More Infants Developing Cancer Due To Effects of Estrogens and Arsenic In Soy-Based Formulas

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By Matt Hall — Staff Writer


A new study from Texas Tech researchers indicates that the presence of both estrogen and arsenic at elevated levels from what the EPA has deemed “safe” can cause cancer. While in times past this wasn’t an issue for parents of newborns, changes in how infant formula is produced are now putting millions of newborns in danger. If your infant is drinking soy based formulas, he or she may be at risk. Keep reading to learn how to know whether your infant is potentially susceptible to this recently discovered way of developing cancer.

Soy-Based Formulas: A Secret Source of Arsenic

You may be wondering how arsenic has anything to do with your infant formula. Everyone knows even small doses of arsenic are fatal. Wouldn’t formula manufacturers take precautions to make sure there’s nothing as deadly as arsenic in something intended for infants?

The problem is how the formula is produced. When soy is grown, it is treated with dangerous pesticides that have high levels of arsenic. Since most soy produced is GMO soy, traditional pesticides won’t work and dangerous, arsenic-rich poisons have to be used instead. Not all of this arsenic is washed off when the soy is processed, and some of it makes it into the soy-based infant formula.

How Does the Arsenic in Formula Combine with Estrogen and Put an Infant at an Increased Risk for Cancer?

When someone is exposed to both arsenic and estrogen, they are almost twice as likely to develop cancer cells in the prostate and other parts of the body, according to the Texas Tech study. Infants are exposed to arsenic from their formula (as explained above), and they are exposed to estrogen due to their normal development. Additionally, infants fed on soy formulas are exposed to the equivalent of five times the amount of a daily dose of estrogen birth control pills.

This increased exposure to phytoestrogens (estrogen-like compounds in soy) causes serious problems for infants fed on formula. Male infants receiving so much estrogen can develop learning disabilities and sexual maturation. Females can enter puberty much earlier than normal, developing as early as age 8. This is not to mention the increased cancer risk (even in infants) due to the much higher exposure to estrogen and arsenic.

Even if your family history does not indicate a predisposition to cancer, your infant can still be at risk. According to Dr. Kamaleshwar Singh, PhD., at Texas Tech, “The majority of cancers are caused by environmental influences.” This means that it’s outside influences like chemical exposure that leads to most cancers — up to 90-95% — and not simply genetics. While many chemicals are examined in sterile, isolated lab environments and pass safety tests, in the real world we are exposed to multiple chemicals at once. That means we — and our children — could be coming in contact with multiple carcinogenic chemicals daily, highly increasing our risk for cancer.

Solutions to this Newly Discovered Danger

It may seem discouraging to think that even something as innocent as baby formula can put the ones we love at risk for such a terrible disease as cancer, but there are things we can do to protect them.

The most important thing we can do is use dairy-based formula or breast milk. While soy-based formula has far too high levels of estrogen to be safe, none of the dangerous phytoestrogen levels from soy are present in dairy-based formula or breast milk — even if the mother consumes soy products. Natural is better.

Even though GMO soy and artificial formulas can lead to cancer even in infants, keeping things natural can protect our little ones from this problem. Clearly, more research needs to be done to determine how to best keep children safe. In the meantime, avoid soy formula for its many related health problems.


13 Comments on More Infants Developing Cancer Due To Effects of Estrogens and Arsenic In Soy-Based Formulas

  1. Stephanie González

    I'm a little bit late here. I agree that references should always be provided. As someone who does daily research for a variety of topics, unfortunately I can tell you that there are definitely enough journals existing about the dangers of arsenic and soy-based products. These soy-based products can cause harm to the developing child and secondary effects for both sexes. Not only is there harm present for developing children but for every individual of all ages. One of the recommendations for these soy-products is to keep your diet GMO-free, especially if you're vegetarian.

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  3. Maria Heredia

    My son did not take Almond, Goat, rice or regular milk. He weened himself at 6 months even after many attempts at keeping him going. I researched and found that Baby's Only was the best and safest for him. He is a thriving, bigger then average 2 year old that already knows his alphabet, numbers, most colors and some shapes. Dairy also has horrible effects on the human body.

  4. Maria Heredia

    My son did not take Almond, Goat, rice or regular milk. He weened himself at 6 months even after many attempts at keeping him going. I researched and found that Baby's Only was the best and safest for him. He is a thriving, bigger then average 2 year old that already knows his alphabet, numbers, most colors and some shapes. Dairy also has horrible effects on the human body.

  5. Maria Heredia

    My son did not take Almond, Goat, rice or regular milk. He weened himself at 6 months even after many attempts at keeping him going. I researched and found that Baby's Only was the best and safest for him. He is a thriving, bigger then average 2 year old that already knows his alphabet, numbers, most colors and some shapes. Dairy also has horrible effects on the human body.

  6. Maria Heredia

    My son did not take Almond, Goat, rice or regular milk. He weened himself at 6 months even after many attempts at keeping him going. I researched and found that Baby's Only was the best and safest for him. He is a thriving, bigger then average 2 year old that already knows his alphabet, numbers, most colors and some shapes. Dairy also has horrible effects on the human body.

  7. Brendan Sinfield- I am sure this is not the type of article to which Jessica was making reference. She likely intended a peer-reviewed, data-driven article with actual evidence, not some anecdotal-evidence-riddled piece of garbage. :)

  8. Lawrence Meyers

    In other words — no scientific evidence but more people babbling about nothing.

  9. Skyler Jenkins

    my girl friend has a dairy allergy and just so i would quit drinking or eating the product i saw the 30% pus thats caused by all the hormones so they only skim 70% out and blend the rest in with your gallon of milk lol and look up what your body needs to break those proteins and enzymes down its crazy gmo is only good for third world countries and if the company actually cared….. but in the united states of america we throw away more than half of our food supply we have so much land to grow with as a society we just need to start growing our own food and quit buying theirs…. support neighbors and farmers markets just dont let these people win more people are popping up with intolerance's and allergies to our national food supply that means there is something wrong

  10. For those asking for a reference, it is supplied in the link highlighted in green, "A new study from Texas Tech researchers", just click on it.

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