WYSONG COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
June 1996
 
 
DEAR FRIEND:
Everyone would like to save money.  When it comes to feeding your companion animal, there are many price choices.  
    For example, fifty pounds of pet food can be found for less than $10 a bag.  You've got to wonder though, regardless of the label claims, what value could possibly be in there?  The bag itself can cost $1, it can cost $3-$4 to ship it from manufacturer to distributor to retail outlet, the manufacturer has to get paid some profit, the distributor some profit, the retailer some profit, and money has to be left over for advertising and marketing.   This doesn't leave much room for significant value in the bag.
    It is not wise to try to find bargains in parachutes or fire extinguishers... nor is nutrition the right place for bargain hunting.  Do seek good value, but don't seek price without regard for value.
    Here are some things we have done at Wysong which I believe give you truly unequaled nutritional value.  For one thing, the only reason we are making food is because we believe we can make it better than anyone else.  Our primary objective is how to pack as much nutritional and health value in the product as possible.   Additionally, we are a small focused company without a lot of corporate fluff, middlemen and marketing costs, which all can absorb a tremendous amount of money.  We can affect changes immediately if we find them to increase the quality of the product.   No waiting for board meetings, market analyses or profitability studies.  If it's something that is going to improve health and we can add it to the product without driving the cost into oblivion, we do it. Now.
    Additionally, by using high quality ingredients, including fresh meats and organs, and adding probiotic cultures and enzymes, we are able to increase the efficiency of the food so that less food is required.   Furthermore, by helping you learn how you can use beneficial supplements such as Wysong EFA, Pet Inoculant, and Biotics, along with fresh food feeding, (We are the first and only company to encourage our customers to fresh-food feed, a recommendation that brings us absolutely no profit but greatly benefits your pet and your pocket book.) your net cost per unit of nutritional value is greatly reduced.
    Then there is the value of the results.  The Wysong Feeding-For-Health program works.   It will make your pet the healthiest it can be.  That means fewer veterinary bills and you spared the untold cost of watching your pet succumb to illness and chronic pain.
    An important principle we all learn with time is that immediate results, immediate solutions, are not usually the best.   A cheap food thrown in a bowl day after day to a hapless pet may be an easy solution to the financial problem of feeding.  But in the long run, the cost is far greater for you both.
    Try always to think with perspective and with the long-term view.  If everyone did this in all matters, what a better world we would have.  If you apply this thinking just to how you feed your pet, you probably won't change the world, but you will make a world of difference in the long-term health and happiness of both you and your loved companion animal.
 
