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October 2008

Haelan Fermented Soy Product – Nutritional Supplementation for the Cancer Patient
by Donna Sage, MSSA©

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At least 40% of those who die with cancer do so because of protein calorie malnutrition, not cancer, according to Patrick Quillian, PhD, RD, CNS and author of Beating Cancer with Nutrition (1994).1 Ross Pelton, PhD (pharmacist, clinical nutritionist and psychologist) was the administrator at Hospital Santa Monica for six years, and is the author of Preventing Breast Cancer.2 During his tenure at Hospital Santa Monica, which specializes in cancer treatment, he learned of Haelan, a fermented soy beverage that had shown promise in cancer cases. He treated a group of six cachexic cancer patients with Haelan. Each patient had been deemed inoperable or untreatable after earlier interventions were unsuccessful. These patients were expected to live for a very limited time, in some cases only days.

Within two days of consuming an eight-ounce bottle per day, four patients were walking, the remaining two patients were up and doing well within a week. Each patient experienced an increase in energy level, regained their appetites, and several experienced pain reduction. Pelton attributes the improvements to Haelan because of its "high concentration of anti-cancer agents, phenomenal concentration of nutrients, phytochemicals and protein." Once the patients regained strength, they were able to continue the alternative and complementary cancer treatment protocol at Hospital Santa Monica. Pelton's professional opinion of Haelan: "It is phenomenal." He says that success of the product was very gratifying and recommends it as a nutritional supplement.

Success Stories

Liver Cancer
In September 1995, Sherman Sanders was hospitalized after experiencing unexplainable chest pains.3 During exploratory surgery, doctors discovered stage4 gall bladder cancer. The surgeon did not want to further operate because there was too much cancer. Cancer had grown around the valve between the liver and gall bladder that pinched off the flow of bile, and for comfort, a drain was placed. Mr. Sanders was not expected to leave the hospital, as the expected life span after diagnosis is one to three months for this type of cancer. His oncologist, in a last effort, decided to try chemotherapy treatments. When the cancer was non-responsive after the second treatment, Sanders notes "They sent me home to die."

Meanwhile, a family friend heard about Sanders' condition. She introduced Haelan to Sanders at his family home in LaVernia, Texas. He began drinking a bottle a day and noticed a great reduction in his chemotherapy-induced nausea, which had not abated since he left the hospital. The same day he experienced an increase in appetite and energy level. He continued to drink a bottle per day and his blood chemistry improved to such a level that the oncologists decided to resume the chemotherapy treatments. Sanders continued to drink a bottle a day of Haelan in conjunction with chemotherapy. He did not experience any adverse side effects of the chemotherapy. In addition to gaining weight back, his hair grew in darker than before. Within six weeks, his doctor reported that the cancer around the bile duct had shrunk by 50%.

With this encouragement, Sanders continued to drink Haelan and take the chemotherapy. In addition to Haelan, he became vegetarian and took Venus fly trap, red clover, CoQ10, liquid oxygen and pycnogenol, though Sanders attributes his recovery primarily to the Haelan. "I drank a bottle a day of Haelan for 2 years. I switched doctors when we moved and my new doctor, Clay Skinner, MD, did not believe me when I told him that I had liver cancer because no one is known to ever have survived cholangiocarcinoma. He took a biopsy of my liver and had it compared to the biopsy sample from my exploratory surgery, and, sure enough, the test confirmed that it really was my liver. I tried to tell him, but now he believes me!" says Sanders, "I wouldn't be here without Haelan, lots of prayers, a changed diet and a positive attitude."

