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Debunking the myth that soya is good for health

[Warning: work in progress, still in review mode]

Soybean the “cheap protein”

Soy is very cheap to produce1,2 and offers a good amount of proteins3. From a business point of view this is great. From a health and social point of view, you will see later that it is rather a failure.

My opinion on soy

Soy is not a “healthy” food. It is a source of cheap proteins with a good marketing machine behind it. Twelve years ago I studied soy plants and found that it was defending itself very well from insects with the various toxins it could produce. My thought then was that it should not be consumed on the long-term. I was pretty sad hearing people telling me proudly they were drinking soy-milk with health-related considerations.

In the last few years I’ve seen circulating more and more scientific studies indicating that soy was indeed not that healthy, confirming my suspicions. Although the content below will reflect a pretty bad view of soybeans, it is by no mean evil and I wouldn’t be afraid to eat some. But I would not eat it on a regular basis year after year or consider it as a health-food.

Natural plant defenses and toxins in soy

<< Unfermented soy contains “anti-nutrients” including estrogens, goitrogens, oxalates, phytates, protease inhibitors, saponins and soyatoxin. >>4

<< The protease inhibitors in soybeans are not only more numerous than those found in other beans and foods, but more resistant to neutralization by cooking and processing. >>5,6 Protease inhibitor can be a problem on the long-term.

There is also a toxin in soy called soyatoxin that was found in 1994 and that was found to be highly toxic to mice. The researchers concluded that it is <<important to gather more information concerning its nutritional value, and to develop ways to counteract any detrimental effects. >>7

I could do to same for most plants, and this alone should not be a basis for indicating if it is “healthy” or not. What we need is scientific studies on humans that shows what happens when you eat the whole food (and not just an extracted single-component) over a long period of time. This is what I have gathered in the next sections !

Scientific studies on soy

Brain aging and midlife tofu consumption.
<< CONCLUSIONS: In this population, higher midlife tofu consumption was independently associated with indicators of cognitive impairment and brain atrophy in late life. >>

Soy food and isoflavone intake in relation to semen quality parameters among men from an infertility clinic. << CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that higher intake of soy foods and soy isoflavones is associated with lower sperm concentration. >>

Bad science in pro-soy articles

Let’s go directly on the Soyfoods Association of North America website in a page where science is supposed to be found, let say in the Men’s health page where there is a lot of references (viewed on August, 2014). It says << Human studies have found that males who consume soy have not had changes in sperm count, sperm quality or sperm motility. >> However if you take the time to look at the fourth reference (Chavarro JE, Toth TL, Sadio SM, Hauser R. Soy food and isoflavone intake in relation to semen quality parameters among men from an infertility clinic. Hum Reprod 2008;23:2584-90.) which talks about semen quality, you will see the following conclusion in the cited study (which is the same study I previously cited in the previous paragraph!!) : << CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that higher intake of soy foods and soy isoflavones is associated with lower sperm concentration. >> (Chavarro JE & al).

Be careful about industry-funded articles. In general these tactics could be used :

  • Reduce the research scope, for example by reducing the length of the study to a few months.
  • Testing a single nutrient in an in-vitro research, e.g. on isoflavones instead of long-term study of complete soy on human. And than extrapolating (without any scientific data) that the full product is good and should be recommended by health pratitionners.
  • Extrapolate or distort references, for example by saying something is safe while the reference still shows in the conclusion that more work needs to be done, or like in the example given above about article on the Soyfoods Association of North America website, you can just take a small sentence out of a research and disregard the conclusion. For example a study that says it did not find change in sperm mobility but found that sperm concentration was lower. Then the industry just says that sperm mobility is unchanged “forgets” to mention about the sperm concentration.
  • Cite other studies made by the industry and camouflage it with a lot of other real scientific studies on facts about your product. Thus having a fresh new scientific paper on the subject that looks authentic. It is like money laundering, but for science paper. One can fund a study, then produce a multiple of articles citing again and again this study along with other real studies.

