Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The war on soy

Here's another important scoop from WorldNut Daily:

Headline: Soy is making kids 'gay'

Money quote:

If you're a grownup, you're already developed, and you're able to fight off some of the damaging effects of soy. Babies aren't so fortunate. Research is now showing that when you feed your baby soy formula, you're giving him or her the equivalent of five birth control pills a day. A baby's endocrine system just can't cope with that kind of massive assault, so some damage is inevitable. At the extreme, the damage can be fatal.

Um…what research, exactly? A citation would be helpful, since the article basically accuses the bean curd industry of infanticide....

More important information:

Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That's why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today's rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth of them are getting soy milk!) Homosexuals often argue that their homosexuality is inborn because "I can't remember a time when I wasn't homosexual." No, homosexuality is always deviant. But now many of them can truthfully say that they can't remember a time when excess estrogen wasn't influencing them.
On the bright side, for once he's not blaming his impotance on the media.

Actual facts, via the University of Pennsylvania c August 14, 2001:
To understand whether hormone-like chemicals in soy products may influence sexual development in children, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have revisited a study on soy-based infant formula begun over thirty years ago.

Their results, published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, reaffirm the safety of soy infant formula and offer evidence against the harmful effects of soy that have been presented in the popular media. According to their findings, soy formula does not appear to lead to any more health or reproductive problems than cow milk formula.
Well, of course. What did you expect a group of godless scientists from a hedonistic secular university would say? Surely, you can't expect an important news publication like World Nut Daily to be aware of a 5 year-old study!

PS: If you haven't guessed by now, the original article was written, not by a scientist, but by a preacher. Though I fervrently hope this bogus soy story isn't repeated by a pulpit rabbi at a shul near you, I'm not holding my breath. In the past, too many World Nut scoops have made it into sermons. In fact, most any wingnutty idea you've ever heard has been started (or seconded) by World Nut.

Related: The Friar Yid has his way with this story, too. (and he's funnier)

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