In a phone interview, Dr. Skinner stated he had confirmed the original diagnosis from tissue sample analysis and that Sanders was cancer-free on a gross and microscopic level in March 1998. Skinner said, "It is striking that someone with cholangiocarcinoma is alive. Chemotherapy typically has no effect on this type of cancer. There are absolutely no survivors of this type of cancer that I am aware of, and the only significant thing he did differently is take Haelan."19

Breast Cancer
Nina Presniakov, an 80-year old Russian woman was diagnosed in the late summer of 1996 with advanced breast cancer that had metastasized to her left arm, clavicle, hips and spine.4 According to her son, Alexander who spoke for his mother as he was very fluent in English, her doctors offered surgery, more as a symbolic effort, to curb the cancer, but she declined. She was sent home, and the doctors told her that she had no more than six months to live. Upon her return home, Alexander began to look for alternative treatments. Nina continued to stay active in her community, and made significant nutritional improvements including eliminating refined sugars and eating lots of fresh vegetables, fish, and fruit. She also took vitamin supplements. She had not been exercising prior to her diagnosis, but began walking on a regular basis.

After much further research, Alexander discovered Haelan. Nina began to drink a bottle of Haelan per day in January 1997 in conjunction with her nutritional changes. With these nutritional and lifestyle improvements alone, she had already survived five months. She returned to the doctor's office a second time in March 1997, six months after her diagnosis. They were very surprised to see her, as she had outlived their prediction. Further, her oncologist could not detect any cancer in her bones, or breasts. Follow-up mammograms were performed in April and November 1997. She lives cancer-free as of November 20, 1998. Nina Presniakov now takes 4 tablespoons of Haelan per day as a wellness dose to maintain optimum health. "My mother is still alive and in the best health of her life...we were stunned at first with the results of Haelan. It truly is a miracle," says Alexander. He recommends taking a simple approach to health: eating good healthful food and nurturing a strong faith.

Prostate Cancer
There is currently a well-documented research case involving prostate cancer. Preliminary results are impressive. A 57 year-old man was turned away from medical doctors as his condition had deteriorated so substantially. The patient's PSA was 36.7 and had a Gleason score of 8.0. His surgeon, at a premier cancer facility, does not operate on people with Gleason scores above a 6.0. After this, the patient chose a holistic-oriented treatment plan. Haelan is a primary component of the treatment, in conjunction with nutritional changes and specialized herbal and blood treatments, including UV blood irradiation. After following the treatment plan for one week, his PSA dropped to 29; after three weeks it was 11.6 and after five weeks it was down to 4.5. His condition and treatment are being closely monitored, as such results have not ever been achieved with any treatment.

Why Soy?
As most readers are aware, there has been a vast amount of research that focuses on the soybean and its ability to reduce or eliminate cancerous cells. Isoflavones found in soy have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis, the growth of blood vessels used to supply a tumor with nourishment for growth. Protease inhibitors found in soybeans have been proven to prevent the activation of genes that can cause cancer. Soy isoflavones are also known for their ability to stimulate differentiation, causing cancerous cells to change back into healthy, non-cancerous cells, and they inhibit cancer cell growth.20 Isoflavones mimic estrogen in the body; however, they are significantly less potent in comparison to natural estrogens.21 The isoflavones, or phyto-estrogens, successfully compete with estrogen for the limited number of hormone receptor sites and as a result, cellular estrogen levels decrease. As many cancers are related to excess estrogen concentrations, this is a positive step in preventing hormone related cancerous conditions. In addition, isoflavones are superior anti-oxidants, which reduce cell damage that may lead to cancer and other diseases.20

Tofu and soy products contain a high concentration of isoflavones. However, to reach therapeutic levels of these isoflavones, supplementation is recommended. Steven Holt, MD, a respected researcher in soy nutrients, recommends soy supplementation as otherwise, a person would have to eat more than half a pound of tofu to reach the recommended health maintenance levels of 50-80 mg of genistein daily.5 Health benefits of consuming soy are continually being confirmed by science including the prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and gall stones.20

What is Haelan?
Fermented soy supplementation is a superior method of providing the body with the useful characteristics of soy. Haelan is a concentrated, specially fermented soy beverage developed in China during the early 1980s as a hospital nutrition supplement. It is rich in anticancer nutrients including the two main isoflavones genistein and daidzein (there are seven other known isoflavones differing slightly in molecular structure), and protease inhibitors (these prevent the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous cells). It also is rich in proteins, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, C, D, E, and K. Haelan is a FDA approved food category product.

