- DEAR FRIEND :
- We get calls and letters from
some of you who are so frustrated that a friend, pet store owner, breeder or veterinarian
are not receptive to some of the things you are learning. There is something
refreshing and exciting when light bulbs flash on in your mind, bringing sense to
nonsense. It is exhilarating to re-discover your own common sense.
- But long ago I learned that the
world was not waiting with an open mind. I ran into some fortresses that would make
Fort Knox seem like a house of straw: they are called status quo and
- History proves that even the
most idiotic ideas, when repeated often enough, can take on a life of their own.
Truth no longer is the cause, but rather protecting old ideas becomes sacred.
Our society is also built upon a hierarchy of experts and diplomas. If you dont
have the appropriate credentials, then you are supposed to defer to anyone who does.
So, for example, when you go in to your veterinarian (with a few remarkable
exceptions) thinking that your new-found knowledge is going to be welcomed, dont
expect to make a convert.
- You see, information is
supposed to flow from him or her to you, not vice versa. Your veterinarian didnt
spend eight years in college, numerous hours in continuing education courses, build a
medical facility on their own, and sacrifice a personal life to be on call round the clock
to heal animals, to have you come along and tell them youve got it figured out
better because you listened to a tape or read a book from me.
- This does not mean that you
should not be enthusiastic and try to share your ideas with others. It does mean you
will not likely turn some peoples minds around, particularly those who have a vested
interest in keeping things as they are, or those who do not care enough about health for
themselves or their companion animals to suffer the inconvenience of making a change.
To the vast majority of the medical profession these ideas
- which proclaim that health is something that you yourself can control by life choices -
are akin to quackery. You see, their view is that disease is something that strikes
you from the outside, and over which you have little or no control. Your only option
is to rely on them to patch you up.
- Having the majority not
thinking like you do, or having powerful professionals try to convince you that you are
wrong can be discouraging and disheartening and cause pauses of doubt. I have felt
the same. I take comfort in knowing that humans have always held majority views
which later turned out to be wrong. But most importantly, the compelling logic and
common sense of returning humans and animals to an archetypal context that fits their
genetics is just too powerful to turn my back on.
- We have to be content with the
personal satisfaction of knowing we are on the right course, and with the occasional
victory of finding those who are open to reason.
- PROOF FOR THE WYSONG OPTIMAL HEALTH
- Common sense tells us that
creatures should eat what they are genetically adapted to. I have also reported,
over the past 15 years, abundant research and clear thinking from many fields - ranging
from biology to genetics to paleontology to biochemistry to archeology to philosophy -
which supports this. Additionally, if you apply the Wysong Optimal Health Program,
you will observe first-hand the proof that it works.
- But here I want to tell you
about the work of an MD researcher. Although his research was intended to benefit
humans, we can certainly apply it to pets since those were the subjects of his
- In 1932 Dr. Francis Pottenger
studied over 900 cats during a period of ten years. He found that by feeding raw
milk and raw meat that the cats had optimal health, generation after generation.
Bones, tooth structure, hair, and reproduction were all perfect.
Additionally, these animals were free of disease and parasites and were of good
- But then he found that if he
simply cooked the very meats he was feeding raw or substituted heat-processed milks for
the raw milk, physical degeneration increased with each generation. Many kittens of
the third generation in fact, failed to even survive six months. Parasites, fleas,
allergies, loss of bone density, personality reversals with males becoming more docile and
females more aggressive, and a host of degenerative diseases such as commonly found today
in pets and humans - including dental disease, arthritis, obesity, diabetes, arthritis,
cardiovascular disease, etc. - befell all the cats by the fourth generation.
- This is an impressive and
sobering study that is rarely cited in conventional human or veterinary medicine.
Many medical experts dont care about it because it does not fit
in with their thinking paradigms. To them, disease is just one of those things that
strikes humans and animals and there is little we can do about it other than rush for
miraculous medical care when it strikes. The notion that we can actually
prevent and reverse most all modern diseases by
simple dietary and lifestyle changes is just too simple.
- In the pet food industry it is
not talked about because modern pet foods are all heat-processed, fractionated and
devitalized in a variety of ways. Producers want you thinking theyve got 100%
magical perfection in their cans and bags and would rather you not find out what people
like Wysong and Pottenger have discovered.
- But you know better, right?
Youre applying the Wysong Optimal Health Program and giving your companion
animal a chance to experience the optimal health it is capable of and entitled to.
- Every animal owner should have
a copy of Pottengers impressive little book (and of course my book, Rationale for Animal Nutrition) to show to
anyone, professional or not, the compelling reasons why you are not buying into the 100%
complete myth. (Both books are available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog
listed in Resource 1.)