Soy and cancer

You would need to be pretty wacko to believe that there is a link between cancer and soy. It is a plant from nature that has been eaten for thousands of years and human studies have not found a link between cancer and soy. On the contrary, Asian studies showed that soy was beneficial against cancer. However studies in the US have not shown this beneficial trend. I didn’t find the explanation why, but my hypothesis – for what it is worth – is that either (i) Asians handle soy better and/or (ii) the soy in the US is different. I will add a personal thought that it is time that scientists begin using organic versus non-organic version of food during testing to eliminate the effect of pesticide residues. My source is directly from which I believe we can trust to be impartial toward the industry and in the best interest of the fight against cancer :
<< (…) a recent study combined data from 14 epidemiologic studies on this topic and found that in Asian countries, women who ate the most (compared to the least) soy isoflavones had a 24% lower risk of developing breast cancer, while there was no association in Western countries such as the U.S. >> and << Bottom line: Even though animal studies have shown mixed effects on breast cancer with soy supplements, studies in humans have not shown harm from eating soy foods. Moderate consumption of soy foods appears safe for both breast cancer survivors and the general population, and may even lower breast cancer risk. Avoid soy supplements until more research is done. So, enjoy your occasional tofu stir-fry or tofu burger – they are unlikely to increase your risk of breast cancer and, on balance, are some of the healthier foods you can eat! >>

How soy is used

Nearly all soybeans are processed for their oil. What remains is high-protein fibers9.

83% of the worldwide production of soy is used to feed animals10.

This means they first extract the oil, then process the rest into protein meal. If you think about it for a minute, that means most of the soy proteins sold on the market have residues from the oil extraction process.

More bedtime reading can be found there :

The truth is out there

The DARK Side Of Soy – America’s Favorite ‘Health’ Food by Kaayla T. Daniel

Should we worry about soya in our food? by Felicity Lawrence

The Shadow of Soy Or, How I Stopped Loving and Learned to Worry About the Bean by Sean Carson

Soy Protein Sucks! by Author L Rea


My goal is to tell you that putting the same thing in your diet weeks after weeks, for more than a year is generally not a good idea unless it is really really good – and soybean is not in that category. In fact among all the studies I read I did not read a single thing that would make soybean stand out from a health point of view. It does stand out from an economical point of view and industrial alternative to petroleum in the production of goods. The only good thing I saw was in fermented soybean.



1. United States Department of Agriculture, Impacts of Higher Energy Prices on Agriculture and Rural Economies. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 3rd August 2014]. (Figure 2.1 and 2.2)

2. Big Picture Agriculture, How Higher Energy Prices Will Affect U.S. Agricultural Production. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 1st August 2014].

3. Xun Yao Chen, Why growing corn and soybean demand helps fertilizer stocks. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 22th August 2014]

4. Cary Neff, The Benefits of Fermented Soy. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 22th August 2014].

5. Kaayla Daniel, Plants Bite Back. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 22th August 2014].

6. Daniel, Kaayla T. The Whole Soy Story (New Trends, 2005) 195-212.

7. Vasconcelos IM, Trentim A et al. Purification and physiochemical characterization of soyatoxin, a novel toxic portein isolated from soybeans (Glycine max), Arch Biochem Biophys, 1994, 312, 2, 357-366.

9. North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, How Soybeans are Used. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 22th August 2014]

10. My calculation is as follow : 85% is crushed into meal, and 98% of this meal is fed to animals: 0.85 * 0.98 = 0.833, thus 83%. Raw numbers from :

Important studies on Organic food

Although from a rational point of view, growing organic is the only way that make sense, the majority of the population still don’t know what organic really is. In our mind, the way food is grown is not representative of reality.

