This was my response:
I just finished reading your article on Meridian Magazine entitled “Why No Soy? Soy's Secrets” and found it to be very informative. However, I feel there are other aspects that should also be included in the discussion about milk usage, not just the source of the milk. As a Nutritional Herbologist I have noticed that most people use soy products as a “healthier” alternative to animals products in their diets. They want to be healthier by minimizing the amount of animal foods they eat and replace them with something similar to what they are already eating rather than eliminating them all together and replacing them with fresh plant-based foods.
Another idea to discuss would be what you are using the milk for and in what quantity. To use milk in the morning on cereals seems to be an unhealthy and over abundant use of milk if consumed on a regular basis several times a week. In most cases the cereal itself is less healthy than the milk used on the cereal. Again, a change of food type would be an excellent way to reduce, if not eliminate, the use of milk in the morning. Eating foods such as fresh fruits or eating oatmeal prepared with water and flavored with berries, honey, etc are a couple of healthier options.
I agree that over consuming processed foods, including soy foods, is an unhealthy way to eat. Our bodies become full of chemicals that they can't eliminate, causing our systems to malfunction due to imbalance. I believe a good way to help reduce this occurrence is not to replace one processed food with another, but to change the way we eat to a much simpler and more natural way. Through my own education I have come to have a personal philosophy about what we should eat and in what quantities which is that we should eat in abundance what the earth provides in abundance. Plant-based foods grow in abundance naturally and animal products take a bit more time to replenish themselves, each depending on what it is whether meat, eggs, milk, etc. With this idea we also need to consider how to replenish the nutrients lost in the creation of each food source. With plants, their nutrients return easily to the earth to be used again, with animals it is a much longer process, again eat according to how the earth can provide.
I feel a dialogue about changing the dependence on processed foods for an independence from processed foods, instead of replacing one product with another, would be a great discussion.
I hope you take a small amount of time to read and consider what I have written. Thank you for listening.
With all sincerity and health for all in mind,
I was hoping he would read my response to him and begin a dialogue about the subject in order to help others searching for better health, but I have yet to see a response to my ideas and queries. Perhaps my ideas are too far fetched.