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Q: Should I Eat Soy? Part 8
A: Another charge being made by our researcher friends is that “an infant fed exclusively soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least 5 birth control pills per day.” Soy formulas, say Fallon and Enig, amounts to “birth control pills for babies.”
Again, as with so many of the allegations made by these women, there is absolutely no evidence that there is reason for concern. There have been no reports of hormonal abnormalities in people who have been fed soy formula as infants – and there are millions of people during the last 30 years who have.
In a study published in the August 2001 of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers reported that infants fed soy formula grow up to be just as healthy as those fed cow’s milk. The study evaluated 811 men and women between 20 and 34 who had participated in soy and cow’s milk studies as infants. No significant differences were found between the groups in 30 major areas examined.
Other studies have been conducted over the last several years with similar findings.
I must add, however, that breast milk is the best alternative for babies. Compared to babies who are fed either cows milk or soy milk formulas, babies who are breast fed for at least 6 months have 3 times fewer ear infections, 5 times fewer urinary tract infections, 5 times fewer serious illness of all kinds, 7 times fewer allergies and are 14 times less likely to be hospitalized. Breast-fed babies spit up less often and are less likely to experience diarrhea and constipation. For every 87 bottle-fed babies that die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, there are only 3 breast-fed babies. Babies who are fed breast milk are 6 times less likely to develop lymphoma in childhood and only half as likely to develop diabetes. Babies who are breast- fed have a 7-point advantage in terms of IQ over their bottle fed counterparts.
Adults who are breast fed as infants have less asthma, fewer allergies, less diabetes, fewer skin problems, lowered risks of heart attacks and CVD, and less Crohn’s Disease.
Infants breast fed by vegetarian mothers have all these advantages plus the added advantage of ingesting lower pesticide residues and other toxic chemicals. Yet, Sally Fallon would prefer cows milk formula over breast milk if the mother is a vegetarian. She writes that “breast milk is best if the mother has consumed a diet rich in animal proteins and fat throughout her pregnancy and continues to do so while nursing her child.”
Fallon and Enig believe that in order to be healthy, people must eat large amounts of saturated fat and animal protein. They insist that only with regular consumption of lard, butter, and other full-fat dairy products can people get the nutrients they need to be healthy. Enough said!