NUTRITIONAL BOGEYMEN
    Permit me to begin this by repeating a very important nutritional principle:  Anything can be toxic in sufficient quantity.   Or, put another way, the dose makes the poison.  Even elements absolutely essential to life, such as oxygen and water, can kill if given in high enough dosages.
    With this preliminary understanding, one can then properly evaluate the continuing emergence of claims about how this or that substance in this or that food or ingredient is toxic.  The edge is taken off claims that “soy is toxic,” “corn is toxic,” “alfalfa is toxic,” and so forth.
    Now then, if you take apart all of the ingredients that might be used in a pet food, you can find literally thousands of different chemicals.  If you take any one of these chemicals, isolate it and feed it at high doses to almost any creature, toxicity is going to result.  Remember, the dose makes the poison.
    In the human nutritional arena, there has been a debate raging about how natural toxins in natural foods - such as carototoxin in carrots, steroids and estrogens in ginseng, carcinogenic hydrazines in mushrooms, solanine and trichlothechene in potatoes and canavanine in alfalfa - are more toxic than herbicides and pesticides.  This argument is fueled by the need of pesticide and herbicide manufacturers to justify and downplay the use of their biocides on our food supply.  But this is another topic I have addressed quite thoroughly in an issue of the Wysong Health Letter (Vol. 8, No. 6).
    There has been recent alarm created in the pet food industry by articles suggesting that saponins, a class of chemicals found in a variety of plant ingredients such as soy, are dangerous to pets.   Sure they are... if isolated and given in sufficient dose or if a high level of soy is fed continually.  But remember, so too is any vitamin, mineral, amino acid or any other component of a natural food likewise toxic - given in sufficient dose.
    Saponins, like lectins, phytic acid and even fiber, are common in plant ingredients and can all exert harm if isolated and given in extraordinarily high dosages.  But as these ingredients exist within the integrated complex of whole, natural foods at natural, low levels such as we use in Wysong products, they can exert many beneficial effects.  For example, various compounds belonging to the class known as saponins such as triterpene oligoglycosides, elatosides, escins, and senegasaponins are being studied because of their ability to treat cancer, hypercholesterolemia, (In one review of 38 clinical studies over a period of 17 years involving 730 volunteers, blood lipid profiles [cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, etc.] were improved.) diabetes, alcoholism and inflammatory conditions.  Saponins have the ability to actually slow the digestion of complex carbohydrates such as starch, which tends to moderate blood sugar levels and decrease the absorption of alcohol.   Through this action it is believed that saponins may actually help prevent, as well as treat, blood sugar abnormalities.
    Other concerns related to soy include antinutritional factors such as enzyme inhibitors, hemaglutinins and phytates.   In sufficient dosage these compounds can interfere with digestion, promote blood clotting and bind minerals.  But again the key is dosage.  Properly processed soy (such as by Wysong HTST extrusion) eaten in variety with other nutritious ingredients can yield health rather than disease. 
    Another class of beneficial soy compounds is isoflavones including genistein which has estrogenic (female hormone) activity.      These phytosestrogens can counteract the carcinogenic effect of increasing doses of environmental estrogenic substances to which we and our pets are exposed (see Wysong Health Letter Vol. 8, No. 3).  Soy phytoestrogens can inhibit cancer-causing estrogen receptors in breast tissue, testosterone-sensitive prostate cancers, and suppress angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) in tumors.
    So the debate will go on endlessly, with one side arguing dangers, the other benefits.  You need not get involved or worry if you are following the whole Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program.   (Not just feeding exclusively one Wysong Diet day in and day out - see page 4.)   Perfect health is never certain, but you will be doing the best you can for your companion animal.  You should be varying the diet, cycling between the different Wysong foods (some have soy, some don’t) and using a variety of fresh, whole foods as well.  It is this diet variety that also increases the safety of all foods and changes arguments about the toxicity of any microchemical within any one ingredient into non-issues.
    An argument never denies direct experience.  We have over 15 years and generations of animals fed Wysong which are not only healthy, but remarkably so.  Surely if the nutritional bogeymen were correct we would have seen gigantic problems by now.  Instead, we get countless unsolicited testaments to the dramatic results of the Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program.
    You can get the same results by ignoring the bogeymen and following the compelling logic of the Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program.
    Reference:
        Science News, August 26, 1995:135
        Science News, June 18, 1988: 397
        Science 238: 1634
        Tufts University Nutrition Letter, 5; 10: 7
        Journal of Food Science, 53; 3: 756
        Science News, April 15, 1989: 238
        Food Contaminants, Sources and Surveillances, Colin Creaser, Rocal Society of Chemistry, 1991:1-
        Food Processing, May 1996: 52-
 
WYSONG LITTER LITE™
    Here's what is special about Wysong Litter Lite cat box filler:
    •             2-3 times more absorbent
    •             Clean and essentially dust-free
    •             Use less per litter box fill
    •             Light weight
    •             Pellets clean from box easily
    •             Biodegradable - can be composted or even flushed
    •             Ecological - made from waste cellulose materials from the paper industry
    •             Chemical-free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic
    •             Available in 26 lb. bags  (see below)
    Reference:
        Litter Lite is available from your local distributor or directly from Wysong at 1-800-748-0188.
 