The harsh chemical that our food grows in is in fact chemical warfare weapon designed during the war and later converted to agriculture products. In fact, since the beginning of agriculture, food could have been considered organic – it is just since 50 years ago that food production changed to use chemicals design to kill life. Moreover, the fertilizer used are derived from petroleum. Genetically modified seeds are pushed without long-term safety research – in fact the only long-term (2-years) study that I know on GMO shows clear link with cancer and has been debated. Following that study, more countries started their own private study on GMO safety and in 2016 we should see the results.

This page is for all of us who still don’t know the difference between the quality of products labelled organic versus conventional ones. You will be shocked !

Going organic for one week reduce by 89% the pesticide exposure

Source :;ID=e3hoqm8befvj1 A study from Australia shows again that indeed there is a difference between Organic versus Conventional products. Yes organic is better than conventional. Yes it is worth to pay more : << Conventional food production commonly uses organophosphate pesticides, which are neurotoxins that act on the nervous system of insects – and humans – by blocking an important enzyme, >> Dr Oates said. The amount of six organophosphate residues were being monitored in urine sample. It dropped by 89% in adults after only one week on a diet of at least 80% organic. Imagine 100% !

GM food toxins found in the blood of 93% of unborn babies

Source : Independent doctors at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec, Canada

Pete Riley said: << This research is a major surprise as it shows that the Bt proteins have survived the human digestive system and passed into the blood supply – something that regulators said could not happen. >>

Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder

After what seemed like 5 years of waiting for the answer, we get another study confirming that neonicotinoids are responsible for the mass dying of bees. Of course organic products do not have anything to do with neonicotinoids.

Source :


Give me 1 million dollars and I will craft you the study you like

I always say “Give me a million dollar and I will craft you a study that concludes whatever you want” ! That is right, just having a scientific studies with result does not mean anything anymore. By who it is funded, how was the data collected and are the conclusions unbiased ?

Science has evolved so much that now we can even get the results we want out of a study. Science got to a point where it can be an art in marketing and not just pure unbiased research. We excel in careful selection of study length, in imaginative reasons to drop specific subjects that are not pointing at our desired conclusion, or simply choosing carefully the parameters that will make our point stand out. It is possible to get the conclusion you require, in exchange for a lump sum of money.

Famous now for its environmental faux-pas, the Concervative party of Stephan Harper didn’t like an European study on the environmental value of the tar-sand derived petroleum. So it decided to produce a study that would show otherwise and opened a public offering to produce an “independent” study on that matter. You don’t like someone else study.. no problemo, buy your own! (With taxpayer money if you can…)

<< Selon le journaliste scientifique Stéphane Foucart, du journal Le Monde, ceux-ci, confrontés aux faits, utilisent le discours scientifique comme un instrument de propagande pour instiller le doute. Ces mêmes procédés qui ont eu cours pour le tabac, l'amiante, le réchauffement climatique, le déclin des abeilles, le bisphénol A, les OGM. >>

On other side of things, Monsanto got approved almost worldwide GM crops based on 3-months studies. We now know from a french study that health problems in laboratory rats fed GM crops begins after 3 months. Furthermore, it causes sterilization after 3 generations (from another study). The 3-months studies from Monsanto are a HUGE scam that got bought by top world leaders, which makes me realize that to be able to accept a scientific studies, you should be a scientific yourself, not a politician.

And this goes on even on the medical field where pharmaceutical companies produce lots of scientific studies. This is definitely causing some bias.

Well what should you remember from all this : even scientific studies can be flawed. That fact that science backs something doesn’t means it is true. It might be true, or might just not be. Don’t give your trust so easily.

Guérison de la sclérose en plaques

[Note de l’auteur: Je ne suis pas docteur en médecine et cet article ne peut être pris comme une recommendation médicale. Par contre il est basé sur le travail de médecins et je vous recommande d’apporter ces informations à votre médecin traitant pour dicussion]

Vous saviez que la sclérose en plaques est une maladie qui peut être guérit (rémission complète), et ce même pour la forme progressive qui est la forme la plus grave! On crois souvent que cette maladie ne peut être que stoppé ou ralenti (site web canoe-santé, section “Traitements”).

Le Dr. Jean Seignalet en France a développé un régime avec suppléments basés sur les travaux de Kousmine et Swank. Sur 46 cas avec un recule de 2 à 10 ans, le Dr. Jean Seignalet en France à obtenu 13 rémissions complètes, le reste ont eu des améliorations et seulement 1 cas n’a pas répondu. Donc 97% des patients on vu leur condition améliorée. Vous pouvez voir sont traitement à la page 252 de la 5ieme édition de son livre “L’Alimentation ou la troisième médecine”.

Le problème avec cette méthode est qu’elle ne rapporte pas d’argent aux compagnies pharmaceutiques et qu’elle demande un effort considérable du côté du patient.

Le Dr. Jean Seignalet ajoutait des corrections alimentaires importantes en plus des médicaments normalement prescrit. Il se faisait courrament référer des patients par ses collègues lorsque tout semblait désespéré. Il se ramassait donc souvent avec les cas les plus compliqués. Parlez-en à votre médecin, il sera bien content de voir que vous prenez votre guérison à coeur.


Francois Oligny-Lemieux
Bolton-Est, 2013

Mélatonine pour dormir

Avant d’utiliser des drogues plus fortes pour le sommeil, essayez-donc la mélatonine. Elle a très peu d’effets secondaires1, quasiment aucune dépendances1 et ne perturbe pas les cycles du sommeil2. D’autres médicaments prescrits causes des dépendances et peuvent supprimer certains cycles du sommeil – ce qui à long terme cause des carences. Dans ma famille et parenté, je compte plusieurs personnes qui sont actuellement dépendant des médicaments pour dormir; je trouve ça déplorable car une bonne partie aurait pu s’en sortir avec de la mélatonine seulement – qui est en vente libre. Allez donc faire un tour au Loblaws vous en acheter. C’est très utile lorsque vous voyagez et ne dormez pas bien en dehors de la maison, ou simplement pour le décalage horaire. Malheureusement pas toutes les causes de troubles de sommeil ne sont pas aidés par la mélatonine – celle-ci ayant un effet très doux qu’on ne sent presque pas.


La Mélatonine

Mais qu’est-ce que la mélatonine? C’est une hormone sécrété par le corps qui joue un rôle dans le sommeil. Attention à ne pas se mélanger avec la mélamine (avec quoi vos armoires de cuisines sont peut-être faites), ainsi que la mélanine (qui joue un rôle dans la couleur de votre peau, cheveux et yeux). Comme le corps sécrète déjà de la mélatonine, c’est un composé très sécuritaire à prendre. Notez par contre que comme n’importe quelle supplémentation en neurotransmetteurs, à long terme en utilisation continue (+2 ans) elle rends le cerveau paresseux dans sa production et l’arrêt brusque sera suivit d’une période de réadaptation. Ainsi même si on la dit sans-dépendance, il faut être tenu au courant. De plus elle présente une interaction avec d’autres médicaments. Tout de même je vous conseil d’en parler à votre médecin avant de vous faire prescrire des drogues plus forte pour voir si la mélatonine n’est pas une option intéressante!


Pour qui ?

La sécrétion de mélatonine diminue avec l’âge. C’est pourquoi que les petits jeunes peuvent faire la grâce matiné jusqu’à midi et que les petits vieux sont sur le piton à 6h00 du matin. Les personnes en contact rapproché avec les ondes électro-magnétiques ont aussi des niveaux plus bas de mélatonine3. Ceci est dû à l’action des ondes sur l’équilibre entre la cortisol et la mélatonine. Les niveaux de cortisol (hormone du stress) s’élèvent ce qui cause une diminution du niveau de mélatonine. J’ai remarqué sur moi-même qu’après une exposition à long terme (+3 ans) et le retour à un niveau bas en ondes électro-magnétique, 1 à 2 mois peuvent être nécessaire avant de voir une différence dans le recouvrement des niveaux de mélatonines2.


