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"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Fruit of Selective Law Enforcement

On Monday, May 1, millions of legal and illegal immigrants will take to the streets in cities laddened with welfare dollars to protest not being treated "equal," as they define equal. America asked for this. Failure to enforce existing laws instructs others that "said laws" are not really laws. Now that law enforcement has looked the other way for too long, many illegals now occupy many paying jobs in America. As such, we face a lose-lose proposition. Round 'em up and kick 'em out would create a little havoc with the economy. Process them all to keep things rockin' then you codify the first error and invite further problems. Such is the fruit of political pragmatism...

Camping out at the Airport

A recent article in USA Today tells of a proposal by the CDC to detain and question air travelers in the event bird flu surfaces in America. Nevermind that the government's track record for predicting flu epidemics is abysmal. When it comes to "protecting Americans" there's no shortage of elitists ready to "risk their lives" to protect you from the dreaded H5N1 virus.

H5N1 virus has shown itself to be very efficient at killing some birds, and very inefficient at mutating into a form that poses a significant threat to humans. There's likely many unidentified viruses in nature capable of mutating into deadly forms. However, living in fear of them is counterproductive. So, eat right, exercise and refrain from giving water fowl mouth-to-mouth.

All the Bushes Getting Whacked

George W(md) Bush has his problems with credibility, gas prices, illegal immigrants, Rummy and Rovey. New Orlean Saints running backReggie Bush may have violated NCAA bling-related rules while an athlete-student at USC. The NCAA has its rules and allowing its athlete-students to accept large sums of money from someone in exchange for whatever the athlete-student offers in return violates those rules.

While the NCAA has a propensity to overlook college entrance qualifications of its potentially stellar athlete-students, it doesn't overlook violations of bling-related activity once these intellectually challenged youths have entered the system. The NCAA has shown itself willing to derail the lives of the bug-eyed young to promote its own fiscal interests. The half-life of the student-athlete is too short to merit a serious push back by the group as a whole. Athlete-students will continue to access the hypocritical system knowing most of them will exit not having justified, in an academic sense, the decision to permit them admission in the first place.

There's Salt, and There's Salt

Here in the Great American Empire the sodium chloride (NaCl) industry is dominate in the table salt market. Throw in a little iodine and moisture absorbents and voila!--a table staple. Dr. Joseph Mercola makes a good case for tossing your present shaker in the garbage in exchange for real salt from the Himalayan mountains.

Himalayan salts contain 84 natural elements, including iodine, boron, magnesium, copper, zinc and others. Table salt is 97.5% sodium chloride with the remaining portion being iodine and moisture absorbents. It's essentially devoid of trace minerals.

Colbert's Legacy

Included among the many expert analysts during this weekend's NFL draft was ESPN's Suzy Colbert. When I see her on TV I generally recall her infamous, 2003 run-in with the inebriated, former Jet quarterback Joe Namath. The NFL is a game played by 100% men. 100% of the head coaches are men. It's a game men have played historically as both a respite from their labors and a way to measure their physical prowess against other men.

Enter female color analysts, sideline reporters and commentators. This is a byproduct of the leftist feminist movement. While their knowledge of the game and ability to convey their thoughts and opinions may be proficient, football is still a refuge for men when played by men.

Suzy Colbert is well-liked and likeable, but will forever be remembered for being "hit on" by a drunken Joe Namath during an interview. She likely wanted the interview. He wanted a kiss, at a minimum, more than he wanted to be interviewed by Suzy. Life's not fair. It was never meant to be. This doesn't justify Namath's ill-mannered antics but merely illustrates that when Colbert injected herself into an arena in which she wasn't universally welcomed she was asking for problems.

She'll be remembered in her own fraternity as a trail blazer and a professional. Off-the-record she'll be remembered for being hit on by Joe Willie.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Movie Clarifies Politics

The Sentinel, the new movie starring Michael Douglas, reminds us of how entrenched Hollywood-type theatrics are in modern, real-life politics. Presidents-walking-dogs-after-getting-off-helicopter stuff. Bill and Hillary holding hands. Nixon denying Watergate. LBJ always sober. Lincoln's love for slaves.

