After eating or drinking. my son’s cheeks would turn bright red and he would get a runny nose. Before we knew that his red cheeks, runny nose, perpetual diaper rash and not sleeping were a sign of his allergies to wheat, dairy and soy, we thought he had a constant cold. I had a vague sense his cheeks were red all the time, but it was only when he got better and his perfect complexion came back, that I realized the red cheeks were a visable sign that his system was reacting to food he was eating. The most allergic foods are cow’s milk, wheat and soy. When parents realize their child can not tolerate milk, they often switch to soy formula. This is a big mistake for several reasons.
First, the dairy and the soy molecule are similar so many people who can’t tolerate milk can’t tolerate soy either.
Second soy is a legume and similar to the peanut molecule. People with peanut allergies can even have a severe reaction to soy. In addition, there is some suspicion that the increase of soy in our food supply may have contributed to the rising peanut allergies of children.
But, the third MOST IMPORTANT reason to not give soy milk is that it is an incredibly processed food which acts as a phytoestrogen and there is a lot of research which suggests it is unsafe for newborns and children. European countries have banned soy formulas. Weston Price has a great overview of the health implications of soy infant formula.
The most serious problem with soy formula is the presence of phytoestrogens or isoflavones. While many claims have been made about the health benefits of these estrogen-like compounds, animal studies indicate that they are powerful endocrine disrupters that alter growth patterns and cause sterility. Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phytoestrogens have been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products.
I tried soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk and oatmeal milk. What I discovered, was for an allergic child, rice milk is the safest thing for them to drink because if the consume anything else day after day, they are likely to become intolerant of it. Adults can add 1 Tablespoon of coconut milk for a creamier more milk like substitute. Here are four pictures of my son with his allergic red cheeks as well a picture of his perfect complexion after we stopped giving him the things he reacted to (Milk, Gluten, Soy, Oranges , Corn and BROCOLLI!)