Concentration of Isoflavones contained in Haelan6



Haelan is made from organically grown soybeans from Mongolia, China. These beans are hand picked at the peak of ripeness and it takes 25 pounds of beans to make one 8-ounce bottle of Haelan. The Haelan Company reports that the content of phytochemicals in these soybeans is four times more potent than soybeans grown in the US due to the superior mineral content of the soil and harvesting and sorting techniques. A multidisciplinary team of hospital staff, physicians, medical school personnel, nutritionists, and medical researchers from the East and West contribute to its ongoing improvement.
Manufacturing occurs in China, where two modern manufacturing facilities incorporate high-tech processes and employ approximately 80 workers. A patented low temperature fermentation process and other "trade secrets" pre-digest the soybean making it more absorbable. Remarkably, starches and sugars from the soybean are eliminated in this painstaking fermentation process - this is a crucially significant point, as cancer loves sugars and starches. The soybean is then hydrolyzed, or broken down to smaller molecules that become bioactive free form amino acids and isoflavones. Finally the substance is nitrogenated.

These last two steps are vital to the effectiveness of the product. When in the free form, the isoflavones are more readily used by cells since they are no longer attached to other compounds such as proteins. Cancer cells require high levels of nitrogen. The nitrogenation process of Haelan is a pivotal step because the nitrogen molecule attached to the isoflavones during nitrogenation acts as "bait" to delude cancer cells into ingesting not only the nitrogen but also the anti-cancer agents. Soy powders, drinks and tofu do not produce the same health benefits as Haelan. Not only do they lack the concentration of isoflavones, protein, vitamins, selenium, anti-oxidants and protease-inhibitors found in Haelan, they also do not have the bound nitrogen molecule that baits the cancer cells to ingest nutrients that can ultimately diminish the cancers ability to survive.

Haelan has been the focus of several clinical research projects performed in China and the United States. It has been shown to support the body at a cellular level.13,14 The nature of the product has a synergistic effect in the body that stimulates and supports the immune system and internal organs making the body a hostile place for cancer, or any other chronic disease such as HIV-AIDS. These functions produce a blood chemistry that is conducive to good health. A person who has a healthy and strong body is not able to have cancer or any chronic debilitating condition.

Haelan Kills Cancer Cells and Parasites
Researchers wanted to discover if Haelan could kill gastric cancer cells in a culture dish. Three separate tests were conducted. Results showed that Haelan killed 95%, 99%, and 99% of the gastric cancer cells.9 Haelan is also able to eliminate parasites.10 In this controlled animal study, immune system functioning was monitored in 130 mice that were infected with the malaria parasite. Immune system functioning dropped by 1/3 in the malaria infected group, which was receiving no treatment. Haelan used as the sole treatment was 61% effective in eliminating the parasite in these mice and used in conjunction with Chinese malaria medication was 100% effective in prohibiting malaria parasitic infection. The mice treated with Haelan alone experienced immune system stimulation occurring at a rate of approximately 700%.

Haelan Supports Health During Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments
A hospital study in 1992 was designed to determine if supplementing with Haelan would improve the cancer patient's healthy energy and reduce toxic side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.11 Of the patients given Haelan, all 117 successfully completed the scheduled course of radiation and chemotherapy. No supplemented patients required blood transfusions, and many symptoms of chemotherapy and radiation were eased in comparison to control groups receiving no Haelan nutritional supplementation. The following side effects of chemotherapy were significantly reduced with the use of Haelan nutritional supplementation during chemotherapy and radiation treatments: decrease in appetite, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, hair loss, stomatitis, and hemorrhage. Those who received Haelan also had the least decrease in white blood cell counts and hemoglobin in comparison to non-supplemented groups. "We have often thought that if all people who were using [allopathic] medical techniques to treat cancer would combine their technique with Haelan as a nutritional supplement, the overall result would be beneficial to the patient." says Wainright, a research consultant for Haelan.7

Haelan Successful Adjuvant Treatment with Chemotherapy
A study with mice was designed to see if nutrition with Haelan would improve the results of the chemotherapeutic drug cyclophosphamide.12 Experimental groups were given Haelan one-week prior to and eight days after being infected with liver cancer, and then treated with cyclophosphamide. The life span of mice treated with only the cyclophosphamide was 2.44 days, while the mice treated with Haelan and cyclophosphamide lived 94 days. When used in conjunction with the cyclophosphamide, life span was reportedly increased by 143%. One would like to see a study with a control group where only Haelan is used with no chemotherapeutic agent. It was also learned in this study that Haelan is able to protect the liver from thioacetamide, a toxic substance to the liver as well as a carcinogenic factor. Haelan also displayed an ability to support the liver in resisting oxidizing damage. The researchers conclude that Haelan is appropriate as an adjuvant nutritional supplement for cancer patients with certain tumors, and especially liver cancer.

Another study assessed the role of Haelan used in conjunction with chemotherapy.13 Leukopenia is the abnormal decrease of white blood cells to fewer than 5,000 cells per cubic millimeter, a condition that can be caused by chemotherapy. The white cell count in mice that were given cyclophosphamide after being infected with H22 liver cancer dropped from the control of 10,495 to 2,580. The mice supplemented with 100% Haelan, under the same conditions, maintained white blood cells to a count of 4,820. This is an 86.8% increase of white blood cells in mice treated with Haelan in comparison to the group who received no supplementation.

Anti-Aging Effects of Haelan
A large inpatient anti-aging study conducted in a Chinese hospital involved 303 healthy volunteers who wanted to see if their health could be improved with Haelan supplementation. Over the course of three months, subjects were given the same exact hospital food and living environment. Those supplemented with Haelan at one ounce per day showed significant improvements in several areas of measure, including heart functioning, brain functioning, immune system function and sex hormone balancing. Some subjects who had gray hair experienced growth of dark hair during supplementation.

Haelan Improves Lung & Liver Functioning
Improvements in lung functioning were demonstrated in a group of volunteer males using Haelan who had category 1 and category 2 pneumoconiosis and emphysema.15 Oxidation was shown to decrease and ventilation function improved. Haelan also protects the liver from poisoning. Haelan was proven effective in protecting the liver from toxic effects of poisoning.16 Seventy-five percent diluted Haelan showed a marked decrease in serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase. This enzyme is known to increase when the liver is poisoned. The mice treated with Haelan did as well or better than mice treated with the drug diisophylamine without side effects.

Haelan Reduces Malnutrition and Dsytrophy
Haelan was shown to improve health in malnourished youth age 6 months to 11 years of age.17 Youth supplemented with Haelan exhibited a 9.5% increase in body weight, and subcutaneous fat increased by 6%. The trace elements iron and zinc increased by 34% and 15% respectively and hemoglobin rose 6%. Dystrophy is any abnormal condition caused by defective nutrition or metabolism. Researchers wanted to see if Haelan had any effect on mice induced with dystrophy.18 Studying the somatotrophic effect of Haelan on dystrophic mice showed a significant improvement in their nutritional status, promoted growth, and the mice were able to reach normal weight levels with Haelan supplementation.

