Dr. R. L. Wysong
May 1997


     Fat-phobia has society in its grip.  Everyone’s counting calories and looking for low-fat and lite products and even foods with the new fake fats.  Doctors are telling patients to watch their cholesterol and saturated fat intake.  Pet owners are attempting to apply the same misguided logic to their captive companion animals.
     As I describe in my book, Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils In Health and Disease, we suffer from fat deficiency, imbalance and man-made toxic fats - not “too much cholesterol and saturated fats.”   Fats and oils are an essential nutrient necessary for the structural integrity of every cell in our body, and for the production of hormones and biochemicals known as eicosanoids which regulate myriad moment-by-moment metabolic functions.  By simply attempting to eliminate “fat” from the diet, we are digging ourselves and our pets premature graves
     Consider this.  Before the appearance of cholesterol testing and cholesterol lowering drugs (which can increase the risk of cancer and suicide, incidentally), there was practically no heart disease.   It wasn’t until about 1930 that human coronary artery disease was even recognized.  There was essentially no dilated cardiomyopathy in humans or pets.  Obesity was not the epidemic it now is, nor were  arthritis, autoimmunities, Alzheimer’s, dental disease, and most other degenerative conditions that begin to afflict pets and humans after they reach maturity
     So if people and pets did not suffer these conditions back in the 1800’s and very early 1900’s, what were they eating?  In a 19th century cookbook you will find almost no recipes without butter, cream, eggs or lard.   There are recipes for asparagus dressed in cream, eggplant fritters fried in lard, and parsnips fried in bacon fat.  Oyster recipes use egg yolks, wrap them in bacon, and make a pie with a quart of cream.  Mince meat is mixed with eggs and fried in hot lard, drenched in a thick sauce made from cream, butter and flour.  One recipe starts with a hog's head, heart, tongue, and liver.  Coleslaw is dressed in sweet cream.  Broths are made from bones, knuckles and feet.  Donuts are fried in lard.  Chicken skin is pounded into a paste and boiled to create a thick sauce.  A recipe for waffles uses a half pound of butter, the yolks of 12 eggs and a cup of whole milk.      People were consuming about 3000 calories per day with 40% or more of these calories coming from fat.  Compare this to the present recommendation of 2000 calories per day and no more than 30% as fat, with only 10% of that as saturated.
     What did the pets eat?  Scraps of these very foods.  They got bones, meat scraps, gravies, fat and grizzle - and thrived on it. 
     No, it is not natural fats you must fear, it is the processed fats that were introduced at about the same time that heart disease and other degenerative conditions began afflicting human and animal populations in this century.  The dangers are the margarines with their trans-fatty acids derived from hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.  It is the predominant use of vegetable oils and it is the processing of nutritional fats and oils into their toxic, oxidized forms that is the problem.
     It is now even being found that an emphasis on healthy fats in the diet rather than carbohydrates can cause the body to metabolize rather than store fats in adipose tissue.   Eating less carbohydrates and more protein and fat is a successful diet plan.      The right kinds of fats and oils can also enhance immunity and stave off autoimmunities and allergies.
     This is the reason that I wrote the book Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease.  There is so much fat misinformation out there.  This is also the reason that we have put so much effort into incorporating the right kinds of fats and oils into Wysong Diets and have developed our own special, natural antioxidant that preserves these fats and oils in their beneficial, nutritional form.   It is also the reason that I recommend everyone - human and animal - be on an essential fatty acid supplement such as Wysong EFA™ and Wysong Marine Lipids™. 
     Healthy fats are not the cause of disease, they are the solution.
     Dr. Westin Price traveled the world in the 1930's to study the health and dentition of isolated human groups.  He focused on isolated (untouched by modern civilization) villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities, Eskimos, Indians of North America, Malaysian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America.  In his book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, he details these travels and chronicles the superior health of these peoples by actual photographs.  Common to them were beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, hearty bodies, resistance to disease and fine, comely characteristics.  Their diets were found to contain at least four times the water soluble vitamins and minerals and ten times the fat soluble vitamins - coming from animal foods primarily - as compared to “civilized” diets.  They also were characterized by having emotional stability, freedom from degenerative ills and steady reproductive capabilities.  This was in sharp contrast to civilizations surrounding these sequestered villages which were touched by modern civilization - with sugar, white flours, pasteurized and homogenized milk products and a variety of convenience foods laced with preservatives, additives, dyes and synthetic fats. 
     It was also characteristic in these societies that pregnant and lactating women, as well as young maturing children, were fed diets rich in fat soluble vitamins A and D which were primarily from animal fats.
    Price's conclusions were:
    1.             Dental decay is a result of nutritional deficiency.
    2.             Primitive diets provide almost complete immunity to tooth decay and disease.
    3.             There were no refined or devitalized foods in the diets.
    4.             The diets were high in protein, minerals and especially in fat soluble factors found within animal fats.
    5.             When contact with modern civilized foods was made, the results were disastrous to all groups studied.
    6.             Rampant dental caries were followed by progressive facial and jaw deformities in children born to parents consuming refined and devitalized modern foods.
    7.             These degenerative changes included narrow facial structure and dental arches, crowded teeth, birth defects and loss of disease resistance.
    8.             When the natives returned to their traditional diets all of these degenerative conditions reversed themselves over time.
    9.             If civilized man is to survive he must incorporate the fundamentals of this primitive wisdom into his modern lifestyle.
