WYSONG COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
The focus of modern
conventional medicine is not health.
It is disease. The
term “health care” used by most veterinarians and physicians really means
“disease care.” Similarly, the
word “prevention” really has been twisted to mean vaccines, laboratory
tests, and regular checkups rather than you taking control over lifestyle
and environmental and nutritional choices.
Prevention also means seeking optimal physical, emotional,
metabolic and cognitive health.
Furthermore, once a disease has been
identified and labeled - which is the pre-eminent focus of modern medicine -
and interventions are introduced such as pharmaceuticals and surgery to
quell the symptoms, by and large the true
cause of the disease is never addressed.
The smoke detector alarm is turned off while the fire continues to smolder
in the closet.
If you want true,
lasting, optimal health to your full genetic capacity, this is not the
approach you should take (nor allow yourself to be buffaloed into).
Many Wysong Diet users
often write to us giving us a variety of laboratory values from tests they
have had performed on their pet, and ask that we make a recommendation based
on these. When faced with a
client who came to me with such values and asking for a second opinion, my
first inclination was to look at the animal.
I could care less what the laboratory values are if the animal
looks healthy, acts healthy, has bright eyes and glossy hair, is eating
well, and has normal elimination habits. When I would see such a robust animal, I would tell the
client to ignore the laboratory values.
However, this usually was not satisfactory.
Many people are just so infatuated with medical technology that
they are sure something must be “wrong” with their pet if the laboratory
test says so. So they scurry
off to another veterinarian who will “do something” about it.
owners believe that if testing cholesterol, blood pressure, urinalyses,
mammograms, blood tests and PSA prostate tests save lives in humans, then
certainly similar testing would help save the life of their pet.
But in actual fact, not only is there no proof that these tests extend or
save the lives of humans, there is even evidence that by submitting yourself
to them you may cause intervention that is unnecessary and thus put yourself
I know this sounds outlandish
because “everyone knows” for example, that “high cholesterol causes heart
disease.” But this is just a
medical sound byte.
Cholesterol, in fact, does not cause heart disease and lowering it with
drugs can put you at risk of suicide and cancer.
(For a more thorough discussion of how tests do not do what they are
marketed for, see the Wysong Health Letter Index.)
that tests are subject to machine and human error.
Results of tests can vary with the emotional state of the animal,
the time of the day, when a meal was eaten, what the nature of the meal was,
the method by which the sample was obtained, and how it was stored or
transported. There is a margin of error allowed in some clinical
laboratory equipment that is sufficiently large to make the difference
between whether your test is normal or abnormal, requiring perhaps dramatic
intervention with pharmaceuticals and other treatments that have a whole
range of potential side effects.
I have discussed this inadequacy of clinical laboratory testing and
the rampant errors that occur in previous issues of the
Wysong Health Letter for humans, but the implications for animal
testings are just as valid.
This is not to say that
clinical laboratory testing cannot be a useful adjunct when overt illness
strikes. It can give clinicians some general direction about the
course of therapy that should be taken, and a general indication of the
progression of disease or healing.
But the goal of
medicine should not be to treat laboratory results.
Rather, it should be to restore lifestyle and nutrition to optimize
the opportunity for health and healing.
Follow the complete
Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program (see page 4) and you will be doing the
very best you can to give your pet the best opportunity for preventing
disease, or shortening it should it strike.
Also, believe what you see in your animal before you believe any
laboratory test that is supposedly revealing some hidden illness.
SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH
In a recent scientific
report in a leading veterinary journal, 54 cases of sudden cardiac death
or congestive heart failure were studied.
Sudden cardiac death in Doberman Pinschers with cardiomyopathy (a
degeneration of heart muscle) can occur before or after there are actual
signs of heart problems. Abnormalities
are usually seen in dogs at 3-4 years old.
Then the disease progresses to sudden death or congestive heart
failure (the heart loses its strength and fluid can accumulate in the
lungs and body cavities). This
almost always occurs within about 4 years.
It is interesting to
note that this condition in Dobermans was not reported until about the
mid-1940’s. Although it
can be genetically linked to particular lines of Dobermans, I believe
there is reason to suspect that nutrition may be causative, or, if there
is a genetic predisposition, it may trigger and exacerbate the problem.
It was about in the 1940’s as well that so called “100%
complete and balanced” diets were created and people en
masse jumped on the bandwagon.
True, I may be
speculating here a little, but
there is compelling reason to believe that the majority of the
degenerative conditions facing both humans and animals are a direct result
of veering from the natural, whole, raw food course for which we are
thousands of cats fed premium brands of “100% complete and balanced” foods developed
dilated cardiomyopathy and this was later discovered to be due to a
deficiency of the amino acid taurine
in these “complete and balanced” diets.
Processing by its very nature destroys, or at the
least greatly diminishes, the nutritional value of foods.
That is why all Wysong Diets are boosted by live nutrients
Humans and animals need a host of
nutrients for the heart to function properly, including certain amino
acids such as taurine and carnitine, coenzyme Q-10, magnesium, and
vitamins E and C. Raw meats and organs are rich sources of these nutrients but
pets (and humans of course) have a diet that can be virtually devoid of
Folks, I know it sounds
like a broken record, but I can’t emphasize to you enough to begin
supplementing fresh whole foods to your pet's diet.
Read the Feeding-For-Health Program on page 4 and be sure to
introduce your naturally carnivorous pets, as soon as they are weaned, to
fresh meats and organs (do not trim fat).