- (SIDE NOTE: I must mention that one of the
most compelling finds in the Pottengers study is the ability of diet in one
generation to affect the health of the next. It has been found that offspring from
cats fed improperly created less healthy offspring, and they in turn created less healthy
offspring, and so forth. Then, after several generations of improper feeding, even
if the diet was reversed to its optimal raw form, it took several generations to reverse
the negative effects. Thus, companion animals today that are a product of
generations being fed exclusively processed foods, may not experience dramatic results.
Although health will certainly be improved and the likelihood of disease decreased,
it may be only after several generations of proper feeding that true optimal health can be
Book Store Catalog available from Wysong at 1880 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI 48642.
- EPILEPSY AND ALLERGIES
- Conventionalism has it that
epilepsy in animals is simply one of those things, a genetic flaw requiring drugs as
the only hope.
- But scientific evidence
demonstrates that epilepsy may be caused by food sensitivities and allergies. For
example, in children given oligoantigenic diets (specific defined restricted foods), as
many as 80% experienced complete or partial remission.
- This is one of the reasons that
I continue to emphasize to you that one should cycle through the various Wysong Diets.
Each one is antigenically different than the others, and your animal may do better
on one than another. Also, by cycling you decrease the possibility of developing
food allergies and sensitivities. In addition, by feeding fresh foods and using the
Wysong supplements as recommended, you will build the metabolic strength of the animal and
decrease the susceptibility to conditions such as epilepsy.
- If your pet has epilepsy, try
different diets. By a process of elimination you can determine whether your
pet may benefit from this easy epileptic therapy. It can be somewhat tedious
watching carefully what the animal eats and monitoring results, but if remission can
happen by simply changing the food, it will be well worth the effort. (For more
details on how to work through an elimination diet see Vol. 6, No. 12 of the Wysong Health Letter.) In a forthcoming issue
I will describe some specific nutrients which have eliminated epilepsy.
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- Soy For Menopause
- Japanese women are almost free
from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. This is believed due to their high
intake of soybeans. Soybeans contain high levels of phytoestrogens and are believed
to have a balancing effect on the hormonal changes that occur in women with menopause.
- Phytoestrogens are also
believed to exert an anti-breast cancer effect by tying up estrogen receptors which are
responsible for the promotion of such cancers. On the other hand, supplementation
with synthetic estrogens and progestins have serious side effects, including the possible
initiation of cancer.
- In controlled clinical trials,
dietary soy, as well as other pytoestrogen-rich plant materials such as red clover sprouts
and flax seeds have been shown to restore vaginal wall tissue, follicle stimulating
hormone and mood stability to a state similar to that of premenopausal women.
- These phytoestrogenic effects
are one of the reasons we have long incorporated whole soy into our animal diets. It
is also the reason we have developed a Whole Soy supplement which can be used in a variety
of baked dishes for human consumption, as well as Wysong Peanut Butter Plus, which is a
healthy alternative to the common commercial peanut butters (also an excellent way to
increase omega-3 fatty acid intake for children and pets).
- An additional treatment for
menopausal symptoms, with which many have claimed great success, is the use of natural
progesterone creams which are applied to the skin. (See Wysong Health Letter Vol. 10, No. 9)
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- Zinc Lozenges For Colds
- In a controlled study of 100
men and women comparing the use of zinc lozenges to placebo, it was found that those who
dissolved the zinc lozenges in their mouths every two waking hours for the duration of the
cold were able to cut the duration of the cold in half. As an even more effective
alternative, if the zinc lozenges are broken into quarters and one piece is placed under
the tongue or in the cheek continually at the first sign of a cold, continuing until bed
time, usually by the next morning the person feels normal. It is very important that
the zinc lozenges be used at the very first sign of any symptoms. (If not available
locally, contact Resource 10.)
of Internal Medicine, July 15, 1996:81-
of Family Practice, 1996:529-
Catalog, available from 1880 N. Eastman Rd. Midland, MI 48642.
- Probiotics For Crohn's And Cancer
- Crohns disease is an
inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of the digestive tract. Cancer can
also affect any part of the digestive tract. Probiotic (friendly) microorganisms,
and oligosaccharides which act as a selective food to enhance their growth and
reproduction, can provide a therapeutic effect for Crohns disease and inhibit the
activity of enzymes implicated in carcinogenesis (cancer development). Probiotic
organisms and oligosaccharides have been used for many years in Wysong Diets and
supplements, and are a part of nutritional supplements such as Probiosyn, certain NSF
formulas, the canine and feline Biotics, and Pet Inoculant.
of Nutrition and Metabolism, 1996;40:137-145
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
- Essential Fatty Acids And Arthritis
- If you are using our new
Contifin dietary supplement for arthritis, be sure to use Wysong EFA along with it.
The omega-3 fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acids in EFA have been demonstrated in
scientific studies to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and even are a useful therapy
for rheumatoid arthritis. For those who have trouble taking Wysong EFA as a liquid,
we will soon have it available in capsule form.
Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism,