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A former Illinois inmate called me the other day, and I asked him to share his story with our Hartke is Online! blog readers. Eddie is also willing to do media interviews, he really wants the world to know that prison conditions, particularly the high soy diet, are deplorable in his state.

Hi my name is Eddie M. and I feel compelled  to share my horror story with the world regarding the excessive consumption of soy foods within the Illinois Department of  Corrections (I.D.O.C.).

Since my arrival at the I.D.O.C. in 2007. I began to consume excessive amounts of soy due to my financial situation (I had no money for commissary). So, after a period of time eating these meals made out of soy products, I began to experience many stomach problems. I could not explain where they were coming from. I then started taking many trips to the I.D.O.C. health-care-unit and after numerous lab tests, medications, and X-rays, I came to the conclusion that it was the soy food that was causing all these stomach problems.

Please keep in mind that I was a perfectly healthy human being before this whole ordeal with soy.  Since being fed a prison diet high in soy, I began to complain about all my medical problems, which consisted of #1. Stomach Pains. #2. Constipation. #3. Stomach Bacteria #4. Yellow Stool, etc.

I have been poked, prodded, and many other things that no human being should have to go through, yet, the “I.D.O.C.” health services could not find the source of the problems.  SO THEY SAY to “drink lots of water.” A Common Saying in I.D.O.C.!

I strongly feel that I.D.O.C. knew all the time what was causing all these problems, not only with me but with many other inmates as well. There is strong evidence to support this allegation. I even had a Doctor actually confess to me that all my stomach problems are from the soy foods I was eating. However, he also stated that he would never admit that this conversation ever took place.

Please Note: I was released in 2011 and till this very day I continue to experience stomach pains, bowel problems etc and I’m currently taking medication for these problems and don’t know if they will ever be diagnosed properly. I sincerely hope that this practice stops for the well being of all inmates and before it turns into a epidemic.

Eddie M.

I now would like to pay tribute to Ms. Kimberly A. Hartke for whom this article would not be possible. THANK YOU KIMBERLY ARE A INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US.

Many prisoners suffer in silence, for fear of retaliation and abuse if they complain to guards or prison officials about the food. I would encourage all former inmates and families of prisoners to speak out in any way you can to draw attention to this problem. Here is the latest press release from Weston A. Price Foundation about the prison soy lawsuit.

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for the Soy Alert! campaign, a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation.