- DEAR FRIEND:
- The amount of garbage we generate in our "disposable" society is enough to disturb any thinking person. To ease my conscience I try to recycle and reuse everything I can. Here at Wysong we have recycling bins which the staff is invited to use for their home refuse as well. We make sure we never throw out a piece of paper that is clean on one side. This is used for faxes, rough drafts and for copying non-mailed pieces. We even cut open envelopes and use the white inside for scrap notations. We have done many energy efficient things in building construction and maintenance. When environmentalism was not fashionable - nor even heard of or understood by most of the public - we were implementing these ideas and trying to educate others.
- Then I was faced with a
difficult dilemma. As I studied ways that the nutritional value of food
could be significantly diminished by exposure to air and light, conventional
paper or plastic-lined packaging was clearly inappropriate. So, we
designed the Nutri-Pak™ which is a multi-layered, unique packaging which
screens out light and oxygen and permits flushing the bag with an oxygen-free
atmosphere. By so doing we created a package that was not recyclable.
(Some people mistakenly think that plastic-lined paper pet food bags are
recyclable. They aren’t either.) So what do I do? Do I put our
expensive, highly nutritious (by definition therefore perishable) food in a
container that is recyclable but will not protect the food (and can rob an
animal of its health), or put it in a bag that properly protects it even
though the bag is not truly recyclable? We chose the latter.
- At present it is an
either/or choice. There are no packaging materials available at this
time that can protect our companion animal food as we know it needs to be
protected, but yet be readily recyclable. (Obviously amber glass
is not workable.)
- But all is not lost:
Enter Wysong customer ingenuity. Some reuse the Nutri-Paks by washing
them out to store other items, resealing them with Nutri-Clips. Others
have found that weeds will be prevented from growing by laying the Nutri-Paks
on the ground underneath mulching areas. They make excellent top layer
freezer bags for foods that need to be frozen. Placed under pet bedding,
body heat is retained. Perhaps you have other ideas, and if you share
those with us we can pass them along to others. Reusing materials
is more environmentally sound than recycling since the energy and resources
used to recycle can exert environmental damage in the process.
- For those of you who are
troubled by this, don’t forget that the only reason for environmental concern
is to protect the health of living creatures. To consume a food that has
become toxic or nutritionally compromised as a result of exposure to light and
oxygen so that we can recycle the package makes little sense. Health -
not recycling - is the bigger picture.
- Here is an even bigger
picture while I'm at it. We are all continually faced with worthy causes
that at first glance seem to deserve our support. Sometimes we get
caught up in these with an evangelical vigor that may skew our perspective.
- Environmentalism -
recycling, energy efficiency, renewable resourcing, decreasing consumerism,
etc. - is just such a worthy cause. We should all do what we can.
But environmental problems are a symptom of a much larger, more ominous and
insidious problem that no one seems to want to address - population.
- Exponential growth of human
(and pet) populations is the engine that drives all environmental woes.
Put 100 people on planet Earth and there are no problems. Put 5, 10, 20
(it's coming) billion people on the same finite planet, and you have
unavoidable environmental catastrophe no matter how much packaging you
recycle. The solution can only be fewer people.
To be good recycling citizens while ignoring the fundamental population cause
makes good intentions for naught. A person could spend a hundred
lifetimes recycling and turning the thermostat down before you would offset
the toll on the environment of one more newborn.
- So this is the really big
picture. Anyone who is truly concerned about our future must look to
such fundamental problems. If we assume the Earth has limitless
resources to use to our heart’s content, and that we can reproduce without
limit, then Earth’s future is bleak - and no amount of bag recycling will
- DOES HIGH PROTEIN CAUSE BONE DISEASE?
- In a nutshell: probably yes
- if the protein is from fractionated, processed, modern foods. But no -
if it is derived from natural, whole, raw protein sources.
- Although studies of
British, North Alaskan Eskimos, and of some animals have shown a loss of bone
density with high protein diets, the headlines from these studies do not
reflect the important details. In each case, the subjects
receiving the high protein diets were not receiving raw, natural high protein
sources such as from meats, eggs and dairy. Rather, they were receiving
fractionated, processed products, and even isolated amino acids. When
experimental subjects are given increased protein in the form of whole meat,
they do not show any increase in calcium excreted in the urine - which is used
as a marker for bone loss.
- Fractionated, processed
proteins and amino acids lack natural vitamin D and other fat soluble factors
such as vitamin K, vitamin E, and fatty acids, all of which are important in
the maintenance of proper bone health and density.
- We know that the argument
that eating high protein from natural sources will cause bone diseases such as
osteoporosis must be false, because this is the natural diet that has
sustained humans and animals for eons. If these diets caused disease,
then long ago our species would have vanished from the planet.
- Anthropological and
archeological studies also show that carnivores and cultures on their natural,
hunter-gatherer, high-meat diets do not show signs of osteoporosis, but in
fact the reverse is true. Such diets protect against osteoporosis and
- If you want to believe that
“high protein causes osteoporosis,” go ahead and decrease your protein by
increasing refined carbohydrates, sugars, “diet” soft drinks, aluminum
antacids, alcohol, hydrogenated fatty acids and oxidized cholesterol and see
how healthy you are going to be.
