WYSONG COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
One of the disadvantages of being a small company is that you can get eaten up by the big bullies. Through the years we have developed a number of unique products and innovations that first were ridiculed by the large manufacturers, then ignored, then copied. We have had names of our products copied, packaging copied, art work and logos copied, phraseology in our literature copied, and a host of other infractions. Some loyal customers have written to us angry because other manufacturers have stolen our ideas and are mass advertising them as if they were the first to introduce them. They wonder why we don't sue them. Well, we could spend all of our time in court, but our most important value to you is to continue innovating. I believe that what really sets us apart from all others in the industry is a special commitment to try and make our products the best they can be made so that nutrition is optimized and does not simply meet arbitrary 100% complete and balanced standards. This, and our ongoing efforts to help you understand how you can personally gain more control over the health of your companion animal without simply relying on manufactured products, is our most important value to you. But just so you don't think we are lagging behind and that others who have stolen ideas were really first, here is a partial listing of the things that set us apart and make us unique. Some of these things you may not even be aware of, since they are innovations that have not been able yet to be incorporated into literature or announced on packages. We nevertheless make the improvement knowing it is going to benefit your companion animal. On the other hand, while others attempt to sort through our ideas to determine which ones they feel might cause a marketing niche for them we are moving forward, usually about five to ten years ahead of the pack. Wysong Innovations
Wysong is the first and (except where copied) the only company to:
DOES TOO MUCH PROTEIN CAUSE KIDNEY DISEASE?
Many pet owners believe that protein causes kidney disease in older animals. Where do they get this notion? From their veterinarian. Most veterinarians are under the impression that high protein causes a progressive decrease in kidney function as animals age. As a consequence of this thinking, low protein diets are often suggested and prescribed for geriatric animals. This thinking has been deduced from some studies in rats which have shown high protein diets may cause kidney lesions. Additionally, it is known that once animals do have kidney disease, protein restriction may help alleviate signs. Seems simple enough, but is it? First off, it does not logically follow that an experimental result on one species of animal, in this case rats, can be extrapolated to other species. Secondly, the fact that protein restriction helps in pre-existing kidney disease does not equate to protein causing kidney disease. But such are the pillars of sand where medical mythologies rest upon, even if they are modeled by professionals. A recent study has thrown further doubt on this myth. Thirty-one dogs were divided into two groups and studied for four years after they had reached seven to eight years of age. Half of the group were fed a diet consisting of 34% protein and the other half received 18% protein. To make the animals (marked for euthanasia in a breeding program) even more susceptible to kidney changes, the researchers removed one kidney. (Such cruel experimentation was totally unnecessary. As you will see, the logic of the Wysong Feeding-For-Health philosophy would have easily predicted the answers.) The results: six dogs in the 18% protein group died, whereas only one in the 34% group did. Examination of kidney tissue showed no significant difference between the two groups in terms of kidney degeneration or disease. The fact that neither group experienced significant kidney disease, but that the group on the lower protein diet experienced a higher mortality may speak to the beneficial effects of a higher protein diet, one of which would be enhancement of the immune system. An added finding in this study was that higher dietary levels of phosphorus did not contribute to kidney disease since the diets used in this study were at .9% phosphorus, whereas those commercially available for treatment of renal failure are at .3% phosphorus. I find it remarkable that low protein diets for older animals have gained the acceptance they have. It can only be attributed to two things. One is pet food consumers not having a sensible, logical philosophic basis for an approach to health, and two is the commercial propaganda-like pressure created by companies which stand to gain by creating special dietary low protein or low phosphorus diets. Using the Wysong philosophic filter we could reason: How could it possibly be that protein could cause kidney disease in animals when a high protein diet is their natural diet? We dont see kidney disease in animals in the wild like we do in domesticated companion animals. Wild animals of all ages are eating high protein muscle and organs from their prey, whereas domesticated pets are eating smaller proportions of meats and organs diluted with various grains and starches with relatively less protein. The more logical conclusion is that it is not diets that are more closely like the natural