Dr. R. L. Wysong
December 1996
    In the post-Depression, post World War II era of the 40’s and 50’s, consumerism was having its hey day.   To boost our economy, it was almost considered a patriotic duty to buy all the new-fangled gadgets being created.
    But consumers needed little urging since they were spellbound by the technological feats which were being accomplished.  It indeed appeared as though civilization was entering into a brave new world where machines would increasingly replace human labor, and leisure, fun and happiness would prevail.  We were headed toward Utopia, where all of our needs would be met by science and humans would be transformed into large-brained, big-headed creatures with small atrophied bodies and appendages.
    Really, this was the kind of thinking that prevailed.
    For those who are not still mired in this now naive thinking, the realization has come that technology is a two-edged sword.      In itself it cannot bring us happiness, peace, security or health.  The more we intervene in natural cycles and distort our natural genetic context, the more we and the companion animals in our care will suffer the consequences.  A fish cannot survive out of water; we cannot survive without the proper light, air, food, water and lifestyle.
    It is out of the technological/consumerism era of the 40’s and 50’s that modern so-called “100% complete and balanced,” everything-you-need-in-a-bag pet foods were created.   Here was the easy answer to those looking for relief from having to create balanced meals for pets.  Simply tear open the bag or unzip the can and voil ! Just like we were soon to put a man on the moon, you now would have everything you need, “100% complete and balanced” to create perfect health for your pet... or so the hopeful thinking went.
    But as I have explained thoroughly in various writings, including this newsletter, evidence has proven that so-called “100% complete and balanced” diets are not that at all and in fact have been the cause of a variety of diseases and responsible for thousands of deaths.
    The complete meal in a bag for pets is no longer viable as a solution to nutrition, any more than the 40’s and 50’s notion that we humans would be able to receive a complete meal in a chewable tablet or K-ration.  (It is in fact the singular eating of such K-rations by Korean and Vietnam War soldiers that is now believed to be responsible for the high incidence of atherosclerotic heart disease in these young adults, discovered when they were autopsied after becoming war fatalities.)
    So, when I suggest to you that you need to supplement to the diet a variety of fresh foods, as well as supplements such as Wysong Biotics, Pet Inoculant and EFA, I am trying to help you restore the diet of your pet to its more natural, health-giving character.  Some object to the inconvenience of having to purchase several different foods, and the need to think a little about meal preparation for the pet.  This is the price to be paid for health, just like it is necessary for you to buy more than one grocery store item to properly feed your family.
    Granted, this may not seem as scientific and modern as a perfect fabricated freeze-dried food in a can or bag, but it’s the best of science.  The choice is whether we wish to follow myths disguised as truth, or truth as it really is.
    Most people think today's pharmaceuticals are a wonder of modern technology.  They are, in fact, mostly synthetic fractions of or analogs of plant chemicals.  Aspirin, for example, comes from willow bark, Valium from valerian, and Digitalis from foxglove.
    So why don't pharmaceutical companies just use the plant material?  Because natural substances are not patentable.  A company is not going to spend 50+ million dollars in FDA studies to prove the effectiveness of a plant material when any Tom, Dick or Harry can then package and sell it.
    This presents two problems.   One, effective plant products will not have the aegis of the FDA and thus, regardless of effectiveness, they will not be used by the conventional medical community.   Those who do use them are labeled as quacks.  Two, the synthetic purified pharmaceutical versions are usually highly toxic. 
    Taken as a whole plant, herbals are usually quite safe since associated compounds exert balancing effects against potential toxins.  A fraction, on the other hand, is not balanced and although it might exert a remarkable clinical effect, the body is thrown out of balance and side effects often result.
    Below is a list of proven herbal remedies for specific conditions.  Herbal preparations are found in most health food stores and further specifics on applications are available (Resource below).  
    Animals in the wild have been observed to select various plants to consume during ailments.  It is by watching what animals eat in the wild that primitive societies have developed complex pharmacopoeias that return these populations to health during sickness and illness.  The healing resources within plant materials have only begun to be tapped in modern cultures, mainly because they are unpatentable and unprofitable. 
    A caveat:  don't give any substance, even a natural herb, over long periods of time.  Use only briefly and intermittently.  Also, don't expect immediate results.  Be patient and also follow the Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program.  You'll be surprised at the powerful healing potential of herbs. 
    For further information on their healing powers, see the Nutritional Science section of the Wysong Book Store Catalog (Resource below). (Also watch for the new Wysong Nutrient Support Formulas (NSF), which will incorporate these powerful safe herbal natural healing treatments.)
