WYSONG COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
April 1997


DEAR FRIEND:

 
    For years I have struggled with regulatory agencies governing the pet food industry.  I have tried to get them to desist from promoting the “100% complete and balanced” myth, and instead to permit true innovations that could enhance the health of animals.  But status quo is a powerful force, and neither these agencies nor the pet food industry at large want things to change.
    If anything, they’d like to force you to feed your pet  their “complete” super bow wow cutlets in a bag.  Further, they'd like to silence criticism of their AAFCO-approved (American Association of Feed Control Officials) ingredients such as hydrolyzed poultry feathers.
    The government-sanctioned and industry-promoted “100% complete and balanced” myth has already maimed and killed untold thousands of animals.  It is an over-inflated balloon in search of a pin.  But when things go wrong with “100% complete and balanced” diets, and animals suffer consequences, regulatory groups ignore the underlying fallacy (no one can assure 100% completeness because no one has complete nutritional knowledge) and patronizingly assure the public that they will make the necessary corrections in the “100% complete” guidelines.
    I’m going to continue to fight this disease- and suffering-causing mythology, but I have given up attempting to innovate our diets so that they can specifically address health problems.  Regulators will not allow us to add nonstandard natural ingredients (such as pollen, spirulina and other herbs) even though they have been used by humans and animals for hundreds or thousands of years.  They threaten to ban our products if we discuss on the label any health information other than their standard “100% complete and balanced” litany.
    This is the reason that I have been researching and developing, over several years, a variety of Nutrient Support Formulas (NSF) that can be used to promote health and healing of specific organ systems.   As you will see, if you order the monographs     I have prepared on these products, they are thoroughly researched and documented in the scientific literature.  They are not soft science or health food fantasy, but proven safe and effective alternatives to standard allopathic (symptom-based) pharmaceutical approaches.
    At the same time we are continuing to upgrade the Wysong Diets with the very best nutrient-rich ingredients we can obtain, and ever seeking new methods of processing to enhance their value.  By feeding the Wysong Diets in variety along with fresh food supplementation and the other supplements mentioned on page 4 (Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program), plus using the appropriate NSF formula if you wish to enhance a particular organ system or stimulate its healing, you will be able to accomplish what I have wanted from the beginning without compromise forced by regulators. 
    As I discuss each of the NSF formulas in the Health Letter, be sure to order a copy of the monograph.  Each one is designed to provide the education necessary for you to understand not only why the NSF formula is of benefit, but how you can increase personal control of yours and your companion animal’s health destiny.
 
A LESSON FROM THE ESKIMOS
    When the native Eskimos were first observed and studied they were said to have a degree of physical excellence rarely found in any other race.  They were robust, happy, had beautiful and straight teeth, sturdy bones, were well muscled and had incredible endurance and resistance against astonishing climactic conditions.  They were a testament to what nature could do without interference of modern food machinery.
    They ate salmon and other fish, seal oil, fish eggs, caribou, nuts gathered by mice and squirrels, kelp, berries, blossoms, grass, the stomach contents of caribou, the organs of large sea mammals and the various layers of whale skin.  They also hunted rabbits, muskrats, polar bear, foxes and migrant birds.  The name Eskimo means eater of raw fish.  When they ate animals, they ate everything raw, including the fat, kidneys, brains, crushed bones and marrow.  They ate wild fowl eggs in season, including developing embryos.  If the caribou meat was lean, the Eskimos worried about eating it for fear of getting sick.   To balance this lean meat, they would eat caribou tallow or oily fish or sea mammal blubber.  (No “low cholesterol” or “low fat” diet for these hearty, healthy people.)
    Children would be breast fed until the next child was born or until the child was two or more years old.  The first food a child would eat other than breast milk would be fish livers that had been prechewed by the mother.  Then slowly more solid foods would be introduced, including pieces of blubber to act as pacifiers and cod liver oil.  Agutuk was a mixture of fats and moose tallow given to young babies.  Then as soon as teeth were well developed, they were introduced to the adult Eskimo foods.
    The Eskimos would also use culturing and fermentation to increase the digestibility of their foods.  For example, they would put fish into a hole and then cover them with grass and earth so that they would ferment and decay.  This rotten mass was eaten with great relish and benefit by the Eskimos.  The fermentation not only destroyed potential pathogens, but it also created a rich source of probiotic organisms.  Enzymatic activity predigested the fish, preserving the Eskimos' energy for hunting and cold resistance rather than digestion.  Another dish called matteak consisted of flakes of narwahl skin that had been preserved in caches for several years.   The skin ends up tasting like walnuts and the blubber, turned green, tastes like Roquefort cheese.  Giviak is a dish made by stuffing an eviscerated seal with hundreds of auks.  Auks are birds that arrive in the arctic by the millions in the spring.  The seal bag is then buried where the relative warmth of the summer causes the seal blubber to marinate the birds.  An especially delicious delicacy is the lump of blood collected around the birds’ hearts, which they claim is “almost heavenly to eat.”
    Compare this with how fastidious and “clean” we feel we must be with our foods.  If we don’t get something that looks like it has been vacuumed, steam cleaned and refined we think we are going to be poisoned.  We then apply the same “logic” to our pets.   At our offices, we get phone calls and letters from people expressing genuine alarm after they find a small piece of bone in canned food, or a piece of rice that has not been properly ground, or a small piece of tendon or ligament, or - heaven forbid - even a hair from a cow in one of the Diets containing beef.
    It is only when the Eskimos began to be touched by modern civilization, first with the Russians and then by the Americans after the purchase by the U.S. in 1867, that Eskimo health began a dramatic decline.  Sugar, canned milk, baking powder, candy, hydrogenated fats, coffee, a whole array of canned and processed foods, sodas, crackers, salt and alcohol displaced the native diet.  The diet changed from a predominantly carnivorous one to one based on refined foods and carbohydrates.  Instead of eating about 318 grams of animal protein per day, they began to get what the rest of us get in the modern fare, about 50 to 60 grams as is currently “recommended.”  Instead of receiving rich supplies of vitamins A, D and B, high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and  a complete compliment of quality protein, they now were eating with great enthusiasm the sweet, nutrient-barren confections of their conquerors. 
    Today they are hooked on sweets and suck on candies while their freezers are full of nutritious game meat.  Rates of alcoholism are astronomical and the incidence of diabetes is the highest for any group in America.
    The children now grow quickly, are slender and have slight musculature.  They reach puberty quickly and then are riddled with diabetes, hardening of the arteries, heart disease and obesity.
    The Eskimo gives us a dramatic life lesson in nutrition.  Will we learn from it?  (For more information on the Native American Eskimo as well as other primitive peoples and their health before being touched by modern civilization, see Dr. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, - available from Resource 2.)
    Reference:
        Dr. Price's book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, is available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI   48642.  Hard cover, 526 pp. $53.25 +S&H.
 