What's also telling is how a fictional film, one not pretending to be anything more than entertainment, is more realistic in its depiction of political machinations than is the actual political activities we witness through the media lens. In The Sentinel we see the President suggesting to the reluctant First Lady that they hold hands once they step out of the presidential limo. There's the President "intently" listening to school children sing, aching for the photo-op to end. There's the Secret Service operating behind-the-scenes to protect the First Couple.

Of course today's media can't access the world of real politicians as easily as a Hollywood camera can, but nonetheless one gets the feeling you learn more about politics by imbibing in the fakish than you do from reading government-approved textbooks about their industry, or from watching politics covered by media geeks of all sorts.

This is a good barometer for how little most political elitists care for you, and more importantly, how devilishly they behave at your expense. The system has incredible inertia with the fuel being the acquiescence and gullibility of the little guys.

(Reality TV shows nearly suffer from the same phenomena. In this case though the family-oriented sitcoms and reality shows are both significantly devoid of reality.)

A Doron Nofism

"Professor" Doron Nof recently reported that the account of Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14) may have been possible if a slab of ice was floating on the lake of Galilee under Jesus' feet. (see news account here). Nevermind that the weight of evidence goes against the proverbial slab. Nof still seems to put a lot of personal weight on this theory. Or his work is a well-concealed joke.

When the disciples saw Jesus walking on water the text revealed they were afraid. They thought they saw a ghost. These are hardly the actions one would have if they saw someone walking on ice. Seeing Jeeps cruising on lakes in Colorado in mid-February doesn't freak one out. They're frozen. If you see the same thing in August, when the lake is suffering from Global Warming Syndrome, then there's reason for flabbergasty.

When Jesus told Peter to get out of the boat he walked on water for a bit before he lost focus and began sinking. Yet somehow, Jesus apparently balanced himself on His block of ice and kept Peter from sinking.

Mark and John also recorded this incident in their gospels. Apparently all three lied if you believe Nof. And the other disciples never challenged their "bizarre reports" about this water walking "scam." Why didn't Jesus say when seeing the disciples filled with fear over his walking stunt, "Take courage, it is I, walking on ice," instead of, "Take courage it is I, do not be afraid?" Does Nof really believe Jesus chided Peter with His "O you of little faith" quote (Mt 15:31) for not believing if He Himself "cheated" by walking on ice?

If there was ice in the lake then it had to be winter. Immediately before the water walking feat Jesus had fed thousands. Thousands who were sitting on green grass (Mark 6:39, Matthew 14:19). Green grass in the winter? After the sea walking incident Jesus went to Gennesaret. Men of that place brought the sick to Jesus for healing. In Matthew 14:36 it mentions the ill entreating Jesus to allow them to touch the fringe of His cloak. Does one wear a cloak when it's in the 30s or lower?

Nof has a faith problem in addition to him possibly being oceanographically challenged. I look forward to Nof's explanation of the talking donkey, the theophany in the lion's den, Paul's encounter with a vicious snake, the Noahic flood, the ten plagues, the creation of the universe and the fish chocking on the drachma.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Misinterpreting Sovereign Intrusion

Whereas the earth is the Lord's and everything in it, it's remarkable that man gets frustrated when events unfold in an unpalatable manner. God created the world and remains sovereign over it. In His sovereignty he has created mankind and ordained that a small percentage of the sum total will reside with Him in paradise forever. When it's our turn to exist we eventually opt to participate in obedient fashion or remain mired in disobedience. It's willful and submissive entrance into the new covenant, mediated by Jesus Christ, that's the central, spiritual and faith transaction that transfers one out of the default group--the disobedient--into the obedient group, also known as the redeemed.

In the interim, we walk out our existence and grow in the process, one that is grueling at times. In the easiest of existences the probable encounter with death itself always looms as an arduous right of passage. Death seems intrusive but it's dangerous to view death as such in light of a holy, sovereign God ruling justly at all times. Can God intrude when by definition He's at all times just and sovereign?

Per our finite minds it's best to view life's bomb blasts perhaps not as "Intrusive" but as "intrusive." Man though, in his arrogance, tends to view life and the universe as a beast to be domesticated through education, determination and positive thinking--the same tools Satan used in the Garden of Eden.

