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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: Soy Safety?
Date: July 3, 2007 at 8:01 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Soy Safety? posted by Victoria on June 29, 2007 at 6:46 pm:

The estrogen-like activity of soy is greatly misunderstood. Soy (along with other foods, such as broccoli and flaxseeds) has very weak estrogens that occupy receptor cells in your body, therefore causing your body to make less of its own estrogen. Therefore, your estrogen levels should be less, not more, whereas meat raises estrogen levels because it contains growth hormones.

For every woman who claims that her menses improved on quitting soy, I am sure you could find one or more that claim the opposite -- I eat a moderate amount of soy, mostly in the form of tofu, along with a vegan diet, lots of water and moderate exercise, have absolutely NO cramps and sailing through perimenopause without a hitch. I also use progesterone cream last two weeks of the month to help with the only symptom I have -- occasional night sweats.

I do not believe that soy is "bad" for you anymore than I believe that broccoli is bad. If it really is, show me the epidimiological or other proof to back up your claim that it is "bad." I do think moderation is important, although I'm not quite sure a person could overdose on broccoli or flaxseeds, all the isolated soy protein products do seem to raise the question of getting too much of one element.

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