Ask Rocco: 09/08

Estrogen: the enemy among us

By Rocco Castellano

A while ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” that was basically a wild rant against the pieces of shit that allow this so-called nutrient to invade every crevice of our food supply. As unaware participants in an obvious population reduction experiment… wait a second… I think we already have a columnist throwing around conspiracy theories.

Let me back up and take back the statement about “population reduction experiments.”

I really don’t need a visit from the CIA, NSA or any other three-initialed departments of justice. So let’s say there aren’t any experiments. It sure seems as if there is one and we are caught right in the middle.

Now with the food supply saturated with soy you would think we would be the healthiest people in the world, since soy is this miracle healthy food, right? Well, no… there just happens to be too much on hand because of the government subsidies and the Department of Agriculture needs to put some of it to bad use. It’s amazing how a seamlessly harmless ingredient in so much of our food is causing so many problems. The biggest one: saturating our bodies with estrogen. Too much estrogen, just like too much of anything, is not a good thing.

It began as an effort to provide us cheap f–ks, the American people, with a cheap food supply (40 years ago we used 50 percent of our income to pay for food… now we pay 8 percent). Soy is a very, very cheap source of protein, so it sounded like a good idea to put it in everything. This was a way of giving us blind consumers a convenient, inexpensive and “nutritionally balanced” way to eat on the run. Now we are suffering maladies that we’ve never seen before. It’s almost like every one of us is swallowing a couple of birth control pills everyday just for the f–k of it. Let me explain.

When you ingest a soy product, properties within soy interfere with the thyroid’s ability to make something called T4 (thyroxine) and (T3) tri-iodothyronine, basically very fancy terms for the hormones necessary for normal thyroid function. The isoflavones in soy are the primary culprits that cause the decreased thyroid function. Let me explain further… Isoflavones such as the ugly genistein get in the way, or interfere with the making of TPO (thyroid peroxidase) a very necessary enzyme for the chemical reaction that produces T4 and T3. Now that I bored the shit out of you with the science and you’re half asleep, what does this mean? It means that when soy gets in the way of producing T4 and T3 your metabolism and a host of other things start to shut down.

Phytoestrogens (including isoflavones) act like the hormone estrogen and can either mimic or block estrogen’s effect. Ingesting too much will cause the body to shut down its own production. I don’t want to scare the shit out of you; OK maybe I do, because this is important. The negative effects of dietary phytoestrogens include, oh shit, infertility, delayed puberty and immune system abnormalities, and that’s just the beginning. So if you’re wondering why you can’t get pregnant, check out how much f–king estrogen you’ve ingested via isoflavones.

This isn’t just a woman thing—men ingesting soy or phytoestrogens can wreak havoc on their thyroid as well. How about low testosterone? Maybe you won’t need to pay a shit-load of money to get that hormone therapy because you can’t get it up anymore. Or just keep filling the bottle of little blue pills.

In an article published by Heather B. Patisaul and Wendy Jefferson, “Pros and Cons of Phytoestrogens” in PubMed Central, the increased infertility problems with phytoestrogens was a grave concern as stated: “Among men, sperm counts in the United States and Europe appear to have declined by roughly half over the past 50 years. In Demark, it is now estimated that more than 10 percent of men have sperm counts in the infertile range and up to 30 percent are in the subfertile range. Rates of testicular cancer also appear to be increasing. Another study showed that infant boys born to vegetarian mothers had increased incidence of hypospadias (malformation of the male external genitalia) suggesting that dietary components (perhaps phytoestrogens) cross the placenta and cause adverse effects on the developing fetus. The causes of these reproductive health trends are likely complex and multi-faceted, but rapidity of the increase in reproductive and behavioral disorders suggests an environmental, endocrine disrupting component. Whether or not isoflavone phytoestrogens could be one such component is now the subject of rigorous debate and has caught the attention of public health officials in the US and abroad.”

If that doesn’t scare the shit out of you, you don’t deserve to procreate.

So what do we do? How to we combat the bullshit, such as phytoestrogens that is in our food supply? It’s actually kind of an easy fix… stop eating soy you f–king idiots. If you have consumed a lot of soy then I want you to start a soy detoxing program that starts and ends with eating a couple of carrot salads everyday for the next two weeks and whenever you think you’ve ingested soy or phytoestrogens.

A carrot salad consists of shredded carrots (peel carrots with a potato peeler, one carrot should do), olive oil, and Himalayan sea salt. The carrots shredded that way help attach the estrogen and make it easy to eliminate through your digestive system.

The views and opinions expressed in Ask Rocco are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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