Adam and Eve were intruded upon when sin was permitted to topple their proverbial pesticide-free, apple cart. Noah had the inconvenience of a major "sun shower." Joseph had to deal with the cantankerous team leader Pharaoh. David had Saul, Goliath, Bathsheba, Absalom and others. Joseph was all set to consummate his marriage with Mary until God impregnated her first. Paul was enjoying ravaging Christians and then God struck him blind for a few days. John was sent to Patmos to write that pesky book The Revelation, the book people like to skip over because it's not as easily understood as the Psalms.

Waking up in the morning has consequences, many of which try our patience. Some days it's a ball of hair on the carpet that sets us off and on others it's akin to what Job endured as family members exited life in rapid sequence.

God did not ordain individuals, families, experiences, children, governments, clubs, etc. mostly for personal fulfillment and satisfaction. He ordained these institutions mostly for Himself and for the advancement of Himself. For our own good to boot. If we live our lives in submission to His partially understood will, which is the most we can hope for this side of eternity, interpreting "intrusions" as "INTRUSIONS" we'll cause us to be tossed about like feathers in a blender. (Not that feather smoothies would taste good of course).

Death of a loved one is itself one of life's hallmark events to interpret and walk through. During and after the mourning the challenge is to learn how God is directing all of life to glorify Himself because apart from participating in the advancement of that cause there is but vanity, pointless suffering and a lack of meaningful direction.

Demons and the flesh intrude. God creates and orchestrates. The former for prideful reasons, the latter for blessing.

Illegal Healing Irked Priests?

The priests, captains of the temple guard and Sadducees had John and Peter tossed into prison (see Acts 3 and 4 in the "Testament, New") for a few reasons--all bad. Peter and John had prayed for a man lame since birth, and now over forty, to be healed. The man went from laying on a cot to "give me 'the rock,' I'm ready to dunk!"

When questioned by the rulers, elders and scribes about the event (Acts 4:7-10), Peter assumed the healing was in question, but took the opportunity to go off topic and remind this elite group that they had executed Jesus illegally, and that He rose from the dead. The healing was intimately related to 5,000 immediate conversions to the Christian faith (acts 4:4).

When the religious elites met privately later it was stated amongst them, "but in order that it may not spread any further..." The implication being the spread of the Christian faith (i.e. "it" in the text) was most irksome to them, and that the healing itself was merely a red herring charge to get these babblers out of the public square and into the interrogation room.

Peter and John would be let go (Acts 4:21) as public sentiment was deemed to be extensive and therefore threatening. Essentially the religious elitists were cutting their losses and consenting to regrouping to fight another day.

Fortunately, Peter and John did not have an American defense attorney who might have advised them to "take the Fifth." Their faith ran counter to "common sense" and led to propagation of the Christian faith without landing them in the slammer.

Notice how quickly the religious elites were prepared to wrest health care from Peter and John's model to strengthen their power base. How many other sicklies were they willing to deny the benefit of prayer (i.e. health care) to keep the masses subjugated to their religiopolitical order?

False religion played a large part in Christ's crucifixion and there's no reason to believe the anti-Christian, polytheistic fervor of American culture today is any less demonic. As the unfolding struggle against bird flu develops remember Acts 3 and 4. The church needs more Peter and Johns and less "yes men." Fears over bird flu is less about protecting people's health and more about requiring people to remain obedient to the will of the state.

Peter and John were arrested for healing a blind man (Acts 4:9). The religious "leaders" were actually irked over the increasing popularity of Christ. Nonetheless, priests attacked private sector health care providers. At stake was the extent of their power and control base. In order to force their health care system on the people they had to murder the divine healer first. Such is the nature of counterfeit health care.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

SIIS - Sudden Income off Infants Syndrome

This coming April 8 (Spring-for-SIDS Day) the American SIDS Institute hopes to bring national awareness to the war on SIDS ("Suddent Infant Death Syndrome") . If you go to their site you'll read how the SIDS death rate has fallen by over 50% since 1983. Not surprisingly that's the same year the institute was founded. However, if you look at their graph depicting the decline in the SIDS death rate since 1980, you'll see that there wasn't much of a change until 1989. Their ability to misread and misquote their own graph gives you ample reason to distrust them and not to donate to them.

It was British scientist Barry Richardson in 1989, who recommended that babies sleep on their backs, that made the only meaningful recommendation to cause a decrease in the SIDS death rate. Barry Richardson discovered that elements common to mattresses, bedding and infant clothing contained materials that in the presence of heat (think fever) and fungus (think babies) could produce nerve gas. Infants that can't stand in their crib can't escape nerve gas. Note that the recent "baby sucks on a pacifier" recommendation is entirely consistent with the nerve gas explanation. James Sprott, OBE MSc PhD FNZIC of New Zealand was simultaneously traveling down the same rabbit trail in New Zealand and confirmed Richardson's work. Since 1994 over 100,000 polyethelene mattress covers have been sold in New Zealand and of the 700+ reported SIDS deaths there not one of them was associated with "mattress cover babies."

For the sake of argument, lets say 70,000 of those mattress covers were never used. Let's say they were bought but then used as tarps, drop cloths, etc. instead of their intended use. With about 1 SIDS death per 1000 births in New Zealand (more specifically, 0.93 deaths per 1000 births in 2002) one would still expect 30 deaths out of 30,000 "mattress cover babies," based on the statistics, and with the assumption the toxic gas explanation is either irrelevant, flat out wrong, or both!

I e-mailed five major SIDS organizations about the New Zealand experience and inquired if they had ever sought to verify the purported immaculate track record of the "mattress babies," and whether or not they would mention the experience on their websites. After more than a month, 4 out of 5 of the organizations never replied and the 5th e-mailed spin and opted not to answer the inquiries.

So next time your local rag runs a story of sobbing parents mourning their baby that never woke up one morning, remember the implicit great gag order by the alleged leaders in the war on SIDS.

There's no shortage of theories and studies on what causes SIDS. But in New Zealand it appears the collective benefit of all the research unrelated to the nerve gas explanation is irrelevant or close to it. To read more about the New Zealand experience and to glean greater detail into the nerve gas explanation click here.

You'll not find a well-controlled, double-blind study but there's still much to glean from this article by Dr. Sprott. There won't ever be a large-scale study on the matter as a government that mandates phosphorus be included in mattresses has too much to lose ($$$) by admitting culpability. Not to mention, dealing with the thousands of infuriated mothers who believe their government acts with their best interests at heart.

So the next time a SIDS organization asks you to donate your boat or RV, send them this blog piece first and ask why they don't vaidate or invalidate the only tactic that's purported to reduce the SIDS death rate to close to nil.

Disclaimer - I neither sell mattress covers nor earn any income related to the SIDS topic. However, if you like coffee e-mail me.

Gender Bender Gotta Keep Bendin'

Redefining gender is tacit admission by the bender or pro-benderists that there is a God. No, that doesn’t mean God smiles when a male undergoes surgery to “become a female,” or takes pleasure when cross-dressers pole dance to “feed their family.” Gender benders testify to God’s existence and His omnipresent law by limiting their gender assault to just the male and female gender at the expense of the handful of newly created “genders.”

Reasons for “redefining” male and female include: rebelling against societal norms; exploring and “expanding” upon heretofore predefined gender roles and appearances; self-expression; escaping a perceived mistake in gender assignment, etc.

All of these reasons share commonality in their hostility toward God and his design for His created beings. Gender benders will appeal to obscure, gender-tweaking cultures in history as precedent and justification for their modern day crusade, yet reject any appeals to history that mitigate against their deeply held values.

So when a gender bender conveys their disgust with “stereotypical, society-dictated gender roles” they’re really referencing a cherry-picked target--Biblically-defined gender standards. The smattering of other potential objects for their dissatisfaction escape unscathed. Gender benders don’t gender bend just for the sake of gender bending. In truth, gender benders are inescapably at war with God and engaged in a hypocritical struggle against God secondary to a recalcitrant will and an inborn depravity that has touched all men. Such angst over God’s two ordained genders is indicative of a deeper, personal struggle with issues they generally keep to themselves.


For the sake of argument, allow them their denials of not being hypocritical cherry pickers. In escaping one “norm” the gender bender effectively creates a new norm from which to escape. Why restrict oneself in assaulting only Bible-defined maleness and femaleness? The strict limitation of the attacks suggests the motivation is different than what’s stated.

