WYSONG COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
July 1996
 
 
DEAR FRIEND:
 
     Advances in technology over the past couple of decades are nothing short of bewildering.  Pilots can guide planes and missiles with simply the movement of their eyes, 3-Dimensional views of the body can be made by causing body molecules to vibrate (MRI), the genetic blueprint of life can be dissected and reassembled creating new life forms, the interior of the atom and the far reaches of outer space are being explored in detail, computer technology can permit the storage of virtually all information and its retrieval at the blink of an eye, biochemical reactions within the body occurring in fractions of a second can be measured and detailed... to just begin the list.
     The Industrial Revolution was indeed a technological jumpstart for mankind.  But our modern computer age is to the Industrial Revolution what the space shuttle is to the invention of the wheel.  The miraculous discoveries we see today are only the foundation of an explosion of information - and with it possibilities such as no one can even imagine.  Indeed, our children and theirs will live in a world remarkably different from ours (if we do not ruin it in our giddy haste for advancement in spite of consequences). 
     It is easy to assume that such technological feats will be applied to health, to create the most disease-free and vital life possible for humans as well as the animals in their care.  But here technology is misdirected.  The entire medical and veterinary community is trying to sell to the public the promise of cure.  It's just plain more profitable than re-educating themselves in all of the remarkable advances in prevention, and then helping people stop disease before it ever begins.
     How we approach healthcare for our companion animals is a reflection of how we think about our own health.  But most everyone thinks they are different from all of the others who are getting sick.  They think they are more special, luckier, stronger, etc.   They are going to remain unscathed while the unlucky others get the diseases.  So there is no real pressing need to make sacrifices and to change lifestyle habits and diet.   It is too much of a hassle and besides, who wants to waste time worrying about problems they don't even have?
    Although the medical/veterinary community, at least at its research level, knows the value of prevention, they also know that it's very difficult to sell people on the idea because people basically don't want to change their lives, but rather want a silver bullet cure when they get ill.  Also, a trillion dollar medical/veterinary complex can't sustain itself by telling people how to not get ill.   There is no money in it.  On the other hand, selling a supposed cure for a disease is a slam dunk proposition.  A virtual trillion dollar a year gold mine.  (This is not to say there are not some human and veterinary physicians who have re-educated themselves in prevention.)
    The public is so intellectually locked into this laissez faire attitude toward taking personal responsibility for their own health, and naively believes medical propaganda that a cure exists for any problem, or that its discovery is just around the corner, that the continuation of disease is virtually assured.  The promise of cure assures the continuation of disease.  
    Thus, the medical community continues to use advancing technology to reductionistically probe into life and determine the molecular causes of disease and methods to counteract it.  Almost no one thinks about health, or optimizing health, or what causes health.  Medicine focuses on disease and the ill rather than studying the healthy to find the keys to remaining well.
    Health is the jewel, the plum of life.  It is what we should all be seeking for ourselves and the animals in our care.  How much better it is to be disease-free and to have our health than to be less than well and racked with pain and infirmity, prodded and probed (and bankrupted) by surgery and medicines.
    This is what Wysong is about.  It is not about foods, supplements or medicines just to heal - although they can do that, too - it is primarily about what to do now to not only preserve health, but to optimize it and to bring life to its fullness, its full genetic potential.
    Don't get caught up in the technological mania.  The formula for health is quite simple, but by and large ignored.  It begins with an understanding that we and our companion animals have extracted ourselves from our proper environmental roots and are thus just like fish out of water.  We must return to the water, to our proper natural environmental roots, in order to have the best chance of achieving and maintaining optimal and disease-free lives.
    Unfortunately, this is just to simple and cheap for technocrats and the medical industry.
 
THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS
    For decades scientific nutritionists have been bent on breaking food down into its simplest components and attempting to describe the nutrient requirements for humans and animals according to these components.  Thus was born the notion that animals require such and such a percent of protein, such and such a percent fat, such and such a percent of a certain vitamin, etc.  Nutritionists further claim that it makes no difference what the source of these components are, as long as minimums they have established are achieved.  (I have previously discussed the logical problems with this reductionistic philosophy - see Rationale For Animal Nutrition and the Pet Health Alert offered in Resource A below.)
    Not so long ago many of the nutritional requirements established by the National Research Council were determined using such isolated nutrient sources.  Rather than using whole foods, they obtained purified protein, purified synthetic vitamins, purified fats and so forth and constructed experimental diets to determine how much of what nutrients an animal supposedly needed.  But then it was later found that these purified diets did not reflect actual nutritional requirements of animals in real life eating whole, complex foods.
    More evidence has recently emerged in the scientific literature to demonstrate the benefit of whole, complex, natural foods over their isolated or synthetic counterparts.  For example, increased dietary protein from isolated purified sources is known to increase the excretion of calcium in the urine.  The result, it is believed, would be a thinning of the bones and weakening in the skeletal frame as animals or humans got older.  But when the protein was from whole meats, there was no significant effect on urinary calcium excretion and balance.
    The Wysong philosophic approach to health predicts such findings and is why, for over 15 years, long before such "discoveries" were made, we used whole meats and other whole food components in Wysong Diets.  It is also the reason we recommend that you vary the diet and supplement whole, raw, natural meats and organs regularly.  Cautions from those uninformed, regardless of their scientific credentials, that high protein is going to cause bones to dissolve or that fresh meats and organs (the very foods your pet is genetically adapted to) are going to kill them because of food-borne pathogens, is of relatively no concern compared to the long-term detriment of not following this wise feeding program.
    Reference:
        Rationale for Animal Nutrition - Exposes dangerous myths in today's pet food industry and provides the key to unlocking the good health possible with proper nutrition.  104 pages, soft cover.  $9.95 + $3.50 S&H.  The Pet Health Alert is available from the non-profit Wysong Institute for $4.00 S&H.     
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 1995: 621-
 