Humidifying Toxins
    Modern water supplies harbor a variety of toxins.  There are pesticides, herbicides, lead that leaches into the water from soldered joints and plumbing and from the hot water heater, radon and dozens of other toxins depending upon where the water is coming from.  If we put this water in a humidifier that then in effect aerosols not only the water, but the toxins in it as well, we can create a breathing atmosphere that is every bit as dangerous as the chemicals and radiation to which some industrial workers can be exposed. 
    If your water is in question, consider getting a distiller, reverse osmosis unit or other form of purifier that can remove these contaminants.  (See Resource 3.)
    In addition, consider filling the home with as many plants as you can afford and tend.  Indoor plants remove carbon dioxide and release oxygen.  Some even have the ability to absorb toxic indoor pollutants.  Particularly good plants in this regard are spider plants, aloe vera, corn plants, baby rubber plants, golden pathos ivy, and the elephant ear and heart leaf philodendron.
    Reference:
        The Healthy Alternatives Store Catalog, available from 1880 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI   48642, (517) 631-0009
 
Nose Drops And Impotency
    Nose drops used by men to constrict the blood vessels in the nose to help dry up mucous membranes are absorbed into the blood system.  Not only can they affect circulation in the nose, but they can also constrict vessels in the genitals resulting in impotency. 
    Too often people think that substances applied externally to the skin or by way of ear drops, eye drops or nose drops affect only the body part with which they come in direct contact.  But the entire body, including the skin and all mucous membranes, is an absorbing organ.  What you put on the outside you must figure is going to end up on the inside. 
    This concept - that the body is an absorbing organ - is the basis for the development of all the Wysong Personal Care Products.  These products have been developed in the same way that we developed foods, since we understand that they will be absorbed just like oral nutrients are absorbed.
    An additional caution with commercial nose drops is that they may create imbalances in organs such as the adrenal gland and thyroid, and can even become addictive.
    As an alternative nose drop, mix some Wysong Whole Salt in pure warm water.  Stir the solution and draw off only the top unsettled part with an eye dropper and use this to soothe nasal tissues.
    Reference:
        Modern Medicine, 1988;56:24-29
 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Arrhythmias
    Arrhythmias are erratic or speeding heart beats.  Pharmaceutical treatments are fraught with a variety of dangerous potential side effects.  A controlled study using omega-3 fatty acid supplementation showed a 95% reduction in the number of arrhythmias.  The modern diet for both animals and humans is deficient in the omega-3 class of fatty acids.  This deficiency can result in a wide range of metabolic and structural disturbances, opening the door to disease or susceptibility to it.  This is why, as a part of the base supplement regimen recommendations, I suggest that everyone and every animal be on an omega-3 fatty acid supplement such as Wysong EFA (Essential Fatty Acids).
    Reference:
        Nutr Res 1995;15:1-8
 
Strengthening Fingernails
    Drinking about 2 ounces of aloe vera juice daily, alone or mixed with fruit juices,  can often help splitting fingernails.  The results will take from two to four weeks.
 
Cataracts
    Research has also shown that supplementation of vitamin C may decrease the intraocular pressure of glaucoma.  In a human study, huge doses of vitamin C were given (30-40 grams per day for a 150 lb person) and intraocular pressures were cut in half.  With large doses of vitamin C like this, there can be gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea.  To reach a saturation dose of vitamin C - the highest dose possible without causing diarrhea - slowly increase vitamin C until loose stools develop, then back off slightly.
    In a five-year study of almost 18,000 male doctors who took multi-vitamin/mineral supplements it was found that they had a 27% reduction in the incidence of cataracts compared to the physicians who did not take such supplements.
Cataracts can also affect animals and large doses of vitamin C (such as Wysong Mega-C) would be an excellent preventive and therapeutic aid.  
    Reference:
        Acta Opthal 60;47:685-9
        The Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Monthly, 67;46:1502-8
        American Journal of Public Health, 1994;84:788-792
 
Wart Removal
    To remove a persistent wart, light a small incense stick.  Then apply heat from the stick to the wart until you can see a small blister forming on or around it.  Cover the blister with a bandage so that it does not burst and allow the wart to dry up and fall off by itself.
    Reference:
        Alternatives, July 1988:4
 
Dying For Sex
    Although less than 1% of previous heart attack survivors die of subsequent attacks during lovemaking, 90% of those who do are not with their normal partner.
    Reference:
        Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, 88;61:10