2004Q-0151 Qualified Health Claim (QHC): soy protein and cancer
FDA Comment Number : EC408
Submitter : Mr. Barry Buchanan Date & Time: 05/04/2005 07:05:33
Organization : DBSA SW Iowa
Category : Consumer Group
Issue Areas/Comments
Absurd as the notion is, the FDA is about to give a big rubber stamp to refined-food makers that says "Prevents Cancer" on it. This, despite the fact that many toxicology texts list the plant estrogens found in soy protein products as CARCINOGENS. How can this happen, you ask? As usual, it's all about money. This move will mean billions in the pockets of American food makers, and who knows how many needless corpses in American morgues...

What really kills me is that the FDA doesn't think we're smart enough to see how shamelessly profit-driven this shenanigan is. Think about it: There are lots of safe, natural substances out there that REALLY DO prevent cancer. But does the FDA allow makers of these things to make that claim?

Of course not. The supplement and natural foods industries represent an insignificant source of income for the government next to the food business. Besides, people might stop taking those expensive drugs if they knew about the benefits of vitamins, herbs, minerals, and truly healthy foods - that would mean less money in the Feds' pockets in taxes and drug application and approval fees. But since the food industry will flood the government with corporate tax revenues generated by the sale of soy-inclusive products, they get to claim these foods prevent cancer.

You see, it doesn't matter if it's true, as long as it's truly profitable.

As you know, I don't often try to rally my readers to action. With a couple of notable exceptions in the past, I prefer to inform and expose, then let folks decide for themselves whether or not to get involved. But this time, I'm urging anyone who cares about not only their health, but their rights to unbiased government oversight of big business to take action now - because the clock is ticking...

The FDA must hear from Americans in sufficient numbers to make them think twice about giving the food industry carte blanche to bill their junk foods as the "magic bullet" for cancer. But you have to hurry - the deadline for input on the topic is Monday, April 11th, 2005. To let your voice be heard, do one of the following things, according to the Weston A. Price foundation (a leading crusader in the soy skirmish):