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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.sagepartners.com
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How I Discovered
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,
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
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,
(2) Fujian Province Coal Miners Sanatorium, Peoples Republic of
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
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.