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.

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

  1. Paula Fernandes

    I chose to give my daughter soy formula to follow a vegan diet. I buy Baby's Only Organic Soy Formula for Toddlers. Would that be safe since is organic? Anyone has an advice?

  2. Dairy-based isn't an option for some babies, it wasn't for my son, and neither was nursing, don't make it sound like a simple choice to not use soy. There aren't a lot of options.

  3. Patricia Schuller

    You know Cheryle- I nursed all my kids- but my 3rd son spit up everything- actually projectile vomited everything, and his pdiatrician had me put him on a soy-based formula as he wasn't gaining wgt. What makes me so mad is that we are supposed to trust Dr.'s- These days it's so hard to trust anyone in the medical feild!

  4. Jeanette Paluh

    References please for scientific studies showing the amount of arsenic and estrogen in formula.

  5. Vicki Flury

    Cheryle Moore-Smith – this is a rude comment, i know a lot of women who tried so hard and due to health reasons there body WOULD NOT produce! Its obviously the best option for the child but not all women are capable. Making judgmental comments like that show how small minded people can be shame on you!

  6. Alexandra Hoffmann Peña

    My son had Pyloric Stenosis. It's a condition that causes projectile vomiting and weight loss. The onset was when he was 3 weeks old. They did an ultrasound to diagnose, then a small operation. If your son has not been tested for PS, he needs to get tested IMMEDIATELY.

  7. Alexandra Hoffmann Peña

    Did you breast feed? For how long? Animal proteins are necessary for a baby in the first 6 months, they get that from their mom. I'm on my phone so I can't provide backup, but you should look into the nutritional needs of infants from unbiased sources (don't just go to a vegan website that's going to confirm the bias). If you breasted and are supplementing with soy while feeding solids you're okay, but if you've only fed soy from the start you should look into nutritional supplementation because a lot of nutrients are only animal derived.

  8. Alexandra Hoffmann Peña

    Newborns need animal protein, usually they get it thru breast milk. Soy is fortified with DHA, etc that is animal derived.

  9. Alexandra Hoffmann Peña

    Also, soy formula is fortified with DHA, etc which is animal derived. It is not 100% vegan

  10. Cierra Miller

    I see where the study was done, but it doesn't mention formula anywhere in the study. This leads me to believe someone read this and somehow associated it with formula.

  11. Cierra Miller

    I see where the study was done, but it doesn't mention formula anywhere in the study. This leads me to believe someone read this and somehow associated it with formula.

  12. Joanne Laurette Aubertin

    OMG, did babies even get cancer 40 years ago. What is wrong with this picture.
    Soy was probably good at one time but I would go organic if its for a baby, That's for sure.

  13. Kimberly Marley

    Vicki Flury actually women give up too easily because of the baby blues. I didn't give up. It took well over a week to get my milk in. It was a huge stuggle. But yet I did it because I wasn't going to switch to formula. I gave it my all! And I am a single mom. So yes, I do think women these days don't try hard enough.

  14. Melinda Gibson

    My little one is 7 weeks old – I'm breastfeeding as much as I can, but my supply is low. I used an electric pump to help trigger supply/demand and then the dr suggested I take Motillium to increase supply. I was advised by a lactation consultant to top-up with formula as my baby was 'failing to thrive' – with language like that, not many mums would ignore the recommendation.

    I don't like formula – I'd rather breastfeed 100% (without the help of a tablet like Motillium) but she was losing weight, now she is gaining. I recently switched from S26 dairy based forumula to S26 soy formula – simply because I would never have bought a cow milk based formula in the first place, but someone else bought it for me..for me, I'd rather not have dairy products as I just don't think it is logical for humans to drink another animals milk.

    I'm now going to look into HM4HB (human milk 4 human babies) to see if some kind woman can help me and my baby out.

  15. Goat milk has been consumed and been part of the human diet for thousands of years whereas bovine milk has been consumed for only a few hundred. As such, humans have not had as much time to "co-evolve" and become accustomed to these relatively new foods.

    Food, or environmental, proteins are either accepted or rejected by our immune system. That which is part of and from nature for many generations is more likely to be recognized by our DNA as…normal. Foodstuffs that are recent introductions, adaptations or genetic modifications (engineered foodstuffs) will present differently and most likely elicit an allergic response. Our bodies have the ability to maintain and balance healthfulness…to the extent we provide clean food, water and stimuli (environmental input) regularly.

    Regarding dairy, also please consider raw sources of animal protein. All pasteurized products are dead, where the digestive enzymes have been sterilized (killed) to promote longer commercial shelf life. Ironically, raw milk is an awesome food that changes and spawns numerous food products: cream, sour cream, kefir, yogurt, cheese, whey. Raw milk contains the good stuff that can enable those people to digest it who inherently may not be able to do so with pasteurized milk products. My firsthand experience validates this. Please check out the Weston A Price Foundation for more information. Sally Fallon also wrote an excellent book called Nourishing Traditions that explores food, cultures, nutrition and diet.

