- 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.
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
- 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
- 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.)
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.)
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
Dont 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 dont 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
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
- 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.
Health Letter, 10; 3: 8