How Mean Should I Be?

An email crashes in.

Hi there,

I work with Silk on one of their latest new products called Heart Health.

As part of their new line of wellness products, Heart Health was specifically designed to reduce cholesterol. In fact, A recent study found that people who enjoyed three servings of Silk Heart Health per day for four weeks, as part of a sensible diet, lowered their cholesterol by 7%.

If you’re interested, I would like to send you some coupons for a free half gallon of Heart Health. You can use these for both product review, or as contest give-aways on your site. I can take care of shipping coupons to contest winners.

Also, I have Silk pedometers to give-away as well. They are pocket-size and perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle.

If you have any questions, please let me know and if you’re interested in participating, please send me your address for shipping. I plan to mail coupons and pedometers out this Friday, 10/9.


Soy MilkWell, Tim, it’s clear to me that before wasting my time with your email, you didn’t bother to do enough research on my blog (like search ‘soy’, maybe) to disabuse yourself of the silly assumption that, oh, I dunno…what: because this is generally a "health blog" that I must certainly and unquestionably be a whore to all the "expert" diktats out there, a supreme sucker for conventional "wisdom?"

…That when a major corporation maligns natural foods like meat and natural fats in order to tout neolithic garbage like soy and its hyper-processed derivative products, I jump to attention?

That being the case, then, I’m just going to assume that you don’t mind poisoning people for money.


Alright, moving right along. Do you have any idea of the poison unfermented soy and soy milk is? Are you aware, for example, that infants on soy formula and children on soy milk and other products are getting the hormonal equivalent of about five birth-control pills per day?

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability and Primal Body-Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended (…And Didn’t) (quoting WAPF, here):

The most serious problem with soy formula is the presence of phytoestrogens or isoflavones. While many claims have been made about the health benefits of these estrogen-like compounds, animal studies indicate that they are powerful endocrine disrupters that alter growth patterns and cause sterility. Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phytoestrogens have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. A recent study found that babies fed soy-based formula had 13,000 to 22,0000 times more isoflavones in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula. Scientists have known for years that isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function, causing autoimmune thyroid disease and even cancer of the thyroid.

Wonderful suff, that. There’s more, but you can read it from the source. In brief: all these estrogens being pumped into infants and children is having opposite side effects: 1% of girls are now showing signs of puberty as early and age three (15% of whites and 50% of blacks by age eight), and boys are entering puberty with underdeveloped genitals and learning disabilities.

And the list goes on. Want more sources? Sure.

Now, as to the rest of it, "Heart Health?" Who in their right mind would trust anything a profit-at-any-price (see foregoing) company says about heart health? Want to know about heart health? How about consult a cardiologist like William Davis of The Heart Scan Blog, or a cardiac surgeon like Dwight Lundell, man enough to admit he made a mistake after holding 5,000 beating hearts in his hands and just observing the obvious. Or, why not another heart surgeon, this one specializing in infant heart transplant; also named America’s Top Doctor three years running, Dr. Steven Gundry. How about see what he says about heart health, but certainly, by all means, laugh your ass off when a company willing to cripple infants and children touts "heart health."

Actually, it’s not a laughing matter.

Finally, why would most anyone want to "lower their cholesterol?" What do you think you know about cholesterol, anyway? Do you have any idea how many people die who have low cholesterol? Seriously, do you have any clue? Are you aware that for the elderly in general and women in particular, the higher the cholesterol, the longer the average lifespan? Why are you admonishing people to engage in behavior that carries a risk of increased all-cause mortality and decreased longevity? Well, you don’t have a problem poisoning kinds, so…

If people started actually thinking and paying attention to these things, they’d be focussed on natural and ancestral eating habits that would often tend to raise their cholesterol, and they’d stop looking at it as a problem to be managed — as companies like yours would have them do out of ignorance and fear, all while the profits just roll in.

Hope that all wasn’t too mean.

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  1. Marc Feel Good Eating on October 6, 2009 at 13:32

    HAHAHAHAHA……….now that was my kind of humor. ;-)


  2. Grok on October 6, 2009 at 13:36

    Dear Tim,

    Thank you for the offer, but the soy industry can take those coupons, ram them up their ass and light them on fire.

  3. Aaron Blaisdell on October 6, 2009 at 13:42

    BRAVO! Silk should only be used for parachutes and clothing (in that order).

