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Here’s One Protein Dog and Cat Owners Should Steer Clear Of

By Dr. Becker

As I was scanning an industry trade journal  recently, a headline caught my eye.

It announced the opening of a new manufacturing  plant to produce protein for animal diets.

Protein in animal diets being one of my  favorite subjects, I read a little further … only to discover the company  opening the new plant makes vegetable protein.

And the reason they need more  manufacturing capacity is to answer the growing demand for soy protein products  in North America.

Clearly, soy in all its forms is being  included in an increasing number of commercial dog and cat food formulas.

I've discussed the problem of soy in pet  food often here at Mercola Healthy Pets.

But I think it's probably time for a  closer look at what soy is, the health problems it can create, why it's used by  so many pet food manufacturers … and why you shouldn't feed it to your dog or  cat.

Parrots in New    Zealand: Canaries in the Coal Mine*

In 1991, a wealthy American lawyer named  Richard James was living with his wife in New Zealand.

The James's were  pursuing their retirement dream of raising exotic birds 'down under.'

The couple wanted to feed their flock of  exotics the best diet available.

Soya beans were being heavily marketed in the U.S.  as a new wonder food, so James offered the young birds soya feed.

Parrots don't  eat soya beans in the wild. And the result for the James' flock was disastrous.

Some of the birds became infertile. Many  died. Young males hit puberty years early and aged prematurely.

James consulted Dr. Mike Fitzpatrick, a toxicologist  consulting at a New Zealand  laboratory. James told Fitzpatrick he was certain soya beans were killing his  rare birds. Fitzpatrick thought James was mistaken, but he decided to investigate,  because there was obviously hormonal disruption occurring with the parrots, and  he had eliminated the possibility of other hormone disrupting chemicals like  pesticides from the equation.

Dr. Fitzpatrick went about studying soya  and its effects. He discovered soya contains both toxins and powerful plant  estrogens capable of disrupting female menstrual cycles. It also appeared to  damage the thyroid.

Eventually, the British government studied  the safety of soya proteins in modern food and published results in 2002 concluding  that health claims for soya were not supported by clear evidence. Further there  could be risks associated with high levels of consumption.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fitzpatrick, still concerned  about soya consumption and in particular, about children and soya milk,  determined an infant fed exclusively soya formula could ingest estrogen  equivalent to five birth control pills a day, based on body weight.

*(For those of you  unfamiliar with the expression "canaries in the coal mine," from Wisegeek:

“Life for an actual canary in a coal mine  could be described in three words: "short but meaningful." Early coal  mines did not feature ventilation systems, so miners would routinely bring a  caged canary into new coal seams. Canaries are especially sensitive to methane  and carbon monoxide, which made them ideal for detecting any dangerous gas build-ups.  As long as the bird kept singing, the miners knew their air supply was safe. A  dead canary signaled an immediate evacuation.”)............

 

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