OXHERPHOL™ - A KITCHEN "MEDICINE"
    Every time you cook a food, damage is done.  Not only are nutritional elements lost, but heat creates a variety of toxins. 
    One class of serious toxins formed is oxidation products.  Particularly susceptible to oxidation are fats and oils found within natural foods.   Food lipids (fats and oils) are highly nutritious if not oxidized.  Cholesterol, for example, as found within raw animal meats, milk and eggs is a highly nutritious food in spite of the popular propaganda that we should all avoid cholesterol.      Natural, raw, unoxidized cholesterol promotes health.  Heated, cooked, oxidized cholesterol is a potent toxin. 
    Likewise, all essential fatty acids such as arachidonic, linoleic, and linolenic, and others belonging to the omega-3, 6 and 9 classes of fatty acids, are extremely nutritious, beneficial, disease-preventing and disease treating.  But if they are oxidized they are health threats. 
    When you are preparing any home-cooked meal, try to cook as little as possible.  When you do cook, add the appropriate amount of the natural Wysong antioxidant, Oxherphol™, to the meal before it is cooked.  Even if you do not cook a meal, but the food will not be consumed immediately, but rather stored, it would be wise to mix Oxherphol in to help prevent oxidation, since even light and air can oxidize nutritious food lipids.
Oxherphol is supplied in a highly concentrated form in a small dropper bottle.  You simply add it to home-prepared foods (for you too) based on the estimated amount of fat in the meal.  A convenient rule of thumb guide on the label permits easy dosage.
    Oxherphol is a totally natural product derived from plant materials.  It includes specific forms of vitamin E, C, herbal oleoresins and organic acids to protect fragile nutritious fatty acids and lipids from transforming themselves into harmful toxins.  (See Resource 3.)
    Reference:
        Oxherphol is available from your local distributor or directly from Wysong at 1-800-748-0188.
 
SAMBUCOL FOR VIRUSES
     Few medicines have ever been found to be effective directly against viruses.  Antibiotics are used to decrease secondary bacterial infections that follow viral infections but do not directly affect the viruses. 
     A compound derived from elderberries (Sambucus nigra) called Sambucol has been used for years in Israel as a cold and flu remedy and is virucidal (virus-killing).
     Sambucol seems to have the ability to bind with viruses before they can enter cells, as well as to stimulate the production of virus-fighting lymphocyte cells within the body.
    Humans and animals will always be plagued with new virulent and mutating forms of infective agents.  Disease causing microorganisms are increasingly becoming resistant to common antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents.  The ultimate defense is to build the immune system through appropriate lifestyle and feeding practices as described on page 4.  Should a viral disease strike, keep in mind Sambucol to suggest to your veterinarian as an alternative therapy that just might solve a refractory illness.  (See Resource 4.)
    Reference:
        Sambucol, if not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188.
        Alternatives, November 1995: 33
        Infect Dis, April 26, 1994; 1271: 392
 
NATURAL MAY BE TOXIC
     Don’t assume that because something is “natural” that it is safe.  Remember, anything can be toxic in sufficient dose. 
     Heart toxicity can result from aconite poisoning from herbs, renal (kidney) fibrosis (scarring) can occur from Chinese herbs used for weight loss, respiratory toxicity can result from a mint plant, and arsenic and mercury toxicity have occurred from traditional Chinese herbal balls.
     Remember, many modern pharmaceuticals which are laden with all sorts of dangerous contraindications have been derived from natural plant sources (although these dangers are primarily due to purified isolated components, a danger greatly reduced if the whole plant is used).
     So don’t assume just because something is labeled “natural” that it is necessarily safe.  Do your research and never give any substance without taking a break.  The Wysong program of food variety applies as well to any medication, natural or synthetic.
     Reference:
        Wysong Health Letter, 10; 4: 5
 
BEWARE CARBOHYDRATES AND SUGAR
    Your pet is genetically adapted to prey food.  That means its natural diet is predominantly protein and fats.  What little bit of carbohydrates it would receive would be the glycogen within muscle tissue and the vegetation starch that would be contained within the digestive tract of the prey.
     If you compare this with most modern processed diets, which manufacturers are claiming should be fed 100% exclusively, you can see the dramatic disparity.  Some pet foods not only contain high levels of carbohydrates supplied by grains, but even contain refined sugars.  A noted example is a so-called reducing diet that is sold by veterinarians as a clinical type pet food which uses sugar as a major ingredient.
     Even humans, which are omnivores, put themselves in danger of cardiac disease from high carbohydrate diets.  Some nutritional clinicians are now finding that by switching people to a higher protein diet they can decrease cardiovascular disease risk.  (See Wysong Health Letter Volume 10, Number 4.)  A couple hundred years ago people consumed about 7 pounds of sugar a year, whereas today people in the U.S. consume approximately 150 pounds of sugar per year.  By adding sugar to pet foods or feeding them sugared treats at home, we are making our pets sugar junkies just like us.
     Not only do high carbohydrate diets threaten cardiovascular health, but they stress the pancreas, forcing it to secrete high levels of insulin to clear the sugar from the blood stream.  Over time this is thought to exhaust the pancreas, leading to adult-onset diabetes.
     Although Wysong Diets do have carbohydrates, they are of the whole, complex form so that they are more slowly metabolized and do not cause the blood sugar highs and lows, which refined sugars or carbohydrate fractions do.  Combining      Wysong Diets with fresh food supplementation emphasizing meats, eggs, dairy and organs, is an ideal nutritional approach that most closely approximates what your companion animal is genetically adapted to eat.
Wysong Health Letter, 10; 3: 8