diet of pets which cause the disease problems, but rather the exclusive feeding of so-called 100% complete and balanced protein-impoverished processed rations. If anything, older animals need lots of good quality protein. They, like humans, are less able to efficiently digest and metabolize food and thus need higher quality foods to maintain various body systems including the kidneys and the immune system. You can use the Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program with confidence, feeding your animal high quality Wysong Diets along with fresh meats, organs, eggs and dairy products knowing you are doing the right thing and doing the best you can to give your animal a long, healthy life. Reference: DVM, June 1996: 1S Dr. D. R. Finco, DVM, PhD., Dip. ACVIM, Head Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine
Drinking Water And Bladder Cancer
Evidence has emerged demonstrating a direct correlation between high levels of arsenic in the drinking water and susceptibility to bladder cancer. The United States has a drinking water arsenic limit of 50 mcg per liter, but this may be too high. This is yet another reason for you and your pets to be drinking only purified or distilled water. Reference: Epidemiology, March 1996
Obesity And Oxidation
As I discuss at length in my book Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, fats and oils are highly susceptible to oxidation and the production of disease-causing free radicals. Not only is it important that lipids (fats and oils) which are consumed in the diet are properly stabilized with natural antioxidants such as Wysong Oxherphol, but that weight be maintained within a normal range. Increased fat in the body increases the opportunity for free radicals to be generated within fat tissue. The more free radicals that are generated within the body, the greater the chance for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases to develop such as heart disease, arthritis, autoimmunities, liver, pancreas and kidney disease, and cancer. Reference: Wysong Health Letter, 10; 4: 7
Nutrients For Congestive Heart Failure
Normal treatment for congestive heart failure is digitalis, a heart strengthener, and diuretics to remove fluid that is accumulating in the lung, abdomen and other tissues. This therapy does nothing to cure the disease, and is wrought with possible toxicities such as diuretics flushing B vitamins out of the body resulting in deficiencies. An alternative therapy would be to try the following natural regimen which has been demonstrated to be effective in some cases of congestive heart failure: hawthorne extract 600-900 mg daily, coenzyme Q10 30 mg daily, taurine 3 grams daily, and vitamin C 1-3 grams daily. These dosages are effective for adult humans and should be scaled to the size of your animal according to Reference 6. Reference: For converting human dosages to animal dosages, a safe starting dose as a general rule of thumb is to calculate the dosage based on the weight of your animal in proportion to a human. (e.g. 4 capsules for a 160 lb. person equals 1 capsule for a 40 lb. dog) However, since animals have higher metabolic rates than humans, higher dosages are usually needed and should be given with slow, incremental increases, watching for adverse reactions such as vomiting, loose stool and depression.
Organs As Therapy
Oral tolerance therapy is a new name for some old folk remedies. By consuming the very organs that are under attack in various autoimmune diseases, remissions are possible. In autoimmune disease the bodys immune system attacks the bodys own tissues. For example, in rheumatoid arthritis the body attacks joint cartilage. In juvenile diabetes the body attacks the insulin producing cells within the pancreas. For years many people have found relief from rheumatoid arthritis by eating chicken cartilage. It appears that when foreign proteins are exposed to the digestive tract our body develops a tolerance for these proteins and like proteins within the body. For example, when chicken cartilage is consumed, instead of the bodys immune system producing killer T-cells or T1-cells that then attack these proteins and like proteins in the joints, the bodys immune system is suppressed in its response to this class of proteins. The net result is that the autoimmune reaction that is attacking joints is diminished and relief occurs. Not only does consuming tissue that is similar to the tissue that is diseased within the body suppress an autoimmunity, but such consumed tissue contains a variety of nutrients that help restore the health of these tissues. You can use this simple concept in treating various diseases your animal (or you) may experience. For example, if there is a problem with arthritis feed raw cartilage and bone, if there is a problem with diabetes feed pancreas, kidney disease feed kidneys, heart disease feed heart, skin disease feed chicken skin and so forth. This is one of the reasons why Wysong Diets are designed using whole animal tissues which includes a variety of organs rather than just dressed meats. It is also why we are presently embarked on an extensive research and development program to create a variety of nutritional supplements which incorporate desiccated organs as therapeutic tools for a variety of disease. Well keep you in touch on how this is progressing. Reference: Wysong Health Letter, 10; 6: 1