My Loved One is in Prison, and The Soy Diet is Killing Him


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An Anonymous Blog by a Concerned Citizen of Illinois

I would like to praise the Weston A. Price Foundation’s lawsuit on behalf of Illinois prisoners to end the high soy in their diet. I would like to, also, respond to the critics about the lawsuit. I will start out by saying that my loved one is in an Illinois prison for driving on a revoked license, no alcohol, no drugs. He also has a pre-existing medical issue from an accident 10 years ago. Since his incarceration 1 year ago, he has put on 50 pounds due to the diet. He has developed digestive problems that range from stomach upset and pain, extreme weight gain (which causes him to be in pain most of the time) acid reflux, heart burn, severe constipation (only goes once every 2-3 days even though he takes fiber laxative 2 times everyday), the feeling that his skin is going to rip apart because it is so bloated, and difficulty urinating (hello..could it be an enlarged prostate?). The effects that the soy diet has had on my loved one could lead to life long medical problems. In his case, the extra weight is the reason he is in pain most of the time because of his medical condition, he cannot handle it. It has therefore led to many other medical problems.

Will they most likely be life long medical problems? We won’t know the exact answer to that question until he is released and can finally receive adequate medical care. For now, his only option is to live in constant pain as his medical condition worsens day by day. For anyone to say that the medical care in Illinois prisons is acceptable, I challenge you to speak with a family of an inmate. Or attend a Prison Reform Committee meeting. I have first hand knowledge about how terrible the medical care is in Illinois prisons. There have been very suspicious deaths of inmates, cancer patients that do not get the surgery needed or any chemo or radiation, diabetics that are afraid to take insulin because they will not get their food in time before diabetic shock can occur, chronic pain patients that do not get any relief. These are human beings…the forgotten ones.

For those of you that think all prisoners are violent offenders of adults and children, you are so very wrong. Many of the men and woman in prison are in prison for very minor infractions. What most people do not realize is that the more people in prison the more money the government and private industry makes. I hope and pray that the people opposed to treating prisoners humanly, never have to experience having a ill loved one in prison. There is not one person in the world that can sit and say that they know that will never happen. After all, there are 45,000 prisoners in Illinois.

Note from Kimberly: Unbeknownst to this guest blogger, the complaint that the Weston A. Price Foundation has filed, cites retaliation against prisoners who have had the courage to complain about their food. This blogger asked to be nameless, for fear of just such retaliation against his/her loved one who is incarcerated. I want to thank this blogger for telling my readers this heartbreaking story. For more information, visit the Weston A. Price Foundation press room.

This post is part of the Real Food Wednesday blog carnival…see more real food entries on Kelly the Kitchen Kop blog!


  1. it seems pretty unlikely (and unclear from this post) that the diet is contributing, perhaps stress or numerous other factors could be contributing to the weight gain and health problems… i mean, how much soy is really in prison food, from talking to veg friends who have been in prison its a battle to even get a veg friendly meal (which usually doesn’t even consist of soy!)

    it’s easy to point the finger at soy since it has so much buzz surrounding it, but after reviewing the research on it soy is a safe and healthy food for MOST people, INCLUDING children. those with pre-existing thyroid issues may have trouble with soy (or any food high in phytates/tannins, which includes most beans and many other veggies, coffee, chocolate, etc. due to it being an anti-nutrient by binding minerals), however in most people these effects are negligible.

    as far as “phytoestrogens” causing hormone irregularities, this is a theoretical “side effect” which is virtually non-existent clinically, except in the case of women with estrogen dominance, in which case the phytoestrogens help to BLOCK the effects of estrogen (dec. PMS, fibrocystic breasts, etc.) and in menopause when they help to balance the female hormone ratio, on men the results are negligible…

    like ANY food if spy is consumed excessively the opportunity for nutrient deficiency is possible

    the real scoop on soy: eat in moderation, preferably fermented, and avoid GMO (anything!)…

  2. Over a year for driving without a valid license? All I gotta say is don’t do the crime if you can do the time. (or stomach the jail food.) Don’t break the law. Pretty simple concept.

  3. Jayde Mathews says:

    This is to the artdude,
    What you said is not right. You think that it is ok for the prisons to basically hurt and or harm our loved ones. Just because they are there for something they did wrong does not give the prisons the right to do harm to our friends, family, or our loved ones..
    That is like saying because you got a trafic ticket you need to be hurt or harmed for doing so. The soy is basically killing them and you are saying it is ok… well to let you know it is NOT ok for them to do that to anyone no matter what they have done or not done.
    So I will ask you to please think the next time you decide to write anything on this subject.
    Thank you come agin…

  4. The conditions he is under is the most contributing factor, environment. Food, lastly. Pathologically and psychologically his body is reacting to what he is living. I hope that makes sense without going into detail. He’s not sharing the truth, due to embarrassment and shame. Each symptom has a beginning of point of origin. I pray for his soul to heal and his heart to forgive. He should go to eating only fruit and vegetables, small amounts of grain when he feels he needs, along with meditation. Freedom is in the mind!


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