Paul Joseph Watson is a Complete Idiot (Re: Soy Boys)

I am going to keep this as brief as possible because if you simply search the videos on this channel, you will find PLENTY of comprehensive content about soy, backed entirely by research.

However, a handful of people, and counting, have requested that I respond to Paul Joseph Watson’s recent “Soy Boy” video, which I will link below so that you can get a little background. I won’t be playing clips from it, rather just referencing from it.

If you’ve watched that video, then hopefully you’ll have noticed… assuming you are, a) capable of critical-thinking, and b) can recognize logical fallacies when they attempt to rape your ears… that Paul’s entire video was pretty much a correlation argument. And correlation does NOT imply causation.

[doctor] And at 5:43 in, Paul even makes an appeal to authority using a doctor named Kaayla T. Daniel, who refers to herself as “The Naughty Nutritionist”, who, going by the clip Paul shared, doesn’t appear to possess any understanding of what phytoestrogens are, or how they behave.

Phytoestrogens, which are “plant estrogens”, DO have a SIMILAR chemical structure to mammalian estrogens, but similar does NOT mean the same.

Pictured here you’ll see an example of a human estrogen at the top and a phytoestrogen at the bottom.

As I said, chemically-similar… but, NOT the same.

Their individual effects on the human body and health are significantly different.

For instance, there is evidence that phytoestrogens may actually protect AGAINST mammalian estrogens, like those produced by the human body. In fact, high levels of soy intake are shown to actually BLOCK estrogenic effects in breast tissue.

This is because phytoestrogens essentially “occupy”, and in doing so “block” receptor sites AGAINST estrogens.

In fact, many VERY popular foods and drinks contain phytoestrogens, so why does everyone almost exclusively demonize soy? Is it because it’s “trendy”?! Do notice how that list contains the ever-popular beer and coffee.

And beer actually contains MORE phytoestrogen than coffee.

Tell me, Paul. Was that a water, juice or soda that you enjoyed at the pub? I’d hope so, or else you’ve likely consumed some dreaded Phytoestrogens.

But, despite those nasty, nasty phytoestrogens in coffee, its consumption manages to RAISE testosterone and DECREASE estrogen in men.

Any thoughts on that little loophole in your phytoestrogen argument, Paul?

You want to know what’s REALLY bad, though?

Commercial cow’s milk. Commercial cow’s milk contains large amounts of actual mammalian estrogens and progesterone, which data suggests are absorbed. Commercial cow’s milk has been demonstrated in at least one study to suppress gonadotropin, decrease LH, FSH, and testosterone, and increase estrogens.

But, what did you expect from the tit juice of a continuously-lactating animal?

So… you might want to quit that milk intake, Paul. You “Milk Boy”, you.

Did you see what I did there?

Now, let’s move forward and review the body of research on soy and hormones specifically. That’s what everyone came here for, I reckon.

But, before we begin, I want to note that this research is ALL human model. In other words, it was performed on humans… not rodents or other animals.

Rodents, for instance, process isoflavones differently than humans do, and as such can provide different research outcomes to humans.

Based on two different meta-analysis of existing data, extracted from over 51 human studies in total between the two, 15 of which were placebo-controlled, neither soy protein nor its isoflavone intake demonstrates ANY significant effect on testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin, free testosterone, or free androgen index in men. Furthermore, the isoflavones do NOT exert ANY feminizing effects on men either, even at intake levels equal to and considerably HIGHER than what is typical for Asian males.

Even furthermore, a 2015 Harvard study, on 184 men undergoing infertility treatment, found that soy intake did NOT play ANY role in fertility outcomes.

And another paper, which reviewed the data from three intervention studies, found NO concerns regarding soy isoflavone intake and reproductive hormones or semen quality.

Additionally, yet another paper, which reviewed a total of 73 human studies, with a median soy intake equivalent to 1 pound of tofu per day, or 3 soy protein shakes, found NO statistically significant effect on testosterone levels or follicle-stimulating hormone levels, and in women no statistically significant changes menstrual cycle length. In 12 of those studies, there was even a minor REDUCTION in estrogen levels from soy consumption in female test subjects.

There you have it.

I’ve just presented research data extracted from approx. 137 total HUMAN studies. Let that sink in.

Not 1, not 2, or 3, or 4, or even 20. One-hundred-and-thirty-fuckin’-seven!

So there goes any reasonable chance to accuse me of cherry-picking.

To play devil’s advocate, I’ve tried scouring the journals for damning evidence with regards to soy intake, but I primarily find n=1 case studies, which is really no better than personal anecdote when it comes to drawing conclusions.

Or I find research with too small sample size, or research with questionable controls, or studies on subjects with one or more existing health conditions, such as Diabetes, which in and of itself has been associated with low serum testosterone levels in research.

This is why seeking out and using QUALITY, WELL-controlled human research is absolutely ESSENTIAL.

Now, if that wasn’t enough, data extracted from the large EPIC study demonstrates that vegans have both HIGHER total and free testosterone DESPITE having slightly higher SHBG.

And that was after they adjusted for BMI, age, smoking status, exercise, and time of day that testing occurred. You know, study controls.

And the vegans from the EPIC study most certainly consumed soy products. In fact, only 27% of them consumed LESS than 5.9 grams of soy protein per day. The majority consumed 11.2 grams of soy protein per day on average. Some even more.

So… consider yourself served, Paul.

Usually, I find your videos quite logical, but I must say, the “Soy Boy” video is a low point for your career.

It’s not that I don’t agree with you that men are bigger pussies today than they were one, two and three decades ago. As they most certainly are.

And I covered this in detail in a recent video, which I will link below.

But, you’re pointing fingers without any scientific basis.

Anyway, let me know what you all think in the comments below.

REFERENCES

Paul Joseph Watson’s video “The Truth About Soy Boys” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTSvLKY7HEk

My video “The DEATH of the Alpha Male?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1HuyQKUpvQ

PHYTOESTROGENS—FRIEND, NOT FOE https://www.flutterhealth.com/blog/phytoestrogens-friend-not-foe

Soy Phytoestrogens May Block Estrogen Effects https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060115154340.htm

Phytoestrogens https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytoestrogens#Food_sources

Phytoestrogen content of beverages, nuts, seeds, and oils. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18671400

The effects of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee on sex hormone-binding globulin and endogenous sex hormone levels: a randomized controlled trial https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-11-86

Exposure to exogenous estrogen through intake of commercial milk produced from pregnant cows. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19496976

Soybean isoflavone exposure does not have feminizing effects on men: a critical examination of the clinical evidence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20378106

Clinical studies show no effects of soy protein or isoflavones on reproductive hormones in men: results of a meta-analysis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19524224

Male soy food intake was not associated with in vitro fertilization outcomes among couples attending a fertility center. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26097060

Hormonal effects of soy in premenopausal women and men. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11880595

Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes: Summary https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11870/

Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374537/pdf/83-6691152a.pdf

The Role of Soy in Vegetarian Diets https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257705/

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