Why aren’t the transgendered, for example, at some point rejecting their new transgendered state in favor of some other manufactured sexual, or asexual, lifestyle? A transgendered male-to-female could opt to wear male clothing and hook up with a male of the original sort who happens to wear floor-length skirts and NFL throwback jerseys. This too would be an expression of rejecting a “norm” (of limited societal penetration of course), but nonetheless an accomplishment of redefining a norm. God speaks of dying to self yet gender benders are enslaved to self and self-expression. Once adopting new gender roles they’ll invariably raise the white flag to a new-found cul-de-sac of dissatisfaction, despite vehement protests to the contrary.

Gender benders are closer to God then they realize. The spiritual war that engulfs their being is a constant reminder that God is continually in their thoughts. Sure, their affection for the extraordinary attracts attention but the more attention they receive the more they’re reminded of their inherent ineptness at pleasing both themselves and man. In some respects, the more they gender bend the more they conform. Much like what happens to those who adopt the Gothic look. What gender benders fail to realize is that it’s those who “blend in” with biblical norms who ultimately establish their uniqueness.

No one ever died satisfied for having recreated himself in his own image.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Soy'aling of the American Food Supply

A Saturday Night Live skit from 1976 (Shimmer, with Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd and Gilda Radner) joked about a floor wax that was also a great dessert topping. Thirty years later we know the idea may not be too far-fetched. Soybean-based food products are as widespread as notoriety-starved reporters reporting on bird flu. In other words, they’re everywhere. Not only is soy found in foods, it’s in numerous nonfood items as well. Products like plastics, paints, resins, polyurethanes, paints, varnishes, inks, crayons, cosmetics, mattresses, cushions, shoe soles, carpet padding, insulation, imitation marble, construction materials, engine lubricants, bio-diesel , mosquito repellant and oil-filled breast implants are all soy-based to some degree. Exploring soy further reveals its place in the food supply reeks of profit motives at the expense of the health of we the eaters.

The purported benefits of soy are numerous and advertised with a wealth of dollars fueling this media darling. It’s said to be a low-cost protein “substitute.” It’s said to lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, build healthy bones and treat menopause symptoms. On top of that it’s supposedly “non-allergenic.”

There are over 300 types of soybeans. They’re related to other legumes such as peas, beans, clover and peanuts. Historically, soy was used as a fertilizer and crop rotator. The lectins in soybeans react with Rhizobium bacteria to fix atmospheric nitrogen in the roots of the soybean plant. In 1913 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognized soy as an industrial product. Soy has been used as compost. Soy protein isolate (SPI) was used as a binder in cardboard boxes. At one point in time it was viewed as good old-fashioned garbage. It was also used as animal feed.

Much like the debasing of American currency through the years, the tactic has found its way into our food supply in the form of soy. Its aliases are numerous. The “ingredient” section on food packagings usually don’t read “soybeans,” but terms and phrases such as partially hydrogenated oil, textured vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, soy lecithin, soy oil, vegetable shortening, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, monosodium glutamate (MSG), soy flour, soy grits, lecithin, natural flavorings, E322 (emuslifiers), etc. Soy in one form or another is found in over half of grocery store items. It’s in oil, margarine, baked goods, cookies, bread, pizza, ice cream, processed foods, Doritos, Tostitos, Ruffles, Pillsbury products, McDonald’s french fries, Nestle’s chocolate, salad dressings, mayonnaise, crackers, frozen foods, imitation dairy and meat products, peanut butter, coffee cream, your kid’s school lunch, institutional food and elsewhere. Then there are the soy items that don’t hide behind miniscule ingredient labels.

Soy Forms


These are the unabashedly soy products through and through—tofu, tempeh, natto, miso, shoyu, soy sauce and tamari. These all happen to be fermented products, (except tofu), containing a substantially lesser amount of phytates. This is important and addressed later. Tofu, like bean curd, is a puree of cooked soybeans precipitated with calcium sulfate (plaster of Paris) or magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts).

Soy protein isolate (SPI) is a soy form derived once the fat and carbohydrates have been removed. It’s the waste product of the margarine manufacturing process. After “purification” it still retains 30 petroleum compounds (e.g. butyl, phenol, hexanol, diphenyls, phenyl esters, etc.). Acid washing in aluminum tanks allows for high levels of aluminum in SPI. (Aluminum has been implicated in playing a role in Alzheimer’s Disease.) Soy protein isolate is the “low-cost” protein found in many food items, often as an alternative to those frightened by animal sources of protein. The demonization of saturated fat has helped tremendously in getting soy protein isolate into many food products. However, soy protein isolate is not a complete protein. It’s a poor provider of the amino acids methionine, cysteine and threonine.

A byproduct of the alkaline soaking process SPI endures is lysinoalanine, which is a known carcinogen. The alkalization process is necessary to eliminate enzyme inhibitors, which have their own problems. SPI is typically found in veggie burgers and energy bars. Of all soy products, it’s the SPI that contains the highest amount of saponins. Saponins are known to damage the intestinal lining, enlarge the thyroid gland and cause “leaky gut” by binding with cholesterol. Moreover, saponins are known to cause a derangement of the lysine:arginine ratio, constituting a heart disease risk.

Refined soy oil is commonly found in salad dressings, snack foods, cakes, cookies and of course the rancid, yellow vegetable oils commonly used to make Thanksgiving desserts. Ninety percent of the margarine market is made up of soy. Nearly eighty percent of the hydrogenated oil market is made up of soy. These figures become more relevant once the downside of soy is more fully known.

Soy lecithin is an emulsifying agent. Soy lecithin keeps water and fat from separating in foods and liquids such as margarine, peanut butter, ice cream, coffee cream, infant formulas, chocolate candies, etc. It’s also used in cosmetics. It’s obtained from the sludge after crude soy oil is degummed. It’s said to be hypoallergenic due to the elimination of protein, however minute amounts of protein persist post-“removal.” Kunitz trypsin inhibitors, which are capable of triggering severe allergic reactions, have been identified in soy lecithin.

Another commercial extraction of soy is LPE, or lypophosphatidylethanolamine. It’s used as a fruit ripener and shelf-life extender. The grape, cranberry, strawberry, apple, tomato, blueberry and cut flowers industries are known to spray their products with LPE.

Processing

$20 billion worth of soybeans are processed yearly to produce soy oil. With that in mind, consider the tortuous process soy undergoes to become “edible.”

Degumming separates the lecithin from the oil. Unfortunately it also removes trace minerals such as calcium, copper, magnesium, iron and chlorophyll. To be deodorized soy sometimes requires heating up to 518F. To rid soy of fatty acids refined oil is mixed with sodium hydroxide (i.e. Drano® is 2.5% sodium hydroxide). The bleaching process is important to rid soy of its reddish-brown appearance. A byproduct of bleaching is peroxide free radicals. If hydrogenated, the hydrogen gas is forced through the oil in the presence of a catalyst at temperatures over 400F, for 5 to 6 hours. Hydrogenation is important to harden the oil. Think margarine here. One could argue margarine is closer to the plastic family than the food kingdom. If a food item contains partially hydrogenated oil then it contains the mutagenic trans fatty acids. These fats are essentially foreign to your cell membranes but get incorporated anyway if you slam a bagel, doughnut or any other trans fat-containing food item. As such your cells become sub-proficient. Hydrogenation wipes out enzymes, vitamins, minerals and nutrients in general.

More Harmful Effects

Monsanto is the reigning king of the soybean market. Monsanto is not an Indian but a large agritech corporation. They have genetically modified (GM) soybeans in various ways for marketing purposes. They have what’s known as a RoundUp Ready genetically-modified soybean that assimilates and tolerates ten times as much RoundUp (a herbicide) as natural soybeans. Of the 72 million acres devoted to growing soy in America 58 million of those are for GM soy. The long-term effects of ingesting GM soy are not yet known. Essentially, thanks to Monsanto’s partnering with the FDA and EPA we’re all part of one gargantuan, uncontrolled study so Monsanto can keep its share holders happy as bird flu-free larks.

The mineral-stripping phytates have been linked with immune deficiencies, poor growth and anemia in Third World countries. They’re relatively harmless if soaking and fermenting are performed. This means phytates are only rendered impotent if you’re eating tempeh, natto, miso, shoyu or tamari. All other soy forms are not fermented.

Phytoestrogens are estrogenic-like substances that interfere with your body’s natural estrogen. Therefore they interfere with estrogen production. Of the 300 plants known to have estrogenic activity only one has found its way into the American food supply—soy! Isoflavones are the major player in this phytoestrogenic group. Isoflavones exist in 70 types of plants. They’re structurally related to diethylstilbestrol (DES). The 3 main types of isoflavones are genistein, daidzein and glyciein.

