To the members of the Weston A Price Foundation
There has been a deluge of erroneous and outright deliberate misrepresentation on the supposed 'dangers' of soybeans and soya products on the health of humans. This misinformation and deception is being promoted and distributed by the Weston A. Price Foundation and their ignorant followers. This foundation is promoting dairy products and animal foods as being the ideal diet for humans, and they are fanatical about discrediting any other dietary regime, especially those that teach avoidance of dairy products and animal protein. They totally disregard the thousands of published scientific articles that warn of the dangers of over-consumption of dairy products and animal protein. They are especially fanatical about discrediting the soybean, which has become popular in the West in the last 20 years, although it has been a stable of the Asian diet for thousands of years. The soybean is seen as a major threat to the dairy and meat industry as more and more consumers are taking seriously the overwhelming body of evidence that warns of the health risks of the traditional Western diet, and are seeking nutritious alternatives. The soybean has proven more than adequate as a replacement for milk and animal protein. Cultures that consume soybeans rather than dairy have a much lower incidence of the popular Western diseases such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and arthritis. To illustrate this point, Newsweek magazine in their January 13, 2003 issue did a story on the extraordinary long life and good health of the population of Okinawa, Japan. They pointed out that the Okinawans good health and long life was mainly due to their diet of fresh vegetables and 'copious' amounts of tofu. The article also showed that their long life was not genetic, as Okinawans that moved to the West and adopted the Western diet of dairy and meat developed the same rate of 'Western' diseases as the average North American or European.
In their effort to lend 'scientific' credibility to their position that the soybean is not fit for humans, the Weston A. Price Foundation resorts to deceptive and scare tactics to frighten the unaware consumer into avoiding soya products. Some examples of these devious tactics are shown in the way they 'quote' scientific studies under the heading:
CURRENT RESEARCH ON SOY ISOFLAVONES PLENTIFUL IN INFANT FORMULAS AND SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS.
‘increased breast tumor risk from foetal exposure' At first glance this statement would appear to contradict all the published scientific studies that show soy products reduce the risk of cancer in humans. The full title of the article quoted is ‘Influence of perinatal genistein exposure on the development of MNU-induced mammary carcinoma in female Sprague-Dawley rats.' Genistein is an isoflavone found in the soya bean. The study used isolated genistein and injected it into pregnant rats. There is no direct relationship between a pregnant rat and a human. Furthermore, genistein is introduced into the human through the digestive system as part of food, not through injection. Many substances that are present in food and are processed by the digestive tract can be toxic or even fatal if isolated and injected.
This statement is one example of the twisted logic used by the Weston A. Price Foundation to deliberately mislead the consumer.
Another example is the quote “Genistein is a chromosomal mutagen” Again, this statement would appear to show that Genistein, one of the active ingredients in soy is cancer causing, and contrary to the many published studies which show the opposite.
The full name of the study referred to is: “p53, mutations, and apoptosis in genistein-exposed human lymphoblastoid cells.” This is a study done with isolated genistein in vitro (in a Petrie dish), and does not necessarily show what really happens in the human body. Another recent study showed that vitamin C in a Petrie dish caused DNA damage, but again does not do so in the human body.
Another example: ‘COLON TUMOR enhancement by genistein' Again, this statement is designed to mislead and frighten the consumer. The full name of the study is ‘Phytoestrogens regulate vitamin D metabolism in the mouse colon: relevance for colon tumor prevention and therapy' In this mouse study it actually showed that phytoestrogens such as found in soybeans, have an inverse correlation with colon tumor incidence. In other words, the more soy product consumption, the fewer incidences of colon tumors in the mouse. It is evident that the 'researchers' of these scientific papers have little scientific training.
Another example designed to confuse and frighten: 'Premature Anovulation in Female Offspring and Suppressed Sexual Behavior in Males.' Again, the inference is to suggest that this is a human study, and that humans consuming soybeans will mature faster. The full name of the study is “A phytoestrogen diet induces the premature anovulatory syndrome in lactationally exposed female rats.”
Another misleading scientific 'quote' ‘Isoflavone supplement antagonizes reproductive behavior' suggesting that soy isoflavones affect human reproductive behavior. The full name of this study on the female adult rat brain is “Soy isoflavone supplements antagonize reproductive behavior and estrogen receptor alpha-and beta-dependent gene expression in the brain.” One of the conclusions of this study is that isoflavone phytoestrogens are antiestrogenic, at least in the adult female rat.
The Weston A Price Foundation discredits all of the significant work done by dedicated naturalists and wholistic practioners over the years that have shown that the soybean is one of nature's greatest gifts to mankind. From Jethro Kloss, the outstanding natural healer and author of one of the greatest books on herbs and natural healing 'Back to Eden', Herbert W. Sheldon, the leading natural healer of his time, Paul Bragg, Bernard Jensen, and numerous other famous healers and practioners, and to Dr. Earl Mindell, the most widely read of the modern nutritional authors with millions of books in print in several languages. All of these famous people and pioneers of the health food movement universally praised the soybean for its wonderful nutritional and healing properties. All of these famous healers also warned of the health risks of excessive dairy and meat consumption.
Along comes the Weston A. Price Foundation, which was started by a dentist named Weston A. Price who, in the 1930's did some research into primitive diets and the incidence of dental caries and jaw formation in native populations. Weston A. Price made some important observations that a natural diet was healthier than the refined and devitalized diet of modern Western civilization. Alternative health care practioners and nutritionists universally accept this observation. However, the main difference in philosophy between Weston A. Price and modern nutritional scientists is the role of dairy products and animal protein and fat in a healthy diet.
Weston A. Price advocated a diet high in butter and animal fat with a total caloric intake from saturated fat of 30 - 80% of calories. This is completely contrary to modern nutritional science, which shows that the total calories from saturated fat should be no more than 10% of total calories. Many published scientific studies show that the incidence of CHD and cancer increases with the amount of saturated fat in the diet.
In summary, The Weston A. Price Foundation and its members are like the 'Flat Earth Society' in that they refuse to accept modern science and the practical experience of thousands of wholistic practioners, nutritionists, biochemists, medical doctors and scientists worldwide who have real world experience with real people. To members of the Weston A. Price Foundation, the world is flat, soybeans are toxic and milk is manna from heaven.