Friday, March 16, 2007


A recent study on the relationship between eating soy and developing prostate cancer apparently came to the conclusion that “intake of isoflavone chemicals, derived largely from soy foods, decreased the risk of localized prostate cancer but increased the risk of advanced prostate cancer.”

The results, of course, seem contradictory, and the situation might be humorous if it were not for the seriousness of the issues involved. These scientists can’t figure out how to explain the results of the study. For example, “they also calculated that the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer was twice as high in men who consumed two or more bowls of miso soup a day than in men who ate less than one bowl of soup.” Isn’t that a little ridiculous? Many people believe that miso soup is very healthy, but this statement seems tantamount to saying that eating more than two bowls of miso soup a day increases the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer. Maybe it does, but I don’t believe it. I do, however, believe that eating two cheeseburgers per day increases the risk of prostate cancer. Of course I don’t eat miso soup or cheeseburgers anymore so I don’t have to worry about that.

One good thing about publishing the results of studies like these is that maybe some scientist will come along and either explain the contradictions in this study, or design a better study that will give us some clearer results. In the meantime I plan to continue having Cheerios and soy milk every morning for breakfast.

, , , , , , ,

No comments: