Breast Cancer and Soy Protein
Thank you Martha Willmore for this great article!
If you have Breast Cancer, have you been warned AGAINST using Soy Protein?
If your answer to the above question is YES, then you have been misinformed. Below, is information intended to help clear up the confusion regarding whether soy is a “good” food or a “bad” food for you.
First of all, it is important to know the reason why women have been warned against using soy if they have breast cancer. It is a known fact that many cancers are estrogen fed. If a woman has an estrogen fed cancer, Tamoxifen is usually prescribed. The drug is intended to fit into the cell’s receptor sites where estrogen normally fits, to block out the body’s estrogen. (Estrogen causes the growth of cancer to accelerate.)
Since soy is a “phytoestrogen” food, it contains components that will also fit into the receptor sites on cells where estrogen would normally fit. Phytoestrogen foods are not estrogens, but rather contain molecules that the body uses to manufacture estrogens.
Now here is where the confusion comes in. Since soy is a “phytoestrogen” food many health care professionals have warned women not to eat it for fear that it will also cause an acceleration in the growth of breast cancer. However, the “missing link” of information is this ….. phytoestrogens are 1/1000th as strong as the body’s own estrogen. Because phytoestrogens are so weak, but they fit into the same receptor sites as estrogen, they block out estrogen hormones which are 1000x stronger …. therefore, having a protective affect, similar to Tamoxifen, but without all the undesirable affects of Tamoxifen. Those undesirable side affects include …
Due to it’s protective benefits, soy is one of the BEST foods a woman with breast cancer can consume. One naturopathic doctor described soy’s benefits as follows:
- Soy Isoflavones Decrease Cancer Stimulation
- Fill the bloodstream with phytoestrogens (soy molecules)
- They will bind to the cell’s receptor spaces where stronger estrogens would normally bind
When phytoestrogens block estrogens from binding to the receptors, they are called ANTAGONISTS, meaning they work against or block out the stronger estrogen hormone.
This prevents the strong stimulation of cancer cells by the estrogen hormones.
With less stimulation from estrogens, cancer cells grow much slower and are more susceptible to control by the immune system.
Also, research reports that isoflavones from soybeans (in particular “genisteins”) actually suppress tumor growth even in tumors that are not influenced by hormonal activity.
Research is discovering that phytoestrogens are inhibitors of breast, uterine, bowel and prostate cancer.
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: When an informed woman with cancer wisely chooses to consume soy, she must know several things about how to choose her soy … choose raw soy powder, (not pasteurized soy milk or roasted soy beans). The soy powder must be made from organically grown, non-genetically grown soybeans. It must be water washed (not alcohol washed), and must have the anti-thyroid/anti-growth hormone removed. (see quality control details).
Foods with Phytoestrogens
(soy & flaxseed are the strongest)
cherries, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers, yams
aniseed, fennel, licorice, parsley, red raspberry, red clover, sage, hops, flaxseed, black cohosh, dong quai
beans, grains, peas, soy, garbanzo beans, bulgur, wheat germ, rye
Decreasing GAS caused by Phytoestrogen Foods
It is not uncommon for people who are consuming more legumes and other vegetables to have increased gas and bloating, due to the gas-producing nature of these foods.
For the best remedy for these gastrointestinal problems, look to your spice rack ….. many spices and culinary herbs are carminatives (rich in aromatic oils that help the digestive system work properly). They are soothing, help ease gripping discomfort, and help remove gas from the digestive tract.
Anise, Cardamon, Chili & Cayenne, Celery Seed, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dill Seed, Fennel, Ginger, Horseradish, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary,
Sage, Spearmint, Thyme, Turmeric
Our “Stomach Soothing Complex” contains Anise, Ginger, Peppermint & Fennel, and provides wonderful relief for many gastrointestinal problems.
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This information is educational in context and is not to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult your licensed health care practitioner before using this or any medical information.