        Natural Health- May 1994:14
        American Botanical Council, PO Box 210660, Austin, TX 78720
        The Wysong Book Store Catalog available from the Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48642
    Municipal water supplies can contain significant levels of carcinogenic chemicals including arsenic, radon and trihalomethanes.      These represent only the harmful by-products of water purification and do not fully reflect the full spectrum of toxic materials slowly leaching into our water supply.  The EPA’s standard for safe arsenic levels was set more than 50 years ago, before it was known that this chemical can cause cancer.  Right now the average arsenic level for American homes is about 2 parts per billion which is considered safe by EPA standards.  However, others now believe it, as well as other contaminants in drinking water, put the health of humans and their companion animals at significant risk.  The best solution is to get the best water purification system you can for the drinking water for you and your companion animals.  If you need help in this regard contact Resource below.4
        Healthy Alternatives Store Catalog, available from the Wysong Corporation, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48642
        Townsend Letter, February 1996: 41
    Uremia is a metabolic toxicosis that follows kidneys that are chronically failing.  Unable to rid the body of toxic metabolic waste, these compounds accumulate in the body, resulting in self-intoxication and even eventual death.  Uremia is characterized by loss of appetite, vomiting, listlessness, and depression.
    Of course there is the need to address the kidney disease and reverse it, but in the meantime attempting to flush the body of uremic toxins is extremely important.
    Natural remedies are available.   Herbs that are high in tanins and polyphenols have been shown to be very effective in reducing uremic toxins.  Herbs that contain these compounds include rhubarb extract, ephedra herb, and green tea.  Although some of these herbs, if given over a long period of time in high dosages can themselves be toxic, studies have shown that in short term treatment they can be highly effective for uremia. 
        Nephron, 1991; 58:155-60, Phytother Res, 1995; 9: 1-5
        Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1993; 85: 1038-49
    Flax seeds are a particularly rich source of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of Alpha-linoleic acid (see Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, available from Resource 3 on page 8).   They also contain an increasingly important group of diphenolic compounds called lignins. 
    Research has shown that the lignins have the ability to inhibit cancer during its initiation and promotion, whereas the omega-3 fatty acids are effective against cancer once it is already established.   This is another example of where the whole is greater than any of the parts or even their sum.  It is why Wysong Diets  are designed using whole ingredients.   If all we used were the lignins, then existing tumors would not be affected, whereas if we only used the omega-3 fatty acids there would be no inhibition of the development of cancer.
        Carcinogenesis, 1996; 17: 1373-1376
    If you are having trouble sleeping, there are alternatives to side effect laden tranquilizers and other pharmaceuticals.  We will soon have an NSF (Nutrient Support Formula) completed specifically to help induce restful, safe, relaxing sleep that allows you to wake invigorated and energized for the day.  But until this is done, let me recommend that you try lavender oil.  In one study of people who were taking pharmaceutical sleep aids, it was found that they averaged 8.3 hours of sleep on the tranquilizers, 7.3 hours without them, and 8.5 hours using the lavender oil .  Lavender oil can be put in vaporizers, warm water, on a cotton ball placed by the bed, or used with special diffusers for vaporizing aromatic oils.  Lavender oils are available from aromatherapy suppliers, some health food stores or contact Resource below.
        Alternatives, January 1996: 53
        Healthy Alternatives Store Catalog, available from the Wysong Corporation, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48642
    Until I have finished formulating our NSF Heart formulas which will incorporate a spectrum of proven beneficial nutrients to prevent and even reverse heart disease, I want to alert you to two things you must do right now.  One is take 200-400 IUs of vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol), and 1 to 3 grams of vitamin C daily.  The research is so impressive on the ability of these nutrients to help the heart, as well as many other organs and tissues, that  anybody would be remiss in not using them.  The upside is so profound and the down side is essentially nonexistent.  Both of these nutrients are important antioxidants, but they also exert many other beneficial effects, such as vitamin C’s ability to preserve the health of collagen which is an important part of the matrix of blood vessel walls.
    In a study of 37,000 women both with and without breast cancer, it was found that those who wear a bra more than twelve hours a day are 19 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who wear bras less.  Additionally, women who wear their bras all the time had a 113-fold increase in breast cancer incidence compared to those who wear theirs less than 12 hours per day.
    Bras may cause cancer as well as other breast disease by constricting blood and lymphatic circulation.  If appropriate nutrients do not get to the breast and toxic metabolic end products cannot be removed, the right climate is created for disease.
        Townsend Letter, February 1996: 42
    If you injure your leg and have it put in a cast and use crutches, what happens?  Does the leg get stronger or weaker?  Weaker.  The muscles atrophy, the tendons and ligaments lose flexibility and the bones decrease in density. 
    Once you start using the leg again, the strength returns.  Physical therapists, in order to quicken this recovery, will encourage a variety of exercises including weightbearing exercises.
    Now, if your eyes weaken and you are not able to see at 20/20, what does everyone do?  They get glasses - eye crutches.      The impression is that this corrects the problem.   But it doesn’t.  It weakens, makes the eyes dependent upon the crutch and continues to weaken, requiring stronger and stronger glasses as life moves on and the eyes get increasingly flabby and dependent. 
    Why not take the opposite approach when the eyes fail?  Why not exercise them and rehabilitate them so they are strengthened and renewed?  A variety of self-help eye exercise programs are available.  I have covered some of the most effective exercises in the Wysong Health Letters. (see Resource below).
    Many people have been able to recover failing eye sight and some even throw away their glasses altogether.
    It makes sense, so why not give it a try?
        Wysong Health Letters, Vol. 10; 10:3, Vol. 6; 1:4.  Back issues of the Wysong Health Letter are available from the Wysong Institute, 1880  N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48642 (for $6.00 each.)