    As for almond milk, I'd be wary of this product considering the amounts of pesticides that are used for commercial almond production. Soy too. Just because soy is popular and readily available doesn't mean it's good food. Soy is prevalent because of industrial farm practices and US foreign trade policy where it's leveraged as a 3rd world food security trump card. Corn and soy are two of the mostly heavily planted crops in the US, one sucking up soil nitrogen and the other replacing it respectively. It's not like humans have co-evolved with soy for thousands of years, but more towards it literally is raw material used to sustain the crazy levels of monoculture ag practice.

    Hope this helps.

  16. Alyssa Koch

    It doesn't matter if you tried for a week and it finally worked. I tried for TWO MONTHS and nothing worked. It never would either because both my pregnancies were complicated and my milk never developed even after trying everything. That's beyond fucking rude to assume mothers just give up. I never wanted my child on formula. So now I'm horrible for "giving up"?

  17. Judy Dodge Meives

    I was born in 1946, before all the GMO or special man made baby mixes. I had to have goats milk to survive. I did very well on it. But they had begun sterilizing milk back then, which could have been the problem.

  18. Judy Dodge Meives

    It mentions formula over an over in the article. Please reread it.' Infant formula'…..The problem is how the 'formula is produced''…..

  19. Heather Evans-Marin

    The article that's linked says no such thing. I can't see the whole thing since it's behind a pay wall, but the methods state they used immortalized prostate cells and that arsenic and estrogen in combination synergistically caused a more cancer-like gene expression profile. That is, increased mitosis (cell division) and decreased apoptosis (cell death).

    The article does not mention the source of the estrogen or the doses in the abstract. There are no doses given for either substance in the abstract, nor are there sources for dosage of arsenic or estrogen in formula. So, this study has no physiological relevance.

  20. Heather Evans-Marin

    Kimberly Marley Soy formula isn't soy milk, any non-dairy formula needs to be enriched so that the kid gets all the nutrients they need. So, normal almond milk or coconut milk is not an acceptable formula. And goat's milk absolutely is dairy.

  21. Heather Evans-Marin

    Charles Masterson Some kids have milk allergies or other issues and can't have breast milk. Some kids won't latch. Some moms have milk production issues or get recurring mastitis. Sometimes breastfeeding is just not a viable option.

  22. The article is absolutely full of shit, loaded with logical fallacies, misleading citations, out right lies and anti-science propaganda and in fact the whole website is full of more crap so why the heck even post it and link to such nonsense?

  23. Lawrence Meyers

    Jerrald, Thank you. This was linked to by another Alumni. It is pure nonsense. Why people read stuff and default to the position that if a random website says it, it must be true, I'll never know.

  24. Koowah Shining

    DO NOT FEED YOUR INFANT 'SOY' FORMULA. It causes 'PCOS' in female children and God only knows in Male children but could be the reason so many males seem to be 'feminine' in personality=too damn much estrogen in Soy. Research!

  25. Deb Schultz

    I've heard that soy formulas for infants was banned in Europe – they are typically far ahead of us in the states!

  26. Jacqueline Ballou

    Now they have lactose free formula too. My dsughter was breast fed. Buy has a milk allergy so we use lactose free milk. Goats milk is an option but make sure it is follate fortified as it is low in follate

  27. Lori Alayne Weber Miller

    Jerrald Hayes ,just read the ingredients list on the baby food cans it has high fructose corn syrup, soy protein, and soy oil . Soy does indeed have phytoestrogens. Side effects of HFCS consumption is weight gain. Side effects of hormone pills is weight gain. Now ask yourself how many tubby little boys had moobs and how many tubby little 9 years old girls had their periods when you were in say 4th grade verses now.

  28. Lori Alayne Weber Miller

    Vicki Flury If the percentage of people that said they could not due to "health reasons" Were actually unable to lactate, it is amazing the human race has not died out prior to bottles and formula and such.Truth: breast feeding is probably gonna hurt for the first couple of weeks then it will be overall cheaper and easier and healthier for all involved.

  29. 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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  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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. :)

  36. Lawrence Meyers

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

  37. 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

  38. 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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  40. Anne Taenamyr

    Saying to breastfeed or to use a dairy based formula is NOT a helpful suggestion. I am lactose intolerant and have nut allergies. Both of which sadly it run in my family. So both of these options are not open to me. If you are going to be a big oh no you shouldn't do this you need to have more helpful suggestions for alternatives rather than 2 which are usually problematic and the reason the soy-based formulas are used instead.

  41. Anne Taenamyr

    Charles Masterson No, no it's not If you or your baby is lactose intolerant they child could get very, very sick from being breastfed.

  42. Anne Taenamyr

    Alexandra Hoffmann Peña Breastfeeding is not always an option. If the child is lactose intolerant it can actually make them very, very ill.

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