IS YOUR PET DRINKING FLUORIDATED WATER?
    Before you assume that because fluoride is added to municipal drinking supplies under the aegis of public health officials it is safe, consider that fluoride is in fact a highly toxic poison.  A 7-ounce tube of Crest fluoride toothpaste, even according to the manufacturer, contains enough fluoride to kill a small child... or your pet.
    Fluoride toxicosis can include symptoms ranging all the way from nausea and vomiting to cramps, tremors, weakness, excitability, skin abnormalities, mouth and lip sores, sore joints and fluorisis (a white, brown or black discoloration of the teeth).
    Fluoride can also interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize collagen.  Since collagen is a basic substrate within all tissues including ligaments, cartilage, arteries and skin, wide ranging disease can result.
    A variety of enzyme mechanisms within the body including DNA (genetic) repair mechanism can be inhibited by levels of fluoride as low as 1 part per million.  But in people and animals drinking fluoridated water, these levels can average 1.5 parts in the brain, 1.8 in the heart and 4 parts per million in the thyroid gland. 
    Fluoride is an industrial waste from the aluminum and fertilizer industry that has found a home in municipal water supplies under the pretext that it prevents tooth decay and osteoporosis - both theses of which have never been adequately proven.  Although your pet is not in as much risk of being intoxicated by this compound as you are, since fluoride can be found in toothpaste and the millions of bottles of prepared juices and soft drinks consumed by people every year, the risk is nevertheless there and you should think seriously about obtaining a home water purification system or purchasing water that is known to be clean and pure.   Since you should already be doing this for yourself, offering the same good clean water to your companion animal should be easy enough.
    Reference:
        Wysong Health Letter, 10; 2: 5
       
ESSIAC FOR CANCER
    Since 1922, Essiac, an herbal tea mixture, has been used with reportedly great success in cancer treatment in Canada.   Although it has not been “approved” by conventional medicine, some 55,000 people signed petitions in support of its use when Canadian medical bureaucrats tried to prohibit its use. 
    Although popularized in the early 1920’s, the formula has been around for centuries.  It consists of a mixture of burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb.  The formula is believed to have been originally developed by the Ogibway Indians. 
    Reportedly the mixture helps relieve pain and, if taken before cancer surgery, helps prevent metastases (cancer spread) and recurrence.  Other uses include treatment for diabetes through its ability to increase the synthesis of insulin, treatment of psoriasis and viral infections and a variety of other conditions in humans.
    For animal usage the human dosage would have to be scaled as described below.  For further information on Essiac, contact below.
    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.
        Essiac International, 116 West Service Rd #177, Champlain, NY  12919, 1-800-668-4559
 
MAKING BONE AND MEAT MEAL
    An alternate to using bone dust from the butcher shop for home made recipes is whole raw chicken.  Piecing the chicken (including giblets) and putting it in a blender makes an excellent addition to Wysong Diets.
Add an appropriate amount of Oxherphol (Wysong natural antioxidant) when blending, and then portion pack in baggies and freeze what is not being immediately used.  The raw, mineral-rich chicken bones are easily digested and the cartilage provides elements useful in preventing and treating joint diseases such as arthritis.
    Reference:
        Wysong Health Letter,10; 3: 8
 
LEAD IN HOT WATER
    Beware of water from the hot water tap.  Some people use this water to prepare instant coffee or hot drinks or use it in general cooking and for pet meals.  Hot water comes from a home reservoir of heated water which comes in contact with a variety of metals used in the tank.  In some hot water heaters, lead in the solder and perhaps other potentially toxic minerals can dissolve into the hot water and cause chronic heavy metal poisoning.
    A case in point is a 47-year-old woman who had suffered for 10 years from debility, weight loss, constipation and difficulty with abstract reasoning.  She had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome until someone   decided to check her blood lead level.  It was found to be almost 10 times the level considered to be safe.
    Drink and offer to your pet only tap water from the cold side.  Additionally, if there is any other question about the purity of your water, install a quality home purification system or purchase good quality bottled water for drinking.
    Reference:
        The Lancet, April 27, 1996: 1193