Concluding Remarks
Though soy has received much praise recently as researchers find more of its health benefits, not all soybean products are equally potent or useful. The crucial distinction between Haelan and most other soy foods is in the processing. The specialized fermentation process Haelan uses makes anti-cancer agents in soy, such as the isoflavone genistein, bioavailable and easily usable by the cells of the body. Most importantly, Haelan's soy isoflavones get directly into cancer cells, where they can do their healing work using attached nitrogen molecules as their key to entry. Thousands have had positive results with Haelan, whether in life extension or quality of life. It is important to note that those who are successful in managing their health typically have made significant lifestyle changes. A woman who has survived breast cancer since 1981 using allopathic and nutritional approaches including Haelan states: "It tasted so horrible I thought I would never get down those 20 bottles, but I have gotten down 385 bottles…. It tastes horrible, and anybody who wants to live will drink it."

Donna Sage, MSSA, is a holistic health consultant and writer in Issaquah, Washington. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, she continually researches soy and can be reached toll free at 877-655-4433 or

Haelan Products, Inc.
18568 - 142nd Ave. NE, Building F
Woodinville, Washington 98072 USA
Fax 800-258-2173

How I Discovered Haelan
Here is a note regarding both my discovery of and motivation for researching and writing about Haelan. Some things are meant to be. I was one of the last to board a flight from Seattle to Houston. Onboard I began a conversation with a man sitting across from me who had given up his seat so that a new mother would have room to maneuver her infant. His name was Joe Todesco, and although he was sitting in one of those seats that ride backward, his ideas, vision and philosophy about health were the opposite.

Todesco's company, it turned out, manufactures and imports Haelan fermented soy beverage. On the flight, Todesco told me story after story about Haelan and people who experienced positive results in attaining health. Proper nutritional supplementation, he said, helps make the body an unfriendly place for cancer and disease to grow. I agreed with his philosophy, but I was cautious about the Haelan soy product he kept referring to.

Soon we were on the ground in Salt Lake City, both having different connecting flights. We exchanged business cards and went our separate ways. I was in the Phoenix airport a week later during a layover on my way home. Then I saw Joe Todesco approaching me in the waiting area. He was on the same flight! We renewed our conversation and I began to have a feeling of synchronicity.

I came home and told my husband about my experience and about Haelan. He is a skeptic, so I invited him to go with me to a meeting with Todesco to learn more. I knew I could count on my husband to be the world's most cynical research partner. After a long meeting at the Haelan office, it became clear to both of us that there was validity in the research, and we needed to learn more.

I had just moved to the Seattle, Washington area, and the next step in this story involves my discovery of the Well Being Journal and a little blue booklet titled Cancer Cures Offer New Hope in a local health food store. I instinctively knew that Scott Miners (the editor of these publications) was my next connection in this magical process. I spontaneously phoned him, and, being new to the writing/publishing field, I did not know exactly what to say. To my delight, Scott was willing to talk with me, and I told him about Haelan. He asked a million questions! I did not know enough about the chemistry to explain the process of how Haelan worked but knew that I could figure it out. Scott asked me to write about my findings and send them to the Journal.

I spent the last four months studying Haelan technology, reading scientific studies and interviewing people who have had experiences with Haelan. This brings us to the present and the article you just read. Sometimes there are things that you just know you are supposed to do, and the signs continued, pointing ways to me to write and educate others about Haelan. My hope is that this information contributes something beneficial to readers and affirms that Nature holds the secrets of health and longevity.

