Soy and Strong Bones

I’ve told you before about the dangers of eating processed soy…

That it throws your hormones out of whack and increases your risk of certain cancers… makes digesting protein much more difficult… and blocks the absorption of important minerals.

But as more and more people become convinced of the dangers of this product, Big Agra’s advertising team needed to push a new health benefit to bring soy eating back.

So now they’re trying to tell you that eating soy builds strong bones…

Researchers from the University of Missouri wanted to test how soy impacts a woman’s bones after menopause. But instead of testing soy on real women, they tested it on fat, lazy rats. That was their idea of what postmenopausal women are all about.

The researchers took 40 middle-aged rats and removed the ovaries in half of them. That was to simulate the hormone effects of going through menopause. The other half got fake or “sham” surgery.

Then they fed half the rats in each group either soybean meal or corn meal. At the end of 30 weeks, the researchers were thrilled to see that the rats fed soy improved their bone strength compared to the corn meal rats.1 And it didn’t matter whether or not the rats still had their ovaries.

The researchers were quick to jump to the conclusion that eating more soy might strengthen bones in real people of all ages.

But there’s a big hole in their experiment. They were comparing soy to corn, both of which are terrible foods for humans. It’s a stretch to call either one “food.”

Let me put it this way… They were basically comparing a car accident to getting struck by lightning. Neither is going to leave you with better health — let alone stronger bones.

And the truth is soy interferes with bone-building. A study from Yale New Haven Hospital compared calcium from people eating soy versus those eating meat. Their results showed that soy protein caused a steep drop in the bioavailability of calcium.2

In other words, if you eat soy your body can’t use calcium. That’s a surefire way to sabotage your bones.

There’s another good reason to avoid soy…

Almost all soy crops are genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Monsanto and other chemical companies developed soy GMOs by altering DNA in plants to make them resistant to pesticides. Now industrial farms can drench soy with more and more deadly chemicals. In fact, GMO crops can contain 18 times the EPA’s safe limit for Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

Your body doesn’t recognize GMOs as food. It treats them like foreign invaders. It launches an inflammatory response that causes hives, rashes, swelling, headaches, digestive problems and more. And animal studies show GMOs lead to stomach inflammation and fertility problems.3 They have also been linked to depression, fatigue, infections, brain fog, nausea, and even cancer.

2 Ways to Build Strong Bones without Big Agra’s Poison

Poisoning your body with processed GMO soy is never a good idea. Instead, I’ve helped patients increase their bone strength naturally. Here’s how you can do it…

  1. Increase your protein to build strong bones. Forget about Meatless Mondays, tofu and soy milk. You need high-quality protein for your skeleton. Our ancestors ate a primal diet full of game, organ meats and fatty fish. They never touched a soy burger. And their bones and joints were as strong as steel.

    Beef, organ meats, fish, and eggs are your best sources of protein. If possible, eat grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish. Choose eggs from pastured chicken. Other good sources of protein include chicken, turkey, wild-caught salmon and other cold-water fish.

  2. Whole body vibration prevents broken bones. Research shows whole body vibration (WBV) improves bone strength, bone mineral density, and bone formation. In one study of 46 people, those getting WBV three times a week had 34.6% less bone breakdown in just eight weeks.4 Other studies show that WBV reduces the risk of falling. And it improves balance, mobility, muscle strength and power, and range of motion.5

    With WBV therapy, you lie, sit or stand on a platform with plates that vibrate. The rapid vibrations from the machine stimulate receptors on muscles and tendons. They cause your muscles to contract and relax from 30 to 50 times a second.

    I recommend WBV therapy three times a week for the best results. In just 20 minutes, your muscles can get a tremendous workout. You can get the benefits no matter what your age or physical condition is.

    To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Al Sears, MD, CNS


  1. Hinton PS, et al. “Soy protein improves tibial whole-bone and tissue-level biomechanical properties in ovariectomized and ovary-intact, low-fit female rats.” Bone Rep. 2018;8:244-254.
  2. The Weston A. Price Foundation. Soy and osteoporosis: Not a leg to stand on. Updated December 18, 2006. Accessed September 9, 2018.
  3. Carman JA, et al. “A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM maize diet.” J Organic Systems. 2013; 8(1):38-54.
  4. Turner S, et al. “A randomized controlled trial of whole body vibration exposure on markers of bone turnover in postmenopausal women.” J Osteoporos. 2011;2011:710387.
  5. Yang F, et al. “Controlled whole-body vibration training reduces risk of falls among community-dwelling older adults.” J Biomech. 2015;48(12):3206-3212.
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