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Soy Phytoestrogen is the Carbon Monoxide of the Plant Kingdom

The July, 2011 issue of the Journal of Membrane Biology
(Wallace JL, et. al.) contains a study in which the life
and death of breast cancer cells was examined after exposing
those lethal cells to phytoestogens. The scientists found:

"Changes in the regulation of potassium channels are
increasingly implicated in the altered activity of breast
cancer cells...the growth of numerous cell lines, including
breast cancer cells, has been modified...In a number of cell
lines the phytoestrogen genistein inhibits proliferation..."

Carbon Monoxide more readily attaches to hemoglobin
receptors than does oxygen. That can be a problem.

Soy phytoestrogens more readily attaches to estrogen
receptors than does estrogen. That can be a blessing.

If you were sad and desperate and decided to end your
own life by turning on your car's engine in a closed
garage with no ventilation, the vehicle's exhaust fumes
containing carbon monoxide would overwhelm your body
and might succeed in ending your life.

Hemoglobin is a protein contained within human blood.
As blood passes through one's lungs, it picks up oxygen
from the air we breathe. Molecules of oxygen attach to
hemoglobin molecules, which circulate through the body,
nourishing organs and tissues with an essential gaseous
life-sustaining element.

Your car's engine produces carbon monoxide, which competes
with oxygen for a place on the hemoglobin molecule. Carbon
monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas, displaces oxygen
from the blood so that hemoglobin receptors receive the
carbon monoxide, rather than the oxygen. In that sense,
carbon monoxide more readily attaches to hemoglobin, and
should be called an oxygen inhibitor, or oxygen interruptor.
So, what carbon monoxide does is mimic the action of oxygen
by attaching to the hemoglobin molecule. Instead of
oxygen-sustaining life, the body receives a toxin that
initially creates slight headaches followed by painful
frontal headaches often followed by nausea, dizziness,
convulsions, coma, and death.

Soy phytochemicals work much the same way in the human
body. Soybeans do not contain estrogen, although many
poorly-informed physicians confuse the name. Forgive
these ignorant souls for their lack of nutritional
education. Soy actually contains phytoestrogens. "Phyto"
means "plant." Plant estrogens cannot create the same
behavioral or physiological effects as human estrogen,
but they can fool the body into believing that cells are
dosed with estrogen-like steroid hormones.

Real estrogen is a feminizing steroid hormone which
defines a woman's essence. Real estrogen is also a growth
proliferator that can become a pre or post-menopausal's
woman's worst nightmare. Estrogen, when internally secreted
and combined with protein growth hormones (hGH, IGF-I),
often synergizes to create uterine, ovarian, or breast cancers.

Soy phytoestrogens do not induce the same cellular proliferation
as do human steroid hormones, but they do share a similar name.
That is where the soy controversy confusion occurs. Much like the
binding of carbon monoxide to the hemoglobin molecule, soy
phytoestrogens bind to beta-like estrogen receptors in human cells
and interrupt the natural mechanisms of estrogen. In this sense,
soy actually prevents the dangerous growth effects normally
associated with true estrogen. Therefore, soy inhibits the
mechanisms of estrogen. Soy becomes a beneficial endocrine

It's not a good thing to have carbon monoxide take the place of
oxygen on a hemoglobin molecule. The adverse is true in the case
of phytoestrogens. When these non-steroid-like substances bind to
the cell's receptors and take the place of real steroid hormones,
they eliminate nature's perfect hazard for women. In that sense,
phytoestogens from soy prevent breast, uterine, and ovarian
cancers from initiating and proliferating.

Hooray for soy estrogens, which are entirely different from the
real thing. In this sense, soy consumption is a blessing, not a

Robert Cohen

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