1. Can you get addicted to melatonin?

2. Self-tests on myself

3. EMR Reduces Melatonin in Animals and People, Dr Neil Cherry, 26th July 2000


9 easy steps for a healthier life and planet

1. Stop doing your laundry

Well at least polyester and other plastic-based fabrics. Washing one pair of polyester clothes unleashes thousands of tiny plastic fibers in the water. Reaching the ocean, these plastic fibers also absorbs toxins and enter in the food-chain making their way back to your next cocktail party. So when you shop, avoid polyester altogether and go for cotton. Here are some interesting bedtime reading and

Recover from sickess .2

Two simple things to do when facing illness such as a cold… and probably more serious illness : avoid sugar as it temporarily slows down the immune system. Why don’t they teach us this in school instead of mathematics? Also moving your body is advised because of the lymph. The lymph is liquid in your body that transports the virus-fighting cells, it has no pump, it moves around as the body moves. It makes a good difference when fighting infection to have the lymph circulate. Red Root herb (Ceanothus americanus) is a key herb to help the lymph. Another advice is to avoid meat temporarily when fighting illness. Don’t trust me, trust Dr. Greger (

3. Cut negative thoughts

I’m not saying to suppress them, but understand why you have them and figure a way to let them go. Above all, it’s the mind that is the strongest and its power — when used — has more precedence than the food you eat and the things you do. If you find yourself entertaining negative thoughts for more than a few minutes, stop and wonder, let these go before moving on. Do not let yourself bathe in worries. One of the best way to not entertain negative thoughts is to remove any sort of culpability on yourself and others.

Stop inhaling car fumes .4

Car fumes are strong neurotoxic – because of the additives in them. If you are pregnant, avoid car fumes. Always keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. If you are transiting through a very polluted area, put the air recirculation on *before* entering the area. This applies to North America at least. If you live in Europe for example, this does not apply because the gasoline there is much cleaner and has less dangerous additives.

5. Use biodegradable sunscreens
Don’t buy chemical-based sunscreens, buy biodegradable mineral-based sunscreens. Not only they are efficient but they don’t give you cancer and they don’t harm marine life. Read this “Use sunscreens that don’t harm our beautiful coral reefs. “ ! Chemical-based sunscreens harms marine life because of the chemicals inside as well as the nano-particles : one drop of nano-particle is enough to contaminate water the size of a Olympic swimming pool. sells those sunscreen.

 Cut milk .6
Did you know that milk causes osteoporosis. Yes and I repeat : milk accelerates the onset of osteoporosis. On the other hand, it is a true fact that milk accelerates the reparation of bones. This is done by accelerating the osteoblasts and osteoclasts action on the body. The osteoclasts dig up holes in the bone and is followed by an osteoblast cells that fill up with fresh new bone. The studies used by the milk industry to claim that milk gives you strong bones is based on these short-term studies. Unfortunately the osteoblasts (bone constructors) are limited in the lifetime of humans – much like the fixed ovules count in a women’s lifetime. Constantly accelerating this phenomenon by drinking milk year after year will make you run shorter osteoblasts sooner. The osteoclasts however do not vanish and will continue to dig-up holes in the bone at a rate that the osteblasts cannot fill ! This cause osteoporosis : bones full of holes. Even in 2012, doctors are still recommending to drink milk to women, go figure. To get the scientific researches and sources read this book called : Alimentation : Lait, mensonges et propagande.

7. Eat organic butter

It’s a well-known fact that the body stores in fat cells the toxic chemicals it cannot eliminate. The same thing happens to the animals. USDA pesticide residue tests has shown that there is not a single detected pesticide residue in animal’s muscle from the list of hundreds of tested pesticides – however it is found in alarming amount in fat tissues. The same alarming level of pesticides were found in butter. Neurotoxic pesticides. So why not cut on animal fat… or if you purchase anything containing animal fat : go organic. That’s a small step but with probably the biggest difference : by encouraging organic producers, you stop supporting Monsanto who would otherwise supply the corn, soy and the pesticides sprayed on the crops used to feed the animals.

