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Eating soy products if one is a breast cancer survivor?

Asked by gailcalled (54575points) January 23rd, 2007
I have heard arguments both for and against. My oncologist, a conservative guy, says to eat tofu, etc only occasionally. I just heard Eric Schlosser (FAST FOOD NATION) speak on NPr and I am wondering now what is left to dine on?
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theabk's avatar
Did your oncologist say why he thought you should limit eating soy?
theabk's avatar
Hmm, I looked up a little more online and found a review article from last year from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute... they looked at all the relevant published data and concluded, "Neither the existing animal nor human data allow definitive conclusions to be drawn about the effect of soyfoods or isoflavones on breast cancer risk in high-risk women and on the survival of breast cancer patients." I guess the jury's still out - pretty unhelpful, unfortunately. Here's the link to the article: jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/98/18/1275 It's free and has links to other articles.
gailcalled's avatar
Better safe than sorry, I guess. Too bad. I love tofu; I am now following Michael Pollan's advice in last Sunday's NYT Magazine. He writes 12 pages about the state of food or what passes for it in the US but leads w. his conclusion. "Eat food. Eat less. Eat more plants."
joli's avatar

I'd stay away from soy addtiives and eat minimal soy products. After I had my lumpectomy I stopped eating wheat and added tons of soy to my diet, within two months I was having my period every two weeks and I'm 49 years old! I quickly cut out the soy and now check all ingredients in the market, and don't buy if it includes soy, excepting *pure* soy products such as tamari. (The pureness is in how the bean processed.) I no longer have PMS symptoms; tender breasts, etc, now that I eat more rye, oat, sesame, etc, rather than wheat, soy, and corn products. Dark dark chocolate is my new treat of choice!

gailcalled's avatar

What about etamame? And ground-up flax seed (use a Krups coffee bean grinder) sprinkled on eggs, salsa, oatmeal. You are young for BC..Hope that all is well. Dark dark chocs are on my list also, but have you tried eating one ounce and then stopping _((

Can't be done.

gailcalled's avatar

Signing off. Going outside to see MY garden and eat a cherry tomato that the critters have left me..

joli's avatar

Etamame is a great choice! I finally found the flax seed then wasn't sure how to go about eating it. I had read it is a perfect combo with cottage cheese for preventing BC, (a scientist in Switzerland). I looked and looked for flax see oil but never found any on the grocery shelves. Thanks for the tip! I put a little baking soda in my coffee to make it less acidic per some info. I keep the dark chocolate at work so I won't go crazy on it. I eat a little after lunch, it helps with digestion too!

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