This Sabbath I would like to draw attention to a matter that we have been concerned with for years. That is the nature of soy and its danger to health. The Sunday Telegraph of January 14 2007 published on page 1 as its leader an article by Clair Weaver on the report published by the Cancer Council of NSW. The Council has issued a health warning for all cancer patients to avoid all foods rich in soy because they can accelerate the growth of tumours. It issued guidelines warning about the dangers of high soy diets and soy supplements for cancer patients and those people in remission from cancer. The Council stressed that the people at particular risk were those suffering from hormone dependent cancers, including breast and prostate cancer. These two cancers are the most common types of cancer in Australia. Cancer survivors are also being urged to avoid any high doses of soy as they may be more vulnerable to a relapse.
Research has also found that high consumption of soy products can also limit the effectiveness of conventional medicines used to treat the disease.
The Council’s position statement also said that: “There is evidence to suggest that women with existing breast cancer or past breast cancer should be cautious in consuming large quantities of soy foods or phyto-oestrogen supplements.”
The Council also said that ”Women with current or past breast cancer should
be aware of the risks of potential tumour growth when taking soy products.”
It also said: “The Cancer Council does not support the use of health claims
on food labels that suggest soy foods or phyto-eostrogens protect against the
development of cancer.”
Attention was drawn to the concerns of health experts that breast cancer sufferers who take soy or phyto-oestrogen supplements could feed the disease and reduce the effectiveness of their treatment. It is a fact that Soy, which is present in all soy beans, or soy products including soy milk products, and some breads, contains phyto-oestrogens that mimic the actions of hormones in the body and hence may interfere with cancer drugs which work by suppressing the female hormone oestrogen. Men with prostate cancer are also at risk from soy consumption as it may imitate the male hormone androgen.
The Council has warned against the product and soy supplements, which their nutritionist, Kathy Chapman, says could contain dangerously high doses of phyto-eostrogens, but has said that an occasional intake may not be dangerous.
The claims regarding soy were made because incidences of cancer were lower in Asia where soy consumption is high.
The risks of contracting non-hormone dependent cancers such as bowel cancers would be unaffected by soy intake so it is claimed. However it should also be remembered that soy is an aluminium feeder and aluminium affects the nervous system and the brain and is thought to induce Alzheimer's disease. Stripping myelin from the nervous system also induces other serious diseases of the nervous system.
Remember that the foods that contain these soy products are:
Soy beans, Tofu, Tempeh, Cereals, Soymilk, Soy yoghurt/cheese, Soy and linseed bread and vegetarian meat alternatives.
US food production has made shopping into a treasure hunt by adding soy to almost every food on the shelf.
It is repeated that soy products are not to be served in CCG functions and feasts.
In her comments regarding the Cancer Council's report the Telegraph health writer Clair Weaver made the following comment on page 11 under the leader “Think Carefully before you eat”. She says:
“Over the past 20 years we have been repeatedly told that soy is the healthy choice. It is promoted as a ‘superfood’ that can protect us from cancer or heart disease. So it's no wonder that millions of health conscious women have switched from dairy-based to soy-based diets. Many take highly concentrated soy or phyto-oestrogen supplements for ‘women’s health’.
We are also unwittingly consuming soy in the most unexpected products.
There is much conflicting advice about diets, which can be very confusing. Diet books flourish on passing food trends. But today’s advice cannot be dismissed as a fad. Cancer Council NSW is a reputable organisation that issued this advice after careful consideration of the facts. It’s not saying soy is bad, but warns it should be consumed in moderation, especially by breast and prostate cancer patients or survivors. Until more research is done a cautious approach seems sensible.”
Clair is correct. Soy is being added to everything and it should not be a food. When all the facts are in it will become obvious that soy was never meant to be eaten. We know from the very symbols of Chinese that the five sacred grains were symbolised by the ideograph that represented their purpose. Four are depicted by the grain, and soy is depicted by the roots. It is a soil conditioner and was only processed as a sauce under two millennia ago and we know that the sauce has been reported to become highly carcinogenic after its use-by date. The Asians regard soy as an inferior food product and eat it from necessity. It had to be sold to the unsuspecting and gullible Europeans in the US to popularise it for consumption so it can be sold for agricultural revenue. Hence breast cancer and prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease and MS has risen sharply with the increase in soy and aluminium products such as pots and pans and deodorants etc., ably assisted by vegetarianism.
Soy infant formula is known to be far inferior to dairy products and can actually be dangerous to infants.
Vegetarianism is a direct attack on God’s Law and has been dealt with in the work Vegetarianism and the Bible (No 183).
The problems in the health of the populations in the US are linked to the amount of hormones and the types of food being fed to the populace. The sexual development of the youth are being affected by these hormones. Kids are also becoming obese and getting diabetes and other diseases simply because of the greed, poor food production and wrong advice of the large corporations. We are all being killed by lazy, self-interested executives and accountants. When the reaction comes, as it must, they will reap the whirlwind.
While we are on the subject of health, Clair Weaver has also reported a number of interesting facts all on the same page. She notes also that a revolutionary diet developed by scientists offers the best hope yet of tackling diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have discovered that toasted, barbecued or caramelised foods may trigger the diseases. Dr. Barbora de Courten from the Baker Heart Research Institute says the causes of the diseases are advanced glycation end-products which are produced by a reaction between sugar and protein. We also know that cortisone assists this reaction.
Attention was also drawn to the fact that the drought in Australia is making proper nutrition very difficult for families with children. Children need five servings of vegetables and two of fruit per day to grow properly. They need meat and haem iron, and dairy products to develop their brains and nervous system also. The recent report released last week says 20% of NSW children are getting enough vegetables but the figure is plummeting with the drought and increased food costs. It may affect the state of health of its children over the next couple of years. Please pray that we are able to get enough rain to feed them properly.
Attention was also drawn to the fact that pregnant women who smoke actually program their children whilst in the womb to take up smoking. A study of more than 3,000 mothers and their children in Brisbane found that more of the children whose mothers smoked took up the habit in later life while those who gave up during pregnancy had the similar rates of children taking up the habit as mothers who never smoked.
What has become important to health is evidence-based decision making in health issues, and the ABC health report on Monday 15 January dealt with the fact that much of the decisions of doctors are based on standard practices rather than based on evidence. Some standard procedures that are recommended or ordered by health professionals are not evidence based. Examples were given over a range of procedures. It was noted in one instance that operations on the spine were shown to have very little effect at all, and in one trial it was found that the placebo group for intrusion into the sacral spine for disc shrinkage had a 24% higher success rate than those actually given the treatment.
Statements were also made regarding spinal fusion results and success and the
non-evidentiary nature of the ordering of procedures. The real issue is that
patients must demand answers to the evidence for the carrying out of the procedures
and the rates of success. Get second opinions before undertaking a procedure.
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