Soy isn't a food -- it's a dangerous unregulated drug, and most people are getting dosed with it at every meal.

We should be getting ZERO soy, but instead the mainstream is busily trying to cook up ways to sell us MORE -- like the new study that claims it can reduce the number of hot flashes during menopause.

Does it work? Barely -- and even that's debatable.

In a review of 19 studies involving a combined 1,200 women, researchers claim that soy in any number of forms -- from nauseating soy "milk" to nasty old tofu -- offered minor improvements in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

But the only reason it MIGHT work at all is what I've said all along: Soy is a hormone, not a food -- specifically it's a plant version of estrogen.

Soy backers grudgingly admit this is true, but they've always claimed it's so weak it doesn't have any estrogen-like effects inside the body.

Sounds to me like they're trying to have it both ways on this. On the one hand, it's too weak to affect the body. On the other, it's so strong it can reduce hot flash frequency and severity in ways that we know estrogen can.

Which is it gentleman?

But it's a moot point anyway, because the last thing anyone needs -- even women who really do need more estrogen -- is fluctuating doses of female hormones from soy.

Soy can wreck havoc on the immune systems of women and disrupt or damage the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands in men and women alike (and let's not forget that it can give even a "manly man" his very own set of boobs).

Ladies, if you're looking to beat "the change," you might need some estrogen -- but stick with tried-and-true hormone therapy from an experienced naturopathic physician.