Genestein is the predominant isoflavone. It’s usually derived from GM soy. It is known to interfere with potassium to cause arrhythmias. It can also reduce DNA synthesis in the brain, reducing new brain cell production.

Isoflavones find their highest concentration in soybeans. Of soy products, the highest concentration is in soy flour, soy grits, SPI and textured vegetable protein. Isoflavones are not removed by heat, pressure and/or alkaline treatment. They’re only removed by alcohol solvent extraction.

Isoflavones interfere with the enzyme tyrosine kinase. This is an enzyme found in the hippocampus (brain area) that is responsible for learning and memory. Tyrosine kinase causes a decrease in brain calcium-binding protein, which is needed for protection against neurodegenerative disease. Because of isoflavones’ actions one can easily extrapolate the possible relationship with soy ingestion and Alzheimer’s.

Isoflavones are also goitrogenic, meaning, they can mess up thy thyroid gland. From 1975 to 1996 there was a 42.1% increase in incidence of thyroid cancer, especially in women.

In soy there are protease inhibitors. The two principal types are Kunitz and Bowman-Birk. Heat deactivates most of these but only fermentation deactivates a sufficient amount. It’s the protease inhibitors that bind trypsin. The net result is inhibition of protein digestion and can possibly lead to the enlargement of the pancreas. The protease inhibitors potentiate two known pancreatic carcinogens—azaserine and nitrosamine. Every animal test has resulted in adverse effects on the pancreas. The Kunitz inhibitor is a potent allergen. The soy industry itself refers to protease inhibitors as “non-nutritive dietary compounds.”

Lectins agglutinate the blood. That’s clot. They too can possibly cause enlargement of the pancreas. The bind to villi and crypt cells of the small intestine causing untoward effects, including: diminished capacity for absorption and digestion; interference with hormone and growth factor signaling and unfavorable shift of microbial flora. Lectins resist breakdown by enzymes in the gut. They too can provoke allergic reactions via a delayed hypersensitivity reaction (related to IgG). Lectins react synergistically with saponins. Lastly, lectins may contribute to Juvenile onset diabetes (Type I).

Soybeans contain soyatoxins. These can cause clotting.

Soybeans are high in oxalates. Of soy products the highest amount of oxalates are found in SPI. These are indigestible compounds that prevent absorption of calcium. Oxalates may lead to kidney stone formation and in females, vulvodynia (i.e. pain of external genitalia). Spinach, chocolate and peanuts contain lots of oxalates.

Soy goitrogens include manganese in addition to isoflavones and saponins. Thyroid disease is widespread in the soy-consuming Japan. Reports of enlarged thyroid glands in soy-fed rats and chickens were first reported in medical journals in the 1930’s. Autoimmune thyroid disease is far more likely in children fed soy formula.

Infants and Soy

Soy protein was introduced into infant formula in the early 1960s. Today, infant soy formula commands 25% of the infant formula market share. Soy infant formula contains 100 times as much aluminum as breast milk. Harking back to phytates, which chelate zinc, it’s important to recognize zinc is important for brain development, immune system development, protein digestion, nervous system development, and to keep iron levels in check.

Infants fed soy formula, which contain about 130,000 times more isoflavones than human breast milk, are essentially on “birth control pills.” The major soy product in infant soy formula is soy protein isolate (SPI). Soy-fed babies have a higher incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes, hypothyroidism, asthma and autoimmune thyroid disease than their breast- and milk-fed counterparts. 1% of female babies now show early signs of puberty at age 3! Once these infants reach adulthood they’re more likely to have higher rates of cervical cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), hormonal disorders and multiple births. Accounting for the impact of environmental xenoestrogens (e.g. plastics, pesticides, shampoos, hormones in meat products, etc.) has not shown to minimize the impact of isoflavones in infant soy formula. The manufacturing process for infant soy formula creates the toxins lysinoalanine and nitrosamines. Sperm count has fallen from 113 million/ml to 66 million/ml between 1940 and 1990.

With infant soy formula manganese absorption is much less than that of breast milk but the content is so high the net result is likely toxic. About 8% of the excess is deposited in the basal ganglia. Researchers continue to study if there’s a possible connection with ADD, ADHD and violent behavior. Deficiency of male hormones in monkeys has shown to impair spatial perception, learning ability and visual discrimination. Whereas soy formula ramped up in the 1970s the soy connection is prudent to consider and investigate. Just don’t look for the soy industry to exhaustively pursue this.