- On the other hand, you can
follow the archetypal dietary patterns that are responsible for your and your
pet's very existence. Specifically this would be
the consumption of fresh, whole, raw, natural foods - foods which can be eaten
exactly as they are found in nature - and you will be virtually guaranteed the
very best chance of having the best health you are genetically capable of
Journal of Nutrition, 1986. 116:316-319
American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, June 1983: 924-929
Trans NY Acad Sci, 1974;36:333
- MYTH: HEART DISEASE IS CAUSED BY
CHOLESTEROL AND SATURATED FAT FACTS:
Cholesterol and saturated fats as a part of whole, raw, natural products have
always been a part of human and carnivore diets. If they were toxic, we
would not now exist.
Saturated fat is essentially inert except as a dense source of calories.
On the other hand, unsaturated, hydrogenated or oxidized fats are highly toxic
Atheromas, the buildups of clogging material within arteries, are primarily
(74%) unsaturated fats (of vegetable origin), not saturated fats (from animal
If cholesterol is totally eliminated from the diet, the body still makes
cholesterol anyway as an extremely important metabolic compound (i.e.
serving as starting material for many hormones).
Oxidized cholesterol - as occurs when natural foods are processed and exposed
to heat, light, oxygen and time - is highly toxic and atherogenic.
Animal studies “proving” that cholesterol causes heart disease used
cholesterol in an unnatural, oxidized form.
Prior to about 1920, heart disease was practically unheard-of.
From the period of 1920 to the 1960's there was a rapid rise in heart disease.
The above time frame corresponded with a decrease in consumption of animal
fats and an increased consumption of unsaturated vegetable fats such as in
cooking oils, margarines, and hydrogenated fats, in combination with myriad
processed, packaged foods.
- Reference: 4-7
Rationale For Animal Nutrition,
Dr. R. L. Wysong, Inquiry Press, 1993
Wysong Health Letter Vol. 9,
No. 5 and Vol. 10, No. 4
- CALCIUM OXALATE IN CATS
- There was a time when
uroliths (urinary tract stones) made up of struvite crystals were the primary
focus as a cause of urinary tract disease in cats. Some research linked
these stones to an alkaline diet and high magnesium. So everyone jumped
on the bandwagon and modified pet foods so that they were acidic and contained
- The result of such
artificial manipulation of the diet? More disease. For example,
low magnesium is related to dilated cardiomyopathy. Constantly feeding a
manipulated acidic food can result in various mineral imbalances, the leaching
of minerals from bony structures, and hypokalemia (low blood potassium).
- Additionally, calcium
oxalate is another stone that can precipitate in the urinary tract and
particularly likes an acidic environment. Recent research has shown that
there is now a cause-effect relationship with artificial acidification of the
diet, feeding only one commercial food day in and day out without
supplementation of fresh foods, keeping cats in an exclusive indoor
environment, and calcium oxalate stone formation.
- If you study the Wysong
Optimal Health Program for animals or humans you will see recommendations
which, if followed, would prevent calcium oxalate formation as well as many
other diseases which will be increasingly linked to departure, in food and
lifestyle choices, from our genetic context.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1995;207:1429-1434
- MAGNESIUM FOR ASTHMA
- Magnesium is an extremely
important mineral that is deficient in many modern processed diets. In a
recent study, 31 children who had an acute attack of asthma and failed to
respond to conventional medical treatment (such as beta2-adrenergics) were
randomly assigned to receive intravenous magnesium sulfate in the emergency
room (25 mg/kg maximum, 2 grams in 100 ml of normal saline), or a placebo.
In this double-blind study, all of those receiving magnesium had significant
improvement in all measures of respiratory function. Four of the fifteen
who received the magnesium were even discharged from the emergency room,
whereas none of those receiving the placebo were.
- Intravenous magnesium can
be a life-saving nutritional therapy in asthma as well as heart attacks.
If your physician does not know about this therapy, tell him/her about it.
If he does not want to listen to you, find another physician.
Journal of Pediatrics, 1996;129:809-814
- TOXIC DENTAL FILLINGS
- Although I think such
experimentation is absurd and inhumane, sheep who had mercury-containing
amalgam fillings implanted were recently shown to have lost 50% of their
kidney function. Such experimentation is not necessary because we
already know about the toxicity of mercury, and we know that mercury in
amalgam fillings leaches out into various body tissues including the brain.
Even the American Dental Association knows this is true, but does not
proscribe the use of amalgam. Here is another case of convention holding
rule even when it is known with certainty that it causes more harm than good.
- If you need cavities to be
filled, ask for an alternate dental material to one containing mercury.
If your dentist can’t help you or tries to dissuade you, find another dentist.
For a thorough discussion of this issue see
Wysong Health Letter Vol. 9, No. 2 and the Wysong Book Store