     Needless to say, Dr. Price’s work fits in precisely with the Wysong healthy living philosophy.  You will do yourself a favor by obtaining a copy of his book, if for no other purpose than to view the numerous photographs he has showing the difference between what people look like when they eat the archetypal, natural food and what happens to them once they buy into the modern, processed food myth.  (See Resource 2.)
        Dr. Price's book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, is available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog for $53.25 + S/H, 1880 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI  48642 
     The use of Wysong Food A•C•E™, or Wysong Mega A•C•E™, supplements designed to increase the levels of beta carotene (previtamin A) vitamin C and vitamin E, are important adjuncts to the use of Contifin™ (formerly NSF-1) for arthritic conditions.   In one study of 640 individuals enrolled in the Framingham Osteoarthritis Cohort Study, those consuming the most vitamin C had a three-fold lower progression of osteoarthritis than those consuming less.  Those consuming the higher levels of beta carotene experienced a two-fold lower progression of the disease.  A decrease in progression was also noted with those who consumed higher levels of vitamin E.  These supplements should be a part of everyone’s basic supplementation regimen, since their health and preventive effects are more proven and more substantial than almost all other supplements combined.  Wysong Food A•C•E is a chewable food source supplement of these nutrients, and Wysong Mega A•C•E is in capsule form containing megadoses of these vitamins.
        Arthritis Rheum. 1996;39:648-656
     Studies have shown that if the amino acid lysine is given along with a calcium supplement that less calcium is excreted in the urine.  Clinical studies of women with osteoporosis have also found that those who received lysine increased intestinal absorption of calcium and decreased excretion by the kidneys.
     Modern, refined, fractionated, processed foods are often deficient in the amino acid lysine and this can explain the positive effect of supplementation.  It's another piece of evidence supporting my contention that increasingly we will find that both human and animal diseases are linked proportionally to the degree we vary our food from its original whole, raw, natural character.  In addition to improving dietary habits, supplementation with our new Contifin™ a nutraceutical which will incorporate lysine and other natural ingredients, will help prevent and reverse degenerative bone conditions such as osteoporosis.
        Nutrition, 1992;8:400-405
     Dry skin, dull hair, brittle fingernails, and flaking scalp can all be signs of essential fatty acid deficiency.  If you are eating or feeding modern processed foods exclusively, you are most likely getting a walloping dose of oxidized fats as well as hydrogenated oils with their toxic trans-isomers.   These dangerous substances replace what we should be getting in our natural diet, which is unaltered fats - both saturated and unsaturated.  Additionally, the modern grain-based diet, including meats raised on grains, contains a disproportionate amount of the omega-6 class of fatty acids compared to the omega-3 class.  To reverse this condition be sure you are converting the diet to more fresh, raw, whole natural foods.  In addition, take the Wysong EFA supplement orally and apply it or Wysong Dermal directly to the lips daily if they are chronically cracking and peeling.
     Narcolepsy is a condition that strikes both humans and animals, during which they can have an uncontrollable desire to sleep at about any time of the day.  Normally treatments consist of giving stimulants such as amphetamines (“speed”) or other potentially harmful pharmaceuticals.
    In a recent study, tyrosine, an amino acid, was given in rather large 4 to 8 gram doses daily.     After only six months all the patients given the tyrosine were symptom-free.  If taken, it should be between meals on an empty stomach and may be contraindicated if there is high blood pressure, migraine headache problems, schizophrenia, malignant melanomas, or if thyroid medication is being taken concurrently.
        The Lancet, 1988;2:1458-9
     Aluminum has the ability to interfere with proper glucose metabolism in the brain and has a variety of other effects throughout the body.  Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, hyperactivity in children, osteoporosis, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) have all been associated with excessive aluminum.
     There is controversy here, but understanding that our modern world has exposed us to aluminum at levels far beyond that which would be possible in a natural state should send an alarm signal.  Try to avoid aluminum-containing deodorants, or if you use them do not use the spray type.  (Wysong does produce natural alternatives.)  Also, aluminum is found in antacids, cookware and feeding bowls.   When acidic foods are prepared or stored in aluminum cookware this effectively leaches large quantities of aluminum out of the pan, which you or your pet then consume.
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        The Lancet 89;1:59-62
    Folic acid supplementation can dramatically decrease the incidence of neural tube defects (spina bifida) in newborns.  The correlation between folic acid deficiency and this birth abnormality is so compelling that governmental agencies are now suggesting that it be fortified in processed foods such as cereals.  (See Wysong Health Letter Vol. 6, No. 8 and Vol. 7, No.1.) 
    Now new evidence is demonstrating that folic acid may also help prevent heart disease.  It does this by decreasing the level of homocysteine, which is directly correlated with an increased risk of heart disease.  Folic acid is a B vitamin, and is available from foods (assuming you are eating properly) and also is a part of many vitamin supplements such as Wysong’s multivitamin RDA™ (See Resource 11).
        Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996; 275; 23: 1828-1829
        Available from your local distributor or Wysong at 1-800-748-0188.
    High dose buffered vitamin C.  Available in   capsule form.  Suggested dosage for Mega C therapy is 3 or more capsules per day.  See Resource 11 below for ordering information.
        Available from your local distributor or Wysong at 1-800-748-0188.
    High dose beta carotene (provitamin A),  vitamin C and E.   The most researched and proven antioxidant vitamins in a mega formula developed by Wysong.  Available in capsule form.  See Resource 11 below for ordering information.
        Available from your local distributor or Wysong at 1-800-748-0188.