All Chinese Studies are available from US Research Reports, Inc 800-275-4530 in a compilation
1. Patrick Quillian, PhD, RD, CNS. Beating Cancer with Nutrition, Nutrition Times Press, Tulsa OK. 1994.
2. Author phone interview with Ross Pelton How to Prevent Breast Cancer, Simon and Schuster, NY, NY 1995, 7-20- 98
3. Author phone interview with Sherman Sanders 9-22-98
4. Author phone interview with Alexander Presniakov 7-7-98, 10-28-98.
5. Author phone interview with Steven Holt, MD. Author of Soya for Health: The definitive Medical Guide Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers, NY, NY 1996, M. Evans Inc. publishers, NY, NY. and Soy Revolution M. Evans Inc., NY, NY 1998.
6. Food Science & Human Nutrition Iowa State University of Science and Technology, December 19, 1997
7. Author interview with Walter Wainright 9-24-98.
8. Roberts, P. & Zaloga, G. (1994). "Dietary Bioactive Peptides." New Horizons, Vol. 2 No. 2. Society of Critical Care Medicine.
9. Gastric Cancer In vivo Study, Laboratory of Tumor Research, Fujian Academy of Science, November 30, 1991.
10. Effect of Haelan 851® oral liquid on nonspecific immunity in antimalaria therapy. (1990). Chinese Journal of Prevention of Parasite Diseases 3(3): 240-241. Yang Guangkai (1), Ji Nuiwen (1), Wang Jing (2), Chen Cifu (2).
(1) Coal Miners Sanatorium of Fujian Provence
(2) Teaching and Research Department of Parasitology, Fujian Medical College
11. Lowering Toxic Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation Huang Ziqiang, compiler of data, January 16, 1992. Research and Teaching Department of Pharmacology, Fujian Medical College Fuzhou, Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China. Performed under the direction of the Fujian Provincial Department of Public Health: Concord Hospital, affiliate of Fujian Medical College affiliate of Fujian Medical College, Fujian People's Hospital, Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military District, Fuzhou Pulmonology Hospital, Provincial Coal Mine Sanatorium, etc.
12. The Role of Haelan 851® Nutrition in Enhancing the Anti-cancer Effect of Chemotherapeutic Drugs In Mice With HAC Cell Liver Cancer. February 5, 1994. Huang Ziqiang compiled data Research and Teaching Department of Pharmacology, Fujian Medical College Fuzhou, Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China.
13. The Role of Haelan 851® Nutrition in Relieving Leukopenia in Mice with Liver Cancer. Huang Ziqiang, compiler of data, January 16, 1992 Research and Teaching Department of Pharmacology, Fujian Medical College Fuzhou, Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China.
14. Anti-Aging Study Using Haelan 851® Nutritional products. February 1, 1993 Lin Jiu Cheng, Compiler of data, Province Traditional Chinese Medical Research Institute. Province Golden Chicken Mountain Hot Springs Sanatorium Fujian. Medical Institute Attached to No. 1 hospital. Fujian Province Coiliery Sanatorium
15. Anti-lipid peroxidation and improvement of lung function. November 1, 1993. Yi-biao Yeh (1), Yuerong Lai (1), Guang- kaoi Yang (2)
(1) Department of Public Health, Fujian College, Fuzhou, China, 350004
(2) Fujian Province Coal Miners Sanatorium, Peoples Republic of China
16. The Role of Haelan 851® Nutrition in Protecting the Liver. February 15, 1994. Huang Ziqiang, compiler of data, January 16, 1992 Research and Teaching Department of Pharmacology, Fujian Medical College Fuzhou, Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China. Wu Ruirong, Lin Yiping, Chen Hongyu, December 22, 1991 Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Fujian Province
17. Nutritional Clinical Study on Youth Using Haelan 851® ages 6 months to 11 years. March 1, 1993. Pharmacological Department of Fujian Provencial Health Council authorized the study to be performed by the following institutions: Fujian Medical College Pediatrics Department of Union Hospital Fuzhow Children's Hospital, The Convalescent Hospital of Provincial Coal Miners
18. The Somatotrophic Effect of Haelan 851® Nutritional Beverage on Dystrophic Mice. June 1, 1993. Huang Ziqiang, compiler of data December 26, 1991. Research and Teaching Department of Pharmacology, Fujian Medical College Fuzhou, Fujian Province, Peoples Republic of China
19. Author interview with Clay Skinner, MD 10-7-98
20. The Simple Soybean and Your Health. Messina & Messina. Avery Publishing Group, Garden City, NY 1994.
21. Soya for Health. Steven Holt. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Larchmont, NY. 1996.


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