIN INJURY. In addition, newer studies have confirmed that SOY SIGNIFICANTLY STMULATES THE GROWTH OF BRAIN CANCER."

(The Blaylock Wellness Report is available by subscription
only! For subscription information call: 1-800-485-4350.)




Response to last week's article on "SOY - A VERY DANGEROUS FOOD" was beyond expectation, because in previous Health Tips, when I had shared information on the dangers of soy, there had been very little response. This time however, response was quite different. Following are a few of those responses: 

"Dr. Malkmus, I thought soy was supposed to be good for
you - protein being a plus also. I thought it was also good
for period and menopausal symptoms. This article is
unnerving." Charlene

"Dear Mr. Malkmus, I was shaken when I read your article
on soy because I bought a soymilk maker about a month ago
and started giving homemade soymilk to my children. . ."

"Dear Dr. Malkmus, I am very excited to learn about your
ministry. I am a 41-year-old female, and my mother told me
that as a child, I had severe allergic reactions to
formula, and was switched to soymilk. In the last 10 years
I have noticed a significant decrease in short and long
term memory. What can I do to promote brain health after
noticing these ill effects from soy? Thank you for your
work to promote and bring true health to the world." Jamel

EDITOR'S NOTE: Several of the emails I received this past
week tried to pass off any negative articles regarding soy
as "spam." But friend, the evidence with regard to the
dangers of soy, is too great to pass off so easily and
quickly. I find it sad that often when some people hear or
read something that discredits or contradicts something
they hold to dearly, they call it "spam," without doing
more research to learn the truth, often to their detriment
or to those they love.

Because of the large number of people who have written to
me, expressing concern about last week's article on soy, I
will be sharing more information on the subject in future
Health Tips. Here is just a little taste of the types of
information that will be forthcoming in future Health Tips:

Many years ago, Charlotte Gerson wrote an article on how
at their Gerson Clinic, they had found the high protein
content in soy, caused cancers to grow. Dr. Blaylock
(M.D.), in an earlier Blaylock Wellness Report tells of
female babies fed soy-formula developing breast buds as
young as 2-years of age, and in his September 2005 issue,
Dr. Blaylock wrote: "Male babies exposed to soy early in
life behaved like females. This is because the estrogenic
hormones in soy change the anatomy of nuclei in the
hypothalamus that control the male's sex characteristics .
. . "

This week, I'm quoting a very sobering article that gives
a little more insight into the dangers of soy.  Don't miss
reading it! It is written by Jim Rutz at World Net Daily:

here's a slow poison out there that's severely damaging
our children and threatening to tear apart our culture. The
ironic part is, it's a "health food," one of our most popular. Now, I'm a health-food guy, a fanatic who seldom allows anything into his kitchen unless it's organic. I state my bias here just so you'll know I'm not anti-health food.

The dangerous food I'm speaking of is soy. Soybean
products are feminizing, and they're all over the place.
You can hardly escape them anymore. I have nothing against
an occasional soy snack. Soy is nutritious and contains
lots of good things. Unfortunately, when you eat or drink a
lot of soy stuff, you're also getting substantial quantities of ESTROGENS.

ESTROGENS ARE FEMALE HORMONES. If you're a woman, you're flooding your system with a substance it can't handle in surplus. If you're a man, you're suppressing your
masculinity and stimulating your "female side," physically
and mentally. In fetal development, the default is being
female. All humans (even in old age) tend toward femininity. The main thing that keeps men from diverging
into the female pattern is testosterone, and an excess of
estrogen suppresses testosterone.

If you're a grownup, you're already developed, and you're
able to fight off some of the damaging effects of soy.
Babies aren't so fortunate. Research is now showing that
when you feed your baby soy formula, you're giving him or
her the equivalent of five birth control pills a day. A
baby's endocrine system just can't cope with that kind of
massive assault, so some damage is inevitable. At the
extreme, the damage can be fatal.

Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the
size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality.
That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame
for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise
in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are
bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-
fourth of them are getting soymilk!) . . .

Doctors used to hope soy would reduce hot flashes, prevent
cancer and heart disease, and save millions in the Third
World from starvation. That was before they knew much about long-term soy use. Now we know it's a classic example of a cure that's worse than the disease. For example, if your baby gets colic from cow's milk, do you switch him to soymilk? Most don't even think about it. His PHYTOESTROGEN level will jump to 20 times normal. If he is a she, brace yourself for watching her reach menarche as young as seven, robbing her of years of childhood. If he is a boy, it's far worse: He may not reach puberty till much later than normal.

Research in 2000 showed that a soy-based diet at any age
could lead to a weak thyroid, which commonly produces heart problems and excess fat. Could this explain the dramatic increase in obesity today? Recent research on rats shows testicular atrophy, infertility and uterus hypertrophy
(enlargement). This helps explain the infertility epidemic
and the sudden growth in fertility clinics. But alas, by
the time a soy-damaged infant has grown to adulthood and
wants to marry, it's too late to get fixed by a fertility

Worse, there's now scientific evidence that ESTROGEN
ingredients in soy products may be boosting the rapidly
rising incidence of leukemia in children. In the latest
year we have numbers for, new cases in the U.S.jumped 27
percent. In one year! There's also a serious connection
between soy and cancer in adults - especially breast
cancer. That's why the governments of Israel, the UK,
France and New Zealand are already cracking down hard on



I received an avalanche of letters from subscribers with
regards to last week's article titled: SOY IS MAKING KIDS
'GAY'! I will share just a few:

Susan wrote: "Dr. Malkmus, I read with interest your
article . . . Soy does not make kids gay, people make their
own choices regarding homosexuality. Homosexuality is a sin and we have the choice to participate or not. I would beg
you not to say that soy is making kids gay, it is not. Just
that title alone discredits the scientific research and
information included in your article. An alternate title
could be 'Soy is destroying your child's hormonal balance.'
I have had a horrible experience with SOY. I have
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Consuming SOY in heavy amounts 5-years ago caused my thyroid to almost shut down. I have
since learned that SOY was the major contributor to my
problem. God bless you!"

Then there was this letter from Ruth: "Dear Dr.Malkmus,
About the article on SOY. I have never gotten on the
bandwagon of personally eating it. However, my oldest son,
when an infant, had an intolerance to cows milk! I took him
to a pediatric doctor who placed him on SOY formula. He
lived on it for a year, and he is not gay at all. The
second child however, who was also raised on Soy Formula,
who is now 23, has been gay since puberty. He was brought
up in a Christian home and Christian school environment. He is a really good lad, BUT HE IS GAY! . . . "

Much of the mail was with regards the word "GAY" being
used. It was kind of interesting in a way, because some of
the respondents, like Susan above, equated the word "GAY"
as being synonymous with the word "HOMOSEXUAL." While Ruth, in her letter, equated the word "GAY" to mean "EFFEMINATE."
The use of the word "GAY" in the article had the meaning of
"effeminate," not the word "homosexual." This was in
keeping with my interpretation of the word. I have always
considered "gay" to mean "effeminate," not "homosexual." So I guess a lot of the problems readers had was their
personal interpretation of the word. Trust this helps those
who had a problem with the use of the word in last week's
Health Tip to better understand how different people
interpret the word.

Now with regard to all those who wrote concerning soy
itself, let me just share a portion of one more letter. It
was sent to me by Sandy: "Are you about healthy eating the
way God intended or an anti-gay agenda? . . ." Let me
assure our subscribers, that we here at Hallelujah Acres
are about "Healthy Eating God's Way," which is the very
reason I shared last week's article. Soy is causing some
very serious problems in the bodies of those who consume
it, and I feel it is imperative that we are aware of soy's
dangers. With that said, let me provide some new
information on the subject:


Dr. Blaylock (M.D.), in The Blaylock Wellness Report,
volume 2, number 9, dated September 2005, said the
following: "A series of new studies has shown that soy-fed
baby animals experience abnormal development of the brain's hypothalamus region, which determines both the reproductive sex characteristics and sexual behavior of a baby.

"Male babies exposed to soy early in life behaved like
females. This is because the estrogenic hormones in soy
change the anatomy of nuclei in the hypothalamus that
control the male's sex characteristics. These are known as
the preoptic area and anteroventral periventricular nuclei.

"The human brain undergoes a much longer post-birth period of development than do those of animals. And that puts human baby boys at higher risk than experimental animals. With close to 40% of babies now being fed from a bottle, often with soy-based formulas, the risk of disruptions in the sexual development of male babies is a major concern.

"Another startling discovery: Researchers did tests and
determined that when fed soy diets, adult male monkeys
exhibited increased aggressiveness and violence, along with
a reduction in social interactions (they became loners).

"The concentrations used in these experiments were equal
to amounts commonly seen in American diets. Soy is
naturally high in the excitotoxin glutamate - a substance
that can also produce intense aggressiveness and explosive
violence in experimental animals.

"Elevated soy intake was also shown to produce DNA damage and reduce the levels of DNA repair enzymes - which are critical to fixing damaged DNA. Excessive soy also damaged the energy-producing mitochondria. In my opinion, Americans are consuming far too many soy products - and we will pay the price in the near future."

(The Blaylock Wellness Report is available by subscription
only! For subscription information call: 1-800-485-4350.)




I received an avalanche of letters from subscribers once
again this past week with regards to the soy issue. The
letters ran the gamut: "OH, PU-LEEZE! I am a vegetarian. I
have eaten soy products for years, and so far, I haven't
killed anybody . . . go ahead and eat some soy. It will not
alter your personality or your sexuality." (Lynda) And then
there was this letter from Ken: "I have never read such
nonsense as soy making boys 'gay.' . . . Please don't use
the wonderful fellowship of Hallelujah Acres to pass on
such venom." Fortunately I received only a few such
critical letters.

However, on the other side of the issue I received many
letters reporting problems with soy. Following are just a
few of them: "Dr. Malkmus, Thank you so much for the
information that you provided on soy. I have noticed that
when I consume soy, I become depressed, become bloated, and my thinking processes become clouded. (Justin) . . . Dr.
Malkmus, you should also write about all the negative
problems soy causes the thyroid. (Maria) . . . I have very
much enjoyed your soy articles. . . I am going through
menopause, and whenever I eat soy I break out in a profuse
sweat and my hot flashes are worse. . . (Flo) . . . Thank
you so much for this information on soy. I have found that
I am allergic to all soy products. Whenever I have the
slightest amount of soy, I get sick to my stomach and have
diarrhea." (Rosa)

But Lori's was the saddest: "Yesterday I read the latest
Hallelujah Acres Health Tip and was STUNNED! Doctors have attributed my son's lack of growth to his hormonal chain, and his testosterone has been dangerously low. He was on soy formula for the first year of his life because the
medical doctor told me to use it. I had no idea soy could
be the underlying cause of his lack of testosterone. I
believe this information on soy is a blessing from God. Now
we know at least a major contributor to our son's lack of
testosterone, but knowing this, what do we do for our son
now? . . ."

As I have continued to research the subject of "soy", I am
finding that there have been warnings concerning the use of
soy for many years now. Below I will share some excerpts
from an article titled DOES SOY HAVE A DARK SIDE? It is written by Sally Osborne, and appeared in the March 1999
issue of Natural Health. The article provided information
on both the positive and negative aspects of soy:

"In the land of health foods, soy is king. It's considered
a near-perfect protein, one that's packed with compounds
that can fight disease and promote health. Soy's plant
estrogens-isoflavones-are said to prevent cancer, cut
cholesterol, reverse osteoporosis, and wipe out menopausal
symptoms. Earl Mindell, Ph.D., a registered pharmacist and
author of Earl Mindell's Soy Miracle (Simon & Schuster,
1995), joins many nutritionists and doctors when he says,
'Anyone who wants to live longer should be eating this food.'

"Yet a few scientists think the coronation of soy as a
miracle food is premature. They claim that while some soy
foods offer distinct health benefits, others pose health
risks, particularly to people who consume large amounts of
soy. Critics site four main potential dangers associated
with eating too much soy or too much of certain kinds of
soy foods: (1) Soy foods can disrupt the functioning of the
thyroid gland; (2) Soy foods can interfere with the
digestion of proteins; (3) They contain substances that rob
the body of minerals; and (4), soy's Isoflavones may upset
hormone balance.

Under the heading "How the Controversy Began" we read: "As early as 1917 researchers noted that soybeans had to be
heat-treated in order for soy-fed rats to grow-presumably
because soy contains a substance that inhibits digestion.
Over the years scientists have reported other potential
problems with soy . . . In 1995 . . .  [they] believed they
had found enough research to support certain charges
against soy, particularly the concerns over thyroid
inhibition, protein digestion, and mineral absorption. . .

"[they] do not believe all soy products are equally
suspect . . . Some beneficial factors may appear in soy
foods prepared by traditional fermentation methods, such as
miso, tempeh, and natto. . . Fermentation involves a slow
chemical change triggered by bacteria, molds, or yeast. . .
this process eliminates soy problems by making it more
digestible and deactivating potentially harmful substances.
They see more problems with nonfermented soyfoods: tofu,
soymilk, texturized vegetable protein, and soy protein
isolate. . .  (Editor: It appears that until recently, most
Asians consumed their soy almost exclusively in its
fermented form.)

"Meanwhile, as researchers debate these charges, some
nutritional counselors have begun to suspect that soy may
be to blame for the low energy, digestive disturbances,
hypothyroidism, infertility, and other ailments they see in
clients. . ." Brian R. Clement, director of the Hippocrates
Health Institute, a raw foods, vegan clinic says: 'people
come to us unshakeable in their belief that tofu, soy
burgers, soy this and that . . . are all good for you.
They're not.' Clement says his clinic staff has found it
three times more difficult to bring the blood chemistry of
people on a heavy soy diet to optimal levels than to
improve the blood chemistry of people who eat little or no
soy. . ."

The article then went on to give documentation showing
that soy disrupts the thyroid, contains digestion blockers,
prevents absorption of minerals, and lastly showing soy
causes hormone havoc. Regarding the "hormone" issue: "The plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) found in soy, including Isoflavones, resemble the natural estrogens in our body. .. some researchers speculate that an isoflavone-rich diet could interfere with our ability to reproduce. Scientists
have linked infertility to the soy diet of animals . . .

"a few researchers question if isoflavones could interfere
with the hormonal and sexual development of children . . .
and found that the daily recommended intake of soy formula
provides 3 mg of Isoflavones per kilo-gram of body weight-a
level he says is more than four times the level found to
change reproductive hormones in women. . . a researcher at
the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research in
Jefferson, Ark., expresses caution. 'Infants fed soy-based
formulas are part of a large, uncontrolled, and basically
unmonitored human infant experiment with uncertain risks
and benefits. . . "

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