There’s an estimated 16 to 30 proteins in soy formula capable of causing allergies. There’s potential cross-allergenicity with soy and peanuts. A soy protein has been identified as cross-reacting with caseins from cow’s milk. An infant allergic to cow’s milk has a 47-60% chance of also being allergic to soy formula.

There are two alternatives to breast- and cow’s milk. They are hypoallergenic hydrolyzed casein and whey formula. Asia is often cited as reason to accept the health and safety benefits of soy formula. Most Asian babies are breastfed then switched to a dairy-based formula.

Politics

Soy represents a $100 billion industry. Any industry the large has the temptation to compromise integrity for the lure of profits. It’s a motive that’s prudent to check out.
The target market is clearly vegetarians and the poor. Much soy is exported overseas, with may partly explain the recent rise in obesity in these parts. Animal fat is demonized, and hence animal protein, and soy protein isolate is there to fill the void.

Returning to Monsanto. This one company controls 2/3 of the American soybean market. There was a quote once in the Toronto Globe, in reference to Monsanto and FDA appointees by then President Bill Clinton, which read, “…retirement home for the Clinton Administration.”

Monsanto has a very favorable position by holding patents on both RoundUp Ready soybeans and RoundUp the herbicide. Every time they grow their RoundUp Ready GM soy market they automatically sell more RoundUp the herbicide! One wonders if the 1987 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise the toxicity level of RoundUp from 6 parts per million to 20 parts per million was a product of sound science or not.

The FDA’s approval of Monsanto’s GM soybean (marketed in 1996) was in spite of flawed studies and some suspect “testing.” The soybeans analyzed did not have any RoundUp applied! Therefore, what’s sold was never actually tested. There was not any reported data on RoundUp’s effects on estrogen. The protein analysis was performed on the inserted bacterium protein, and not on the GM soybean itself. The toxicity tests performed on rats looked at the bacterium and not the GM soybean. The animal feeding experiments were short-term. Male rats fed GM soy exhibited adverse effects on their liver, kidney, testicles weight. Data from an earlier experiment revealing lower levels of phenylalanine was omitted.

An article appearing in JAMA (August 15, 2001) was generally taken as accepted proof soy formula was safe. The study apparently did not look into effects on thyroid function. The soy formula industry funded the study.

In general, the FDA has granted agritech companies the right to self-police themselves. Toxicity data may be kept “in-house" as long as agritech companies voluntarily report any alleged misconduct.

Conclusion

I read once that people who eat natural foods die of natural causes. The message being you health nuts die your way and I’ll die my way. Others trivialize the inevitability of their mortality with statements like “we all die from something.” Other soy lovers will dismiss the concerns with the “it tastes good” defense.

Fermented soy appears to be the only form of soy that’s not riddled with multiple health-related concerns. However, fermented soy isn’t the soy that’s in the myriad of products filling grocery stores these days. If you’re neither motivated or interested in pursuing the topic further it may be beneficial to cut back on soy anyway, at least for a while. See if there’s any change in the way you feel (or think).

This brief report is filled with statistics and claims without an acceptable degree of referencing (limited referencing available if you request by e-mail or comment the MS Doc version). It’s not intended to be any more thorough as far more qualified materials with extensive references are readily available. The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., CCN is a great place to start. She has several hundred references and doesn’t shy away from addressing the soy apologists and their “evidence-based” claims head-on.

Reference links and related articles- Joseph Mercola, MD on soy

Tim O'Shea's article on soy

Russell Blaylock, MD on soy

link to the book The Whole Soy Story
by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD CCN

Quiz Winner

There was just one guess submitted in response to the quiz question and the gentleman got it right-- soybeans (see March 18 blog posting for the original quiz question). Today's posting "The Soy'aling of the American Food Supply" goes into much greater detail about the prevalence of soy in our food chain and the implications.

So congratulations to John Brueggen for his winning entry. He has received his prize of 1/2 pound of fresh-roasted coffee (Costa Rican). John is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, which is the home base for Monsanto, one of the giants in the genetic modification side of the tainted soy industry.