 Why use biodegradable cleaning products .8

Not only you will breathe cleaner air, but you will protect marine life. It is a total nonsense to pollute the water with non-biodegradable products. After all we drink that water. Water on the earth is the same one flowing 70 millions years ago drank by dinosaurs and caveman. Fortunately Earth has ways to purify water. Unfortunately we pollute at a rate so high that most people don’t have access to pure water – so are animals.


9. Watch out for electro-smog

Wi-fi and cellphones’s effects on our health are very real. They act like a general weakener. They weaken the blood-brain barrier (the thing that protects your brain from harmful chemicals). Take a look at numerious studies ( and also this one where they use EMF to help a medicament make it to the brain to fight AIDS. Electromagnetic radiations also plays a role in the melatonin-cortisone hormone balance, causing a decrease in melatonin and increase in cortisone. Melatonin help you sleep long nights and cortisone is a stress hormone. More info on melatonin can be found in “Mélatonine pour dormir“. Furthermore I have personally experienced that when you are on the edge of illness, it can be a triggering factor, which can be misleading for some sufferers as it is not the root cause. And to finish some people’s resistance to electromagnetic emissions can be shattered by accidents (strong exposition or low long-term exposition) and then be more affected by it.

Bolton-Est, November 2012

Natural and ecological resources for a non-toxic environment

Clay paint

You can create a relaxing environment by using clay-paint, an earth-friendly paint that gives this warm and vivid touch to your living space. The clay paint bellow is no-odor, non-toxic, no-VOC.




Citrus solvent – biodegradable and non-toxic solvent

<< Unlike paint thinner, our Citrus Solvent does not cause damage to the internal organs of the body when breathed in; instead, it passes through without effect. As a matter of fact, when you drink orange juice from the store, you drink small amounts of Citrus Solvent in the form of oils from the orange peel from which the juice was squeezed! Of course, this does not mean to throw caution to the wind and celebrate by taking a healthy swig of solvent. >>


How to protect your deck?





Very good list of information for ecological floor product




Foire ÉCOSPHÈRE de Brome

Il y a du beau monde à la Foire du Projet ÉCOSPHÈRE. Nous avons visité celle de Brome. Plusieurs kiosques familiers. Cette maison attira notre attention – une très bonne idée de maison compacte et moderne. Nous sommes en retard au Québec sur ce point, est-ce à cause de nos hivers plus froids? Très populaire en Nouvelle-Zélande, ce type de maison compacte, dont certains modèles sur railles sont installés sur les plages où il y a risque d’inondations. Le modèle visité ici est assez cher (100,000$). S’il semblait plaire au genre masculin, la gente féminine désirant famille n’était toutefois pas convaincue.

Comparé à une maison conventionnelle préfabriquée de 80,000$, ceci ne semble pas encore assez attrayant. Par contre, cette maison peut être agrandie en y greffant d’autres modules semblables – et ce, en trois dimensions. De plus elle peut s’installer sur pieux. À noter que les prix mentionnés ici ne comprennent pas l’achat d’un terrain, de la fosse septique, du puits artésien ni des fondations (calculer au moins 50,000$ pour toutes ces choses).

L’intérieur est très chaleureux, avec de grandes fenêtres.

Également à noter la présence de Zayat Aroma qui a un nouveau site web pour distribuer les huiles essentielles de Mikael Zayat; la présence de Jean-Martin Fortier de la ferme bio La Grelinette; un cabinet de dentiste holistique à Bromont qui a l’air très bien; ainsi que Tupperware, qui essaye à chaque expo “bio-éco-santé” de nous faire croire que leurs trucs en plastique sont écologiques 😉

Pour ceux qui aimes l’idée de maison écologique je vous invite à voir le projet Earthship. Par exemple cette maison à couté 4000$ en matériaux et inclus la fosse septique:
(Haiti Earthship)
Il existe des modèles pour notre climat également! (Video de démonstration)