This is a critical key to help prevent the development of the host
of degenerative disease conditions which can afflict them in later life.
specifically in providing the appropriate nutrients for heart function, we
have almost completed an NSF formula which will contain the spectrum of
important nutrients known to affect the health and metabolism of the
FITNESS AND LIFE EXTENSION
Over 30, 000 men and
women were examined at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas between the
years of 1970 and 1989. A
baseline of physical fitness was determined by treadmill analysis and
physical activity was self-reported.
The participants averaged about 33 years of age and were
followed for approximately 8 years. After adjusting carefully for all the variables such as
smoking or pre-existing disease, it was found that there was a strong
inverse relationship between death from all causes (including heart
disease and cancer) and level of physical fitness.
In other words, the more fit we are, the better chance we have of
living a life free from disease.
Consider that in our
natural setting every day would require substantial physical activity to
obtain food and ensure safety and shelter.
Our modern, cocooned, sedentary life is just not what our bodies
are meant to be doing.
Similarly, pets would
even be more active in their natural environmental context.
To create a cushy, inactive, three- squares-a-day life of leisure
for our companion animals may be done out of love, but this lifestyle
condemns them to the same degenerative conditions we have.
Walk, jog and play with your pets.
Be creative every day in devising ways to keep them active, and you
too will enjoy the benefits of better fitness.
If your pet, you or
your children get caught with a bug in the ear canal, here is a technique
to remove it. In a very dark room, shine a flashlight into the ear canal,
holding the light about a foot from the ear.
After a minute or two the bug will invariably move out of the ear
canal into the light. If a
dark room is not available, cover the victim with a coat or blanket and do
the same thing.
TREATING POISON IVY AND POISON OAK
If your pet’s exposed
belly comes in contact with poison ivy or poison oak, or you do, open up
some capsules of Wysong Mega C and mix with a small amount of water to
form a paste. Apply this to
the skin and at the same time take one capsule of Wysong Mega C four times
a day. The problem will
normally disappear within 24 hours.
SOAP IN THE EYES
Researchers have shown
that the common surfactant, sodium lauryl sulfate, is toxic in the eyes.
This compound is used throughout the soap and cosmetic
industry and is the base for almost all shampoos and soaps used for humans
or animals. In the young,
particularly, the compound can remain in the eyes for several days,
disrupting proteins. If
there is any injury or infection in the conjunctiva or cornea of the eye,
getting this compound in the eye will significantly delay healing and may
even promote more serious complications.
This is one of the reasons the various
Wysong shampoos were developed with nontoxic and more mild natural
ingredients and cleansing agents.
FOR THE TEETH
If you or your pet are
having trouble with the build- up of plaque on the teeth with resultant
periodontitis (inflammation of the gum tissue at the base of the teeth),
consider eating a small snack of cheddar, Swiss, or Monteray Jack cheese
For an as yet not fully understood reason, these cheeses
have an ability to neutralize the acids produced by the bacteria within
Additionally, consider the use of
our newly developed Wysong Healthy Toothpowder™.
This new product has a variety of natural ingredients that have
been proven through research to retard the buildup of plaque, prevent
dental caries, freshen the breath, remineralize teeth, and encourage
healthy probiotic-type cultures in the mouth.
Unlike most commercial products containing a variety of chemicals
including toxins such as fluorides, Wysong Healthy Toothpowder™ has been
designed to be edible. Thus
it may not only be used to brush your teeth or the teeth of your pet, but
can be used as a convenient mouthwash or mouthrinse after meals without
fear that potentially harmful chemicals are being consumed.
The development of excess hair
in women (hirsutism) can be idiopathic (of unknown cause) or caused by
hormonal problems such as with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Although there are drugs available that can help with this problem,
they carry with them a variety of dangerous side effects.
These drugs act by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase,
which is responsible for converting the hormone testosterone into
Extract of saw palmetto
(Serenona repens) also has been shown to inhibit 5 alpha-reductase, but
without dangerous side effects. This activity from saw palmetto is also responsible for its
effectiveness in treating men with prostatic disease. If not available locally, contact Resource 4 below.
The Healthy Alternatives Store
Catalog, available from 1880 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI
48642, (517) 631-0009.
SHARK CARTILAGE AND CANCER
Although there has been
much promotion of shark cartilage as a cancer treatment, the clinical
evidence has not come in. The
argument goes that since “sharks don’t get cancer” and shark
cartilage has been shown to decrease angiogenesis (the development of
blood vessels necessary to feed cancer growth), that therefore the product
would be useful in cancer therapy.
One company that manufacturers the cartilage submitted the
product to an FDA supervised clinical trial to evaluate this treatment for
cancer. The company withdrew
from the study when it was found that there was no scientific data to
support its effectiveness in advanced cancer patients.
Evidently they all died or significantly worsened.
Cancer is a complex
phenomenon that is a result of a variety of lifestyle choices and contacts
that occur over many years. The
best approach is prevention and the best treatment is restoration of
lifestyle to its archetypal form. (See
Wysong Health Letter Vol. 10,
No. 9, and others listed in the Wysong Health Letter Index, for a thorough discussion of the causes
and solutions to cancer.)
IRON AND HEARING LOSS
Although pets may
receive iron supplements by way of the vitamin/mineral premixes added to
commercial pet foods, deficiency may still result.
Supplemental iron is not nearly as efficient in raising blood
levels of iron as is the iron found within the natural prey meat meals of
carnivorous pets. Over time
iron deficiency can result in a loss of hearing.
Be sure you are following the Wysong Feeding-For-Health Program and
regularly supplementing fresh meats, including red meats, to Wysong Diets.
(Iron deficiency has also been linked to hearing loss in humans and
a similar remedy would work.)