By blanchelo

Blanche Lo got her Bachelor of Science at UBC, and she is currently doing her Master degree under Experimental Medicine in UBC as well. Her major project involves studying Basal Cell Carcinomas, but as a side project, she is also looking at is about the immunology of hair follicles. Even though she works in a hair research lab, Blanche is actually extremely afraid of coming into contact with anything that has hair (e.g. hair of a mannequin, a Barbie doll, or even tissue samples from patients). Still, she chooses to stick to research in the field of Dermatology and Skin Science, in an effort to overcome her `hair-phobia`. She enjoys shopping a lot, and she craves for junk food in her free time.


Nutritionists and vegetarians have claimed for years that soy provides a wide range of health benefits, such as lowering rates of heart attack, reducing blood cholesterol levels, relieving menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women, and in the general enhancement of the immune system. In fact, in 1999, the Food and Drug Administration even permitted food manufacturers to put label on products with high soy protein contents, with the indication that the corresponding food product may be able to reduce heart disease risks (Henkel 2000). Consequently, ever since these claims were announced, attention and examination of the impact of soy on human…