  4. Zach on October 6, 2009 at 13:52

    From one of your links above you reference Lorette C. Luzajic’s Gremolata piece on soy. Great read, hadn’t read that one. Lorette and I blog together now and she wrote a pretty damning piece about soy recently revealing how soy is a basic ingredient in foam the US Navy uses to put out fires. Looking at that above picture of Soy milk all I can think of is a fire extinguisher being poured into a glass. Perhaps, you may take those coupons for a free half gallon of soy milk and give them out to people as fire retardants as contest give-aways. Good post, monsieur.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 6, 2009 at 13:58


      If you haven’t already, please include your blog in the comments of my post yesterday calling all paleo health & fitness bloggers so I can get you on the blogroll.

      • Zach on October 6, 2009 at 15:03

        Richard, thanks for the invitation to provide info for the calling all paleo health & fitness bloggers post. Just did that. Thanks, I appreciate it.

  5. KetoWarrior on October 6, 2009 at 14:05

    They know about the phytoestrogens. That’s why they pimp this toxic waste to poor bastards with prostate cancer.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 6, 2009 at 14:08

      From the link:

      “There are very few dietary sources of isoflavones. In fact, soybeans and other soy foods such as soy beverages are the only commonly-consumed foods that provide relevant quantities of isoflavones”

      Well, that’s a relief.

  6. Kat on October 6, 2009 at 14:29

    This is great! Two of my best friends are all into this soy craze- something called ‘tempeh’, tofu, and all those other bland rubber-like foods. When I was in town they wanted to take me to a ‘healthy’ place for dinner- it was one of those grain bowl places that puts tofu and previously frozen veggies on rice and everyone gobbles it all up with these proud ‘i’m so healthy’ looks on their faces. They think i’m unhealthy for eating too much meat…hmmm

    • Richard Nikoley on October 6, 2009 at 14:34

      I believe tempeh — like natto — is fermented and thus not nearly so bad, and with perhaps some measure of probiotic health and perhaps others. Natto, for example, is super high in K2 (MK-7).

      Tofu is not fermented and as such, is total poison.

  7. Bay Area Sparky on October 6, 2009 at 15:16

    Well obviously you weren’t actually soliciting our advice. Hope Tim is not a really sensitive guy. Then again he drinks soy so…

  8. Kiki on October 7, 2009 at 07:33

    I don’t have anything scientific to contribute but I enjoyed your post very much. Thanks.

  9. Meeses on October 6, 2009 at 18:24

    I’m also going to bring up the fact that soy milk tastes TERRIBLE.

  10. Kurt G Harris MD on October 6, 2009 at 19:35

    Your scorn is totally appropriate.

    Soy is an abomination. I should have “eliminate legumes” higher on my list, but most folks in my part of the upper midwest are not dumb enough to think it’s healthy.

    I agree fermented soy products are fine, but tofu and soy “milk” are bad news.

    Soy given to kids is child abuse.

  11. Amanda on October 7, 2009 at 03:26

    I am currently doing a course in biostatistics (extremely interesting and useful) and yesterday found out about the sudden, widespread and severe outbreaks of asthma that occurred in Barcelona in the early eighties. Some people died.
    The outbreaks were eventually found to be due to soy beans being unloaded in the harbour.
    Toxic stuff..

  12. Dave, RN on October 7, 2009 at 10:49

    That was GREAT. I feel like copying it to Word in nice big easy to read text, then printing it our and taping it to the Soy display at my local grocery store.
    This past weekend at my local SAMS club they were giving samples of Soy. I declined. When the sample-person persisted, I told her some of what you had above. She was speechless.

  13. marnee on October 7, 2009 at 10:52

    Too mean or not mean enough? TKO

    Whenever I hear someone order a soy latte (usually non-fat with syrup — enjoy your diabetic coma!) I shudder. Sometimes I even blurt out “blegh,” give a disgusted look, and examine the person for signs of disease. I uhmm, yeah, I’m weird.

    I used to drink soy milk. It was ok tasting but it always made my voice hoarse and I would get a scratchy throat kind of thing. That can’t be good. I would get the same from eating fruit especially melon. Plant matter in general seems to have all kinds of bad effects.

  14. Yummy on October 7, 2009 at 10:53

    Love this!
    So stupid they do not even read your blog before contacting you to sell their crap. They deserve a little meanness for their lack of due diligence.

  15. Guy on October 8, 2009 at 06:10


    Don’t tone it down, next time!

    When I order a heavy cream latte at Starbucks they are so shocked, they practically have me sign a waiver. It is sooo tasty!

    Keep up the good fight, man!

  16. Mark Donkin on October 8, 2009 at 07:24


    I’ve got to know; did he have the guts to reply?

    Cheers – Mark

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